Ringo Lake mystery Clue 1

I’ve had a few years off from the mystery quilt game. I finished Orca Bay and then Easy Street. I guess after all of those tiny pieces, I felt like it was overwhelming to do it again. My guild has really done a great job at getting me excited for this one. I couldn’t possibly have enough yardage for a scrappy quilt, could I?

2017-11-21 20.38.14.jpg Okay, so there’s no coral/melon color because I didn’t have… any… of them. We are going to work with red instead.

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It’s going to give me the contrast I need to be happy about the quilt. I’m all about contrast.

Next up! The blue, brown, and neutral are all similar to Bonnie’s choices. Blue isn’t the same either but it’s closer than the pink/red problem. I don’t store so much fabric that I can safely say I have X yards of teal.

I can’t imagine what my poor little sewing closet would look like!

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All that done, I waited. We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends.

 

 

I’m one of the lucky women who has a husband that thinks making a turkey is a challenge akin to making a headboard or fixing a computer.

When the clue dropped, I was a little worried that I was going to be put off immediately. Something about making 650 of some unit right off the bat wasn’t sitting well with me at 5:30am. Imagine my surprise when it was “just a few” 9-patch units. Well! That’s a horse of a different color! I was off and running.

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Yardage was being ripped down to fat quarter sized bits to make it more manageable, scissors were being lost, it was so vigorous that even the iron was getting steamy! I kid! I kid! It was freezing in the closet. It’s probably a post for another time.

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I started cutting up bits. When I’m working on quantity, I like to stack about 6-8 pieces. I iron one, plop another on top and iron that one, too… repeat. It makes them stick just enough. With everything cut, it was time to start sewing!

 

 

It wasn’t long. I took quite a few breaks. It’s not perfect but they are done! DONE!

 

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Another modern quilt class!

This weekend has been really full but I’ve enjoyed it immensely. First, I woke early on Saturday morning and brought my daughter home from college for the week. She’s just so … college student. I love it. Everything is dramatic and loud.

We made cookies together. We used a recipe that my mother used to call Cox’s Army cookies. The idea was that there were so many chocolate chip cookies that there was enough to feed Cox’s Army. I made 2 dozen and then wrapped the rest in long pieces of saran wrap like snakes so I can pull them out to chop them up for quick home baked cookies throughout the next week.

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This morning I popped out a roll and baked them up before my quilt class this afternoon. It was another Kathy Graves class. Seriously, she is a fantastic teacher. The class was her Improv Under The Influence workshop. While I didn’t get too far, I did make some serious headway. I’m hoping it will be a lovely grey and coral baby quilt when I’m done. 2017-11-19 15.47.59.jpg

I haven’t even mentioned next Friday yet! NEXT Friday! A few ladies from my guild have convinced me that I should be doing the Bonnie Hunter mystery and it starts on Black Friday. I’ll need all the luck I can get.

 

Getting the blog back together.

It’s been a long time since I have written anything for my blog. This weekend I was quilting away in the sewing closet and I decided I would get back in here, too. Winter is coming and I’m ready to quilt the whole thing away.

There are 2 projects that kept me busy this weekend. One is a sample for a workshop I’m doing for my guild. Pay no attention to that mess! Look at the adorable string quilt. I tried to keep black and dark colors out of the strings as much as I could because I wanted that black center to pop!

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For the record, I don’t love the red. I slapped it on there to call it done but I was thinking of changing it to something less showy. For now, it’ll do.

My second project was nearly completed in the first place. It’s a 3/4 Log Cabin from a Kathy Graves workshop. 5/7 would recommend! It was fun working with all the solids. Since we are friends, I can confess this. I don’t think I have ever made a log cabin quilt before. They were just the most boring thing I could imagine as a new quilter. I know. I know. This can be added to the bucket list though. I’ve done it.  2017-11-12 21.48.17.jpg

Fons and Porter Free DVD information

2012-12-27 08.48.37Things like this really rip my seams! I was going to call this a scam, but I am trying to be nice. I have seen recently a few people worried about this so here is photographic proof. I received a DVD from Fons and Porter for some reason, I don’t recall asking for it but one came in the mail.  I thought nothing of it and threw the thing into my pile of quilting magazines and “things to be gone through later”.  A few months later I received a bill? It’s not really a bill… more like a summons for cash… for this DVD I had never ordered but I did remember precisely what I did with it. Hooray organization! LOL

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At this point I started thoroughly reading the letter that was sent and in a box at the very bottom of the letter was a Service Guarantee. It states: “You are under no obligation to participate in the program, because you didn’t order the DVD, you don’t have to participate or send it back and can consider it a free gift. There are no minimum purchase requirements and you can easily cancel at any time – no questions asked!”

2012-12-27 08.50.09The letter is exactly as I received it except I did black out my name and address.

If you DO pay for the DVD then you will be enrolled in a program that’s akin to the Columbia House music program. They will send you DVDs monthly and you will have to return them or you’ll be charged.

 

Easy Street Update part 4 and 5!

Good morning! I know I’m behind on my Easy Street updates, but I am not behind on Easy Street! I was on a last minute trip to Indiana and was just too exhausted to get round to blogging.  Let’s have a look at how it went. 2012-12-17 19.31.35 I started out with The Shop Around The Corner.  I do like Jimmy Stewart. He’s such a fine looking guy in black and white. It was a cute movie and the flying geese simply zipped through the machine while I was watching him.  I don’t know if you can see it but I have a stiletto that’s actually a dental implement of some kind. I think my dad gave it to me when he was working for an orthodontics manufacturer. Regardless, the thing is wicked sharp and works well for keeping those points in line.

2012-12-15 10.11.002012-12-15 10.11.07When I was in Indiana visiting my grandfather, we stopped at an antique shop. Oh, they had just some wonderful things.  There was a gorgeous double wedding ring quilt that someone did a beautiful job quilting. It didn’t come home with me because I’m not really the quilt collector type… not yet anyway.

I did find a working iron that I thought was a total bargain. It was only $16!  There’s no steam and my goodness this thing gets hotter than Hades and it’s not even on Linen. I pressed a goose and normally with my “Kenmore 1600 watt plastic I’m a great iron” iron, I’ll slap my hand down on the piece I’m ironing to be sure it’s as flat as I’d like… with this one GeezO’Pete! I nearly burnt my hand!

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So, there are my flaming geese. It took me a while to get through the trimming. no matter how accurately I measure a seam, sew slowly, press carefully, it’s always off. At least it’s too big 99% of the time but it’s never the same spot so I can’t accommodate for it. It’s just random.

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I decided to work on Alice for the next unit. What did Bonnie call them? Squatting turkeys? Whatever they are, they’re flying geese with long tails.  I do like them but just look at all the brown in this quilt! At this point I’m thinking the brown should have swapped places with the orange. 2012-12-24 07.45.56

As much as I love them together, orange is my favorite.  Maybe Bonnie will surprise us with a purple and black on white step. I think she said on quilt cam that we are done with the turquoise now, which is my brown pieces. Speaking of Bonnie, you should go check out everyone’s progress right now at Quiltville!

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy Christmas!

Easy Street Update – Clue 3!

Can I just say that I never thought I would actually get to the clue this weekend? It was stuffed full of all kinds of things. Fabric shopping, machine cleaning, some horrible news and some Christmas shopping just about sums up the whole weekend! On Friday morning I started cutting my fabric for this week’s clue.

2012-12-08 22.39.06That evening (I believe) I caught Bonnie on the QuiltCam. Oh, I was SO happy that there were only 64 bits to the clue this week! You can see my fabric bin there. I am using brown, green and orange in my quilt because… I LOVE luv orange. 🙂 2012-12-09 18.16.23

When I finally got back to it on Sunday evening, Bonnie wasn’t around so I has to settle for Castle. I know. It’s a rough life but someone’s got to lead it. There we were then sewing away. I think I got to within 20 of the finish line though! WOOT!

2012-12-09 21.10.44Look how cute! I know I will have to do some squaring up but I don’t mind so much when they are bigger pieces. 2012-12-09 21.10.04 Oh! And if you look back there at the first pic, you can see my non-slip ruler secret. It’s wicked simple. I take 2 pieces of painter’s tape and loop them sticky side out like you’re going to stick it to the wall, you know? Then When I put it down on the mat, it doesn’t wiggle.2012-12-08 22.39.27  Eventually the tape loses it’s stickiness but it still keeps it from sliding. I don’t know how people keep their “naked” rulers from slipping, I think I just have the worst grip or something.  I’ll have more updates this week about the fabric shopping, etc… right now there is present wrapping to be done. I love everything but the wrapping, however, I am thankful for having things that need to be wrapped.  Oh! and don’t forget to hop on over to Quiltville and check out everyone’s progress!

Orca Bay Top Complete

I am happy to announce that I have finished the top for Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery from 2011. Yes, I was working on it down to the wire and I pulled it off on November 21st. I am calling it Daphne.  I started this thing a few quilts ago where I name the quilt after one of the television series I am watching while I make it. This one is named after Switched At Birth. The main characters are Bay and Daphne. I think you can figure it out from there!

 

This quilt was not the most fun thing to put together. Well, I take that back. I LOVED it until the 750 black wing triangle bits. Really, I don’t know if you know this yet but I am not, not, NOT the most precise piecer. I enjoy zipping through and fudging the bits that don’t quite fit which is why I’m not a big fan of triangles. lol

I have to say, though, when I was actually putting the rows together they weren’t as off as I would have imagined. There was some stretching from the bias parts but all in all, it could have been worse. there are points that are so cut off they aren’t even close to pointy.

That small inner border made everything fit perfectly!

My edges were totally wonky and I thought the border would never fit. I actually thought about leaving it off but since I already had the black wing triangle bits done, I decided it was better to use them then to toss them out.

I really adore it and I am wicked proud that it’s not another UFO.