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. 🧘‍♀️

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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! 😏