Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Final Mystery Link Up

The top is complete. I changed up the sashing to use the chevrons and added a couple of borders including my inspiration fabric. Thanks so much Bonnie for another awesome mystery!

You are only seeing a quarter of it as I was too darn tired to wrestle with it anymore. I think it will be a simple panto for the quilting and brown binding. I always make my binding, roll it and tag it for the specific quilt. They are stored in a box. I found that I did not like making the binding after it was quilted. Many quilts languished for lack of binding.  I misplaced the fabric or used it on something else and had to think too hard about it. I cut the backing, batting and do the binding before it goes onto another pile.

The summer shop hops are the time for me to look for another inspiration fabric or two so that when Bonnie announces her colors, I will have several to choose from. I look for fabrics that have at least 4 colors I could use and know that I have in stash. This one worked out to be close to Bonnie's colors. It is also time for stocking up on neutrals!

Speaking of binding, this is complete...........

It was a mystery by Nancy McNally. I have named it "Shades of Love" and yes, it is a wedding gift.
It was done with a panto that has a heart like leaf in it with believe it or not, red thread. Auditioned others but that looked best. Hope they like it!

I potted the amaryllis bulb form my sister and it is doing well. The table mat is from my sister-in-law. So fun to have another quilter in the family. When the nieces and nephews graduate we collaborate on their quilts. This year will be Marina and her quilt will be a purple "Twinkling Star". We plan to start cutting in the next few weeks.
This week's project will be a Barn Quilt for my SIL. She has a separate building for her studio and it just needs something. Doesn't hurt that the colors are our other common (besides the brothers) bond, The Minnesota Vikings!
Finished the next block in the "Let's Go Camping" quilt by Pat Sloan. Nine blocks set on point and yes, I have an inspiration fabric for that also.

I also attended the St.Paul Winter Carnival Coronation. I had a young friend in the running for "Queen of the Snow". She did not win but she sure did herself proud! I found the pic for the late sixties and found out how much it has changed!

Last, but certainly not least, I finally scored at our local Salvation Army. I know I donate quilty type things along with fabric but have never found anything that I could use until now...........
$5.00...........I was pleased and walked out with a grin on my face. SCORE
Hooking up to Quiltville. There are some fabulous quilts on there and even some completed!
As Always,

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Mystery Link Up

Well the "Rapid Fire" clues got the best of me and I had to walk away. I felt like if I could not get them done that day, they all had to wait. And that's okay. I have never finished a Bonnie Mystery until the end of February anyway. This does not mean that I have not been busy. First up, progress on the Mystery. I changed up the layout and decided to calm it down a bit for me.

I am waiting on some more of the turquoise dot but am working on getting the blocks together. Some people would cringe at the thought of more chevrons but I like this layout and they won't be a problem! Right now I am thinking a small inner border (TBD), my inspiration fabric and then brown binding.
Next are the first finishes for 2018.
I live in Minnesota. I am a Vikings Fan. I have endured the days of old when they made it to the Super Bowl but never won. They have made it to the Divisional Champions spot this year. The Super Bowl is being held in Minnesota this year. Without screaming, I am being cautiously optimistic. BUT....I did feel it was time to finish this. Just in case they make history and win the Super Bowl in their home state which has never been done before. One SB win for them in my lifetime, please.

And this got quilted and bound.
It is the "Children's Library" BOM from Pat Sloan, free on her page. My version anyway. I did it mostly in "Little House on the Prairie" fabric that I had in stash. It will be gifted to a young girl, along with the book, who joined the family through marriage this past year. I hope her Bonus Mom and she will read it together as my daughter and I did at about the same age.
And this is finished. A 60th birthday present for a dear friend, "Dapper Dan" made from 2 charm packs(minus the pinks) of shirtings and suitings. Hope it keeps him warm.

And last but not least. My MIL stayed with us over Christmas. She saw my basket of quilts waiting to have binding made and applied. Now, I have offered to make her a quilt over the years but she has always declined. I did finish one for her that she had cut out years ago, an Irish Chain, turned out beautiful but she has never used it. It sits in her linen closet carefully wrapped. We went through the basket and she picked this one and wanted to hand sew the binding herself.  Ribbon Star Block. I told her I would bring it to her the next week with the binding applied. I did.

I really hated to see this one go as the FQ Stack came from a very dear friend but I guess if it made someone happy and she promised me she would use it, then it was time for it to go.
And the current afternoon delight is:
Pat Sloan's "Lets Go Camping" BOM #1, again on her web page.
Not bad, considering it is only the 11th.
Linking up to the Mystery on Quiltville !
As Always,



Thursday, December 28, 2017


I finished Clue 5. Even with the wonderful celebrations and houseguests, I managed. The reason though is tough. We lost one of our family members this last week. The only thing I could do last Friday without crying was sew. And I did.

The fabric at the top is my inspiration fabric, It might end up as a border or backing. I am making mine larger, between a queen and king, however the math works out.

Our dog, Chloe, is again running free of pain. She was sick in November and had surgery. The diagnosis was an aggressive cancer. The prognosis was 4 - 5 months. We had 5 weeks. There must have been more in her body that they could not see. She enjoyed having a houseful of people to see the Vikings play and was her usual social self. Right after everyone left, things went downhill fast and by Thursday we had made the decision to stop her pain.  She is gone from the earth but forever in our hearts.


 Our other dog Lucy, is missing her too!

Linking up with the Mystery Link Up at Quiltville.

As Always,




Monday, December 18, 2017

Mystery Monday Link Up

Another busy week has passed and progress has been made.

MIL's 80th Birthday
Vikings Win clinching the Division
neighborhood coffee party
and some sewing.

This is my 7th Bonnie Mystery and for the first time, I am not sweating getting all the parts done before Monday. They will get done and I am not that far behind.

Clue #1 - Complete
Clue  #2 - Complete
Clue #3 - 75% Complete
Clue #4 - 75% Complete

The forecast here is for some significant snow on Thursday. I'll take it, it will force me to finish up and not run around doing things that probably don't need to be done anyway!

Here is today's table:

Clue #3 needs pressed and trimmed.

Clue #4 has about 40 that need their second wing and then pressed. I really have not had to trim on these, maybe a sliver once in a while. I loathed this unit in Orca Bay. I cried and almost gave up entirely. Finally got them so they were not too bad and could at least use them. I had not mastered Bonnie's method's or rulers. I took me a bit because I am left-handed and I do think it makes a difference. This time around they were a breeze! 

I managed to whip up a table runner for the neighbor hosting coffee. She loves cats. She has a female named "Mr. Kitty", they thought it was male when it was little and the name stuck. It comes when called, more dog like than cat! lol She loved it.

Don't forget to check out all the other Link Ups at Quiltville

As Always,


Monday, December 11, 2017

Mystery Monday

Clue 3 of Bonnie Hunter's Annual Mystery is in progress. Doing a bit each day.

Kitchen renovation is almost complete, there are replacing the upper cabinet that had flaws on Tuesday and then the countertop on that side will be installed on Wednesday. Yipppeee!

It took longer to cut them than it has to sew them but I am liking my method. I cut the parallelogram first for both directions using the Simple Folded Corners ruler and the stickers. Side note: I met the creator of the ruler, Doug, when he was 12. He was teaching a short demo about cutting a layer cake apart and sewing it back together. I have followed his career closely.

Then I cut the neutrals using the Essential Triangle Tool. It worked for me! Very little trimming other than some points.

I am almost to the halfway point, just have to finish this chain.

I am planning that Thursday afternoon sees these complete, my kitchen put back together and clean. Lofty goals but totally attainable! I am motivated.
I am linking up to Bonnie's post. You can find all the info you need there. On Ringo Lake, click here!
Check out the journey of other participants.
As Always,

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Quick Check In

This past week has been plagued with Strep Throat, double ear infections and Tonsillitis. And all three belonged to me. Started coming out of on Tuesday and now the clock seems to be moving at a very fast rate.

I feel like the "White Rabbit" in Alice in Wonderland..........
The clock is a 'tickin and here is my progress.

160 complete and 40 before Friday. My extras may get squeezed in also.

Be sure to check out all the fun going on at the LINK UP at Quiltville.

As Always,


Thursday, November 30, 2017


I can't even believe that it has been since February that I last posted. I will play catch-up later but for now we will let you see the finished pieces for Clue 1 of Bonnie Hunter's Annual Mystery Quilt.

 This year it is "On Ringo Lake" and right up my alley as it was conceived in Minnesota. Just click on the name and it will take you to everything you want to know about it. 

This is my 6th mystery and last year's is at the quilter so pictures soon! Each year I say "This is my favorite" and have for 5 years now. I am pretty sure I will say it this year also.

I have made extra to make it bigger, hope I am guessing right on the counts. I am going controlled scrappy this year because my commitment to this mystery is "always from stash". The clipped ones on the right are the clue. So without further ramblings....

Linking up to Mystery Monday on Quiltville here.

As Always,