Sunday, March 29, 2020

Shell Game

I thought the shelter at home situation would spur me to complete things and get focused. Not a chance. I have started a new project with Gyleen Fitzgerald through an online workshop she is running on her Facebook page. We are using her Polygon and Polygon 2 tools. She is creating this on the fly, so right now we are just making blocks. Her original plan was to use plaids and stripes, but many of us don't have the collection that she has so we are using what we have. Gyleen says the wilder the better, as if I needed any encouragement.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Checking In

I am well and self-isolating despite the fact that the governor of our state (Missouri) has done nothing to ensure that the entire state is on the same page. Thanks goodness for local officials who are. Just checking in to say everything is fine here.Lots of quilting going on, also knitting,  gardening, and reading. If I get really bored I might even clean out closets or organize my sewing room.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Organized Chaos

My latest finish, just back from a friend who bound it for me. She has been laid up with surgery and wanted something to do. The pattern is by Sujata Shah. It was quilted by Sandi Wagner.

Thursday, February 6, 2020


I have made a number of quilts using improvisational techniques. Primarily these have been relatively small quilts that I make for my local guild to support a children's organization here in St Louis, Missouri. Here are several that will demonstrate what I have done.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Two Borders Down, Two to Go!

Two borders are finished and attached with two more to go before this quilt top can be considered finished. This is Bonnie Hunter's 2018 winter mystery, Good Fortune. I changed up the colors to make this a Christmas themed quilt. I don't think it comes across as such. Yellow for Bonnie's orange and light green for her green; dark green for her blue. I think the yellow and light green are too wimpy to carry the design well. The ones that I like the best have very distinctive color choices. That said, it is what it is. I was able to keep up with all the clues and will have a completed quilt to gift or donate.

Others have posted their progress at Mystery Monday Link-Up, Reveal 2!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Good Fortune Clue #6

This week was clue #7 in Bonnie Hunter's 2018 Mystery Quilt, Good Fortune. There were three ways to achieve this step - string piecing, strip piecing, or solid pieces of neutral. Those that chose the third option - using only one neutral fabric - were told not to cut anything this week and skip this step until later when they would be told how to cut their fabric. I chose string piecing and finished the same day as the clue was posted, last Friday.

We should be getting close to the end and the big reveal. Bonnie has said to stay tuned because clues may not be posted when you are expecting them to be.

To follow along and see all the other color choices that people are using, click here for Mystery Monday Link-Up, Part 6!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Good Fortune Clue #5

Merry Christmas to all! Every week we are getting closer to the big reveal in Bonnie Hunter's 2018 Winter Mystery. I was able to complete clue #5 with no problems on the day (evening, actually) that the clue was revealed. I wanted to use the Essentrial Triangle ruler, but couldn't find it so I resorted to the "old school" method of using the Easy Angle and Companion Angle rulers. It worked out fine. I am subbing yellow to gold fabrics for the orange that Bonnie is using and dark green for her blue. I am hoping for a quilt with a Christmasy vibe. Here is my completed clue #5 shown with the other four clues. I am pleased with the colors. This should make a nice Christmas themed quilt.

I am linking up with others who are posting at Bonnie's web site. Click here to look at what others have accomplished this week.

I continue to make blocks for the Virginia Bound quilt being made for a relative, using shirts from her late husband. It is an easy process to make these blocks, albeit not terribly fast. Now that there are six stars completed, the secondary pattern made by the light triangles has appeared.

This pattern is in Bonnie Hunter's book, Scraps and Shirttails (the first one, not Scraps and Shirttails II), and is the very first pattern in the book. The second pattern, Cactus Patch, has also captured my eye and I am getting sucked into making that next. I sewed up a test block last night to see if I like it and I do! The centers of the blocks are 4" finished scrappy string pieced blocks. After the Christmas festivities are over  I will pull out my treadle to complete the blocks needed for the quilt. Last night I used the Pfaff sewing machine to make 8 of the 4" blocks which work up very quickly. I really enjoy treadling, so will put off making the remainder until Wednesday when I can use the treadle and not worry about the mess that will be made in the living room, where the treadle lives. Here's the "test" block.

I haven't seen this pattern shown in Bonnie's Show & Tell sessions at the various places she has taught workshops. Pinterest only has a few pics as well and several of the photos are actually from Bonnie's web site or book. There hasn't been many (if any) requests for workshops for this quilt either. At least that I can find. Maybe it's not one that Bonnie offers for workshops.I did find a few references to this quilt on Bonnie Quiltville blog, including the original antique quilt that was her inspiration.

Bonnie's instructions indicate the the half square triangles can go any which way. That combined with the string pieced centers make for a relaxing project. Her instructions call for the conventional method of add 7/8" to the finished size for cutting the strips to make the half square triangle patches. Using her updated way of making these, I was able to use strips cut 1/2" larger than the finished size and cut the triangles with her Essential Triangle ruler.