Monday, December 5, 2016

En Provence Mystery Quilt Part 2

I woke up Friday morning and true to Bonnie's word, she posted part 2 of the mystery Quilt.  Well, I went ahead and printed out the instructions, and gathered all the materials and took a picture. 

But, that is about as far I as I could go in working on this clue, because I had to be at the surgical center shortly after printing off the instructions.  I had endoscopic knee surgery, repairing a torn MCL and removing a bone spur that had broken off and floating around under my knee cap.

Flowers my son sent for a quick recovery.  I have had a quick recovery.  I spent 48 hours with my knee elevated (just like the instructions).  Today I have little to no pain.  

I am busy getting a few household items done this morning, but I squeezed in a practice run of two blocks to see if I understood the instructions.  I managed to only have to rip out once and now the final pieces come out to the correct size.  So, I feel confident, when I can spend more time sitting (I need to elevate the knee again this afternoon, as I don't want it to start to swell up) 

If you are interested and would like to participate in Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt this year, click on the link below and it will take you to her blog post on Quiltville.

More on this and other projects later this week.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

En Provence Mystery Quilt Part 1

I woke up last Friday, finding part 1 of Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt, En Provence.

I got the strips cut out of various neutrals.  Had a nice little stack to start with to get to the number of units needed for this part.

I did a sample block of the unit and measured to make sure it was coming out the correct size.  Perfect!

As always, to reduce bulk in these pieces, I pinned the seams.  I usually do this in all my block making, when I can, but Bonnie is really emphasizing this technique this year.  I imagine it is important to the rest of the quilts bulk.

I am stitching this on my vintage 401A, and using a 1/4" seam guide that can be screwed onto the base of the machine.  Makes a huge difference in getting an accurate seam.

After getting the little pile of cut strips all sewn up, I realized I needed to cut a lot more strips to make the amount needed for part 1.  These are batches of twenty, and I need about double that amount.

So off to the scrap bins I go, and found more neutrals to strip up and get sub divided into pair to make the four patches.   Here is the tub of pairs, ready to be grabbed up in a scrappy manner to finish the amount needed for Part 1.

I didn't give specifics on the size used or amount needed in this post, as it is only fair to link back to Bonnie's blog page where you can find out all the information if interested in joining, or seeing all the other people participating in this mystery quilt this year. You can click on the link below to see and get all the information.

Clue two comes out tomorrow, but I will be having (finally) my knee surgery, so I will have to wait this weekend to work on the next part.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Binding Marathon

I have been on a binding marathon again, I had four quilts back from the long arm quilter the first of October.  AND, I just got back five more from the long arm quilter about a week ago.  

This quilt is the last of the four from last month.  I need a nice day (maybe next April?) to take pictures again of all the quilts (UFO's) that I have gotten completely done.  I will be working on the next five quilts over the holidays.  

This is a sneak peek close up of this quilt.  It is a a Thimbleberry club back in 2005.  

More about this quilt and the others coming soon.


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Quiltville"s Mystery Quilt 2016

Bonnie Hunter's new mystery quilt has started this year.  This will be the third year that I am going to participate.  

First off, Bonnie just released her latest book, Addicted to Scraps, and along with her book she created a new ruler and offered them as a package deal, and hinted she would be using her new ruler in this year's mystery.  So, I placed my order (sucker) and it came in the mail this week.  I also picked up a set of her playing cards.  A nice novelty to have around, since we all like to play cards.

As like prior years, Bonnie releases her theme name and the paint chip colors around Halloween.  This year's theme name is En Provence from when she went on a tour earlier this year.  You can click on the button I have on the right side of my blog and get all the details for this years mystery if interested.  The goal with the paint chips is to give you an idea of the colors that will be used in the quilt, and since she is all things scrappy it is suggested to pull from your current fabric stash.  I did not think that I would have any, much less enough, of these colors in my stash to follow her color suggestions this year.  But surprise, surprise, surprise, I did have all of what is pictured below in my stash.  I couldn't believe it!!!

The prior two years, I have not followed Bonnie's color suggestions, and used alternate colors (matching values) using Thimbleberries scrappy one year and just four Fig Tree Fabrics w/ a constant background last year.  I am looking forward to doing it this way this year.  Follow along with me over the next 8 weeks to see all the weekly clues, progress and the final reveal of the mystery quilt.

I usually wait until I get finished with a quilt to find a backing.  Sometimes years later.  But, this year while visiting an out of town quilt shop, I found this piece that was pre-cut and discounted.  I pick up 9 yards for under $75.  What a score.  it has all the colors of the paint chips, and I think will work perfect as a backing for this quilt.  It is from the Dowtown Abbey Collection.

I have gotten 8 more UFO quilts back from my long arm quilter, but the weather has been nasty here in the Pacific Northwest, so I haven't been able to get out and take some nice pictures of the finished quilts.  So far, I have 6 of them bound, and have 2 to finish.  I also have 5 quilts at the long arm quilter getting quilted, so will have lots to write about in the next few weeks if I can get pictures.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Blog Update

I didn't realize how long it has been since I last posted on my blog.  I have been busy, with various things, but not anything specific or important enough (in my mind anyway) that would make an interesting post.

The weather has been dicey around here in the Pacific Northwest, so I haven't been able to take pictures of finished quilts like I would like.  But, I have gotten binding on four quilts, and will have to  make future posts at a later date.

I have also been working on some BOM's and custom orders for my etsy store.

This is a custom order for a bigger fleece blanket.  Usually I make these fleece blankets in smaller blankets for babies.  The customer saw me making a baby blanket using this fleece print, and wanted to know if i could make one bigger, I said this was the last piece and since the fleece print was "old school" design for this team, it would be difficult to find more to make a big one.  Well I was off across the state visiting a hole in the wall kind of quilt shop, and lo and behold they had this fleece print.  they had about 2 1/2 yards left, so I bought it and contacted the customer.  Of course, the customer was ecstatic and said yes to me making it for them.  It measures 5' X 6', which makes a nice couch throw.

I also have been working on the Vintage Sampler blocks, I got a little behind, I am just now woking on Block 5, which came in the mail last week.

Here is block 3

These are churn dash blocks.  This month they started adding the sashing pieces so when at the end, all the pieces will go together nicely.

This is block 3 fillers that go in and around the major blocks of each month's package.

This is block 4.

Two of the blocks are 12" square, the one on the left is called "Woven Star" and the one on the right is called "Star of Hope", and the filler block is some more Broken Dishes.

Fall is a very busy time of the year.  Just like spring there are so many things that need to be done outside and in all the garden  and flower beds.  Lots of clean up and dead head work that when done, make for ugly pictures.  But, I have wanted to make a pathway from the backyard sidewalk to my greenhouse.  I dug out the dirt and hauled in the filler and hauled in the flagstone to make this pathway.  It was really hard work, but very satisfying to get done.  I know it is a little crooked, but my herb barrels weren't placed perfectly either, so the pathway follows their setting.  I really don't care, I am stating that it is quaint and since it is my work, I will claim it in all it quirkiness!

My rescue dog photo bombed my picture!  


Monday, September 19, 2016

Simple Nine Patch

I pulled out another UFO last week, all the nine patches were put together, except the last month.  So, I finished them up and pieced them together.

This was a BOM, and the pattern was found in this book, Primitive Gatherings.  Had to buy the book to participate in the BOM.

This is a picture from the book showing the finished quilt.

There are several ways you can make a nine patch.  Many designers have come up with efficient and easier ways to make this block.  These women designers use a totally different technique than I had ever done, and the blocks came out better than if I had done it any other way.  

This is my top with the blocks sewn together.  It is made up of civil war reproduction prints and a tea stained muslin.   I just love the simplicity of this quilt.  I am excited to get this one done.

The only draw back of this quilt is I didn't want a square quilt, so I made it longer.  In doing so, it is now not wide enough, and obviously there is no scrap leftovers.  So, I have bought a muslin that is a pretty good match and I will have to tea stain it a bit to be a better match, and will use some of the civil war reproduction scraps from the quilt Civil War Tribute.  

Another work in progress in the queue.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Binding Time

As you all know, I have been finishing up my UFO's and sending them off to be quilted.  I managed to get about 11 of the bound and photographed, that you have been able to see in the past several posts.  But, I am now about 8 quilts behind that have come back from the quilter.  these 4 quilts have the binding sewn on them and are ready for hand stitching.

These four quilts need binding made and sewn on them.

I am hoping to get the binding on these sometime next week.

But, they will remain in one large pile, because I want to have some hand sewing to do when I get surgery on my knee.  I am scheduled for surgery on December 2nd, and I know I'll have to sit quite a bit if not solely, so I want to have them ready for finishing.

Then again, December is a long way off, and I may find some time to get them done before then, as I want to get theses UfO's done and a few more that are being sent to the quilter next week.  So if I get these done and the newer ones,  I will have to find some embroidery work or a crochet project.

Oh well, it will all work out in the end.