Saturday, January 5, 2019

Wedding Quilt

(A quick note: as I write this post we are having a bit of cold weather, it is about -38* at 8 pm Saturday evening. It is suppose to stay with us for a few more days.)

I mentioned in my last post that I fell in a 'quilting slump' in the Fall of 2018. This is the reason. I
came home from the wedding with this stack of blocks below.

I have 32 signature blocks.

Now, what to do with them??? I had no real plan or pattern. I had also decided to add some blocks with  photos, so that started some experimenting with different ways to print photos on fabric. That meant, ordering products, waiting for them to get here, trying them out, ordering different products, waiting for those, and trying them out. I finally decided that Bubble Jet Set worked the best. During this time I  made no progress on anything but some hand quilting on my Cranberry Album quilt. I just felt I could not start on anything else until I had a plan for this quilt settled in my mind.

Some of the settings I tried. ( I will spare you the photos of all of them.)

Getting closer to something I like here.

I sewed a few test blocks with extra blocks I had. The blocks finish at 7 1/2" square, the sashing and cornerstones are 1 1/2".

So now to finish printing the photos I want to use and then I can start sewing this top together. I am not sure of the finished size yet, but I don't think it will be a bed size, maybe a throw size.

Happy Quilting! Rebecca

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!

As the new year commences I thought I would take a look back at 2018. Three significant things happened.

Our youngest son married his long time sweetheart!

We welcomed our fourth great-grandchild, Brantlee.

And my granddaughter's little family left Alaska for her husband's home state of Minnesota. We will sure miss them!

On the quilting front I guess I got more accomplished than I thought. I kind of fell into a slump in the Fall of the year.

I did get four baby quilts completed.

Two entries for our local fair.

Two items for our guild's silent Auction at the fair.

Two projects completed for my sister. I repaired her childhood doll our Mother made her. You can read more about that HERE.

And she asked if I could make her an apron to wear while house cleaning. Something with plenty of pockets to hold cleaning items supplies. She sent me a drawing with measurements and I took it from there. I ended up making it out of denim fabric. 

Completed apron for my sister.

I did finish my Diamond Tile top, this was an informal sew along with Bonnie Hunter, you can read more about it HERE and HERE

I also finally made a decision on my Tumbler top. I had added a four tumbler deep border around the top, but was unhappy with it. I decided to trim it down to a two tumbler deep border. I am very happy with it and it is now layered and basted and ready to quilt.

I also completed two Funky Flannel quilts. These are my DH's favorite quilts!

Funky Flannel Quilt #1 for our bed.

Funky Flannel Quilt #2 for our truck.

And I did make a little progress on hand quilting my Cranberry Album quilt, I am pretty slow, but making steady progress once I picked back up this winter.

It is really hard to get a photo showing the texture of the quilting.

Like everyone I am thinking about this new year and what it will hold. I am seriously thinking about my quilting plans. I need to take an honest look at my projects that are in the works and new ones I would like to work on. 

I am wishing all my fellow bloggers a happy and blessed New Year!!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Making a Little progress and a Squirrel!

 I am making a little progress on some projects and surprise, surprise another squirrel found its way into my life!

I finished Block 1 of Spring Bouquet.  I have such a hard time deciding on fabrics for my applique projects, that for this one I am choosing fabrics similar to or the exact same fabrics Edyta Sitar used in this quilt. I have saved myself endless hours of anxiety and indecision by doing this.

 I have Block 2 prepped and a partial start on it.

Here is a photo of the pattern.
Spring Bouquet Quilt

I have the top finished for our "Truck Quilt".  After I made the Funky Flannel quilt for our bed (you can see a photo  HERE)  my DH suggested I make one to have in the truck for the winter.  I had quite a few blocks left over, but not quite enough so picked up some black flannel from our LQS.

It is 78" X 78"   UPDATE: I have it layered and basted now. Ready to quilt!

Now for the Squirrel! It is Eleanor Burns' free 12 month mystery quilt called "Fun on the Farm"! The first block is Joy the Scrappy Pig. You can download the free pattern HERE. I did have to go to her Facebook page to get the applique templates. Luckily my DH is on Facebook. HERE is a link to that page, but you do need a Facebook account.

Joy the Scrappy Pig
They used a fusible technique, but I will be doing needle turn applique.

Happy Quilting! Rebecca

Friday, August 10, 2018

Time for the Wonderful Pets on Quilts Show 2018!

I have enjoyed the past years of Pets on Quilts so much, that this year I thought I would enter a quilt.

I made "Feed the Cat" quilt for all my kitty loving friends. I entered it in our local fair this summer and got a first place in the  Appliqued Wall Hanging category. The pattern was designed by Cheryl Gunn of Waltzing with Bears Designs. It finished at 18 1/2" X 28". I am entering the Pet-Themed Quilt category.

I think  his expression seems to say, "My dish is empty!"

I continued the cat theme in the backing fabric.

I am linking up with other pet lovers at Lily Pad Quilting. Here is a LINK. Hop on over and see all the other entries. Happy Quilting, Rebecca

Friday, August 3, 2018

My Sister's Doll

Photo of my sister and her doll.

The story of my sister's doll began 68 years ago. My mother started working on it before she was a year old. My Mother and sister were staying with our maternal grandparents in Arizona while our father was serving in  the Korean War. Money and materials were both in short supply so it took some time for her to finish it. Our Grandfather was working as a mechanic at a cotton mill and would bring home bits of cotton for her to use as stuffing.
After all these years the poor little thing was in pretty bad shape. My sister asked me if I could repair her hair and shoes, and make a new pair of socks for her. I was honored to help my sister with this project. 
I found a photocopy of the original pattern and ordered it. I hoped it would have instructions for doing the doll's hair and possibly a pattern for the socks. The pattern really was a help for the hair, but when I knit the a sock according to their instructions it did not fit, so made up my own pattern.
My sister has was really happy with the results! This doll will be passed down to my oldest daughter and will be in the family for many years to come.

Photo of the original pattern

Before photos

After photos.

Here she is, already to go home!

Happy Quilting, Rebecca

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Fair Entries and Silent Auction

I entered two quilts in the quilt show this year and donated three Silent Auction items.

 My first entry was this twin size quilt. The pattern is called "Lanterns of Hope",  from Hollyanne Knight's site,  A String and a Story. Here is a LINK to her online shop and a LINK to her blog. If you are looking for a fast to sew quilt, this is it. I cut it out and sewed the top together in a weekend. I did the quilting with my Baby Lock Tiara using a variegated thread.

Lanterns of Hope, twin size. 

And I entered my Feed the Cat quilt. I went a completely different direction with my fabric choices than what I had originally intended. I am happy with this cheerful little quilt. This one finished at 28" X 18 1/2".

The back, complete with hanging sleeve.

Close up of the backing fabric

Now for the Silent Auction items. I had leftover blocks from the Rainbow Rail Fence charity quilt I made for the guild, so turned them into a throw size quilt. 54" X 66".

Donated "Who's That Moose in the Window"

Donated "Quilt With a Happy Heart"

Here are a few photos of our Silent Auction display.

Happy Quilting! Rebecca