Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Gifts

Would you choose these fabrics to make a quilt?  (A few years ago, I would have said "No!")

How about if I add this delicious print?  Now we're talking!

I couldn't post this before, because it was a Christmas gift for someone in my quilt guild.  The beautiful print was her fabric.  We do what we call "The Brown Bag Challenge" every year.  Usually at either the June or July meeting, everyone who wants to participate brings a brown paper bag with a fat quarter in it, plus a note with their name on it.  We mix up the bags, and everyone chooses one.  Then we make a gift using the fat quarter for the person who brought it.
I made a small spiky star quilt.  I used the Accuquilt dies for the points.  The special fabric is in the star centers, the cornerstones ...
and in the corners of the border.  The blocks are 9 in. finished, the sashing is 2 in. wide (finished), and the border is made of strips that are 1 in. x 3 in. (finished).  I did some really basic quilting on it.  We exchanged gifts on the 16th, and I think she liked it!
This always happens to me!  On the Monday before Christmas, I decided this bear we bought for our granddaughter needed some clothes.  So I pretty much spent the whole day making a dress, a shirt, jeans, and a nightgown.  I hope Evie likes it.  She seemed a little overwhelmed with all the craziness on Christmas eve.  I had lots of fun sewing these little things.  Eventually this bear will need a quilt.

One of the best Christmas gifts every year is Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt.  It's something fun to look forward to during the holidays.  We're already up to Part 5 of Allietare.
I'm steadily working through part 5 on my trusty Singer treadle.
Here's what this week's units look like.  The colors are really striking.  My units range from "spot on" to OMG when it comes to the piecing.
I have to confess, I have not done part 4 yet!  It came along when I was busy with shopping and wrapping and cooking and cleaning.  When I get part 5 done, I'll go back and do part 4.
You can see my leader and ender project here.  I'm making adorable little 6 in. stars.  More about that next time.
One of the best parts of this mystery is sharing what we've done, and seeing what everyone else is doing.  There are some very talented people participating.  I love reading their stories.
Are you having fun this week?  What's under your needle?
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Monday, December 14, 2015

Allietare, Part 3

 This was a fun clue!  Very easy, just 4 patches and a little cutting.  I can finally use the cat fabric.  I have had it in my stash for years.
I like lots of variety (can you tell?), so I put the "slices" next to the sewing machine and mixed and matched them to make the 4 patches.  I chose a wide range of golds, from more or less yellow to almost brown.
As usual, I sewed 10 at a time, and took the string of patches to the ironing board.  It's good for me to get up every so often.
I'm keeping track by pinning the 4 patches in groups of 10.  Even I can do that much math!
There, all done!

Let's see what we've got so far...
It's starting to look like something!  Can't wait for clue #4!

In other news, when Joey was here last weekend we worked on making stars.  She was going a mile a minute, and I was just poking along, picking and choosing the colors for each block.  We had a great time, and this week I finished the quilt top.

 Isn't this fun?  It's a Missouri Star Quilt Company pattern.  I can't remember the name, sorry.

I really like this block.  It has everything from Spongebob to duckies.
But this is my favorite block.  Joey made it, in an entirely different pattern, but with the same fabrics I was using. It fits right in.
This will be a charity quilt.  I'm  not sure if I will try to quilt it, or if I'll just give the top to our amazing long arm quilting crew.  It's a good size, 46 in. x 60 in.

It has been so much fun seeing all the other quilters' progress on Allietare!  People from all over the world are making this pattern and chatting about it.  And all of it is thanks to the generosity of Bonnie Hunter.
Thanks, Bonnie!

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Monday, December 7, 2015

The Plot Thickens: Allietare Mystery Quilt, Part 2

It's Link Up Monday for the Allietare Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter, Quilter Extraordinaire.  Here's where I am on the units we're doing this week.
All the pieces are cut, and I sewed the first few units start to finish, so I'd be clear on what we're making.  My finished units are the ones with the light fabric sewn to them, at the back of the photo.
I have to admit, I was a little confused at first.  I'm using the Companion Angle ruler to cut these "headless geese" shapes, but my ruler is old, and the markings are not the same as Bonnie's.  No worries, though, I figured it out.
When I cut these shapes with the Companion Angle ruler, I just flip the strip over for the second cut, instead of flipping the ruler (which is the normal way to do it).  It just seems awkward to cut these upside down.
Guess what's in the box!  It's not tea!
It's black and gray squares, part of our cutting homework for clue #2.  I've got them in the tea tin to keep them unwrinkled and ready to go when needed.

Here they are, laid out on the desk.  As you can see, I disobeyed the directions and cut two different colors of gray.  I ran out of the first gray, which of course was a perfect color.  I only had a yard of it to start with.  So I'm filling in with the plaid.  I hope it turns out okay.  I just wanted to use up the fabric I already had.

In other news, look what we did!  My friend Joey and I worked together to piece this quilt back from my orphan blocks and scrappy yardage.
Here's Joey, piecing away on her Singer 301.  We had a fabulous weekend, sewing and visiting.  We even fit in a trip to the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, plus a barn sale.
We sewed the quilt back on Sunday, and Joey took it and my string quilt home to quilt on her long arm machine.  (Hey, Joey, is my quilt done yet? LOL)  She is also doing two more quilts for me.

Friends and quilts--what could be better?
I hope you enjoy your friends and quilts this week.

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