Monday, May 7, 2012

Another Mystery Monday

 I got behind on my Mystery BOM while I was traveling.  And I'll miss the next step -- while traveling!

Here is the step I missed last month.  Mary, you were right -- that weird piecing resulted in Flying Geese.  I trimmed mine up using Eleanor Burns' Small Flying Geese Ruler.

This strange piece uses Diagonal Corners in two colors.  These must be sashing: 

But it's a Mystery!

Have you ever tried to bind a quilt that has both "inside" and "outside" corners?  Tune in tomorrow for Tuesday's Tutorial on binding difficulties.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunday is for Scraps (and hostess gifts!)

On my trip to Idaho, I'll be visiting one of my nieces.  I realized this morning, I don't have a hostess gift for her!

Lucky for me, I have a huge collection of 5" squares, and a new pattern for a combination table-topper/placemats.

The design is based on the "disappearing 9-patch", aka "split 9-patch."  A disappearing 9-patch starts with -- surprise! -- a simple 9-patch block:

Next, slice the block through the center both horizontally and vertically.  Then turn each of the resulting four pieces one-quarter turn and reassemble the block:

I'll show you the assembly of the table-topper for Works in Progress Wednesday. 

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Saturday Stash -- I Won!

 My friend Deb says I win everything.  Well, maybe not everything -- but I won this:

The Cocoon Fat Quarter Bundle from Maureen Cracknell Handmade's giveaway!  I even won the colorway I like best, "Moth."

Which is actually kind of funny, because Colorado has been inundated with an unusually high number of Miller Moths this year.  Miller Moths are harmless, but annoying.  I've been awakened several night lately by the sound of them bouncing against the window, attracted by the light of the moon!

Even so, isn't this fabric stunning?  The giveaway was sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop, where I bought extra yardage of the Coral Liv  for the border of whatever I decide to make with this wonderful collection.

I interrupted packing for my trip to the Home Machine Quilting Show to play with my prize, selecting some of Robert Kaufman's Quilters Linens to go with.

I purchased the Quilters Linen from my favorite etsy shop, Fresh-Squeezed Fabrics.

The khaki fabric in the back is Moda Bella Solids, the color is Cocoa.   I can't remember where I bought it -- on sale, though!

Any ideas what I should make with these lovelies?  I'm thinking maybe the Brioche and Baguette pattern from Modern Quilt Relish, it would really show off the large print.

Thank you, Maureen and Fat Quarter Shop!

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Friday, May 4, 2012

It's Finished Friday

I quilted two quilts on my Mega Quilter this week.

The first one is the Brown Bag Surprise Quilt from Sunday at Ruth's Stitchery:

 The dark color is purple, it doesn't show up very well in my photo.

I used an overall meander stitch with a new polyester-wrapped poly thread, "Omni" that I bought from  Superior Threads at the Cincinnati Quilt Festival.  This thread has a really nice sheen, it looks a lot like rayon thread, but it's much stronger.

The second quilt I long-armed is "Strips and Ladders."  The fabric is Lily Ashbury's "Summerhouse." and the backing is some pepto-pink from the stash.


I pieced this quilt at Granny's Attic's "Quilting in the Pines" retreat in Idaho last October.  I quilted it with the same thread, but used a loop design that is really fun to quilt.  I just put on some swing music and loop-de-loop!

I'm going back to "Quilting in the Pines" next week, and taking this quilt along to put on my bed.  It's been snowing this week in McCall, so I might decide to take two quilts!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

WIP Wednesday and We Have a Winner (sort of)

 The Aubry Number Generator chose number 37, which is Kari.  Kari commented on April 29, but sadly is a "no reply" commenter.  Kari, please contact me before Saturday so I can send your goodies to you.  If I don't hear from Kari by Saturday at noon MDT, I'll choose another winner.

I have two "finishes" for this week, but I'm saving them to show you on Friday.  So here is one of the two quilts I pieced while I was in Ohio last month:

Recognize the fabric?  Yep, it's Sarah Fielke's "From Little Things," that I found at the Cosmic Cow in Lincoln, Nebraska!  The pattern is "Ups and Down" from the April/May 2011 issue of "Down Under Quilts."

I'm linking up to

I mailed my registration for Quilt Camp and I have the quilt for my bed (we have to bring our own linens) quilted, bound and in the washer.  I've pretty much decided what projects to take along, so now I need to go chain myself to the cutting table!

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