Sunday, December 28, 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery Caught Up and Christmas ornaments

I am all caught up with the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery quilt.  Here's the proof.
Clue 5

Clues 1-5
Christmas was wonderful.  Still not the same as it was without my mom, but we try to make it as good as she would have made it.  My sister made ravioli's a few weeks ago when she was here with a little help from my dad and sister holding the drill to turn the pasta maker (see pictures from a few posts back).  Our friends Kevin and Lori came for Christmas Eve dinner and we ate and laughed.  We played a game on Lori's phone called Heads Up which was fun.  Dad didn't play, but he enjoyed watching us and laughing at our answers and clues.

Each Christmas the siblings have exchanged hand-made ornaments.  For some reason, Christmas snuck up on 2 of them so only me and my younger sister got our ornaments completed.   Beverly made these little cuties.

I made these sleds.  I bought the patterns/kits at Creating Keepsake in New Hampshire on my grand adventure in Sept/Oct.  

And for my mother-in-law, step-daughter and granddaughter, I made these lace and flannel scarves.  (Pattern found on Pinterest -just search lace flannel infinity scraves).  I made my g-daughters scarf half the wide and about 40" long.  We had a great Christmas with the kids. 

We went to their house on the Sunday before Christmas.  

Jack loved his tent, flashlight and sleeping bag and fort kit we got him and Dylan.  He took his nap in his tent and they put his tent on his bed and slept that night in it too.  

Another Christmas done and all my decorations are put away for another year.  My Valentine stuff is all up already.  My bedroom is pink, pink and pink.  :)  

Going to Los Osos to ring in the New Year quilting with friends.  Can't wait.  Until then I have to work Monday and Tuesday.  

I haven't done much quilting this past week except for the Mystery quilt, but today I got a charity quilt made of leftover pieces from another quilt pinned and ready to take to LO.  Also getting the applique quilted down on my fall BOM so I won't have to bring so many colors of threads with me.  

Enough chit chat.  Thanks for looking and happy New Year.  I'll have my annual recap of quilts and things I made hopefully next week sometime.  And maybe change/update my resolutions list.  And maybe if the retreat is successful I'll have some finished quilts to show.  

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Material Girl's Christmas Party

My friendship group Materials Girls had our Christmas party this afternoon where we show our challenge quilts, do a little quilt exchange and have wonderful fellowship with each other.  We also choose our next years challenge.

Here's the group shot.
Back row:  Rita, Anna, Barb, Sheila, Deolinda, Elaine and Diane
Front row:  Maxine, Debbie, Kathy and Carol
Missing this year were Janice (who was sick), Lynn Marie, Barbara B. and Adena who had other plans, and Sue.

Our challenge this year was to make a quilt with a house on it.  This is a no pressure group and for these types of challenges, if you don't get it done, it's no big deal.  Here are the quilts that were done.
Janices - taking off from the story of the old lady who lives in a shoe.

Adena Joseph


Me again.  After I made the first quilt I realized I could have used this FQS BOM.  It has 3 houses.

Debbie Van Fossen

Deolinda Rhoads

Carol Chadwick
And we also had some show and tell.
Maxine getting ready to quilt this UFO from a long time ago.

Diane finished this top

And another baby quilt

And she had Darby long arm this 2009 guild mystery quilt.
And years ago, we all gave each other little gifts at Christmas but with 17 in the group at the time, it just got to be too much so we decided that those who want to participate can make a 12 inch (or so) mini quilt and bring it to the lunch in a brown bag.  Carol's daughter numbers them and puts them on a wall and we all have to guess who made what quilt.  Winner gets a prize.  And after those, who made quilts draw numbers and we get those quilts as gifts.  Only 5 of us participated this year but only 4 were there since Janice was sick.  But she did send a picture so we included it in the exchange.  Here are the 4 that were there.  Mine is the deer head quilt.

This is Janice's - which is the one I got.  
I wish I took close up pictures of them all.  They were all so great.  The bottom left is all cross stitch.  Wonderful!!!!

Next year we're doing a block exchange.  We all chose different styles and block sizes and each of us has to make one for everyone.  Example - 4 of the group want crazy quilt blocks with jewel colors, Easter blocks (me), Halloween blocks, Christmas blocks, alphabet blocks, star blocks, etc.  They all have to be signed as well.  We have to June to make the blocks and by Christmas we have to put the blocks into a quilt.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Grand Illusion Clue 3 and a Loose Threads project

I have one, yes only one block, of clue 3 done for the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery, however I do have all the strips with the black on it done and fabrics cut for the other piece.  Hopefully will be able to get to it next week.  The next 2 nights will be spent finishing and wrapping some Christmas gifts.  Here is what I have so far.

And Loose Threads, the art quilt group that I belong to, met tonight and I finally was able to reveal my latest design board challenge.  This was the last round and I hope Karen will update the groups blog with all the pictures, but in the mean time, here is mine.
 Inspired by something on this board.

We are adding a couple new members next year because we've lost a couple due to moves this past few years.  We will be using artist styles for our inspiration next year.  More on that at another date.

Off to bed.  Another busy day tomorrow.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery Part 2 & Family Time

I have only made 10 blocks of part 2 of the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery because I spent this past weekend with my dad (who turned 80) and my sisters who live out of state and my brother, sister-in-law and niece.  Pictures in a minute.  But business first.  Here is the start of part two.  I am using her method 3 which will give me 100 extra black/white and 100 extra red/white half square triangles.

I will work on these as needed.  I still need to mark the squares but I have some Christmas gifts I need to work on right of way.

This past weekend was my dad's 80th birthday.  He didn't want a big party but wanted his kids to come visit him so my sister from Massachusetts and my sister from Seattle came to Ripon and we all celebrated with him.  He wanted to have a lobster dinner so we invited Kevin and Lori (friends of my folks from San Jose who are like adopted siblings) to join us for an Outback Steakhouse dinner.
Here are some family pictures.
A picture of my dad and siblings.

My dad and adopted children.  

And all of us girls.
 While we were all there, we went through some of the Christmas decorations and kept the little my dad wanted to put out and took what we wanted and the rest goes to the Goodwill.  We also took my dad shopping for some things he needed and didn't want to go to the store by himself.  We (my dad and sisters) made ravioli's for us to eat that night and the rest for our annual Christmas eve fest.  It really wasn't as serious as their faces looked.  They were tired, they had been at it for a while.

One of the shopping trips we went to was Hobby Lobby and I found these huge letter's J and Y and made the work joy with my wreath.  (this is a picture of it up at my house).

I sewed some infinity scarves for my sisters and myself using this tutorial.  We found some great flannels and lace at Beverly's and Hobby Lobby.  And once I followed a you tube video on how to sew the piece to make one scarf, they were a cinch.  I may have to make a few for gifts.  If I can find the time.

I still have 3 quilts pinned and ready to quilt but I have a feeling those won't get done until next year.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bonnie's Hunters Mystery Clue 1, a Christmas Quilt and BOM

Bonnie Hunter's annual mystery started this week (Here's a link to her website and the mystery.) and I was able to spend all day yesterday working on my blocks since I got all my Christmas decorations up on Friday.  I only made one change on her colors this year.  I am using red instead of pink because I had a lot of red left over from my Farmer's Wife quilt. 

 I quilted my granddaughter's Christmas quilt very simply with straight lines and just outlined the letters and the deer.

 But decided to add a few snowflakes in the big blank space using aqua colored thread.

I also snuck in making the Fat Quarter Shops 2014 Designer Mystery Block of the Month.

I was also able to finish the top of a quilt I started on my retreat a few weeks ago.  (The big blocks on the bottom and right side.)  I made 8 more blocks and put them all together and added a small white border.  And with some pieces that I had to cut off making these blocks I made 64 3.5" HST and am making a small little baby quilt with those.

I have 3 quilts pinned and ready to quilt.  I've been drawing and testing designs on my ipad Adobe app.  Not happy with anything so far.  The fall quilt BOM top I'll just do each block differently trying to use a fall motif somehow and feathers.  I just need to set up my sewing room for machine quilting big quilts.  

But today, my friend Adena and I went to see the Nutcracker.  I had no idea what the story was.  I know the music but I never knew the whole story.  I loved it.  Then she and I went to a nice restaurant for a steak dinner and now I'm home relaxing.  Tuesday I go see the Beauty and the Beast musical at the Saroyan Theater.  This weekend I head north to visit my dad, and my sibling who are all gathering for my dad's 80th birthday.  Can't wait.  Taking 2 more days off work!  

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

1st Annual Material Girls Wonder Valley Retreat

What a productive weekend for all who came.  Unfortunately only 7 of the 17 members were able to come but we had a GREAT time with great food and conversations.  Here are 6 of the 7 of us.  Diane took the picture so she wasn't in it.

We sat in a circle kind of so we can all communicate easily.  We had great weather all weekend except for the fog driving up.  But we all got there Friday morning and sewed until about 1 today.

Here are some of the things we all worked on this weekend.  I didn't get pictures of everything like the cute little purses that Diane made and the quilting Kathy did on her Melinda Bula quilt and the quilt bag she was working on today.
I finished this little quilt top for my granddaughter.  

The beautiful purple grey blocks are what Lynn Marie worked on and the other  blocks are what I got done on my Fireworks quilt top.  (8 of 16 done)

Barbara worked on her boutique items.   She made a ton of napkins and started on some aprons yesterday.

Janice worked on machine quilting this beauty and bound it too.

Then she finished this top and had to decide to not border

Or add a border?  
Elaine worked and finished this big block quilt.  She also finished a cute red and white runner

And I got all the blocks and pieces done for this quilt.  Yes, I know about the bad block on the top right.  It's fixed already.  
We reserved the room again for next year at the same time and we hope with this much time to plan, more of our girls can come.  We also planned our Christmas get together as well as discussed a road trip to Sisters Quilt Show in July 2015.

Thanks for looking.