Sunday, December 8, 2013
Shown in groups of ten, clue # 2 of Celtic Solstice is almost finished. I just ran out of wind this evening. The last ten blocks are cut and sewn together as far as rights and lefts. They have to be trimmed of excess fabric and then one more seam sewn to complete each block.
To see what everyone else is up to, click here to go to Linky Monday #2.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
I was able to complete 21 of the 100 units needed yesterday. Plus all of the remaining squares have been marked with the diagonal line that Bonnie recommends. This is step 2 of Celtic Solstice, a mystery quilt by Bonnie. It is very cold here today and that means lots of sewing time indoors!
If you haven't seen her blog today, check it out. Judy Martin, the log cabin queen is featured. Might be my next project.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Clue # 2 posted early this morning at Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt. I have a doctor's appointment this morning and it snowed last night. You know what that means. Lots of snarled up traffic. So I am leaving extra early and not taking the interstate. But I just had to make one of these cuties - chevron blocks that measure 3.5 inches unfinished. And mine did! Yeah!!
What is that old saying? Haste makes waste? Well, it sure did this morning. The first block at the top of the post is WRONG!. This is the correct one. It was a simple matter of reverse sewing one seam and resewing the halves back together on the other sides of the patches.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I had so much fun learning to use the Marti Michell specialty rulers to make the blocks in clue #1 of Celtic Sostice, that I started a new project with them. Alex Anderson's "Holiday Lights" is a customer favorite. I am choosing to make it in the version with mostly black print backgrounds with colorful trees. The other version has green trees with mostly white print backgrounds. Since most of the white prints in my stash are currently in the project box for Celtic Solstice, I opted for this version. Early days yet, and of course, this won't be the final layout.
Tomorrow is clue #2 of Celtic Solstice. It is snowing here now, so it is pretty safe to say that come morning I will be at my sewing machine with a hot beverage and clue #2 printed out in front of me, sewing away.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Here is the fifth Puzzler block in the series I am doing with several of my quilting friends. Laying them out on the floor today, I grabbed some black and white prints off the cutting table to see if it was a combo that I liked. Black and white prints as sashing is a definite possibility. It's all going to come down to scale.This photo shows a print that doesn't hold its own against the colorful blocks.
This one is better, but not there yet.
Adding black and white borders, sashing, or binding to an otherwise colorful quilt is what I like to refer to as the "Mary Engelbreit" effect. See this ornament to get an idea of what I mean.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Clue #1 from Celtic Solstice is finished! Yeah! As you can see there's a little bit of everything in the mix. Some Kaffes, batiks, and odds and ends from my stash. Since most of my black and white prints had been used for an earlier Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, there was one shopping trip to get some more of those. Several of us traded fabrics to give ourselves a nice scrappy selection. Since the local Jo-Ann's did not have the Tri-Recs ruler set (despite the fact that the web site indicated three sets available at my local store), I did find Marti Michell's version of triangle in a square rulers (Wonder Triangles), and used those to make my blocks.
The next clue will post next Friday, December 6 - on St. Nicholas' Day. There's a lot of buzz on Bonnie Hunter's web page, on Facebook, and other blogs. It's not too late to jump in! To see what everyone else is doing, click here.