Monday, December 31, 2018

good fortune - a new die

The last day of  2018. Happy New year!
I have all of clue 5 finished for Good fortune mystery quilt. I had just received my 3 1/2 hst accuquilt die as part of my Christmas. I was excited it was the right one. Although, it was nearly the last one on my wish list.

For clue 6, I had these pieces of junk paper leftover from the Christmas snowflake quilt. so those are the size I am using for the string piecing. most of them are 4 inches wide x 9  so I will cut them in half for the 2 inch rectangles and I can trim the others to 2 1/2 inches. 

I grabbed this box of scraps to fish around for the neutral strings I will need.

I have just a few sewn on my treadle.

I am linking to:

boms away 

Oh scrap
Quiltville monday link up

Sunday, December 30, 2018

stash report December 30, 2018

I found a purple bundle at the thrift store. I can always use purple. It is one of the colors that I just don't have many in my stash.

 I would be foolish to think that I would be able to avoid purchases all year.  I am just not sure what would be a reasonable goal. I really like fabric and especially scraps. To me, scraps are little presents of surprises. My friend and I were talking at Friday group - she says she will limit her purchases to just what she needs for finishing a project - and then her phone rang, and it was someone wanting get rid of scraps. She suggested bagging it and bringing it to the guild free table. We laughed at the irony of timing. We were silent for a few minutes and then I mentioned, I hadn't prepared to avoid that temptation. She said she was wondering what great stuff might be in the bags. Ha ha.
Maybe it's hopeless and we should just embrace our inner fabric hoarder. And I hope my Missouri star order comes before I have to count it next year.

stash report

Fabric Used this Week 1/2 yard
Fabric Used or gone from house year to Date: 779 yards  * 400 donated = 379.00 actually used

Fabric Added this Week: 1 1/4 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 242 yards

Net Fabric for 2018: 537  yards used more than purchased. 

I sewed more than 15 minutes every day  - my mojo might be back.

I am ready to handstitch the binding for this old quilt today for slow sunday stitching.

I am linking to:

Oh scrap

sunday stash at quiltpaintcreate

15 min to stitch at life in pieces

Saturday, December 29, 2018

row by row

I've enjoyed the end of the year for cleaning up odds and ends of projects and their respective piles.
It seems I am a stuffer. When I get to a certain point in quilt making, I stuff the odds and parts somewhere. As the stacks grow taller, I get a little bit crazier.
I have been unstuffing, slowly and without pressure.
I have moved 3 quilts through borders, backing and binding to the quilt closet including soul searching.a rainbow scrap challenge quilt.

I have started assembling rows of the birch trees quilt. I finished all the blocks during the year as part of the rainbow scrap challenge. I am glad we have the last two months of the year for finishing our rsc quilts. But, I am a little lost. I have all these ideas for next year, and I NEED a color. I want to start right now, not next week. Now...

I guess I will just go clean something. sigh....

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Friday, December 28, 2018

top 5

Meadow mist designs is having a linky party of our top 5 blog posts for 2018

I have 19 finishes for 2018. That is definitely my top 5 favorite thing.

The blog post with the most views was my participation in a block of the month finishing challenge with a Christmas block of the month.

I had the most comments
from a stash report with  picture of my son and his son. They were a favorite of mine and very cute.

 I received a thank you email for a a blog post of the quilt tutorial series of Christmas snowflake. quilt. The email is definitely a favorite.

My favorite quilt is always the one I have just finished. But, at this time, it would be the fishy quilt because I feel a little like a designer.

And as a whole the quiltville mystery quilt challenge was a favorite because I finished several mystery quilts that would have gone undone, I fear, if I hadn't had a goal. there is a tab at the top with my 2018 finishes.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

painters palette rug hooking

Moving along with the painter's palette for my Cleveland rug. I am very close to finishing. well in rug time, not real time.

And a wonderful picture of my Grandchildren.

I am linking
needle and thread Thursdays

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

template fun

scrap crazy 6 template fun again. I had a scrap bag from guild, and all the pieces looked like this. My original thought was to throw the bag into the string bucket, but all the fabrics were floral. I have been saving floral fabrics for a project.

I decided I could work at finding enough fabric to make something.
I cut 3 inch strips of white with black fabric and 3 inch strips of florals

I sewed them together in pairs

And I used the A template from scrap crazy 6 templates to cut triangles. There is a bit of waste.

And I am planning on this block. I think it will be fun.

I am linking to:


midweek makers

Bee Social
Silly Mama WIP

Oh Scrap

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas

good fortune with a border

Happy Christmas eve.
I have all of part 4 finished and ready for the good fortune mystery.

And, I have cut all the pieces for part 5. These will be fun to sew after Christmas. Is it just me or have the clues been easier this year. I am not complaining. I wonder if the assembling will be the hard part.

I have moved this square dance quilt to the quilt stage by adding the borders.

It took a few days to decide.  I had several auditions of border fabrics that were definitely all wrong. And, then, the birds sang and all the world was lovely, and I found the perfect border, until my husband said ummm...are you sure? He never has an opinion. oh phooey.
I needed time out. I was cleaning my sewing room, and on the floor ( doesn't everyone have stuff on their floor) was a piece I needed to put away. And then I knew He was right. This was the one. The other was too bright. I also found this 80s print for the back.

I am linking to:

boms away 

Oh scrap
Quiltville monday link up

Friday, December 21, 2018


All my customer quilts are done, and the longarm is all mine. I want to finish a few of my projects over the holidays. And finish to me is putting together the back top and binding, ready to be quilted, And maybe quilting.
The backing is pieced and the binding ready for orca bay mystery.

I have had this basket of a quilt and fabrics to the square dance mystery taking up much needed space in the quilt room. I need borders. I am not feeling inspired yet.  definitely nope....

definitely nope... Inspiration will come soon enough.

I have been cutting my large florals for a quilt  idea I have for the scrap crazy 6 template.

And I have been restacking my project boxes. After a year of searching through them for various projects, they are all over the place. I am pulling my top 10 ufos for 2019 and putting them in the same location.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

string along

Moda is having a string along December 28, 2018, and I thought I would participate providing I can keep up  with good fortune mystery.
Here is the intro post
Here is where I saw it
I really enjoy string piecing on my treadle. It is in my living room, and I can watch tv with or without my husband. It doesn't make too much noise to hear the tv.

And I have no shortage of strings.

I have this string spider web that I work on from time to time. I am using a 1 1/2 inch moda jelly roll, but it gets monotonous very quickly. I am more of a scrappy girl.

And this spider web that has been around for awhile. I haven't finished assembling it.

I have even used strings as sashings.

I'm not sure which I will work on during the string along. I am sure I will find more string ufos if I poke around.

I am linking to:


midweek makers

Bee Social
Silly Mama WIP

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

ufo 2019 edition

Patchwork times has an ufo challenge for 2019. I have enjoyed using some sort of ufo motivation for my quilting these last couple of years. She suggested 12 of them. I am sure my One monthly goals will also use help finish these projects along.

A couple of years ago, my daughter and 3 other quilty friends exchanged houses every month. It had to be before I was blogging since I can't find any reference to them here on the blog.They were to finish at 4 inches but could be anything and any fabric. It will be fun to get them out and look at them.

2015 Allietare! - needs borders and so on
2013 celtic solstice just needs quilted

on ringo lake is in blocks and I have a corner pieced. Just 2 weeks ago, I moved my sewing cabinet and discovered sashing pieces behind it. I would have been beside myself, if I had not found these before working on it again. Even now, I worry that I will forget to get them back to the project box.

I did a second version of Grand illusion using Denise Schmidt  fabrics. I have it assembled minus the borders.

2016 En Provence civil war - needs quilted
lucy's basket  was another swap project with my daughter.

cactus patch
garden party
smith mountain morning was  a workshop with Bonnie Hunter in Lafayette Indiana. I have all the blocks finished.

I am adding two new quilts to the list
black sheep
sand castles

I am linking to:

too cute tuesday

chameleon color linky

Oh scrap
Patchwork times

Monday, December 17, 2018

good fortune sewing time

All the good little green pieces for good fortune are all nestled in their beds.

I knew I didn't have very many orange strings left. I had made a Halloween string spider web, and had struggled to find enough for that. But, I checked, hoping,... nope, none that I could see. I was going to have to cut yardage. Boy, I did not want to do that. Here is how many oranges I found in the 1 1/2 in strip bin.

And here is the 2 inch strip bin.

 And the 2 1/2 inch strip bin. I could cut these in half......

So I huffed and I puffed, and I cut yardage into odd widths to get these ready to go. I cut 2 strips of 8 different pieces.

I sewed and I sewed and cut and cut. And, maybe, I had 40  blocks. I need to get back to the strip piecing.

boms away 

Oh scrap

Patchwork times
Quiltville monday link up