"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 (NIV)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mystery Quilt Step 6 Reveal and Viewer Linkup

For those that are still working on the mystery quilt, how are you doing so far?  I hope you've enjoyed this non-traditional mystery quilt.   I'd love to hear what you think of it as you've been working on it.   And  I've included a linkup at the bottom of this post and would love to see pics of your quilt.   Please consider posting to the linkup at the bottom of the page so that everyone can see what you've been doing.

The two things to be added in this step were 5 stars, and a rectangle across two blocks.   I played with the instructions for my quilt and ended up actually adding a total of 8 stars.   But I didn't want just random stars floating around on the top.  So I cut stars in multiple sizes and fabrics, and then added circles out of a yellow & gold plaid fabric.   Then made flowers from them by layering stars and circles.    All of it was fused down and then button-hole stitched.

I took more 'liberties' with my rectangle as well and didn't stick with the traditional rectangle shape - two pairs of equal sides with 90 degree angles.   Yes that is the engineer/math side of me coming out.....lol.  

Instead I made my 'rectangle' a trapezoid......both are quadrilateral figures....and for me that was good.  I then added a circle at the bottom of the figure and made an exclamation point to finish off my saying.   =)  

I have plans for a pieced border that I'll be posting in steps starting next weekend if you want to follow me as I do that.  

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Ponderings.....What do you think?

As the end of the mystery quilt instructions approaches, I've been thinking about what to design for posting next.   Another mystery quilt, a planned design, quilt ideas with how to do them, or just some block designs.....or something else altogether?

For myself, I've got a quilt designed that I plan on working on while at a quilt retreat in April that will be submitted for publication.   So that won't get posted on here.   And am working on my next block submittal for QuiltMaker's magazine as well at the retreat.    Do need to get that design decided on so I can pull fabrics for it.

However, I love to design and always have more than one design in the works.   I do want to continue to share designs on my blog and website, but need input from my readers and those that are interested.  

What would you be interested in seeing me design and post next -

  • A mystery quilt - traditional, non-traditional?   If so what size would you be most interested in?
  • Block patterns - what type (applique, pieced), theme, size?
  • One or more quilt design and instructions for them (non mystery) - style/theme?
  • Something totally different - if so what?
Thanks in advance for your feedback, it is much appreciated....

1. Having the fun of being able to design my own quilts and patterns.

2. Spring break has been wonderful even if I didn't get anywhere near all i wanted to do done.  =) 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

2015 Mystery Quilt, Step 6

The final steps before the border:

1. Add a rectangle across 2 blocks in the coordinating fabric of your choice.

2. Add a star on each of the 6 blocks using more than one of your coordinating fabrics.

         Thinking outside the box:
         Try to not place fabrics on a  block that already has the same fabric used on it.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pumpkin Panel Fused

Swapped out one fabric on the small pumpkin that bothered me and like the results much better.   All fabrics are now fused down and ready to stitch around with button-holing.   Need to get out a spool of black thread and I'll be ready to stitch away on it. =)
1. Knowing that God will provide all that is needed (health and finances) as I prepare for surgery on my sinuses in late April.

2. Spring break is next week and the quilt retreat is coming in 3 weeks.....woohoo.............

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mystery Quilt Step 5 Reveal and Viewer Linkup

Mystery Quilt Step 5 reveal
How are all of you that are working on the mystery quilt doing so far?  Keeping up or lagging behind?  I've included a linkup at the bottom of this post and would love to see pics of your quilt.   Please consider posting to the linkup.

For myself, the first thing I added this round was what I managed to forget to do the last step.   Yes, I'm one who doesn't do well at following patterns - even my own. One of my quilting friends who is doing the mystery pointed out that I had not added the three circles from step 4.   Ooops!!!

So the first thing I added was those down towards the bottom of the quilt.

The first part of step 5 was to think creatively and add 3 numbers into your quilt.   To add the numbers into my quilt I pieced flying geese - there are three of them in a lime green at the bottom left of the quilt.   This strip of geese were inset into the quilt top.

I then pieced another strip of three geese in the same dk greek print I had bordered three of the blocks in back at the start of the project.   I then lopped off the corner of the upper right hand block and added the dk green geese there.  I wanted the effect of the dk green fading into the gees and then back into the strip down the side of the block.   The final "goose" was done in the lime green/blue floral and is appliqued down to the middle block on the right hand.

The final part of step 5 was to add three squares to the quilt.   I used the pink w/daisies fabric to make these and placed them so that they would either overlap the dk green strips or the dark pink triangle.  I'm liking the layered effect that i'm getting by overlapping the pieces.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pumpkins ready for fusing

Everything is finally laid out on the top panel for my pumpkin quilt and ready for fusing.   Currently pinned in place so that I can lift it up to the ironing board, I'll look at it for a day or two to see if I want to change anything before fusing it all in place.     I'm happy with though, and really glad to be getting closer to having this quilt finished after starting it way back in 2004.  =)

The bags right behind the panel are full of wool sweaters and wool yardage that I was given by a gal I work with.   I'll be felting them to make slippers and other wool gifts from.  =)


1. That I was priveledged to know and love my Uncle Charles as long as he was alive.   Will miss him.

2. CT Scan has been done on my sinuses.....Lord willing it will show the infection is gone.