Sunday, December 10, 2017

On Ringo Lake Clue #3 Done!

31 Day Blogging Challenge Day 10!

Here are all of my pieces pinned and ready to sew.  I had Quilter's Night Out last night and wanted to be all ready to sew.  It's so much fun to get together with girlfriends and chat and sew.  These are all my pieces for Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Mystery, On Ringo Lake.  The pattern is available for free on her blog.


I picked up my piles of fabrics and don't they look like a salmon steak?  Sushi anyone?  


All sewn up and completed!


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Saturday, December 9, 2017

An Adventure in Acquiring an Accuquilt 2" Cutting Die



31 Day Blogging Challenge Day 9!

I accomplished cutting my pieces!  After arriving home from work (it was a very frustrating day in third grade), we realized we had no 2" die for the GO BIG! cutter.  Sigh...what to do?  I certainly didn't want to cut ALL those 2" squares by hand...


So we called our local quilt shop that is an Accuquilt dealer, Sew With Me.  They had one and were open another hour.  Could we make it through traffic?  Google maps said traffic was light, so my mom and I went for it.  We got there with 25 minutes to spare only to find out we'd called their sister location in Stillwater, not Woodbury, and the Woodbury store didn't have that die.  So they called Stillwater and asked if they'd stay open a few minutes late to wait for us.

Oh, did I mention the main freeway between the two stores is closed?  A little problem with a burst water pipe and a sinkhole!?  Fortunately, the lady at Woodbury gave me AMAZING directions and we made it to the new store about 10 minutes after closing and acquired the needed die....and a few more tans for the mystery too!  

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Then on the way home we ran into a snow squall and the gas light came on.  The driving reminded me of the scene where the Millennium Falcon of Star Wars flies into hyperspace and it looks like a snow storm! A stop was made to refill the car and we continued on our way home where mom and I were finally successful in getting our pieces cut.

Now to mark all those lines...

I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Friday, December 8, 2017

Free Motion Friday - Helen Godden's Christmas Advent Quilt Along - Part 3

It's day 8 of the 31 day blog writing challenge and I'm still going strong.  It's a good thing I'm working on so many things right now! 

Here's my progress.  I did days seven and eight and added some more quilting to two ornaments.


This is day 7.  I added the extra inside curves to add density.  I find that when quilting a quilt I want to have fairly consistent density across the quilt.  So I added some extra lines in places to give me that effect.


I must admit I didn't like my first attempt at either of these two circles.  So what to do?  Duh...add more thread!  So I did and I'm a happy camper.


And here is day 8.  I love geometric spirals.


Excitedly awaiting the new On Ringo Lake Mystery clue from Bonnie Hunter...

I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Helen Godden's Christmas Advent Quilt Along - Part 2

It's Day 7 for the 31 Day Quilt Blogging Challenge!

Today I show you the second steps of my Christmas Advent Quilt Along from Helen Godden.  She's hosting it on her Facebook page and it's so much fun.  She gives you the pattern for a wreath and each day posts the next step.

Today you can see I've added circles 2-6.  I can hardly wait for the next one to come out!

It's going to be such fun to see all the different motifs fill in.



Love this one with stipples.




These two are favorites as well.  I love Helen's Stack of Rocks.



I also stitched down the words at the top.



I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Helen Godden's Christmas Advent Quilt Along - Part 1

It's Day 6 for the 31 Day Quilt Blogging Challenge!

Today I show you the start of my Christmas Advent Quilt Along from Helen Godden.  She's hosting it on her Facebook page and it's so much fun.  She gives you the pattern for a wreath and each day posts the next step.

Here's the first step.  The quilt all marked and basted with pins.  Why pins?  That's a good question.  I like pins because they let me flex the fabric around a bit if I need to.


And now I've stitched down all the circles and the bow.  I chose to use a Glide 40 weight poly thread because I like the extra sheen to it.


The first circle all filled up with a fun star.  I added some extra stitching to the inside to emphasize the star.


I love to free motion quilt and this project is such fun!

I hope you get to quilt today!
See you tomorrow!
Suzy

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Quiltville On Ringo Lake Mystery - Clue #2

31 Day Blogging Challenge Day 5!

I'm currently working on Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Mystery.  We're on clue 2.  I must admit that I applique more than I piece and it's fun to do something different.

Here are all my geese pinned and ready to go.  There are a lot.


Here are some of them pressed.  I love the orange and coral combination!


And all stacked up ready to be put away.


The first two clues.  I adore these colors.  They're what finally made me participate after years of watching!  Ready for clue 3 on Friday.


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Monday, December 4, 2017

Lunchbox Inspiration

I'm staying caught up...day 4 of the 31 day quilt blogging challenge!

I took this picture at lunch the other day.  I love the colors of this lunchbox!


Okay....so this may not be quilt inspiration, but my son built this with blocks the other day and it's just so much fun.


I love the colors of these trees!  A pale lavendar and coral would be a gorgeous color combination.


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy