Sunday, January 18, 2015

It's Baaacckkk!

I got my Scrappy Mountains Majesties quilt back today and it looks F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!!  I'm so happy with the quilt motif and thread that I chose.  Guess I will spend some time in front of the TV tacking the binding to the back.

I sure hope Mona and I get a lot of sign-ups for our class. 

Grinning from ear to ear,

Another Doll Outfit...

Yesterday I made a cute pair of doll pajamas.  I added a bit of decorative stitching to the top and I think it gives it a little extra oomph.  Just lovin' these pj's.

More later,

Saturday, January 17, 2015

In The Mood For Something Different...

I put all my quilting projects on hold to enjoy a little doll fun.  It's been so long since I've made some doll clothes and I'm in the mood.  So I guess I'd better strike while the iron's hot.  (No pun intended.) 

Here's a cute little outfit I finished yesterday.  It's a white peasant crop top and a mock-wrapped skirt.  I think it came out darling.  I even made the necklace.

My daughters and I went to a craft fair this past November and I was shocked no one had a booth selling 18" doll clothing.  I mean, it's so popular.  So I'm toying with the idea of sewing a couple outfits a week and renting a booth.  Can't hurt to give it a shot.  :o)

Playing dress-up with my dolls,

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Scrappy Mountains Majesties

Took a break from the Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt and finished up the top for my Scrappy Mountains Majesties.  I called my longarmer this morning and she can fit me in before my next Guild Meeting at the end of January -- which works out great as I need at least the top (if not the finished quilt by then) so people can see our examples as they sign up for the class Mona and I are teaching.

I think it turned out great and I'm loving the scrappy borders which helped use up the majority of the leftover fabric used in the center.

Thanks, Dad, for holding up the quilt so I could take a picture.  :o)

A weight has been lifted off my shoulder,

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt Clue 6 aka The Big Reveal - Sneaky, Sneaky!

Ah, yes.  Bonnie keeps us on our toes.  She released the final clue and the BIG REVEAL at midnight on New Year's Eve.  Sneaky, sneaky! 

I love it!  I knew it would be spectacular.  There is a lot of motion going on, so I have to admit I am happy that I didn't go scrappy.  I think it would have detracted from the pattern too much.  Of course, I had to put one block together with sashing, just to see how it looks.  I'm loving it!  I'll be working on it on and off probably with other projects mixed in.  I'm not in a rush to have it done...and who knows -- as it evolves I may even change a few things.  Maybe, maybe not.  I do want to get it done sooner rather than later, as I certainly don't want or need another UFO in my closet.  Here's my block with the sashing.  If you want to see Bonnie's final quilt, click here.

Speaking of UFOs, I'm thinking I need to tackle a few more this year.  Luckily I have a 4-day retreat scheduled at the end of January at Lake Yale with a bunch of crazy quilters; a couple of them my friends and others who are just friends I haven't met yet.  :o)  I predict it will be a blast!  I'm thinking I should schlep some of my UFOs with me and see what I can accomplish, rather than starting new projects.  The great thing about this retreat is you can work on whatever you want!  Woohoo! 

Have a Happy, Quilty New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy Dancing!!!

I opened my e-mail this morning and what to my wondering eyes should appear but an e-mail from the Fat Quarter Shop notifying me that I was one of the three winners of a $100 Gift Certificate for my Butterfly Bliss Quilt for the Somerset Mini-Charms Contest.  What!?!?!  Holy freeholy!  Knock me over with a feather!  Needless to say, I'm...

Happy Dancing!!!

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt Clue 5 - Fast and Fun Four-Patches

The mystery is moving along quickly now.  We're at Clue 5, with Clue 6 coming on Friday.  I wouldn't be surprised if the upcoming clue was the final clue, along with the BIG REVEAL.  I'm so excited to see how all the puzzle pieces will come together.  Bonnie's mysteries never disappoint, so I'm sure it will be a stunner!

So here was this week's clue.  Fast and fun 4-patches.  Quick and easy.  I'm glad for it as I am itching to get moving on other projects.

Speaking of other projects, here's one that I pulled out this morning and arranged into rows before I hopped into the shower.  One of my girlfriends and I are teaching Bonnie's Scrappy Mountains Majesties in a class in March and I need to get this done.  We are both doing different versions to show the quilters a couple different variations that you can achieve by rotating the blocks.  This is mine using Civil War fabrics.  It will possibly get a border.  I'll know more once I sew the rows together and it speaks to me.  Hers is done with reds and whites with all the "logs" going in the same direction.  They are very different, but will be equally beautiful.

Oh -- and I'll have an exciting announcement in a separate post later today.  *Squee!*

Quilt on!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt Clue 4 - Time To Do More Dishes...

I usually hate doing dishes -- but when it comes to quilting it's a different story.  :o)

Clue 4 is more Broken Dishes blocks -- only in a slightly different colorway from Clue 1.  This Clue has two versions with different orientations.  I'm just about done with one version (ironing the seams now), and the other is patiently awaiting final assembly.  Shouldn't be long before I'm all caught up again.  My sewing room is a disaster area, but I couldn't be happier.  *grin*

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

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,