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…

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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!


img_3936I’ve actually gotten a lot more done today than I thought I would. My left wrist has been giving me a lot of grief today. But in spite of that, I’ve finished the two patch units for Carolina Christmas and I’m 1/4 finished with the HSTs. I actually have more of the twosies than I need but that will allow me to pick and choose the scrappy combinations when it comes time to use them.

img_3935I’ve been adding the setting triangles to my Christmas Lights top as leaders and enders for the sewing on this first part of the CC. That’s one way to make some progress and get this one off my design wall.

I’m heading out to an after Thanksgiving Dinner at my good friends home this evening so I’m pretty much finished sewing for the day. I’ll pick this up again tomorrow morning. I’d like to be ready for Part 2 when Bonnie posts it on Sunday.

Carolina Christmas Fabrics Chosen

img_3931I haven’t even finished sewing rows together for Christmas Lights, but you know I’m pulling fabrics and getting ready to cut for Step 1 in Bonnie’s new Challenge, Carolina Christmas.

I’ve decided on Blue, Green, Goldy Yellows and scrappy lights for this one. I have my Grandson in mind as the recipient for this quilt, but we’ll see how it develops.

But don’t be surprised if you find me digging into my Christmas scraps and making a second one right along with the first. It was a hard choice. I will have Christmas Lights in red, green, and gold, and I have a Christmas star quilt that I’m still hand quilting. How many Christmas quilts does a girl need?

img_3930I decided to get out my stash (which is stored under my queen size bed in plastic bins) to see what colors were calling to me. Clearly Blue won!

I don’t have as big a stash as most of the quilters I read about, but then I’ve only been a serious quilter since the end of 2005. This picture only captures my yardage (that’s not pulled for a WIP). All my cut strips, strings, FQs, and kit fabric are stored in other bins under my cutting table and in my closet.

I don’t have the luxury of a separate sewing room at the moment, but it’s certainly in the plans by the time I retire.

I hope you all are getting some time in your sewing rooms this long Thanksgiving weekend. Enjoy!