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Monday, November 27, 2017

Design Wall Monday and Quiltville Mystery LInk Up

I kind of got carried away with my 9 patches for the On Ringo Lake mystery at Quiltville
Why make 50 when 75 are so easy to do. 

I love sewing the short strip sets.

And then cutting them with the Go Cutter.
I haven't finished my tumbler leader/ender yet.
Thinking I needed more blocks, 
I cut a bunch more.
Only to find a bin full of them all ready to go.
LOL, sometimes I amaze myself.
Oh well, they are seeds for another quilt.

Before starting the mystery, I decided to complete the baby quilt top.
I wish I would have gotten a good picture but again,
the rain and dark interfered with my plan. 

This week I'll get the back and batting ready for it
and maybe start quilting.
It all depends on how this nasty cold treats me. 

I'm  linking up today with Quiltville and Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Design Wall Monday...

...And a couple of awesome finishes.

It's been a busy week.
My niece is expecting a baby girl in a few weeks and I need to make them a cuddle quilt.
I like my baby quilts to cover Momma and Baby.
Way back in 2013, I participated in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at SoScrappy blog.
I planned to make a row quilt and true to form, 
I got part way through the year and stopped,
and now I have a box of awesome 6" blocks. 

Then Bonnie writes a post about Getting Serious With Scrap Reduction.
She shows a picture of Dancing Dashes and that's all I needed to get this quilt started.
I grabbed some yellow polka dot for sashing and soft lavender for the corner stones.
I'm hoping to have this top together before Thursday.
Maybe I'll name this Dashing Dashes and Friends. 

Because Friday is Mystery Day!!
I finally pulled my fabrics for On Ringo Lake.
I don't have one single piece of fabric in Bonnie's main colors so I went stash diving.
Red, Blue, Black and Creamy Neutrals
Depending on the clues and sizes of pieces needed, 
I'll pull from my strip bins and deeper into the stash.

Granddaughter Taylor will turn 18 in a few days.
She had hinted about a quilt with black, white and aqua. 
How could I say no.
I knew Bonnie's Scrappy Trips was a perfect design.
This is found on the Quiltville free patterns page.
Fun strips were pulled from the black and white strip bin.
Most of them were from strip swaps at retreats.

I had a blast quilting this.
Somewhat straight lines in a random pattern.
I used gray thread and my walking foot.

Finally En Provence is finished!
These photos are from Jane right after she quilted it for me.

We decided soft yellow thread would be perfect.
The panto is called Lovely by My Creative Stitches.
And Lovely it is!
I used bright pink for the binding. 
It's been dark, gloomy and wet here so no full on pictures.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Design Wall Monday

When last we met, I was finishing up the quilting on the secret project. 
Now it is finished and I still can't share any photos. 
So instead I'll show you what's up next at my machine.

That's right!
A major cleaning and oiling and putting stuff away.
So I am procrastinating! 
Big Time!!

Instead of cleaning my machine and grabbing the next UFO,
I'm knitting and binge watching Netflix.
I can't let this fabulous No-Fuss Shade Shawl become a UFO!

Really I've been feeling a little peaked and when that happens,
I just like to knit and watch tv.
I've been fighting off a cold since retreat and I think I'm winning.
And my shawl is almost finished.

I must get my machine cleaned today because 
tomorrow I pick up my En Provence from Jane the Quilter. 
Now, where did I put that binding?

I'm planning a pretty busy week.
Wish me luck!!

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Monday, November 06, 2017

Design Wall Monday and Retreat Report

Last week was my final retreat for the year. 
I had plans, lots of plans.
I worked and worked, chatted and laughed!
My first project was to make this table runner for my friend for Christmas.
I just need to add the buttons to the intersections.
Ramona showed it last week on this blog post and I knew it would be the perfect gift.
Then she sent me the link for the tutorial.
Thanks Ramona!

Next I worked on bow tie blocks for another table mat.
Insert my sad face here when I did bring enough of my background to finish the blocks.
And then I cut for another table runner and the fat quarter I wanted to use was all cockeyed crocked!
It was so bad! 3" bad!
I have the charm squares cut and ready to go so I'll find something else that will work with it.
It wouldn't be a retreat without a Whoopsie or 2.

Next project--UFO #8 for August from Patchwork Times UFO Challenge.
20 Garlic Knot blocks were from a block swap and I made 28 more.
We layed them out and arranged them and pinned into rows at Binding Friends last week.
The sewing went pretty fast.
(After I made the last 3 blocks that I needed.)
Next up will be to quilt it and bind it with a scrappy batik binding.

Then I pulled out my Garden Party #2 Blocks and worked on them the rest of retreat.
I am almost finished with them.

Retreat started Thursday for me so I spent lots of time quilting the secret project before I left. 
I'm almost ready for binding and gifting and sharing.

Here is my favorite snag on the road into retreat.
The rains and winds knocked all the pretty orange leaves off the trees.
I take a picture of this at every retreat. 
I love this old snag!

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