Monday, December 31, 2012

Easy Street, Week 6

I used up ALL of the black-on-white fabric I had in my stash for this latest step in Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt and I was only able to eek out 100 units---I'm still 28 short. Rats! I was hoping to finally be able to complete one step in one sitting. Oh well, I guess I'll need to venture out to a fabric store later. What a shame (ha ha).
What is sad is that I just got back last night from a post-Christmas trip to Ashville, NC with a few members of my extended family where I was able to squeeze in a quick visit to the Ashville Cotton Co. fabric shop. It was terrific: unpretentious and filled with fabric, all at a  20% discount! You can't ask for more than that, right? I picked up a few fat quarters (I'd sent my family to the nearby Starbucks and knew my time was limited) but I didn't think to buy any more black-on-white. Somehow, I'd assumed we were done with the black-on-white, but I was mistaken.
Anyway, no matter. I'm having a great time with this mystery, and can't wait now to see what the quilt looks like all assembled.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Easy Street Progress

Here are a few units I managed to finish on Friday for the 5th week of  Bonnie Hunter's Easy Street mystery quilt. I've got a ways to go, but I'll have to be satisfied with getting a few done each week until Christmas is behind me and the kids are back in school. ;-)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Easy Street, Step 4

I've been working away on step 4 of Bonnie's instructions when I can grab the time. Here are some of the units I've finished so far:
Of course, since I'd only finished a few units from Step 2, I was a bit behind and had to finish step 2 at the same time I was making the new units that are the new part of Step 4. But anyway, it's going well and I'm having fun!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Ornaments

I found free patterns for these paper-pieced ornaments on the Internet, and made them for my brother and his wife as a Christmas gift---I'm pretty sure they don't read my blog so there's no danger I'm giving away any surprises here! I'm really happy with how they came out, which is good, because they took much longer to make than I'd expected.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Easy Street Part 3

Here are the 9 units I've made so far for part 3 of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt. I'm having a great time with this project! And though I'm finding lots of good purples, lime green and turquoise fabrics in my stash, I couldn't resist picking up a few more fat quarters at the quilt store yesterday. I'm already looking forward to the 4th step.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

My block's become a pot-holder!

I took my paper-pieced Christmas block to a quilt gathering the other night and one of my friends said she thought it would make a good Christmas pot-holder. That seemed like a more practical idea than a small pillow, so I decided to try it.

Here is the front:

And here is the back:

Pretty cute, right? My Dad's caretaker is named Santa (really!) and she's a quilter, so I know she's going to be very pleased to start the Christmas holidays with this new festive burn-prevention equipment. ;-)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Easy Street, Part 2

Here are a few purple flying geese. Fun! I wasn't sure I'd have enough "modern" fabric in my stash to make this quilt, but I shouldn't have worried. I think my stash is big enough to make almost any quilt you can name. Many of these fabrics are from one specific fabric line that must have appealed to me when I saw it online some time ago---I ordered a set of fat quarters, but never did much with it. But I was really glad to find them on my shelf. They are perfect for this project!