February finish

This is my first finished quilt of 2019. The panel was bought in Sonoma, California while on a girls’ weekend with my quilting gals from Connecticut in 2017. I started it in November 2018 on a quilting retreat with my new quilting gals from Nevada. There are a lot of memories tied to this quilt. It combines my love of quilting together with my long time friends and my new friends. It also reminds me of being in Sonoma just days before the fires hit that beautiful area and brought home to me one of the perils of living on the West Coast.

I knew immediately how I wanted to quilt it and the quilting turned out exactly as I envisioned it. I used a linen for the backing and binding which, with a little starch, worked out fabulously. I also used a new concept for the hanging sleeve which I found on YouTube. It was easy and used up some scrap fabric I had. I will refine it next time. It is now labeled and hanging in my studio.

With this finish, I am motivated to try and get a couple more quilts to the finish line. I’m setting up my design wall and plan to get my ” tree” blocks and my Antebellum blocks into tops. I like the idea of working on modern and traditional quilts in the same time frame. Balance, feels right. πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ


Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Just a quick post so I can link up to the RSC on ScrapHappy Saturday! Yellow is the color of the month and much welcomed! It was nice to work with a bright springy color after the past two weeks of very wintry weather. I have been changing my work days to coincide with NON snow days since I travel 45 miles each way into the mountains which has been a challenge. The highway to work (I80 East to Truckee CA) has been closed off and on for several days the past 10 days so that the plows can clear the snow. But It has given me some extra sewing time. Looks like a clear patch of weather is ahead thankfully.

So here are my Cog blocks for this month. I love this block and this challenge is fun as I dig down into the fabric archives each month.

The Forest and the Trees

I am poking my head out like the groundhog to show you what I have finished over the last few weeks. Winter has thrown some snow days my way and I have used them productively.

I finished quilting one of the two wall hangings I am calling Counterbalance Sonoma. I’m glad I made two because I will be able to use a couple of my missteps on the first to improve the second one. Overall, I am happy with the results. I will change the thread weight and approach the quilting differently on the second one.

Any thoughts or suggestions are welcome. The backing is a linen blend and I may use something else on the second. I still haven’t figured out what I will use to bind it .

My modern quilt group is doing raffle blocks every other month. For each block entered you get a chance to win all of the blocks entered. Generally there are enough to make a lap sized quilt. I was obsessed with this month’s free form tree block. Once I got the general idea, I couldn’t stop making trees 🌲! They measure 12 1/2 inches. I made 10 and used up a lot of scraps. I’ll enter a few and keep my fingers crossed. I am keeping at least 4 to make a small wall hanging for myself in case I don’t win. Now I just have to decide which ones to keep! I love them all.

Well that’s what has been happening here in Northern Nevada. I’m ready to start my RSC Cog blocks. This month’s color is YELLOW. I want to load and quilt the 2nd “Sonoma ” quilt and get both of them bound. Barbara Brackman is calling to me again and I have only 3 blocks to make and I can put the Antebellum top together! Maybe I’ll quilt my “old” and new together.

I hate winter but love that it keeps me indoors quite a bit and I can quilt til I wilt! 😏

Emerging from the cold

We have been in the grips of a winter storm system in Northern Nevada for the last few days. We generally don’t see too much snow here in the valleys of Reno and Sparks but we did get about 6 inches on Wednesday. And,of course, it really dumped snow in the mountains. I work in Truckee, California so the snow has really piled up (about 30 inches) and the interstate has been closed periodically for two days. So I have had a couple of SNOW DAYS ⛄️!! I put the time to good use quilting-wise and have finished my 2nd wall hanging and have one on the frame.

I felt a need for a “palate cleansing ” after working with those fabrics for a couple of weeks and decided to participate in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge being held over at So Scrappy. This month’s color is red so I made three blocks for a quilt I have seen versions of in Blogland recently. My pattern is called “Cogs” and it’s from a Fons and Porter magazine (2016?). I’ll make 2 or 3 blocks a month and see where it leads me at the end of the year. Surprisingly, I found I have very little red in my stash! So the bonus is that it gives me an excuse to BUY MORE FABRIC!!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰. Ignore the little threads and forgive the terrible photos. I took these as soon as I finished. I’ll take better photos for the linky party on Saturday.

With my “no pressure ” approach to quilting this year, it was fun to work on a new project. Having finished these blocks, I’ll be returning to my Barbara Brackman Antebellum quilt blocks, I lost steam and have 3 blocks to finish before putting the top together but again no pressure😏.

Thanks for stopping by and “quilt til you wilt”.

2019 – Happy New Year

Glad to see 2018 go out the door! We ushered in 2019 with good friends and neighbors last night. Looking back I made some good quilting progress but nothing dramatic. Lots of you were very productive! Good job!

As a start to the new year, I’ve made a few resolutions like everyone else- lose a few pounds, exercise more, GET SOME UFOS DONE!! πŸ˜‚

As a start on one of my resolutions, I worked yesterday and today on a project that I started on retreat in November. I’ll end up with two wall hangings. One for me and one for a gift for someone later this year. I’ll be quilting them together on my frame.

I’m also going to make some pillows or a table runner with the leftovers (so they don’t haunt me for life πŸ˜–). I’m not making any “firm” plans with quilting. I’m making this a NO pressure year.

I’m hoping to be more consistent with blogging but NO pressure! Hope you will stop by! Happy New Year and happy quilting!

Day ?? – Quilt delivery

I’ve missed a few days in the 31 days of blogging but I figure even half the days are better than none. I’ve been in Florida visiting with family whom I haven’t seen in several years. Hubby and I had a fabulous visit with my sister and my nephew’s family in St Augustine. It was great to be near the ocean again and get to do some holiday things together.

I also got to stop and see my mom in Ocala. She is 82 and has trouble traveling. We had a lovely time catching up with her. Before we left, l looked through my quilt tops and found one I thought she would like. It reminded me of Florida.

These blocks were made from scraps sewn to used dryer sheets as foundations many years ago. I trimmed them to 4.5 inches. It was one of those projects where I was determined to finally rid my stash of fabric I was sick of looking at but just couldn’t throw away!!

It didn’t appeal to me anymore but my mom absolutely loved it. πŸ’•

A good day for binding

It’s an overcast and cold day here in Sparks,NV. We spent last night in South Lake Tahoe at my son’s house and tonight is my work Christmas party. So it is a perfect afternoon to bind this quilt which is headed to Florida with me later this week. Binding is not my favorite part of the quilt process but a cold day in December is probably the best time.

Day 5 – back to the grind

Well after the snow day, it was back to work today. Sadly that meant no sewing. I did do a little knitting 🧢 though. I’m not very good at it and I only do it in the fall and winter. I stick to scarves and hats but I find it relaxing. Here’s a look at my latest project.

Anyone else out there have another vice besides quilting?

Day 4 blogging along – SNOW DAY!

We don’t get much snow in northern Nevada here in the valleys so when we do it causes chaos! I’m told our city has 3 plows and works on the theory it will melt by noon. With that in mind I decided to stay put and enjoy from the windows

With snow and cold weather it is time to pull out the flannel sheets and comforter. This one was made many years ago with Michael Miller flannel which I bought on my first trip to Houston’s quilt show.

I finished quilting another “well aged” top which will be given as a Christmas gift and I’m working on sewing back the binding. I’ll share that soon. I’ve got a few more gifts to finish before the holidays. Might actually get them done in time for Christmas which would be unusual for me!😁

Day 3 of blog days – Christmas trees

Last month i was on retreat with a great group of guild friends who are also unbelievably talented. Thought I’d share some of their talent as well as mine.

This little tree was finished after another retreat and hangs in my dining room.

Different interpretations but all so beautiful!

In addition to the blogging challenge, I am visiting at least 2 of the other bloggers who are following this challenge and leaving a comment. Everyone needs a little encouragement! πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘

Day 3 done! Tomorrow some recently completed work!