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Design Wall Monday – After Thanksgiving Edition

Since we are talking Thanksgiving weekend, naturally we have to start with the Quiltville Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter. This year’s quilt is Chilhowie. Information on the quilt can be found HERE.  All though the clue was not difficult, it took me all weekend to get it done.  Once the clue came out, I decided I wanted another piece of white batik.  My SIL and I went to Stitch-in-Frame in Bovina, Mississippi.  It’s about a 45 minute drive.  Afterwards we went on to Vicksburg for lunch at Rusty’s – awesome catfish and we split a Mississippi Mud Brownie.

We’ve been hearing about how low the Mississippi River is low. It’s about 10 feet where historically it is closer to 13 or 14.  This picture was taken at 2:47.

Just a few minutes later – 3:01 the fog started rolling in.  I finally started working on the quilt Friday evening.

Saturday morning, after receiving notice that my nephew’s quilt top is on the way to me, I pulled out Baubles-n-Beads to get it quilted. I started by pulling out all my gold thread. I apparently have quite a variety. LtoR: Mocha, Khaki, Biscotti, Sand, Dijon, Military Gold, Buttercup and Vegas Gold.  That’s Bombay on the far right which I used in the background.  I ended up using Sand since it matched the topstitching on the quilt.

It was after I finished the quilting on Baubles-n-Beads that I worked on Chilhowie.  I ended up with 18 HST, which still need trimming for Rivanna, my Leader/Ender project.\

 

On my design wall proper I  have blocks for 2 quilts.  The black and bright blocks are from the Pizza Block challenge I participated in with Quilters By Hearts Desire. I have one more block to make.  The blocks on the right are from the 2021 Starlight Quilters BOM.  I still have a few more blocks to make. My goal is to get this quilt finished by December 6th.

A Shopping Expedition / Chilhowie

Yesterday I drove a little over an hour to Brookhaven, Mississippi to shop at a new-to-me quilt shop –Gardensong.  This shop has everything, including an awesome collection of batiks.

Many of you know that Bonnie Hunter released the colors for this year’s Quiltville Mystery quilt, Chilhowie.  My personal rule is I can’t start a new mystery quilt until the last one I started is finished.  I finished Frolic , the 2019 mystery, last week. I posted about it Friday. Information about this year’s mystery can be found HERE.

While I was in Lowe’s for the 3rd or 4th time in as many days, I picked up the color cards. When I got home, I discovered I had the PERFECT greens left over from a quilt I made a couple of years ago. I wouldn’t have to buy any.  The lavender fabric (from the same quilt) is a bit lighter than the paint chips, but why not?  I need a few more pieces of the lavender, lighter oranges, and the neutrals – if I can find them “locally”.

 

Gardensong did not disappoint.  I’m so glad the shop is over an hour away.  It’s close enough to get to, but yet far enough away I can’t just drop in on a whim.

Finish It Friday

On this Finish It Friday I have 2 quilts to share.  First up is my Atomic Starburst, shown here hanging in my foyer on the new hanging rod.

This is one of three quilts I made with the FQ Bundle of Radiance + 10 ‘solids’.   I’ve finished Shimmer, and still need to quilt Bauble ‘n Beads.

In each of the diamonds I placed a motif from a Double Wedding Ring Melon, then morphed it to fit the diamond. I did ruler work in the sashings and the starburst blocks.

 

My other finish this Friday is my 2019-2020 Quiltville Mystery quilt, Frolic.

I enlarged it and changed up the borders.  It measured 118″ x 118″ before I quilted and washed it. Here it is hanging on my 12-foot quilting frame. I opted to do an all over Edge-to-Edge design called Fresco Feathers.

I only have 8-foot ceilings, so I don’t wait a minute, I have vaulted ceilings in my den, I might be able to get a straight on picture — if I had something wide enough to hang it on.  I’ll have to think on that for another time. Here it is on my driveway before binding.

I bought a wide backing, but it wasn’t wide enough, so I added in a strip with ‘extra’ blocks.  In reality I made those specifically for the backing.

 

July 2022 Road Trip Fabric

While in Kansas City, my SIL and I did a quilt shop hop of our own making.  I knew I wanted to go to Hunters Quilt Mart in Centerview, Missouri since the batiks were on sale. I am making Bonnie Hunter’s Rivanna in batiks on black.  I picked up 18 of the batiks at Hunters and more at other shops during the week.  Since I’ve been home I’ve brought my total count up to 30.

The pictures are sorted by ‘quilt’, not shops and are not in the order I visited the shops.  The Magnolia, gold, cream and gold & green piece I found at Hunters. I think the dark green, almost black I found at Stitch On in Lawrence, Kansas and the bottom green on green was in the bucket I won at the Guild meeting! It’s going to be the backing.  As I look at this picture I think I have an extra fabric.

The stripe in the middle I found at Missouri Star, which is where I picked up the pattern Quartered Stripes. The purple fabric I bought on a whim while I was at Hunter’s. Later that week we called and ordered the rest of the bolt as we discovered it works so well with several fabrics we picked up.

The final stack of fabric is from a variety of shops and are not for specific projects.  The solids were on the clearance rack at Hunters. the FQs I bought at Mes Amis in New Orleans. The black on white I found at KC Maker Studio.

Tuesday we stopped in at Show-Me-Quilting in Raytown, MO specifically to pick up a couple of things I ordered on line — the book and blue fabric in the left picture. I picked up some cork to use in bag making and found fabric on clearance for the quilt, binding and backing. Of course now that I look at the stripe, I’m not sure it will work well for the Quarter Stripes quilt.

Purchased at Mes Amis, the tiger stripe will be the backing to the purple, yellow & white Athena I’m making. The green backing I picked up at Missouri Star to make tablecloths. I’m not sure where I found the red buttons. I purchased it for the centers of a log cabin quilt, but then opted for another fabric.

I love these waterlilies and dragonflies.  The prints I picked up at Missouri Star, there’s that purple again from Hunters. I’m not sure where I picked up the pink/lavender.

At Prairie Point Quilt and Fabric Shop in Lenexa, Kansas I picked up fabric to make a blouse and the pattern for a bag. The bag fabric came from KC Maker Studio off the clearance rack.

Notions from Mes Amis, KC Maker Studio and Missouri Star, thread from Hunter’s Quilt Mark, and the barn wood star from the grocery store in Hamilton, Missouri.

I’m happy to report that the tablecloths are made.

And I’ve started on Rivanna.  I’m using it as my leader/ender project.  Lots of HST, so I’m working on them one color at a time. 3 down and 27 to go.

A Weekend of Quilting and Flowers

My second Easy Breezy is bound.  A couple of weeks ago I quilted it in either Lilac or Lavender wt Glide thread using the E2E design Dragonfly Dance.  I used the left over backing from Violet’s quilt and used it as the piping as well.  The quilt measures 40 x 48.

My little mini hex quilt is quilted. Now I have to figure out how to bind it.  I’m leaning towards a facing.

This 2008 Retreat block swap quilt. This used up the last of the roll of batting. I used 40 wt Glide in Magic Mint. The E2E design is Dragonfly Dance. I hope to get this bound to take to the Guild meeting on the 6th.

I’ve been working backwards through the weekend which brings me to this blue and green Strip Twist quilt. I didn’t pay attention to the width of the quilt backing when I purchased it. I just loved the colors.  It is a 108″ wide backing by Quilting Treasures. I finished the quilt after I purchased the backing and made it 105″ square. It was after I had the backing loaded that I realized I was going to have trouble.   So I stapled, yes stapled, a 12″ piece of muslin to the top of the backing and loaded the quilt about 1″ from the edge.  When I got to the bottom of the quilt I stapled another piece of muslin to the backing. That’s the bottom edge at the bottom of the picture.  I squeezed in a 105″ quilt on a 108″ backing, but I’d rather not do that again.

 

The previous owner planted these flowers.

This is my Autumn Twist Azalea.

 

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This is the 2nd Painted Lady Hibiscus, which I got planted Saturday morning.  I still need to move two of my gardenias and figure out where to put my hydrangea.

A Quilting Challenge – Really?!!

I’m living in a house which has NO room completed, so naturally, I’m going to participate in my quilt guild’s UFO Challenge.  I’ve picked 12 quilts which need to be completed and shown by December 5th, 2022.

1- Hand Quilted White Work. This is my oldest quilt “top” from sometime in 2005.  I took a hand quilting class in preparation to quilt my DWR.

2 – QIAD Green & Cream Swap from the fall of 2006. It’s my 3rd oldest UFO.

3 – Johnny’s Strip Twist.  I started this at a quilt retreat in 2016. I had problems with my 1/4″ seam, so started over. I have enough sections to make at least 2 quilts.

4 – Pink & Black Auction Crazy Strings. I bought the blocks at an auction in 2018. This will be the 3rd quilt I’ve made from them. I pulled the fabrics when I thought I was going to a Sit-n-Sew in December so I’m counting it.

5 – Christmas Wall Hanging. My SIL and I purchased the fabric for this quilt at the same time — July 2018.  Hers is finished, I have part of 1 block done.

6 – Frolic the 2019 Quiltville Mystery Quilt. This looks like it just needs to be quilted.  But I need to make the backing bigger, so I’ll be making more blocks.

7 – Baubles ‘N Beads – I made this top in August 2020 and just need to quilt it.

8 – Shimmer – I’m using the leftover fabric from Bauble ‘N Beads and Atomic Starburst to make this quilt. I started it  August 2020.

9 – Atomic Starburst – the top was completed in March 2021, which is why it’s listed after Shimmer.

10 – MQA BOM – I finished the quilt top the end of September 2021 – so it is possible to piece with the house torn apart.

11 – Ruby’s Sampler – I started this the New Year’s Eve 2020. I still need to write up the patterns for the blocks and of course finish making the top.  I need to make 4 more blocks.

12 – SQG BOM – The first block came out February 2021. I made 3 blocks before I stopped sewing last year to start packing.  I didn’t get a picture of the 3rd block.

In addition to the above I’m participating in a Pizza Box Challenge – one block a month with one of my guilds & I’m considering a mystery quilt with the other guild.  The retreat usually has a lotto block – I’ll try to make one; a swap block – I’ll probably skip this time; and a mystery quilt – which I may not do either.

My goal is to not start anything new, but now that I think about it, there’s a pot holder and possibly a sweatshirt jacket in my future.

 

 

Design Wall Monday – 4/12/21

Sunday afternoon I decided I need to get back in the sewing room to make some progress and so there was something to post for Design Wall Monday.  So, 6 rows of my second Easy Breezy top was sewn together.  I have 2 more rows made, I just didn’t get them attached.  During this assembly process, I made my final 2 Easy Breezy blocks.

My short absence from the sewing room was due to more de-cluttering.

My first stop was the linen closet. Still way too many towels for any one person, but it’s so much better than it was.   One large bag of older towels was hauled to the pet shelter. The sheets which no longer fit my deeper mattress gone.

Then I started on other “low hanging fruit” as the saying goes. My husbands shoes, the stuff in the bottom dresser drawer that I haven’t worn in 20 years, the clothes that have been hanging around because “we might lose enough weight” to get into them. Ha!

This week I’m going to focus on the boxes in my husband’s office.  I need to get them out to I can get to the musical instruments.  It’s time to sell them.  Anyone want to buy a marimba?

 

  • 350 Challenge April = 20
  • 350 Challenge Cumulative = 202
  • Easy Breezy = 144

I Jinxed Myself

Yes, after bragging about having 4 correct corners yesterday I proceeded to turn one the wrong way when I sewed the block together.  Fortunately with just ripping out a couple of seams I was able to turn the unit and finished the block correctly.

I then went on to make 2 more blocks bringing my total of correctly made blocks to 23.  I also made 2 more Easy Breezy blocks.

Looks like I’ve hit a milestone with my 350 Challenge — 200 blocks

  • 350 Challenge April = 18
  • 350 Challenge Cumulative = 200
  • Easy Breezy = 142

Correct Corners

Since I’ve started going back to the gym, I’m only gone for a little over an hour, but it sure has eaten into my quilting time.  That’s because I’m still wiped out. It was a little better Monday (day 3), not that I have a finished blocks to show for it.  I do however have correctly made corner units. 

 

I rooted around in my yardage and decided the second Easy Breezy quilt will be red.  Both quilts will have the pink floral as the backing. I haven’t decided if I’m going to try and load them both at the same time or not.  Either way, I plan on using “Leather” as my thread color.

I have the 4 extra Easy Breezy blocks cut to use as my leader/ender for a little bit longer. My postage stamp quilt is my backup L/E.  I’ve been working on it since the Spring of 2011.

 

I have 25 blocks made (in the bag) and enough quarter units for 10 more blocks.

 

Design Wall Monday – 4/5/21

Since this past July, I’ve made 140 Easy Breezy blocks – the Quiltville Leader/Ender project for 2020-2021. Yesterday afternoon, I decided I’d make two smaller quilts and found this caramel colored fabric in my stash. The first top is complete. I’ll try to get it loaded on the frame later this week.

As for the second quilt, I have a slightly lighter colored fabric, but I think I may dig deeper. Since I decided to make 2 quilts, I need to make 4 more Easy Breezy blocks.

As for Shimmer.  I may have to break down and buy more fabric.

Yes, I messed up again!  This goes to show you shouldn’t sew when you are tired.  The good news(?) is these 2 messed units are the same blue that is in the other messed up block, and I’ve found at least 3 shops online with the fabric in stock.  Given I only need 1/4 yard of the fabric, I think I’m going to wait to order it after I get the rest of the blocks made.  I only want to pay for shipping once.

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