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March 29, 2014
RSC14 - Water Colors! from Peachy Pages

RSC14 for me is just trudging through setting the 4-patches from 4-Patch revisited on point.

Adventures with Leaders & Enders by Bonnie K. Hunter
This month...
RSC14 - Water Colors (March)
The last couple of months...
RSC14 - January (blue 4-patches on-point)
RSC14 - February (pink 4-patches on-point)

After having three projects going at once for RSC13, I feel like I'm really not doing enough for this year's challenge.  So, since I'll be working on Lozenges as leaders and enders this year as well, I think I'm going to concentrate on the color of the month for each of those ...

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March 20, 2014
Cutting, cutting, cutting.... from Peachy Pages

Anyone recognize what these units might become?
If you were thinking the "Lozenges" (Quiltville 2014 leader/ender project), you are correct!

Over the last few days, I have been cutting 345 bricks in all sorts of colors, 688 black squares and 692 white squares.  This will make the perfect size twin size quilt!  The info on this size is below, just in case you would like to play along!

Twin Quilt Plan
69x90" Finished Quilt (without borders)
23 x15 (horiz x vert) block design
345 bricks (3.5x6.5")
688 black squares (2")
692 white square (2")


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March 4, 2014
Lazy Sunday from Peachy Pages

In 2013, Quiltmaker Magazine published a multi-issue quilt mystery entitled "Lazy Sunday."  The quilt is designed by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville fame who also writes the "Addicted To Scraps" articles.
After keeping up religiously all year with each and every mystery step, I packed up the completed top (prepared binding and pieced backing) to get ready for our impending move to Illinois.  
Lazy Sunday
Last week, I pulled Lazy Sunday out of the cabinet and decided it was time to get it quilted up.  I got it loaded up on the frame and discovered I did an extremely poor job ...

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February 27, 2014
Up Bright and Early! from The Modern Diary

SEW excited to get to Weight Watchers this morning and then to meet Becky and get on our sewing trip!  However, I wanted to post and tell you if you are a Bonnie Hunter/Quiltville fan you should join our facebook group!  Just started yesterday and well on our way to 4,000 quilters!  It is like an online guild--how fun is that?
Also, I see that Bonnie has announced the next leaders and enders challenge!  We will be making since I am up so early (for me) I am off to prep a few to bring with ...

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February 25, 2014
RSC14 - Pink! from Peachy Pages

Last year for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I chose to work on 3 different projects designed by Bonnie Hunter:  Wild Child, Bowdacious!, and 4-Patch Revisited.  Remember my Wild Child?  It was the only project from RSC13 that got completed at the end of the year because once the blocks were done, all I had to do was sew them together and add a couple of borders.  Actually, it got completed as my January UFO first thing this year!

Remember my Bowdacious!?  I'm still working on it, should be done next month (I hope)!  At the end of ...

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February 13, 2014
Lest You Think I've Been Slacking..... from Scrap Basket

....Yeah, I know, I'm a terrible blogger. Lately I just don't seem to have any blogging mojo. Anyway, I thought I'd pop in and share a few of the latest projects I've been working on.

First up is Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice Mystery. I ended up enlarging mine to a 7x7 block setting to give me a larger quilt for our queen size bed. I still need to put the borders on this but I'm mulling over what I want to do. I'm not sure I want to go with Bonnie's design ...

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February 5, 2014
Working on Wednesday - Quilt Labels from Quilt Crazie

Yesterday I chatted about the importance of labeling our quilts HERE.  Let me be the first to say that I am not perfect at labeling my quilts.  My labels are attached to many quilts but not all of them.  Let me show you a few.  I started out mostly self-taught on labeling and continue to progress in my knowledge. 

Here is a label cut from a panel of labels that you can buy in your local quilt shop.  I wrote on it with a permanent fabric pen. 

This label is on the quilt front and in the center.  It was ...

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February 3, 2014
Squeaker Reclaiming his territory and Design Wall Monday from BedofRosesMQ

A couple of days ago I caught Lucy up on the cat tree. Until the last few weeks the only cat to climb the stand was Squeak. Then Lucy started sitting on the first perch. Then one day she was on the second one. A couple of days ago I looked up and she was on the top one just quietly enjoying herself.

Squeaker was in the sunroom for a time out. I wish I'd had my camera ready when he saw Lucy up on what he considers to be his Cat Tree. His face registered such disbelief.  He ...

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January 31, 2014
Bowdacious! Progress Report from Peachy Pages

Since I've made some progress on my UFO list this month (though, I neglected to take down my Christmas decorations until this week, shhhh....), I've given myself until the end of the month to get a bit more done on my Bowdacious! quilt.  Here's where I'm at...
Bowdacious! blocks
The inner sashings (pink) and cornerstones have been added to the bowtie units to finally form blocks!  I worked on all of the bowtie units last year as part of my RSC13 project and I have not added to my UFO list because I intend to keep ...

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January 17, 2014
Just a Hug from Charmed Creations

I belong to an online quilting group called Quiltville Hearts - it is a sister group to Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Chat.

Our group voluntarily puts together "hug" quilts for quilty sisters and/or families, near and far who are going through a rough time, be it surgery, cancer treatments, loss of a loved one, etc.

I've sent in blocks to add to them over the time we've had this group, but this was my first chance to quilt and bind one.  I happily accepted the position when asked... since the recipient lives in Cambridge, ON. It was way ...

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January 13, 2014
Celtic Solstice Part 5! from Quilting Affection

This weekend was a busy weekend here at the house, but we still found time with to finish Part 5 of the Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt.  Yes, when I say we, that means that my husband helped me again.  He is really enjoying sewing, and wants to learn more.  And I really enjoy the company while sewing.

Saturday, we started with the first half of the squares. I cut the white/cream triangles to be sewn on the sides of the half square triangles made in Part 3.  Once I had a lot of the triangles cut, I showed my ...

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Steelers Stars from With Strings Attached

My best-laid schemes ganged agley this past week. (That's using Burns' words from   "To a Mouse" -- ) .  I came down with a cold on Tuesday.  I sneezed and sniffled and napped at home Wednesday and Thursday.  I delegated, rescheduled, reassigned, and remotely reported as needed for the quilt guild meeting Wednesday, a medical test on Thursday, a community meeting Friday, and the AAUW state board meeting Saturday.   I had to make those decisions in advance, and though I was feeling better by Friday afternoon, I didn't want to push myself into a relapse. 

In between naps I did have ...

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January 12, 2014
Slowly, but surely from Peachy Pages

A little bit more progress is being made on my blocks for "Bowdacious!" & "4-Patch Revisited."  With our move at the end of last year, I never really had time to make the blocks for the colors chosen for the last few months.  I've still got 2 months worth of work left to do to catch up and then I can begin at least putting the "Bowdacious!" one's together into a top.

4-Patch Revisited (right) & Bowdacious! (left)
I think as part of this year's RSC14, I may work month-by-month on the setting of the 4-Patch Revisited blocks.  Each ...

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January 9, 2014
Celtic Solstice - Reveal from Scrap Basket

New Year's Eve those of us participating in Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice mystery quilt along were gifted with the big reveal. For the most part I had managed to keep up with each clue as they were published. The only one I didn't finish were the 4-patches of clue #4. Since I had changed my colors from Bonnie's, I knew I was in trouble when this clue had me putting together my reds and mossy greens into 4-patch units. They started giving everything a Christmas look which is not what I wanted for this clue. So ...

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I'm back!!! from Peachy Pages

Wow!  It's been a while!  So much has been going on...

My last post was in October...why?  Well, we up and moved!  As most of you know, my husband retired from the Army after 20 years of service.  Now, he's got a new job...working for the Air Force!   With the new job, came another move, but not far away...just 2 1/2 hours up the highway from Missouri to Illinois.  Now we're all settled in, the holiday hustle and bustle is behind us and I'm back into my old routine...

Wild ...

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Celtic Solstice Part 4! from Quilting Affection

Today, was full of business work at the desk top, so very little sewing was done today.  But we did finally get Celtic Solstice Part 4 Finished this morning.  As I stated on Monday's Blog Post for Celtic Solstice Part 3, my husband volunteered to work on Part 4 of the mystery quilt. 

So I started him off with cutting 2" strips of orange and green.  Then I sewed all the orange and green together with right sides together, making 3-1/2" strips. Then press open to the green side.  Then we cut all the strips into 2".  

I ...

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January 8, 2014
Celtic Mystery - Yikes! from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee

There is a good reason to take a picture as you go....little mistakes stand out.  I found two units turned the wrong way right away.  With just six blocks to go, I was so close....out comes the ripper.

Linking up with Bonnie's gang at Quiltville,.... there are so many pretty colors over there.  It is amazing that Bonnie has such a large following.  Even though most of us were snowed under with other projects and holidays, we show up every year to get the Bonnie "high". Yep, an addiction is an way around it.

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January 6, 2014
Celtic Solstice Part 3 from Quilting Affection

Since I have been working on quilting my moms beautiful quilt all last week and I still have more to quilt on it this week.  I decided this weekend will be devoted on working in my sewing room on the Celtic Solstice Part 3.  Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville did the reveal of the mystery on New Year's Day.  I was excited to see how the quilt will look.  I have been watching Facebook and seeing lots of people finishing their quilts and they look gorgeous.  So, this week was devoted to seeing how far I would get on Part ...

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Celtic Solstice! from With Strings Attached

Bonnie published the "solution" to the Celtic Solstice mystery quilt early on January 1.  At 11:15 p.m. my audiobook ended and I had two inner borders and the outer borders to attach. I chose sleep!  Today I firmly told myself to finish my homework (the AAUW-IL midyear financial report) before going downstairs to sew. 

Here is the result of my reward.  Though I used Bonnie's colorway, I used yellow for the inner border. I turned the upper-left and lower-right corner units.  I cut the outer border 3.5" (Bonnie's is 2"). 

The flimsy used 8 yards ...

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January 3, 2014
Celtic Solstice from Quilting by the River

Celtice Solstice at Freemotion by the River
Yesterday I finished putting all my blocks together and also got the first 2 borders on. I put 2 sides of green on last night and then called it a day night. 

This morning I had to run to the cities for blood tests and when I got home I had a email from Beaquilter saying she had her quilt all pieced. Well you know what that meant.....I hurried up and put on the last two borders and took my pictures. I think I beat her getting a post up, LOL. 

She had a great post yesterday showing all ...

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