For May, Aunt Marti chose number 12, which is my Double Delight. Yay! I finished it in February in a finishing spurt. Seems like once I get a quilt quilted, it just has to be finished.
And, Heather chose number 9, which is my Asian Sampler. This one is twelve 12” blocks that I need to get laid out into a top. No idea what I’m going to do with it yet. This one will be challenging and I’ll be lucky to get the top finished by the end of May, let alone quilted and bound.
Easy Street is finished. This is the 2012 Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt. The pattern is only available on her web site until June, then it becomes part of one of her future books. So I won’t link to the page.
I can’t believe I started and finished the quilt all within five months. The mystery started on November 23rd, 2012, the day after Thanksgiving.
As usual, Bonnie’s quilts are a little too big for me so I made 3/4 of the number of units. As it turned out, for this pattern, I could have gotten away with far fewer units.
So I made a second, mini version without borders, which will make a really cute baby quilt. I actually finished the mini-version first because it was so quick to put together.
Every scrap of fabric in both versions is completely from my stash, mostly my 2″ and 3.5″ strip bins. Even the 3.5 yards I used for the backing of the large version had been fermenting for quite a few years.
Full size: 75” square Mini: 45″ square Batting: Warm and Natural Backing: Full size is a black on white all over feather patterned fabric. The 3.5 yards I had was not quite enough so I added a yard of purple down one side of the back. I like a slightly off center backing. The mini backing is a lavendar heart fabric. Quilting: Large meander in Gray thread Binding: Full size is a purple from Connecting Threads; Mini is a turquoise Fusions
This is what it looks like on my queen bed laid over a cream coverlet.
My wall is empty today. But that’s because I finished my Easy Street top late yesterday afternoon. So it’s on the floor. 🙂 The center is 65” square. I’m afraid the colors in the photo are a bit washed out compared to the real thing. Ah well.
I do have to add the borders. And, I did have to fix one 4-patch that was turned the wrong way. But other than that, this top will be ready to sandwich very shortly.
I made 3/4 of the number of units knowing I didn’t want a quilt as large as the directions called for. Given the size of the blocks and the layout, I had enough smaller units left over to make a second mini-Easy Street. I’ve got the blocks half-way sewn for that one too. It will make a great baby-size quilt.
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.
I had to get one last Design Wall post for the year. This is what my design wall looks like today.
On one side is this table runner that I made with a turnover of the Caroler. I was determined to get this turnover out of my stash before the end of the year.
I finally decided what this turnover pack should become. I just made hour glass units by sewing the triangles together into HSTs, pairing up with a different unit, slicing and resewing. Easy. I’m going to call it Hidden Pinwheels because if you look closely, there are a number of complete pinwheels in among the QSTs.
Four of these smaller triangle units. Next up is the second part. I want to be ready for Part 8 tomorrow. I will have this into a top and not let it sit around as a UFO for the next few years like the past mysteries. 🙂
Here are my Easy Street Part 5 units. Not sure what we are calling these. I finished these yesterday, Christmas Day. We do most of our celebrating on Christmas Eve so Christmas Day is always quiet around here. Great for relaxing and getting a little sewing done.
I’m very excited that I’ve kept up with each part. Hopefully, on Friday, we’ll be putting these together into a quilt top. Can’t wait.
Crazily, I’ve toyed with the idea of starting a second quilt in different colors. But so far I haven’t actually pulled any fabrics. I’ve got way too many other projects to complete first. 🙂
Technically, I’m working this week, but very few of my colleagues are working. So it’s very quiet and I’m working from home. So I think there’s some quilting going to happen in the afternoons over the next few days.
I struggled with making the Flying Geese using Bonnie’s method. In the past these have not come out even for me. I realized the problem lies in accurate cutting and making sure the tops of the background line up perfectly with the top of the goose. When all these stars align, the flying geese unit turns our perfectly.
A lesson in slowing down and patience for me. If I want accurate piecing that is. 🙂
I cut my 3.5” squares from 3 different greens. The rest of the greens from my stash that match this colorway are in 2” and 2.5” strips, so my choices were limited. Hopefully, I’ll get to use some of these others as well. But I promised myself this quilt would be completely from stash.
On Saturday, I finished off my Christmas gifts. I made these two zippered bags for my housecleaning team.
I added some hand lotion, hand sanitizer, kleenex, and a Gift Certificate to each. I really like the second bag with the zipper offset from the top. Not having to add the zipper where the bag turns the corner makes such a difference. It lies perfectly flat this way. I used the tutorial found here. But modified it a bit to make only one bag.
I’m now ready for Christmas, so when Clue 5 comes out on Friday, I can spend the day sewing.