2014 Knitting

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tiny Tuesday Time Again

Today I finished up with clue 3 for the mystery and while putting some things away, I came across my notebook of Midget Blocks from Sentimental Stitches. I haven't touched these since January of last year! Almost 2 years ago. Talk about being a slacker!  It was fun working with these tiny pieces and now this is all I want to do. Not a good thing since I need to finish my Christmas shopping.  But I don't really want to, I'd rather sew.

Blocks 25 and 26 have joined the others in the notebook. I am missing block 23 so I'll either recreate it or do something else.  I looked at all the pages I have printed and I stopped at 136.  I see now there are 196 blocks. Oh My! Will I print them all? I don't know but I will look through them to see if there are some I want.  But I know myself and I will probably print them all.

I've procrastinated long enough. Now I must go do some shopping. Yeah! You know I'd rather sew. :)  

Leaving A Little Hint

I spent some time Sunday evening working on Grand Illusion. I had just a few more short strips to sew together when I ran out of bobbin thread.  I pulled out my trusty little bobbin saver for a new bobbin only to find all my gray ones are now empty. Since I was sewing with black fabric on the bottom, I just finished up with a black bobbin.

Now I'm ready to quit for the night. I have to remember to wind bobbins before I start sewing again. I left myself a little reminder.  It was time for a new needle and some oil and the dust bunnies need to find their selves a new home. I think this whole process took 5 minutes and I am set to sew for a few more hours.

I love that short stubby screwdriver but I forgot it's too fat to fit the screws of the throat plate. The little pink makeup brush is the best for holding on to those dust bunnies.  Of course I don't remember when I changed the needle last but I knew it was time for a new one.

A clean machine is a happy machine and that means I can sew, sew, sew!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Design Wall Monday and ...

...Mystery Monday Link Up

This week, after finishing part 2 of Grand Illusion and a tis the season project, I spent my weekend working on part 3. I love checkerboard designs and can't wait to find out where this fits in to the grand plan.  I came across this piece and was thankful for the oh so subtle reminder.

Quilting is fun for me. I love each and every process about it. It makes me happy.  What else makes me happy is a fun pile of pieces waiting to be put under the pressure foot.  I stack mine up on my ruler to transport them from the cutting table to the machine.

Fresh off the ironing board are some of my blocks, counted and clipped into bunches of 10 of course.  I need 12 of these clipped stacks, I still have 8 clips to fill. Did you see Angela's tip about the clips?  You can read about it here.  I've been doing it that way for a long time.  Sure saves the brain.

It's Monday so that means I'm linking up to Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday and to Quiltville's Mystery Monday Link-Up


Monday, December 08, 2014

Design Wall Monday and

Mystery Monday Link-Up

I need background noise while I sew. 
This weekend it was Netflix sweet and sappy movies.
I sit my little tablet and speakers right behind the machine.

After a while, these parts were finished for Grand Illusion.

Time to snip dog ears and get those wonky blocks in shape.
Most of mine turned out perfect but
there were a few that needed work.
I even had to use the ripper on some of them.
Now they are all pretty and ready for a partner.

Today I'm linking up at Patchwork Times and Quiltville.
Two of my most favorite people. 

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The 2014 Bonnie UFO Challenge Finale

Two quilt tops finished!
Two quilt tops added to Mt. ToBeQuilted.
Bindings are made, labeled and stored away in the binding bin.
Plans for backings are drawn out.

It started here with a bag full of parts and a note to myself.
(Notes to myself are one of my best ideas ever!)
Actually it started in March 2008.
These quilts will be finished and gifted this summer.

It's always nice to have help from Miss Polly.
Not really!!

Thanks Jo for doing this challenge again this year!
I'm excited to have this one out of the bin!
Soon these will  be UFOs no more.

Check out Jo's beautiful quilt and 
see how others did with this challenge at Jo's Country Junction.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Design Wall Monday and...

...Quiltville's Monday Mystery Link Up Party

It finally arrived! Clue 1 for Quiltville's Grand Illusion.  On my design wall are 20 blocks.

I had grand plans to sew all day Friday and Saturday.  You all know what happens when you make plans!  I did get all the parts cut. I finally have all my half square triangles sewn and 30 blocks are sewn together. I have 40 more yellows to sew to HSTs and 68 of the blacks.  I know I'll have a good sewing week because the work week begins again tomorrow, my house is clean and laundry is almost caught up. :)

I did some unsewing and resewing of squares to get all units of Cascadia to match.  With this many pieces, correct seam allowances are very important. Now I need to find a backing and binding for this. I'll do some simple quilting and have a cute mini quilt.

Today I'm linking up with Patchwork Times and Quiltville.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Design Wall Monday

I've been working hard to get my 2nd Scrappy Sister's Choice blocks sewn into a top. I did that and now I'm stalling on choosing border fabrics. I'll do that today.

In the mean time..... I'm working on Cascadia. A mystery quilt along with Lori at Humble Quilts.  Scroll through her blog to find Parts 1, 2 and 3.  I have a plastic pencil box that was stuffed full of 1 1 /2" squares. I'd started making 4 patches with them then discovered Bonnie's Tumalo Trail design and switched the 4 patches to 9 patches.  Then Cascadia comes along so I used some of the 4 patches to get started.

It's fun doing Lori's little quilts. I have the perfect spot already picked out for this one. I'm excited for the next step.

I'm excited to see what's going on in Blogland today. Check out great design walls at Patchwork Times today.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bonnie UFO Challenge Success!

My version of Bonnie's Sister's Choice #1 is a finished top. It's hard to tell but the border is brown with green leafy vines and itty bitty yellow and blue flowers. I'm going to find some blue for the binding. You can see it here if you want.  Another of my life's simple pleasures.....Miss Polly always posing for the camera.  We'll work on the lighting another day.

Sister's Choice #2 has one of the 6 rows sewn together with part of row 2 under the needle.  I didn't stack these blocks the right way to be able to web the top like I normally like to do. I don't know what I was thinking or even if I was. This is giving me lots of leader/ender action which is a good thing.  I am in get it done mode and I'm running out of time before the mystery kick off.

See how others are doing with their Bonnie UFO Challenge at Jo's Country Junction.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Good progress was made this week on my version of Bonnie's Sister's Choice Quilt. (Free pattern found here.) A few days ago, I did some math and decided to make 12 more blocks and make 2 quilts instead of one. Crazy? Nah, I have a plan!!

Quilt #1 is getting the rest of it's borders today. Quilt #2 will be layed out and blocks stacked, ready to sew together.

Funny story........most of the blocks have the same outer neutral per block with lots of neutrals being used. A few are scrappy.  The last 12 blocks....the centers are sewn spinning in the opposite direction from all the others. I didn't even think about it until I was pressing them.  Does that bother me? No, it's a scrappy, fun quilt. One day someone will look at it and wonder what was she thinking.  The answer will be "She wasn't!  She was doing mindless sewing, having a wonderful time with her fabrics."

The border fabrics are nowhere in the quilt. Again, does this bother me.....NO.  I love this quilt and I'm so happy I chose it/them to work on before Grand Illusion starts. I need to hurry, I want both tops finished before the 29th.

See what others have on their design wall at Patchwork Times.

My plans for this week:
  • Finish Quilt #1
  • Finish Quilt #2
  • Rearrange sewing table

Monday, November 10, 2014

Design Wall Monday and...

 ...November Retreat Roundup
 And what a retreat it was.
I got so much done while having so much fun.
I have nothing on my design wall but I have great completed projects.

First thing I did was make the block for Wishes Quilt Along.
Then I did the borders for Tell It To The Stars.

Next up I made my final block (the one I just knew I had already made!
and will probably find someday in a different project box!!) 
and made the connector blocks for Friends and Companions.
Then put them all together, added the setting triangles and borders.
I love a good retreat TahDah!!!
And how fitting that my Friends were with me when I finished this top.

I added a few more Pineapple Crazy blocks.
(Not these particular ones,
I'm too lazy to get the bin out and take a picture.)
And added quite a few new to me scraps from friends.
It was fun to see when they found their fabrics.

We do strip swaps.
Usually 2 1/2"  black/whites, neutrals and batiks
but this retreat we added a new category.
1 1/2" neutrals!
Look at that selection.
35 different fabrics.
I am the swapper so I get the up close and personal look at all the great fabrics.
I am trilled to have added 60 strips to my stash!!

I had to stop Friday morning on my way in to Royal Ridges to take pictures.
The fall colors with the sunshine streaming in was just gorgeous!

I looked out my window to see these beauties up on the hill.
I will miss retreat season but
I am ready to hunker down at home for the winter.
Of course it hasn't officially arrived yet but it sure feels like it has.

Check fabulous design walls at Patchwork Times.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Bonnie Challenge Update

I'm a day late with my Bonnie UFO Challenge Update. 
That's the way things have been going lately.
I only have 8 blocks left to sew back together.

Then I did some counting and some math.
Bad idea???
Maybe not.
If I make 12 more blocks, 
I can make 2 cuddle on the couch quilts.

Will I?
I don't know.
I'm still thinking about it.

I also have these 8 sewn blocks to press.
That's not all I've done this week,
I worked on another project instead.
Can't tell you what it is though.
You know,
tis the season.

How did others do with their Bonnie UFOs?