Friday, February 5, 2016

Savannah - Another Finish!

I have another finish to share.  This time it's my "Savannah" Quilt.  It's my own design and I used a lot of little civil war scrap pieces to make this.  It was quilted by a talented quilting friend.  It measures 29" square and each block is 3" finished.




This one is also going in our Guild's Quilt Show in early March.

More to come,
Suzy

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Citrus Garden - Hexie Quilt is Finished!

Citrus Garden

My hexie quilt is finished and I think it looks amazing.  My quilting friend did an awesome job on it!  I'm so pleased.  I changed the name from Citrus Swirl to Citrus Garden because that fits it so much better now with the quilting she did.  This was my first try at English Paper Piecing and it took me several years of on and off handpiecing to complete the top, but it was worth it.  I had no design plan for it and just let it speak to me on what it wanted to be.

I wanted to keep the edges uneven as I felt it gave the quilt more personality, so I sewed hexies around the edge like a facing on clothing and turned it to the back and appliqued it down with invisible hand stitches.  It worked like a charm!  Of course the backing and batting had to be on the quilt before I could do that, so I gave the quilt top to my quilting friend and she quilted just the hexie flowers, leaving the black areas unquilted.  Then I got the quilt back and trimmed all the layers around the edges and did my thing, and then gave it back to her to finish quilting.

The butterflies are glittery!

This beauty will be going into our Quilt Show in the beginning of March.  After all that work, you bet I'm gonna show her off.  :o)

Feeling accomplished,
Suzy

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Change of Scenery

I decided I needed a change of scenery as I've been working on my Allietare Mystery Quilt since November. I have the rows halfway put together, so not too much more to go. Just was getting kinda bored of staring at the same ole same ole. Maybe I suffer from Quilter's ADD. Oh well. Hehe. Anyway, I pulled out my girl's charity quilt and finished sewing all the blocks.


I think it looks great and I really enjoyed using up some of my purple and pink scraps!  I have a ton left, so I'm sure there will be many more scrap quilts in the future.  LOL!  Now to sew the blocks together to rows and rows to a flimsy.  If it wasn't a charity quilt, I would put a small white border around it and then a nice 4" purple and pink string border to finish it off.  Maybe that's a future quilt right there, only using all colors of the spectrum and making it for my bed.  :o)

Scrap happy,
Suzy

Monday, January 11, 2016

Allietare! - The Layout

Saturday, I finished all my blocks and yesterday, I laid everything out.  I LOVE it!  I've since labeled the rows and they are now awaiting construction.  I might have time today to start, but the carpet cleaner is coming, so that's an iffy maybe.  LOL


Making progress,
Suzy

Friday, January 8, 2016

More on Allietare!

On New Year's Eve at midnight Italy-time, Bonnie posted the final clue and reveal of Allietare!  It is sooo me!  Right down to the scalloped border.  If you want to see the reveal for yourself, here's a link to Bonnie's blog.

Here's where I'm at so far.



I have all 30 of the Allietare Star blocks completed, and am making my way through the Echoes of Pisa blocks.  Then it's on to the setting blocks.  I'm hoping to get a lot accomplished today.  My goal is to at least finish the 20 Echoes of Pisa blocks.  If time permits and I'm feeling inspired (and crazy), then I'm hoping to have all the setting blocks done today too.  We'll see what happens...

Once the blocks are all completed, I'll arrange them on my great room floor and mark the rows to make it easier for me to assemble them and keep everything the way I laid them out.  I'll post again once I get to that point.

Who knows what today will hold,
Suzy


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Floral Intrigue Quilt is Done!

Another quilt on the completed list for 2015.  My Floral Intrigue quilt.  I absolutely love all the colors in this quilt and the Kaffe Fasset backing fabric I found in my stash complements it perfectly!  I also love the floral quilting motif I chose for it. Yay! Another finish!



What will next year hold...
Suzy

Jelly Roll Race Quilt is Done!

My Jelly Roll Race quilt is done!  The fabric strips are all sewing-related items, so the quilting I chose for it is sewing-related as well.  It's been done awhile now, but just haven't taken a picture and posted.  Finally!  Now I can add it to my 2015 completions...


More to come,
Suzy

Monday, December 28, 2015

Allietare Mystery Quilt Progress

I've been busy the past five weeks trying to keep up with Bonnie Hunter's Allietare Mystery Quilt. Clue 4 seemed to take me forever...

Clue 1

Clue 2

Clue 3

Clue 4

Clue 5

Whew,
Suzy


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

MIA

I realize I've been MIA for awhile. Sorry about that, but real life intervenes. The largest portion of time was computer-related. Just before Thanksgiving, my computer started running very, very slowly and things were loading slowly or weren't loading at all...software or internet-related items. I had a sinking feeling my computer's hard drive was about to crash (it IS 6 years old). So after a few days of dealing with the awful lag, decided to go out and buy a new one.  Brought it home and was waiting for the next day when I hoped my geeky youngest daughter could hold my hand through setting everything up.  Meanwhile, I left my old computer on.  The next morning I awoke and went into my office, turned the corner to sit down at my desk, and...you guessed it...the BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH.  At least I was prepared with a new computer ready to hook-up and I have Carbonite, so everything was backed up.

Then comes a whole 'nuther part of the story.  I had splurged and not only bought the CPU tower, but a new monitor as well.  Well, in hooking up the monitor, all I got were funny black lines on a white background.  Knew everything was hooked up properly, so I reboxed the screen and returned it (1/2 hour each way, mind you).  Got the new screen home (same type) and hooked it up.  It worked fine until the screensaver activated, then I got those wonky lines again.  After a few choice words (I won't repeat them here, LOL), I did the boxing and returning thing again.  This time I changed up the monitor to the same type as the CPU.  Got it home and all seemed fine.  Spent THREE straight days downloading all my backups off Carbonite (during which time you turn off your screensaver, per instructions *you know where this is going, right*) and then start using my computer and loading on all the software and stuff so the backups work (another two days) and have my computer all set up the way I want.  Put the screensaver on again, and....yep, you guessed it!  ARRRGGGHHH!

Figure the only thing it could be is CPU-related at this point.  I mean, come on, it's only coincidence up to a point!  So I have to completely reformat the computer back to factory settings ('cause all my stuff was on it at this point), take EVERYTHING back and get a top-of-the-line gaming laptop and have been in heaven ever since.  Of course, I lost another week reloading everything!  So I essentially lost 2-1/2 weeks of my life I can never get back...

Regularly scheduled programming shall resume shortly.  :o)

So there you have it,
Suzy

Saturday, October 31, 2015

A Quilty "Treat" for Halloween

Hear ye! Hear ye! Bonnie Hunter's new mystery quilt has officially begun with the revelation of the color palette. She is calling her new mystery quilt Allietare! -- and the colors are right up my alley! The name and colors are inspired by her recent trip to Tuscany, and you can find out all the info on Bonnie's website here.






I am happy to report that all (yes--ALL) the fabrics are from my stash. And there is way more where they came from. LMAO! No, I don't feel embarrassed in the least. It's taken me almost 20 years to get my quilt stash where it is now. I'm sure there are many of you out there in the same boat. Are we gonna jump overboard? Heck, no! Just pile more in and hope we don't sink the ship! Hehehehehe.

Looking forward to the first clue on Black Friday,
Suzy