Saturday, February 23, 2013

Stars Month Four and Guild Progress

My first set of four border stars is finished and the second set for Month 5 is cut out and ready for sewing.  Like the first three months of this pattern, the stars are small, but beautiful.  Two posts ago I blogged that they are worth the time and effort, but something tells me that I will be singing a different tune when all 24 are sewn.

Deceivingly smaller than they look!
The top stars are the final border stars which the pattern refers to as the Sawtooth Stars and the bottom four are the Border Stars.  There are 360 pieces in these twelve blocks. 

The "Highway" to our farm on Monday morning

South Saskatchewan roads took a beating this past week.  I think that this is the worst this highway has been in my eighteen years of driving on it.  It took six full days for the highway to get back to it's normally pot-holey self!  On Friday my husband, myself and our three boys braved the ice-coated roads and headed to Regina to see Eric Church in concert.  He is a talented, talented entertainer.  We could feel the heat from those flames from quite a ways away!

Eric Church in concert in Regina, SK

And lastly, we had a guild get-together today to work on our guild banner.  We wanted to make a banner for our own upcoming quilt show in Torquay this June, but also for the Makoshika Quilt Show in Glendive, MT, USA which we have been asked to show our quilts in.  This show is scheduled for the 26 & 27 of April 2013.  Christa was able to source a book she thought we could use.  It is called Down in the Valley by Cori Derksen and Mrya Harder.  It is a book of paper-pieced houses, trees, churches, schools and such.  Most members picked a house or building, then we raided our stashes and got to work.  Thanks, Brenda for your book.

My chosen house
My second house
Terry's sun- she drew inspiration from a Christmas stocking!
Jane's elevator-  pattern was from her imagination!!!
Christa making the picket fence.
Brainstorming for ideas
By the end of the day four of us had made a church complete with stained glass windows, our Canadian flag,  three houses, three trees, an outhouse, an elevator, three maple leaf blocks,  a sun, a fence and a couple of stars.  Colleen just loved making her church!!!  Oh, but Colleen, it WAS worth all of your work!  We have a couple more blocks to be handed in by other members who couldn't be with us today.  Once we get those handed in and a border fabric, we can start the process of putting it all together.  We need to get our imaginations in high gear.

A special Thanks to Shelby for your fabulous cookies and to Justin for dropping in with a pitcher of homemade strawberry lemonade good!

Friday, February 15, 2013

One Year Ago...

I was sitting beside my Bestemor waiting for her to go home to her Lord.  I don't like to judge which way I believe a person goes when they do die, but if Grandma didn't go Up, none of us stands a chance.  Grandma was Norwegian and proud of it. She loved all things Norwegian- lefse,lutefisk, sweaters, silver, all of it.  Bestemor means "Best Mother" or "Grandmother" in Norwegian.  I loved to hear her talk in Norwegian, so strange and exciting to a little girl.  She made sure that you would roll your R when you said Bestemor because that was the proper way to say it.

Me and Bestemor at her retirement home
Grandma was a beautiful person.  She was a farmers wife, a teacher, a mother to three boys, a pioneer, a pianist and a hard worker who never complained.  She was determined and directed and she read her Bible everyday... she was a woman who had her life figured out and never waivered with her decisions.  I miss her.

I made Bestemor this quilt in Sept. 2008
Emma and Bestemor
This is the last picture that I took of Grandma.  It was Christmas at my parents home and six weeks before she passed.  And did she LOVE Emma!  She had three boys of her own and in my family she had seven grandsons and one granddaughter.  Can you blame her?

I now have three finished border stars for my Stars quilt...only 21 to go!  I'm not sure if I will finish all these star blocks before I lose my patience altogether.  They are a ton of work and I can see why this quilt is broken up into twelve months!!  Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Kitchen Complete!

I have an uncle and an aunt who love to work on stained glass in the winter.  Last year they made me a piece to go over our kitchen counter as a housewarming gift.  We struck a deal, trading a quilt made by me for two stained glass windows made by them.  Pretty good, heh??!!  My dad and uncle Terry showed up on Friday with my two windows.

Beautiful, heh?  When we built our house, we ordered our transoms with caning to add a bit of character.  Now that caning really caused some problems for Terry and Heather in regards to design and trying to camouflage them, but you hardly can even see the canes.  These are the touches that really make a house a home.  Thanks, Terry and Heather.  And to my dad who wanted to get in on the appreciation of this project, Thank You for passing Terry the caulking gun!

Here is my first border star waiting for assembly.

And this little guy has 64 pieces and  finishes at 6 inches square!  It's worth all of the work.  Here is a photo of what the back is like.

I'm taking the designer's advice on this and pressing the seams open.  There are two sides to this argument, in my opinion.  It does reduce the bulk for quilting, but it also makes it harder to piece the block together perfectly as there are no seams that you can "kiss".  Pressing the seams open definitely involves a lot more pinning.

Tomorrow is Thursday, and sadly, it isn't a sewing day for our guild.  The girls in our guild want to say a special "Hello" to Mathew and Jane.  We are praying for you and Take Care.

Friday, February 08, 2013

My retreat

I had trouble deciding what I wanted to work on at retreat this year.  I have been working on my Stars quilt, but I was thinking that quilt is a bit too intense for retreat.  I'm needing a clear head and lots of concentration when I work on that one!  I love the quilt and it is a constant challenge for me.  After a week or two of trying to pick anther project, I caved and decided to take along my Stars.  So I gathered up all of my work thus far and all 25 yards of fabric.  Sue Garmin, the designer of Stars for a New Day, ensured a quick Month Three and so I brought along the patterns for Months 4, 5 and 6 and even contemplated grabbing Month 7, too.  Yah!  Wishful thinking on my part.  I didn't even finish Month 3.  Sigh!  Month 3 was assembling the pinwheels and making them into a border, as well as making eight sawtooth border stars that finish at 4.5 inches square and adding a floater border.

Here are my first Three Months.

In this picture, I don't have the pinwheels or floater border sewn on, but it is sewn on and since I forgot it at guild yesterday, I can't take a picture of it. 

What I really wanted to share with you today is my newest beautiful nephew with his quilt.

I think he loves it!  I know his Momma does.  She already has it posted on her Facebook.  It's nice to be appreciated.

We had a guild meeting yesterday and Charlene had this quilt to show us.  She hand quilted it, too.

I've spent most of the morning working on Month 4.  The next step is making 24 (I think) different star blocks that finish at 8 inches square.  The pattern is deceiving because they look bigger than that.  The pieces for the blocks finish at 1 inch.  Yeah, tiny, but they're gonna look really, really, really good!

The half square triangles are paper-pieced making them very accurate
Ready for pressing

And I must have a thing for Sampler Quilt because this book is my latest find on Amazon.  I was also pleased to find that the author is a fellow Canadian.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Continued again!

I will try to get all of the remaining pictures posted tonight that were taken at our guild retreat.

Dot's scrappy string quilt

Dot sewed this scrappy squares at the retreat
Theresa finished this snuggly quilt for her son
Theresa and her mom, Chris, sewed this for a fundraiser
Heather's Christmas wreath
Heather's guild block exchange
Heather's calendar quilt
Tracey's Double Crossed
Tracey's Double Duty

Terry's Pretty By Hand Bag
Terry's scrappy Irish Chain
The back of Terry's Irish Chain
Terry's gorgeous hand quilted whole cloth quilt.  Ten or so years work.
Lori's modern french braid quilt
Lori's Christmas Table Topper
Lori's beautiful beach towel.  I wonder if she will use this in Maui on her holiday?  Have fun!
Lori's chenille and cotton quilt
And finally our group made a special presentation to Sharon.  Sharon was with us last year at retreat, but couldn't join us this year for the whole weekend, but she stopped by on Saturday afternoon.  She's been through some health issues this past year, so our guild banded together to make her a "Care Quilt". We are glad that Sharon is on the mend and look forward to her return next year.

Christa presenting Sharon with the Cheers! or Martini quilt

Reading the label
This is the photo that some of our girls have been waiting for...the group shot!

Jane, Chris, Terry, Heather, Colleen, Shelby, Lori, Theresa     Tracey, Debra, Anita, Christa and Dot
Thanks to Christa for putting together this wonderful weekend for the third year in a row.  Next year we have booked a third night, so even more fun planned for 2014!  We also want to thank our fantastic cook, Shelley, for all of her cooking.  A job very well done!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013


I'm not sure how I missed posting this quilt, but I did.  It is Christa's version of Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt 2013.

Christa wasn't totally impressed with the instructions for putting this quilt together, but I, for one, think that it was so worth it!  Next up was Collen with her Christmas Cashmere jelly roll quilt.

Canadian Thimbleberries Bag
Colleen's own Birthday banner
Colleen's batik quilt for Steve
Jane made a quilted vest just for fun
Jane's Meandering Geese
Chris worked on her placemats
Chris' Nickle Quilt and Yes, she fixed the one HST
Shelby's Kansas Troubles Yellow Brick Road
Gorgeous flannel back to Yellow Brick Road
Shelby's gorgeous English Garden and Cottages
Twelve pictures is enough for today (or maybe better said as "My family needs supper!)  One last thing, though, is I finished binding my Double Crossed baby quilt last night and I thought I would share that today.

Double Crossed
I should have time tomorrow to add some more retreat photos.  Heads up to the Guild Girls that we meet this Thursday.