Each year, Bonnie Hunter gives her blog followers a free mystery quilt pattern. The mystery begins the day following Thanksgiving and a new clue is given each week until it is completed. She gives the fabric requirements earlier along with numbers for paint chips that are available at Lowe’s. The paint chips are the colors she used in her quilt. She posted the “Introduction” on October 9 which includes the paint chip numbers and pictures of the fabrics she used in her quilt. She chose colors that she saw in the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.
Last year I made the Celtic Solstice mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter’s blog. I was able to find all the fabric colors I needed for the quilt in my fabric stash. I enjoyed the process very much and want to follow along again this year. I was hoping to find all the fabrics from my stash again. I picked up the paint chips last week. These are the fabrics I pulled from my stash for the new quilt, “Grand Illusion”. Bonnie makes scrappy quilts, so if I need to add a bit more fabric it will still look great.
My fabrics are not a perfect match to the paint chips but are actually closer in color than they appear in the picture.
I will be blogging about my progress with the quilt as I do each step. Would you like to join me? Click the links above to see Bonnie’s blog and to get the fabric requirements.
This is the view from my new sewing room window. It has been a big change for me, moving into the city after living in the country my entire life. My sewing room is the bonus room upstairs. I now am able to have all my sewing supplies in one room, including my quilt frame. The room is still not completely organized but it is getting better. I am going to go to Ikea and buy book shelves and storage furniture to match the tables I have in the room. I will post pictures when it is completed.
I have found time to make a Christmas wall hanging and also a small pumpkin wall hanging in my new sewing room. The pumpkins were a kit that I bought at a quilt show, put away and forgot for a few years. The kit surfaced during the move and I made it last Sunday afternoon.
This picture was taken this morning from my front porch. The leaves have been changing since the picture was taken from my sewing room window and are beautiful! There is another fountain to the right but can’t be seen from this angle.
I have missed blogging since the move. I hope to be more productive in my quilting this winter and will share it with you on the blog.
I haven’t posted for quite some time but I have a good reason. We have been moving from north western Ohio to Columbus, Ohio. We bought a house in Columbus, just one mile from our daughter’s home in Gahanna. We didn’t really expect to move as soon as we did, but everything happened quickly.
Our family had been pushing us to move closer since the grand children have been born. Our son lives near his in-laws but our daughter and her husband had no family nearby. Jennifer was especially insistent that we move closer to all of them.
We drove down to Jennifer’s house (a three hour drive each way) to look at some houses in late June. We had a few requirements such as a master bedroom and laundry on the first floor. Most of the houses in her area are two story with laundry in the basement. We were scheduled to visit 7 or 8 houses and had expanded our search to the neighboring town of Blacklick. We were expecting to make several trips to the area to look at homes during the summer.
The first two houses we viewed were in Gahanna and were awful! I said, ” I’m not moving if I have to live in one of those!” The third house we viewed was just inside Columbus and had almost everything we wanted and was only 3 years old. We went on to see several more houses in Blacklick, which were nice. We found ourselves comparing all of them to the third house. When we arrived at the last house on the list, we told our realtor that we decided we did not want to live in Blacklick but would like to see the third house again. He scheduled a visit to see it again the next day.
After we toured the house and yard again, we made an offer. The owner had until 5:00 PM the next day to accept or reject our offer. She accepted the offer but countered with an earlier closing date, July 11. From that time on, everything happened at top speed!
A friend of Jennifer had just moved and had lots of empty boxes he gave us. We needed many more boxes though! Bob made a couple trips to Lowes and Menards to buy totes and moving boxes. The task of packing was over whelming. We had lived in our house for 41 years and had accumulated too many things! Every cupboard and closet was full and the new house has fewer closets and cupboards but it has a basement!
We are still unpacking and deciding what we really need and what we can let go. For now, it is going in the basement. If we don’t use it in the next few months, we plan to get rid of it.
I have a beautiful new sewing room. It it is the only room that is upstairs. It is a large bonus room facing the street. Across the street there is a large pond with two fountains and a gazebo area with a picnic table and benches. Just around the corner and across the street from the pond is a small playground for children.
We have met several of our neighbors and they are all very friendly. I’m hoping to find a friendly quilt guild soon and make some new quilting friends too.
My next project is to unpack and arrange my sewing room. I hope to have a new quilting project to show you soon!
Bob gave me a Hunter’s Star die for my Accuquilt Go cutter last Christmas. I made a sample block and loved the way it went together. I decided to use this die to cut out a quilt for my newest grandson, Ezra. I have had a bundle of 6 Lily and Will fat quarters along with coordinating background yardage that I was keeping for something special. I decide this was the “something special”. I had to purchase fabric for borders and a quilt was born!
I was able to cut out two blocks from each FQ using the background fabric for the contrasting fabric.
With a big move coming soon, I got busy and made the rows for June and July this week. I don’t know when I will have time to sew for a while and don’t want to get too far behind.
The June block is a row of hockey skates. The blades are appliqued but the rest of the blocks are pieced. The July block is a row of mugs with steam rising above. Again, the handles of the mugs and the steam are appliqued.I chose to use a different fabric for each mug and have switched to a white background for these two rows. The reason for the change in background fabric is because I am running out of the blue. The white is also from my stash and has white on white snowflakes and stars with a bit of blue.
I made a Dr. Seuss quilt using two different panels of fabric. The large image of the cat was one panel and the smaller sections were another panel. I did not have a pattern for this quilt. I pieced the checker board sections and the stripes plus the blue sashing to fill in between the blocks. I quilted it with a large meandering pattern.
I saved the best for last! This is my granddaughter Samantha, the recipient of the quilt.
I finished the Great Granny Sew Along quilt top today. All the fabrics for this quilt top came from my scraps and stash.
We were given our choice of two ways to finish the top. I chose Kim’s version. Both quilts used the same size pieces. The only difference is how they are sewn together.
I plan to put it on the quilt frame later this week or next week after Memorial Day.
Some of my Piecemakers friends and I went to the quilt show at Sauder Village on Saturday, May 3. We enjoyed viewing all the beautiful quilts and watching the demonstrations of new quilt products. The demo that caught my eye was the quilt pattern “Night Sky” and the accompanying ruler, “Sidekick” by Jaybird Quilts. Each block in the quilt uses four shades of the same color. Four fat quarters will make six blocks. I have the perfect fat quarter bundle for this pattern. Last Christmas, Bob gave me a Robert Kaufman Fat Quarter Bundle in Farmer’s Market Colorstory. It contains solid color fat quarters in 23 different shades of green.
I do not want to use black background as shown in the pattern because the darkest FQs are very dark. As usual, my daughter had a great idea for the color of the background fabric. She said the blocks reminded her of water lilies and suggested a blue background. I will expand that theme a bit and make one block in shades of pink to represent a water lily flower.
My next step in the construction of this quilt will be a trip to the quilt shop to choose background fabric and some pink fat quarters.
Stay tuned for the finished quilt, hopefully soon!
I worked on a quilt for our newest grandson for about a month, a little a time. I had to think and rethink how to design a quilt with hot air balloons to go in the room that he shares with his big (2 year old) brother. I found some balloon designs online at EmbroideryDesigns and purchased them. I used thread colors to match the colors in fabric I was using in the border and to match colors in other decorations in the room.
I machine embroidered the blocks, assembled them into a quilt top and quilted it. After the quilting was finished, I thought there was too much empty space on it. I drew some small hot air balloons and hand appliqued them on the quilt. I also drew a larger balloon in three sections and appliqued it on the quilt. Before appliqueing them, I machine stitched outline stitches with black thread to co-ordinate with the embroidered blocks.
I finished the quilt and gave it him when we visited on Easter weekend.
The quilt will hang on the wall above his crib.
A new sew along began on April 21. We were away visiting our children and grandbabies for a few days and I didn’t start my first block until the end of the week. I finished my basket block on Sunday and cut out the yarn block too. On Monday I put the second block together. I have to admit, I didn’t know what the crochet hook block was until I read the blog. (I thought it was an arrow. lol)
I am using 1930’s reproduction fabrics leftover from the barn blocks I made last year. I may have to use a few fat quarters from my collection before this sew along is finished.
If you want to join the sew along, it can be found on the Jolly Jabber blog. There are two settings for the blocks. I plan to use the setting by Kimberly.
Crochet hook and balls of yarn
The top is finished! The original pattern has another border. I decided to not put the last border on my quilt. I like that the pieced border is more prominent without another border on the outside edge.
I have enjoyed making this quilt entirely from my scraps. The white background came from my stash and scraps also.
I am going to use bleached muslin for the backing and a pieced binding on the finished quilt.
Lori Holt will host another sew along, Great Granny Squared, beginning on April 21 that will go for five weeks. We will be using her new book, Great Granny Squared as the manual for this quilt. The sew along is free but you will need the book for pattern instructions.
The last block of the quilt was posted on Monday. The pattern has hand embroidery on this block but I chose not to add it to mine.
The bee block is in the center of the middle section. Next Monday we will be given the finishing instructions. There will be a pieced border around the entire quilt.
Did you celebrated National Quilting Day on Saturday? I spent the day with friends at the Gathering of Quilters in Fort Wayne. I have gone to the Gathering for several years and think this was the best I have attended. The quilts in the show were wonderful and there was a nice mix of vendors. Of course I had to purchase some goodies. I found two (new to me) panels to make cloth books for Eli and Samantha. Kris and I found a pattern with templates for a different style dresden plate block. We both purchased it and made a block when we went home. You can see Kris’ block here.
I pulled fabric from my stash to try the block. I haven’t stitched it to a background fabric or stitched the circle to the block.
The name of the pattern is “Dresden Star” by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. The pattern and templates can be purchased at her online store under Traditional Quilt Patterns.
The original pattern for this Block of the Month is made with 2 1/2 inch squares and half square triangles. Again, I don’t want to piece the background fabrics that I can cut in one solid piece so I made a few changes. I wanted more variety of fabrics within the tree so I did piece the 2 1/2 inch squares of green fabric. I’m not entirely happy with my fabric choices.
It’s not too late to join in the fun. You can find the tree pattern at Quilt Doodle Doodles.
The blocks are starting to fit together to complete the Quilty Fun Sew Along quilt. There are three sections in the quilt. I am still making blocks for the center section but the two edge sections are almost complete. The section on the right will have flower blocks on the bottom.
Today I made the 17th set of blocks, the mittens.
Every week we can put pictures of our blocks on a Flicker group, Quilty Fun Sew Along to be eligible for prizes . On Monday, three winners are announced. One of the prizes each week is a package of “Alphabitties”. They are little laminated cards with the letters of the alphabet and ten numbers.. I was lucky enough to win a pack of Alphabitties. I used them for the first time today when I cut out the mitten blocks. I found they were very helpful.. This is how I used them.
These are the rest of the blocks I have made since the last blog post.
When Bob and I saw our grandson Eli sitting on an upside down colander to watch TV, we decided to buy him a chair for Christmas.
We found a small green rocking chair that is just the right size for him. The back and seat are made of slates with a small space between each slat. We gave him the chair for Chrismas. The first time he sat in the chair, he put a finger between the slats and said “broke” as he jumped out of the chair. He would not sit on it unless we put a blanket on the seat. Of course grandma knew just what to do…make a chair pad for him.
He loves tractors and I had a few scraps of John Deere fabric left over from his tractor quilt. I made a pad for the back and the seat with leftover quilt batting for padding. I did not have the chair available when I made the pads but I had taken measurements before giving it to him. I also had a limited amount of John Deere fabric and was hoping it would be large enough to cover the seat. It turned out to be just the right size.
Here it is with our precious grandson and his teddy bear.
I made the 13th block today and realized that I haven’t posted pictures of the sew along since November. I am still working with fabrics from my scrap bag. I added some bright scraps to the original polka dot fabrics I used for the first few blocks.
To see a larger picture, click on the picture. Here they are in no particular order.
I am trying to stay on top of the blocks of the month this year, but it’s only February. I hope I can keep it up all year. The pattern for the February block has been posted and mine is finished!
Again, I did not follow the directions completely. I cut the pieces that were supposed to be the same color in rectangles rather than 2 1/2 inch squares. My blocks don’t have the scrappy look but I’m fine with that. I am using fabrics from my scrap bag so the quilt will have a scrappy look when all the blocks are finished.
I’m loving the simplicity of the blocks in this BOM. You can find the pattern here until the end of February.
The snow drift is a high as the dog house and the top of the bottom post on the deck steps. You can see the temperature is below zero. I am SO READY for spring!
When it snows, I stay inside and sew. I made a tractor block from the Bee In My Bonnet blog. The tutorial is no longer on the site but I had copied the cutting directions before it was removed. I didn’t save a picture so I had to use my puzzle solving skills to put it together. It still needs a steering wheel embroidered on it.
This will go with the barn blocks I made last year. I am going to make a few more barns with a silo to add the the other blocks..
Here we go again! I found a cute, free, BOM that I just had to make. I made a few changes to the construction of the blocks but not the appearance. For Christmas, Bob gave me a Snowball die for my Accuquilt Go Cutter that is the same size as the snowman face. Rather than cut lots of two inch squares and sew them back together, I used the die to cut the white fabric. It also cut the blue fabric for the corners on the white squares. I cut strips for the side pieces of the block rather then piece them. The eyes are 3/4 inch black buttons. I sewed the buttons onto the faces before I joined the blocks together.
The pattern is from Quilt Doodle Doodles. The directions are very clear and easy to follow. I think I have found a new favorite blog to follow!
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