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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Getting closer to a flimsy status/Antique toddler bed

 Above is my grandson "Jase" and one of my fur babies "Josie" in an antique toddler bed I was lucky to find and purchase last year. It will be wonderful for displaying some of my crib quilts in. I put it in an extra bedroom. The picture below shows some more detail. The pictures were taken a few months ago, my grandson is a year old already. I love using antiques and unique items to furnish my home.

 I have been working on my Grand Illusion mystery quilt as time and life permits and am hoping to have the top sewn and in a flimsy status by the end of next Sunday. I have my 25 blocks completed. Some are pictured above and some below. I like to pin blocks to my lace curtains to use as a design wall sometimes. I baby sat my grandson this weekend and last weekend my dad was in the hospital, so I am further behind than I was hoping to be at this time. I am not rushing things though and am enjoying making this quilt. My corner squares will be scrappy and will be assorted reds, like I used in my blocks. I really love this quilt! I am happy with my color choices too. I am linking up with Bonnie Hunter in Quiltville this week. There are many people that have their quilts completed already, amazing. Thank you Bonnie Hunter for another amazing mystery quilt. Here is the link to check out everyone else's blogs and progress at Quiltville
Thanks for checking out my blog! Hope everyone has a wonderful week! Blessings,

 My sashings below. Vintage television trays work great for keeping track of units and blocks when making a quilt.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Grand Illusion clues 3,4 and 5 pictures

Above is my part 5 units for my Grand Illusion Mystery quilt that I have been working on. I am linking up with Bonnie Hunter on her blog this week here is the link if you would like to see the other participants progress or if you are interested in making the mystery quilt check out her blog postings. Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery quilt ink up Quiltville 
It is going to be an amazing quilt. She released the final layout and directions last night New Years Eve. I love it. I will be working on putting mine together these next few days. 
Above are my part 4 clues completed. I want my quilt to have a wintery/Christmasy feel to it so I chose deep greens and reds for in my quilt.

I used my Pfaff quilt Expression 4.0 for my clue 3 units. I like to use a variety of machines. All my other machines are vintage and antique and all are a lot of fun to sew with. My Pfaff is nice because its in a Koala cabinet. 
40 of my clue 3 broken dishes units finished above. Below are my other 40 waiting to be ironed and pairs sewn together.

My husband made me this oak recipe box for Christmas. I LOVE it. He even dove-tailed the joints. I collect vintage recipe cards and have been wanting one to put my cards and recipes in.
My 1 year old grandson on Christmas. I baby sit him on my days off work when his parents are both working. He is my little buddy. 
Hoping everyone has a wonderful New Year. Blessings and good health to all of you.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt step 2 and Christmas quilt finish

My Ford Mustang Playboy Pink Singer Featherweight is pictured above in photo. I was using her to sew double diamond units for my Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.  I chain stitched them on my Featherweight. (I had Gerald Holmes custom pain her for me. He did an amazing job.)
Last Friday the second clue was released for Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery quilt. I had fun sewing this second step. Her quilts are amazing and I love her Mystery quilts. She has a free mystery quilt for her blog followers every year that starts the day after Thanksgiving. I am linking up this week with her blog. Check out all the other link ups to see their progress and check out her blog for more information on her quilts and the mystery. I am so thankful for her generosity in offering a free mystery quilt. Thanks Bonnie!  Here is her link Quiltville blog Bonnie Hunter
Here are my single diamond units for the mystery above stacked by one of my 40 some sewing machines. I love sewing on vintage machines.
Here is a picture of one of my finished double diamond units for my Grand Illusion mystery quilt. They are really fun to make and in one of Bonnie's posts for the mystery quilt she gives us three different ways to make them. It is actually a very fun unit to make. Next week I will post my progress on the next step in which the clue comes out tomorrow morning. I forgot to take a picture of all my double diamond units sewn together. I will next week. Below is a Christmas quilt I finished up. It is quilted and I just finished hand stitching the binding on. I am going to try to get some outdoor pictures of it held open soon to post. It is about a twin size, it is folded on my quilt wall/rack shelf. The table runner under the tree I made this last summer. Have a great day and thank you for looking at my blog. Comments are always welcome if you'd like to leave one. Happy Holidays everyone!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Grand Illusion Part One and Celtic Solstice Complete

Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery has finally arrived. I have been looking forward to her new mystery quilt for months. Clue #1 was released last friday on her blog I am linking up with her this week to show my first clue. Check out her site and the other participants blogs. It is going to be amazing. Her link at Quiltville 
 As you can see if you are doing the Mystery quilt, I have changed up my colors and fabrics. I am a huge fan of reproduction 1800's prints. I am using 2 constant fabrics, my black (tone on tone) and the parchment shirting print, the rest will be scrappy. Below is one of my units. I have completed all my units for the first clue. I am trying to resist starting a second one with another color way since I have today and tomorrow of from work. We will see. I will link up again next week and reveal my other color choices then for this first quilt.
 Below is my completed Celtic Solstice mystery quilt from last years mystery of Bonnie Hunter's. I changed my colors up some last year too and used reproduction prints. It is my favorite quilt that I have ever made and I love the pattern. Hope everyone is having a great day! Thanks for looking at my blog.

Friday, February 7, 2014

My Celtic Solstice top

 I have my Celtic Solstice top almost completed. I just need to add my borders. Above it is pictured on a guest bed in an extra room. I really love this quilt pattern from Bonnie Hunter. Here is a link to her blog if you'd like to check out other peoples quilts from this free Mystery quilt along from Bonnie.  Thank you Bonnie!
 These two fabrics will be used for my inner and outer borders.
 Above are my 4 pieced borders ready to sew on. The picture doesn't show the whole length of them. Below are some of my broiler meat chicks that I raised and butchered last year. I wanted a symbol of Spring in my blog today. Its been below zero with the wind chills here in Minnesota and I am anxiously awaiting Spring. Hope everyone is staying warm. Have a great day!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Celtic Solstice Progress and some finishes

 Here are some of my blocks on my design wall of my Celtic Solstice quilt I am working on by Bonnie Hunter. Here is a link to her site if you'd like to see more Celtic Solstice quilts in progress. Celtic Solstice part 6 link up They are all amazing. I like my colors I used. I substituted blacks for the greens and reds for the yellows. I have 13 more blocks to sew together and then I can finish putting my top together. I am really loving this quilt.
 Above is a flannel baby girl blanket I made for my great niece on Thursday, my niece was in labor as I was sewing lots of love into the blanket for the new baby. I am hoping to go see her this week. Here in Minnesota its cold. I figured pink snowmen were cute for a January baby girl. She was named Brielle Crystal.
 I made this western baby boy quilt for my new grandson Jase Andrew born on December 18th, 2013. His mother my daughter has horses and loves to ride.
 I used flannel for the backing.

 I made this quilt also for my new grandson.
 A lunch bag I made for my daughter.
 This is a bag I made for myself. I am using it for a purse. My little Pomeranian princess Josie wanted to see how she fit inside. Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Celtic Solstice part 5 progress

 This is the lovely unit that Bonnie Hunter had us sew this week for her Celtic Solstice Mystery quilt. I am going to link up with her this week again at Celtic Solstice Mystery by Bonnie Hunter Check out the link to see everyone else's progress. I used the Easy Angle Ruler that Bonnie recommended and it was great. My units measured 3 1/2 inches when done. I love the scrappy units they make me happy! I love scrappy quilts and Bonnie's are amazing.
 Here are all 100 of my pieces cut out and awaiting to be sewn. They all wanted to be sewn first but I made them behave and wait in lines like good little units should.
 Here are some of my completed units content and smiling on my ironing board waiting to be in Bonnie's mystery quilt. I told them what an honor it is to be in one of her quilts and they were pleased.
 These are my last 34 units waiting to be sewn together.
Here is some blocks that I played with. I love all the units in this Mystery and can't wait to see how they will all go together! Happy New Year everyone! A special thank you to Bonnie for this amazing mystery!