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December 22, 2014
DWM: sewing amid the social whirl from With Strings Attached

Another finish!  This week I quilted the black/white/bright Heartstrings flimsy.  3-1/8 yards for the back and binding.

Grand Illusion continues. Here's Step 3:

The leftovers from the strip panels yielded these twosies (1.5"):

I am no longer as enamored of 30's prints as I once was.  I have too many to just toss out.  I am joining two long-time participants on the Stashbusters Yahoo Group who are  having  a 30's Bin Bust.  Their stashes are down to bins, while mine is still two shelves....but I'll get there!  Here are strips cut ...

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December 14, 2014
Lots of Green Scraps from Quilting by the River

Too many scraps at Freemotion by the River
I think I have a little bit too many green scraps. It is hard to believe that they all fit in that container before I dumped them out and..........even after making all the blocks for part 3 of Grand Illusion the container is still full!

My blocks are all done.....all 120 of them!
Grand Illusion part 3 all done
I'm not doing the exact colors that Bonnie Hunter has chosen for Grand Illusion but I am sure it will look great.
Close up of blocks and colors
I am actually using up some of the same green scraps I used in the very first mystery quilt that I took ...

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December 11, 2014
Grand Illusion and Quarter Square blocks from Quilting by the River

Grand Illusion parts 1 and 2 at Freemotion by the River
I am all finished with parts 1 and 2 of Grand Illusion. Tomorrow Bonnie Hunter will be showing part 3 and I can't wait. It is so much fun to use up my scraps. Of course it really didn't seem to make a dent in them.
Grand Illusion part 1 at Freemotion by the River
Linking up to Part 2 of Quiltville's Winter Mystery 2014, Grand Illusion.
Grand Illusion
I have also been making some blocks with no project in mind yet....
Here is another one of the new dies I bought from AccuQuilt, it is the Quarter Square 3 inch Finished Triangle I couldn't wait to ...

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December 8, 2014
DWM and Mystery Monday: step 2, avoiding temptation, and a finish from With Strings Attached

The stages of Step 2
 I have about 60 of the step 2 units made as I write this post. I may get a few more done this evening.
I'm using Bonnie's third method to make the diamonds. That results in bonus triangles. I've got them all trimmed to 1.5". (Orca Bay generated bonus triangles, too, and the wallhanging here was the result.)

I was out on errands on Saturday and spied a sign for an estate sale. I was tempted by several mint-in-package cotton bedsheets and a table loaded with embroidered linens and dishtowels.   I ...

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December 2, 2014
Design Wall - Grand Illusion & Women of the Bible from Peachy Pages

Here's what my design wall looks like after this weekend...

Women Of The Bible:  Blocks 1-16
Hoppin' Bobbin's block of the week is still going strong.  There are something like 40 weeks (1 block/week that will make up into a king size quilt) and we're just starting on block #17 this week.
Block #16 - Deborah
This cute log cabin variation (courthouse steps) was last week's block to represent Deborah.  I am really loving how quick and easy all of the blocks of this series are and I'm also really enjoying working with the color ...

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December 1, 2014
DWM: November wrap-up, plaid diversion, and GIMQ from With Strings Attached

Saturday sunset 
Pheasant is pleasant

We enjoyed two Thanksgiving dinners. The first was on Thursday with our friends Erika and Nick (and their daughter, sister, and brother-in-law).  My contribution to the feast was Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish . It is as   an auditory as well as a culinary tradition as I listen to the recipe presented on NPR's Morning Edition the Friday before Thanksgiving. The second was on Saturday with my sister Valerie, brother-in-law Rod, and niece Amelia.  They served roast pheasant (which V&R hunted).  I brought curried parsnips, an easy and delicious recipe from the Joy of ...

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The Second Annual Quiltville Mystery Kickoff Party! from The Modern Diary

 As I sure most of you out there in Blogland know, yesterday Bonnie released the first clue for Grand Illusion!  Today was our second annual mystery kickoff party!  We have doubled in size since last year's party!  You can read about that here!  Of our original twelve folks, we were missing Jan (who moved to Minnesota) and Becky (who had her kids this holiday weekend) all the others came again this year and we added more!  We had it at the Chandler Police Station this year, so we could fit more folks!  This first picture is of me, Ann ...

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November 25, 2014
So Close! from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Jo from Jo's Country Junction has challenged the rest of us to finish up some of our Bonnie Hunter projects before the challenge starts. I'm going to sit out this mystery, but it was just the motivation I needed to pull out one of my favorite WIPs. 

I've got everything done but the binding. It's a little smaller than I'd originally planned, but I've fallen in love with another pattern that uses 2" bow tie blocks and finishing this one means I can get started on that one. 

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November 18, 2014
Quiltville Challenge Update from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Jo from Jo's Country Junction has challenged the rest of us to finish up some of our Bonnie Hunter WIPs before the challenge starts.  

Now that my cheddar bow ties are assembled into a top, I've turned my attention back to the lozenges.

Lots of dark and light rectangles cut, a few of them pieced together....nothing dramatic, but it's progress. 

I'm using smaller rectangles than Bonnie suggested, and I'm still not sure what size I want the finished quilt to be, so there might be some more cutting to be done. It all depends ...

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May 20, 2014
Quilt Jewellery Sale.... from Bobbins 'n Threads Sewing Room

Remember the Quilty Jewelry that I had in the store?  I still have them here in the home studio and have decided they need new homes.  So....I am selling the pieces at 50% off!

There are several flag pins, a few pendants, and some scissor fobs and bracelets.  And 2 pairs of earrings.  All miniature quilt blocks, paperpieced.  Amazing things.

If you are interested in seeing them and purchasing, contact me at 307-745-3200 or email me at [email protected]

Are you fans of Bonnie Hunter?  This week The Quilt Show has an episode with Bonnie and it is ...

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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 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 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 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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December 2, 2013
Plodding Along - Celtic Solstice from Scrap Basket

Today is the first day of the link up for Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice mystery quilt-along. I got a delayed start due to Thanksgiving company that didn't leave until mid-day Saturday. However, I did manage to steal an hour or so on Friday to get started. 

Unfortunately, I wasn't happy with contrast between the browns and the wine reds. So, then I tried a couple test blocks with brighter reds. 

Brighter reds are on the left -- much better. However, DH had other ideas and wanted to finish up a series we had started watching on Netflix. So ...

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April 25, 2012
Gifting Quilts from Scrap Basket

One of the greatest joys I receive from quilting is gifting a quilt. Last week not one but two quilts were received by their recipients so I can now share them here.

First up is this Happy Scrappy Houses, a Bonnie Hunter Quiltville pattern. This was a joint project project with my dear friend on the other side of the state. Janet & I became friends through the HandiQuilter Chatters list. Happy Scrappy Houses was made for another mutual friend from that list who has recently moved into a new home. We decided she needed a house warming gift. We each ...

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April 12, 2012
What's on my Bed from Scrap Basket

Yea, I know--I've been neglecting this poor blog lately. There's been a lot of other distractions in my life lately. Fear not, I have been doing quite a bit of quilting and as soon as some things get in the mail I will be able to share them here.

I also need to share pictures of my new quilting partner--my new Bernina that all your votes helped me to win.

But, in the meantime, Bonnie over at Quiltville is having a link up with "what's on my bed". I still haven't figured out how to include ...

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February 1, 2012
Some Spinning Stars from I spy Quilts

I received some new storage shelving for Christmas ( I'm a lucky girl), but I have to remove the old wardrobe to fit the new cabinets in.  To reach the old wardrobe I have to tidy up - which is fine- but it's a bit of a process.  I've found all sorts of UFOs and I'm sorting and throwing out.

I found a bag with some half finished I Spy blocks.  I think I started this top when I was looking for a pattern to use some strips leftover from cutting squares.  The inspiration was from Bonnie Hunter ...

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