Sunday, December 28, 2014


Fabric used this week  7.375 yards
Fabric used year to date  222 yards
Fabric added this week  9 yards
Fabric added year to date  63.875 yards
Net used 2014  158.125 yards

My last "used" fabric of the year is from the baby quilt and table runner that I completed.  My favourite neighbourhood LQS, Quilts on Plum Lane, had their annual after Christmas sale today - everything 30% off.  I picked up some yellow fabrics to add to my stash, one bright kids print that DH found and the rest was background fabrics, so that I can make my scraps pop, as I try to use up all the small pieces of fabric and leftover strips. 

I have some more fabric ordered, but it won't arrive until January, so I'll have to start the year in the red!!!!!

I'm please with my stash usage, and I'll try to improve on my numbers next year!

Check out the stash reports at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Friday, December 26, 2014


I had stitched some fan units made from left-over 30's fabrics, so I decided to complete the project before starting anything new.  I added the quarter circle centre to each one, then added background triangles to 2 of the sides.  I stitched 2 sets of 4 fans, and 2 sets of 2 fans, then cut a rectangle of background fabric to fit, along with some corner triangles and came up with a table runner.
The appliques were leftover from a vest panel that I bought about 20 years ago for $1.  I made the vest to donate to my guild for the quilt show boutique and brought the appliques south.  I hand stitched them to the runner, using lovely silk thread.
I stitched a double grid (thanks Inbox Jaunt for great quilting ideas), then stitched a wavy fill in the alternate squares.  I stitched some flowers in the centre row, and echo stitched around the appliques.

Once this was completed, I cut yellow, aqua, black and pink squares and complete part 5 of Bonnie's mystery quilt.  The rest will have to wait until we return south, as we're heading north to assist on the "big move" to DS and DDIL's first house.

Monday, December 22, 2014


I guess I'll start with step 4 of Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion mystery quilt.  I began cutting pieces on Friday afternoon, and by Saturday noon, I had them all stitched and pressed, ready for next Friday's clue!
Then I took out my bags of batting scraps, and pieced a batting for another panel baby quilt.  I used the same green for binding as I used on the previous one....  Usually I choose binding fabrics for each panel that I bring south, but this year, it completely slipped my mind.  I might have to buy fabric to complete the remaining panels!  This panel is artwork from Susan Wheeler - she has some lovely books....

Check out all the creativity shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times, and mystery progress at Bonnie's blog, Quiltville's Quips & Snips.

Sunday, December 21, 2014


Fabric used this week  5.875 yards
Fabric used year to date  214.625 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  54.875 yards
Net used 2014  159.75 yards

Thanks to a baby quilt panel and finishing a paper pieced star miniature, I was able to add to my used numbers this week.  I have another baby panel pin basted and plan to quilt it today.

I finished step 4 of Grand Illusion yesterday - my fastest finish yet!  
We are heading north after Christmas.  DS2 and DDIL get the keys to their first house on December 31st.  Since our first grandchild is due in mid-January, we are going to help them get settled quickly.  We plan to clean bathrooms, kitchen and mop and clean the floors, vacuum the rugs on day one.  Then small boxes etc., will be loaded on day two.  I'm hoping that most of the kitchen items will be relocated, just leaving a few for breakfast on moving day.  Day three the truck, along with some volunteer helpers will move all the large items.   After 34 years of military moves, we're well practiced, and usually had our home organized in just a few days.  DDIL says that the most stressful part of this move, will be not helping too much!  She's been told that her job is to direct traffic, and order her helpers around!  We're taking a lounge chair on day one, so she can put her feet up and even take a short nap when necessary.

Check out all the stash reports at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Friday, December 19, 2014


I've been busy with Bonnie's mystery quilt, Grand Illusion, but I managed to get a couple of small items finished this week.

 First is a miniature quilt called Shooting Star.  It is 23 inches square, and made with some gradated fabrics leftover from a previous project.
The blocks are paper pieced from a pattern in a 20 year old magazine!
I stitched feathers in the wide border, and a feathered wreath in the cornerstones.
I also layered and quilted this cute panel that has been in my stash for quite a while.  I used yellow "gingham" flannel on the back.  The stuffed animals, letters and shapes are outlined, with a large stiple in the background.
I stitched alternating leaves in the faux pieced border
I'm sure it will keep a little one warm!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


I'm just 2 days late posting, but better late than never!  We've been busy with holiday outings, some last-minute shopping, company, parties etc.
I managed to get all my part 3 units for Bonnie's mystery pinned ready for their final seams on Sunday night.  We were away all day Monday, and Tuesday our company was arriving.  I managed to get everything prepared for their arrival, and turned on my sewing machine just as they arrived in the driveway!

Today was my southern quilting group's almost annual Christmas pot luck lunch get-together, so after our company left, I headed right to my sewing machine to start stitching.  I set a time to come inside to prepare jambalaya for lunch - chopping celery, onions and green peppers to go with some diced ham and chicken.  While it was cooking, I finished sewing the 120 units together.

Then I pressed all the units open, then cut them apart as I pressed.
Here are all my completed "parts", waiting for the next installment on Friday!

I then fluffed my jambalaya and spooned it into a fancier serving dish and headed off to a wonderful lunch.  I think quilters make wonderful cooks - all the food was delicious, and we had fantastic desserts too!

Check out all the design walls at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times, and see all the Grand Illusion progress at Quiltville's Quips & Snips!

Sunday, December 14, 2014


Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used year to date  208.75 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  54.875 yards
Net used 2014    153.875 yards
No changes for me this week.  I've been busy stitching Part 3 of Grand Illusion with Bonnie Hunter.  I also received all the pictures taken at my northern guild's annual Christmas dinner, so I was busy writing the post and updating the block of the month page as well.
I've been busy baking bread - 2 loaves of whole wheat on Friday, 2 white on Saturday and 4 cinnamon fruit bread today.  It smells awesome in my house!  I also made a batch of carrot ginger soup, ready for the freezer.  I love to have meals in the freezer for those days when I'd rather sew than cook.  Actually, every day is one of those, but usually I cook!

We're planning an outing tomorrow, cousins are arriving on Tuesday, and my southern quilt group is having their annual pot luck Christmas lunch on Wednesday - when will I find time to sew?

Check out the stash reports at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Monday, December 8, 2014


My sewing room is a mess of pinks, blacks, yellow, aquas, and neutrals (I'm using white with black designs).
I'm working hard to finish step 2 of Bonnie's mystery quilt. 
I am trying to keep up, so I can find time to complete some of the other projects I brought south for the winter months......  I have 200 half block units completed, just waiting to be sewn together.

We had our Christmas sing-along last night.  DH and friends provided music while people were arriving at the clubhouse, and he even persuaded me to play my flute when he sang two John Denver Christmas songs - the Peace Carol, and A Baby Just Like You.  This was followed by an hour of rousing singing by our neighbours, with different people leading for their favourite tune. 

Check out all the creativity at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used year to date  208.75 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  54.875 yards
Net used 2014    153.875 yards

I've been busy this week working on Bonnie's mystery quilt.  I have step one completed and step two is all cut out and partly sewn.  I'm using the "bonus half square triangle" method - I had difficulty printing the templates the correct size.  I'll probably use the extra parts on the back of the quilt!

Check out all the reports at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Monday, December 1, 2014


I, like so many others, am working on Grand Illusion, the mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville.  So far, I've made the 280 half-square triangle units in Step 1.

They are waiting patiently for me to cut the yellow and black squares to complete the 100 broken dishes blocks.
This is my collection of pinks and aquas from my stash.  I was fortunate that Bonnie sent out the fabric requirements before we headed south, so I could "shop my stash".
I've also been working on a miniature paper pieced wall hanging.

This is the first of five spinning star blocks.  The rest are partly stitched into block 1/4's, and are waiting to be stitched into 1/2's and then the final block.

The blocks finish at 4 1/2 inches.  I found that I had to be very organized to get the right colours in the right spots.

Check out all the creativity shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times

I'm also linking to the Grand Illusion link-up here.