Monday, March 23, 2015

Design Wall Monday: Downton Abbey Mystery

Spoiler Alert! I'm showing photos of blocks from LoveBug Studios' Downton Abbey Mystery! If you're participating in the QAL, continue at your own risk!

2015 is the second year Ebony has hosted a Downton Abbey QAL. And it's the second year Barb of Around the Block quilt shop in Cheyenne has hosted a Downton Abbey retreat.

This photo shows the blocks I have finished -- not in the design of the finished quilt!

I'm using the "Team Carson" colorway. Can you spot  my mistake?

I've been lucky to attend the DA retreat both years. It's held at the Nagle Warren Mansion in Cheyenne. The Nagle Warren Mansion was built by Erasmus Nagle in 1888.  It is one of the few remaining fine homes built during the 1880s, when Cheyenne was the richest city, of its size, in the world. The mansion is located on Cattle Baron's row, where many large homes were built during the late 19th century.

L Winter Nagle Warren Mansion

Several attendees sewed with Andover's Downton Abbey fabrics. I made a good start on my English Manor Mystery from LoveBug Studios. Thanks you, Nancy at Ruth's Stitchery for gathering all the fabrics for me.

Come back on Sunday for the stash report from this trip!

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Friday, March 20, 2015

A Quilt Block a Day: The Spring Edition

The Facebook group, "A Quilt Block a Day" has more than 3000 followers.  Each season, a new "quilt block a day" tutorial is posted here on 52 Quilts. This season, we have a guest tutor, Sue, of Sue's Quilty Bits and Bobs.

Sue submitted this fun quilt for the March 1 UFO Parade. I fell in love with it! When Sue said she was writing a tutorial, I immediately emailed her and asked if we could use the pattern for "A Quilt Block a Day" (AQBaD). She graciously agreed, so let's get started!

Here is Sue's finished quilt, Rainbow Lattice:

Isn't the 3D effect great? 

Click here to go to Sue's tutorial.

Of course, you don't have to make your Rainbow Lattice in the same rainbow colors. After all, you are the boss of your quilting! I'm using the stack of 2014 new Kona Cotton colors from Robert Kaufman for my colored squares. I scored this great black and white print on the sale table at Ruth's Stitchery (40% off because I finished the bolt).

I'm really excited to start my new AQBaD -- but first, a weekend retreat in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I'll try to post some photos, but if I can't, they'll be on Instagram (where my username is 52quilts).

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thursdays are for Knitting (and kittens!)

My knitting goal this year is to knit 52 Hats for Sailors. Since it only takes about one afternoon and one evening to knit a hat, I should be able to reach my goal!

Here are the two most recent hats.

#21 is a color test for a wishlist cardigan. The cardigan is the Marysville Cardigan from the book Modern Country Knits: 30 Designs from Juniper Moon Farm. I love these colors, and the two-color design is really easy to knit.

I just saw a new book, Cats in Hats, today. It looks like Samosa want a hat for himself! Wendy Knits has a review of the book on her blog where you can see some more cute kitty headgear.

The second hat was knit for Pi day, March 14. If you're a math geek, you'll notice the number of knitted rows represent the digits of Pi: 3.1415926535. The white row is the decimal point. I ran out of stitches before I could complete the 11th decimal place.

Details are on my Ravelry project page, where my user name is AuntMarti.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

WIP Wednesday: True North

I have five of nine blocks finished for the May Jelly Roll Party sample.

I'll scatter the "red chain" blocks when I have the remaining four blocks sewn. Pattern and fabric details on Monday's post.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

I have a new "Hats for Sailors" knit to share tomorrow!

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Design Wall Monday

I'm working on the May Jelly Roll Party sample today.

I fell in love with the new Bonnie & Camille collection, Day Sail for Moda. When I saw this pattern on She Quilts Alot Facebook page, I knew it had to be a Jelly Roll Party quilt!

So far, I have only one block made. The directions are well done. I am so appreciative that they include pressing instructions.

Ruth's Stitchery has ordered the pattern, or you can order it direct from She Quilts Alot.

Tomorrow is My Little Sailor's birthday -- it's already March 10 in Japan. Happy Birthday, Jacob!

Duncan misses you -- so does Mama!

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Giveaway Winner!

It's time to choose a winner for the Facebook "A Quilt Block a Day" giveaway!

Thanks to the random number generator at mathgoodies, the winner is:

Who turns out to be Melissa, who commented:

It seems Melissa lives in Virginia (one of my favorite Air Force assignments!) and she blogs at
"A Small Sample Study."  And guess what? Her favorite color (this week, at least) is PINK!

We were meant to be friends, Melissa! Please send me your postal address and I'll send you this yummy jelly roll!

There will be a special "guest tutorial" for the Spring
"A Quilt Block a Day." Look for it March 20!

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday Finish: March Jelly Roll Party

Today is Jelly Roll Party day at Ruth's Stitchery. And just look what we'll be making!

It's "Solar Eclipse," by Elizabeth Hartman at Oh, Fransson.

The pattern is written to use either 2.5" strips or yardage. Because I wanted the colors to be similar to those on the pattern cover, I used yardage of batik fabrics. Vivian did a spectacular job on the quilting -- and I am sorry I failed to take a close-up photo of the quilting. I'll add that photo when the quilt is taken down from display in the shop.

One more day to comment on Saturday's post for a chance to win the 3000 "Likes" on Facebook giveaway!

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