I had enough triangle snippets from Crossroads to make a Mini Winter Pinwheel quilt!
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.
RAFFLE TICKETS are 1 for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Depending on which ever way the wind blows, our days here in the Truckee Meadows either start off looking like this:
Or, yesterday’s sunrise pre-settling of smoke:
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.
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.
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.
Sneak peak at an upcoming post ~
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
We stopped by Boca (near the train tracks and Truckee River) on the way home from spending the day up near Hobart Mills.
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.
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.
I finished a quilt last night that I thought I’d share.
Back in March a few friends and I had a craft day, while they beaded I worked on a small quilt. I brought with me a charm pack of Mill House Inn by Fig Tree Co. and Camille Roskelley’s book Simplify, Quilts for the Modern Home. I chose the Coming Home pattern…real sweet and simple.
One of those friends wanted to buy the quilt, so I dug out yardage of Mill House Inn that I had bought eons ago…added a border and finished it up. It’s washed, picked up, and on her way to her new home.
Luckily I have another charm pack and lots of yardage to make myself one.
It’s been a hard move into the townhome we’re renting (if you live in Sparks, NV never rent from Spring Villas), and we’re still fighting to be transferred into a new unit within the complex.
While repacking my sewing room I came across some fabric I bought a while ago, a Briar Rose FQ bundle from Hawthorne Threads.
It’s happy fabric. I’m not happy. I sat there on the floor pulling out some books and came across a happy quilt in the Schnibbles Times Two quilt book.
Last Friday I began cutting into the happy fabric.
Over the weekend I made lots of four-patches and geese.
Last night I started putting the top together ~ I’m making it into a baby quilt. Still have two borders to add.
See? Happy fabric!
Still not happy with the rental management nor the townhome , but I’m a bit calmer now. 🙂