Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Tiny Retreat

 Hubby is away, the quilters will play!!
I had a little bit of a sew-in weekend with a couple of my gals. 
We had a good time, and got lots of sewing time in... Here is our set up.
 I got a few more rows (off-set blocks now) put together, and I'm glad I made the change. 
I like it much better. Three more rows to add and this quilt top will be done!
 This is what I came up with for my disappointing project. I like this much better. 
A few more zig-zag blocks to create, and maybe even make it all a tad wider.
I hope you are having nice weather wherever your patch of the world may be!

Happy stitching!


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Goodies Bought...

 ....and something unique!

Went to a "Midwinter Quilt Market" this morning. These are the goodies I came home with, though there was much more there that temped me. But I had to stick to my guns of not buying any fabric bigger than a fat quarter.
 I have so much yardage in my stash, that I can't allow myself to add to it! Not at the moment anyway. There were some good buys there though!! Pre-cuts of Batik, 10 meters for $60. 
I was sorely tempted!!

I came across this photo on FB (I hope they don't mind I borrowed it) that someone had shared. I had to ask you quilters, "Have you ever seen such a sewing machine?"
Looks like it would be awkward to use...

I am so going through sewing with-drawls right now. I'd sure like to be out at my little haven sewing, but I have much to do at home. DH is visiting friends down south, thus there is no interruptions here to interfere with things that must be done. So, gotta go!!

Happy Stitching!!


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

More BHM Progress...

 Spend another five days at my personal retreat.
Yes Annemiek, I did get snowed in again... lol
I don't really mind though. 

 I have "finally" finished up GS#1's rag quilt!! I just need to go to the laundromat and wash it.
 I learned a lot making it! What to do, and what not to do... 
Sometimes we just have to learn the hard way, and then the project gets kicked to the curb for a bit, until we are ready to deal with the "issues", and then finally complete it. 
Am I right ladies?

I also got all of my BHM blocks done, AND all of my set-in triangles.
Then I needed a change for a bit, so I got this project out and completed all it's 25-patch units, and got some of the rows sewn. I posted this photo on Quiltville's Facebook Page, with the question, "Should I off-set the blocks, or do as the pattern says?"
 Well, the very big majority said to do off-set, so I stitch ripped the last row off, so I could do just that. Stay tuned.

Here is another photo of my hideaway sewing room. I have much to sort through and organize yet, as you can see. Hubby put shelves in both closets, and will put shelves in the middle there for me also. I plan to put my books, magazines, and patterns there. My cutting counter needs to find a space too yet.
It is not a big room. Much smaller than what I had at home, but I'm determined to make it work. 

Happy stitching!


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bonnie Hunter Mystery Progress...

 I just got home from a 4-night stay at my trailer. I finally have my sewing table out there, and I set it up right away for sewing. I had been sewing at the kitchen table.
 I still need to get my cutting counter top out there, and have hubby attach legs to it. It was attached to the wall at home. I also still need to sort through some boxes... sigh...
Rome wasn't built in a day, right!?!

Here is my BHM assembly line. This is how I left it when I came back home today...
These groupings are waiting for a space on the assembly line.
 Once blocks are sewn, up on the display wall it goes!! I have to sew quite a few more blocks to make for a total of 50. Then it is time to sew the set in triangles together, but I must find a different red for them. The ones I have up there aren't working for me...
I'm pretty pleased with how well the scrappy neutrals are working together in these blocks.

Happy stitching folks!


Monday, January 18, 2016

A Family Day...

 I received this photo of our DD2's children just before Christmas. 
Ages; T - 4 yr 5 mon, S - 2 yr 9 mon, and K -  9 mon)
 My daughter and the twins came up from down south between Christmas and the New Year. stayed for a couple weeks. Here F and D at breakfast time. Ages; 3yr 9 mon. The one under the table looks just like his mother at that age.
 And here is DH and myself with all of the grands at our family day at DD2's house.
 We all went to watch T's hockey game late that afternoon. We had a good laugh, as a couple of times during the game, he'd skate by, stopped, and waved to all of us, while the rest of the team were playing the game.
 We also had some time to play outside in the early afternoon. We built a snow fort. Right after this pic was taken, the twins destroyed it, much to the dismay of T and S... That is DS in the back.
Good food. Good company. A lovely day it was!
Yes indeed!


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Disappointingly Ugly...

I started this quilt for my B-I-L in 2014, hoping to have a quilt made for him for Christmas. NOT!! Didn't like the look of it, so kicked it to the side for a year...
In October I took all the rows apart, thinking I could do something different with them... Then put it aside for a few weeks.... 
I tried this? Nope!
Or maybe this? Nope!
How about this? Hmmmm...? I don't think so!
I didn't hack up the rest of the rail fence blocks, just in case I didn't like these blocks. I don't know what to do, besides throwing it all in the scrap bin and start from scratch again...?
Any suggestions?
Be honest!


Monday, January 11, 2016

BHM Update!

We had a small quilt retreat this weekend! Five of us seven were working on our Bonnie Hunter Mystery Project. This is where I am at now. 14/50 blocks done!!
I showed off my new PJs to my gals. Yup! They are on the big side, as I thought they were probably Flannel. (They always shrink.) DD#1 picked me up a set on her way up to Winnipeg, from Wisconsin. They are very cozy!!
 I had an unfortunate ending to my enjoyable retreat weekend. I did a slip-trip on the deck of the cottage when we were packing up my truck to head home. A right side fall... I broke my glasses, got a cut up an bruised eye/cheek, very sore fingers on right hand (so much for sewing for a while), sore shoulder and knee. I guess it was bound to happen. I haven't taken a spill like that in a very long time. Gravity bites!!!

Happy stitching!
Stay warm or cool dependeing on your patch of the globe!


Monday, January 4, 2016

Progress on my BHM...

 Happy New Year to you all!

I fell behind on my 4th clue on Bonnie Hunter's Mystery... I was doing really well! Clues 1,2,4 were done before each new one came out. Then on the day Clue 4 came out, I got some cutting done, but then had to leave it to help DH dig me out at my trailer. My sewing haven.
So, once out of there, I couldn't go back till after Christmas, when we had to did my way in to the trailer. I stayed for two nights, and managed to get Clue 4 done...
I got a start on Clue 5, and then Clue 6 was released.... 
Aw shucks! I had hoped to get caught up before the reveal. Ah well, I'll be working hard on it at our much needed retreat this coming weekend.

Happy Stitchings!


Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Oldest and two youngest grandchildren were over on Christmas Day...
The second oldest grandchildren, the twins, came on the 28th for a holiday celebration visit.
Along with our children, in-laws, and grandchildren, we had a very nice day together...


(Oops! Seems I forgot to "publish" this post when I wrote it!)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas...

 To one and all...

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Oh the weather outside was frightful,

 But in the trailer it was quite delightful,
I had no where to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...
Then, there was too much snow (drifts) to get the truck to the road, but I was happily using my time sewing. First I finished Clue #3 of Bonnie's Mystery...
 Then while waiting for Clue #4 I worked on this project. The blocks are now sewn into rows. Now the rows need to be sewn. Slow and steady... Remember, these colors are out of my comfort zone... What do you think?
 I was at the trailer all week (couldn't go anywhere even if I wanted to), and then DH came to help dig me out.... 
Shovel-Scoops... Two and a half hours later, I was able to drive out of there... First winter doing my hideaway! Tis a learning experience!

I have started Clue#4, but forgot to take a photo of it before I left my haven.

Happy Stitching!


Friday, December 11, 2015

Clue #2, Done!

Yahoo! I got my Clue #2 of Bonnie's Mystery done on Wednesday!! 
Thursday I worked on my Summer Solstice project. 
It had been a while since its been out of the box!
This is just 1/3 of the blocks put into rows...
 Halfway through the day, making good strides.
Though I didn't take a pic when I was done for the day, I did manage to get just over 2/3s of the blocks put into rows. Felt really good about that!!

Bonnie's 3rd clue it out!!! Wish I could have stayed at my hideaway to work on it. Instead, I will be home, babysitting 3 of my grandchildren, so that their Ma can meet a friend for coffee, and do some more Christmas shopping. Tomorrow is another day for sewing!

Happy stitching!


Monday, December 7, 2015

BHM Progress

   Sew, press, sew, press....
 And sew and press some more...
And then some more!

Hoping to have the parts all done soon, in order to keep up, and to be ready for clue #3.

Check out Allietare, the Mystery Monday Link-Up, Part 2!

Happy Stitching!


Weekend Retreat Show & Tell

 First up, AS's Christmas Table Topper. The true colors are not showing up. The colors are very striking in reality, with gold bits in the fabric. It grew in length by another two blocks after this photo was taken. AS found a pic of this on Pinterest, and created it from that.
 YN's "I Spy" from our charm exchange. A Zipper pattern. Here she is auditioning fabrics for inner border. We all liked the gold fabric she puller from her BHM box. She had enough of it for a bit in both projects.
 To the left of the I Spy is a part of her table topper in progress. Love the effect. True colors not showing.

This Cardinal wall-quilt to be, is our LS's work. Machine applique to be done yet....We all love Cardinals...I think it is because we don't have any where we live. We have Blue-Jays though!
 DL's "Disappearing Pinwheel". We had fun playing with the pieces for quite a while, till we came up with this layout. There are lots of ways of making different blocks with these cuts.
 My Cousin-in-Law, DT came for a visit during our retreat and showed us some of her latest quilt top creations. This first one was started at our retreat in mid November. She was not enjoying putting the pinwheels together, but now that this top is done, she is thinking of making another!!
 lol... Funny how that happens!
 A pattern from a magazine. Sorry, don't recall the one she mentioned. The yellows are more vibrant than the photo shows.
 DT's Disappearing 4-Patch.
 And here, her baby quilts. Girls...
 Boys.... She found the pattern on Pinterest I believe.
That be all the eye candy from this weekend!

Happy Stitching!
Back to my BHM clue #2!


Monday, November 30, 2015

Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt

Yes! I dove in, to do my very first BHM!!!

This are just a few of us that are doing the Mystery. 
Some sadly couldn't make this gathering for the start.
Spent a wonderful few days at my retreat.
Love the look of Hoarfrost.
My work space. Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt, part 1!
Cut, sew, press, repeat!
Hint #1 is complete!
Good thing one friend suggested I count what I have cut. I wasn't going to, but then, I'm so glad I did! I cut way too many sets, and strips! (seen in photo) I would still be cutting and sewing them up. I would have ended up with enough for two quilts I'm sure!

Check out Bonnie's "Mystery Monday Link-up" for more participant's posts.

Now I sit in anticipation for Hint #2...

Happy stitching!