Tuesday, December 27, 2016

En Provence Clue #5

Clue #5 was so easy and quick. Thanks, Bonnie., Now waiting for #6. Will it be the last or will there be two more? We will have to wait and see. To see what other exciting color combinations are being used, go to Bonnie's Mystery Monday Link-Up.

The quilt I started in Paducah, KY with Victoria Findlay Wolfe is back from the quilter. It is quilted in lime green thread in an allover spider web with spiders pattern. I finished it off with a flanged binding. Not something I want to do everyday, but it works here.

Monday, December 19, 2016

African Baby Quilt #3

Here is the second African rail baby quilts. I realized after posting the third one that i had not posted a photo of the second one. I had only one 4" block left over, which I consider excellent use of materials. It's quilted in an allover diamond pattern.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

En Provence Clue #4

Clue #4 of Bonnie Hunter's En Provence Mystery Quilt is finished. Again, it was a relatively easy task to make 80 triangle-in-a-square blocks using the Tri-Recs set of rulers. Visit Monday Mystery Link-Up to see all the other possibilities!

I am on to finishing another baby quilt for a local organization and my guild's January optional block, which is a snowman!

Update: Finished Snowman block.

Third baby rail fence quilt with African fabrics. This is it, folks. I used up every block I cut except for one. Close enough. Quilted, labeled, bound. Done!

As I write this update on Monday, December 19, it is 3 degrees outside. I was hoping for a white Christmas, but guess what? The predicted temperature for Sunday is 66 degrees. No white Christmas this year.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Plenty of Purple

Clue #3 of Bonnie Hunter's 2016 mystery quilt, En Provence, calls for 168 purple four-patch blocks. I made 171; it's always good to have a few extra. Besides sewing like crazy for the mystery quilt, I have been working on another African-themed baby quilt and quilting the first one I made.

To see what the rest of the gang is doing vis a vis the mystery quilt, check out the Mystery Monday Link-Up

Friday, December 9, 2016

African Baby Quilt

I made this African themed baby quilt in just a few hours last night and this morning. It's made using Sujata Shah's free cutting technique. It's not very baby-ish, but there is only so much pastel I can do.

Tonight is our guild's Christmas party, so no sewing on Bonnie's mystery quilt for me today. But tomorrow? That is another story.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

En Provence Clue #2

I finished quilting this top today using an idea from Pinterest for the straight line quilting. It was a little tricky because the original photo I saw was a square quilt. This one is not, as you can see and the quilting came out a little different but okay. It's a baby quilt for a neighbor's granddaughter who is one year old. The top itself has been in the time out box for several years. The original pattern was in blue and green for a boy. It's supposed to have a transparency effect where the colored strips overlap in the center. I think only one of them is really successful, Maybe two - the bottom two. The others, not so much. I was working from stash and couldn't really get the effect I wanted with the fabrics I had. So I really disliked the top and made something else for the originally intended recipient. Now with the quilting, I feel it's good enough to gift. One UFO out the door.

Clue #2 of Bonnie Hunter's Mystery quilt was posted Friday. Yesterday I sewed at a friend's house with three others who were also working on the mystery quilt. This afternoon I was able to finish up, completing 100 triangle in a square blocks. They came out really nice and no sliver trimming, thank you very much, I really detest doing that. Measuring and cutting everything twice? No way. What a waste of time. With Bonnie's expert tutelage my piecing has really improved tremendously. No need for trimming. This is a sampling of the blocks I made with neutrals and magenta, the one constant fabric. Check out what others are doing with this mystery at  Bonnie's web site.

After lunch and trip to the grocery store, I plan on working on my Scrappy 3-D Stars that I began in a workshop with Teajuana Mahone two months ago! Here's my Optional Block for Friday's guild meeting and holiday party.