Friday, March 22, 2019

Sneak Peeks

Carla - over at Creatin in the Sticks hosts some amazing Blog hops - and earlier this year she put a call out for String quilts.... oh man - you all know I LOVE string quilts..

So I jumped in and!!

Next week the Hop Begins!!
The blogs participating are AH! MAZING!!!  and I can't wait to check out all the quilty goodness!!

My Day is Wednesday the 27th!! So that means our Mystery Clue will be posted EARLY on the 26th - so get to stitching..... I know you can handle it!!

OH!! and on Friday the 29th - I am hosting TGIF Friday - So check out your finishes so you can link up!! Its going to be the BEST quilty week!!


So here is my Sneak Peek - to entice you to come back... and see what I created!! 


and here is another Sneek Peek
Bet you can't guess what it is?





And then this!
My family and I went to a BBQ place
I laughed!



Linking to:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
TGIF Friday at Kathy Kwilts

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Mystery L1 - Clue #4

welcome back to the Mystery L1  !! We are now on Clue #4 - and if you haven't started - you are not to late - you could knock these out in a Saturday sewing session!! 

This is always where my Crock pot ( or now my Instapot) and I become very good friends!!

HERE it IS!!

Clue #4


Here are mine!
I am totally loving the plaid on this one!!





and when you are stitching - you can get a little bonus piece!!
( Linda Tells you how in the instructions)
So I totally Took that route!!



How are you all doing?

Enjoy!!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Triangles, triangles and .... more triangles

A little bit ago I went to our local Quilt store ( Sew Downtown - Greeley CO) and I walked in and this fabric just jumped out at me!!

Have you ever had that happen to you??

I started my project - and!

Here I am now:



To be completely honest - I actually have them sewed into rows now.... I just couldn't sleep - so you know....

See - things are looking up Ha ha!



This is on Moro Rock in Sequoia National Forest - we are climbing to the top. and it was awesome.
But the trail was a little narrow at spots ;-)

Happy Monday All!


Linking to:
Design Wall Monday
Moving it forward
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Mystery L1 - Clue 3

I know this is a busy time of year, and you all have so many projects going on - but I hope , if you are following this one - you are having fun!!

First up - In Clue 2 - In the lights - you need 68 total 4 1/2 inch light squares - I might have accidentally put that you needed only 7 strips of fabric to meet this goal.

You actually need 8 strips - and will have a little left over.... or if you are like me and you used pre-cut 4 1/2 inch squares from your bins... you will not notice this little boo boo -

On to Clue 3  :

Mystery L1 - Clue 3

I think I like inserting the documents into the blog post , then I can show you my photos and it doesn't get to long!!

So there is my finished Clue #3 - We are moving right along now!!


Monday, March 11, 2019

What a weekend!!!

Firstly!!
I made cookies!
We were all supposed to be cleaning and doing the weekend chores, 
but the chocolate chips kept yelling at me... i had to do something about it!!

and so 
Gluten Free
Chocolate Chip cookies
and Proof that they existed



Then!!
I am a huge supporter of Quilts of Valor
but you do know there are a few other places out there needing quilts right?
Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict  host Hands 2 Help
and this  year she has 5 groups needing quilts

The one that touched me the most is Jacks Basket
I have no idea why, it just did - so I ran to my quilting room and
dug out these tops

I think they will fit the bill
they are about 40 x 50 each

Now on to quilting


and then I got the borders on this top from our Guild Mystery Day
It needs a back and then its ready to quilt


and this Plaid Churn Dash quilt is back up on the design wall
I actually got all the rows Stitched into rows
Now its on to rowing?
Topping?



and my Disappearing 9 patch blocks are growing
I use them as Leader/Enders
( Mt grandma had a different term - but its all good!)

You know with this many blocks
I had a good weekend quilting right?



I had better get myself to the quilting machine to start finishing these tops!

and any ideas on how to quilt the Plaid Churn Dash?
it's boggling the brain at the moment!



Friday, March 08, 2019

Antique Quilts, Hiking, and Photos

I am so back in my Happy place..... It has been a great week,  me and my Quilting machine are just working away, I'm getting some piecing done... I like weeks like this!!


So first off - this antique quilt!
Oh my - I get so into the fabrics, it slows my quilting down!!
I LOVE it - and it was 118 x 120
Shew!!!


Next
My friend and her mom collaborated on this one
Its like a celtic knot
Just beautiful!




I have been sharing my hiking photos over on my photo blog
( because I have 4 bajillion of them)
But these are some of my favorite

This rock is called Moro Rock
in Sequoia National Forest
(California)


And this is me on the trail to the TOP OF MORO ROCK
ACKKKK
I didn't fall off
but it sure was easy to get the heebie jeebies!


This is on the trail too


And here we are at the TOP!!



Isn't that just the most Gorgeous View??

And My Man
We wanted photos of us up there just to prove we did it



PS - It was a little chilly up there
I knew that it could be, but it sorta shocked me that it would be!




Happy Friday all
Stitch away
Pet that fabric
Be happy!

Thursday, March 07, 2019

QOV inspirations

I just watned to share these awesome QOV's -
With the mystery going on I didn't want to get behind my sharing!!

These first three were all quilted by Crystal - and the first two were pieced by her as well.



This one was pieced by her sister Deona
And Crystal did the quilting

the are all just beautiful


This one was made by Karen
Karen took the String Star workshop that our guild hosted 
( GO TAKE A CLASS FROM HIM)


and she went overboard ( in a good way)
Look at this masterpiece!!!

Alright
Be Inspired
Join in our mystery

( PS - it is a really really cool quilt! I promise!)


Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Mystery L1 Clue 2

Do you have your fabrics pulled???
I showed you mine in last weeks post - and I just love the way they turned out!!

So Clue 2 - its a great one.... and one that I conveniently did not take a picture of - so you will just have to trust me!!

Read through this WHOLE clue before you start - and you will see how fast and easy it goes!!

L1 Clue 2 CLICK HERE


 NOW!! Lets see your fabric choices















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Monday, March 04, 2019

New Blocks and!! I cooked

Mt Little QOV group has been doing a different block every two month and I think they are fun!
Our last Block was the Bullseye block
and we made eight quilts out of it!!

This is our March/April block
( The Disappearing 9 patch - not the Fox and Geese at the top!)
I wasn't as ambitious when introducing it - 
I didn't have a whole quilt - but!!
I am well on my way to one!




We are using 5 inch squares - and the block will finish at 13 1/2 inches 
Works out pretty great!!

and I cooked!
One of my sons requested Lasagna
We are Gluten Free
and I found some new Barilla No Bake noodles

Of course we had to give them a try!


I think it worked!!


I am also glad I took a photo, as there is no evidence that I cooked any more
( Kitchen is clean and there are no leftovers!!!!)

Hope you have your fabrics gathered for the Marvelous Mystery??

We will have a linky part on Wednesday so anyone that wants to can show off their fabrics
and!!
CLUE 2 will be Posted

Let's get this mystery started!!
Whoot Whoot!


Linked to:
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up quilts

Friday, March 01, 2019

A fun day to sew!

Our Quilt guild offered a One Day Mystery sew in - and it was a blast!!
It was hosted by my friend Sheree - and she told us how much of the fabric to bring, and the first cutting step - and then!! We showed up to sew!!

It was quite a blast!!

These were my three colors - and this was the block!!


I really loved how the grey ( gray) just made the red and blue pop



and Ta-da!!
My finished quilt top!!


Mine finished at 52 x 64 
so I think I will add a border to bring it up to QOV sizes 
and Bam!
another QOV

It was such a great day!! 

and because is it Friday
and I am in brag mode
My T shirt quilt


It is FINISHED
RETURNED 
and!!
She cried!
She was so excited to see all her memories in one place!!

Days don't get much better than that!!


Want to get in on a mystery??? We have one going on RIGHT SMACK NOW!!
Fabric REquirements   L1 Marvelous Mystery Clue 1



Linking to:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Busy Hands Quilts
From Bolt to Beauty
TGIF Friday at What a Hoot QUilts
Tish's adventures...UFO busting

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Mystery L1 Fabric Requirements!!

Oh boy - I hope you are excited!!
and !  I hope this works!

Since the changes in Craftsy I wasn't 100% sure where or how to upload free patterns - so We are trying google drive.  If for some reason this doesn't work in the morning.... Check back - cuz you know I am messing with it right??

PS - thanks for the feedback!! It works - whoot whoot!!

So here is the link to the PDF ( Fingers Crossed)

L1 Clue 1 ( Fabric Requirements) PDF

and here it is typed out for you... just in case I can't make it do what I want it to do!



L1 Marvelous Mystery Quilt Clue 1

Welcome to the new Mystery! We will learn/practice precision piecing, strip sets, folded corners, block units, organization, and value placement. This is not a difficult quilt, but looks more complicated when done.

Fabric needed:
This quilt will make about a 68” x 80” quilt, bigger if you add an outer border (not included in yardage).
LIGHT:            at least 2 yards of fabric
MEDIUM:       14 fat quarters or 14- ¼ yd. WOF. You can mix ¼ yd WOF and fat quarters, just need 14 different colors
DARK:            12 different 2.5” WOF strips
The values need to be distinct. Any fabric- batiks, florals, prints- but do not have wide variations of value in the individual fabric- like white flowers in a dark or dark print in a medium. You can cut a 2” test window from paper to look the value it would be when cut up.


This quilt was designed by Linda Swanekamp

Alycia’s Notes – I used 14 Mediums in plaid… and am keeping the mediums in Blues ( and maybe a green - it was pretty!!)

Here are my Fabrics:



Would you be interested in doing a Linky Party? Next week we can do a Link up to showcase our fabrics that we will each be using on this mystery? You can link directly to your blog post, or IG post??



Tuesday, February 26, 2019

QOV Inspiration on a Tuesday!

Since Wednesday is going to be the Introduction of our NEW MYSTERY QUILT!!! Whoot Whoot

I thought I would show you some of the Quilts our Group got done to inspire you.... and make you think Red, White, and Blue!


The one above was Pieced by Elsie
and Below by Glenda

Both were quilted by Lois K!


This one was made by Connie and Joan
I LOVE that eagle panel

and each block has a fussy cut eagle in it
Ah! Mazing!!


The quilt on the left was pieced by Me, with Tumblers cut by Little Bit
The one on the right was pieced by Ethel

Both were Quilted by Sally in NE



And here we have a lovely Flags for Sue Quilt put together by Connie
and Quilted by Dawna





So the Next FIVE quilts ( 2 above, 3 below) were pieced by Meredith in AZ, and QUilted by Ron



This one ( below)
got my boys attention! They liked the graphic -ness of it!


Above - Pieced by Cyndi with my left over tumblers!! Whoot Whoot

Below - the left one was put together by our group with group blocks
and the right one - is the PATRIOT Mystery



Hope to see you all Wednesday for the Fabric Requirements!!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Don't Fence Me In.... TGIF Friday

Welcome to TGIF Friday!!

I LOVE having that little extra push to finish something!! and I needed it this month, it was a short month !!

Here is my February Finish!


It is called 
Don't Fence Me In
and the pattern is by Atkinson Designs
In her book Monterrey Medallions



and of course
This was a part of the Monochromatic Challenge
hosted by Judy at Patchwork Times



WAY back in 2011
( hiding my face)
I DID NOT think it was that long ago that I finished the top!!
But it was  *sigh*




And this is the backing
It was Kizmet - I was looking for something to back it with and I found this really bright orange piece

Of course, After I used ALL of the fabric I had
Little Bit told me he would want a shirt of that fabric..

umm  well

Maybe he will settle for the quilt??

and below
The quilting design called


(Quilted by Me!)

and NOW!! A finish!!



Which! Just in case you were looking for a Machine Quilter to work with you
I have appointments available 
( I'd love to partner with you!!)
Message me - email in profile

So that is my FINISH for this week -
and I am tickled Orange about it!!

Ready to share you finishes??

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Also linking to:
Confessions of a Fabric addict
Busy Hands Quilts
Bragging
Colour & Inspirations
UFO Busting