Sunday, February 1, 2015

Grand Illusion Progress?

Today is the last day to link up with Bonnie at Quiltville and the all of those who worked on Grand Illusion.  I haven't made hardly any progress since I first started the mystery.  I have quite a few of one part done and none of most of the others.  However, I did get around to making at least one block.
I like the pattern Bonnie created for our mystery, but I am not sure if or when I will get back to working on it because I keep getting distracted.

Fellow quilt guild member, Jeanne from Pinehurst Projects, happened to mention Bonnie's Wild & Goosey blocks that were showing up on Facebook and of course I had to search the pattern out.  Naturally I had the magazine that the pattern was published in at one time; however, it was the same issue with Lazy Sunday and since I purchased Bonnie's book that had Lazy Sunday in it I no longer needed the issue.  Or so I thought!  Thank goodness Wild & Goosey is available online so I could at least give it a try.
Paper-piecing is not my favorite thing so I am not sure how many of these cute little blocks I will make.  These particular blocks were made using bits and pieces I had stored in my "maybe I'll be able to use these pieces for something someday" box. 

While I was making the UK inspired blocks I thought about the spool blocks that I had started awhile back and wanted to be sure to make a few blocks from the UK fabric as well.  There was barely any fabric left so I was lucky to have a little to make a couple of spool blocks.
Hmmm, I really love making those spool blocks.  I fell in love with the Bonnie's pattern Spoolin' Around from the book More Leaders and Enders and am determined to make a quilt from that particular pattern.

Before the holidays I had started working on a turquoise and black and white Pineapple Blossom and did get the top finished after the holidays.  Not much progress on it though until this weekend when I was able to measure and sew the backing together on my vintage Singer 301 which I recently picked up at my local Volunteers of America for a mere $40.
Goodness I sure enjoyed going vintage and I am determined to take the time to do so every now and then.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my little distracted sewing world.  I do read your comments even though I don't always get around to thanking you individually which is my bad.

Cheers!

Debi




Thursday, December 18, 2014

Turtle Time

Yep that's right, I am as slow as a turtle with the Grand Illusion mystery.  I barely made it for the link up this week and last week just flew by without a post at all!

Here is what I accomplished this week. 
 Pathetic, I know, but at least I am trying to play along LOL!

I did actually get a few sample pieces done the week before too.  When I saw the clue I thought "Oh NO!" because I hated sewing the chevrons for Celtic Solstice but these went together fairly well and I decided to save those little bonus triangles and boy are they cute!
On the yahoo group someone mentioned these blocks reminded them of Good & Plenty and I thought so too. 

Want to play along?  Quiltville Mystery Clue 3 is the place to be this week!  The next clue will be released tomorrow.

Cheers,

Debi

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

It's Grand!

Is it possible to work on not one, but two Bonnie Hunter patterns at one time?  I'll let you know as the blocks for my Pineapple Blossom quilt are nearing completion and now it's time for Bonnie's mystery.  I am not going to pressure myself into keeping up with the mystery, but I will try to do a little each week.  After all, how can I avoid cleaning house if I don't have several sewing projects going on at one time!

I absolutely love the colors Bonnie selected for Grand Illusion and I was able to pull just about everything from my stash.  I am a little worried about not quite having enough of the yellow I selected but when I did Easy Street I ended up not using all of my constant fabric and I have my fingers crossed it will be the same this time.
I am also happy to report I have quite a few cat fabrics that will be making an appearance in my blocks.  Now isn't that a big surprise!

The mystery just started so there is still plenty of time to join Bonnie so why not take the plunge!

Cheers!

Debi

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It's Been Awhile

Yes, it has been quite some time since I posted anything!  Life has gotten in the way and I haven't been doing any quilting which has left me quite cranky.  I took a little time off this weekend and did work on something I have been wanting to for quite some time.

When I made Bonnie Hunter's Pineapple Blossom lap quilt for my friend Greg last year I fell in love with the pattern.  I decided I wanted to make one in turquoise for myself and have been collecting a few fabrics here and there.  I figured I would just use white as the other fabric and then I realized I love using white and black as a neutral and it works well with turquoise so why not.  Now, which white and black?  I have several cat fabrics that would work and would be purrfect for me but it just didn't feel right.  I then remembered an Eiffel Tower fabric that would possibly work and ended up ordering it and it is just exactly what I wanted. 
I didn't get very far this weekend, but I did get a few blocks done. 
I am not going to use any sashing as I kinda liked the way someone did the quilt without it.  I really love working on this pattern and can't wait to get a few more blocks done.

It may seem crazy to start a quilt right now since the Bonnie Hunter mystery is about to start and I really want to participate in the mystery as well.  I just love the colors Bonnie selected for Grand Illusion, which is lovingly referred to as GI but I always think gastrointestinal illness when I see those initials LOL!  Anyway, I know I am going to play along as well but I am not going to put so much pressure on myself to keep up this year.  Also, I have decided not to purchase any fabric for the mystery this time and am pulling from my stash and the yellow I have selected is quite bright so I hope it works.

For the past couple of weeks I have been cat-sitting for a friend and decided to cut my strips at her house while I spend time with her cat.  She has a great space to work and I appreciated being able to cut without my furry friends helping which is a constant battle.  I had to laugh when I looked over at the table and saw Bizzy laying on my fabrics though.
I sure hope life slows down a bit so I can spend a lot more time sewing.

Cheers,

Debi

Saturday, August 30, 2014

An Education

When I got back from my last trip to Paris I decided I needed to learn French.  Crazy I know, especially since I have a proven record of being horrible at learning languages.  How do I know?  Well when I was in Italy I could say a few words in Italian but somehow I always seemed to sneak in a little Spanish too.  I never mastered Spanish in 7th grade but it sure popped up when I tried to speak Italian!

The search was on to try to find a way to take a French class and suddenly I remembered a program The Ohio State University offered called Program 60.  Bingo, age does have some privileges.  Of course I immediately sent off my application with the hopes the class would have an opening and a few days before school started I found out I was approved for the class.

I was soooo excited to finally learn a little French.  The instructor was wonderful and the students seemed eager and friendly.  We learned a few things and went over what was expected for the class.  I suddenly thought about all of the homework I was going to be required to do in order to be successful, plus traveling to get to class three times a week, and then I found out the book packet cost $250!

Fortunately I do listen in class and heard a classmate mention an online course called Duolingo that was free and once again I thought free was my ticket to learning French.

In the end I ended up dropping the class as it would take too much of my free time away from fun stuff like quilting and wasting time online.  I did check out Duolingo and thought that is probably the best way for me to learn a little French.  After all, I really don't need to know that much to travel there every now and then.

Once my decisions were made I thought I would celebrate with some fancy pastries to remind me of Paris.
They are from a cute little place called Pistacia Vera.  I had a very hard time trying to decide what to get as everything looked very French!
Au revoir!  Hey, I actually knew this word before I took my one French lesson!

Debi

Sunday, August 24, 2014

It's A Top!

Miracles never cease to amaze me as I finally have a Celtic Solstice quilt top!!!
And I actually like it despite all my whining earlier this year about not being wild about my colors, etc. Now you know once you take a photo you are bound to find a block turned the wrong way and if there are any in this top they are staying that way as I have frog-stitched way too many pieces and parts to this quilt already.

Of course I had help with the borders--Jeanne from Pinehurst Projects this photo's for you LOL!
Now I just need to get it quilted.

Cheers,

Debi





Monday, August 18, 2014

Black Cat Appreciation Day!

Did you know it was Black Cat Appreciate Day?  I sure didn't and I have a couple of black cats!  Thanks Romeo the Cat!

Black Cat Appreciation
Sadly, not much quilting or blogging going on around here.  Perhaps I'll get back to both soon.

Cheers,

Debi