Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bonnie Hunter Celtic Solstice Mystery Update

Clue 4 done

Clue 5 started. All the pieces are cut. Just need to whip up 243 more of these beauties.

Here are all the little pieces just waiting to be put together in some wonderful mysterious way.

Quiltville's Quips & Snips!!: Mystery Monday Link-Up, Part 5!

Clue 6 comes out Friday. Can't wait but I best get busy

Thanks for looking.


Sunday, December 29, 2013

2013 Quilts in Review

I like doing this at the end of each year.  It reminds me that I did more than I remember!

Not a lot done from my resolution list.  But again, I'm okay with that.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Celtic Solstice Update

Clue 1 of Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt  is done.  Yea me.  For Clue 2 I had 63 (of 244) blocks done but realized after I posted last that I had them wrong so I had to undo 63 middle seams, turn them around an resew them.  They are horrible.  When I worked on the rest (which I have the background color on, I just need to sew the black squares on and sew the 2 halves together) I sewed the squares on differently that I think worked better for me.  I tried moving my needle over but it was too much for me.  
AND....I have all my 488 half square triangles sewn - they just need the paper torn off and pressed and then I need 60 more pinwheels to make.  I will work on the paper tearing and pressing this next week while visiting with family. I will try to catch up after Christmas.

Off to wrap more presents.  Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Bonnie Hunter Part 2

I probably won't get all of part two done before the next clue on Friday but I do have it all cut and mostly marked and I finished two blocks to see how they'll look.  Here's a link Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville fame's mystery.

Hopefully I'll get all my Christmas projects done by the weekend so I can try to catch up between my baking. (That's on my schedule for this weekend.).
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Material Girls Christmas Party and Challenge Reveals

12 of 17 of us made it to our bi-annual meeting. Missing where Sheila Ockey, Anna Koelewyn, Barbara Brown, and Sue Linville. They were truly missed.
This year we had a Dresden challenge. We had to have one full Dresden plate on the quilt somewhere. Here are the quilts.
Maxine Kroeber
Adena Joseph
Kathy Morrison

Debbie VanFossen

Lynn Marie Nielson
Janice Minyard
Diane Mitchell

We also exchanged 12 x 12 quilts for those who wanted to We first had a little contest to see if we could guess whose quilt is whose. This year only 7 of us brought them to exchange.
Janice Minyard
Elaine Berry
Carol Chadwick
Lynn Marie Nielsen
Kathy Morrison
Debbie Van Fossen
And we drew numbers and this is who got whose quilt.
We decided on next years challenge too. Houses. Any kind of house quilt. Any size. We will also continue the 12 x 12 exchange.
Thanks Diane and Guy Mitchell for hosting our lunch. As always it was great to see everyone again. Love you all.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice Mystery - Clue 1 done

Yea!  Took hours to cut and even more to sew.  I can't wait to see how this quilt will progress.
Here they are all cut and ready to go.

Here they are - 240 neutral centers and 140 orange centers
There is a board on Facebook (that is closed) for people who are participating in this mystery and it's fun to see the progress of other people all around the world also doing this mystery.

I am making mine with Halloween colors and it will be a king sized quilt.  I will definitely be sending this baby out to be quilted.

Now off to make some more Christmas gifts.  Thanks for looking.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Some finishes

First I finished my tree skirt. I wanted something big and this is about 60" square. Just a quilt pattern that I cut a hole in the center.

I just quilted with all over swirls. And here it is under my new tree.

Tonight I finished binding this neutral quilt. This is a gift for a couple that were and still are good to my folks.

I free motioned feathers all over. Now it just needs a name and a label and it will be ready to wrap.

We had my in-laws over for a quiet Thanksgiving. Here's a picture of my table. I used my china and crystal which I haven't used for years.

Besides food see what else is missing? Jeff and I got all the food on the table and realized I never got around to putting silverware out. Food was good as was the company. Except for my hubby. He was anti-social as usual.

Today was all about putting decorations up. It was fun because I had the house to myself so I cranked up the Christmas music and got it done. I cried a bit too. My mom made a lot of things for us. For a while she made each of us these cross stitched cards. After receiving a few I wanted to frame them and I hang them around the big cross stitch picture she also stitched for me.

I need to figure a better way to hang them but we have these two big hooks on the wall that I can't remove so I tried to use them. It was also hard to put the ornaments on the tree. She also cross stitched some real beautiful ones for me over the years.

Thanks for looking. Tomorrow I am cutting and stitching the pieces for Bonnie Hunters newest mystery quilt. The clue came out today.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Loose Threads Meets Again

This dragonfly

Has dyed his body


His is my interpretation of the haiku. I wanted to play with my paint sticks, metallic thread and some ideas I got at Cindy Needhams design workshop.

Sara felted some yarns and made a purse and then added this gorgeous dragonfly.

Barbara Sawyer also made a fall colored purse

Anna (with a cute little smirk) took her piece that was from the Danny Kaye quote challenge and added these copper rubbed pieces and some copper leaves.

Was a nice night catching up with the girl. Our next challenge will be storyboard challenges. We each do a story board of ideas and things we like and then pass them around and make a quilt using the board for inspiration.

And Anna got this for me for my birthday. So sweet.

Thanks for looking.


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Somewhat Caught Up?

I finished 4 quilts in the last week or so and I can't show you them all.  First, I finished my friendship group's Dresden challenge.  Can't show it until after our Christmas Party - I also finished the 12" exchange quilt that I showed in the last post.  And I quilted a guild charity quilt as a warm up.

I did finish and am able to show this little linen quilt.  I don't know where the linen came from - maybe a thrift shop.  But while at Cindy Needhams design class I took advantage of her stencil collection and marked this baby.

You can't see but I quilted the flowers in the middle and feathers in the border with an aqua thread so it really stands out.  The rest was done in Aurifils clear thread which I really liked working with.

And yea! I caught up on my Farmer's Wife quilt.  I have 54 blocks done.
Blocks 28-36

Blocks 37-45

Blocks 46-54

And this is a mock up of the blocks I have done and how I want to sash it.

I have started and want to finish this weekend the Loose Threads quote quilt.  And I started cutting a quilt I want to have done for Christmas.  It's not a tough pattern (it's one I've made before too) and shouldn't take me too long to make.  It's all neutrals and should be very pretty when done.

Thanks for looking.