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,

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Seeing Stars...

Yesterday was our usual Wednesday get-together. Mona forgot to bring the girl blocks (LOL!), but luckily we had our supplies for the boy's charity that's what we worked on.

There were five yesterday, but only three of us worked on the charity quilt.  The other two had projects they needed to finish up.  Even so, we now have a total of 10 blocks done (40 quadrants). What fun we had!

A couple of us are meeting tomorrow at Mona's to work on the girl's quilt.  Her hubby is going to be away for a long weekend, so when the cat's away, the mice will play!  After we sew during the day, we are going to the fair in the evening.  It's gonna be a fun, fun day!

On another note, I made this quilt top for our guild's charity in which we supply lap-sized, wheelchair-friendly quilts to veterans.  I had a leftover charm pack (not a full charm pack) of red/white/blue fabrics, so decided to do a quick disappearing 9-patch and then added the white border and some stars to the corners. I hope it gives comfort to someone special. 

Here's to more fun,

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Making Progress

The gals and I wound up not meeting last week, as we all had other things pop up.  Hence, no progress was made on our girl's charity quilt.

But yesterday we accomplished quite a bit!  Ta da...

The quilt blocks are all done and de-papered.  Next week when we meet, we will be sewing the blocks into rows and the rows together.  We should have a top before the end of the day and maybe even time to...

work on the boy's charity quilt!

Yes, this where were the boy's quilt stands.  These were made by me during some down time at home.  I wanted to get to a point where I could see how the spiderweb was evolving.  I brought it yesterday and everyone loves it!  So this should be a fun one to work on, as well.  Plus, it will go together much faster.  I love the colors together!

Having fun while making progress,

Monday, October 5, 2015

More Charity Quiltin'

My quilty friends and I only have about 10-12 more blocks to make for the girl's charity quilt.  Then we can assemble the rows together and get it into tip "top" shape.  :o)  Last week we were at Kathie's house and left the blocks and foundation paper pieces there as she was going to finish up the couple we had in progress when we had to leave at 5pm so she could get to an appointment.  

I only printed enough foundation pieces to make the top so we would know when we had enough; and since they are all at Kathie's, I decided to play with the boy's charity quilt we are planning to make also.  I got four quadrants done and this goes together so much faster than the girl's does.  I posted it onto Facebook to see how the gals liked it and it is a thumbs-up.  So, we will use the constant bright yellow in the center (star shape) and strings that read blue or green for each side.  Once we lay them all together block after block, the strings will form a spiderweb shape.  I think it will look awesome!  It's a bit brighter than the picture reflects.  So, what do you think?

I'm pretty sure we'll be able to finish the remaining girl's quilt blocks this Wednesday and maybe even start sewing rows together.  Woohoo!  I'll post a pic of our progress on that quilt either Wednesday nite or Thursday.

Chuggin' along,

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Strange Happenings

Funny thing...

I went to the quilt shop today to buy the Stripology Ruler I've been wanting.  Somehow a new book and all this fabric jumped into my bag.  I just don't understand...  LOL

You can never have too many neutral Batiks or Repro anything,

Sunday, September 27, 2015

A Different Kind of Cruisin'

My latest acquisition.  Not exactly quilting-related, but fun nonetheless.  :o)


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Charity Quiltin'

A couple of my girlfriends and I met at my house today and worked on a charity quilt (girly colors). This was our progress as we broke for lunch around 2pm (as noted on the grandfather clock, LOL)...

And this was our progress as we broke for the day at 5pm (also as noted on the grandfather clock, LOL)... 

We have 21 of the 63 blocks needed for the quilt; so we are a third of the way there. I will work on more tomorrow on my own as I'm apparently not as much of a speed demon as are my girlfriends. Hehehehe. They are really fun to sew and I made a paper-piecing pattern for us which made it easier to use with scraps -- no precutting necessary.  :o)

This will be our Wednesday project for awhile.  After we make this girly one, we will make a charity quilt geared more toward a boy.  Maybe using a spiderweb block or something to that effect.

Charity quiltin',

Monday, August 24, 2015

Happiness Delivered To My Front Door!

Woohoo!!!  Yes, I know many of my friends think I already own every die, but I don't!  (At least, not yet...)  LOL!

Die-ing of happiness,

Monday, August 10, 2015

Three-Day Quilt Retreat

This past Thursday, Friday and Saturday I was on a three-day quilt retreat at the Spacecoast Convention Center in Cocoa, FL.  Luckily, it was only 15 minutes from my home, so I didn't have to reserve a room at the hotel or board my doggie. My girlfriend, Mona, also went.  We had a blast and met many new friends!

They split us up into three groups of approximately 20-25 per group.  Mona and I were in the Blue group.  The most wonderful thing about the retreat was that we had to bring absolutely n-o-t-h-i-n-g! They supplied all the brand new Bernina machines, scissors, thread, kits, everything...including breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day.  All we had to do was show up!  :o)

The first day our group was in the embroidery class with designer, Claudia Dinnell.

Her work is gorgeous!  I bought a "few" embroidery patterns to take home, of course.  We worked on a flamingo she designed for the class to show us how to merge split hoop designs.  We were able to write whatever we wanted on the billboard sign.  Lots of fun!

The second day our group was with Alex Anderson herself!  She is so sweet!  We had a quilt kit for a star quilt she designed.  Learned lots of new techniques in her class.  Only got so much done in class, so now I need to finish assembling it.

That evening, she gave a lecture and slideshow presentation.  It was a wonderful lecture about Alex herself and how she became a quilter and where it took her.  Then a few of us went out to a late dinner afterwards.  More fun!

Day three brought me waayy out of my comfort zone, where we made an Art Quilt with teacher, Nina McVeigh.  We were all given identical kits, yet everyone's was soooo different.  I enjoyed playing and just "going for it" but I don't see myself doing it again.  I'm definitely a "traditional" girl.  The most I would go out of my comfort zone is a "modern" quilt.  LOL!

'Til next time,

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Look Out Europe -- Here I Come!

Guess what!?!  I did it!  I booked my Bonnie Hunter Mediterranean Cruise for next August!  Woot!  Now I just need to find a roomie.  Luckily they assist you with that.  :o)

Brilliance of the Seas

Sew excited!