Bonnie gave us an easy one this week. It was good timing for us, trying to get all of the last loose ends wrapped up before schools lets out for Christmas vacation.
Here are some of my golden four patches.
I was also working on another project – so far I have one block done…
And I baked some Christmas cookies today. ☺️
Merry Christmas everyone! And keep on moving forward on your mystery quilt!!! I love seeing all the progress.
I started this quilt when we went to Florence for our Christmas getaway, so this quilt has a Christmas feel to me.
It’s not a scrappy quilt, but it has that look because I used so many different fabrics.
It is for sale at my Etsy shop!
Things are moving right along with Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt. She gave us a couple of assignments this week:
First – 2″ squares of grey and navy (her black)
Second- 80 headless geese
Then- adding neutral rectangles to the bottom of the headless geese
These units are an odd size- 3 1/2″ by 4 1/2″. I wonder what we will use these for? That’s what makes a mystery so fun!!!
My sons decorated this Christmas ginger bread train:
I can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner 😀
Happy sewing everyone!!
Here we are again! The start of this year’s mystery quilt with Bonnie Hunter! I think this is my 5th year? Maybe? They have all been great fun and I look forward to them all year long.
And what a whirlwind tour it was! We’re celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary in just a few months, so how perfect is this? And please forgive the 90’s fashions– can you believe that’s 20 years ago????
But I digress…. Back to the quilt…..I’m changing up the color scheme just a little bit. Bonnie has red, gold, neutrals, grey, and black. I’m doing red, gold, neutrals, grey, and navy. Essentially the same, but a patriotic mix rather than an Italian feel, as this quilt is destined to be a Quilt of Valor.
The first step was grey and neutrals HSTs–nearly 300 of them! Since her finished size is much larger than a QOV, I’m making far fewer and then will fill in once I see the reveal. I usually end up changing the pattern a bit, frequently the borders. In the past I have wanted to eliminate the border and so had to figure out how to extend the blocks and make them finish with a filled-in edge. Or, as in the case of Easy Street, I was planning to gift the quilt as a wedding present and I wanted to add some appliqué detail. Sometimes I get inspired by one of my fellow mystery quilters, and really go crazy!! So….rather than have loads of leftovers, as I have in previous years, I’m keeping it small.
Jump right in and join us on the mystery- you will have a blast!
Happy quilting, everyone!
My friend and I made a quilt together! It was for a silent auction fundraiser for a school.
Let me tell you the story…..
First, my friend traced handprints of every student in her class onto brightly colored fabric. She cut them out and appliquéd them into baskets- Begonia baskets!
I added several pieced borders using the same fabrics as the handprints.
Here is the progression…… first four patches, then HST’s,
It got bigger, and bigger!
I had fun quilting all sorts of fun stuff into it- the class’ memory verse, the names of the students on their handprints, and more!! I hope it raises some money for the school :-)
I finished 2 more Quilts of Valor!
And 2 of my quilts of valor were hung in our guild’s Quilt Show!!!
How fun is that! Keep on sewing! :-)
It may be cold and windy, but we’re gonna walk! Come walk with us!
Here are some of the beautiful sights along the way…..
Where do you like to walk?
Every Christmas morning for several years now, I make cinnamon rolls for breakfast (late brunch, really).
I make the dough in the bread maker the night before. I spread it all out and cover it with butter and cinnamon and sugar.
Then I roll it into a long tube and cut it into small sections and lay it into a baking casserole.
Then I store them in the refrigerator until I get up the next morning. I let them rise in the oven and then bake them.
The magic happens when I turn them out of the pan and all the gooey goodness is on top!!!
Time to eat!
Oh– and Merry Christmas!
We had planned to go to Florence for the summer, with the boys. Unfortunately, we were on the East Coast for a funeral and missed our reservations. So instead- we went for Christmas!! Our first trip away as a couple. :-)
It was very romantic! This fireplace had a remote!!! Just one click of the button, and we had a crackling’ fire– it was warm too!
Florence was lovely, of course. Doug was able to kayak around the lake.
And we ate out at all our favorite restaurants.
And the boys kept the house so clean while we were gone, I couldn’t even tell we had ever left!!!
This one is twin-sized :-)