Monday, November 30, 2015

Train of Thought


It's Link Up Day for the new Bonnie Hunter mystery, Allietare, with colors based on her trip to Italy.  My trusty RAF Singer and I did clue number 1 over the long weekend.
Here is the stash I pulled to start with.  I also have drawers of scrap strips.  I'm not sure about my mustard colored fabric--is it the right color?  Do I have enough?  As always, with these mysteries, I'm trying to just use what I have on hand.
I sewed these little half square triangles in batches of ten.  I'm not the type to cut all of them at once, and then sew all of them, and then press all of them.  I like a little variety.  So I cut two strips worth, and then sewed ten at a time, pressed them, and put a pin in each batch of ten so I wouldn't have to keep counting them over and over.  I tend to lose my train of thought, especially in the sewing room.
All done!
So here's my homework in its basket, ready for the next clue, which comes out on Friday.

While I was working on this mystery, I realized something awful.  I have never finished a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.  Celtic Solstice is still in two pieces, with no border, and not quilted.  Grand Illusion's top is done, but that's all.  I hope I can do better this time.
Thinking about Celtic Solstice led me to the basement, where I have stored these little pieces.  They were left overs, because I decided not to make the pieced border.  Hmm.  What could I do with them?
What about stars?  I loved the stars in Celtic Solstice, and these are similar.  I made hsts for the corners (a breeze after making all those little ones).
The block centers came from this little bin.  This is where I keep 3.5 in. squares, cut from scraps. There are all sorts of colors in here, but it's about evenly divided between bright colors and reproduction fabrics.  I had plenty of indigo blue 3.5 in. squares for the centers of the stars.
So how to put the stars together?  What about a snowball block between them?  Maybe I could do some fancy quilting in the middle of it.
I think I like it.  I might like it better if I had a darker color for the snowball corners, possibly orange.  There is not even the tiniest scrap of any of these orange prints left in my stash.  I even used the strings for string blocks.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we're decorating for Christmas.  Our oldest grandson was here on Saturday night, and he helped us trim the tree and put up the decorations.  He especially liked setting up the Nativity scene, although he put the donkey up high with the angel, because he said the angel was lonely.
The quilt on the couch is one I made for my son many years ago.  It's twin-sized, not really big enough for him now, so it's still at our house.  I'm using it here on the couch, to cover up the bad places in the upholstery made by the dog.
This got me thinking about my youngest daughter's Christmas quilt.  I made a quilt for each of my 3 children when they were little, and Connie really used hers.  The poor quilt is absolutely wrecked.  I would not let her take it with her when she moved out, as it is literally a rag.  I did promise to make her another one.
Hmm.  Christmas fabric is 60% off this week.  And the grandkids don't have Christmas quilts, either.

Gotta go.  I have a train to catch.

Have a lovely week of sewing!

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15 comments:

  1. Love what you are doing with the left over Celtic Solstice pieces. Your little HST are lovely. I have several I am working on too.

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  2. Forgot to mention I love your machine.

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    1. Thanks, Rhoda! Good luck with the mystery!

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  3. Good grief!! You have been one BUSY quilter!!

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    1. I am in a good place now for quilting--retired, kids grown. In May we get a new grand baby, and I may be babysitting daily, so I've got to get stuff done now.

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  4. Ahh..your machine is almost exactly like mine! Love the HST, and REALLY like the star blocks you are doing..:) Happy Quilting

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    1. Thanks! Aren't these wonderful machines?

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  5. ooOOOoo an RAF, well done you! My linky is the KalamaQuilts one.. Each year it is like coming home isn't it.

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    1. Thanks, Sharyn! I love your vase idea. Sometimes the tiniest scraps are so pretty, but I only notice them in the waste basket. Yours will be like confetti!

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  6. Yay on participating in the mystery! Also way to use up those extra parts! I have a few myself that I am doing into tablerunners!

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    1. Table runners would be a great idea! I still have some of the chevrons from the Celtic Solstice, although I made a real hash out of most of them.

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  7. Great job! Oh & Love the black & orange blocks..love those colors.

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  8. Great start to the mystery. And I love what you are doing with your Celtic Solstice left-overs!

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  9. Thanks, Vireya! I am having such a good time. Hope you are, too!

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