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Orange!

 

Good Fortune Clue # 4 is all about the Orange.  After running errands later this morning (and probably the rain), I’ll see if I can knock these out.

 

Good Fortune Clue 3 is Done

 

Clue 3 is done.  Now it’s time for some orange.

Good Fortune Clue 3 Progress

 

I drew two lines on the back of my neutral squares thinking I’d get better results than I have in the past. Now that I’ve made a bunch, I’m not sure I’ll draw the lines on the rest of the squares.  I found that moving my needle 2 clicks to the right and then letting the corner of the block follow the center line drawn on my machine bed is pretty accurate.  I know I won’t draw the second line for the bonus HST as I can line up the first line of stitching along the right edge of my pressure foot and get good results.

Good Fortune Clue # 3

 

After I finished Clue # 2, I started Clue # 3 — Half-Chevrons and Bonus HST units.  I’m opting to draw lines on the back of the neutral squares. Not my first choice, but the units are turning out better than when I don’t. I’ll work on them again tonight.

 

I’m loving the pink, purple, and lime. There is one more color to be added — orange.  I think it’s in clue # 4.

Oh – and for those wondering, this is the 2018 Quiltville Mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter.  She offers a free mystery quilt pattern that runs from Friday after Thanksgiving to early January. The pattern is no longer available free, but it is available to purchase as a download HERE.

 

I Thought It Was April Showers

It rained most of the day Saturday and it was raining again this afternoon.  Storming is probably a better description.  There was enough lighting and thunder that I was surprised Gracie did not hide under the bed.  Of course it’s not as good a hiding place since I took off the dust ruffle. Anyway, she kept me company while I worked on Clue #2 of Good Fortune.

I’ve got about 80% of them done.  I also have Clue # 3 cut out.  So, the quilt top is coming along.

 

Carolina Chain is a Top

Last night I put in the final stitches on my Carolina Chain quilt top. Last summer I took this as a class with Bonnie Hunter at the Mississippi Quilt Association’s June Gathering.  Now to decide on a backing and to put it in the queue to get it quilted.

Since I finished Clue 1 of Good Fortune, I started using Clue #2 as my leader/ender. I still have tons of HST to cut. I think I have enough purple cut for the clue, but I suspect I’ll need to cut more neutrals.

 

 

Good Fortune Clue #1

I’ve been working on my Carolina Chain for the past little bit and have been stitching these 4-patches for Good Fortune as my leader/enders. I finished trimming the last 4-patch moments before midnight.

Saturday was a Sew Day for my quilting guild between May being super busy for everyone and the rain, there weren’t many people sewing, but I did have several quilters stop by and drop off their quilts for the Kansas City Quilt Festival.  My project was sewing the sleeve on my entry.

It’s A New Year

It’s a new year and the last 3 weeks or so have been the hardest of my life.

My husband, of 33 years, my love,  lost his battle with depression on December 7th and has left me a widow.  I’m now doing my best to pick up the pieces and survive.

There are so many things I won’t get to do with him, including growing old together.

Needless to say, I expect my blogging to be even more sporadic than it was this past year.

 

 

 

 

What I’ve Been Doing

 

I don’t think I’ve sewn a thing since I’ve gotten back from the retreat earlier this month.  But I’ve been playing in my fabric.  My general rule of thumb is I don’t start the new Bonnie Hunter/Quiltville mystery quilt if last year’s is still in progress.  Well, I got the borders on the one from 3 years ago, completed the one from 2 years ago (OK, it still needs a label), and finished the top from last year’s mystery. There should be nothing stopping me from doing this year’s mystery. But before the retreat I just didn’t think I wanted to start another big quilt since I have several big quilts that I want to finish over the next few months.  But when I got home, there I was pulling fabric from my stash.

Pulling from my stash I ended up with turquoise for the blue, fuchsia for the red and at the moment I’m looking at purple for the green.  But I have subsequently found my stash of lime green fabrics, so I might go with them if there is enough of them.  Of course I could always go to the store, but I pretty much used up my fabric money on the road trip to Jackson back in June.

For the past few weeks I’ve been folding and sorting all of the fabric which has collected around here.  Anything bigger than 10″ x 12″ has been folded and put away — mostly sorted by color, but that’s still a work in progress.  Smaller stuff has been tossed into bags to be cut up into my version of Bonnie’s Scrap Users System. I’m finally getting around to dealing with the scraps I’ve been given over the past few years, my own scraps and those scraps that I bought. What was I thinking!

These bags are much fuller now. I think I’m down to maybe 3 boxes to be sorted, so I need to start cutting.  But my pre-cut boxes are stuffed. So, I’ve stopped and had to sort through those boxes.

This is the “shirt box” size. It was stuffed with 2-1/2″ strips.   I pulled them all out, pressed them, rolled them up by color then bagged them.  There’s plenty of room in the box now.  My 2″ strip box, which is “shoe box” size has even more room. But then again I did pull out anything shorter than 12″ and tossed it into the sacks to be cut up into bricks and blocks.  My brick and block boxes are also being sorted and straightened, although they won’t be put into bags.

 

I will continue working through this process and hopefully do a bit of piecing over the next week.  After Thanksgiving you’ll find me at my sewing machine. I have a Christmas wall hanging I need to finish, and who knows what else I’ll be working on.  I need to find a couple of simple projects to take with me when I visit my sister-in-law.  She’s learning to quilt. At this point I have no idea what I’m going to take. I suppose I need to give that a bit of thought as well.

Quilt Retreat

This past weekend I attended my guilds Fall retreat.  It was held at the Unity Village Hotel and Conference Center here in the metro area.  It was a beautiful facility and the food was fantastic.  I’ve only been a member of the guild since June, so it was an opportunity to get to know the other members.

Unlike other retreats I’ve gone to, I didn’t get my packing done until the morning I was to leave — was because it was only 15 minutes way?  The good news is that I had everything I need, although in retrospect I wish I had taken my Sidewinder as I had to wind my bobbins twice to get the tension right.  I was sewing on my Genie.

When I travel with sewing gear, my personal rule of thumb is that it must all fit in these three bags.

 

The black bag holds my sewing machine extension, seat cushion, a 12 x 18 mat, a 12 x 12 rotating mat, and my larger rulers. The sewing machine bag has plenty of space since I purchased it to fit my big machine and now take my Genie. The square “serger” bag is my project bag. I’m so glad I was talked into buying it. It holds a ton of stuff.  This weekend I had the following projects in it.

  • On Ringo Lake
  • Allietare
  • Candy Sunflower Seeds
  • Now & Later
  • Cascade
  • Postage Stamp Leader/Ender
  • Christmas Wall Hanging
  • Kitted pillowcases and zipper bags

In addition to the above, I had my Ott Light, my stuffed Bionic Gear bag, travel iron and a few other supplies/notions in the serger bag and there was room for more.  But I refrained as the retreat was only from 10 AM Friday to 3 PM Sunday.

So what did I accomplish?

I finished assembling my On Ringo Lake top. It looks wonky, but that’s the way it’s hanging on the wall and there is an air vent behind it.

 

Next, I got the borders on Allietare.

 

Then I pulled out Candy Sunflower Seeds.  The center was done. I just needed to add the borders. Most of the border was pieced.  But I struggled turning the corner with my 4-patches, so I came up with another plan, which took all day and a 2 hour nap to implement.  At this point it measures 51 x 70, so I’m calling it DONE.  It also means I have some of that great brown print to use in another quilt.

I then pulled out something almost mindless. My version of Now & Later. The squares were already sewn to the colored rectangles, so it just needed assembling.  I got this far just as I needed to stop and pack up. This may actually be done, as it measures 48 x 60 and the border print that inspired the colors is way too busy for it.

Of course the whole time I was sewing I was working on my postage stamp quilt.  I sewed my 2-patches into 4-patches, then my 4-patches into 8-patches, then started making 16 patches.  I think there are enough pieces there for 8 more blocks which will bring my total blocks to 32. I’m aiming for at least 72 blocks (64 x 72), so I’m not quite halfway there.