Friday, December 31, 2021

Mission Accomplished!

When I set my goals for 2021, I didn't have any idea of all the roadblocks, snags, and misdirection's that lay ahead.  Twelve quilts, one quilt per didn't seem like such a big deal.  😏  

Of course, that didn't take into account all the challenges with getting in the wood supply for winter, hauling wood pellets and all the other chores that take up most of my summer months.  Quilting in the winter is fun.  Quilting in the summer had to be squeezed into my spare time.  Problem was, I didn't have as much spare time as I thought I did.  Round about September, I knew my goal was in trouble.  

However, working overtime the last few months got me back on track and now I present my last quilt of 2021..."The Quilt" for December.  

This is the largest quilt I've ever made.  It's 110 inches square. (There are two more rows hanging on the backside of the rope!) I figured there's more than enough quilt to cover my bed and me and the dog and the 😼.  
Here's the backside of "The Quilt":

November threw some cold weather our way but December takes the cake with SNOW!!  I'm running out of places to put it, but no complaints!  That blanket of snow is as good as any quilt at keeping my house warm.  

Here are a couple of pics of "Snowmageden".  

"Pee where?"

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

November's Quilt of the Month

Bringing my goal of 12 quilts for the year 2021 within reach, I slid in under the wire with November's quilt.  I was able to finish it just before midnight on Nov. 30th and I mean JUST BEFORE.  

This quilt is called "Dresden Pond" and is my first attempt at making Dresden Plate blocks.  It's also my first attempt at doing a large scale applique project.  I wasn't too happy with it during the applique stage, but the end result restored my interest in future applique projects.  

The backing is made from flannel.  It's soft, cushy and left me feeling like a cat trying to cough up a hairball throughout the project.  I'm happy to have finished this one just in time to start my last quilt of the year.  Enjoy!

Saturday, October 30, 2021

October's Quilting Adventure

I'm not usually inclined to buy quilt patterns but this one caught my eye from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I'd also picked up a charm pack from the same company that begged to become butterflies.  It was a match made in fabric.  

I must confess that I found it hard to work from a pattern and this one was especially difficult for me.  I had a very different vision for my final product and the pattern was already complicated.  Mixing the colors on the butterflies added another level of challenge.  The end result, however, was so worth it.  I hope you'll agree.....

This is the back.  I made it from this hand-painted fabric salvaged from the thrift store.  I had to piece several sections together but it compliments the butterfly theme perfectly.  This quilt is a welcome breath of Spring in a very cold Alaskan winter.  

Thursday, September 30, 2021

September's Quilt of the Month - "Americana"

The name of September's quilt speaks for itself as this quilt expresses the sentiment found in the heart of true patriots everywhere.  

"Americana" is made from traditional log cabin blocks.  

The red center square traditionally represents "hearth and home".  The fabrics used were collected over many years specifically for this quilt as it's long been in my heart to do a "quilt of valor".  Unfortunately, I can't meet the standards to do a real "Quilt of Valor", but this one completed my hopes.  

It has been gifted to a couple that epitomizes for me the hearts of true patriots.  I know they will love it as much as I do.  

This is the back AND the newest member of the family: Tux.  As you can see, he's a quilt-lover too!  

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

August's Quilt of the Month

 My quilting adventures went off track as summer turned into more of a challenge than anticipated.  I had many problems with my wood splitter that burned up my free time and took me away from quilting.  

No worries.  I'm scrambling to meet my 2021 goal of 1 quilt each month, but it's within my grasp if Elohim wills.  I've been working hard this month of November to finish off all the quilts I started back in the summer.

I'd like to present August's quilt.  I call it "Cuddle Crumbs" as it's made up from crumb blocks alternated with plain squares from an old favorite jumper that held many happy memories.  I free-motion quilted this one with cabbage roses and straight lines.  The back is flannel, hence, the "cuddle factor".  

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Alaska Summer Fun!

This is what "summer fun" looks like in Alaska for some people! 😎 

Splitting wood might not look like fun to some people but seeing just how high I can get it to stack has kept me intrigued.  I have the output from two tanks of gas on the wood splitter here.  I'm now at the point of moving the wood into winter storage.  August is going to be a busy month for me.

On a different track, I'm now experimenting with brewing my own versions of Kombucha.  The small bottles are from my second batch.  I flavored my first batch with grape and lemon.  It barely lasted a week it was so good.  

This batch is my favorite combination of ginger and lemon.  It's equally as good as the first so I just might have a winning technique here.  I'll have to wait and see if my success will hold out once it starts getting cold outside.

The large jars are rhubarb tea.  I'll be using it to flavor my next batch of kombucha.  I made this tasty beverage in my Instant Pot.  I had a full 8 qt. pot and used less than 1 cup of sugar.  It's not overly sweet or very sour.  I find it very refreshing all by itself and I can't wait to see how it works with the kombucha.  

The bag of rhubarb mash leftover can be used in baked goods as it still has plenty of flavor and lots of good fiber.  I'll be doing some playing around with it later.  


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

July's Quilting Adventures

 July has been much too warm to process firewood every day so I've had more time to work on my quilting.  A new thrift store opened in Delta Junction giving me an infusion of new quilting inspirations.  I've never made a "whole cloth" quilt before thinking it wouldn't be very fun.  I was wrong!

Here's July's quilt named "Kitty Cat":

This is the back of "Kitty Cat".  If you've noticed a theme in my backs, it's because I'm enjoying making the backs as much as the fronts.  It's a way of playing with different color combinations. 

With rainy days I had enough time for a bonus quilt this month.  I made this biscuit/rag quilt for my newest great-grandchild.