Sunday, December 21, 2014

FNSI Results

For the Friday Night Sew In I worked on Bonnie Hunter's 2014 Mystery Quilt, Grand Illusion.  I had all of the pieces cut.  I got all of the black pieces sewn on, and only a few of the yellow squares.  I was hoping that I would be done.

Family Christmas party today.  Hopefully Clue 4 will be done before Monday's link up party.

I'm linked up with Wendy and the others at Sugarlane Quilts.  Come join the fun!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Scrap Saturday 12.20.14 RSC14

Here's the layout I'm working on for the Scrumptious Butter Churn by Jo at Jo's Country Junction.  I wouldn't have even worked on these blocks if it weren't for the RSC14.  I am very happy with the black and white backgrounds that I selected for this quilt.  There will be sashing and cornerstones.  I'm pretty sure I will go with the suggested red cornerstones and yellow sashing.

 I'm linking up with Angela at ScrapHappy blog. for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, 2014.
Do you have any plans for 2015 scraps?  I plan to make a couple of Bonnie Hunter quilts.  Since I over cut the green 2" squares for the mystery quilt I decided to make the Scrap Crystals quilt from More Adventures of Leaders and Enders.  The block was also featured in one of the Addicted to Scraps page in Quiltmaker Magazine.  I also hope to make a couple of fancy string quilts from one of her books, I just haven't decided which one yet.
Join us in this fun quilting adventure.  Use those scraps!  Each star will have a fun little block inside.
Angela has a linky party each Saturday.  You can meet and greet other bloggers (quilters) there.  It's a super fun way to get to know others and get great scrap ideas.  It's fun to see what others are making with scraps.  Check it out! SoScrappy Angela 
Since I love the Rainbow Scrap Challenge so much, one of my projects for next year will be to make little baskets like in this quilt from Temecula Quilt Company:
You can find the info for A Little Summer Sewing here.  I may make the baskets a little larger than 2.5" (2" finished!)
Here's a little finish I had via the RSC14.  The month we were working on light blues I started the Cascadia quiltalong at Humble quilts. You can find the information and pattern here.

Friday, December 19, 2014

FNSI -- Clue 4 of Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt

For the Friday Night Sew In tonight I will be working on Bonnie Hunter's 2014 Mystery Quilt, Grand Illusion.  I have all of the pieces cut.  Tonight I plan to chain piece the night away while my husband and son play with their iPads and watch tv.  Totally our version of a great Friday night!  (We are all within 30 feet of each other and can talk while we multitask.)

I'm linking up with Wendy and the others at Sugarlane Quilts.  Come join the fun!

Friday Finish 12.19.14

Today's finish is quite small, but a finish none the less.

I finished this adorable doll quilt.  This was a quilt along with Lori at Humble Quilts.  You can find the start of the mystery here.

I used the blues because it was the color for November for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I used the orange because I thought it would compliment the blues.  What a fun little quilt!

I quilted it with a simple stipple.  (I even loaded it on the longarm!)  It measures a cute 16.5" x 19".  The backing is a piece of vintage sheet with pastel stripes.

Linking up with Link-A-Finish Friday with Richard and Tanya here.

LAFF - Richard and Tanya Quilts

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WIP Wednesday 12.17.14

Still getting quite a bit done even though it's the holiday season.  Here's the highlights this week:

I finished the two blue snowmen quilts (Frosty & Friends) pattern by Debbie Mumm.  I gave them to my son's two teachers for Christmas.  They were pleased.

I finished all the pink blocks for Scrumptious Butter Churn Quilt.  Pattern is at the Moda Bake Shop and was done by Jo of Jo's Country Junction.

I actually took the time to put my little Cascadia doll quilt on the longarm.  I got all the quilting done.  I just did a simple stipple.  A little  binding and it will be ready for a Friday Finish.  This little QA was at Humble Quilts.  Here's a photo of the quilt top.

I finished clue 3 of Bonnie Hunter's mystery -- Grand Illusion.  I did not use 2" strips for this clue.  I used all 2" squares cut by my Accuquilt die.  This makes for a very scrappy quilt.
My WIP count this week is 35.  My WIP goal for New Years Day 2015 is 19.  Uh oh, I've got a ways to go!  I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
New Projects This Week
1.  None
Pieces Still Need to be Cut & Sewn
1.  Underpants Project 
2.  Digging up Bones (Owen's dinosaur quilt)
3.  Rock Island Campfire Quilt
4.  Picadilly Circle
5. ...And Sew On BOM at Quiet Play (one block to go)
6.  MSBHQAL (Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone Quilt Along)
7.  Spring Sampler Series at Cora's Quilts
8.  Gypsy Wife QA (recycling  Red/White Flower Basket Quilt into this project & duds.)
9.  Quilt Doodle Doodles Designs 2014 BOM
10.  Love Laugh Quilt Christmas Improv QA
11.  Classic Meets Modern BOM
12.  Mod Mod QA (turning this one into a baby quilt) 
13.  Super Mario QA
14.  Grand Illusion -- Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2014 
Blocks Still Need to be Made
1.  NY Beauty
2.  Orca Bay
3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
4.  Sweet Simplicity BOM
5. Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt
6.  Color coordinated hexagon quilt
7.  Gourmet Quilter Sampler
8.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
9.  Amanda Murphy Designs (ugly fabric quilt)
10.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt

Blocks are made but need to be sewn together (and/or some sashing)
1.  Block Swap Adventure Sampler (2011-2012)
2.  Block Lotto Dud (Orphan Block Quilt)
3.  Orange/Blue Fish Blocks (that I won)
4.  Split Stars (blocks won from Block Lotto; October, 2012)
5.  African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired)
6.  Tall Fly 
7.  Scrumptious Butter Churn  All blocks are made!!!
Quilts back needs to be made (tops are done)
1.  Celtic Solstice (Bonnie Hunter Mystery 2013)

Ready to longarm
1.  Little Letters QA Quilt

Quilted, needs binding
1.  Cascadia Mystery Quilt -- From Humble Quilts
2.  Red Frosty #2
Completed this week:
1.  Blue Frosty #1
2.  Blue Frosty #2

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Grand Illusion Clue 3 Progress

I think I got a little carried away when it came to cutting 2" squares for Bonnie Hunter's 2014 Mystery Quilt, Grand Illusion.

I keep my scraps sorted by color instead of using Bonnie's scrap user's system.  When I work on a project I cut the colors by shape instead of useable strips using Accuquilt dies.  Here's what my process looks like:

Sometimes there's only enough of the scrap to make one or two of the desired shape.  It makes for a super scrappy quilt.  Keep in mind that most of these scraps were given to me.  Yes, it's a lot of work to sort and iron them.  It does fit my budget perfectly.  It only takes a few minutes to cut the shapes.

This time I went a little overboard and cut too many green 2" squares.  But don't worry, I have my eye on a couple of the quilts in Bonnie's Leader & Ender (books)!  If they don't get used in this quilt, they will be used.  Many of the fabrics would have only made a string and didn't have enough for a 2.5" square.  Many of the shapes I was able to save the string after placing it on the die!

I'm linking up with Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville's Quips & Snips for the Mystery Monday Link-Up.

Grand Illusion

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Scrap Saturday RSC14 -- 12.13.14

This week I finished the last of the churn dash blocks needed for the  Scrumptious Butter Churn by Jo at Jo's Country Junction for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC14).  Thank goodness for the catch-up month.  Here are the rest of the pink churn dashes:

 I'm linking up with Angela at ScrapHappy blog. for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, 2014.
Giveaway Alert
One of the bloggers that I follow has changed the name of her blog and the domain.  It was supposed to switch over seamlessly, but I wasn't getting updates.   So Pigtales and Quilts  is now Stitch and Quilt.   To get the word out about the change, she is having a giveaway sponsored by The Fat Quarter Shop. So go to the giveaway and enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Mimosa in one of four colorways - because there will be FOUR WINNERS!
I like them all, so I am glad I don't have to pick one.