Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A Sew-a-Long I Couldn't Resist!

Quilters are the most generous people! There have been so many free patterns and new sew-a-longs coming out the last couple of weeks, freely given to help us out through these trying times. So far I have been able to resist them, saving some of the patterns for later. Today, Becky Goldsmith, of Piece O'Cake Designs  announced a sew-a-long I can't resist! She has a free pattern on her site, here is a LINK.  She will also be doing videos on You Tube. A link to the first one, HERE. Definitely a quilt for our time. Right now I am planning on yellows for the backgrounds.

And I got a few things in the mail.

A new Yazzii bag. This one measures 13" x 10 1/2" x 5" with lost of different pockets.

A few new quilting books.

Appliquick set, I will try using this on my next Mary Brown blocks.

Happy quilting! Stay safe! Rebecca

Monday, March 30, 2020

Did Someone Say Snow? Mary Brown Blocks and a New Project!

 I hope all of you are well and and dealing with the new circumstances we are facing the best you can. I know for some people the effects have been devastating, but I hope that all the dire predictions I hear on the news do not come true. We live in a small rural community, so for us personally, there has been not much of an impact on our lives from the Corona virus pandemic, except the volume of mail at the post office. I think people are trying to stock up by ordering online. We tend to stay home much of the time anyway,  especially during the winter. I am sure there are changes on the way though. I am so thankful for my quilting projects right now!

 Two blocks done on Mary Brown. Block #4 and Block #13.

 I also finished my Cassandra's Circle block for the month, Mulberry Wreath.

So this last week we had snow. It snowed continually for 4 or 5 days. I had to do some shoveling on the roof. We also called our snow plow guy, he usually charges us about $150 to $200 to plow our driveway. He wanted $500 this time!! Not really that much more snow than time last time he plowed. He finally dropped it to $300, but my DH just wouldn't pay it, he felt he was price gouging. So it is a little tricky driving out to town check the mail, but we are making it so far.

Snow and more snow.
We had wind after the snow so no snow in the tress.

My new project is one I have had in the back of my mind for about the last six months or so, suddenly I felt I really needed to get started on it. I had originally planned on using string blocks, but decided on improv log cabin blocks. I am using only neutral/low volume fabrics, for a peaceful/calming feel to the quilt. I am embroidering words on the blocks, randomly placed and using coordinating floss. My idea is that the words will not stand out, but be found like "little hidden gems" when looking at the the quilt. I hope that makes sense. I have three blocks done so far.

Some of the words I will include: love, hope, peace, joy, faith, mercy, grateful, gentleness, rest, trust, thankful, grace, light, rejoice, believe, cherish, and many more. I keep thinking of more and adding them to my list.

It was fun just cutting strip, no measuring.

There are so many sew alongs going right now, I have not joined any, but have been saving some of the patterns. I am considering Bonnie Hunters "Sew-in-Place Quilt Along - Unity". I will need to look at my fabrics. Here is a LINK to her blog. I think the first installment is today.

Now to start prepping my next two Mary Brown blocks. Happy quilting and stay safe out there! Rebecca

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Celebrating Mary Brown & Casandra's Circle

Time again to share our progress on Celebrating Mary Brown. I didn't think I would get this months  blocks finished, but I did. I will link up with the other quilters as soon as I can.

Mary Brown Block #3.

Mary Brown Block #12.

All my blocks together.   It's a start!

Cassandra's Circle center block. This is a LARGE block it will finish at 36" X 36". I found it difficult appliqueing such a large piece. Some other quilters have downsized the blocks, You can read more about this sew along on Barbara Brackman's blog Civil War Quilts HERE and HERE.

I am not 100% happy with this block. I feel like it is missing something. I have been thinking I should have used larger prints in it?  I don't know. I am going to wait until I have more of the surrounding blocks done and see how it looks before I change anything.

Washington Plume block. Finished size 36"X 36"

I am working on prepping the second block.
 Mulberry Wreath. 18" X 18"

RSC20 blocks for January and February. I am doing Bonnie Hunter's Leader/Ender Shoo Fly blocks for these. You can get the directions HERE. I am doing the 6" version.

January's green

February's orange

And of course no post is complete without a moose photo!

In this first one she had  pawed at the snow until she uncovered the grass beneath to eat.

 Later she moved on. It looks like she saw her shadow on the building and was looking at it. I wonder what that means for our winter? Six more weeks?

Happy Quilting! Rebecca

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Mary Brown Progress

First up I need to apologize to all the other Mary Brown stitchers. I did not get a post up for December. I had no progress to show! There were several reasons that I will not bore you with, but I do want to share one. A product was recommended to me and it really sounded like it would work and help speed up my applique process. Wash-Away Applique Sheets by C&T Publishing. I found it too difficult to turn under my edges and get them smooth, also not pleasant  to stitch through. I had prepped all my leaves using this product hoping I would get used to it, I didn't and I had to redo all my leaves.
Links to the other Mary Brown stitchers.

Karen HERE
Jennie HERE
Robin HERE
Nanette HERE

Blocks 1, 2, 10, & 11

I have my next two blocks prepped and hope to have them finished in time for our next link up.

Block 3

Block 12, I know it looks like a glob of fabric , but I do have the design marked.

I finished all nine blocks for Barbara Brackman's Hospital Sketches sew along. I need to decide what I am going to do for the borders and if I will use sashing.  I plan on joining in on her new sew along called Cassandra's Circle, the first block is out, you can read about HERE.

I did finish all this stockings in plenty of time to deliver them before Christmas.

I got all the stockings finished in time.

I can't forget about our moose friends! We saw this one we were out for a drive.

We have been having some cold weather for the last month or more. I think we may of had two or three days that got above zero since December 19, 2019.  We have probably been averaging -20*. After a couple of mild winters it seems we are back to normal.  My husband saw this poem on Facebook and I thought it was appropriate.

Happy Stitching, Rebecca

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Celebrating Mary Brown - First Blocks

I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving. We were fortunate to spend the day with family.

As I mentioned in my last post I have joined in another sew along. We are doing the "Celebrating Mary Brown" quilt. I finally got a start on the first blocks. Here are links to the other participants: Karen HERE,  Cathy HERE,  Jennie HERE,  Robin HERE, Nanette and Jan's HERE.

Three blocks partially prepped, I haven't decided for sure on the flower colors and will add the stems/vines after I have sewn these four blocks together.

The pineapple block is done. I thought this one was the hardest so got it finished first.

Two things that kept me from completing more on Mary Brown were, Hospital Sketches block #8, Triple Tulips and knitting Christmas stockings. I have 2 stockings done, except for blocking them and adding a hanging loop. Two more to go for this year.

Hospital Sketches block #8, Triple Tulips.

Two stockings done and two more to go.

                                                                 Happy Quilting, Rebecca 

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