Monday, December 10, 2018

Good Fortune: Clue 3

I would like to say that I finished Clue 3 of Bonnie Hunter's Good Fortune mystery, but I'm not.  I saw the half-chevrons on Friday and cringed.  I seem to do Bonnie's mystery quilts every few years and the years I haven't done them have all had the chevrons.  I still haven't made any of her chevron'ed quilts... I hate to say it by it isn't my favorite piece in quilts.  Now, give me that tri-recs shape?  LOVE those.

beginnings, figuring out the spacing and testing...
Good Fortune pt3

I did start on Friday with cutting, and then some line drawing, and then a little sewing.  Saturday was a the scout Christmas tree lot shift day so I knew I wouldn't be doing any sewing.   It ended up being a 10am-8pm day for Kevin, crazy busy in the morning and he was called in!  I made a spaghetti and meatball dinner along with some pumpkin muffins for our dinner (all paleo) and was ready to start our shift at 2.  I went in an hour early to unwrap trees.  Our day ended with 64 trees sold which was a record (for at least this year), Kevin said he has never seen it that busy.  And it's difficult when a shift is 2 scouts and 2 parents, some know how to tie knots well--which is nice when you are hopefully paired with a more experienced scout/parent.  For some reason shoppers want to be sure their trees arrive home still on their vehicles :)  I'm not a knot person, thankfully Kevin is like a king knotter and Darrin is picking it up.  And we are now officially done with our required 6 shifts!

Good Fortune pt3
My greens along with the first two clues...

Back to sewing... Sunday I did bits and pieces throughout the day.  At this point it should be easy sailing with just sewing the other side, my lines are already drawn.  I am guessing there will be an opposite side to this half-chevron and I will take that in stride as well.

Good Fortune pt3

Linking up here with other Good Fortune mystery sewists: http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2018/12/mystery-monday-link-up-part-3.html

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Mystery Clue 2 and Holiday Sewing

Tada!
Good Fortune Mystery Sewing

Sunday I finished my Clue two for Good Fortune.  I now have five days to clip off the dog ears.  Before I began this clue, I had to hem a shirt I had made earlier in the weekend.  Changing out the bobbin, I believe I won this round of "bobbin thread chicken"!  A little more than an inch was left from my last sewing!
Good Fortune Mystery Sewing

I really enjoy using my Easy Angle ruler. I have tried every HST method, and it actually surprises me that this is my preferred method. I learned how to use it when I went to my first Bonnie retreat in 2017 and I've been hooked ever since. It really opens up not having to deal with that extra 3/8" and I can use 2.5" pre-cut strips that I have on hand.
Good Fortune Mystery Sewing

A couple of miles of HTS's behind my machine :)
Good Fortune Mystery Sewing

Monday Link-Up:  https://quiltville.blogspot.com/2018/12/mystery-monday-link-up-part-2.html

This is what I sewed on Friday, and it took until Sunday to finish hemming.  I really tried with this pattern.  It was my first go with it, and a patterned striped knit to boot... uffda.  I thought I had the side seams aligned (nope) and I thought that I had the sleeves on the correct stripe (nope).  For the sleeves, I was paying attention to the red stripe pattern and not the reindeer/snowflake changes.

...and then! I was attempting to try out my serger for a blind hem stitch and mucked up the edging on a sleeve.  I need to invest in a coverstitch in 2019.  OTHER THAN USER ERROR: I love the pattern and it truly is an easy sew!  I did the scoop neck, 3/4 sleeve version first along with the full-bust pattern and it is just right.  When I originally purchased the pattern, I was 45lbs heavier and my measurements were at the top end.  Today it fits just right.  I think I may cut some of my black DBP knit and make a simple black tee.  I don't know why I jumped right in with the patterned version first (I think I found this fabric on sale a couple of years ago).  The sleeve cuff ends bug me, but I don't think it's any worse than RTW clothing available to buy.
Love Notions "Classic Tee"
You can find the $5 pattern here:  Classic Tee

Sunday, November 25, 2018

A Weekend of Projects

This weekend was going to start with me working on Bonnie Hunter's mystery "Good Fortune", but it was derailed by other sewing things until Sunday.  I still have more four patches to make, and I plan to have that finished before the next clue comes out on Friday.

I love reds.... and I love spinning the seams so that will nest properly when it all goes together.
Good Fortune Good Fortune
I need to sort through some current scrappy strips from Madame Rouge to finish up with the four patches:
Good Fortune

I haven't decided yet if I will just do a half-quilt or the full mystery quilt.  At least four patches can be used in anything so they won't go to waste.

The day after Thanksgiving is always the Boy Scouts tree lot setup day, and usually I put our tree up on that day.  I haven't done that yet this year, perhaps next week.  Before Kevin left, he showed me a fleece beanie cap that he had bought for Darrin and himself (but Daniel ended up claiming one leaving Dad with none) and asked if this would be an easy item to make.  I put aside my first mystery clue sew to play with a beanie pattern.  It was pretty easy to make and then I learned how to do a blind hem stitch on my serger.  I had to play around with it so I had the fabrics going the right way for the hem, but what a great feature.  I think it is also called a flatlock stitch, but in the fleece that is hard to tell.

Here is the sewing I started the weekend with (Madame Rouge in the background):

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Beanie Caps
I ended up sewing the troop patch onto the grey beanie. I wore the pink one for our tree lot shift last night and it was warm enough. I may choose a thicker fleece beanie for our next shift in two weekends.

This coming Wednesday is Darrin's first band concert and I had totally forgotten about finding a white shirt, black pants and shoes!  I decided to try out the thrift shop first and we lucked out!  The pants will only be good for this year (length), but the shirt and shoes should be able to see a couple of years of concerts.  If I had hit the shop on 1/2 price day, the cost would have been even better but I'm not complaining about $23 for these items.
Thrifty
Daniel was thrilled to find a guitar with an American flag on it :)  We also did our annual ornament hunt at the Hallmark shop.  Our local shop was suppose to close, but they were able to renegotiate the lease.  I am really glad because I'm not sure where the next closest one is.  Our original shop that we started our tradition with closed down when Darrin was 3, so we've been going to this one for the past 8yrs.

It's been a full weekend!

Link up day!
http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2018/11/mystery-monday-link-up-and-cyber-monday.html

Monday, November 5, 2018

Catching up with a couple of finishes

I am not sure what has happened to my quilting bug.  It has waned on and off over the years, but it seems like the past 5yrs it has really taken a nosedive.  I am trying to keep it fresh--or as fresh as I can... and boy I can find some great projects that really excite me... however, the doing part!

After finishing up Daniel's Eagle Scout quilt, I was drained.  I joined in on the Humble Quilts doll quilt exchange, I enjoy that one with hopes it would spark something.  And I think it did get me going to work on Stitch Happens.  I started two of these, one (pic below) is a quilt I gave as a birthday gift to a dear friend.  I had planned to give her the other one however (still not finished), but I wasn't happy with the quilting (I admit I am too critical of myself) so I went with straight line quilting on this one--and it still wasn't the way I wanted.  Shift Happened vs Stitch Happens.  It's still a great pattern though.
Stitch Happens

Here is the little quilt (18" square) that I created for the Teal Mini Swap which is an Ovarian Cancer fundraiser:
Teal Mini Swap Sent

My partner likes cats, The Broncos, orange, rabbits.  Perfect.. I love using orange, and I planned right away to create something with a cat.

Here is the transition I went through as I created this quilt:
I first sketched out an idea with flying geese and a cat under a tree.  My tree in the sketch was larger and this just wasn't working for me.
Teal Mini Creating

The next step involved looking for a paper pieced cat pattern, and craftsy has some great ones in silhouette.  Adding the butterfly was needed.
Teal Mini Creating Teal Mini Creating

Overall I am pleased with how it turned out.  My quilting wasn't perfect, but it was ok.


Here is the quilt I received from my partner:
Teal Mini Swap Received
I love how it turned out.  For a first time experience with this exchange, I had a good time with it and I may do it again in the future.

My current project:
I am currently working on a new quilt called Madame Rouge by French General.  It's a very simple string quilt (though the strings are suppose to match up, so not quite so freewheeling).  I finished the top on Saturday and will show that one in the near future.  I have an idea in mind for quilting already--that rarely happens!  Looking at the sidebar of how many quilts I have started this year, I am surely lacking in creativity!  I do plan to do Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt this year--how can I not?  She has orange in it :)   Here's to hoping that the new year I get some sparks of creativity lit under me again.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Humble Quilts Doll Quilt Exchange

I once again joined the Humble Quilts Doll Quilt Swap. I received a wonderful quilt from Cynthia Nanto.  I love the fabric designs she used and how she focused fun prints into the four patches.
Humble Quilts Doll Quilt Swap

This year my little doll quilt flew all the way to France! I mailed the one on the right to Cecile, and I made a 2nd(left, with the binding still needing to be sewn) for myself. The background fabrics I used with the baskets is too dark/busy, I should have used the wrong side instead.
Humble Quilts Doll Quilt Swap

I also made a little clutch pouch with an extra basket block to mail the little quilt in:
Humble Quilts Doll Quilt Swap Humble Quilts Doll Quilt Swap
Kids can be like pets with photo bombing!  It took three takes to have just the pouch and no teenager :)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A Finish: Four Patch Woolies

Four Patch Woolies
I was attracted to this quilt a year or so ago when Keepsake Quilting was having a 50% off sale on kits.  This is one of three four patch patterns by Bonnie Sullivan in a booklet called All Through The Night.  I could have easily purchased a jelly roll and background fabric for less, but whatever.  Sometimes I don't think things through all the way, but at least it was on sale.

Four Patch Woolies
The Flannel fabrics are from the Woolies line, printed to look like suiting, houndstooth, and checked wool fabrics.  For the backing fabric, I chose not to do flannel. As much as I love flannel, it does make a quilt heavy.  I found a great homespun on sale that I think works well with the Woolies.

Four Patch Woolies

I'm thinking if I had put the quilt on our grass for a picture, the colors may represent better, but I'm not a professional photographer so this will do :)  This quilt will be used as a throw in the trailer, hopefully we'll be able to go camping in it soon!

Monday, April 16, 2018

A Return to Hexies

I can hardly believe it... I have enough background hexies now basted and ready to finish up my flower garden quilt.  One thing is for sure, the background matches the weather!  I have some spring flowers in bloom, but that constant grey and rainy weather we've been having!

I get to the point that I don't even want to look at another hexagon, so this project sits (beside my chair!) for years until I decide to pick it back up again.

I only have four rows left to sew, hopefully this will be the year that it falls off the UFO list. Here is the last photo I took of the progress, July 1, 2016:
Row 5/9 completed

I didn't sew anything in regards to this project for nearly 2yrs.  On the pink piece of paper I tried to figure how many more I needed.  Right now I have 366, but I only needed 352.  I am undecided if I want to grow this quilt beyond the current plan so I am keeping that as an option.  I was considering a scrappy colored ring around the grey.  But considering this quilt project is 17yrs old, I may just be happy with a single grey edge.

I am really glad I took a picture of my blocks laid out, and then clipped together/numbered the flower blocks when I finally decided on the layout.  That cut down on any future confusion I would have had :)

Flickr is driving me crazy today.  First it wouldn't upload my box of hexies, now it is uploading it multiple times from my phone.  I've already deleted 8 copies of the image, hopefully it will stop.  Happy Monday!