Monday, December 30, 2013

Celtic Solstice mystery part 5 link-up (and some hexies)

I'm afraid his weekends progress on Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice mystery is pretty poor :(
I only finished two blocks, but I did cut out all of the blue triangles and a few neutral triangle sets.
I got lots of organizing done, cleaned and oiled two older machines, and worked on hexies.
I know the star is a little dark, but I think the monsters are cute and to be honest I'm running out of fabric.  It's getting hard to remember which fabrics I've already used!
Still hoping to have this quilt finished by September!
(Go here to see all of the mystery participants who did make progress).

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Celtic Solstice mystery part 4 link-up

This week's step in the Celtic Solstice mystery is green and orange four patches. So nice to have an easy step since everyone's busy getting ready for the holidays.

The weather here in Florida was so warm (82 degrees!), so I decided to go outside for pictures.
The grass is still so green!

I love these plastic containers from the Dollar Tree. They are great for keeping quilt parts in and will store up to 8 inch blocks.

Thanks for stopping by!
Click here to check out everyone else's progress.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Another finish- antique stars!

I recently finished up this quilt made from blocks that I "won" on a fellow bloggers website. Check out  Deb makes quilts and Christmas stockings for our troops and their families, shares inspiration and takes a picture a day for her blog.
On one of her "win it Wednesdays" (day 448) she gave away a bunch of patriotic antique blocks that she got in a lot from Ebay.

Some of the blocks were pretty worn, but I salvaged what I could and finally pieced them together with new border fabrics that looked aged. I hand-tied it with pearl cotton because all of the stars were hand pieced and were a little uneven and wouldn't lay flat. 

I especially like the double-pink stars- not sure if they started out red, but I think it gives a nice variety.

 Thanks for looking
Thanks Deb!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Celtic Solstice mystery part 3

I spent the weekend working on Quiltville's Celtic Solstice mystery quilt part 3.

200 half square triangles! I have used the Easy Angle rulers lot of times before, but now that I have watched the video tutorial, I am finally using them the right way. Thanks Bonnie!
You don't have to do all that squaring up when you cut in the right place.

I still need to make 24 more pinwheels.

Love these sunny colors -my favorite is the key fabric from the bargain bin! They will stand out nicely against the blues and greens.

Click here to see everyone else's progress- more than 200 quilters across the world sharing pictures of the same mystery!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Celtic Solstice part 2

Finally caught up with Celtic Solstice part 2.
I love how this is turning out so far. Can you see the smiling teeth?
Can't wait for part 3!
(Go here to see the link-up with everyone's progress)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Grandmother's Flower Garden

This is a quilt top I quilted for a friend. Her mom inherited it from a family member. I was going to try to machine quilt it, but it was hand pieced and had lots of lumps and puckers!

I finally decided to tie it with embroidery thread to match the orange centers and green edges.  

I backed it with white muslin and found an exact match for the green for the binding. The binding was cut on the bias, so that I could do the wavy edges.

I think it turned out pretty good for my first non-straight edge binding. Surprisingly, the dark colors didn't even bleed when I washed it- bonus!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Celtic Solstice mystery quilt

Here is step one of Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice mystery- so exciting!  I have only finished about half of the 188 triangle in a square blocks, but should be able to finish up in the next couple of days.
This is the first time using the Tri Recs rulers and so far so good!

Can't wait to see everybody's progress!
Thanks for stopping by,

I'm back- with a little Holiday spirit.

Here I am!
I have been away from this blog for a little while. I started having computer troubles and I just lost interest. Apparently I did something to my Google Nexxus tablet and can no longer scroll on the home page, so that I can only look at the first few blog posts on the blogger home page. If anyone has an idea how to fix this please contact me. For now I am using a pretty old, slow netbook. 

I have been very busy quilting though and have quite a few finishes lately. I have been trying to get organized to start Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville mystery "Celtic Solstice" that started on Black Friday. Check it out if you have never been to her site or done a mystery quilt- lots of info for new and seasoned quilters. This will be the third quilt mystery I have done and the main reason for starting this blog. Once a week, you can link up to show your progress. Its fun to see how others choose different fabrics and colors.

Here is a Holiday project- It is a "quilt-as-you-go method" table runner made from scraps. I used 1.5 and 2 inch strips.

You could also use different colors for different seasons, such as orange and black for Halloween, or spring colors for Easter. Or, if you're feeling really adventurous, you could probably make it double sided.

It is a very fast and easy little quilt to make- great for a gift or yourself! 

Hope this inspires everyone to get into the Holiday crafting spirit!
Thanks for looking!