Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mystery Date FYI

It occurred to me this morning, that those of you in blogland are maybe expecting the second step to my mystery quilt this Friday, Feb 1st. I think I posted in the first mention of it that it would be posted on the first Friday of the month. But.... it actually will be the second Friday this month.

I did the mystery initially for my guild and we meet on the first Thursday of the month. So after I've given it to them on the Thursday night, I will be posting it either later that night or early on the Friday morning. Of course this month, with the 1st following on a Friday, it puts us off for the Thursday release by one week.

So, just to give you a heads up, the second instalment will be live either late on Thursday, Feb 7th or early in the morning on Friday, Feb 8th!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The eighth block!

And I think only one more of these for me. I'm anxious to seem it finished! So, may try to get the 9th done today and then will set it together this week.


The colours in these pictures are so much better, what a difference a little day light makes. I added a nickel for perspective! They are 6" finished blocks and that little black star measure 2" finished. Not sure how many more of those little babies I want to make lol!


If you're following along with my mystery quilt, please check out this post! Thanks to those that have commented so far, I've got followers from all over the globe. How interesting! And again, I'm totally humbled and overwhelmed!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lucky Seven

I spent all day yesterday in the sewing room! Oh joy, it was a great day! And the results were 9 more blocks for the Trip Around The World challenge and the 7th block in the Scrappy Basket set.


Now, if you've been checking out Lisa Bongean's blocks along with mine, you'll see that this one is a bit off. I had it almost all done, ready to sew the last seam, when I realized that I had reversed the colours of the stars. The stars themselves should have been made from the background light fabrics and set on the black fabrics. Oh well, I like it this way too and I'm not gonna change it now!


If you're following and playing along with my mystery quilt, check out this post for a chance to win!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Happy Mail!!

I came home from work yesterday to three pieces of happy mail!!! I received my very first blogger gift!! Woohoo, I was very excited! Joan from Ouvrages d'une Acadienne sent me a mini charm pack by Brannock and Patek. She had seen my earlier post from the weekend about the little charm pack I got last week from a friend and how I thought I needed more and she popped one in the mail for me. How sweet is that! Thank you so much Joan! That was very thoughtful! I have today off, and may just make some time to play with it a bit!


Also the Keepsake quilting catalogue and the Primitive Quilts magazine was in the mail. What better way to spend a cold winter evening! When hubby brought the mail in the house, he handed it to me and said, I know what you'll be doing tonight!! LOL what a guy!


In reference to yesterday's post, please scroll back and make a comment there if you're playing along with my mystery quilt, there's a prize involved!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mystery Quilt!

I've had many emails and comments from you telling me that you're following along with the mystery quilt! It's wonderful, I really didn't expect this much participation and I'm so pleased to have you with us. One of the most interesting things is hearing where you're all located. There are some from the US, one for sure from the Netherlands, and one for sure from Australia, and of course there are several from here in Canada with me! Anyway, I would love to know what country you're in. So, if you're following along with the mystery quilt, please leave me a comment and let me know what country you're following from! I'll draw a name from all of those that comment and send out a prize to the winner! I'll leave this post up for a couple of weeks!


Also, if you missed my post yesterday, there is a little sneak peek there if you're interested!

Monday, January 21, 2013

How about...


...a little sneaky peek of Section #2! I shared this with my guild members and they are all trying to figure it out! Any guesses here?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A little gift!

Everyone loves a gift right?? Well, I know I sure do! And one of the best gifts would be a quilt related one right!!

One of my quilting friends recently placed an order for fabric and thought of me when she saw these little mini charm packs!

I had mentioned I thought they were so cute, and would love to have some. Here in Nova Scotia, I have yet to see any of these in the shops that we visit, so in order to get them we have to order online. When Deb showed up at my work yesterday with this little package, needless to say, it made my day! Only downfall is that now I need MORE!! LOL!!


From my recent posts about the scrap basket blocks you can probably tell that I like little quilt pieces, so these little charm packs are perfect for me! And of course, with red being my favourite, she picked this one. Woohoo, Old Glory Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings!! I love it!

 Can't wait to play with these! Today, sewing is on the agenda, it's cold, its gonna snow and the house work can wait!! I'm gonna spend the day in my happy place! Thanks so much Deb for thinking of me!

Friday, January 18, 2013

A half dozen!

Finally got another block done for my little quilt. You'll see in an earlier post that I'm making these little scrap basket blocks that Lisa Bongean has been sharing for a while on her blog. They are so much fun!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Almost a finish!


It's gone to the quilter. That's the closest I've been to a finish for 2013 so far! This one was on the UFO list, so when I get it back in 3-4 weeks, my list will be down one! Can't wait to see it quilted!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Over the river....

....and through the woods, part 1 finished.


Now on to the text! Enjoying the stitching very much!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Progress!

Just wondering how everyone is doing with their mystery quilt centre section. I've started a Flicker Group so that any that are interested can share their projects. Would love to see some pictures.

Also, I thought that if you would rather, you can email the pictures to me at dadeon@eastlink.ca and I'll put them up here on the blog for you. Thanks for sewing along with me!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Two More!

I finished up two more of Lisa's blocks and was able to get outside with them for a picture in natural light. I love how they're coming together. I'm not sure how many I'm going to make but I do know they're for a wall hanging so the twelve will be plenty but may decide to do only nine. I'm thinking I might sash them, wish I knew how Lisa will be finishing hers!


I'm just finishing up the book Ive been reading this week and have been thinking I'd like to read a quilt related novel. I've read some of the Jennifer Chiaverini ones but would like something new. Any suggestions?

Monday, January 7, 2013

Isn't this cute??


Oh my, or at least I think it is! Cindy from over at Sew Cindy made this up as a button to put in her side bar to make easy access back to my mystery! She says it's very simple and easy to add it to your own if you'd like! She says "Anyone can go grab it off my blog by saving the photo and then I just added YOUR blog as the http:/ with the photo."

Thanks so much Cindy, once again, I'm overwhelmed by the attention my little mystery is getting!

Three's Company!

Finished up my third block of the Scrap Basket blocks yesterday. These are so much fun to make.


I'm starting to get emails and comments from quilters telling me that they've finished the centre part of the mystery quilt! I'm hoping to have time today to try to get a Flicker Group started so that everyone can share their progress there!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Scrap Basket Blocks!

My little pieces became two slightly bigger blocks. I just love these little blocks that Lisa Bongean has on her blog, I mentioned them in my last post.


So Saturday I spent the day quilting with friends and got lots of little half square triangles made and one of these blocks. This morning I got up early so that I could make another one before I headed off to church. Hoping for a third this afternoon. Stay tuned!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Little pieces!

I love working with little pieces, making little blocks. I've been playing with little pieces tonight, working on Lisa Bongean's Scrap Basket blocks. I just love them, and I may end up making them all or maybe only three or four, but they're too cute not to make some of them. They finish at six inches. Can't wait to have a couple done to share here!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mystery Quilt, Step #1


Mystery Quilt

Fabric Requirements
 - I used fabrics from my stash for this project so I don't really have any definite amounts to give you. I did suggest to the guild members that if they wanted to start out with several medium and dark fat quarters and several lights that would be great. In my centre section I used a mix of 30 darks and mediums and roughly the same of the lights. And I'll continue to work from those fabrics and probably add here and there as I go. My colour choices are rich country tones, but again, do what works for you. Some are doing batiks, some are doing two colour quilts (red and cream) and some are using neutrals. It will be so interesting in the end to see what everyone has chosen. As for size, the quilt is designed so that you can stop at any point along the way. If you continue to the end of the steps with me, you'll have a large queen size bed quilt or you may decide to be finished after you've got a size suitable for a table cloth or lap quilt. Again, whatever works for you, works for me. Please share pictures as often as you can by sending them to my email dadeon@eastlink.ca or post them on your blog if you have one and send me the link. 

Center 

From your stash of fabrics, 
 - cut a total of 30 - 4 1/2” squares from your medium and dark fabrics
  • cut a total of 120 - 1 1/2” squares from your light fabrics
These next cuts are for the floater borders, wait to cut these after the center section is finished and you’re able to check your measurements.
  • cut 3 - 1 1/2” strips of a dark or medium fabric 
   - from those 3 strips cut 2 - 24 1/2” strips and 2 - 22 1/2” strips
  • cut 3 - 1 1/2” strips of a second dark or medium fabric 
   - from those 3 strips cut 2 - 26 1/2” strips and 2 - 24 1/2” strips

Using a pencil, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the 120 light squares.



Position a light square onto the corner of one of the dark squares, stitch across the corner directly on the drawn line. Repeat this process on all four corners of all 30 squares. You can chain stitch these if you wish, which makes it a lot faster. 

Cut away the excess part of the square creating a 1/4” seam allowance. Press the seam allowances towards the dark fabrics.



Arrange the finished blocks in a 6 rows of five blocks. Using a 1/4” seam allowance (this is very important) stitch the blocks together.  ( Sorry about these next two pictures, they should be rotated, but I had a problem with my edit program)

At this point, measure your quilt. It should measure 20 1/2” x 24 1/2”. If it doesn’t measure that, you will need to adjust the width of the borders that go on next so that the next section will fit properly.  




If your quilt is the right size at this point, attach one of the 24 1/2” strips to either side of the quilt. Then attach one of the 22 1/2” strips to each end of the quilt. Repeat with the other 3 strips that you chose for borders, sewing the two 26 1/2” borders on the sides and the two 24 1/2” borders on the ends.

If your quilt was not the right size, you will need to adjust the size of your borders so that the finished section measures 24 1/2” x 28 1/2”. You may need to make your borders a bit wider or a bit narrower depending on the size of your quilt.

The last picture here actually only shows the first outer border, I will get a picture in the next couple of days with the other border on. 

So, that's step #1, I hope it makes sense to you! This is the first time I've done this so if something doesn't seem quite right to you, please let me know. Thanks so much to all of you who are playing along. Especially to Kaaren for sending so many of you my way. I only hope I don't disappoint! 

Happy Sewing!


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I'm Overwhelmed!

Wow! I'm overwhelmed by how many have posted to say that they might be gonna play along with my mystery quilt! How exciting is that! Thank you all so much for the interest and a very special thank you to Kaaren for sending so many of you my way!

Just wanted to let everyone know that this is my first time doing a freebee and my first mystery quilt.  So I hope I don't disappoint! I've set up a post for tomorrow night, Jan 3rd with the first step. Hopefully it works properly but if not I'll post it when I get in.

Thanks again, D

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

Time is flying by! It seems like just last week we celebrate the beginning of 2012. And according to the older people in my life, it will only seem to go by faster as I get older! As for 2012, it was a pretty good year. After all, I'm here today, blogging, relaxing the day away with my hubby. 

One very good thing about 2012 was getting back to quilting on a more regular basis. I've been quilting since I was just a little girl, and have never really gotten away from it. But once in a while I stray to some other sort of craft and get all caught up in that for a bit, but then always come back to the quilting. It really is my favourite past time. Many bloggers have posted yesterday or today about their goals for 2013 and what they've achieved in 2012. That inspired me to make a list of my own, and while making the list, I came across a couple of UFOs that I had forgotten about that I hope to finish right away.
I discovered wool on cotton appliqué this year, and decided I had to try it. This little piece was my first attempt and I hope to finish it into a little wall hanging for spring.

I has seen one like it on Pinterest, I think it was done up as a pin cushion. I'm planning to border it with little pieced blocks but haven't decided the pattern yet. 
And this one was my second attempt. 

I saw one similar to this on Lisa Bongean's site and loved it, but sadly I don't think mine looks anything like hers. My sister, lol thought the flowers kinda looked like paint blobs! But I think I'll try to get it finished up right away too. I've auditioned endless fabrics and colours for borders but just can't find anything that I really love! Any suggestions??

As for my list, I have several other UFOs to work at for 2013: The lighthouse quilt that I started earlier this year (only the centre section is done on this one), the nine patch quilt that our guild did exchange blocks for (the nine patches are all done but I have to decide now what to do with them), the Morning Star (just needs the borders added), the mystery quilt that I'm designing for our guild, the row along quilt from Bee In My Bonnet (I'm about 3 weeks behind on this one), Over The River And Through The Woods stitchery guilts X2 - one of my own and one to help my sister finish, Flower baskets, the blue and yellow hexi and the scrap hexi. That is 11 UFOs, way too many! And of course there will be some new works thrown in along the way too. I've had my eye on a couple of BOMs that I think I might join too. 2012 saw 6 finishes, which really doesn't seem like a lot: The Kim Diehl inspired Snowman wallhanging, the Jelly Roll race, the wool on cotton white pumpkin wall hanging, Blooms All Around, the Brown Log Cabin and the Green Log Cabin. But like I said earlier, I think it's been a good year. And anytime spent quilting is better than no time at all. 

My wish for 2013 is peace, health, love and lots of time for quilting for all of you!