Winter Solstice Crossroads Quilt (and mini pinwheels) ~ Kate Spain fabric

About a month ago, CRAFTSY had Kate Spain’s Solstice layer cakes on sale so I bought one. Then I saw Lori’s scrappy crossroads tutorial. Winter Crossroads was born ~

Early morning piecing with a chai latte.

Early morning piecing with a chai latte.


One block of the Crossroads pattern.

One block of the Crossroads pattern.


Quilt top finished!

Quilt top finished!


Binding the quilt listening to my SF Giants beat the Nationals.  :)

Binding the quilt listening to my SF Giants beat the Nationals. 🙂


All bound!

All bound!


Finished Winter Crossroads quilt using Kate Spain's Solstice.

Finished Winter Crossroads quilt using Kate Spain’s Solstice.

I had enough triangle snippets from Crossroads to make a Mini Winter Pinwheel quilt!

Mini Winter Pinwheel quilt made from triangle snippets of Crossroads.

Mini Winter Pinwheel quilt made from triangle snippets of Crossroads.

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Double Irish Chain Quilt ~ Fundraiser for NNGH

My sister, who is a member of the Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters , asked me if I had a quilt that I would donate for their group fundraiser.

Since they are holding a fundraiser for the historic Fourth Ward School up in Virginia City on Halloween, October 31st, I decided to make an Irish Chain quilt with reproduction fabrics from part of the school’s time period.

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RAFFLE TICKETS are 1 for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00. You can contact them at ighosthunt@gmail.com.

Double Irish Chain with 1840-1880 reproduction fabrics.  Raffle quilt for NNGH

Double Irish Chain with 1840-1880 reproduction fabrics. Raffle quilt for NNGH

You can also buy raffle tickets at a fundraiser they are holding for the Palomino Valley Pet Rescue on October 26th from 10am-5pm being held at ANIMAL OASIS RENO, at 1855 East Peckham Lane. There will be a bounce house, popcorn, drinks, low cost vaccinations, $10 doggie baths, and more.

Weekend Roundup ~ 22 September 2014

Depending on which ever way the wind blows, our days here in the Truckee Meadows either start off looking like this:

Morning smoke from the King Fire in Pollock Pines, CA.

Morning smoke from the King Fire in Pollock Pines, CA.

Or, yesterday’s sunrise pre-settling of smoke:

Canada geese flying by Sunday morning ~ 21 Sept 2014

Canada geese flying by Sunday morning ~ 21 Sept 2014

As of this morning, the King fire has burnt 87,592 acres and is only 18% contained. Come on Mom Nature! Bring them some rain already!

Friday I took 4 hours of annual leave and stopped off for some canning jars as I had mustard seeds soaking in some Sierra Nevada 2014 Beer Camp West Coast Double IPA.

I adapted a recipe I saw using Guinness Stout:

In a glass bowl add the following: 1 cup yellow mustard seed, .5 cup of brown mustard seed, 12 oz IPA or dark beer, 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 2-3 tsp of sea or kosher salt, 1 tsp coarse ground pepper, 1/4 tsp each of cloves, nutmeg and allspice. You can add turmeric for yellow coloring, but I didn’t use it. Let it sit on the counter, covered, for two days. I stirred it before going to work and then when I got home. Plop it all into a blender or food processor and grind away until you get it how you like it…I added a bit more beer to get it the thickness I liked. Pour into your canning jars and hot bath process for 10 minutes. Being at a higher altitude I processed mine for 20 minutes total.

Beer Mustard in the making.

Beer Mustard in the making.

10 4-oz jars of Sierra Nevada Beer Mustard.

10 4-oz jars of Sierra Nevada Beer Mustard.

I also stopped off at the Sparks Windy Moon Quilts shop to buy a yard of white on white fabric to start a wall hanging quilt. While there I bought the September’s Fat 8th to make a Building Blocks To The Moon in support of ovarian cancer research.

You donate $1 and then you receive a Fat 8th of focus fabric (September’s is a multi-colored Autumn leaf fabric). You then make a 12.5″ block using the fabric, a selected colored fabric by the store (brick red this time) and any fabrics from your stash. Turn in the block by noon of the last day of the month. Both stores are participating in the challenge…anyone who made a block will have their names entered into a drawing where one of us will end up with all the blocks.

I had saved a Mini Medallion tutorial and thought the center block of that would make a great block for that fabric.

My entry to Building Blocks To The Moon…September 2014.

My entry to Building Blocks To The Moon…September 2014.

After finishing up the challenge block, I got my Kate Spain’s Solstice layer cake out and Lori Holt’s tutorial for a Scrappy Cross Roads Block.

Then on Saturday morning, after shooshing my husband out the door for his half day of overtime, brewing a cup of chai latte, I settled in with my pretty winter Solstice fabric. I have four blocks all sewn together, now will put a border or two on it.

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Winter Solstice Cross Roads

Winter Solstice Cross Roads

Sneak peak at an upcoming post ~

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Finished Plan C Briar Rose Baby Quilt

While I was working on a quilt for a raffle I found a quilt top I made back in February. I rummaged through my closet and couldn’t find a piece of batting large enough, so I slapped it up on the design wall to remind me to buy batting on payday.

Saturday I stopped by Hancock Fabrics on the way home from a movie…50% OFF batting!!! Woot!

The pattern I used was Plan C from Carrie Nelson’s Schnibbles Times Two. The fabric is Heather Ross’s Briar Rose.

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Lucy and Briar Rose

Lucy and Briar Rose


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Harrison Crossing Quilt Top

A while ago I bought, from Keepsake Quilting, a quilt kit that I kept coming back to time and again…Harrison Crossing Quilt. I pinned it and now the kit is sold out, but they still have the pattern available.

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The kit came with Dear Stella Sunburst Stripe fabrics…it went together pretty danged fast! I’m not exactly sure how I’ll quilt it, but for now it’ll sit behind the Denyse Schmidt, Labrynith, and Kate Spain quilt tops that need to be quilted first.

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For Today ~ 2 June 2014 ~ A Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 02 June 2014

Outside My Window… Not a cloud in the sky…it’s going to get hot today! Still have tonka trucks out there moving dirt from one pile to the next.

I am thinking… I’m starving. One little granola bar didn’t cut it for breakfast.

I am thankful for… The left-over bbq’d hotdogs I brought to work for lunch.

From the kitchen… I’m thinking a stir fry tonight…I have some beef and veggies to use, throw in some pan-fried noodles.

I am wearing… Tennis shoes, jeans, bright primary purple cotton shirt.

I am creating… I have a few things going on at the moment.

Jeni Baker's Nordika using 1.25" Thangles.

Jeni Baker’s Nordika using 1.25″ Thangles.

Sawed up 4" and 2" pieces of a yard stick to make 3 sewing boxes.

Sawed up 4″ and 2″ pieces of a yard stick to make 3 sewing boxes.

Some pretty fabrics I pulled from my stash.

Some pretty fabrics I pulled from my stash.

I am going… to go heat up my lunch. After work, stop by Lowes to pick up some sand paper and some balsa wood.

I am reading… Nothing at the moment.

I am hoping… for a quick and uneventful week.

I am hearing… Battery backups beeping as the power keeps going off and on.

Around the house… Clean dishes that need to be put away.

One of my favorite things… Birdies!

Yellow-headed blackbird, Sparks Marina.

Yellow-headed blackbird, Sparks Marina.

A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week… Work on the wee yardstick sewing boxes.

Here is a few pictures thought I’d share with you… Lots of squirrels at the Sparks Marina where I was parked.

baby squirrel enjoying the mudflap of some woman's car.

baby squirrel enjoying the mudflap of some woman’s car.

Wee squirrel enjoying an almond.

Wee squirrel enjoying an almond.

Dirt bath!

Dirt bath!

A Rambling Tuesday ~ 27 May 2014

Sort of a ramble today ~ Lots of pictures.

I received my craft swap today! A beautiful scarf hand-spun & dyed & knitted by a graduate student in my department. It’s soooo soft! Did I say it was BEAUTIFUL? 🙂 Will be getting out my Scottish Thistle pins! In exchange for the scarf, I made the lap quilt in the previous post.

Hand-spun/dyed/knitted - merino wool and silk

Hand-spun/dyed/knitted – merino wool and silk

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We stopped by Boca (near the train tracks and Truckee River) on the way home from spending the day up near Hobart Mills.

Old trestle bridge over the Truckee River at Boca.

Old trestle bridge over the Truckee River at Boca.

VERY old lilac bushes where there once was a house…Boca (near old bridge).

VERY old lilac bushes where there once was a house…Boca (near old bridge).

Old apple trees to go with the lilacs.

Old apple trees to go with the lilacs.

Lupine along the Little Truckee river at Boca.

Lupine along the Little Truckee river at Boca.

It’s been warming up here in Reno/Sparks…and being upstairs just makes it hotter. This was Leo yesterday (with windows open and fan on) while I was piecing mini quilts.

Leo (Bengal Tabby Monster)

Leo (Bengal Tabby Monster)

Using Jeni Baker’s Nordika I made up a bunch of 1.25″ (finished size) HST’s…making a few mini quilts…and I do mean MINI…will be approximately 8″. The three on the left are finished, still working on the right two. Then will need to quilt and bind.

Nordika HST Mini Quilts.

Nordika HST Mini Quilts.