Thursday, December 19, 2013

Celtic Solstice, Clue 3

I didn't make much progress this week on Clue 3.  I was busy working on finishing the binding on my Easy Street.

I did try one set of pinwheels to test my colours (out of curiosity) of my first king colour way.  I didn't do the second Christmas set.

I'm using Triangulations for my half square triangles and they work perfectly for me. 

The only downfall is that when tearing off the papers, if you don't have your stitch length set close and you tug too much, you can undo the stitches.

Here is my first pinwheel ready for sewing together.  Now that I look at it, I'm going to double check my colour placement before sewing them together. 

Clue 4 comes out tomorrow morning and Bonnie said on her blog post today that it will be the easiest clue of all.  How considerate is our dear Bonnie to do this for our last Friday before the busyness of Christmas tears us away from our sewing rooms.  I am hoping to get my step 3 clues finished in between Christmas celebrations.  I'll bet we're going to start building blocks soon!  What a fun mystery this is!!

Until next time,


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

It's a WRAP!

Last night I finished sewing down the binding on my Easy Street mystery quilt (Bonnie Hunter's 2012 mystery quilt pattern).

Here it is:

Here's a closeup of the quilting done by Jeni Mummery of Quilted on the Rock:

And here's the binding being sewn down:

Wild backing fabric eh?  Very Art Deco but the colours worked perfectly and it was on the sale wall so I grabbed it while I could.  I had a slight mishap during the binding of the quilt.  Not a mishap with the quilt per se...but the thread:

At first glance, how does this hit you?  Unsure of what it is?  Well I will tell you.  It's what a bored Jack Russell can do to a Connecting Threads spool of thread when unsupervised for two minutes.  That's all it took.  I called her.  She didn't come.  Someone left the door open to the room where my quilt binding was in progress and she found it.  And she destroyed it in about as much time as it took me to find her.  No lie!

And here's the little angel herself:

Meet Sophie, the Destroyer!  Here she is snuggling down on my discarded ironing board cover.  I bought myself a new one and she thinks it's now her bed.  Just stay away from my thread little miss!

Anyway, after purchasing another spool the same colour locally, I managed to get Easy Street done.  I just have to add a label and then wrap it up for Christmas.  It's going to my nephew.  He's just purchased his first home so it's kind of a housewarming/Christmas present all wrapped into one.  I hope he enjoys it.  I sure loved making this quilt.

My next UFO to be tackled (in between mystery clues from Quiltville's 2013 mystery quilt called Celtic Solstice) is my Orca Bay:

I finished the body of the top last November, 2012, but haven't yet got the borders on.  I am going to push myself to get it done as early in the New Year as possible so that it's ready for the 2014 quilt show in May.

Until next time,

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Celtic Solstice Clue Two! (x 2)

Phew!  I managed to get clue 1 done on the first weekend of the mystery, so during the excitement of waiting for clue 2 I decided to play with some Christmas yardage that I had purchased for a second Carolina Christmas quilt.  After making a couple of the units in that quilt, I decided that I wasn't going to actually do two Carolina Christmas quilts. Not quite a UFO...more like an abandoned project.  But I loved the fabric and have been waiting to do another Christmas quilt with it.

It started innocently enough.  I said to myself, "I'll just try a few of the step 1 blocks and 'see'".  Hmmmm.  Interesting.

I likey!!!  So then I decided to go for it (after lots of encouragement from my online quilting friends who saw the picture and urged me on).  So I may have bitten off WAY more than I can chew, but I'm committed now.  So that's what I was doing when clue 2 was released.

So we're now 5 good days into clue two and here's where I'm at:

I've cut I think 488 of these (and 488 of my neutral and am marking the diagonal line so that I can sew a straight line on all 488 of them.

And I also cut some of the second fabric to make the second colourway.  Here's a sample of both finished chevron blocks:

I love both of these colourways and they will be so entirely different.  The one on the left will be the king sized quilt while the one on the right will be the smaller version.  I am envisioning the smaller one being a Christmas throw quilt for our livingroom.  But that would be NEXT Christmas!  The king will be for our bed.

And here's the start of the blue set of chevrons:

Someone mentioned that they look like little chocolate mountains.  Mmmm.  That works for me!  Who doesn't love chocolate??!!

Anyway, they are slow goin'.  I read a clue on Karen's blog about an alternate way to piece these.  It's here.  I truly admire those people who can 'see' a different, easier way of doing/accomplishing something.  I do not have a math brain at all and couldn't have figured that out to save my life so am grateful for those that can, especially when they share!  Thanks Karen!

Once these chocolate mountains are done I will be trying Karen's method for the second quilt.

If you want to see what others are doing with their colours and progress, here's the link back to Bonnie's blog where the other blogs are linked.

I was hoping to attack some more of these chevron units tonight but I'm a little weary after a full day's work so maybe tomorrow night I'll make some more progress.  I think I hear  my pillow calling and that's enough for one day!

Until next time,


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Celtic Solstice First Clue!

What a busy weekend it has been!  Bonnie Hunter released the first clue for the 2013 Mystery Quilt, "Celtic Solstice" and I finally got to cut into this beautiful fabric:

I saw this wrapped bolt of gorgeous batik in Fabric Depot when I was in Portland in July 2012.  I've been saving it for a special project.  Celtic Solstice is that project!  Rather than doing my quilt scrappy, I decided to go with batiks and to coordinate my fabrics.  So I purchased yardage to match:

True to form, Bonnie introduced a new tool and technique:  the Tri-Recs ruler.  I was very fortunate to already have this set in my tool kit.  Coincidentally, I just finished this quilt top which used the same unit but I used a paper template method.  This quilt is called Tennessee Waltz:

 But let's try the ruler!  Let's get busy!


I'm doing the large king-sized quilt.  I have a whole bolt of the focus fabric and purchased enough yardage to make the big one because we have a king sized bed and it seemed like a good use of this special batik purchase.

I sewed the whole weekend with a friend visiting from Seattle.  She was working on my baby Janome while I worked on Ferdinand, my featherweight:

Pictured here is one tri-recs unit, one "Bow-dacious" leader/ender unit (another Bonnie Hunter pattern from her book, "Adventures in Leaders and Enders") and my trusty pink post-it notes stack marking my 1/4 inch measurement and serving as an edge to follow.  Mr. Ferdinand is a speedy guy and without that guide my blocks would be really wonky!

After a full weekend of sewing, I finished all 140 of one block and 240 of the second one.  Here they are in progress:

One side done and ready for pressing!

Done in piles of 10 makes the counting easier.  And many, many hours later, they are DONE!

It was a marathon and it was a blast!  So far I'm keeping up to date but we'll see if I can maintain that pace.  I haven't yet been able to keep pace on any of Bonnie's mysteries.   I know it's not a race.  I have loved every single one of Bonnie's mysteries that I've done (this is #6).  And of course a special thanks to Bonnie for hosting and leading yet another free mystery.   If you want to join the fun, it's not too late!  You can get the information HERE.  And thanks also Bonnie for the link-up party.  Click here:

It's back to work tomorrow.  We have to wait until Friday for the next clue.  That should give the quilting muscles time to recover LOL.

Until next time!