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