Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mystery Quilts

Why is it that all the mystery quilts seem to start at the same time.  I have 3 going on right now. -  2 from guilds,  and one online.  And I know that Bonnie Hunter's mystery will be starting in a few weeks. Maybe I can avoid getting sucked into the New Years Day mystery overload I've done the last few years. The current mysteries are somewhat long term,  running until the spring,  so they should not be too much work each month.

These are my blocks from one of the guild mysteries.  The dark is my background,  and the light is my accent colour -  so I keep having to remind myself to switch the dark and light in the instructions. Hopefully I don't forget that little tidbit before next month's clue comes out.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

It's a Butterfly!

Look what I finished today!  Well,  not quite finished,  because it still needs 2 borders. But the piecing is done,  the sections are together,  and the quilt barely fits on my design wall :)

Everything went together really well,  but this quilt certainly is good practice for sewing accuracy. I probably should have checked a few of the blocks before assembly, but everything seemed to work out in the end.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Design Wall Monday

My design wall is a mess today, as I've started assembling bits of my butterfly. The wall isn't big enough to hold the whole thing, so bits are overlapping at the top.  Hoping to get this done in the next day or two so I can take it in the shop before I start quilting it.

I also started a couple of new projects recently. A mystery quilt that I found on Facebook (here), which is going to release clues twice a month. I figure that should be an achievable goal.  32 4-patches completed for step 1.

And a disappearing Dresden that I started yesterday at a class.  Just one more plate to make and then it's time to quilt it. We all agreed to take our finished projects to the November guild meeting, so hopefully a deadline will help me keep plugging along.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Retreat Prep

A couple of tweaks to the butterfly and I think it's ready to assemble. I want to finish the body section and get it up on the wall before I call it done, however. Just a few more flying geese to make.

In the mean time, I've been trying to clean my sewing room. I have 3 retreats coming up at the end of October, so I figure I need to be super organized in order to ensure I have enough projects to keep me occupied during all of that fabulous sewing time.  So, I've been collecting and organizing bits in my sewing room, and trying to get quilts to a reasonable state to take with me.

This is my "Edge of 17" shop hop from a couple of years ago. I bailed on the last few blocks and decided to just go with what I have. So working on a layout now. Not sure this one will get to a retreat, since it's going to require quite a bit of design wall time.  But at least it is moving out of the "pile of stuff I should finish one day" state.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Half a butterfly

Here it is. I was going to say attempt one, but in reality I think this is number 4 or 5, after rearranging the blocks several times.  It's pretty amazing how much that wing changed after I added the 66 1/2 square triangles to the edges. It softened the whole thing, which I guess makes sense.

Thoughts on colour placement?  I think I'm pretty happy with it overall, but the oranges are so bright should they be either more grouped, or more spread out?  The top right is pretty much a done deal - there are no alternate colourways for the wheel and the log cabin blocks.

Here's a picture from before the triangles were added, with the circles in the lower quadrant moved around.  Maybe I should swap the dark cross at the top with the lighter one near the bottom.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Butterfly bits

All the bits are finished for my butterfly.  Now I just have to figure out how to put it all together

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Continuing to make progress on my Tula Butterfly quilt.  A bit of Orange Crush added into the mix now. These are the "chunk crosses", and I also finished the floating crosses, but I don't seem to have that photo downloaded yet.

I'm really excited to see how this is going to come together, and I've been working on it almost every day this week.  Incentive to get into my sewing room is great - but now I must push myself back to the long arm and finish up a couple of customer commitments for this month.