Saturday, November 5, 2022

Ruby Jubilee Becomes a Flimsy!

The reveal of Ruby Jubilee came out in Quiltmaker and I did not care for all the whitespace or for the block placement with clusters of the same block together.  I decided I would add in other blocks and parts and switch it up.  Then I saw Bonnie Hunter had the same idea!  I love every quilt Bonnie has ever designed so I knew I would be happy with it and I plunged in copying her.  My friend Becky did the same.  I made four, yes four, churn dash blocks before I got the right size thanks to help from Becky.  It really is not that hard, but my brain fog leads me to do things incorrectly more often than not!



I grew it section by section.  I made some incorrect blocks along the way.  

                                        

Added some strings.



This was a block I could not find a pattern for so I did manage to get it right the first time!  This time I shared it with Becky.
Bug jumps on it for pictures every time I lay it out!  I did use one of my extra ladder blocks in place of the half star Bonnie used (you can see it at the top of the pic below between the baskets and the flying geese).  



It is too large for an indoor picture and it is too wet (and dreary) out to get one outside yet.  
I have now prepped all of the HST's for the border and have about five sheets made with more to go!

 Here is the most recent picture I have of Becky's.  I LOVE it in purple too!

Everyone is all excited for the new Chilhowie Mystery at Quiltville.  The facebook page is abuzz with everyone picking out their fabrics.  I am still trying to decide my colors.  There are only three this year with the neutral being the fourth.  Hoping to have Ruby Jubilee together before the first clue comes out on Black Friday (end of November for non Americans).

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Parade of Quilts Made with Friends



You have already seen my Pat Sloan Christmastime Mystery top, but I wanted to share Barb's and Becky's now that theirs are flimsies.
Above is Barb's and below is Becky's.  They all turned out so differently!  We have a weekly sewing appointment on Thursday afternoons (and sometimes meet up more) and it is so fun to sew along mostly on the same stuff, but sometimes on our own stuff.  We are all now working on finishing up Ruby Jubilee (some of us are copying Bonnie's version) and we will be working on the new Quiltville mystery together soon.  After that we already picked out a mystery (already solved) that we want to do.  

                                        

Barb also finished her Schoolgirl Sampler flimsy.  Love it!  She uses her scraps and it looks great!  You have already seen mine done in civil war fabrics.  I am super happy with how it came out too.


 



Thursday, October 13, 2022

Progress and Finishes!

Last week I had the worst stomach bug I can ever remember having.  Jeremy got it too, but Hannah and Kathy avoided it somehow.  I was feeling pretty good (for me) and the night before getting sick at 9 PM I said, I feel like I could go out and sew.  Strange I feel so good this time of night.  Two hours and fifteen minutes later I woke sick.  I have noticed this wow I feel good thing before getting sick several times in the past few years. It is like the new virus distracts the CFS/ME.  It does not last and the trade off is not really worth it, lol but it is something that I have noticed.  
Now on to sewing...
Barb and I finished up our Pat Sloan Christmastime mystery wall hangings.  This one is supposed to be gift cards.  

Here it is laid out, sideways.

And up and down.  I do not plan to put the border on it that she did as I think it is too busy.  Speaking of Christmas, the UFO number for this month had me doing this top.  Barb sent me most of these blocks (she got them from some unknown place) and I made a few more blocks and put them together.  I am not super nuts for it.  Some of the blocks needed an outside edge to get them to size, etc. but it is done and off my list!  May wind up donating it somewhere eventually.

This month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge has a few colors to choose from.  I decided on lime green.  Very excited to see this quilt come together soon.  These are Log Cabin Love blocks by Bonnie Hunter.  You can also see Butterfly Bush blocks.  Sideways, I know.  LOL.

I decided to put together one of the Butterfly Bush doll quilts.  I feel like the butterflies are a bit lost next to each other.  I have enough to make another and may play with turning them sideways or adding a small sashing.  This one looks okay in person...but may be taking it apart if I like the second version better.  

My New River longarmer, Melissa had a quick turnaround on Soul Mates and my Halloween quilt.  Just got this one trimmed this morning.  Super happy with how both turned out.


Close up so you can see some of the quilting.
 
I managed to trim and bind the little Boo Crew quilt yesterday.  I like how it looks with the Halloween basket I made twenty or so years ago with my Aunt Lisa and her neighbor.  We went to basket classes at her house many weekends and I really enjoyed it!

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Schoolgirl Sampler Minis and More!

I gave this fun table runner to my goddaughter Kelsey for her birthday.  She said she had just the table to put it on.
Barb and I worked on our Kathleen Tracy Mini Schoolgirl Sampler.  We picked out nine blocks each and I think only one was the same.
The above is mine.  Below is Barb's.  Love how they both turned out.

                                        

Hazel turned two and she had a party in Wisconsin Dells with her Dad's half the family (they live far away) and last weekend at home with her Mom's side.  She loved her gifts and had a blast.  




 

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Fall Sewing Going On! And a Little Bit of Christmas too!

I have wanted to make this wreath for a long time so I finally did!
First you sew it into squares and then you cut it all up and resew.  I need to quilt it but not sure what to do for that.

I put together a bunch of hst's together to make a table runner and was trying to add the zig zag border but think it is too much without a resting strip I stopped working on this one and am trying to figure out what to do it finish it.  May wind up being two different table runners.  These hst's were given to me or in something I bought second hand and needed a home.

                                                

Had to remember how to paper piece again!  I made this Halloween Kitty.


Happy with how I quilted it.  Now it matches my Jack-o-lantern from a few years ago.

 I have also put the center together on the Grassy Creek quilt that Barb gave up on.  Have not taken a photo of it but here is one from when it was half together.  Working on attaching the borders...I still need to make the string border or choose a fabric to use in place of it.  
Barb and I started working on the mini schoolgirl sampler quilt.  We each picked out nine blocks to do and I have one left to go.  Here are a few of them.

Barb and Becky and I continue to sew on Thursdays--we started out every other week and now are pretty much weekly.  We started the Christmastime mystery by Pat Sloan and FatQuarterShop.  Patterns are free there and come out each Tuesday.  First block was a cup.
Second block was candy.

I also quilted and bound the table runner I made.  Pretty happy with how it came out.  May give it to my godaugheter Kelsey for her birthday (or I may pick something else out from my done stuff) as we are celebrating Hazel's second birthday this coming weekend and Kelsey should be there.




Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Lots of Sewing Going On!

My August UFO became a top last week.  These are all the Quiltmaker Bitty Block Houses I made starting at lockdown until I got tired of making one a day.  
This is my Kimberly quilt top from Gudren's quiltalong the end of July.  I made my own layer cake and like how warm and fallish it looks.
I quilted and bound this Simple Gifts baby quilt that has been patiently waiting for me to do.
I did the September Butterfly Bush and Log Cabin Love blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  
Becky finished clue five of the Ruby Jubilee Mystery Quilt.
Barb caught up with clue four and five too!  The three of us have started sewing together more often and have picked another mystery to sew together after the new year.  We chose "Arizona" from Laundry Basket Quilts  but now are also tossing around the idea of Double Delight from Quiltville.  I have made it before but they have not.