Monday, December 15, 2014

Giveaway and Link Up

*Check at bottom of post for the giveaway.*

I did finish Clue 3 this week, it literally became my therapy. 

Our community lost one our brightest stars this week and the daughter of some of our best friends. To the Flu. There are no words to express our pain at losing this borrowed angel. 
Shannon was 17, a Senior, healthy, bright, smart, a talented artist, had college plans in place and walked with faith. She was kind, well loved and was always the person to ask what she could do for someone else. We are so grateful that we had the privilege of knowing you in your short time on the earth. The world will be just a little darker without you here. 

Between cooking, running errands for the family and just sitting with them, I did retreat to the studio.
That being said, here is what got me through the hardest times this week. Sitting in the studio and just sewing.

I did not have very much of the greens( because I use them in many quilts) I wanted and so found myself stealing from other projects, charm packs and jelly rolls to get the variety I so craved. Guess I will have to go shopping now, bummer! lol I was determined to make this quilt from only stash and so far so good. I hope Bonnie would be proud.

Here they are all lined up and I am so happy with my choices and is it Friday yet? 

Now for the GIVEAWAY. If I get 25 comments on my blog by Thursday when the Linky closes, I will draw a random comment and the winner will receive this. 

This is from my personal library. When I asked for Bonnie books, apparently people listened and I have several of some of her books! Nice to know family listens. 

Let me know if you are doing Bonnie"s colors or if you strayed as I did.

I also got to "Pay it Forward" this week. On the Quiltville's Open Studio FB page, another quilter was looking for fabric that was no longer available. I knew I had it as I had auditioned it as one of my purples. It did not work for mine but it did for hers and popped it in the mail! ...and in digging for greens came across another piece of it, so in the mail it goes. So glad I could help another quilter!

While you are waiting make sure you check out all the wonderful hysteria for the Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt on Bonnie's page! Right Here.... GIMQ Link Up. Amazing!

As Always,


Monday, December 8, 2014

Link Up and Giveaway!

Clue 2 finished. Feeling quite proud of myself. Big pat on the back. This is where I left it Friday. As you can see, I used method 3 and will at some point press and trim those little buggers.
And then on Sunday, while watching football and the Hallmark Channel this happened....
but not before I sewed the first one like this. I sewed the practice block perfectly and I still did it this way.
I also worked on my Aurifil BOM and finished December and decided to get the top together. I have been hoarding collecting sewing related fabrics for quite a while and last January decided to participate in this through Pat Sloan's blog/website. She is doing it again for 2015.
I kept thinking that it was DONE, yet something was off. After all I had been looking at some of these blocks for 11 months but I shrugged and set it aside. 2 days later, I was cleaning off my design wall and what do I find (yes, it was that full) but this:
Can you guess what it is? Yup, the inner border. Now normally, I would call it good and use it somewhere else BUT it is Pat Sloan's design, it goes with the theme of the quilt and this quilt is for me to live on my most comfortable chair in the studio. So take that big pat on the back and just toss it out the window. I will be taking the borders off and inserting it. I'll show it to you again after and you will agree it was worth it. It will always remind me of quilting along with Pat!

GIVEAWAY, I did mention that didn't I. Well it seems that some of my family and friends take me seriously when I ask for something. So I ended up with several of these. One is personalized (DH ordered that one for me) but here is one I will part with to a lucky reader. All you have to do is comment on this post and if I get 25 or more comments I will randomly draw a winner. If I don't get 25 comments, I will roll it over to the next week and try again.

Now to Link Up to the GIMQ, go to Bonnie's blog and see all the progress being made. I love seeing them all.

As Always,


Monday, December 1, 2014

A Reason to Blog

Dear poor, sadly neglected blog,

It has been a great summer and fall. We have enjoyed the weather, family and friends. Lots of sewing and quilting has gone on. You have fallen to the wayside and I am truly sorry about that. In future posts I will get caught up on all the activities but for now I  now have a reason to revive you. That's right, it is mystery time. Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville has released the first clue of the Grand Illusion Quilt.

So without further ado, meet Clue 1. It is based on a hotel in Indianapolis that we visited years ago and I always remembered the purple door.

The other part of this is that I always use fabric from stash and  I will "Make it Work" as Tim Gunn would say. I am hoping that I can get through this without purchasing any fabric but I am just barely meeting the yardage so if I cut wrong or change my mind, a trip to the LQS (40 miles away) will have to be made.

Make sure you check out all the others progress here at this post on Bonnie's blog and certainly go see the original inspiration from Bonnie.

Check back next Monday for my progress and a cool giveaway!

As Always,


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Stash Report Week 26

Used this Week: 9 yards
Used year to Date: 31 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 8 yards
Net Used for 2014: 33 yards

Forgot about this one and it was so exciting. Back story: I was there when this young woman was born and she has always been dear to my heart so when this happened I knew we had to have a quilt to commemorate the event. I had been hoarding saving these fabrics to make myself a winter quilt but this was much more important and the perfect use.

She was named Aurora, Queen of the Snows for the St. Paul Winter Carnival 2014 and we held a reception in our hometown. She was looking at this:
an ice sculpture that was made in her likeness!
And then I got to give her this:

Me, Penny and Julie(Aurora's Mom) at the reception. We have been friends for over 30 years...alot of shared memories and now we are becoming Grandmas instead of young Moms. Love you girls!

Second Swap Supernova Block, it is so fun getting to know another Quilter whom I have never met. She lives in Texas.
These are BIG, unfinished 18".

Auril BOM so far:
Making them from sewing themed fabrics and it will be for me!

Gotta run,

As Always,


Make sure you check all the awesome talent over on Judy's site!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Stash Report Week 25

Talk about an absentee blogger....phew, it has been almost 3 months! I feel like starting out "Forgive me Judy. It has been 3 months since my last report" What do you think I would get for penance? LOL

The time just flies when you are having fun. I am still here and these are my numbers the best I can figure:
Used this Week: 2 yards
Used year to Date: 22 yards
Added this Week: 6 yards
Added Year to Date: 8 yards
Net Used for 2014: 14 yards

I am not going to try to catch up completely but will hit the highlights:
Yesterday was the Zumbrota Arts in the Park Quilt Show at the Historic Methodist Church. Here are some of my favorites.

And the People's Choice Winner was:
"Simple Pleasures" by Janet Stark. It was quilted by "Peggy's Custom Quilting" of Minnesota. Janet also received a $50.00 gift Certificate from All in Stitches. Thanks Sandy!

We have also been busy with the car. DH spent the day in the sun while I was working the show.
People's Choice Award
1st Place 1900-1959

BIL Tom loading it up.

Fill 'er up
...and Excelsior Bay

There has been quilting going on also.
I ran a "Quilts of Valor" Mystery for our Guild, results in July.
Participating in a Supernova block exchange with a quilter I have never met. It has been so fun getting to know her! The party is here at Late Night Quilter. First blocks...I sent the one on the left and received the one on the right. You make 2 exactly the same and send one! Going to be an awesome quilt! Thanks Amy.
Keeping up with Globetrotting in History by Pat Sloan.

Aurifil BOM
Working on Celtic Solstice, working on borders
Block Swap on Facebook
Carpenter's Star for customer
Guild Habitat for Humanity Quilt, found sashing fabric, now to cut and distribute
Plus parades and parties!

As Always,

*Don't forget to check in on the more timely stash reporters at Patchwork Times.