Mystery solved!

Bonnie Hunter revealed the final clue for this year’s mystery quilt last Friday!  Check it out here on her blog!

It looks great although I think I have several weeks worth of sewing to get it all together.

After putting some of my sets together, here are the blocks.

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These are pretty big and a little complicated but I do love them!

They’re going to be set on point and I’ll have to make some partial blocks for the corners.  I have half of the whole blocks done.

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After I get all the blocks done, I need to put together the sashing.  Then there’s the job of sewing everything together.

And finally, there are 2 saw-tooth borders and 1 plain border to add.

I have a lot of work to do!

In between…

I finished Clue #8 of the “Frolic” mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville site.

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It was another easy clue to make flying geese out of pieces we had already cut out.

So while I wait for the next clue I starting working on another quilt.  (I know, I know!  I can’t help myself!)

So, I was waiting to pay at the store recently and the February 2020 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine was right there so of course I grabbed it and brought it home.  There was an adorable house quilt pattern in there that I fell in love with.

It’s called “Home Made” and it’s designed by Monique Jacobs.  The blocks are really big IMG_2443and homey looking.  The quilt is made with flannels but I decided just to use the fabrics I have in my stash.  I thought I would make one block but they go together quickly and are addictive.

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There are only 16 blocks in the quilt so I have almost half done.

The houses in the pattern are turned all different directions but I’m not sure I want to do that.  I think you could also just have the houses upright.

This quilt will be the perfect gift for someone in my life.  I just need to find the perfect striped fabric for the sashing and a pretty focus fabric for the large border.

Are we there yet?

I can’t believe that we’re not finished with this year’s Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt and I’m all caught up!  Honestly, at this point, I feel like I’m making half square triangles in my sleep.

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I finished up Clue #6 and moved on to Clue #7 over the weekend.

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I feel like maybe the clues haven’t been too hard this year but I don’t know.

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Here are all the pieces.

I have no idea how this is going to be put all together!

Frolic Mystery catch-up

Happy New Year everyone!

I’m spending this first day of 2020 playing catch up with my Frolic quilt clues.  “Frolic” is Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt for this year.

I was so proud of myself this week for getting the last 2 clues cut and I had a plan to get them sewn by the release of the next clue this Friday and then… Bonnie released Clue #6 on New Year’s Eve!!

This happens every year.  The merry-go-round of clues and sewing spins faster and faster until I can no longer hold on (and keep up with things in my everyday life)!

But I try to console myself with the thought that I have the long, cold, dark January days to catch up and I’ll be glad I have a project to work on.  Really,  it’ll be fine.

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Clue #’s 4 and 5 were more half square triangles so we’ve had LOTS of practice with those.

I have to say, I’m getting a little tired of sewing half square triangles although they do go fast.  I have a system of chain sewing and then I’ve been using my new Clover desk needle threader which has a handy cutter tool.

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I just cut and stack.  It really does speed things up.  Love this little tool!  Plus, once you get the hang of threading your needle with it – life is so much easier for someone like myself who is getting older and more visually challenged.

 

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I finished Clue #4 this morning.  I hope to finish Clue #5 tomorrow and I got started cutting some of my Chartreuse greens into triangles for Clue #6 today.

Clue #6 says to make flying geese out of the larger triangles that we cut out in Clue #4 so a made a couple of those to see how they’ll look.

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I love all these colors together!  And it feels like we’re almost ready to see what kind of blocks we’re making.  Exciting!!

Well, I’ve got to finish cutting out these green triangles and hopefully, I can get at least half of them sewn by Friday.

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Frolic Mystery Quilt Week 3

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I got this week’s clue finished with some time to spare!

Things are getting busy with Christmas just around the corner and we have guests visiting.  I had to break this clue into manageable amounts to sew each day but it actually went very fast.

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So there it is – three weeks and three clues finished!

Frolic Mystery Quilt Week 2

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I was so happy that this week’s clue was easy again!

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I just wanted to post an update on my progress on this year’s Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt from her Quiltville blog.

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I have the first 2 clues finished but I have guests coming next week so it might get harder to keep up.  I’m going to do the best I can!

It’s Mystery Quilt time again!!

I said I wasn’t going to do it again but when Bonnie Hunter came out with the colors for this year’s Quiltville mystery quilt, I fell in love.  By the way, this year’s quilt is called “Frolic”.

I begged my mom to pop over to Lowes and pick up the paint chips for this year’s colors – and then please, mail them to me. (Thanks Mom!)

Then I went through my stash to see if I had anything in those colors.

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I had a lot of the green, which is called Parakeet and a little bit of everything else.  Our arts & crafts store on base was having a big sale so I was able to pick up some more fabrics of the other colors.  I’m not sure if I have enough for the whole quilt but I have enough to get started.

The first clue came out the day after Thanksgiving and I was very thankful that she made it an easy clue to start with!

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It’s just some little 4 patch blocks and I’m almost finished with those.

As you can see, I’m also still working on my Pinwheel Fancy quilt blocks and mixing them in there as leaders and enders.

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I’m just a little over halfway done with this and running out of room on my design wall!  I’m not sure what I’m going to do when I run out of room.  I’ll probably just stack them up and then lay them all out on the floor.  I like having them up here so I can make sure to switch up the fabrics as I’m sewing them.  I think as long as I lay everything out before I sew them together, I’ll get a nice mix of fabrics.

I can’t wait until Friday when the next mystery quilt clue comes out!

Some Holiday Sewing

I’ve been away from this blog for a while and really haven’t been doing much sewing lately.  Sometimes you need a break.

I have been hand quilting a quilt in the evenings and that’s coming along really quickly.  I’ll post some photos when I finish.

This week, the quilt guild I belong to hosts it’s holiday party and we have a stocking exchange.  We have to make a stocking a then fill it with some sewing goodies and then we have a crazy exchange.  It’s always a lot of fun and there’s stealing and lots of laughs.  We also donate small handmade items to the elementary school on base for a PTA “holiday store”.  The kids can buy these small things for their parents or family and the money goes to the PTA for special school programs.

I had put off making my stocking and school item until now, which is to say – the last minute.

I decided to make another heart pot holder to donate to the school and found some beautiful French General fabrics.

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I still had the pattern from the one I made several years ago.

It’s really an easy project and I finished it in no time.

Then it was on to the stocking.  I didn’t want just a regular stocking, which is what I’ve made in past years.  I wanted something a little different.

I found an idea online on this blog called DIY Home Sweet Home.  The directions for a colorful elf stocking were very clear and I just altered it a bit.

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I found some old packing paper and made a pattern for the size and shape of stocking I wanted.  I actually made 2 of these so I could sew fabric strips onto one.

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The directions from the blog just called for sewing fabric strips together but I thought it would be easier to actually sew the strips onto the paper to get them just how I wanted on the curves.  (Plus, you know how much I love paper piecing!)  Once I was finished, I just ripped the paper off!  I also put some batting on the back and “quilted” on the seam lines just to give the stocking some body.  This is actually part of the directions for our stocking exchange – that the stocking be quilted.

After I sewed the back to the front and turned it right sides out, I stuffed a little loose Poly-fil into the toe to make it stick out just right.  The blog directions called for this and it was a great idea.

Then I made a slightly smaller pattern for the lining.

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I cut out and sewed the lining together with right sides together and stuck it inside the stocking.

Apparently, I forgot to take photos of the making of the cuff section but it was a little complicated and it was getting to be the end of the day.

Some math was involved to figure how long the cuff needed to be and then how many pieces of fabric and what size they should be.  I guess I was a little off on this because I ended up taking one section of fabric off at the end.

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I sewed the colorful pieces of fabric together and laid it on top of the backing fabric, traced the lines to sew on and then sewed them up and down all together.

Then I trimmed the fabric, turned it and ironed it all flat.

I pinned the ribbon between the lining and cuff just so and sewed the cuff on.  Don’t ask me which way everything was facing – it’s a Christmas miracle that it all came out the right direction!

The last thing to do was fill it with fat quarters and chocolates and all the kinds of things quilters like!

The last bit of sewing I did before the meeting was a special quilt block that will go into a Comfort quilt for one of our members who is ill.

I had to share this Sunflower block since it’s so cheerful and sweet.

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I think it will be a pretty quilt and I hope it brings this lovely lady much comfort and joy.

 

My Mini Pinnie

This month’s American Quilter magazine landed in my mailbox last week with the cutest pin cushion pattern in it!  I’ve been wanting to make another pin cushion ever since we had our pin cushion exchange at my quilt guild a couple months ago.  (I’ve also had half a bag of crushed walnut shells left over and absolutely no idea what to do with them.)

Problem solved!

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The pattern is called “Mini Pinnie” by Kitty Wilkin and it’s a foundation pieced pattern that is super easy.

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I had nothing going on last Sunday afternoon so I pulled out some scraps and got to work.  I don’t recommend that you work on this while Skyping with family as that gets a little distracting.  My pin cushion came out a little wonky and I’m going to blame it on that but I still love it.

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I was able to finish this little project in only a couple of hours.  It would make a nice gift for someone or just something pretty for yourself.

Using up some Fabrics

I spent the past week cleaning out fabrics and organizing.  Sometimes you just want a clean work area.  But I also think it’s time I use up some of my fabrics in case we’ll be making another trans-Atlantic move sometime soon.

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  I was having a hard time trying to figure out what I want to do with all my scraps and fabric bits.  I honestly think that I’ll have enough to make several quilts but I picked out a pattern from Bonnie Hunter’s “Addicted To Scraps” book to start with.  I spent several days cutting out the pieces and I had almost everything the quilt called for.

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I love it when that happens!

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I don’t have enough of the brown that I need for the setting triangles so I’ll try to buy just enough.  I thought maybe I could cut them out a different way but I cut one and remembered making the 1930’s quilt earlier this summer and watching a video that stressed the importance of cutting your setting triangles in such a way that the outside of the triangles isn’t cut on the fabric bias.  If the outside of your quilt is all bias cut, you can have a lot of stretching and fabric distortion.

So, I’ll need to buy a bigger piece of brown fabric so that I can cut the setting triangles from a 9 3/4 inch square.  Those squares will be cut diagonally twice to make 4 triangles that are not stretchy.

I sewed a couple of the blocks together to see how well they work out.

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They went together beautifully.  I always love using Bonnie’s patterns because she even tells you which way to iron the seam allowance!

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So I’ll work on these easy blocks this fall and try to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my scraps.

I even have this bunch of selvedge scraps that would be fun to use in a project.

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I used the last bunch in my spider web quilt and I absolutely love it.

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I love the challenge to use up what I have to make something new and fun!