Thursday, March 27, 2014

Scrappy Trip Aroung the World another Bonnie Hunter freebie

I have to say I love all the Bonnie Hunter quilts I've seen as well as her techniques and use of the many specialty quilt rulers for cutting our precious fabrics!  When I saw the Trip Around the World I knew I had to try it, and up to my scrap pile I went, but these were not all scraps - a couple years ago the group from  QUILTING BOARD  had a "Noodle Swap" . Everyone that wanted to be involved got together a specified number of assorted 2 1/2" WOF strips and submitted them to the address of the quilter in charge that mixed them all up and forwarded them on to other quilters in the swap - cool way to get different fabrics, and a great way to make a Scrappy Trip!
This one hung on my design wall for over a year because of an injury that kept me from my quilting, but also because I wasn't sure how to finish it off - I didn't want just a navy border, so added more of the scraps to a narrow border to continue the "trip".

 The binding is all done on the machine with a gold flange, makes it so much quicker to complete the binding stage of the quilt.



























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I had already used many of those 2 1/2" Noodle strips on an earlier quilt,  I've seen this pattern referred to as Log Cabin on Steroids??  I didn't have a pattern to follow, just sort of went with what I thought would work.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Another Bonnie Hunter Completed! Scrappy Spiderweb

I've been trying to complete some of the projects I started over a year ago - before I took a fall on the ice which made it difficult to sit at the sewing machine, get on the floor to make up the quilt sandwich, and get the free motion quilting done - I'm now digging out those projects, and it's time to update the blog with my progress!
I found inspiration for this on Bonnie Hunters site .  I used pages from an old telephone book to sew my scraps to - the paper was very easy to remove once the sections were complete.


I do the free motion quilting on my Sunshine 16, I have to admit I'm very rusty at it since it's been so long since I've worked on my quilts, but it sure is fun getting back into the process.
 
I started wrapping the binding around an antique spool I had laying around - I put it between my knees as I sew - goes so nice compared to how I use to just have it rolled up and hope it didn't end up in a knot!

Hand sewing the binding to the back of the quilt - took a few evenings, but It's like a reward after all the other work that went into this project. - as you can see hanging on the wall beyond my feet are my next 2 projects to quilt up - again Bonnie Hunter projects, mystery quilts EASY STREET, and CELTIC SOLSTICE.



Monday, February 24, 2014

Tribute to Spencer


What Is A Cat?

Gentle eyes
that see so much,
paws that have
the quiet touch.

Purrs to signal
"all is well"
and show more love
than words can tell.

Graceful movements
touched with pride,
a calming presence
by our side.

A friendship
that will last and grow,
small wonder
why we love them so.

Author Unknown
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My Spencer, my pal of the last 7+ years passed away yesterday; it was a shock to come home from work and find he was in his eternal sleep. With a very heavy heart I need to say my final good night baby kitty, and hold him in my memory, no longer in my arms.
 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Nearing the Finish Line ~ Flimsy Complete!

I'm feeling pretty good today - I finished the quilt top!

I completed the final border this morning, made me so happy, now I'm mentally planning the border to put on  2 other "Bonnie" quilts that have been in the works for a while, Easy Street and a Scrappy Trip Around the World.

Here's the whole thing, hanging over my patio door, thus the light coming through in some areas.
I don't quite know yet how I'll finish off the back and binding on this one, I think I'll let it hang over the patio door for a while to see what ideas I may come up with.
As always, it's been fun watching the others that follow Bonnie's Mysteries progress through each step and produce their own masterpiece in Bonnie's colors, or by adding their own twist and using their own color pallet.
You can check out other "Quilt Artists" through Bonnie's Site.
I am linking up with other mystery quilters at the Celtic Solstice Finale , check it out!

Working on the final steps of the quilt I enjoyed a couple books on the I-pod. Three Weeks with my Brother is by the author that wrote The Notebook among many other titles, as I listened to the book, I thought of  growing up with my friends and family, and family trips over the course of my life - a very special book. Another was audio book "Juliet" which was very entertaining as well.




Monday, January 27, 2014

Center Complete!

I'm now working away on the boarder blocks now that I have the center section complete, I hoped to be further along than I am, but work just seems to get in the way!




 The colors look a bit washed out in this pic, but I wanted to post it and analyze my layout for mistakes! Sometime I can only spot them in a picture - I've noticed other quilters have found the same thing. If any of you see an oops, please let me know.



 As I've  been working away, I've been listening to a book on my Ipod just as I usually do, and I have to say this one has me a bit riled up at this point -

I'm not done listening yet,  I'm at the part where Huguette is being exploited by everyone she should be able to trust - nurse, doctors, bankers.... making me pretty mad - I'm a nursing assistant, and can't stand the thought of anyone taking advantage of vulnerable folks. THIS IS A TRUE STORY.  Very interesting.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy to be this far!

OK, here we go! I got a late start on this mystery, but I'm determined to get the small quilt made.
 I've seen the reveal and LOVE the colors, and the "circular" effect the variety of blocks produces within the quilt.



Although I've only completed 9 of the large  blocks made from the 3.5" sub-units from previous steps to show my work so far, I have completed all the 4-Patch blocks, all the pinwheels, all the blocks from step 5 with the half square triangles, all fabrics are cut and ready to go for the remaining steps.



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As I'm working on CS I'm occasionally  running some scraps through the machine from this quilt and others I've made for a future "crumb project". I don't really know what I'll be doing with these now, but I'll keep building them along with my CS quilt.





Check out the progress of all my quilt friends projects here: Bonnies Link Up site



It's -14 degrees as I write this post this evening, much better than the -24 degrees we woke up to here in Minnesota today - stay warm everyone!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014


What a great way to start the New Year, checked to see what may be new on Bonnie's site, and there it was! It's a beautiful quilt, and I'm so happy I am working on mine - and really looking forward to seeing some of the other coloration being used by other quilters.

Now it's time for me to get back to the machine and get this beauty finished for me!



Monday, December 30, 2013

Step 5 of our latest mystery

Here we are with the next step of Bonnie's latest mystery, although I've still not been able to spend much time in my sewing room, I've made some progress on the latest block,


I have the next 3 days off from my work, so I'm hoping to make lots of progress on every step.

As I write this post it is -12 degrees out, and looking like we'll have this cold spell around for a while, nothing better to do than work on a quilt!

If you would like to see what everyone has been working on - progress so far is posted here Celtic Solstice info .

Monday, December 23, 2013

Celtic Solstice Clue 4

Great weekend to work on some of the Celtic Solstice blocks for my Bonnie Hunter Mystery and since my granddaughter was here for the weekend we made up a batch of Bonnie's Drop Sugar Cookies -



  I always have to sample the dough, ( which was great ) and my Lillian tried the finished product 1 after another!











These are my 4 patch blocks - at least the beginning of them, many more to go, but I'm not counting yet!

Check out the progress of other folks here:
Step 4 Link-up