Saturday, December 31, 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

Circle of Friends Civil War Quilt

Circle of Friends
This quilt was made for Barbara Brackman as a thank you by quilters participating in her Civil War BOW. The block I made is Calico Puzzle, fourth row down, first on the left. 
Becky Brown pieced together our blocks and added a mitred border 
Quilted by Deb Jacobs
Big thank you to Dustin and Becky for setting up and maintaining the Flickr site
Becky also made each week's block posted on the Civil War blog
Click here for a link to Barbara's post about this quilt

Being a part of this project in 2011 has been so amazing. I've "met" some wonderful talented quilters from all over the world. Started my first blog. Spending way too much time blog hopping but enjoying every minute of it getting inspired!
This project led to the 1880s Sampler BOW with Cheryl Miller. 
Love the precision piecing and challenge of making both of these quilts this year.

Looking forward to some new UFO and FMQ challenges in 2012!
Getting these two and other quilts I am working on completed.
Improve my FMQ skills and try to keep up with all of you! 

Wishing you all a Happy and Pieceful New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

2012 UFO Challenge

** For complete updates with pictures, go to my UFO page under my header **

UFO Challenges. Judy Laquidara is hosting a new UFO Challenge for 2012 and my guild is doing one too. First time to join a UFO challenge for me. It will be a fun way to get some UFOs out of the closet.

Here is my list of 12 projects that I would love to finish...

#1 ~ Red and White Quilt ~ Most of the top is finished. To do: add borders, quilt, bind and label. Finished in February!

#2 ~  Chips and Strips Quilt~ NYD Mystery quilt. To do: finish top, quilting, binding and label. Top is finished. Quilted and binding done.

#3 ~ 1930s Dresden wall hanging. To do: finish top, quilting, binding and label.

#4 ~ A Mystery Quilt I did in 2005. Top was finished back then. To do: Quilting, binding and label. Quilted.

#5 ~ Friendship Stars Quilt. This is a top made from fabrics I swapped in a Celestial Star Swap that Luna Lisa hosted while we were members of AAQMB. I finished the top soon after the swap and it's been tucked away for far too long. To do: quilting, binding and label.
Finished in January!! Even added a sleeve!

#6 ~ Tree of Life Quilt. Made with HSTs cut aways from the snowball blocks of UFO #1

#7 ~ Simple Scrappy Pleasures Quilt. This is a BOM started in 2002! All of the blocks are complete. To do: Finish month #13 which are the pieced borders, assemble top, quilt, binding and label. Top is complete

#8 ~ Simple Scrappy Pleasures wall hanging. Same BOM. I had such a stash of calicos I made a smaller version at the same time. To do: same as #7 Top is complete. Quilting is complete. Added a sleeve. Finished in March!

#9 ~ Modern Dresden Flower Power Sampler. Took a class with Anelie Belden in 2011 and started this quilt. To do: finish blocks. Hope Judy doesn't pick #9 first! lol This is one of the blocks. My goal is to finish the blocks.

# 10 ~ Galactic Twinkle Quilt. Another BOM in 20?? lol. Blocks are all made. To do: Put top together, quilt, binding and label.

# 11 ~ Wee Flower Patch wall hanging. A 2003 BOM. Now this one I finished the top! To do: quilting, binding and label.

#12 ~ Nine Patch small doll quilt. I have 2 pizza boxes of nine patches that were swapped with members of AAQMB. This is one of many quilts I made this year using the nine patches. To do: quilting, binding and label. Finished this one and a second 9 patch small quilt ;0)

It was fun looking for UFOs tonight, like finding old friends. I promise to update this post with pictures. Wishing you a Pieceful New Year!

I found 24 UFOs in total. Two are special occasion quilts that need to be completed soon and two are BOMs that I can't complete until October so I did not include them above. My Civil War Quilt and 1880s Sampler are WIPs that I will keep working on all year, plus six more that I will try to finish for my guild's 2012 UFO challenge. 
Seems a little overwhelming now that I see how many projects I have. Perhaps unrealistic but I will be happy with how ever many get finished :0)
Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Star

Here is the most recent Civil War block that I finished this morning. 
Block 52 Christmas Star posted on Civil War blog on Christmas Eve.
52 ~ Christmas Star
Four of the fabrics I used to make this block are from 8 inch Civil War charms I swapped in 2004 with members of AAQMB. They were left over pieces as I used some of them in a previous block. I kept waiting for the right block to use them and this was the perfect one! The background fabric in the corners is a new fabric that I brought in since I did not have enough to make the entire block. There was also not enough fabric to fussy cut either but I am happy with this block. 
This coming Saturday will be the last block posted on the CW blog!

I also finished last weeks block 51 New York
51 ~ New York
In place of a four inch square of blue star fabric I pieced a Tri Recs star. Others quilters did the same and I like the look. I also used the same red and cream fabrics to make block 30 ~ Peterson's Stars and Stripes.

30 ~ Peterson's Stars and Stripes
This block was posted on the Civil War blog on July 23, 2011. This is one of a few blocks I have not completed as I was deciding on whether or not to hand appliqué.  As you can see I went with the not and machine appliquéd the star with a variegated blue thread ;0) and now it's done!

I haven't said much about Christmas as it was a challenge with my Mom. I keep it pretty low key as she is extremely uncomfortable with people she does not know. Recently her dementia has progressed that there are times she does not know who I am. Needless to say, it took the wind out of my sails...thank goodness for quilting... it's the best therapy!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Peace on Earth

Goodwill tword Men and Women
...On this Christmas Eve
Wishing Peace for everyone around the World 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Are your stockings hung?
Wishing you and yours a Wonderful Holiday

Thursday, December 15, 2011

CW block ~ Union

Finished #44 block ~ Union ~ for my Civil War Quilt.

I have a few more blocks to catch up on, less than 10. This block was posted on October 29 on Barbara Brachman's Civil War blog. The block has five fabrics, which is always a challenge to pick fabrics and colors for these blocks. That and fussy cutting are but two of my favorite parts of making this quilt.

Saturday will be block #51, then just two more Saturdays until the end of the year and we will be at the end of this Block of the Week. The last block for the 1880s Sampler was posted last week and the setting triangles will be posted after the holidays. So sad that both of these BOWs are coming to an end.

There are lots of pictures now of quilters that have started setting their CW blocks. Many different ideas and versions. Some set on point, some with sashing, some with alternate blocks. Lots of choices. I have not made a decision for my quilt yet. Many of the blocks look great set on point and yet others look best straight set. There was a post with a version drawn up on software with straight set blocks AND blocks set on point in the center medallion style. So many choices, all are gorgeous.

Barbara Brachman is working on a book that will be about this project that will be published in 2012. Rosemary Youngs made her version of this quilt and it will be in the book. A picture of her finished quilt is posted on The Civil War blog. We have a sneak preview of the last 3 blocks!

I have a busy day today. Embroidery to finish on a stocking and baste the sample quilt for my Quilting 101 class. I decided to baste it on the longarm and then do FMQ on my faithful Bernina. Take mom to a doctor appointment this afternoon, vegan cooking to do for tonight to celebrate my son's birthday and have a nice evening with my son Chris, his girlfriend Christie, mom, Michael and I. 

Enjoy your holidays!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Fussy Four Patch

Here is a picture of the sample quilt for my next Quilting 101 class
It starts in January of 2012
at Cathy's Sew and Vac in Chico, CA

Fussy Four Patch

Visit Cathy's Sew and Vac website for more info:

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Grapes of Wrath

Block #50 ~ Grapes of Wrath ~ Civil War Quilt

Newest posting today on Barbara Brackman's Civil War BOW blog. I followed the suggested colors for this block. It was a perfect fit for this gold fabric and it's wine colored leaves.
This block is a modification of a traditional block called Grape Basket. 
BlockBase #712.
The grape basket represents the history of the lyrics of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Written by Julia War Howe, the poem was published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862. "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord: He trampled out the vintage where the grapes of wrath were stored." 
Click on the Civil War link on my sidebar to read more...  

Also finished a block for the 1880s Sampler that Cheryl Miller posted yesterday.
Elaborate Ohio Star
Snowball and QSTs are unfinished at 2 inches. The block finishes at 5 inches square.
Original quilt made by Barbara Snyder in the 1880s was made in different colors than the browns and pinks that a couple of us are doing, this block would be black and pink.
Click the link on my sidebar to find out more about this quilt.
(For some reason I can't get embedded text links to work)

Back to more quilting...

Two more blocks for the 1880s Sampler Quilt completed this evening:
This block was allot of fun to build. 
New Album Variation
Love stars and HST so this was a fun fast block. Seams were a little bulky.
I may make this one again with Y seams.
LeMoyne Star
Not too many stars outside with the full moon. It's clear and frosty cold.
The lunar eclipse this morning was beautiful despite a hard freeze.
We are in for another freeze tonight. Good night

Friday, December 9, 2011

Workweek complete

Finished the quilt top for my next Quilting 101 class at Cathy's starting in January. Fussy Four Patch is a baby quilt with 5 inch blocks fussy cut from an alphabet panel alternating with a four patch block and a fussy cut mitered border. It's too dark to take a good photo so will save that for tomorrow. Wednesday we made block #4 for the BOM at Cathy's. 

Would love to put up my holiday decor this weekend. At the very least to put up the tree we cut down last weekend. It's been waiting outside in a tub of water. Temps have been freezing every night for almost a week now so it's still very fresh.

There is a new blog set up with a link for Annie's Star Quilt Guild. The link is from an old non-functioning website that is now embedded to open up in the new blog. There is a link on by sidebar. We had our December guild meeting with a cookie exchange, block exchange and a display of the quilts guild members made. Here are pics of a few of the quilts that I quilted for the guild:

Added my Koi to the last one :0)
There were a few more but I don't always get pictures plus two I pieced and quilted. Anyway, check out our new blog. I forget the count of how many quilts were made this year but it was well over 100 plus small items like placemats we make for Meals on Wheels, pillowcases for hospitals and stuffed hearts for heart recovery patients. 

Tomorrow will be my day for quilting ~ looking forward to a new CW block and a block for the 1880s sampler quilt that Cheryl posted today. It is the last block! Of course, I have many to catch up on. To quote Cheryl's blog name, too many quilts, not enough time...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

1880s Sampler

Elaborate Shoofly
My second attempt at this block and yea! Happy with this one. It is spot on 5 1/2 inches (unfinished)!!! These little guys are so much fun. This one, altho not perfect, is a keeper. Also changed the medium fabric from the first block. Better contrast with this one.

I had to force myself to sew a full 1/4 inch seam allowance instead of a scant 1/4 that I am in the habit of. Just one thread over made all the difference. Also, discovered that my needle was lightly bent and not hitting dead center. After a needle change and adjusting my seam allowance this block is just the right size.

Cheryl's posts and instructions on her 1880s Sampler blog are great! There are two outstanding quilters from Australia that have kept up with Cheryl. At the end of the year they will have all their blocks finished and ready for setting.

It's going to be sad to have the Sampler as well as the Civil War BOW both end soon. Barbara Brackman posted that she plans to keep her blog up until the middle of next year. She is also putting the CW quilt into a new book.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Yankee Puzzle and 1880s Sampler

Yankee Puzzle ~ Today's block posted on Barbara Brackman's Civil War blog
This is my version of the block...
Block 49 Yankee Puzzle
Also made a few of the 1880s Sampler blocks...
Roman Cross was posted on Cheryl's 1880s Sampler blog on Friday  
1880s Sampler ~ Roman Cross

1880s Sampler ~ Square in a Square Variation

1880s Sampler ~ Courthouse Steps

Elaborate Shoofly attempt!
Should have quit while I was ahead! lol Even with Cheryl's warning that this block tends to "grow on you", mine did! There are more pieces to this block but I stopped here. Will make another attempt at it but not tonight! Happy with what I accomplished today...

Michael started a native plant project last year for Big Chico Creek Watershed Alliance. With volunteers, we hike and harvest seeds in the fall, start seeds in the spring, re pot into bigger pots in the summer with volunteers that take the plants home over the summer to tend and water them and then we plant them at the beginning of winter so they will get watered by the winter rain. Today was planting day and with the help of volunteers, 65 native plants and trees were planted in Bidwell Park today, along Big Chico Creek in Chico, CA. Michael and I also volunteer as team leaders through out the year for the Bidwell Park Volunteer program to remove invasive plants in the park. It's nice to be able to replant the same areas. Lise, the volunteer coordinator treated everyone with pizza.

Checked in with mom (she is having a really hard time with Christmas again this year)...and worked on blocks. Not too bad for a Saturday.

Hope you all are having a great weekend!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Not so Dreadful Y Seams

48 ~ West Virginia
More Y seams in the newest Civil War BOW. Posted on Barbara Brackman's Civil War Blog on Saturday, November 26. Glad to have just made some in a previous block, they were not as dreadful this time. Actually not unlike doing mitered corners. Pretty happy with this newest block as well as three more I finished today...
42 ~ H is for Hospital
H is for Hospital was posted on the Civil War Blog on October 15. Easy except I changed the yellow from the first block I started. Fussy cutting is so much fun and I spend allot of time selecting fabrics for each block.
34 ~ Rosebud
I chose some Poison Greens for Rosebud. Altho not rose colors, I like the block and the fabrics. The Rosebud block was posted on August 20. 
29 ~ Railroad Crossing
Railroad Crossing was posted back on July 16, the first Civil War block I stopped at. It's hard to believe I haven't worked on them since then. I made pretty good headway this holiday weekend. 12 blocks. There are a few more left, pulled and partially cut. A couple of them are applique so they may be an evening project after I get bindings finished.

Next is the 1880s Sampler Quilt.  I plan to work on them in the evenings during the week as I don't have as many different fabrics and colors in that quilt. My worktable is completely covered with my Civil War fabrics right now, all in different little piles sorted by colors. lol Will have to put them away tomorrow morning before I can use my worktable for work/jobs. This week went by way too fast :0(

Friday, November 25, 2011

Post Pig Out Day

47 Dixie Tea

46 Apple Tree

45 Port and Starboard

37 Confederate Rose
What is it about turkey that makes one sleep so well! Instead of joining in on Black Friday, I dislike shopping even under the best of circumstances, I spent Post Pig Out Day working on my Civil War quilt.

Four more blocks done! Block 47 is the most recent block posted on Barbara Brackman's blog Saturday Nov. 19. Tomorrow will be a new one. Not that I am caught up, I still have more blocks to get to. Dixie Tea represents the tea leaf mixtures made when coffee and tea were not available during the Civil War. Love the history that goes along with each block. Check out more details on Barbara Brackman's Civil War BOW blog. Link is at the top of my sidebar.

Block 46 Apple Tree was an easy one. Check out the falling apples under the tree! 45 Port and Starboard was a fav as I love HSTs. Crusin' right along until I started block 37 Confederate Rose. There are a few blocks with odd pieces that I skipped over because of templates or applique. This is one of them. Printed out the templates. Looked at the shapes and then... oh no!!!... The Dreaded Y Seam!!! It's been a long time since I've done them. Headed over to Flicker to see how other quilters handled the block. Not only did most of them do the Y seams, there are quite a few that did the BlockBase version of Confederate Rose with even more Y seams! Truely Amazing Group of Quilters!

I could have changed the block and modified it to a square in a square version. Even set it up to be paper pieced. But the bar was set! Cut out my fabrics and worked out the Y seams. It's not the flatest block lol, but I am happy that I it is square and the correct size of 8 1/2 inches. Yipee! note: it looks pretty good in the picture because the scanner squashes is down. ;0)

Time for leftovers... and more blocks

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Back in the Saddle Again!

Ohio Star ~ Block 38

Star of the West ~ Block 35

Kentucky Crossroads ~ Block 36

Hovering Hawks ~ Block 39

Finished 4 of my Civil War blocks today. Yipee!!! It's so nice to get back to them. It took a few blocks to get back in the groove.  Skipping around a bit until I get caught up and will fill in with the missing blocks.

Also have the 1880s sampler pulled out and ready to get going on that quilt too. Will see how many I can get done tomorrow in between cooking and sewing. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Wishing everyone here in the states a wonderful holiday. For those that are planning to travel, I hope everyone stays safe and warm in what may be some yucky weather. We have rain forcast. The plants will be happy. We will try and send some on to Texas ;0)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Lots to be thankful for

As we head into the week of Thanksgiving, it's always nice to reflect on the things we are thankful for. The past six years have brought many changes into my life. I am thankful to be back in the North Valley altho I miss the mountains terribly as well as family that have passed, my husband, his parents and my father. I am thankful to live close to my son and that I get to see and talk to my mom every day since I moved her here after dad died. I am thankful that I met a wonderful man who helps make my life happy again. My friends in Tahoe, internet quilting friends and new family and friends in Texas :0)

I am especially thankful to have the opportunity and the means to be a quilter. To to able to share my love of quilting with others thru teaching and the guild. To give the gift of quilts to family, friends and those in need. 

Thank you to Dan, Cathy, Nancy and Jeni at Cathy's Sew and Vac for the classroom to teach quilting. My Quilting 101 series of classes are completed. With 2 returning and 2 new attendees, we had a lot of fun making a two color two block quilt. My new Binding Workshop last week was full and went well. The BOM is ongoing with a fun group of ladies. I am thankful for new quilting friends and to share my love of quilting with you all!

This week I am taking off for... a quilting vacation at home! lol Over the weekend I got caught up on my Civil War and 1880s sampler BOWs prep work and am ready to start sewing! Am I ever Thankful to get back to my quilts and am looking forward to a week of sewing, cooking and eating! Yippee and Yum!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Best of Quilts from ASQG quilt show

Best Art Quilt ~ Treetop Pair by Phyllis C.

Best Use of Color ~ Flower Basket by Sally Jo S.
Best of Show ~ Stars by Marilyn G.
Best Small Quilt ~ Mystical Manzanita by Josette R.

Best Large Quilt ~ Mariners in a Pickle by Esther A (Threads on the Floor)

This quilt is made by my friend Esther
(NOT Esther Aliu, this pic has been pinned and re-pinned
with someone giving the credit for making this quilt to a different Esther)

Congratulations to all the ribbon winners!

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