Two projects this week, first up, a Hanukkah runner for some special people in Boston. It is from Quiltmaker Nov/Dec 13 called "Nights of Light"
Second is my Bonnie Hunter's "Leaders and Enders" project. These are all from projects in 2013, cut into 2" squares. Did not want to wait until after the first of January to assemble because I will start a new scrap project. If you have not seen her system or her books, check it out. These scraps would have all been thrown away in the past. Now, I have a free quilt!
Consulted DH on borders and I will have to order some black, swirls or small pattern. It will have another white border, a round of 2" and then the black. Won't count this as used yet.
I also got the approval of Chloe, our newest member of the family from a rescue. Boy, she really needs another grooming...
I'm linking up to Judy's blog, Patchwork Times and really think you should check out the progress of the faithful!
I leave you with this:
May your stuffing be tasty May your turkey plump, May your potatoes and gravy Have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious And your pies take the prize, And may your Thanksgiving dinner Stay off your thighs! ~Grandpa Jones
I am going to make my goal! There will be 2 quilt tops quilted this week and it will push me over 100 used.
This weeks project, same pattern as last week. Sorry for the photo, dark and dreary this morning and I surely moved while taking it. The fabrics are "Lovely" from RJR from Missouri Star Quilt Company. I bought 4 charm packs on one of their daily deals. It came with 2 colorways and I chose only the purple pansies. The blue ones will be a different project. The original thought was to enter the "Iron Quilter" contest but you had to use all charms at least once. I did not care for the blues and purples together. I may still do it if I can use the blues on the back and it still counts. Need to check the rules again.
Last week's version:
I absolutely adore making these blocks, they are a go-to block for me. I can just sit and sew away for hours.
2 weeks and Celtic Solstice starts....yeah! Check out the button on my sidebar ig you want to quilt along.
Well goodness, it is already late afternoon as I post this.
Started the day at an AMVETS fundraiser breakfast this morning with a group of friends, what fun, did the grocery store thing, got home and started a pot of Chili, did a load of wash, finished my book and then decided I had better upload the pics from the camera about 1pm. That is where it stopped. Nothing would upload and after several tries, lots of googling and a very big dose of frustration, figured out the port on the computer was bad. Good thing I have several!
Yesterday was our Guild's "Quilt til You Wilt". The turnout was a little low but we had good food, fun and got lots done.
Here is my project:
The pattern is from Becky Wright, The Civil War Quilter. It is "Jacob's Cot Quilt" although I changed the layout. I love the pattern and already have another one started with RJR's Lovely line that has purple pansies. I'll show you that next week.
Some of the others are hard at work also:
I just realized, I did not take many pictures, missed many people. Some of them would tell me that that was okay. lol
Other projects the last 2 weeks included:
Picking out my fabrics for Bonnie Hunter's mystery "Celtic Solstice" always a challenge for me. I did the last 2 in brights and wanted this one for my house so dragged out the Thimbleberries tote.
It is from a magazine circa 2006.....and for the life of me a cannot find it now. The ghosts are men's hankerchiefs cut in half diagonally, The spiderwebs glow in the dark and candy fits in each pocket along the perimeter.
Finally, I am collecting fabrics from stash to do Quiltville's Mystery, Celtic Solstice. She put a tab on the top of her page for it. I found a bunch of Thimbleberries fabric that I am contemplating. It would be so different than her selections although in the same color families.
No numbers change this week because I have not counted it out. The woman shown below was very hard on my stashbusting efforts. She had brought kits, bundles, rolls and patterns along. I did some serious damage. I have had a 30's obsession for almost 20 years and several weeks ago had pulled out my fabrics. I cut out 5 quilts and kitted them for this winter. A big sigh of relief, I was so over it.....and had bought a few Civil War fabrics to do this weekend. Was not in love with them. Apparently I was not looking at the right resources for them, I saw Becky's and was instantly back in obsession mode. I'm sticking to my story...it is all her fault. Not only did I buy but won a bag of her scraps as a door prize!!!
Becky Wright as the "Civil War Quilter". Becky put on her first Trunk Show for us on Friday night. Civil War stuff can sometimes be very serious but Becky made it so fun! She even shared the secret of wearing pantaloons and how women handled using the bathroom! Hilarious.
She has the most beautiful line of quilt patterns and they all have their story printed on the back of the pattern. Here are some of them....
AND THEN...... the antique ones, oh my, were they wonderful!
This one(Ocean Waves) was pieced by a young man that was horribly injured and during his recovery but you will have to get Becky to tell the whole story.
And this one has a wonderful story about a Grandma and Grandduaghter.
It does not end here. We participated in a workshop with Becky the next day. We had chosen Jacob's Cot quilt and yes, there is a wonderful story to go with it.
My sis-in-law! No wonder people think we are sisters...
She spent some individual time with everyone
Here are some of the blocks made that day and proof that a good pattern does not have to be made in the fabric that the patternmaker chose.
There was lots more blocks made but I wanted to sew also so here is mine. Yes, I brought "Hazel" to sew on, I just love her.
We had a great time both days, raised lots of money with a silent auction and raffle on Friday and laughter, fellowship and quilting on Saturday. It does not get any better in the quilting world.