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,


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,