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A quilt for Judah

There is a new baby in our church community- Baby Judah!

I finished this quilt top for him tonight, New Year’s Eve!

Happy New Year, everyone!


The colors are pretty washed out on this last photo, but it does show the turqoise binding.


December 31, 2011 Posted by | Quilting | 1 Comment

I finished My Country Blessings Quilt

December 21, 2011 Posted by | Quilting | Leave a comment

Choosing a Christmas Tree

This week we went to the Christmas Tree lot to choose our Christmas tree. This is not a small lot with a bunch of cut down trees leaning against a fence. This is five acres of row after row of Noble Fir Trees. Our only requirement was that it had to fit in our ceiling- which meant no taller than 6 feet. I had no idea how long it would take for us to find a tree we could all agree on. Well, the boys had one picked out before I had even gotten out of the car!  They were set on this tree- they had never seen one like it before! Well, neither had I!

It is blue!!!! It is called a Concolour Fir, or sometimes a White Fir. It should be called a blue fir, if you ask me!  Out came the chainsaw and we loaded the tree onto our van.

We brought it home and the boys decorated it.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

December 21, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Orca Bay Mystery Step #4

Can you believe we are on Step #4 of the Orca Bay Mystery already??

We are making 128 red string triangles. Bonnie’s directions were to make 64 5.5″ foundation squares and cut them diagonally- then trim with the Companion Angle Ruler.  I had a few red strings, but certainly not enough to make 128 triangles, so I cut a bunch of strings from yardage. Most of them were WOF, so I decided to construct my triangles a little differently than Bonnie recommended. First I sewed the  long strips together.

Then I cut them into 3.5 inch strips- making sure the direction of my strings was across the strip, if you know what I mean.

Once I had the 3.5 inch strip, I could cut out the triangles with the Companion Angle Ruler.

This is what I ended up with:

I haven’t finished cutting all the strips into triangles yet- hopefully tonight! Because I want to be ready for Step #5— coming out tomorrow morning! Yayyyy!!!!! See you there 😉

December 15, 2011 Posted by | Quilting | 3 Comments

Orca Bay Mystery Step #3

Continuing on with our Orca Bay Mystery this week is step #3– 350 HST’s of black and white.

This has been the fastest step for me so far. I used my Wonder Cut ruler again, but this time it was much easier because all I had to do was cut the 2 strips layered right sides together, sew both sides of the tube and cut. Since they are so small, I was able to get a ton of HST’s from each strip. The drawback is that I have much less variety, both in the number of different prints that I am using, and in the pairings between the prints. I am thinking about making extra in order to increase the variety. I can use the extra either in the back of this quilt, or possibly in another project. Then again, I may want to make this one bigger….. I can’t really say until we get closer to the end.

Here is my progress so far- all three steps:

I love jigsaw puzzles- how about you? I think that is why I am enjoying this mystery so much. It is like constructing a jigsaw puzzle by constructing each individual piece without knowing the final picture! Well, I can’t just leave well enough alone, so I had to try to figure out what is going to go where. The QST’s must be the border, the HST’s must frame the block, well you get the idea…..

Doesn’t that remind you of RRCB?

Here is what my son made while I was typing this post:

He is made out of thinking putty- something we use to keep our hands busy during homeschooling.

We are studying the Vikings this week, and before I could get this post finished, he made another one! What do you think??

It never ceases to amaze me how creative these boys can be……. I better get back to school work. 🙂

Can’t wait for step 4!!!!

December 7, 2011 Posted by | Quilting | 1 Comment