Friday, November 27, 2020

Phat Santa .... and Finished ( or Not ) Friday

Hope your Thanksgiving was a wonderful time!!  I always have fun with my family - so its all good!!

I was spending a little time ( okay a lot... sigh) reading all my favorite blogs and I stopped in at Sew Fresh Quilts... and she had the CUTEST Santa quilt.... and lo and behold - she wrote the pattern for it - and I wanted it!

So I got it!! 

And then - I sat right down and got to stitching it!!!

I Decided tho... I really wanted Phat Santa Placemats - so that is what I made!! and of course, since Thanksgiving is over... I have permission to decorate... they are on the table now!!


Is he just not the cutest little thing - in his happy plaid?   I love him!!! Head over to Sew Fresh Quilts to get the pattern!!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Happy Half Square Blocks TWENTY THREE

 Alright - if you are like me, you are cooking today, or prepping pies... or something - so that keeps you from all other chores.... while something is cooking ... you can whip up this block ... right? haha!!

We are not doing the large family gathering... just the family I have... but that is 6 people - so you know what... Pumpkin Pie, and Turkey is definitely warranted!  and we do have a lot to be thankful for!! 

on to the block!


Happy Half Square BLOCK TWENTY THREE



I am really having a lot of fun making these blocks Two Colored
There is no reason why I am doing it - I just am
and actually was pretty excited to find 8 pieces of the same fabric in my 5 inch square bin!




Kat mocked these up for us!
and she labeled what the were.. so I hope I get them right!

This is rotating the block a half turn each time you place it



This is just the straight set of the block
( I kinda like this one the best)


This is all on point


and this is on point
and you will choose your setting colors


Hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow. My family doesn't know this yet - but we are hosting our own *Family Turkey Trot*  ! The dog and I have mapped out a 5K course on the ranch, made sure the gates open the right way for our turns... and we are earning our Pumpkin pie!!


Monday, November 23, 2020

THE BOX... that embarrassing box

 A few years ago my Guild hosted a UFO challenge, and I gleefully said... I can not participate... I do not *have* UFOs.... if only they could see me now.... *sigh*

Remember last week? I said I found a box... well... I did... and in it were 3 blocks and parts of blocks and a BOOK!

Glad the book was there - reminds me of what the project was... 

But then I posted on my guild page - Hey does anyone remember when we took that Square in a Square class... and someone said 2004 and I went - oops!!!  I have a  UFO!!  AND!! Apparently I have had it for a long time... Oh boy.....

UFO NO MORE!!!



 I finished up those parts into blocks, and then figured since I had 5 blocks... It could become something - and so it is!

Of course it need quilting...But I can do that!!! ha ha!!

Fingers crossed that was the ONLY UFO I have... but no promises... raising kids fries your brain....


( PS - the book was Square in a Square from Jodi Barrows)

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Monday Making at love laugh quilt

Design Wall Monday at Small QUilts and Doll Quilts

Friday, November 20, 2020

A11 FINISH .... and its Finished ( or not) Friday

 Happy Friday!!! 

If you follow me for more that just Fridays - you will know that we just wrapped up our Mystery A11 .... and because I really really really wanted mine done before I wrote the pattern.... I did it!! and!! I kept it a secret!!   

I am so good at secrets these days... you have NO idea..... haha!!

So here is my Finish.... 




The wind was blowing ( as usual) but my quilt grew feet !   Whoop Whoop!!



Now here is the thing... A11 needs a NAME!!!!  It really really does..... any suggestions? Leave them in the comments, I think I may be brain dead on coming up with names this week.


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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Mystery A11 CLUE 6 - and!!! THE FINAL CLUE!!

 Welcome to the END of the Mystery!!!



I will be excited to hear if you solved it ahead of time?  or if you had an idea?  or if you just made the clues and relaxed - knowing it would be solved at some time???

I told you it will be finished before Thanksgiving - its a week before... its all good right? and if you are a Bonnie Hunter fan ( I mean! who is not??) you are all finished and ready to start in on her mystery!!

First off, remember I told you that QOV had some backlogged requests in certain states? If you would like this quilt to go to that - email CalltoAction@ QOVF .org - and they will tell you where it should go.

Second off... THIS is NOT my original design!! 

Years ago when I joined Mystery Quilts 4 Military , Nancy and Judy ( PatchworkTimes.com) were hosting the the mysteries ( before I took over) and one of the first mysteries I stitched with them - was one designed by Judy. 

The size was a bit smaller - as the size requirements were smaller. So earlier this year I reached out to her - and said - Can I please steal your Quilt and re-size it to today's QOV requirements, and run it as a mystery?  and she didn't even hesitate - she said GO FOR IT!

And so! I did!!! 

So this Mystery is with Thanks to Judy!!

So here it is....the finish... the reveal..... the FINAL CLUE!!

CLUE SIX - THE FINAL CLUE



See you tomorrow for Finished or Not Finished Friday!! 


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Happy Half Square Block TWENTY TWO!!

 Happy Half Square Block 22

I originally thought to make this one just scrappy - maybe 16 different colors - and I may still try that at a later date. but! When I colored it with my pencils - i just didn't care for it all scrappy. So if you do make it that way - shoot me a photo... make me really want to make another one!


Then - because all of these will eventually become a Quilt of Valor ( or 6) I chose a Half and Half color selection - I like this one!




Here is your little drawing - just in case you need it ;-)




And then - Check out the versatility of this block!!!
This one is on point - I know!!! Its hard to tell - but it is ( cuz Kat told me so!!)



I really like this one - Just a straight set of the blocks, and alternating them every other block ( again Kat tells me what the layouts are called... I like her ;-)  )









I got a little package - and looky here - Laura sent these 12 to me! They are the same sizes as mine - so I am going to have some fun laying them all out to see what they become!!


I hope you have been enjoying these - I sure have - I've have liked having just a little project to work on each night, even if I can't get to my *big* proejcts!!



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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Book Report - The Last Correspondent

 Oh My Stars!!! I have another MUST read book for you!!

It is called

The Last Correspondent 

Written by Soraya M Lane

Surprisingly Amazon Recommended it for me, and they were dead on!! ( Unlike their movie recommendations for me haha)


This book is about a Female Photo Journalist and a Female reporter during WWII. Their claim to fame in the book , is that they beat the male reporters to the story on Omaha Beach - and it is cool!

This is Historical Fiction - but!! the main characters are based on Three real life women. ONE of them really did beat the men to shore and watched the drama unfold ( Normandy) before the male correspondents even made it to the event.....

Enjoy!!!!


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Monday, November 16, 2020

Design Wall Monday - the Summer Mystery continued....

 My summer Mystery has grown... I tried quite a few ideas to make it bigger, but.... I didn't like all of them... I thought about adding other blocks, making a piano key border.... maybe using half squares....


And this.... is what I finally came up with!



I added a 2 1/2 inch Red border, and then found this USA fabric - and made borders with it. Its a little plainer than I imagined - but I hope that is leaves the focus on the cool blocks in the center.

now I am off on another tangent... I found a box, and I opened the box.... and oh boy.... there was stuff in it!!!..................

Linking to:

Design Wall Monday at Small quilts and Doll Quilts

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Inspiration Tuesday at Clever Chameleon

Friday, November 13, 2020

Disappearing Shoo Fly.... and FINISHED( or not) Friday!!!

 Happy Friday!!

This week went screaming for me!! I started a Gratitude Photo Project on the First of November - and it has just kept me hopping and on the lookout for all the good things in the world - and! I love it!

And!! I got in a LOT of quilting time!! it is that time of year where everyone is scrambling to finish their Christmas gifts - and I love Being a part of it....

So... I snuck this one in on my list this week... just because - sometimes you need a little play time!



Its the Disappearing Shoo fly!!! I have also received enough blocks to make a few more - so you will probably see another one or two in the coming year!  I think  a Veteran will love this one!!!



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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Mystery A11 CLUE FIVE

 Just so you know.... you are so so so so close at this moment... Hope you are enjoying the process!



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