Sunday, January 24, 2010

No-Sew Block Swap

Here is a picture of the block I chose for an online no-sew block swap: 

This is called "Annie's choice" from and I can see why it was her choice!  It was SO easy and cut and sewn in 1/2 hour.  I prepared 8 baggies of triangles which I will now put in the mail to the swap host.  On February 1st she will be mailing me 8 different packages of fabric for 8 different blocks.  The result?  A nice red, white and blue sampler.  Isn't that a whole lotta fun??

Saturday, January 9, 2010

2010 brings a new mystery

Well, it really started on the US Thanksgiving weekend when my friend Celia from Seattle arrived at our B&B for the weekend with her husband Howie and her Brother Embroidery/Sewing machine.  Celia always takes her machine on vacation with her.  I would too if I could get away with it. 

Celia had packed up enough quilting projects for two trips and she was raring to sew as soon as they settled in.  I knew we were in for a fun weekend.

About the same time, Bonnie Hunter of was announcing a new mystery quilt on her website.  She called the new quilt "Carolina Christmas".  In my most mischievous voice I asked Celia, "would you be interested in starting a mystery quilt with me this weekend?  It would mean, of course, that we have to go shopping...".  I didn't need to twist her arm much.  We set out to Cloth Castle just before they closed on either Thursday night or Friday night.

After we had acquired some fabric for her (OK and maybe a few fillers for me), we printed out the first clue in Bonnie's mystery and set to cutting.  Here are some photos of our time:

 Celia cutting her gold fabric for the mystery quilt.

Celia's greens, reds and neutrals

My non-scrappy #2 Carolina Christmas colours.

My half-scrappy, half controlled #1 Carolina Christmas colours.  Did I not mention I'm doing 2 of these?  The plan is to do 2 queens or maybe 1 queen and 1 king for the Queen and Princess or Queen and King suites of our B&B.

It doesn't look like much but these are my #1 gold and neutral step 1 units.  They aren't going to be four-patches.  They will be part of poinsettia units (not there yet but I peeked ahead!).

This is the same step 1 of my #2 CC fabrics.  I couldn't resist these fabrics when I saw them on sale at Fabricland at half off (which is why I'm now doing two).

And these are Celia's step 1 units (hers is scrappy).  Lovely tones...

I've moved beyond step one but haven't taken any more photos yet.  I've cut some green and I've cut some red and I've cut some more neutral.  I'm working on my poinsettia star units.

Bonnie's quilt is gorgeous and can be seen at Quiltville.  I'll upload some more pictures soon. 

And Celia and I are in contact from time to time to check on each other's progress.  It's not a race at all but it's nice to have a quilting partner to share this with!

Another Christmas Quilt done and living with a wonderful family

Ever since I started sewing this quilt I knew its destiny.  Has that ever happened to you?  I loved it very much and for a nanosecond thought about keeping it for myself (it was a selfish nanosecond).  It was also at least two years as a UFO in my sewing room.  Before its existence as a UFO it was in my stash (for 10 years) because I couldn't bring myself to cut it up.  You may not be able to see it but there lovely pearly beads amidst the poinsettia blooms and leaves.  This pattern was perfect in my opinion because I could fussy cut out the poinsettias.  Pulled out my rotary cutter and voila!

As I was sewing the binding on  I knew it wasn't mine.  It belongs now to Jason & Christine, on our pastoral team and their family.  I delivered it as an early Christmas present in November so that they could enjoy it through the Christmas season.  What a great feeling to give quilts away.  I love my hobby!  Imagine, fulfilling my creative needs and spreading love around in the same package.

Here it is.  I haven't named it, which is rare for me. 

Friends' Celtic Knot quilts

We had a wine and cheese reveal party at my friend Mary's house.  Here are some of their quilts.  I'm sure you will agree their colours are gorgeous!  Here's Terry's in yellow, blue and green...a miniature.  Her squares were 1 1/2".

My celtic knot was quilted by the lovely and talented Arlene MacKenzie (On Point Quilting Studio) and resides on my king bed.   Below is Muriel's (gold purple and green) and then Mary's (teal, peach and purple).  All gorgeous colours, don't you think?