Monday, November 4, 2019


I am making a little progress on my list. I finished the Goose in the Pond top on Friday afternoon. I Began this top as part of a SAL with Randy of Barrister's Block blog. You can read about the SAL Part One HERE,  Part Two, HERE  and the finish HERE.  We began on March 2, 2017 and I really wanted make 30 blocks like  the quilt photo she shared. I'm not sure what happen, other projects took precedent I guess, but I only got 12 blocks made. They have been hanging around ever since. It was time to do something with them. I had the soft gray I used for sashing in my stash and of course I had more plaids for cornerstones. I think this is it, unless I find a fabric that will fit for an outer border. I don't have anything in my fabrics that will work. It measures 60" X 78",  just the right size to use as a chair cover. With  2 dogs who like to shed all year round I normally cover our chairs with something. This one will really be a "utility" quilt

Goose in the Pond, 60" X 78".

October's Quilty 365 circles.

Hospital Sketches Block #8, Triple Tulips, prepped and I have started stitching.

And I am making head way on my first Christmas stocking. I had to rip it out a couple of times and start over. It has been a while since I have done any intarsia knitting.

I will be adding in some features using the duplicate stitch.

The weather warmed up and it looked like all our snow was going to melt, but it snowed again and has cooled down. We are expecting our first below zero night this week. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Quilting Rebecca

Friday, October 25, 2019

Quilting Inventory

I sat down the other day, in a good thinking spot and had a good "Think, think, think" as  Winnie the Pooh says. I took stock of all my quilting projects. I know most quilters do this at the beginning of the year, but with Winter setting in here, it is a good time for me to organize projects to work on through the winter months.  I had to make some tough decisions about some projects, some didn't make the cut, I  had to face the fact that I just was not going to complete them.  I think I have a workable plan now,  I have decided to make a few more blocks for some of the projects and call it good. Every quilt does not have to a bed sized quilt!!

The first example of that plan is my Spencer Museum quilt. This was a SAL with Lori at Humble Quilts. You can see her top HERE. My apologies to the other quilters who participated, I seem to have lost track. I had considered making at least two more blocks for this quilt. I got the sashing and borders on and I am calling it good.

This one will go in the hand quilting queue.

I joined along with Angela's RSC2019 Sampler SAL. Here is a LINK to the information about this sampler SAL. I have completed the blocks up to purple and I am stopping there, I just need to sew the rest of them into their settings and sew the blocks together. I made two of each block.

The other projects that I hope finish up include:

Goose in the Pond

Maybe just a wide sashing for these and a wide border.

String Baskets

Maybe a few more blocks with some setting squares.

Scrap Vortex

Add a little more to this top and then a border.

Dresden Flowers

All of these are appliqued except the purple and brown blocks. I may not include the brown one, but will definitely make a few more, a yellow and red for sure.

If I can finish these up over the Winter and continue to work on my current projects I will feel that I am making some progress. I still have some long term projects, but they have been put aside until I clear up some of these other projects.

I am making progress on Hospital Sketches. Only two more blocks to do on this one and then I need to think about borders.

All seven blocks together.

And I have added a new project to the queue, Celebrating Mary Brown. This is another SAL. I will be joining Karen of Log Cabin Quilter blog,  HERE,     Cathy of Big Lake Quilter blog, HERE,     Nan of Chopin - A Passionate Quilter blog, HERE,     Jennie of Over the Hill and Running blog,  HERE,      Robin of  I Like to Create blog, HERE,     Julie of JulieKQuilts blog ( she is doing a different pattern) HERE.   I just got my pattern in so I am already behind, but hope start on the first blocks next week. I plan to use fabrics from my Civil War stash.

My background fabric.

Sorry for the long post, but hopefully this will help me keep on track. Happy Quilting, Rebecca

Friday, October 11, 2019

Has Winter Arrived?

I think Winter is here! We got our first real snowfall on October 6th, only a couple of inches, though most of it stayed.

First snow Oct 6th.

It started snowing yesterday, in the afternoon and it continues as I write this post at 5:30 AST. So far we have a bout 10". You will see tire tracks in the driveway, the roads were horrible, but I HAD to got the post office, I had fabric in!

It is still snowing as I write this post, I glad we have not lost our power.

This is the little quilt I made for our guild's Silent Auction this Summer. It is from a pattern by Lori Smith, Pinwheels in My Garden. The original had pinwheel blocks for the border, I opted for some Kaffe Fassett fabric. It finished at 16" X 20"

I am continuing with Barbara Brackman's 2019 SAL Hospital Sketches. You can read more about it HERE. I did take a break from this one to do the Sashiko stitching on my granddaughter's quilt. I am nor sure at this time how I will finish this one. I do hope to do an applique border of some kind.

Six completed blocks.

Block 7 for Hospital Sketches is prepped and I have started the applique.

I might change the bird or possibly just its wing.

September's Quilty 365 blocks. I am really enjoying making these little blocks everyday, I am going to them when the year is done.

And I am starting on  some Christmas stockings. These are the patterns I will be using.

Thanks for stopping by! Rebecca

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Fall Has Come and Gone

 The leaves are gone and we awaiting our first snowfall. We did have a few flakes the other day, but they melted quickly. (Warning: photo heavy post.)

View from my front window, raining and dreary today.

So, I haven't been blogging this Summer, but I have gotten some sewing done. I finished the Wedding Quilt and gave it to them for their first wedding anniversary. I hope to get a better photo soon.

I finally finished my Tumbler quilt.

Quilted and bound!

I also finished one granddaughter's quilt top,complete with Sashiko stitching. This one is called Japanese Flowers by Nerida Richmond. I found this pattern on the Cosy Project site.

And I have started blocks for a second granddaughter's quilt. This pattern is called Kaleidoscope by Lella Boutique. I have a total of 46 blocks done and need to make 18 more.

Not the final lay out.

And I am keeping up with my Quilty 365 blocks. September's blocks are done, but no photo yet.

May's blocks

June's blocks

July's blocks

August's blocks

This big guy has been hanging around a lot lately. He drives our dogs crazy!

More projects to share next time!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Spencer Museum Sew Along Month Four

Month four of our Spencer Museum Sew along, this month was the Wreath block.  I will be linking up with Lori  of Humble Quilts HERE and Karen of Log Cabin Quilter HERE. I need to decide if I am going to make more blocks.Right now I think the quilt would measure about 54" square.  If I do make more blocks they will have to wait until I have complete the applique and Sashiko stitching on my granddaughters Japanese flowers quilt top.

Wreath Block

All four blocks together.

I also finished two  quilt tops:

First one is the Wedding Quilt. I am so very glad to have this top done. I did not have a pattern for this one, so made it up as I went. I really hit a bump in the road with the photos. I tried several processes on my home printer, but did not have very good results. I finally used an online business called "Fotos on Fabric" and I am pleased with the results. Here is a LINK to the web page.

The second top is the Kaffe Fassett Mystery block of the month I did last year. I have had the blocks done for quilt a while and finally got them sewn together. It does not have a border and measures about 82 1/2" X 82 1/2".

And I have been keeping up with my Quilty 365. Here are April's blocks.

Happy Quilting, Rebecca

Monday, April 29, 2019

Spencer Museum Sew Along Month 3

This was our block for April, it is called Pomegranate and Thistle.You can see Lori's blocks  HERE and Karen's HERE. Lori also has Dorothy's block on her blog.

I did add a little extra bit of cheddar to the Thistle portion.

All three completed blocks. I am thinking I may just do the four blocks like Lori.

 ????  I have a question for my fellow bloggers. I normally read and comment on blogs with my iPad, because I can use our AT&T 4g network it works pretty good. Lately though, I have not been able to comment on a lot of blogs. What I mean is, I can write a comment, but it will not publish. Has anyone else been having this problem? I have to use our desktop to leave a comment, which is a problem because our internet for our desktop is just a step up from dial up. Is it Blogger or my iPad?

I will leave you with this fun photo of our youngest son and family. They had a good time out enjoying our  recent snowfall. I am sure you have seen plenty of snowmen in your time, but for us this was special. Our snow up here is normally so dry it will not stick together well for building snowmen. Memories in the making!

                                                           Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Spring Snow & The Scrap Vortex

Winter Storm Warning issued April 22 at 1:24PM AKDT until April 24 at 4:00AM AKDT by NWS
.Heavy snow expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 9 inches are expected. * WHERE...Central Interior with the heaviest snow accumulations along the Elliott Highway * WHEN...6 PM today to 4 AM Wednesday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Look for significant reductions in visibility at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected. This will make travel very difficult or impossible. 

We awoke to this this morning! About 5" of snow, I hope it does stay around long.

Now on to quilty things. I bet you thought my Scrap Vortex project was forgotten with all the other projects I have going, but it has been growing! The strips are about 73" and the total width is about 43". I have not sewn the strips together yet, I am waiting until I have more done. This top is a little like working on a jigsaw puzzle .

Look what just came in the mail! More fabric photos for the wedding quilt, I ordered 12 more. I think everything else will be put on hold until I get this top together.

Happy Quilting!