Thursday, December 18, 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt Clue 3 - Hello Green!

Well, hello green!  I'm so happy to see you.  :o)

As happy as I am to see green introduced, I surely hope there's no more in this quilt -- I only have a strip left measuring about 4" x wof.  Yikes!  Talk about cutting it close.  No pun intended.  Lol.

This was/is a nice easy clue.  I've done one strip set so far and have the other strips cut and ready to sew.  Wanted to make sure everything was measuring up and oriented correctly.  I'm sure I'll be able to conquer this clue by the end of today.

Happy sewing!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt Clue 2 - It's Not A Race; It's a Beauty Contest

I have to keep telling myself the little mantra that I tell all my quilting students:  "It's not a race; it's a beauty contest."  Just take your time and try to do your best.  There are so many people posting to our Quiltville Facebook Group agonizing over these chevron units.  I sure hope they realize there is no such thing as perfection before they totally give up on this quilt and, actually, the whole purpose of our creative outlet, our therapy, etc., etc.  I hope they can just enjoy, and not let the pursuit of perfection take away the joy of the process.  After all, there is no deadline for this quilt.  We can just print out the instructions for each clue and tackle them as time and circumstances allow. 

Anyway, getting off my soapbox and back to our regularly scheduled program...

I have 32 completed units so far.  Just about a third of the way there.  Maybe I'll get more done today, maybe not.  I'm not worried about being all caught up before the next clue is out tomorrow.  And, nope, not all my units are spot on where the intersections meet.  But...  I'm going to enjoy the process, darn it!  :o)

Tomorrow I'm travelling with my Dad to go visit with my Uncle Dick (his brother) and my Aunt Mim.  It will be a fun day out.  Probably no sewing, but we'll see what the day brings.

Enjoying the process AND the mystery,

Monday, December 1, 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt Part 1 - Ready, Set, Sew!

Bonnie Hunter posted Clue 1 on Friday -- and the excitement around the world commenced.  LOL!  I hadn't had a chance to really sit and play until yesterday.  Spent the majority of the day cutting and sewing.  I'm happy to say I am halfway there!  50 blocks are completely done with another 50 ready to be assembled.  Using my Accuquilt made cutting all the units quick work.  That way I was able to spend more time sewing.  I should have the rest together hopefully by the end of today.  Wheeee!  :o)

As I mentioned previously, I am foregoing the scrappy route this time and making all the fabric choices constant.  I am really loving how they play together so far.

If you want to join in on the fun (if you're not already), Bonnie's instructions for this year's Mystery can be found here.

Excitedly awaiting Clue 2,

Friday, November 7, 2014

Another Contest Entry...

Well...actually two contest entries.  Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts is having a contest ending November 30 using their new Aurifil threads and the included mini-charm pack of 2-1/2" squares of their new Somerset line.  She is challenging contestants to design a quilt (must be an original design), using only the thread, mini-charms, background and a border fabric.  She will pick the winner/winners and they win various prizes, including the possibility of having their quilt pattern published.

Kimberly, from Fat Quarter Shop, is adding to that challenge by hosting her own contest in which you can use that original quilt to enter, but the stipulation is you have to buy the Aurifil Thread Pack from her shop.  This one is a "most votes" contest and the top three winners receive a $100 gift certificate to her shop.  I'll let you know when they post the top 10 quilts for a vote.  I'd be so excited if one of them is mine!  :o)

I drew/designed my quilt using EQ7 and EQStitch (of course, LOL).

I call it Butterfly Bliss.  It measures approximately 24" x 24".

Fingers crossed,

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I'm Ready!

Bonnie Hunter's new mystery quilt for 2014/2015 is here!  It's called Grand Illusion.  She posted the colorway and yardage the other day so we can get our ducks in a row in preparation for the first steps in the mystery set to be unveiled in late November.  I decided to not do scrappy this time (G-A-S-P!!).  Main reason was I want to use up my stash as much as possible and when I went to pull the grassy greens, found I was lacking.  Had plenty of hunter greens and limey greens, but it wasn't what I was looking for.  Me being a scrappy kinda girl, I was shocked but pleased to find I had plenty of yardage in the suggested colorways, so my quilt colors will all be constant this time around.  I even have a really cool multi-colored fabric for the backing.  :o)

Raring to go,

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Beach of Dreams

The quilt I made as an upcoming Christmas gift for my elder daughter and her new hubby is now done!  It's called Beach of Dreams and I had my wonderful longarm quilter use a really sweet pantograph with seashells and starfish.  I really like how it turned out.  I did a scrappy binding and I think it gives it a little more zing.  I hope they love it...  :o)

Christmas is closer than you think,

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Here is my latest completed quilt top.

It's called Savannah and is made from some of the small scraps left over from my Farmer's Wife quilt top.  It measures 30"x30".  Yep, some of those pieces are little, but not insanely so.  LOL.  I'm really pleased how it turned out.  A few of the intersections are just a hair off, but there are so many small bulky seams.  This is another one that I designed in EQ7.  I know I always say it, but I would be lost without that program.

More fun to come,

Monday, September 1, 2014

12 Days of Christmas and Trip to Bali

More progress has been made.  My 12 Days of Christmas quilt is now done.  I'm happy with how it turned out.  I've been learning a lot while quilting my own quilts.  Like letting them sit open on my cutting table for however long it takes while the quilting ideas marinate really works for me.  For this one, I ditched around the embroidered muslin blocks, quilted holly leaves and berries in the red and green 8-patch areas, wavy stitched the triple border strips and quilted a floral feather in the cornerstones.  It measures 30" x 33".  It will make a really cute wallhanging. 

My Trip to Bali quilt is also now quilted!  I love it.  I had the longarm quilter (WAY too big for me to attempt to quilt myself!) quilt a "Hawaiian flower" type pantograph in variegated thread.  The binding is on this monster, but I still need to hand stitch it to the back.  It measures 92" x 110".  Great for a bed!

Quilty goodness,

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Beach of Dreams

What?  Not a Christmas quilt?  Well...actually it is.  :o)  It's a Christmas gift for my older daughter and her new hubby.  I call it Beach of Dreams (they love the beach) and I will be putting a poem on the label. 

This quilt came about because I L-O-V-E Pinterest and I'm always pinning quilts for inspiration.  There was one that was very similar to what you see here, and my daughter actually "liked" it.  I know she's a big Pinterest fan too....but, knock my socks off, I didn't even know she checks out my Pins.  Needless to say, I had to make one like it for her, even though I changed it up a bit and made it my own (smaller, lap size (40" x 58"), for her sofa and using bali/batik fabrics in the beachy colors of her home).  I'm excited because I know she will love it.  :o)  And, no, she doesn't read my blog, so I'm not hesitant about showing it here.

Anyway, this was an easy one-day quilt top; and now that the top's done, I will be taking it to my long-arm quilter when I pick up the Trip to Bali quilt from her that she is working on.

Back soon,

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Merry Little 9-Patches Is Now Quilted!

Yay!  Another Christmas project is totally done!  Here is Merry Little 9-Patches...

Next up for quilting...The 12 Days of Christmas.

Stay tuned,