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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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October 19, 2014
Blue Ridge Beauty Quilt from Quilting by the River

I keep forgetting to show you this quilt that I finished and hung on the tree branch that fell after a storm.

Blue Ridge quilt at Freemotion by the River
The pattern is called Blue Ridge Beauty and is by Bonnie Hunter. This pattern is in her book called Adventures with Leaders and Enders. You can also find tons of free patterns at Quiltville. The backing is in sections and all of the pieces are oldies.
Blue Ridge quilt back in the branches at Freemotion by the River
The quilt is about 80 x 80 and has a mixture of old and new fabrics. I know I made this quilt in greens but I can't find the post.
Blue Ridge quilt in the branches at Freemotion by the River
This ...

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July 15, 2014
Smokey Mountain Stars–my version from Silly Goose Quilts

I am knee deep in the middle of the school holidays, and my computer time is being curtailed by small children (who are better at the computer than I am!).  Add to that a head cold which we always, always seem to get in the first week of the holidays – well, that’s why the posts have been thin on the ground.

But I’ve been sewing up a storm, what with an all day sewing day our guild held last week (sheer, pure bliss!), plus forgiving children who seem to want to play with each other all day long ...

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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 30, 2013
Perhaps an Intervention? from I QUILT FOR FUN

Seriously -- what is happening here?

1.  All the Christmas gifts are finished -- no wait!  I have one more pillowcase to do out of dino fabric but have until New Years Eve to get that done.  Oh  -- and I forgot -- I haven't finished binding the dino quilt and that has to be done by New Years Eve, too.

2.  I am knee deep in Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt and determined to stay on top of every clue -- otherwise it will end up in a tote and become a chore to finish at some point. You can see how others ...

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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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