Monday, December 10, 2018

good fortune with orca bay

I have a top! Orca bay is finally a top and ready for quilting.


And while I was putting this top together, I was able to leader and ender these pieces. I had these interesting leftover pieces from autumn jubilee from My carolina home. And I have no idea what I am going to do with them yet, but I knew I would use them sewn together before I would use them  apart. Putting rows together is a start and stop kind of sewing, and I needed a great leader /ender project. tada


I had a big hand binding project this weekend, so I was only able to get clue #3 of good fortune cut, and a little bit of sewing.



  At this time last year, I was working on  clue 2  of Ringo lake.




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Sunday, December 9, 2018

stash report December 9, 2018

More goodwill finds. I had been interested in this when it was a new "thing", but I thought the paintstiks were too expensive. I found them at goodwill and maybe get a chance to experiment with them before I forget I have them.  haha

I also found these packages of open gate template and pattern. Monique Dillard spoke to our guild one year and I really enjoyed her quilt trunk show. So I was glad to add these to my templates I may never use collection.


stash report

Fabric Used this Week 0 yards
Fabric Used or gone from house year to Date: 778 1/4 yards  * 400 donated

Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 238 1/4 yards

Net Fabric for 2018: 540 yards used more than purchased. 

I sewed at least 15 minutes every day

I am having a serious discussion with myself about goals for next year and limiting the amount of fabric that comes into this house. I do not need anymore....but....

I have a scalloped border to hand sew for a customer on this quilt for my slow stitching today. The quilt has been a challenge, but I love the rhythm of the stitching and it will be delightful.






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Saturday, December 8, 2018

friday quilt group

Yesterday was Friday group, and I had a chance to build the borders for my fishy quilt. I couldn't get them attached since I decided I wanted another blue border first, and I hadn't brought the material. I also worked on real bias binding for the older quilt I am finishing for a long arm customer here.


Sue was working on her drops of jupiter quilt


and had finished her fall wall hanging. She had it done in time, but we wanted to see it.



Linda has the top done for her drops of jupiter quilt. And I have ... cut pieces on mine.



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Friday, December 7, 2018

more fishy

I have failed to show this wonderful quilt kit that I was fortunate enough to win. I had admired this quilt when Myra of busy hands had shown it on her blog. I signed up for the giveaway, but went to check it out on craftsy so that I might could buy it if I didn't win. I was super excited when she emailed me that I had won. I really appreciate the chance to make this quilt.



I have all the words ready for the fish jar quilt
I am hoping today to start putting it together at Friday group.



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Thursday, December 6, 2018

a little wool music

Just a little music for my cleveland rug


I have a perplexing customer quilt. Her mother made this quilt many years ago and she wants it finished.


It is hand stitched together, but it is not very well made.
And the fabric is not good quality. She deserves to have it done, but it will be very challenging. I do like rescuing old quilts, so... I am not sure what to use for binding. To match the fabric will be hard.


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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

orca bay progress


I received a wonderful email with picture from Holly:

Hello Maggie.  I fell in love with your Christmas Snowflake quilting the moment I saw it.  Lucky for me, I learned (newbie here !) how to do paper piecing this summer, so as soon as the current flimsies were done, I started on Christmas Snowflakes.  I did it with three colours, red, green and gold, and used the same fabrics for the three snowflakes in each colour way.  I quilted it with that spiral pattern I first saw on Crazy Mom Quilts.  The finished size is about 54 inches square and I have proudly hung it on my livingroom wall.  I was so obsessed with it, that I did it all in about 2 weeks !  Thank you so much for the inspiration and pattern directions.   

I love the addition of gold, and that she took the time to write me. Way to go Holly.
If you want to make one
Intro/ templates


The bottom portion of orca bay mystery quilt is completely sewn together, warts and all.
And next, is the top.




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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

fishy goals

I have all the fish words done for the fish jar quilt.  Lowercase I was a quick letter. Wait until you see L. Too bad there weren't more of them. I am so glad we had some good guessers.




here is the fish quilt from earlier.

If I just keep swimming, I will get this done.

I am hoping to meet a few goals for next year.

1. I am declaring 2019 the year of flannel. I have several boxes I need to weed through and decide on either using it or passing it on to someone that will.
2. I want to continue in my challenge to finish all the quiltville mystery quilts.
3. I want to participate in the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy
4.  I want to participate in a swap with friends
5.  I want to participate in one monthly goal at Elm street quilts
6.  I want to finish 6 ufos for the year
7.  I want to use more fabric than I buy
8.  I want to gift 3 quilts
9.  I want to teach a wokshop for my quilt guild
10.  I want to make a rug
11.  I want to clean the dining room and have a holiday dinner - it could be valentine's day or  Christmas - who knows. It is that bad.
12.  I want to be more consistent in my gratitude journal

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Monday, December 3, 2018

good fortune with a discovery

I have noticed for some time, that especially pieces that are die cut, my fingers are not nimble enough anymore to slip them apart. I put on my thinking cap, and thought about money counters and how they wear little plastic finger tips to give them grip. I found these on amazon.



When I tried using them, I discovered they work - hooray. But, I also discovered their benefits in 2 other ways that I wasn't expecting. First, they make scootching the fabric together that last little bit of a thread, a piece of cake. I can line the matched triangles better than I ever have.
Second, at the ironing board, it is quick and efficient at opening the triangle piece for ironing. Wow. that alone is the best part. I use 4 pieces on thumb and index finger on both hands.


I am cut and ready to plow through clue 2


 I have enough





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Sunday, December 2, 2018

stash report December 2, 2018

I really like this fabric I found thrifting, but I'm not sure how to use it.


stash report

Fabric Used this Week 0 yards
Fabric Used or gone from house year to Date: 778 1/4 yards  * 400 donated

Fabric Added this Week: 3 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 238 1/4 yards

Net Fabric for 2018: 540 yards used more than purchased. 

I didn't get anything done on this corner this week. I have been under the weather hmmmm why does that phrase, that I have used all my life, mean not well?  
I am feeling better, enough to go to church, so maybe I will get back to this.



When a sailor became ill or seasick, often because of violent weather conditions, that sailor was sent below decks to the most stable part of the ship, which was under the weather rail. The phrase under the weather rail was shortened to the idiom under the weather. The phrase appears in the mid-1800s, and even though travel by ship has waned, the idiom under the weather is still a popular term.

Light the world Christmas program has begun. I have personally loved this program and wanted to share. The link is in the sidebar. I hope you will visit and be inspired.



I sewed at least 15 min four days this week -  orca bay


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Saturday, December 1, 2018

getting closer

Yesterday, I gave in to a nasty cold, and a lot of Christmas movies were watched, snuggled in a warming blanket. I didn't even do hand work. ahhhchooo. It has slowed any progress throughout the week as well.

I did get all the rows together for Soul Searching and it will live in the to be quilted pile.



and I finished row 4 of the tokoyo subway quilt I have one more row to finish.


I hope next week is a little better. I miss my sewing room.
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

rug hooking

The bottom right of my Cleveland rug is done and I am finishing up the little bits on the bottom left.


And this string frenzy book came from walmart to live at my house. I ordered it online when the first 500 sold out at Quiltville, and I knew I would not make any of the "announcements" in time.



Two weeks ago, I taught a feather tree class and we had a finish. It is so cute in person. I was so proud of her.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

orca bay webbed

I have the orca bay mystery quilt webbed together in quadrants. I quickly ran outside to take pictures before the snow. I was hoping to study the pictures to see if I could find the mistakes before I quilted them into the quilt.


It didn't work. It wasn't until I took the pieces to the sewing machine, that I noticed many of the pesky cornerstones were turned the wrong way. And when one was turned, the whole row was wrong. This makes a strong case for webbing the quilt together in smaller chunks.


It's still hard to tell, but, I think I am going to like it.


Even though I didn't finish the mystery quilts, I did start the new mystery - Good fortune. Who could resist tiny 4 patches.



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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

one, two fishy

I am making progress on the letters I am making for the border of the fish jar quilt.
Any guesses yet what I am saying in the border - it's not buckle my shoe.




here is the fish quilt from earlier.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

webbing orca bay

I have started the webbing for orca bay mystery quilt. I decided to web in quadrants, thinking it would be easier to handle. even though I had a mantra ( left, right, left right) on the cornerstones, I  know I will have to correct a few of them.


I was planning on using yardage for Good Fortune mystery quilt, but when I opened my strip bucket, I saw red and neutral.


A few miles later, I had pairs of strips


A little accu cutting and I had sets ready to sew


chains of red 4 patches


and the cutest little 4 patches.



Jo of Jo's country junction is trying to finish all the quilts in quiltville's string fling book before the new book is published. I am trying to finish all the mystery quilts as part of that challenge before the new mystery in November. My challenge finishes are here. It looks like Jo has reached her goal, I have not.
I did finish the first 7 mystery quilts then I ran into orca bay ( the quilt that never ends) 
then I have 4 more finished.
I have 1 ready to quilt
 2 still need borders
ringo lake needs assembled. Not bad considering at the beginning of the year, I had only finished one of them. I feel like I can start the new mystery without any sense of overwhelm.





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