Monday, December 19, 2016

Vacation Thwarts Sewing Progress :-(

It's that time of year when our time is not necessarily our own. It's a HAPPY time and a FESTIVE time but as far as getting time to SEW, ahh, no. . .

My hubby and I traveled out of state to visit a dear friend and his big orange kitty, Oscar, for a few days. Decided not to bring my Featherweight or any of my En Provence paraphernalia on the plane and am missing it terribly! In fact, when we return home Wednesday (my birthday, BTW) we leave the next day on another more family-oriented trip. (When I get THERE though, my sewing stuff will be available!) So, that means I won't be able to work on Clue #4 until the day before Clue #5 is released. Boy will I be behind!

Oh, well. I wouldn't have missed this face for anything! See that blue dot? It's one of the catnip toys we got him. Hope all our gifts are as well-received :-)

Linking up with Bonnie Hunter's En Provence Monday Link-up--take a LOOK at how others are enjoying this Mystery Quilting experience!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

A (somewhat) Modern Take on a Block Exchange

 I belong to a wonderful group of 15 quilters who exchange blocks in June of each year then 'reveal' the quilt they've made at a fun, all-day party in December. We are called the Calendar Girls and we've been together for 15 years. 

For our block this year, we were supposed to make 10" blocks using a white background color with batik prints in "tropical fruit" colors. I've had this quilt finished for a couple of months but couldn't reveal it before our party which was last week. I wanted to try something modern and this is what I came up with. 

Look closely and you can see that I cut up several of the blocks which I hoped my quilting buddies' wouldn't mind! I incorporated the leftovers into the backing fabric and everyone was OK with that--LOL!

Here are a couple of the other quilts that were made with the same blocks. Kim and Diana's quilts are BEAUTIFUL and so very different from mine. Don't you all want to try a block exchange now? 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

I Can't Wait!

You know, I'm at that age when time has begun to move ridiculously fast. My mother always had that complaint and I couldn't understand what she meant. She told me I would find out when I got older. As with everything else, she was right. I realized the other day that I find myself saying "I can't WAIT" a lot.  Like, I can't wait for Bonnie's next clue! I've been looking forward to every Friday morning as though it was Christmas ever since Bonnie Hunter started her newest mystery. I think that's what's making time move so quickly!

I've always loved quilts made with the Tri Recs ruler as it makes an outstanding star. However, getting it right is HARD! It's an ornery little thing. That eensy-tiny corner that you have to take off on the smaller unit and its placement on the larger triangle is crucial to the success of the block as is the necessity of having an exact 1/4" seam.

Bonnie Hunter's second clue in her "En Provence" mystery was to make 100 of these neutral/magenta units which will finish at 3". DONE! I've used over 45 different neutrals from my stash so far in the 2 clues and I'm hoping that will make for a really nice look for my quilt.

By the way. . . I'm keeping track of the time when I work on this mystery. I have a spread sheet with date, time in and time out and project description. The last Bonnie Hunter mystery I made took 39  hours just to piece the top!!! Totally worth it as it's one of my favorite quilts! Let's see how long this one takes. I'd be interested to see how long other people are taking to get through these clues.

Happy Quilting!!