Wednesday, February 1, 2017

UFO Finish #3

Checking in with my UFO finish. The goal was to bind 3 quilts, put a border on my Swoon quilt, make a backing and get it to the quilter. It is too big for me to handle here. 

Well....the first month was almost done, one side left to do and I fell asleep with it on my lap last night. I'll finish it tonight. The Swoon quilt is at the quilter, took it to her yesterday at 4 pm! It may be a while before we see that one.

The quilts that I bound,

This is a quilt that I made with a friend from Texas, I me her online, did a group swap with her. Then we did Supernova as a swap just between us. This was our second swap. She did the Up houses and I did the downs. The rule was that it all had to come from stash. Even my borders are pieced. This is a Bonnie Hunter Free Pattern from her site and it is big, 82 x 92. She is young enough to be my daughter but we clicked. She has gone through some hard times of late and I hope that she knows as I look at this each day, I am giving her a hug from my heart to hers!

Next up, a sweet thing from 30's scraps leftover from Laurie Hird's FW Pony Club book. I'll show you that another day.

This will go to a little girl named Avery Ann born in January.

and this,
Can't remember where the pattern is from but the fabric is from old stash, Thimbleberries, Snips and Snails. It will lay in wait for the next little boy to be born.

The only pic I can find is when Swoon was almost done. You will just have to take my word for it!

I have finished:

  • Getting my "Super Bowl" Mystery for Homestead Hearth cut out.
  • One more row for En Provence.
  • Pat Sloan's Row by Row from McCall's Quilt magazine finished and to the quilter.
  • A toddlers quilt.
  • My work for Quiltmaker magazine, shhh, it is a secret.
  • Made a quilt with my Granddaughter, she did the top, I did the backing and to the quilter.
  • The first block for Pat Sloan's "Children's Library.
  • Helping get the wall down between the kitchen and dining rooms and still getting meals on the table.

Sew, I would say, a successful month! Other people have posted their UFO progress at Patchwork Times.

BTW, I hand stitch my bindings. I know you can machine them but for me, it is my favorite part.

As Always,


Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday Mystery/Design Wall

The finish line can be seen.....

Progress has been made and will get the rest together this week. 

The first 2 rows-

And all the parts finished-

I was a little worried that it was looking a bit like a Halloween quilt but it does not. In person, there is much more "texture" to it as the black and the neutrals are all tone on tone. Does not photograph well and let's just say, photography is not my long suit!

I also knew from past experience, the four patches would be a challenge. Easy Street proved that to me. It is far too common for me to turn them will sewing so I laid it out block by block and checked and rechecked so any ripping I did was done at an easily done stage. And let me tell you there were quite a few. Can you be dyslexic with orientation and not number or letters? Or is there another name for it? It has made assembly much slower. Had this issue all my life.

I love this quilt and the only change I would have made it is to make the 3 1/2 middle piece in the border a solid red so that the red reads both ways. 

I want this king-sized so will add a small yellow border and then the floral border with a black and green print for the binding. I happen to love the yellow in there, I know some did not.  

Bonnie will do another Link-Up in a month so it should be finished then.

Now I gotta go look at other people's progress at:

As Always,


Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday Mystery Link-Up #4

Good Morning,

Did not make stash report yesterday, the last one will be next week. Gotta get those numbers on there as they are quite large.

But for now.....

Part 4 complete. On Friday morning I ran errands including grocery shopping to hunker down for the big storm. It was a flop as far as snow totals but the wind and the cold were right on. Saturday saw the winds pick up and the temps drop rapidly cancelling our plans for the day. Sunday morning brought the temperature way below zero with wind chills of 40 below. 

Good time to sew. These and several other projects completed as well as more renovation work on the kitchen/dining area. DH and I were both busy Saturday and Sunday. 

I am disappointed that I can't get the colors to come out better in the photos. There really is more contrast.

Talked to DD #1 in Boston Sunday evening and she asked if I was taking pics of the reno. I totally forgot to get before photos but will take some today. It will be fun to see the transformation.

Linking up with Patchwork Times and Quiltville. Amazing things things are happening at these sites.

As Always,


Monday, December 12, 2016

Monday Mystery Link-Up #3

These make me nervous. When doing Easy Street, the blocks were simple, easy to accomplish and then BAM.........when the block assembly was announced, the twisting and turning of the 4 patches almost did me in. I had to check it, rip, check it, rip, take a pic, rip, have hubby check, rip and finally got it assembled, correctly. With 389 of them, it may be a long road!

To make this clear, it is not Bonnie's fault or the pattern, IT IS ME. I have a hard time refolding a map also. I buy the laminated, self-folding ones. Yes, I still like maps even though I use my phone for driving directions. I have many things I do well but the orientation of things is sometimes more than I can handle, lol.

All three parts complete, 

I am still loving my colors although never in my life would I have put red and orange together on purpose. Here is my choices again to reassure myself. 

In other news, the kitchen remodel is on track. Dining area is going according to plan with only one bump. The doors to the outside will not be installed until spring. The wall is off from top to bottom by 3/8 inch and will take more framing than we are will to do being exposed to the weather. It happens to be 0 degrees right now. Polar Vortex, go away! Not a big deal as everything else can be done.

Linking up with Quiltville and Patchwork Times

As Always,


Monday, December 5, 2016

Design Wall Momday

I'll have to catch up on the Stash Report next week.

But for now, I am all caught up!
With what you say............En Provence, Bonnie Hunter's 2016 Mystery.

Changing the colors as I only use from stash and I wanted to try this one with limited neutrals.

The neutrals are subtle and the black has a small gray print in it.
Here are my other colors, it will be fun to work with them as it is kinda blah right now!
Is it Friday yet?

Check out other amazing accomplishments at Patchwork Times and Monday Mystery Part 2 at Quiltville

As Always,


Monday, November 28, 2016

Design Wall Monday

It is that time of year again and so it means I post on the blog! I sure wish I was better at blogging but the sewing machine usually wins the time allotment!

Not only did I start Bonnie Hunter's 2016 Mystery but I had someone to sew with!

My 13 year old granddaughter, Abigail wanted to stay the weekend and sew. So we did! We had shopped my stash several weeks ago and she had chosen her fabrics and set them aside.
Quarter inch being mastered.
Pressing, so far, so good.
Top Complete! She also has the binding cut and made for me. BTW, she did all her own cutting too!

I did very little on it, I would show her a step and then let her go at it. Watching her plan it  very carefully choosing where she wanted to place each piece almost brought tears to my eyes. This girl will someday make more quilts, I know it in my heart.

I was so impressed with her, she kept at it, only checked her phone once in a while, paid attention and we got to do more talking and sharing than we have in a long time. LOVE that girl!

Her first quilt. that is her on the left, 7 years ago to the day. and she still has the quilt.

.....and I accomplished Clue One of Bonnie's En Provence! 

I usually really go all out on my neutrals but I want them to be the calming effect in my quilt this time. They may seem boring now but it is one of Bonnie's quilts and I know they will sing.

I changed up the colors as I had used purple in several quilts this last year and stash was short. My goal for the Mystery is always to use stash. During the year, when I shop I look for inspiration fabrics and this year found this floral that called my name.
I don't know if the floral will become a border or backing, we shall see. It has given me the chance to use up some greens that I have had "percolating" in the stash for a bit. 

Ready for Clue 2 and the goal is to have this one done by February!

Linking up to Judy at Patchwork Times

As Always,


Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week: 88.25 yards
Fabric Used year to Date:131.25 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 12 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Fabric for 2016: 119.25 yards used

Can it really be 9 months since I looked at this blog??????????? Apparently so. I am going to catch up on my Stash Report because it is substantial. I have been working on reducing stash since that time so I have not been idle at the machine. Lots of finishes! For this report I will just do November.

 Grand Illusion, Bonnie Hunter Mystery. Top counted already but 9 yards for backing and binding.
 Celtic Solstice, Bonnie Hunter Mystery, 8 yards for backing and binding.
 Coloring book and crayons quilt. 11.5 yards for everything.

  Baby Quilt, 6.5 for all.

 Library Quilt for my best friend. 14.25 for all.

 Chloe's Quilt, our Cairn Terrier, for her chair. 5.5
Toddler Coins Quilt, 7.5 for all.

 Supernova from the Late Night Quilter, 12 yards
 Quilt of Valor, 5.5 for backing and binding.
Easy Street, Bonnie Hunter Mystery. 8.5 for backing and binding. The binding is now sewn down.

Check back next week, some more finishes!
Linking up to Judy at Patchwork Times.

As Always,