Showing posts with label Mystery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mystery. Show all posts

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday is for Scraps -- and Almost a Finish

I've been trying to dedicate Sundays to finishing my Bonnie Hunter "Celtic Solstice" mystery quilt. Today I sewed together and added the second border, the orange and blue tri-rec squares.

Bonnie's  directions call for a 2.5" green border on this size quilt. That just seems too narrow to me. I'm curious to know, from others who've made this quilt: "What size did you make the last border?"

Linking up to Sew Darn Crafty at Sew Many Ways.

Tomorrow, those of us who are making A Quilt Block a Day should have 40 blocks completed. Are you keeping up? Come back tomorrow to see how I'm doing!

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday is for Scraps

If you're looking for the "Grow Your Blog" giveaway, go here to comment and enter the giveaway.

I finally have all the blocks for my Celtic Solstice Mystery from Bonnie Hunter completed. I love how the secondary pattern emerges when they are hung on the design wall!

I thought about changing the border so the points of the blocks continue into the border, but decided that would take too much calculating. I have four rows put together, so I should be able to finish the top next Sunday.

Tomorrow is Block of the Month day -- should I fix the borders in my January UFO, or make the last block of my Twisted Amish quilt?

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Design Wall Monday: Celtic Solstice Mystery

Part 2, Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice Mystery.

Whew! 100 chevrons that finish at 3"! Glad I had a beautiful view of Pikes Peak covered with snow today, because I stitched, trimmed, pressed and squared-up for five hours!

 I love putting my my finished mystery steps on the design wall to admire:

Tomorrow I must finish this table runner! I'm not happy with the way the border print looks, but I don't have time to experiment with something different. Maybe it will look better when the other two sides are sewn on!?!

Linking up to Bonnie's Celtic Solstice Mystery, Part 2.


The temperature in Colorado Springs is supposed to get above freezing tomorrow -- here's hoping!

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Celtic Mystery

Have you told me where you live yet? Please go to this post and comment so I can "pin" you on my map!

Ruth's Stitchery sponsored a "Bonnie Hunter Sew-In" on Friday. I took my Celtic Mystery fabrics and Tri-Recs rulers and cut and sewed.  For seven hours!  It shouldn't have taken that long to piece 188 Tri-Recs blocks, maybe I spent too much time talking to customers!

Here it is, Step 1 completed:

Blue on orange:

And blue on neutrals:

I am using the same fabric for all my neutrals. It's white with multi-colored dots. Notice anything wrong with my blue and neutral blocks?

Nine rows of ten. Plus five. Supposed to be six. That's why it's a good idea to hang all your blocks on the design wall and count!

Linking up to Celtic Solstice Mystery Monday Link-Up #1:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Linking up to WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced with guest host Cindy of Hyacinth Quilt Designs.

Baby, it's cold outside in Colorado -- high of ten degrees today. Hope you're keeping warm!

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Scrap Basket Sunday

It's been awhile since I've dug through the scrap boxes on a Sunday.

Thanks to Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville, I spent an enjoyable afternoon digging through my scraps today looking for fabrics for Bonnie's next mystery quilt! Each autumn, Bonnie hosts a Mystery QAL  on her blog. I swore to myself I wouldn't start this year's scrappy mystery, as I have yet to complete last year's "Easy Street."

That was fine, until I saw the colors Bonnie has selected for this year!  All my favorites! Orange, yellow, green and blue. She's calling the quilt "Celtic Solstice."  Here are my fabrics for this project:

I think I was the first person at my local Lowe's picking through the Olympic paint chips. Here is Bonnie's photo of the paint chips:
CelticSolstice 009

Not surprisingly, I had enough of the blues and greens that I didn't need to buy any extra.

But I was short on orange, and I'm still not sure these are the best match to the color cards:

Bonnie recommends "shirtings" for the background. Hooray, I will have to shop for more of those!

Linking up to Kim's Big Quilting Adventure Scrap Basket Sunday.

Scrap Basket Sunday

The first clue for Celtic Solstice goes "live" on Friday, November 29. Good thing I don't shop that day, because I'll be busy cutting and sewing my "Celtic Solstice!"

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Friday, September 13, 2013

TGIFF - Quilt #41

Thank Goodness it's Friday -- and thank goodness it stopped raining long enough for me to catch a quick photo of quilt #41 for 2013!

We had rain steady through Wednesday night and most of the day Thursday. More than 4" fell, with more forecast for the weekend. I haven't had to water my lawn since June!

This quilt was a mystery project at Ruth's Stitchery this year. Even though I missed a few of the meetings, I managed to keep up with the monthly assignments, and finish my quilt the day after our last block party.

Linking up to Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday at Quilt Matters.

And Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya Quilts.

LAFF - Richard and Tanya Quilts

Also "Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?" at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Only 11 more quilts to reach 52 Quilts in 52 Weeks for the third year in a row!

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

August UFO Parade: Update!

I received email with two more finishes after the blog post went live -- so I hope you'll scroll down and look at Carol's and Kerry's finishes.

Worth waiting for!

But of course, first the challenge number for September.  It's:

My #6 UFO is already cut out. It's the "Cosmo Cricket" FQ bundle I won in the very first "Schnibbles Parade" I ever entered, back in June 2012! I cut out a "Cobblestone Road" quilt from these fun fabrics, stuffed it into a "Eleanor Burns Made a Stripper Out of Me" bag and . . . . that was as far as I got!

Only four "finishes" left for 2013. Are you starting to pile up UFOs for 2014? I'm considering joining the "slow quilt" movement in 2014, making quilts that are more complicated and take more time. Shall I continue to host the UFO challenge, or are you "caught up?"

My own August UFO was fairly new. I just started it in April as part of Jamie's Brick Road Quilt Along. It's her own pattern, "Brick Road."

Here is the link to the finished quilt, and here is the link to the kick-off of the QAL.

Kerry sent this photo of her "Jeweled Trees Quilt," from the December 2009 McCall's Quilting magazine. Isn't it lovely?
Here is her blog post with details.

Carol finished the "B" block of her hand-embroidered alphabet quilt. She doesn't say how she did the coloring, maybe in the comments, Carol?

Here is her report:
You probably thought that I had given the project up since I have not been sending any pictures.  Summer is usually weed pulling time for me but I have been trying to do something on my quilting too.  This is an embroidery project.  This is the B block for an alphabet quilt.  I have been working on it for almost a year.  It is good to have it done.
Sorry I didn't get them into the first "release" -- this blog post has  now been updated three times!

The Gypsy Dreamer, Liz, and I got to corresponding about Marti Michell's templates and how much we love using them. She sent a link to her most recent MM finish, "Coffee Anyone?"

Debra is a long-time 52 Quilts follower and consistent "finisher." I love this quilt so much, I just have to show you all three photos she sent!

Here's what Debra says about this quilt:
My #11 is called A Day At The Spa, designed by Carolyn S. Vagts for the Village Pattern Co. and was in Quilter's World February 2013 edition. I saw this quilt and knew I wanted to make it and after going to Rosie's Calico Cupboard in La Mesa, CA purchased the fabric that I had to have for it - Laurel Burches new cat line. I think I am going to hold onto this quilt until next year. I really love all the bright colors. The finished size was to be 66 x 79 - mine is 100 x 100. 
Deb, I agree, it would be hard to let this beauty go!

Debra also finished her #8 UFO this month. And what a finish! It's a Crabapple Hills Designs, "Snow Days." If you've ever made (or drooled over) one of their patterns, you know they combine piecing and hand embroidery. Debra report she had trouble tracing the design on her dark fabrics, so she "free-handed" the trees, branches and twigs.

Be sure to click on the photo so you can see the details of the hand embroidery. Gorgeous!

Sue has me all inspired to make one of these for my upcoming trip to Japan. What a clever way to use orphan blocks!

They are passport wallets.  Be sure to go to her blog, here, to read the details.

I'm sure you remember Sandi's ongoing "K-collection" of quilts (or kwilts). This is "Korral."

Sandi blogged about this quilt hereThis one was also made using Marti Michell's templates. Sandi says she isn't a MM fan, and frankly, I don't see why one would use the templates for this pattern.For super-complicated blocks, such as "Farmer's Wife," the templates are ideal. But to my eyes, I think this pattern calls for strip piecing.

I'm sure you remember Martha winning the UFO giveaway earlier this summer. She becomes a first-time grandma in January. Looks like she is getting ready, multiple "baby" finishes this month!

First, three receiving blankets (best blankie pattern ever!):

Next, a "Professional Tote." Martha didn't say if this was to be a diaper bag, but wouldn't it make a great one?

 And third, a baby quilt for a friend.
Wow, Martha, you're whipping out the projects this summer! 

Oh, Dear, Irene had a major problem with her August finish. Read the details on her blog, here.

Irene, I've been toying with the idea of making 2014 "The Year of the BOM." You make me think I really should do that!

Big mistake! Huge! I missed not one, but THREE finishes for August! Here they are:

Susan in Australia finished this incredible embroidered-and-pieced wall hanging. Here is the link to her post describing the project, "A Quilter's Journey."

Karen finished this lovely, cheerful quilt. She is gifting it to her niece, who starts chemo soon, Karen, we'll keep your niece in our thoughts.

Lucky Noela is off to quilt camp. She's planning to finish the binding on her August UFO:

I'm so sorry I missed you three! Please, please accept my apologies.

The three finishes I missed make 12 this month -- but I'm sticking with the original giveaway winner. 

The winner of the August UFO Parade is:
Oh, Look! It's Irene! She totally deserves a win, after the problems she had with this month's finish! Irene, I failed to choose a specific prize this month. Send me your postal address and I'll find something nice at Ruth's Stitchery's Anniversary Sale to send to you!

If you're curious why I've been so quiet this week, come back tomorrow for a sneak peak of my latest Scrap Squad project on Design Wall Monday. It's a doozy!

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