Binding, Binding, Binding…

I’ve found myself in a perfect storm of quilt finishes although the quilts are not quite finished – they still have to have the bindings sewn on.

It makes me feel good to have all these quilted quilts but a little overwhelmed to do all the hand sewing that the bindings require.

It took me 3 weeks to get the binding on my recently finished hand quilting project. This is my “40 Shades of Grey” quilt that I spent the winter hand quilting. I don’t know why it took me so long to get the binding sewn on other than the fact that it’s a pretty big quilt. But it’s completely done now!

I’m halfway done putting the binding on my “On Ringo Lake” quilt. I remembered last night that I needed to make the label so I can’t go any further until I do that. (It seems easier to just sew it on along with the binding.) I mailed this quilt off to Missouri Star Quilt Company to have it quilted back in January, I think. Sometimes when I don’t have the backing or any batting, it’s easiest for me to mail it to them and include the backing in my quilting order. They get busy though so it took some time. It was a coincidence that it was returned about the same time I was putting the binding on my last quilt. Luckily, I had set aside the binding fabric so I was able to get it on the quilt quickly.

And then my “Good Fortune” quilt was returned right after that! I gave this one to my friend, Lisa, to quilt here in Germany. She broke her hand and was out of quilting action for awhile but she managed to get this one done and back to me last week. It looks beautiful! I wanted to piece the binding together from light background fabrics but I haven’t gotten around to that yet. So… it’s at the bottom of the pile.

And last is this Preemie Quilt for charity. My quilt guild makes & gives them to a local hospital and I picked up a kit. Of course it only needed barely 3 strips for binding as it’s only about 25 inches square. It will be a fast finish but it’s still on the pile.

So that’s what I’ve been working on and what I’ll be working on for a little while. It’s good to almost have 4 quilts finished already this year!

“On Ringo Lake” Finish

I’m happy to report today that I’ve finally finished Bonnie Hunter’s 2017 mystery quilt, “On Ringo Lake”!

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It took me forever to get those chevron pieces for the sashing completed.

 

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And then I laid the entire quilt out to make sure everything was going the right way.

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Then I started the long process of putting it together row by row.  I was able to get half of it together the week before Thanksgiving but then I had to move everything back up to my sewing room.  That slowed me down a little.

Putting the rest of it together took another week.

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I see that Bonnie is well into her 2018 mystery quilt but I’m not sure if I’m going to jump right in!

Slow progress …

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I’m happy to report that I have all 50 of the main blocks done for Bonnie Hunter’s 2017 mystery quilt “On Ringo Lake”!

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Unfortunately, I still haven’t finished step #3 – the diamonds in rectangle units.  Big sigh.  I still have almost 200 of those to finish.

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Then I’ll have to sew them into pairs to use them as sashing strips between the blocks.

The cornerstones and setting triangles are a little complicated too so I’ve been working on them while putting the blocks together.

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I’m really hoping to have this quilt top done before Bonnie comes out with her next mystery quilt around Thanksgiving but it’s been more work than I thought it would be.

I do love these colors together and the way the blocks look.  I think it’s going to be beautiful when it’s finished so I just keep plodding along!

Hopefully my next update will be the finished quilt top – stay tuned…

On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt Update

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My “On Ringo Lake” Mystery quilt is coming along.  You might remember that Bonnie Hunter introduced this mystery quilt last November and finished it up in January.  I didn’t have time to do it then but I printed out the steps and I finally got started on it this summer.

Of course it’s no mystery now but that’s OK.

There are 9 steps for this quilt and I have 4 done already!

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OK, they’re not consecutive steps but I’ll get there.  I’ve got steps 1, 2, 4 and 6 done AND everything else is cut out!  I’m really loving the fabric colors and how they go together.

These Bonnie Hunter mysteries are not for the faint of heart though.  200 of these blocks and 240 of these blocks and 218 of those blocks.  There’s a lot of cutting and chain piecing and a just a tiny bit of monotony.  There’s a lot of counting too, which I’m not the best at.  I keep coming up with extras of this piece but not enough of that piece – ugh.

This is the farthest I’ve ever gotten on one of her mystery quilts so that’s something.

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I have to mention also that we’re into our second week of 90+ degree F/32+ degree C  weather here in Germany and with no air conditioning, my sewing room is very toasty.  I have the fan right in front of my sewing machine but I’m still sweating!

Chain piecing hundreds of these blocks is a bit of an endurance sport right now – and don’t even get me started on the ironing.  I can’t even remember what it feels like to need a quilt but someday, when I finish this one and go to use it, I’m sure I’ll remember this heat wave.

Anyway, I’m really happy with my progress so far.  Now it’s back to work and I’m sure you can imagine how great I look with the fan(s) blowing my hair around like a super model in a shampoo commercial!  It’s great.

On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt

I finally got started with my “On Ringo Lake” Mystery Quilt this past week!  (Now that it’s no longer a mystery.)

Bonnie Hunter offers a fabulous mystery quilt every year on her Quiltville website.  She usually posts the first part the day after Thanksgiving – which I have to say, is not a good time for me.  Then the quilt clues usually show up once a week until around the first week of January when she reveals what the quilt should look like.

The quilts really are beautiful – and detailed.  I started one a few years ago and then got overwhelmed by ALL the pieces to cut.  But when I see the quilts people have made from her mysteries, I want to make them too but guess what…?  The patterns are gone!!  She only leaves the clues on her website for about a month and then they’re gone.

This year I made a point to print out the clues as Bonnie posted them.  I could tell from the color reveal (she posts paint sample cards) that I had none of the fabric colors she was using.  I started to buy a few fat quarters here and there and put them away with the clues that I had printed out.

Last week I was cleaning my sewing room and found the bag of fabric and the folder of clues and decided it was time to get started on this quilt before Bonnie comes out with yet another mystery quilt.

I think this Part 1 was easy this year.  Maybe she didn’t want to overwhelm anybody!

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Part 1 is to make 50  9-patch blocks.  And the pattern called for using strip sets to do it so it wasn’t too hard.

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So I have the first step done and I even got the fabric cut out for Part 2.

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200 Coral rectangles and 400 little background squares.  It took just a little time.  At this point I realized that I didn’t buy enough fabric so I used up almost all my coral fabric.  Before I get to Part 3, I need to find some more.

My goal is to have this quilt top done before Bonnie comes out with her 2018 mystery quilt the end of November.