Monday, December 5, 2016

Week 2 of Bonnie's 2015 Mystery

Here are some of the units I made for the 2nd week of the Provence mystery. I'm going to use only fabric I already own for this quilt, so I needed to go scrappy with the magenta. Some of the "magentas" are a bit red or a bit dark, but I hope they will look ok in the completed quilt. At least they will  not be taking up space in my fabric collection any more.
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Sunday, November 27, 2016


I've combed through bags of scraps to come up with a range of neutrals and I'm off and running on Bonnie Hunter's latest mystery. Hurrah! Bonnie's mysteries are always so much fun.
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

A couple of new projects...

A couple of months ago, I promised some dear friends that I hadn't seen in awhile that I'd make them a blue-amd-white quilt for their bed, and I've been thinking about which pattern would be best ever since. I've got tons of blue scraps, as I work with a lot of blue, so I was on the look-out for just the right scrap quilt pattern. Yesterday I met my friend Dori at our quilt guild's monthly meeting, and she was working on a baby quilt using this Disappearing 4-patch pattern. I fell in love with it.
     When I got home from the meeting I sorted through some of my scraps, found some great blues, and cut and sewed together 6 blocks to get an idea how it would look. I think the blocks finish at 7 in. square each, so the pieces are fairly small. I thought this would be a good way incorporate a fair number of different scraps without giving too much weight to any one fabric. It will be very scrappy.
Here are the 6 blocks together:

Here is a single block:

Sorry, the photos are a little dark, but the white is a white-white and the blues are brighter than they look here.

Below is another quilt that I started a few weeks ago, after I took a machine quilting class from my friend Chris Janove at City Quilter in Manhattan. I think the pattern is called Paving Stones, and I'm using some Kaffe Fasset fat-quarters I've had in my stash for a long time, along with the same bright white fabric in the photos above. (It looks whiter in the photo below, right?)

I chose this pattern because it lends itself perfectly to a quilt-as-you-go project, and I'm quilting each square as I finish it. I am practicing pebble quilting, which I learned in Chris' class, and which I am totally enjoying. Below is a close-up photo of the quilting, so you can see the progress I'm making. ;-)
More updates to this blog soon, I hope. I've been on a break, from blogging and from quilting after a tragic death in my family, but I'm hoping to do more sewing and blogging in the coming months.
All the best,

Monday, January 4, 2016

Week 6 of Bonnie Hunter's 2015 Mystery: the big reveal!

I was so happy to see the completed quilt on the Quiltville website this year....I love it! It's going to be awesome. I just put together these 4 blocks to get a general idea what my version will look like. A few people have posted photos of tops that are already done, in various colors, and they look amazing. Thanks again Bonnie for the fun mystery!
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Monday, December 28, 2015

Week 5 of Bonnie Hunter's 2015 Mystery

These little units are so great! Loving this mystery!
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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Week 4 of Bonnie Hunter's 2015 Mystery

Here are 4 sets of units of this week's clue. I'm using the old-fashioned method of sewing these because I couldn't get the EasyAngle ruler on short notice (sold out at every store I called!). So it's taking longer, but it's working out fine. It looks like Christmas to me on my design wall!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Week 3 of Bonnie Hunter's 2015 Mystery

Here's a representative sample of the gold-and-neutral 4 patch units Bonnie called for this week assembled on my design wall. I love cutting an arranging these little units, as well as culling through all my bags of scraps looking for different neutrals to add variety. Since I've done this mystery now a few years in a row, if find myself using bits of the same neutrals again and again, although of course I keep adding new ones each year too. Maybe this will be the year I finally sort my scraps by color....we'll see.