Thursday, December 26, 2013

Part 4 and Thanks!

It looks like I made linking up just under the wire--whew!  I can hardly believe I actually got all of part 4 done although I still need to twirl those seams.  I just love making those little 4-patches.

Company this weekend so I doubt that I'll make much progress on Friday's clue but I sure can't wait to see what is ahead.

Linking up is such fun and I want to take a minute to thank everyone who has taken the time to visit my blog and to leave such nice comments.  I recently received a lovely note from Mary Huey and a very sweet and generous offer for a piece of nasturtium fabric for my quilt.  Look how beautiful!

Thank you Mary!!!  Mary has a lovely blog as well and you can visit her at Rose-Colored Trifocals to see her progress on Celtic Solstice.

Want to join the party?  Celtic Solstice at Quiltville is where it's happening.



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Read All Directions

What happens when you casually read the well-written directions Bonnie writes for clue three of Celtic Solstice?

Now you may ask what's wrong with these cute little 2" squares?  Well they should have been nice long 2" strips!
Much better, although I was able to use those 2" squares to make cute little half square triangles.
After actually reading the directions I cut correctly and ended up with a finished pinwheel, but don't look too closely as those center points don't quite match up--LOL. 
Thankfully I still have plenty of orange and yellow strips to cut and sew and surely at least a few of those center points will match.

There is still plenty of time to join Bonnie's Celtic Solstice mystery.  Why don't you join us?



Monday, December 9, 2013

Nasturtiums and Celtic Solstice

Chevrons!  I can't believe I have never pieced a chevron in over 30 years of quilting!  A few done and tons left to sew.
Why did I go with Bonnie's color scheme on this mystery quilt?  Because it does really remind me of Ireland.

Nasturtiums in the back garden of a B&B we stayed at in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland in September, 1996.  Not a great photo because a) I took the photo and my photography skills are not great; b) it is a photo of a photo.  LOL!

Although the colors are out of my comfort zone I am having great fun sorting through fabric and using pieces that I never thought I would use--corn, lemons, celery, apples, grapes and shamrocks just to name a few.

There is still plenty of time to take a mysterious trip to Ireland and make Celtic Solstice with Bonnie and her peeps. 



Monday, December 2, 2013

Irish Eyes are Smiling!

I can hardly believe it's mystery time already and Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville has created one that calls to me--Celtic Solstice.  Ireland gets all the credit for my love of travel as it is the first place I visited when deciding to take a trip to Europe way back in 1996.  I loved it so much I went back in 1998 and hope to return someday.

Sadly, I didn't get much done over the weekend as I am trying to finish up another project before starting the mystery.  So much for the best laid plans as I didn't get the first project done and barely made a dent in our "homework" for week one but I have the whole week to attempt to get caught up.

Here is a sampling of the little I got done.

The doll is something I picked up in Ireland in 1998 when I visited the Doolin Crafts Gallery.  Irish Molly is made from hand-made felt and at the time I had sheep and was fairly active in my local spinning and weaving guild so she was of interest to me.  I am not sure I think Irish Molly is that cute, and I'm not really in to dolls, but she is a little different.

Here is a close-up of two of the neutral fabrics I selected from my stash.

I can't believe I am finally able to use that shamrock fabric and the good news is that I also have some in black which is in my green pile.  I also pulled out a fabric that had an Italian flare--see the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  I just love novelty fabrics and Bonnie's quilts are perfect for such fun fabric.

The mystery has just started and there is still plenty of time to join the fun.  Why not sort through your stash and join Bonnie and her peeps and create Celtic Solstice.