Friday, January 15, 2021

Grassy Creek Clue F Musings

Grassy Creek's clue five was a doozy for me.  Strings seem to take forever and get kind of boring for me after awhile.  I made a few a few different ways and they were not looking too pretty!  I discovered that I could cut off the tops (since I cut triangles to add on and not squares) with my Essential Triangle Tool.  
Then after sewing the corners on in white I could use the little Quilt in a Day ruler to trim them to look nice...some needed some sliver cutting.  I also realized I really did need to use the scant quarter inch to get them to come out right.
They are all made as of five minutes ago...this picture was from before that but they are looking decent.
I laid out a bunch of stuff to see what my colors would look like.  My blues in this first picture are really light.  I turned those tricky triangles around to see if I preferred it that way.  I do not think I do, though you can see the edges better so...
I tried laying one out with a slightly darker light blue.  I am thinking it will be okay.  I do not think my colors pop enough but they are pretty.
I went ahead and put one inside Ohio star together to see how it looked...now on to the reveal clue.  Plenty left to go!

 

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Mystery Progress Continues--and rejoining the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!

Stopped in to see Hazel last week.  She loves her tummy time!  Learned how to play Sylvion and it is my new favorite solo game!  
Grassy Creek's reveal came out....paused from it and....Sewed up the clue for Morewood Mystery, looks like candy.  Next clue in a month so it will be waiting.  
Today I sewed online with Dr. Kathy, Becky, and Barb...had some issues with the Pine Tree Point Quiltville quilt....I decided to make one block a month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge since I have missed doing it the past few years.  
Lots of ripping...I learned to start from the trunk and sew upward for best results, and to put in my floating strip before the aqua!  Also should keep to more pink reading fabrics and not those with too much background!  Linking up with the RAINBOW SCRAP CHALLENGE!
Also cut and trimmed all of my clue five Grassy Creeks...the strips you see are all leftover that I cut to a smaller size.  They will find their way into something.  The HUGE roll is yet to be cut up and corners added before I can go on to the reveal clue (which has about five clues in it if you ask me!).  

 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

New Year's Mysteries

New Year's Eve I started working on the Party Poppers Mystery Quilt from the Facebook Mystery Quilts Anonymous group. Debi is the designer and she lives in New Zealand so she started on her New Year's Day which meant I got to start on New Year's Eve.  Unfortunately , by the third clue I was ready for bed!  

On New Year's Day I sewed up some of clue three (there were glitches and delays with my next mystery) but finished up clue three on Sunday.  Today I finally put the blocks into a top.
All the completed stacks of blocks.

Party Poppers!  I love the movement in this top.  I should add a border of some sort to bring out the birds better but for now, it is done.


On New Year's Day I started working on the Merry Mayhem Medallion Mystery quilt.  








Spent the entire day sewing with Barb and Becky who were also working on it.  Was a super fun marathon on sewing online.  

 Next up is back to working on Grassy Creek clue five.   I have cut the corners for it and dug out the light blue strings (I am using those instead of grey) and today the paper arrived.  I discovered that I did not have a phone book of the right size!  Thursday another clue comes out for the Morewood Mystery too (and I have bloodwork and two medical tests in the morning) so I am down to two mysteries, whew!

Thursday, December 31, 2020

One Mystery Done! Project Quilting!

My 3rd annual Project Quilting Mystery Quiltalong top is done.  Super fun and superfast since I did all but two clues on one day.  Very fun and bright and will find its way to someone I am sure.  Linking up with the quiltalong!
I am waiting for the first clue in the Debi Montgomery mystery...she gave us a sneak peak so I know what it is, but still waiting on the directions.  Looking forward to a day of sewing..and tomorrow I will do the Merry Mayhem mystery (while Grassy Creek will have to wait!).  So while waiting, I repurposed my day five box from my Once Upon a Book Club box and made the Black Sonata print and play!  



 

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Christmas with the Youngest and Mystery Quilts are Caught Up!

Two blog posts in one day since I cannot figure out how to schedule this one like I used to!
We went and saw Jay the day after Christmas.  He liked his gifts and his stocking.  While we were there we had pizza and played "The Game," "Blokus," (which he gifted us) and "Five Crowns," which is a long time favorite game.
My Once Upon a Time advent box came super late on Christmas Eve.  Read two stories a day and opened my gifts.  We got four books in the box!  Really fun stuff.
Here is clue five of Grassy Creek!  This clue was much easier than three and four!  Happy to be caught up again.


Spent some time a few mornings ago learning how to play Coffee Trader.  Love this fun game!  I need to get it out again so I can cement it in my brain!  Basically you are trying to brew the perfect cup of coffee!
I also created my 2021 UFO quilting list.  Only the starred ones are actual ufo's...unless you count the tops I need to quilt.  I have three of them here right now.  I enjoy doing this challenge though so added enough in to participate!

 

Project Quilting Mystery Quiltalong!

Here are my fabric pulls for the Project Quilting Mystery Quiltalong though they are not in order for some reason...
I did all the clues yesterday (each was posted one at a time each day but I was catching up on Grassy Creek and then the errors from the New Year's Eve mystery (she forgot a page of cutting) and then the next Grassy Creek clue came out.  Today the last clue before tomorrow's layout came out.
I made chili today and ate some out of my gnome cup, perfect day for it!
We were supposed to post our ideas on the layout and the best WRONG layout gets a prize.  My two pink fabrics were really too close together so it changes the look a lot.  Likely to be a donation quilt so that is okay!
We got out first dump of snow last night.  Kathy shoveled along with Jon from upstairs.  Early this AM Marcel from upstairs snow blowed as we were covered again.  I did both sets of stairs and Kathy did some around the car and in the back yard,  The dogs are not liking their first time in snow one bit!

 

Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas!


We spent Christmas Eve with my daughter and her husband and baby Hazel.  They went home to his folks' home last weekend so they could keep it small.  So Hazel finally met two more great grandparents and his parents had a chance to see her for the second time.  Really keeping the circle small.  So hard with a new little one, but we benefited as we got to spend the time with them. Tomorrow Kathy and I will go spend the day with my youngest (he is working the holiday) so seeing two out of there of my kids is nice.  Mocha (the dog) posed so nicely for the picture too!

I am still working on clue four.  I have five more sets to sew, and five to trim at this point.  Goal is to get them done today since the next clue is out tomorrow (little grace due to Christmas!) and I like to keep up!

My advent box from Once Upon a Book Club FINALLY arrived yesterday too.  We were supposed to read one story a day and open one gift a day through advent.  I was really disappointed that is took so long to get here.  Things are nuts at the post office this year.  So I read the first story aloud to Kathy on the way to Hannah and Jeremy's house.  Then opened the first gift when we got home and finished the story.
Later I read the second story and opened this cool hat--which I have taken to wearing in the house this am since it is chilly!

 I got many nice gifts...lots of games this year (Kathy and I played 5 Minute Dungeon last night and liked it) which I am looking forward to.  My mom gave me a gnome cookie jar and a snowman tea pot among other things.  Some of our gifts from them have not arrived yet--mom was waiting on one more thing to mail another box out, but apparently it is no longer coming so she has to come up with something else.  More fun mail days ahead.  

My favorite gift this year is this ornament Hannah made from Hazel's foot.  SO SWEET and we will always remember how tiny she was!  Three months old at her first Christmas.