Friday, November 30, 2012

Gaggle of geese on Easy Street

I love it!  I got up this morning and hit the computer and voila..Part 2 was already up on the Quiltville site.  And it helps that going to work does not get in the way.  So after the pool, I came back home and started working.  And now I have got Part 2 done!!

Tomorrow is the BOW!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Saturday sewing..

 Easy Street Part 1 was completed yesterday.  I love the little neutral four patches!  And now I have to wait until next Friday for Part 2!

 This week's Block of the Week.  I actually made this block twice.  The first one I made did not have enough contrast.  I also had some difficulty with those little triangles.  I decided to add some more colors to my blocks after seeing Sarah's blocks last week.  I had been using the purple, green and white with all of the previous blocks.

And now this...Another pineapple block.  This morning I confused myself and made the second block with the gray and white strips reversed.  Now I am not sure which one I like better.

Cindi and I went out to Sweet Home for small business Saturday and visited with Melisa. (We left with some "stuff" as well).  I asked Melisa about the quilts sent up to NY for the storm victims.  She said they were overwhelmed with quilts and blankets donated. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

I am over on Easy Street

I lingered in bed for awhile this morning and once out of bed checked Quiltville to see if clue was up.  Yeah-it was there.  So after making coffee, I started step one.I need to make 192 four patches.  I have 30 done so is going to be a busy weekend
I am so psyched to do this mystery!!  Good thing I finished the Silver Thimble mystery last week!!!  AND I AM LOVING THAT ONE!

Okay-now I am back to my four patches...later for you!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

BOW #12-Little Boy's Breeches

This was not my favorite block to construct.   There was lots of unsewing in this baby!!  And I have pressed the dickens out of it as well.  Hopefully it will "quilt out".
It is sitting on top of Emily Jane-a lovely quilt designed by my friend Pat Wys.  Sure hope she is not mean tomorrow when she attempts to teach me heinous applique.  She just does not  think "staplaque" is the way to go.  I'm scared!!!!!!!

I had a great time at Thimbles this weekend.  But I always have a great time with these wonderful ladies.  The mystery quilt was revealed and I was able to make progress on final construction.  Since this is a mystery quilt, there will be no pictures of it.  Don't want to spoil any one's surprise if they choose to do it.  Just say you won't be disappointed with the outcome.

We had a discussion on storing quilts.  Folding them is not a good idea as it creates permanent creases and breakdown the batting at the fold.  They need to be stored flat.  Now comes the problem.  The bed in the guestroom looks like the princess in the peas bed as it is piled with quilts currently not in use.  I folded some of them on the bias as Pat suggested.  The bed still looks crazy but Spooky is a happy camper as he can find a warm spot.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sleeping with the enemy..

This morning I discovered that one of the boys had brought a toy to bed last night.  I did not know that catnip mice disliked the cold!  My beloved Henry always slept under the covers.  I miss that loving lump of orange that kept me company.  Hard to believe that he has been gone almost a year now.  At any rate, Spooky and Wild Willie prefer to be on top of the quilts or in Willie's case-on the pillow next to my head.
Just realized that the sheets are my cat sheets.  I wonder if the mouse knows!

And on another sad more Drake's cakes.  I never liked Twinkies but oh those crumb cakes.  So sad.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pineapple Polkadots..Done

This is a happy quilt top!  This pattern was the project from last summer's quilt camp.  It is based on the book Trash to Treasures.  The center is made with 1 1/2 inch strips and uses a specialty ruler to create the block.  The first couple of blocks were tough but with repetition it became easier.  We came to camp with strips and swapped so there is quite a variety of polka dots.  I have to admit-mine are not all traditional polka dots.  I even have some happy fabric for the backing!
This is done just in time.  Bonnie Hunter's mystery starts the day after Thanksgiving.  I am ready!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Block of the Week-Little Red Schoolhouse

Since my quilt is planned in the colors of green, purple and white, the red schoolhouse got changed to purple.  The directions for this block were easily followed and I used Blockbase to get the odd shapes.  This was first on the agenda for today.  Done!!

Yesterday I put another inner border on pineapple polka dots-one more border to go!  And then decided the disaster area that used to be called a living room needed some attention.  It is a bit better today.  I need to do a bit more work on it today.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Progress toward Easy Street

I have started pulling together fabric from my stash for the next Bonnie Hunter mystery.  I confess...the gray fabric that will be my constant does not come from fabric previously acquired.  It is an import from No. Carolina.  Last Saturday was our "food, fun and fabric" adventure.  Marty took the wheel, Becky rode "shotgun" with Cindi and me being pretty much passengers.  We set off for Franklin and 2 lovely quilts shops.  After some fabric fondling, a little shopping and a yummy lunch, we headed back south.  While in the car, we attempted to solve the world's problems and just how we planned to use all the fabric that collectively lives in our houses!

Today I think I need to return to pineapple polka dots.  I have some serious cutting to do for my planned border.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

BOW-Susan B. Anthony votes and goes to jail

Two easy blocks in a row to complete.  Does not bode well for next week!

Yesterday we did a "3 F" event (fabric, food and fun).  Marty, Cindi, Becky and I drove to Franklin, No Carolina.  we checked on 2 quilt shops.  We walked into one-Cats and Quilts (I think) and there hanging right before our eyes 3 Silver Thimble quilts from Spotlight on Neutrals.  Havenstone (Dark and Creepy), Scrappy Nines and Sunnyside.  Of course we had to let the owner know that we were personal friends!!!
We had a lovely lunch.  It was a beautiful day for a drive.

I was good.  I only bought one piece of fabric-a yummy gray for the next Bonnie Hunter mystery.  I have started gathering fabric from my stash for the quilt.  First clue is not until the end of November-I have plenty of time.  I also bought a pattern to add to the someday I will make this pile.

I have made all the polka dot pineapples I am going to do-36.  They are sewn together and a narrow black border is on.  I am not sure how I am going to complete the outer border.  I am playing with a few ideas/

Today is pretty much a blank slate.  I know what I should do but whether that happens is questionable!