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Allietare Quilt Mystery Part 3!

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.


December 19, 2015 Posted by | Quilting | Leave a comment

Tulips in the Window Quilt

Tulips in the window close up

I started this quilt when we went to Florence for our Christmas getaway, so this quilt has a Christmas feel to me.

Tulips in the Window quilt full front view

It’s not a scrappy quilt, but it has that look because I used so many different fabrics.

Tulips in the window side view

tulips in the window fabric close up

It is for sale at my Etsy shop!

December 14, 2015 Posted by | Quilting | Leave a comment

Allietare Mystery Quilt Part 2!!!

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!!


December 9, 2015 Posted by | Quilting | 2 Comments

The Allietare Mystery Quilt Part 1

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.



imageWe went to Italy for our honeymoon!


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????


Hadrian’s Castle

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!

December 3, 2015 Posted by | Quilting | 2 Comments