Monday, December 16, 2013

Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solsitce #3

Well I didn't quite get part 2 done last week.  I have about 30 blocks left.  I am almost done part 3.  I have about 125 triangles done.  I didn't make any into pinwheels yet because I want to have a little more variety. 


I did these triangles using TA-DA triangles.  I like it but it is a leave in interfacing so we will see what its like as I progress further into this quilt.  It only took a me a couple hours to do these squares.  I didn't have enough for all 200. 


This is my best guess so far.  I think the chevrons are going to be a border and the inner blocks will be a star.  I am not quite sure though because I think there are too many extra neutral star parts for this to be true. 

This week I am linking up to Quiltville.  

Monday, December 9, 2013

Week # 2 Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Mystery

I had hoped to get more progress done this weekend on part 2 of Bonnie Hunter's quilt but life got in the way a bit. We spent Sunday having a Thanksgiving re-do and it went super.  We went over to a family member's dinner for actual Thanksgiving so we missed out on all the fun leftovers so we thought, why not have our own!

I did manage to get all my pieces cut and all my diagonal  lines drawn in between baking and cleaning.


And a couple test squares are done. I stalled here today for a few hours.  I was doubting my color choices.  When I was originally picking my colors I almost picked gold tones instead of the pink.  I settled on pink because I wanted to use all my favorite colors.   I posted today on the Facebook group for this quilt asking for advice.  Almost everyone said they would go with the pink.  So finally this evening I decided to stay with pink.  I am still a bit nervous but I have never seen a bonnie quilt in color combinations I didn't like.  So now I am crossing my fingers!!!

I also posted on Bonnie's blog last week asking for advice about watching her live stream on my Kindle Fire HD.  I was able to find a solution that evening.  Yay!  I thought I would share how I did it.  I had to install a different internet browser and it worked fine.  This is the link I used for directions: How to install Chrome on a Kindle Fire HD.  After I followed these steps I opened Chrome, went to her blog and the clicked on the video to open it in youtube and it loaded fine with no errors.  If your are not great with technology you might need someone to help but I followed the directions on the link and it took only about 10 minutes to get me up and running. 

This week I am linking up to Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville, I can't wait to see what everyone else has done so far!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt 2013 - Celtic Solstice

I am just about done part one of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt.  I have changed my colors up a bit from hers.  I am not a fan of what she choose so I didn't have much on hand.  Besides I had a great stash of black and whites saved up that I had been collecting and dying to use!


I am using black and whites where she used her blue.  I am using Teal/Aquas where she used her orange.

I am using white and blacks as my neutrals.


I have all the teal blocks done and I am almost done the neutrals.  I have one side put on the rest of the blocks you don't see here.  There are about 50 left.   I should be able to finish those up tonight. 

I have never used the Tri-Rec rulers and have discovered I absolutely love them.  Every one of my blocks came out exactly right.  I am glad I watched Bonnie's videos because I might have missed cutting out the notch on the end.   

Today I am linking up to Bonnie's blog, Quiltville, and I can't wait to see what everyone else has done. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday 11/20

Week #1
Has anyone seen the quilt along going on right now using the Quilty Fun book by Lori Holt.  I discovered Lori last year during the middle of her row along.  I had some many things going on so as much as I wanted to I couldn't join in.  I was thrilled when I found out she had a book coming out with the same blocks.

Week 2# Quilty Fun Quilt Along
Week #2
I pre-ordered it from Fat Quarter Shop.  I couldn't love the book anymore than I do.  The instructions are clear and thorough. The book is spiral bound which makes it so easy to use at my sewing table.

I was originally going to do the row quilt like she did but when she announced this quilt along I couldn't help but join in.  Every Monday a new section is released.  Week three was released Monday.  It was a really quick section so that was done that evening.  And I am not going to lie.  I already started the baskets for next week.  I just can't help it!  The blocks are so cute and so fun to put together.

Quilty Fun Week #3
Week #3

I am using a few different fabric lines as well as a few scraps.  I had some bundles on my shelf that I never knew what to do with.  There is some Noteworthy By Moda, some Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille, some Tula Pink, and some Magic Garden (I think) that I bought off Craftsy awhile back. As well as a few fat quarters from Connecting Threads.  I think they all look good together.

This week I am linking up to Lee at Freshly Pieced!   WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Friday, November 15, 2013

Finish it up Friday!! 11/15/2013

I finally have a finish to talk about.  I haven’t blogged in such a long time.  I am sorry for that.  I have been hard at work in my new sewing room though. 


This wall hanging is Snow Happens.  The pattern is by Bird Brain Designs.  I have a bit of a thing for snowmen.  The embroidery is all done by hand and everything else was done by machine.  I actually finished this piece last year but I just got around to quilting it this week so I could have it to decorate the new house for Christmas.  It’s definitely not perfect but its only my second hand embroidery piece so I am pretty happy with the outcome.  This was also my first time machine quilting with Aurifil and I must say it was amazing to work with.   






Pardon the pins in that last picture.  I have a hanging sleeve on the back I haven't sewn down yet.  

I also have my Jamestown Landing quilt, pattern by Bonnie Hunter, almost done.  I have the top done and the borders ready to go on.  However, my large iron decided to die a couple days ago so I need to go iron shopping this weekend so I can get that top done.  I was hoping to baste it sometime this weekend.  I want to get it quilted before her newest mystery starts.  Only a couple more weeks away!

This week I am linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Finish it up Friday!

This quilt is a year in the making.  I started this quilt a year ago after my husband saw the quilt kit being advertised in a booth at the Maine Quilt Show.  The pattern is Sew Spooky.    By the time Halloween rolled around I had only just finished the top.  So I put the top away and just decided to quilt it sometime before this Halloween. 

The kit came with just the fabric for the top.  He picked out the binding, back and the thread colors.  His favorite holiday is Halloween so this quilt was mostly for him.  

I used Isacord thread for all the machine quilting.  I gave him options for the quilting designs and he picked those too.  I think he has pretty good taste, don't you?

The pumpkin block is my favorite. 

Don't you just love the binding he picked?   

Here are some more close ups of the blocks. 

Yes my barn quilt is on sideways.  :-(. I didn't notice til I had the quilt almost done.  I might fix it but I think it adds to the silliness of the quilt.  

I love this quilt.  It's so soft and cuddly.  I used Hobbs 80/20 batting.  

Today I am linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts!   

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

WIP Wednesday!

I have been spending some time working on some WIP's from the past few months as well as another new project!  I had a finish in the last week and I will blog about that on Friday.


The biggest thing I have been working on is my Jamestown Landing quilt I started in May.  All I have left to do before assembling it is the string blocks.  I have the rest done.  Well, except the border blocks.  I have about 50 string blocks left to do.  I have gotten a bit more brave with my neutrals.  Bonnie considers anything that has a light background a neutral.  At first I was using just fabrics that read as beige, tan, white, etc.  I needed more strings so I went through my scraps and had to stretch a little. This is one of the blocks I ended up with.


My husband hates it but I love it.  I know it isn't as adventurous as Bonnie would be but for me the x-mas fabric and the music fabric was quite a stretch for me. 

The second project I have been working on is one that I am super excited about! Its Postcard Cuties for Winter by Bunny Hill.  I preordered the kit back in the spring and I got it towards the end of August.  I started it that very day.  I have quite a bit done on it for having not blogged about it yet but we are still catching up from moving and the kids starting new schools.

Postcard Cuties

I have all the background blocks done and I am slowly working on the hand work.  It has wool snowmen that I am blanket stitching on and then some embroidery.


This block is just missing a few embroidery details.  Like a face!  :)  I love everything about this quilt and its pattern.  The fabric line, Snowman Gatherings by Primitive Designs is amazing.  The kit I got from Bunny Hill was amazing.  It came with some yardage, a jelly roll, and a charm pack.  I have about half the jelly roll left after using it for the blocks.  And a bunch of the charm squares.  If you noticed I have used some of the strips in my Jamestown Landing quilt!  They match my colors for that quilt exactly!  Plus I have a bit of a snowman obsession so it wouldn't be right for me to do a scrap quilt without at least one snowman in it.  My goal is to get this done by Christmas.  It will be my tv watching project. 

This week I am linking up to Freshly Pieced. 

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


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