Saturday, December 26, 2015

Allietare!! Bonnie Hunter Mystery 2015 CLUE 5

This morning Bonnie released clue 5 in our mystery.  All we had to do this week was combine pieces completed in previous weeks.  Although we had to make over 100 total, it went very fast.  And yes!  I'm managed to keep up this year.

You can follow the progress of others at this link:
Monday link-up:

(Not sure what's happening here.  When I test the link it doesn't seem to work.  It's been OK in the past??)

These are the blocks for this week.  I used green in place of Bonnie's gray.
The other color are basically the same as hers.

For the first time in the three years I've done the mystery, I put the pieces
on the design wall.  I just wanted to see how my fabrics were working together.
This is only my third Bonnie Hunter mystery and I'm thinking I like using
scrap fabrics rather than a controlled palette.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Last minute sewing: gifts

A few days ago the daily blog for The Quilt Show had a link to a tutorial for fabric sachets.

I decided to make a few because they looked so cute.  I ordered the filling from Amazon but it won't arrive until tomorrow.  Following a suggestion of the author I went ahead and made the coverings.  Now they're ready to fill when UPS makes the delivery!

Of course, I didn't read the directions carefully.  Instead of 5 fabrics cut into 12 total strips, I put together 12 fabrics using 1 strip from each.  They were already cut when I caught my mistake, so, "Oh Well".  After making a few following directions, I went off on my own and just started putting strips together.  Then I started using all my scraps and, following crazy quilt techniques, just kept sewing fabric pieces together.  From my twelve 1.5 inch strips I ended up with 15 sachet covers!  At the end I was really desperate, sewing in tiny pieces, because I decided if I had 15 I could give one to every female present Christmas Eve.  Now I  hope I have enough filling for all 15.  I have no idea of the volume from one pound of lavender and rose.

All ready to fill and stitch closed.
Notice there are only 14.  After this photo I realized I needed one more.

This is all that is left of twelve 1/5 inch strips!

This is the last one.  Look at all the tiny pieces. 4.5 x 5 inches.
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Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Ornaments

Each year I make Christmas ornaments for my family.  It started over 30 years ago when my siblings started having the next generation.  Now there's another generation in progress.  The difficult part is selecting the design.  This year I wanted to do machine embroidery to use the 10-needle machine I just purchased.  I'm thrilled that I had them all done Saturday afternoon.  This may be a record year in terms of the earliest completion date.

Little Snowmen all ready to be wrapped.

Each child's name is on the back along with the year.
One year I couldn't figure out how to get names on
the ornaments.  The children told me that was
important to them.  

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Allietare!! Bonnie Hunter Mystery 2015 Clue 4

Last Friday we got clue four for Bonnie Hunter's 2015 Mystery.  I've been able to keep up so far.  yea!

Here are all my sets ready to sew.  Each set had to have 4 matching reds,
4 random neutrals, and 16 matching blacks.

Here are my 30 sets.  I have no idea how they will be put together.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Allietare!! Bonnie Hunter Mystery 2015 CLUE 3

Here's my progress on clue three for the Bonnie Hunter Mystery.  I actuallly had them sewn Friday night at a group sew, but just now got them out to press.  We're getting lots of pieces.  I have no idea what the result will be, but many participants are already posting possibilities.  The mysteries are a lot of fun.  It's amazing to work with a group of quilters from around the world.  If you haven't done one before I encourage you to start this year or at least make plans for next year's.

Check out progress of other participants.


120 four patch units.  There are extra cut pieces as well.
I was worried that one of my gold's was a differnt color than the
others, but it seems to blend in OK.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Fourteen on Point

Recently I was able to field test a pattern by Hunter's Design Studio.  I was a little slow in getting it together, but here's the completed top.  

49 x 63 inches

The pattern uses 14 fat quarters and is constructed in sections.  It's an easy way to make a quilt that looks difficult.  I have a few extra fabrics in my version.  I was using fabrics from my stash and a few pieces were not fat quarters.  It still worked very well.

I have to think about what quilting design to use.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Allietare! Bonnie Hunter 2015 Mystery CLUE 2

Week two and I'm still on track!  I finished sewing my pieces and cut the black and green as well.

The address below will take you to Bonnie page that shows progress made on clue two.  It's fun to see people participate from around the world.

I'm doing my quilt in Christmas themed fabrics.  Red, Green, Gold, Black.
Most do not have Christmas designs.  All you have to do is put
red and green together and you get Christmas.  My constant gray is
a green fabric with white swirls.

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