Frolic Mystery Quilt Week 3


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.


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

Frolic Mystery Quilt Week 2


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


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


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

Beauteous Quilt

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I just finished the “Beauteous” quilt top!  It went together surprisingly fast, probably because the blocks are so big.  I spent about a month making the 42 blocks for the quilt and was able to put it all together this past week.

I had decided to order more fabric and add some borders to make it bed sized and the fabric came on the day I started putting it together.  I love when things flow nicely like that!  The original pattern made a 60″ X 70″ quilt but mine now measures 78″ X 88″ with the added borders.

As you can see, with all these curves, there’s a little waviness and some lumpy.   I think this quilt would be ideal for the big stitch quilting so if I quilt it myself by hand hopefully, I can gently smooth things as I go.  I want to try using a wool batting this time in hopes that it will be a little thicker and fluffier.  I just think these colors would make a nice fall or winter quilt and I want it to be warm.

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As usual, it’s hard for me to get the whole quilt in the photo and I don’t have a great place to lay them out but I hope you can see the type of border design I used.  It’s the same border that I used on my spiderweb quilt.  It’s just something simple but a little different.

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I decided to use the yellow from the quilt for the border because the person I made it for likes yellow and I had enough of the turquoise fabrics to add the thin stripe.  There are so many colors in this quilt that I could have used any of them and it would’ve looked nice.

I look forward to hand quilting this quilt made with such soft Indie Folk fabric.  I’ll be sure to share the finished quilt with you!

Some Hot Sewing

Well, we’re into our fourth day of temperatures in the low to upper 90’s here in Germany.  (That’s the upper 30’s if you’re into Celsius temps.)  Which ever way you measure it – it’s hot!  My husband is in Africa this week and tells me it’s a little cooler there.  That’s just not right!

Since we don’t have air conditioning, I am trying to move VERY slowly.  That’s why this new sewing project is really perfect.

I saw this quilt online and fell in love with the colors and fabrics.


It’s called “Beauteous” and features the Indie Folk fabric collection by Pat Bravo.  The pattern was a free download online but it came out in 2015 (I’m a little behind).  It was a little hard to track down all the fabrics since they’ve been out a while but I did.  I found them all at Hawthorne Supply Company online and they shipped them to me super fast.


These fabrics are Beauteous!  They say they’re 100% premium cotton on the selvage and “Feel the difference” and I will say they have a silky feel to them and a little stiffness.  Really different.

After I printed out the pattern, it took me a little bit to figure out that I needed to tape all the pages together for the pattern pieces.

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After cutting out the pattern pieces, I dove right in.

These blocks are basically ALL curves.  I haven’t done any of the paper pieced blocks and not sure how that’s going to work.  There are 15 of those blocks and this pattern spans 2 printed pages.  I don’t know if I want to make all those copies.  I’m saving those for last so I can cut out all the other block pieces first.


For sewing all the curves, this means lots of pinning and slow sewing.  With the heat, I just aim a fan at myself and take the time to do all that pinning.

The pattern says that this quilt will measure 72″ X 72″ but I don’t think that’s correct.  The finished measurements of the blocks are 10″ and there are 7 rows of 6 blocks each so I think it should end up being more like 60 1/2″ X 70 1/2″.  I’m no mathematician though.  I was thinking about adding a couple borders to make it a little bigger and I need to decide which of the fabrics I really like and order more of it for a border.  That’s a tough decision to make.

Anyway, back to eating Popsicles and pinning curves.

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1930’s Farmer’s Wife Quilt finished!

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I put all my finished blocks into the layout I wanted.  Then I moved things around until I thought everything looked the best.

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These setting triangles required some math ( that didn’t quite work out because I added the sashing dimensions to each block).  They ended up larger than I needed and so it was easy to just cut a little off.

Then it was just the tedious task of sewing the rows all together.

You can see I laid out my border fabrics to see how all the different colors would look together.

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I had this sweet lavender fabric that I originally wanted to use for my smaller border but after laying everything out, I realized there was a lot of yellow in the quilt and a different yellow fabric seemed to pull the whole thing together.

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The quilt came out looking very feminine and summer-y with all the pastels.  It now measures at 72 inches x 91 inches.

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It was so much fun to make but now I have to decide if I’ll hand quilt it or have it machine quilted.

84 Blocks

The day has finally come when I’ve finished all the blocks that I need to make my Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler quilt!


I had decided (probably last year) that I wasn’t going to make my 1930’s Farmer’s Wife quilt like the one in the book.  I just hate when patterns call for you to cut blocks in half.  I mean, you made the whole block – you want to see the whole block!  That’s just my opinion.

So the quilt layout in the book called for making all 99 blocks included in the book.  My layout plan calls for making 83 blocks.  I plan to set them on point with sashing and setting triangles, a lot like the original Farmer’s Wife quilt.

I was more than ready to finish making these blocks since I started with the easiest and they were getting really hard by the end.  You might have noticed that I said I needed 83 blocks but I made 84.  Yes, one came out very badly so I don’t think I can use it.  After that block, I thought I would paper piece the last few but the paper pieced patterns were completely messed up.  I went on Laurie Hird’s website and found 19 pages of corrections for the book which explained my problems.  I went back to using templates after that.


Using the templates was slow going but it worked.

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These are some of the last few blocks I made and you can see they’re very intricate.


Today I’m cutting out white sashing pieces and hope to start laying everything out.  I can’t decide if I should make my sashing cornerstones all one color or a scrappy variety of these 1930’s prints that I’ve used.  I have a 1930’s green for my setting triangles.

I think I’ll just have to lay everything out and see how it looks.


I’m so happy to finally be able to put this quilt together!