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)
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)
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 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!
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.
I can't believe I've been MIA for three months. I had to deal with a serious family crisis. Things are much better now, so here I am. I have been doing a little quilting, though not as much as usual.
My Christmas project-a-month basically got put on hold, but that's okay. I'm still ahead of the game with three tops completed, since I didn't have any when I started in January. Well, actually I finished one of the quilts -- all quilted and bound -- and another is partially quilted. I'm still working on it. The third is basted and waiting it's turn. I have a fourth still in the piecing process.
Here is the finished quilt: Tumbling Toward Christmas. I'm very happy with how it turned out.
I'll have more to show and share hopefully later this week.
I've had a lot of fun playing today. I don't have a definitive idea for my next Christmas project, but decided to play in my scraps and pull all the red and green medium to dark ones. It took me awhile, since I have three (yes, three) LARGE bins full of scraps. But it sure was fun to reminisce over some of the really older ones. Wheeeee! Anyway, here is the huge pile of red and green scraps that I pulled.
I don't understand it, but my bins are still as overflowing as they were before my scrounging. Go figure... Then the ideas started flowing and I took a stack of my newsprint paper and cut them into 3-1/2" x 8-1/2" strips and just started sewing and sewing and sewing. I didn't care if the fabric strips were straight or a little wonky. Just went for it.
I removed the paper before I trimmed them, since I basically used the paper to make sure they would at least be 3-1/2" x 8-1/2" once I trimmed them to size. Not sure what they will wind up being after it's all said and done, but it sure was a fun day. I think the quilt I make out of these will be quite large because I don't see me stopping any time soon. LOL.
And probably when it's all said and done, the scrap pile will still look like I never touched it... Scrap happy, Suzy
So far, I'm still on track regarding my Christmas-Through-The-Year resolution. Here is my March project, called "Tumbling Toward Christmas." It measures approximately 26" x 33". Of course, that's before quilting. :o)
It was made using my Accuquilt GO! Cutter, two charm packs and less than half a yard of fabric for the border. The charm packs I used were Nature's Gift by Deb Strain and Swiss Holiday by Sentimental Studios. The polka-dot border is a Bunny Hill by Anne Sutton fabric. I think it's from her Lily and Will line. I adore the holly and berries on the corners. And...all the fabric was from my stash. *pats back*
This quilt is my own design, but you can duplicate my little quilt by using the following GO! dies...
Tumbler 55015 (for center) Holiday Medley 55043 (for the holly and berries) Strip Cutter 3-1/2" 55032 (for the borders)
The center takes 81 tumblers/charm squares set 9x9, so you will have three charms leftover. Just leave out two green charms for the holly leaves, and one red charm for the berries. Although for the berries you could use some red scraps left over after cutting out the tumblers.
I still need to buttonhole stitch around the holly and berries, but that won't take me long. Then it's on to the quilting. Yes, I still need to quilt the January and February projects too. *sheepish grin*
At least for me it's sad news. I won't be putting my Farmer's Wife quilt in our Guild's quilt show in March. Complicated story. Guess it will have to wait for another show. :o(
Luckily, I am able to swap in another quilt at the last minute in the same Pieced - Collaborative category. I'll be entering my Scrappy Trippin' quilt instead. Nowhere near the same caliber, but at least I'll have a quilt in the show.
I am 54 years young and widowed from my soulmate of 31 years, but am content that I will meet up with him again one day.
I have two lovely, grown daughters. Heather and Rachel, and am blessed with a wonderful 11-year old grandson, Anthony, who is the light of my life. Happily, we all reside in Florida within 30 minutes of one another.
I also have an energetic Yorkshire Terrier/Bichon Frise mix, Tasha. I don't know what I would do without her. She brings me constant joy.