Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Moose At 22 Below! (And Westering Women is a Top)

So, the weathermen have been predicting a cold snap since last week, but it did not arrive when they expected. Instead we got another foot of snow. But today as I write this post it is -24* and dropping. If we do not get any cloud cover it  will drop to -40*to -50* tonight. We made a trip into town to our local grocery store to stock up on a few things because we probably will not go anywhere for a few days. On the way we saw this Mama Moose and her two young ones trying to stay warm!












I did finished my Westering Women top yesterday evening. It took me all afternoon to choose an outer border. I will not bore you with photos of all my trials. With this project I had planned to use only fabric from my Civil War Repro stash, which is not large and does not include a lot of large cuts of fabric. I had about one yard of the fabric I used, which appropriately is from one of Barbara Brackman's own fabric collections. I was able to make a 5" border. 








Thanks for visiting!

Happy Quilting, Rebecca

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Westering Women and Squishy Mail

A Happy New Year to everyone!

I got some fabric goodness in the mail today so had to update this post. Randy, who blogs at Barrister's Block, sent me some lovely bits and pieces from her French General fabrics, which she very generously share with several bloggers. Such a treat! Right now she is making some awesome tiny log cabin blocks! Make sure you check them out, HERE.




I am still thinking over my quilting plans for this new year. Though I know definetly there will be two baby quilts made. I am going over my WIPs, UFOs, and patterns. I did have one goal still left form 2016  that I wanted to finish quickly and that was my Westering Women blocks from Barbara Brackman's BOM, you can read about Westering Women HERE. She is starting another BOM soon called, Yankee Diary, you can read about that HERE. It begins January 25 and is going to include some applique blocks this time.

I enjoyed this BOM and one of the aspects I really liked were Barbara posts as we traveled westward with these brave women, reading about their lives and their journey.

I got busy and finished the last five blocks. (I was five blocks behind! How did that happen!)

Chimney Rock

Sage Bud

Rocky Mountain Chain

Bear's Paw

Road to California




All twelve blocks together. Now to decide on a setting. Barbara has given several suggestions.





I did have to buy one new pattern! 




Happy Quilting, Rebecca

Monday, January 2, 2017

Front Porch SAL

Happy New Year!!

 I hope everyone has a wonderful new year, with time to spend with those dearest to you and time to fufill your quilting dreams!


It is time once again to share our progress on the Front Porch SAL, hosted by the Lovely Lori of Humble Quilts. Due to my busy Christmas gift quilting which you can read about  HERE, I only got this month's blocks prepped for applique, though I did finish the bicyle block. I will be linking up with the other ladies sewing along over at Lori's blog HERE.



Bicycle block completed.



The Sailboat block.

I opted to make more basket blocks to replace the floral fabric blocks.







I also went back and replaced the blue and orange pinwheel blocks I had made to replace the squares of floral fabric used in the original quilt.

You can see the pinwheel blocks in this photo. I was jsut never happy with them.





This is the Jan Patek pattern we used, you can see the large floral fabric blocks.




For the house block and the other flower block I replaced the pinwheels with baskets. I am thinking of adding some flowers to the a few of the baskets.














In the original quilt there was also a floral fabric block included in the Birdhouse block. I decided to add a couple of baby birds for the mama bird.





Baby birds ready to stitch.


So I have a lot of hand stitching before this top will be ready to sew together. 



 It is also the time to start thinking about quilting plans for the new year. I am still mulling over what I want to do, though there are some projects I would really like to finish up. But I will be making some baby quilts!! Over the holidays we received news of two new additions to our family. Our youngest son and his long time sweetheart are expecting their first child in July and one of our grandsons and his girlfriend are expecting a baby in August.




Happy Quilting, Rebecca