Saturday, November 28, 2015

Monthly BOM Update and Bonnie Hunter Mystery has begun

Bonnie Hunter, from Quiltville - Allietare Mystery,  annual mystery has begun.  She always posts the first clue on the Friday after Thanksgiving (link above).  She gave the color and fabric requirements a few weeks ago so we all had time to gather our fabrics from our stash or the stores.  I finished the first clue today - 294-- 1.5" finished half-square triangles. 

I also finished this past week or so my Block of the Month blocks/pillows.  Here they are.
Fat Quarter Shops Designer Mystery Block

Fat Quarter Shop's Snapshot Block

My guilds December Block of the Month

Shabby Fabrics Pillow of the Month

We had a little holiday celebration with my step-daughter and her hubby and kids, my in-laws and my hubby and I.  It was a quick trip just to see them really and have a little thanksgiving dinner.  I got to play with my grandkids.  It took a while for Dylan to warm up to me but once she did she was a non- stop chatter box.  I didn't quite understand all that she said.  I also didn't understand everything that Jack says but because he talks fast too.  I had a lot of fun playing with them both, playing chase and basically giggling and laughing.  

The Tuesday after we visited, our son-in-law was promoted to sergeant at his job and both kids were able to attend the ceremony.  

Such a handsome little guy and fun and smart too.

And to end on a holiday note, I got my Christmas decorations up and the first thing Walter did was climb under the tree to take a nap.  He is laying right under the area where I hang my collectible Doxie ornaments that my husband gives me each year.  In 2006 when I opened my ornament, my dog Sparky's tag was hanging on it.  It was the year she died.  And two years ago, he put Duchess' tag on it.  I get teary eyed every year when I look at them.  Pretty soon Walter will be on one.  He's 13, blind and overweight and getting harder and harder for him to get around  He is an excellent barker and eater though.  

I have a couple of busy weeks ahead as I'm sure most of us do at this time of year.  I have some ornaments to make for the exchange with my siblings.  And gifts to wrap and get shipped off.  And it looks like I might be gone for a couple days for a business trip.  

Thanks for looking.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Feeling the Love-from table toppers to quilt friends.

This is a real early Valentine table topper.  A friend wanted to make these toppers together to figure it all out so I decided to make one in some Valentine fat quarters that I had on hand.  Once you figure out the directions it was pretty easy and went together quickly.

I go to this monthly thing at the local quilt store called Party Party Party (or cut throat quilters to some)- we start about 6 pm and sew until 12-2am.  A couple months ago, the owner decided that we were all going to make this basket for another person in our group.  We drew names.  I got a lady who is very particular - a perfectionist which made me very nervous.  (This lady will throw away an applique block because she doesn't like a color she used.)  I finally finished mine and it was given to her last week.  I have no idea what she thought of it--I wasn't there.  I don't want to know.  But it's done.  You can see the pink one my friend Elaine made for me.  I gave her the fabric (same fabric I have on my ironing board cover and step stool).  I love the bag.  She had some perfect coordinating stripes and fabrics to go with it.  (Please ignore the pile of fabric next to the pink basket - that is my scrap basket that I need to start cutting up.)

I also quilted a charity quilt for our guild.  It was a panel with a couple borders.

This past weekend I spend a wonderful 2.5 days with a few of my friendship group (Material Girls) friends,   We went to Wonder Valley Ranch which is only about an hour from my house.  I only brought quilts that need to be quilted.  I finished one and got the stitch quilting and a little more on 3 more.
Pat Sloan's Vacation Mystery quilt all quilted and bound!

This was our set up.  There were only seven of us there so we had lots of room to set up.

Anna worked on a lot of little things.  This is a topper that she'll be teaching at her LQS (Bolts in the Bathtub in Lancaster)

Kathy finished her Downton Abbey Mystery quilt that she started at Road 2 California in January.  

Lynne Marie worked on a scrappy quilt from one of the Scrap Therapy books.

The seven of us on the last day.  I hope we can stay longer next time.  

That's what I've been doing.  I have all my block of the months cut and if I have time I'd like to get them done tomorrow.

We will be going to my step-daughter's for a few hours this weekend for our Thanksgiving celebration with them.  And I expect I'll be heading to Sacramento maybe for a day for a funeral.  One of  my childhood friends's mother passed away.  Knowing how hard that is I'd like to be there for her.  She and her mom came to my mom's service.

Thanks for looking.