Sunday, May 26, 2024

Sweet William Progress

 So while my Bramble Blooms has stalled I am trying to make make progress on some very old projects. The first one I will share with you today. I had almost just given up on this one, but when I got it out and looked at it, I fell in love with this quilt again.  I had already hand pieced all the baskets, I just need to do the applique portion. I have six blocks completed and now have all the other blocks prepped for applique. Everything is organized and I can grab a block when I have time and applique it.

My six finished blocks.

The rest of the 30 blocks all prepped and ready to sew.

I have six blocks in each of these zip bags.

The zip bags are all tucked away in my new Yazzii bag.

I will be working on this block today, I know it is looks like a blob of lavender, but they are each separate petals for the flower. I will be linking up with Kathy' HERE and all the other Slow Stitchers as soon as I can, I don;t think there is anything better than doing some slow stitching!

Here is a little information about the origin of this quilt.

Photo of the original quilt made in 1860 Pennsylvania.

Photo of the original found in this book.

Susan Smith created this pattern. On closer inspection I see she did not copy the blocks exactly.

Next time I will share the progress on another very old UFO.  Happy Quilting!  Rebecca

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Bramble Blooms Link Up & Two Tops

I am sorry to say I have made no progress on my Bramble Blooms, it looks just like it did before. We had a family issue that took my creativity on a nose dive. I do hope to add the next round soon. I am so amazed at everyone's creations!

I did do some mindless sewing and got two tops put together. The first one is from Barbara Brackman's Herbarium Bom.

 The second one is an  old UFO from the Rainbow Scrap Challenge in 2019.

Angela posted a block per week in the color of the month. Here is a LINK to the page that has links and PDFs of all of the patterns.

I've been doing a little baking. An apple pie and once the pie was gone I made some blueberry cream cheese bread.

A link to the recipe, HERE

Since my husband is diabetic I use the sweetener below, It is the best I have found so far.

Happy Quilting! Rebecca

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Bramble Blooms & Hand Quilting

 The Weather has sure changed direction here! It was 20* above zero today, so thankful!

Bramble Blooms is done, at least until the next prompt from Audrey. (No hurry Audrey!!) If down the road I feel it needs something else I can add it later. For now though I am happy with what I have.

I made a little progress on my sister's quilt, Bouquet. Five hexie flowers completed and I have six more cut and ready to baste.

I think this is what I will do for the sashings, block corners, cornerstones and outer border.

Sashings, block corners, corner stones and outer border fabrics. (The two background squares in the photo are from the layer cake.)

I would have started appliquing the hexies  to my backgrounds, but have been waiting on fabric. 

There is an interesting story. I ordered 5 yards of background fabric, in the picture below. This is from the website. At least what I thought I was ordering!

The fabric I got in the mail.

So I went looking on the internet for more fabric in this collection. This next photo is from Rene Nanneman's website, Need'l Love. So they had the correct info on the other website but the wrong photo. I contacted them, but they refused to acknowledge they had the wrong photo or were at fault at all. Lesson learned, do more research before ordering online!!!

Now on to something more pleasant. I have made a little progress on quilting my Spring Time Album quilt. Two borders done! I will be linking with Kathy and the other Slow Sunday Stitchers HERE .  I have two borders quilted, two more to go!

 A big thank you to Gretchen of  "Gretchen's Little Corner" blog, she mentioned the needles in the photo below on her blog. I ordered some and I am really enjoying quilting with  them! You can visit Gretchen's blog HERE.

A photo of the top Spring Time Album.

Thanks for reading my blog! I would love to hear from you! Happy quilting, Rebecca

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Still Cold! Two New Projects & Bramble Blooms

The cold weather is still with us. We are keeping both wood stoves going 24/7. We are getting more daylight so that is encouraging. The weather forecasters continue to tell us that a warming trend is coming, just not here yet. Hopefully soon! I hope you will read to the end, we had some visitors!

This was taken Friday morning about 8 am, -54 to -55

 Now onto to quilting. Have you ever seen a fabric or fabric collection and you immediately you think of someone that it fits perfectly? That has happened to me a few times, one example pictured below, was a quilt I made for a granddaughter last Christmas. She LOVES octupusses! When I saw the Kaffe Fassett octopus fabric I said Ashlee.

This is a throw size quilt and she loved it. Minky on the back!

When I saw this layer cake of Tradewinds by Renee Nannemann, my sister's name popped in my head. It was a Missouri Star daily deal so I ordered it immediately. There are only two aqua/turquoise fabrics included in the collection so I did order some different aqua fabric to add to it, plus for the quilt I have in mind I needed background fabric, sashing and etc., those are order too.

This is the pattern I plan to use. It is called Bouquet, by Sherri McConnell. The quilt in the pattern is a throw size 5 blocks X 5 blocks, mine will be larger 8 blocks X 9 blocks. The blocks finish at 9".

First hexie prepped and ready to stitch together. 

The fabrics in the corner and the fabric on top are possible block corners and sashing. My sister likes neutrals, but these might be too dark, I will have to wait until I get a few more hexie blocks made.

More hexies cut out to baste and sew for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy, HERE

I am fussy cutting the floral fabric for the center hexies.

I also joined Taryn's Tiny Nine-Patch Challenge. I am doing the 3" size. That is small enough for me!

30 blocks done

More little squares ready to sew. I am using up some my older Civil War fabrics and scraps.

Finally this is where I am on Bramble Blooms. I had to un-stitch the red half flowers, they were too large, so I need to re-stitch them. I also will add 2 more gold triangles. I still am not sure where I will place the word Faith, this is one idea.

So I happened to look out the window and saw this moose.

Then a minute or so later while I was taking her photo another one came around the side of the house, her calf from last year. So I kept taking photos.

Then another one came around the side of the house! She had had twins and they both survived! We see tracks on the snow all the time, but this is the first time I was able to get photos.

Thanks for reading my blog! I would love to hear from you! Happy quilting, Rebecca

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Bramble Blooms Progress

 We have a cold couple weeks ahead of us. -25* during the daytime and down to -30* to -40* at night. Nothing to complain about though, normal winter weather for us.  Nothing like what other people are suffering through around the country. We had friends that flew out to Oregon, they were stuck in a hotel with no power for 4 days waiting for a flight home.  On the other hand, my daughter and her family were in Maui! Lucky them! They made it home okay, no doors flew off or anything, lots of delays though. I am making a big pot of potato soup today!

I am making progress on my Bramble Blooms quilt. It is slow going and I feel as though I am tangled up in the thorny brambles sometimes! Right off you will see that I changed the yellow/gold flower shape. I was trying to hard to make them realistic, the mustard flower has only 4 petals, but it just wasn't working.

I tried fabric after fabric for the border. Below are a few  photos of different ideas I tried. My husband said the greens were too dark, so I went with the creams, that was just to plain.

How about a split border? A little better, not sure.

For some reason I am liking the brown, don't tell my hubby!

This is where I am right now. Lots of things I am still not sure on. One, the red shapes, maybe just half circles and not the half flower shape. Second, the cornerstones? This is best I have come up with so far.

I would like to add another bird and the word Faith, but since I don't know what the next prompt will be I am unsure.

I continue to work on Barbara Brackman's BOM, Herbarium. I am currently appliqueing Block #10, Strawberry Wreath. I need to write a post showing all my finished blocks for this. I will be linking up with Kathy HERE  for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Thank you for reading my blog. Happy Quilting! Rebecca

Monday, December 4, 2023

Bramble Blooms 2.0?

 This isn't exactly Bramble Blooms 2.0, because when I first started thinking about my center panel I wanted red flowers and that was the fabric I had picked out. Partially because Audrey had red flowers but mostly because red is one of my favorite colors.  Then my idea of naming the quilts Faith, Hope and Love changed my direction. I went looking for flowers to represent Faith for the first quilt. I choose the mustard plant for the parable of the mustard seed, and Lily of the Valley for the lilies of the field parable, and of course my bird for the parable of the sparrow. Well, after more research I find that they believe Christ was talking about a different flower than I thought. It is called called Crown Anemone (Lily of the Field). Here are some links where I found this information  HERE and HERE and HERE.  (I hope these links work.) 

Crown Anemone the Lily of the Field

I know I mentioned in many of my replies to comments on my last post that I was not entirely happy with my first center panel for Bramble Blooms. I really felt I had not captured the improv style at all. Hopefully I have done a little better this time. The color for the bird my change, though sparrows do tend to be brown. I will be linking up with Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts HERE 

Everything is glued in place and ready for stitching.

I have been really busy with my Christmas baking, every year I make dozens of cinnamon rolls to give out to family and friends. I also make cookies, white fruitcakes, and two kinds of fudge.

Old photo, but they look the same every year. lol

Happy Quilting, Rebecca

Monday, November 20, 2023

Bramble Blooms and Christmas Stockings

 I have a tentative lay out for my Bramble Blooms center panel. I am so unsure! This is so out of my comfort zone of following a pattern. I am looking for some feedback What do you think? I added the bird ( a sparrow) for the scriptures Matthew 10:29-31 and Luke 12:6-7. 

Everything just pinned in place for now.

Now that I finished the Christmas stockings for my grandson and his family I can spend some time catching up on my applique projects.

Happy Quilting! Rebecca