Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WIP Wednesday: Mystery Quilt Catch-Up

Three snow days in a row means lots of quilting time!

I now have all the blocks finished for the English Manor Mystery Quilt Along. All I have left is the sashing, quilting, and binding.

This mystery QAL celebrates the 2015 season of "Downton Abbey."

It was designed and hosted by Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios. I was lucky that Ruth's Stitchery offered the entire line of Andover's Downton Abbey fabrics, and I chose the "Team Carson" colors.

I really like the darker colors of the "Team Carson" quilt. All I have to do now is find a guy who is a Downton Abbey fan, and is "quilt worthy!"

I am also stitching along with Ebony's "Little House on the Prairie" Mystery QAL. The Accuquilt Go! dies I ordered got caught in the midwest blizzard, so I skipped step 3 and went on to step 4.

I have to admit, it's a lot easier to piece precisely using the die cutter!

Although it's been nice to sew all day for three days, I'm ready to return to the shop tomorrow!

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Monday, February 1, 2016

February 1 UFO Parade

UFO challengers did so well finishing their favorite UFOs in January! The year is off to a great start, with 19 finishes.

If you're ready to start your next UFO, the number is:

And now, on to the parade!

A new challenger, Erin, sent this photo of her gorgeous scrappy Log Cabin. She writes:
I’m so excited to participate in your UFO challenge this year.  I made a list at the beginning of the year, and I had 28 UFOs.  Yikes!  But I finished one today (to Flimsy stage).  It will be a quilt for my new niece, born just before Christmas.  I blogged about it today at My Patchwork Life.

Welcome to the challenge, Erin, and I hope you get those UFOs pared down to a reasonable number this year!

Friend Martha and her daughter, Shannon, have had a busy January. I love the story behind this quilt:
My daughter made a quilt of over 100 leaves and a tree trunk she designed for a woman in her on-line mommy's group. The woman's one year old had died and the group wanted to do something for her. Most sent in signed leaves and Shannon appliqu├ęd them. I quilted it and the woman loved it!  There is nothing like a quilt for comfort!

The Boise Modern Quilt Guild had a "tote exchange," and here is the tote Martha made. What a great idea for a swap!

Here are some more bags from the swap. I spy a "Sew Everything" bag there!

This pattern is from Quilt Expressions in Boise, and is called "Last Dance." I'll be shopping for this pattern next time I'm in Idaho!

Martha's DH calls this quilt her "circus quilt," but she says the real name is "Fair and Square." Love these colors!

You're right, Martha -- it's been a busy month in your household!

Joy certainly earns "a jewel in her crown" for this project. Here's what she told me about it:

Whew!  It is finally finished!
I went back and very first submission of a UFO was a t-shirt quilt for a friend in January 2014. When she gave me that quilt to reconstruct, she also gave me this quilt to repair. It needed many new diamonds, repairs to seams, a new border, new batting, and a new back.
We would have just made a new quilt, but this was sentimental to her, and she wanted it repaired. When I unquilted it, I found more repairs were needed than I originally thought. At that point, the task seemed impossible, and I set it aside to work on other projects. And I kept putting it off...for two more years. I finally decided to just get it finished. I spent my days of being snowed in to complete it. She was glad to have it back. Now I'm spending more time in my sewing room because I can sew whatever I want...Guilt Free!
Thanks so much for the "free" month!  I think it was just the motivation I needed to prioritize what really needed to be done.

Sue's "favorite UFO" is not a quilt but a group of blocks. She says she doesn't want to sew them together until she has them made in all the colors. This may result in multiple quilts! Read all about it on her blog, Quilty Bits and Bobs, here.

Oh, look, here's another one from Martha and Quilt Expressions!

Martha made this quilt from a set of 10" squares. No waste with this clever pattern!

Deb's submission this month is the "Zipper Quilt" from Missouri Star Quilt Company. She says a sewing buddy taught her friends to make this quilt, and Debra just had to make her's in red. 

So cheery, Deb, your photo really brightens my grey, snowy day!

Betsy received a Kaffe Fassett kit from a fellow quilter, and made this beauty for her brother. Lucky guy!

She practiced her long-arm quilting -- here's a closeup -- and I think she did a great job!

Susan sent a funny story with her finish:

This is my oldest UFO - Back in 1988, I went to the first NSW Quilt Guild's Quilt Symposium. One of the classes I did was machine quilting - using a walking foot - we had to pre-prepare a panel and in the class we quilted.  This was all before fabric markers that vanished, so it seems we marked in pencil.  I finished the panel at the time and it has been sitting / hiding ever since.(One interstate move and one house move)
It was meant to be a finish in my first (?) year of your challenge but couldn’t find it when the time came - so had to do another project. Finally, it's a cushion!
And a lovely cushion, too, Susan. Thanks for the chuckle!

Ohmigosh, that Martha! Here is her 5th finish for the month, a cute baby quilt called Fancy Foxes.

 Kerry has two lovely finishes for January. The first is in one of my favorite color combinations, blue and cheddar. It's called "Survivor," and Kerry started it in a class with Joyce Weeks at the San Diego quilt show two years ago. She says the class sample was pink and blue, but Kerry and I both love the cheddar and blue combination.

Next is Woodland Wildlife and is a leftover UFO from 2015. It is for Kerry's Granddaughter.

So cute, Kerry, she will love this!

Another new UFO challenger, Jennifer, is off to a good start for the new year.

She sent in photos of two finishes for this month.  First, Jennifer's "coffee quilt." she says she started it in 2004 or so with swap blocks. More blocks were added in 2009 or 2001, and now it's a lovely finish!

Jennifer's second quilt has a touching story:
The second one is one for my mom.  She was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver cancer in September, and we were told to brace ourselves for the new year.  I've had the top done for a a year or so, but never quilted it because I was afraid. It's done now. I just finished the binding.
Irene finished two quilts for others this month. The first is lap quilt for a friend battling ovarian cancer. The pillow shows the backing that she used.

Irene's second  quilt is so clever!
The second one is from an old pattern book I have had in my UFOs for over a year. It will be in a silent auction fund raiser for  our church’s Child Development Center next month. It is a wall hanging organizer for papers, pencils and notes, etc.

Sandi sent the first finished "Aliietare" from Bonnie Hunter's newest mystery. Here's what she told me about it:

Each Black Friday now for six years I've been looking forward to Part 1 of Bonnie Hunter's Winter Mystery.  Bonnie is so gracious every year with all her followers providing a FREE design.  For me she's never disappointed in the reveal that takes place right at the New Year.  This year, as she has done previously, is a design in the colors of one of the many trips she takes while lecturing and presenting workshops.  The 2015 Mystery was Allietare created to commemorate her visit to Tuscany.  I coined my project Kontentment inspired by the meaning of GLADDEN, to REJOICE, to become CHEERFUL.  I love the colors of gold, red, black, a constant gray and the very necessary neutrals.  So without further ado here is my Kontentment.
You can also read a bit more about putting it together on my blog:  under the heading LABELS on the right side bar select Kontentment to get every post from the first part.

You make me wish I had done this mystery, Sandi!

My #9 UFO is the Downton Abbey mystery from year-before-last. What's yours?

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Stash: My Newest Squee!

It's a little late in the day, but my computer crashed this morning and would not respond to any commands. Including the (colorful) verbal kind!

Thanks to the DH, we're back up and running -- and I can show you the photos of the latest quilt kit at Ruth's Stitchery. It's "Fancy Forest" by Elizabeth Hartman and Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

I am just so excited about this collection, I arranged all 40 fat quarters on my cutting table so I could admire and photograph them. I love that EH designed the prints to complement Kona Cotton solids.

Here's the background fabric , Robert Kaufman's Essex yarn-dyed linen blend.

I love that texture for the background!

Here is a photo of the completed quilt:

I can't wait to start on this lovely! Maybe if it snows enough tomorrow, the schools (and hence, the shop!) will be closed!

Come back tomorrow for the February 1 UFO parade. See challengers' "Favorite UFOs!"

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