Easy Street Mystery Revealed

As of 5:00 pm today, here’s what my Easy Street top looks like. I really like this one a lot.


All the corner and setting triangle units are made. And, I’m sewing the diagonal rows together as I finish the blocks in the row. So the whole upper right section is sewn together.

I’m making mine 3/4 the size Bonnie called for. So I have four more block A and three more block B units to piece together. Maybe I’ll have the energy to do more piecing tonight, but then again maybe not. It’s been a pretty intense couple of sewing days while I was also taking down and putting all the Christmas stuff away. But I will try to get the rest of the top pieced by the end of this coming weekend.

Can’t wait to see how everyone else is doing.

Happy New Year!


Easy Street Part 2 & 3


Last night I finished my Part 2 and Part 3 for the Easy Street mystery.

I used my “Alternate Method” for making the units in Step 3 and I had them finished in a flash. I’m very excited to be keeping up with this mystery.

I’ve still got Orca Bay, Roll Roll Cotton Boll, and Carolina Christmas in my UFO pile. And, Double Delight is waiting to be quilted.

I’m not letting this happen with this quilt.



Yesterday, I finally got busy on making some Christmas gifts.

I made this really cute little baby doll sleeping bag for my grand-niece for Christmas.

I used Connie Reskin’s pattern and it was so easy to put together. I got the 8” baby doll at Target.

In addition, I made three Lavender Eye Pillows for my nieces. I think I’ll write up a tutorial about how easy it is to make those.

Linking up to Bonnie’s Part 3 Linky Party and Connie’s Tuesday Linky Party.

Some Finishes

Since I’m spending the weekend on my bed with my leg elevated and iced, I sewed down the binding on a few quilts that I can now call FINISHED.

Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery that was in Quiltmaker a couple of years ago, Christmas Lights.

And, here’s a Laurel Burch kit that I got a couple years ago at my LQS parking lot sale.

And, finally a small table topper from a mystery kit that’s been around for at least four years.

I’m really pleased to get these out of my pile of UFOs.

Linking up to Amanda’s Finish it Up Friday.

DWM and Something New…

I couldn’t resist starting something new when I saw a post about the Temecula Quilt Company’s Summer Star Quilt-a-Long. The stars will finish at 4″ (4.5″ unfinished) and this will be a small 16″ x 16″ quilt. I may make it a bit larger with borders. I’ll see what the finished looks like.

The blocks are posted every Friday. Here are my first two.

I took this picture with my Blackberry just to see what the quality was like. Not bad, but not the best.

I had so much fun making the little flying geese for the start points using the No Waste Flying Geese method, that I made two more sets for the next two weeks. Each week all that is posted is the center portion for the star.

If you want to join along, go here. The first post is on July 6, 2012. For some reason, I can’t get just that post to appear in Safari, so this link is to the generic blog. But if you look for July 6, 2012, you’ll find the first block.

To see what is on everyone else’s Design Wall, go visit Judy’s blog here.

To Do List Before June 30

Here’s my quilting ToDo list before the end of the month. Just so I feel like I’m making some progress on these UFOs:

Connect the Dots
Make binding
Attach binding and label

Sew down binding

Kitchen Sink
Make binding
Attach binding and label

Sew down binding

Jacob Takes a Wife
Sew top together (in two pieces now)
Add borders

And here’s the quilted Connect the Dots:

Shipshewana 2010

Finally, I’m back. I haven’t posted in a long while because I broke my elbow in late August and had surgery to put four screws in to repair it. That was followed by a bout with some virus that knocked me off my feet for several more weeks. So September and the first part of October were like a blur for me. But nothing was going to keep me from making the trip to Shipshewana. I didn’t care if I had to sit and not sew all weekend, I was going. And, I did.

img_4901I feel like the last retreater to get a post up about last weekend’s amazing adventure to Shipshewana, IN for Ruthie’s Threads of Mine Retreat. This was my first quilting retreat and I traveled almost 2000 miles to be a part of it. I’m hooked and will be back next year and the year after.

Within an hour of signing up for the retreat last year, I met my new BFF who was my roommate at the retreat. I’ll refer to her as MS because she has a very unique name that can be easily located in a search. MS lives near O’Hare so she scooped me up at my hotel Thursday morning and off we went in her van for the three hour trip to Shipshewana. After a couple of wrong turns we got to the hotel by about 12:30. It was strange losing an hour since IN is on Eastern time and Chicago is on Central time and of course I was on Pacific time.

img_4919We shared a group of four tables with six other ladies, Jennifer, Carol (her mom), Lorelei, and Kathy from Indianapolis, and Judy L and Elaine from MO. We all be came fast friends. I met so many other ladies that were absolutely delightful. Ruthie of course, the organizer, Jill from Ohio, Eleanor who only lives 40 minutes away, and the list could go on and on. I don’t mean to leave anyone out.

I’ve posted all my pictures here on Picasa, here. A number of bloggers have already posted about the weekend so I won’t retell what others have already. You can read these blogs for more tales of the weekend: Jill Quilts, Judy L, Bonnie, Ruthie, Subee and I’m sure there are others I’m missing right now.

The absolute highlight of the weekend was getting to meet Bonnie and img_4842Judy L. in person. What a treat to have both ladies in the same room. Better yet, Judy sat right across from me and was generous enough to bring a machine for me to use so I wouldn’t have to lug mine on the airplane. THANKS AGAIN JUDY. Bonnie and her friends were directly behind me. I wasn’t the only one from California. Bonnie’s friend Randi flew in from Santa Cruz as well.

I had Judy’s mystery quilt all cut out and ready to sew. I started Thursday afternoon and put the last stitch in the top on Saturday about 11:00 am. (Can’t show a picture here because the Retreat mystery is currently being revealed on Judy’s blog for those who didn’t attend the retreat.) Why did it take so long you ask? Well, there were two trips to Lolly’s and Yoder’s and three meals at the Blue Gate to squeeze in between. Plus all the talking, laughing and general frivolity involved when you get 50 or so women together. It seemed like every few minutes someone had a new finished quilt or top to show and tell. So of course we had to stop to oooh and aaaah and take pics.

Pineapple Blossom blocksAfter I finished the mystery top, I started on Bonnie’s Pineapple Blossom blocks that I had all pre-cut and ready to sew. I was rushing to get a few done so I could get a picture of them with Bonnie. And, what did I do??? I didn’t ready her instructions closely enough. So when I presented her with 8 finished blocks, Bonnie very kindly pointed out that five were wrong. Talk about red on my face. See I read the instructions up to the second round of strips. That’s where I stopped and didn’t pay attention to the order I was adding the strips. Bonnie explained it would only become apparent if I tried to put the blocks together like a star rather than using sashing and cornerstones. So, those five blocks will now go on the back of my quilt and I learned a lesson I should have already known: READ TWICE and SEW ONCE! The blocks on the left are incorrect; on the right, correctly made.

img_4948I managed to buy enough fabric in Ship-Shop-Shewana (it’s new nickname) that my suitcase was five pounds overweight when I got to the airport. Not to worry. I had a tote bag all ready just in case. I just pulled out five pounds of fabric to carry on and was on my way. Here’s a pic of my purchases.

Mostly Moda’s Breath of Avignon and Kansas Troubles End of Summer. But I also slipped in an Asian Jelly Roll with matching border and binding fabric found at Lolly’s. I already have the pattern that was made up at the store, so I couldn’t resist. MS bought this one too. And, then I had to buy some of my favorite blenders Fusions 5573 at Yoder’s at $7.96 a yard. My stash report is not going to look so good tomorrow.

I’m off to unpack my suitcase that remains on the floor of my bedroom even now after being home six days. And, of course, to count how many yards of fabric I purchased for my stash report.

Carolina Christmas Part 6

img_3975Here’s what’s on my design wall today. Bonnie posted Part 6 of Carolina Christmas Mystery today. Don’t click this link if you don’t want to spoil the mystery layout. Wow, it’s spectacular. I threw some blocks on my wall to see how my colors will look. I really like it.

I’m still working on the rest of my part 3 and 4 units. I was sewing until I couldn’t sit at the machine any longer last night while listening to the Concrete Blonde Audio Book. I have about half of the required number made. And, 20 of the Pointsettia blocks and 15 of the Fox and Geese blocks. I may not make all of them and just have a smaller size quilt.

Bonnie is suggesting that her layout it not the only possible one. The more I look at it, the more I think I may play around with the Pointsettia blocks. However, I do love the stars that the Fox and Geese blocks make. Those are keepers.

I had planned to do some sewing tonight but I didn’t get home until 6:30. 90 minutes to make a 30 monute drive, just because the 49er’s are playing at home tonight. Sigh…

Check in with Judy L. at patchworktimes.com to see everyone else’s Design Wall Monday posts.

Carolina Christmas Part 5

I’m a little late posting what’s on my wall (cutting mat) this week. I took the pic with my phone and the lighting was better on my mat than on my wall tonight. 🙂

I have half of the Part 3 units sewn (yes, I’m making the bonus triangles), but not cut or pressed yet. And, I’ve sewn about half of the HSTs for Part 4.

But, I couldn’t help myself. I had to see how my color scheme was going to look in the blocks, so I put a couple together. So far so good. I like it! The green and blue block looks better in person. It’s a little overexposed in the pic.

Haven’t had a whole lot of time to sew this week. I hope to make up for it on the weekend.

Even though I’ve made the full number of units for Parts 1 and 2, I’m not sure I have the energy for a large quilt. So I’m going to stop with half the Part 3 and Part 4 units and see what moves me when I see the layout in Part 6. Maybe I’ll make two small ones!

One Mystery Solved…

It’s 5 pm and I’ve been at this QTMysteryQuilts mystery since a little after 8 this morning. I’ve completed all the blocks. Clue 11 is the layout. I’m out of steam for awhile so here’s a pic of some of the blocks laid out on my wall. I really like it. Thanks Ann for letting us do this mystery. I impressed myself with my color choices. AND, that’s 5 yards gone from my stash without even considering borders, backing, and binding which I haven’t chosen yet.

I’m going to relax now and do something other than sewing to stretch my back. The problem is my cutting table is lower than it should be and that’s where I cut and press. And, I don’t think I have the right chair height for my sewing machine. So now I have an achy back. Ah, well such is life.

After I rest a bit, I will either sew the blocks together, OR start Bonnie’s Double Delight. Either way I’ll be working on my Double Delight tomorrow.

We’ve still got almost seven hours left in 2008. Happy New Year everyone.