I'm happy to share my finished Timber quilt!
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Sunday, August 15, 2021
I sewed something!Nothing like a deadline to motivate me! Black bears are making a comeback in Northern Michigan so...when I received this invitation to a baby shower I decided I wanted to try and replicate it - modern quilting style 😉I started with the bear. I purchased a pattern by Sew Fresh Quilts knowing I would need to make changes for the bear to fit my quilt. I love a challenge! My bear is chubbier and has a shorter snout but I think he works. I used a black Peppered Cotton for the bear and a Grunge print for the background.
I used Amy Smart's tutorial for the improv trees. They're made with Essex linen in Pickle.I hope you're enjoying summer. Watch out for bears!
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
I was late to join the Summer Sampler 2020 quilt along and I'm late to finish but...finished it is!I used an ombré bundle from V Christenson that had been sitting in my stash since 2017. I purchased it after participating in the Summer Sampler quilt along that year and being inspired by Faith's finish.
|I'd love to hear in the comments which is your favorite block!|
I veered away from the quilt along's suggested lay-out and put my blocks on point. Those gray setting triangles were scary to cut but I love the effect of the ombré. (You can see the suggested lay-out and purchase the patterns for the blocks here.)
I used the same gray for the binding. I needed a half yard and that's exactly what I had left. Phew! Can you see that the binding ombré is matched side to side and top to bottom? That's not a happy accident - but it didn't take me too long to figure out. 😉The beautiful birds on this backing fabric by Tula Pink are a perfect match to the colorful blocks on the front. A wonderful find!
This might be the most beautiful quilt I've made to date. Shortly after I started it last summer my beautiful niece became engaged. Her happiness was on my heart often as I worked on this project. It's only fitting that it should be hers.
Last weekend was her wedding shower and I gifted it then.
Friday, January 15, 2021
I sewed from my stash for this. I had just enough of these Laura Gunn butterflies for a front and back, and even eked out a small zip pouch!
Happy New Year!
Monday, November 30, 2020
I was lucky to find this backing fabric, also from the Ansonia line, on Etsy for a super sale price. Who doesn't love a great deal when buying yardage?!
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Years ago I won a package from Denyse Schmidt and it included her Proverbial Quilt pattern. I studied it then but it overwhelmed me. Early this year Denyse announced an online Proverbial quilt-along. I signed up immediately. I knew exactly what my quilt would say as I had previously chosen this ↑ Roald Dahl quote from The Twits.
Then Covid and lock-downs and quarantines hit. The quilt-along took on a whole new life. So many fantastic quilts resulted from the emotions of the changes going on around the world. I considered altering my plan for about 2 seconds, but no, I needed to stay positive and keep moving forward.
I dove right in and made 85 scrappy letters. Some improv, some following the pattern precisely. I still can't believe there is only one R in the whole quilt!
I combined my letters into 20 words,
and then used spacers to created the 8 rows.
I added a few extras; 4 hearts for my 4 grandchildren and...sunbeams! (These 5 blocks took me an entire day 😜)
When the entire top was complete I took it outside for a "stained glass" photo. So many pieces!I used fun letters for the backing fabric and that stashed 1/2 yard of oval elements for the binding. It was a perfect match for the blue strips between the word lines.
There were several categories to enter our final quilts in. I chose "Quilts in the Wild" and got this shot under my favorite redbud tree. I hadn't been anywhere for the month prior so this back corner of our lot was like wilderness!
After these photos were taken I added Roald Dahl's name to the quilt. Now it's complete!
Thursday, March 19, 2020
We've been making maple syrup! 🍁
We've lived in this house for almost 30 years. There are several sugar maple trees on the property. I've always wanted to tap one and finally, this was the year.
It's so simple: drill a hole at a slight angle, insert the tap, hang a bucket on the tap's hook...
and watch the sap flow! (I lined our old bucket with a zip-lock because it's cleaner and easier to empty.)
We just tapped one tree this first year. I cannot believe how much sap has dripped in less than a week. I empty the bag at least 3 times a day.
I've been boiling it down in small batches on my stovetop. This very wide Calphalon pan I purchased at an outlet store years ago has been perfect for this task.
It takes about 1.5 hours to boil down to 2 cups which I then filter through a coffee filter.
When I've boiled down 3 pans (so I have about 6 cups) I put it in a smaller pan and boil it down some more. Actually, now it's like making candy, I cook it till it's 219 degrees F.
This year, I'm putting it in small canning jars. I turn the jars over while the syrup is still hot and let them cool that way. The jars seal themselves!
Next year I'll plan ahead and be ready with cute maple leaf shaped jars to store it in.
Have you ever turned sap to syrup?
Having something new and fun to focus on has really helped me thru this week.