Showing posts from March, 2014

Off the Ark?

Its been a fun day.  I've been watching Disney animated movies -- Frozen, Beauty & the Beast, Robin Hood and Snow White.  Frozen helped me chop up the fruit salad and clean the kitchen.  Beauty and the Beast helped stitch most of this month's guild block. Robin Hood finished the guild block, helped to fix the twisted seams on the guild community outreach quilt and started the borders on a mystery quilt that's been lurking long enough to feel like it must have come of the ark.  All it needed was a border.  It was a mystery quilt called Calico Conundrum in Lady's Circle Patchwork Quilts in 1994/5.  Mom made one with a violet fabric.  I used purple elephants.  I had debated adding a very thin border between the top and the main border to separate the elephants from the centre but decided today it wasn't necessary. Snow White helped finish the borders and make the binding then start the final border for Celtic Solstice.  Cinderella helped f

Getting ready for Guild next week

The last few evenings I've been laying out the pieces for this month "chunk" of the month for the guild block of the month program. I'm running short of half square triangles -- or atleast a nice variety of them so there are gaps in the layout.  I've cut a bunch more half square triangles -- should be more than enough for the last two sections as well. Hopefully I have enough variety. This is the collection of white and red squares and half square triangles for the last two parts. I need 286 more after this month so hopefully most of that is already here.    This year's monthly quilt is Northern Lights Sampler by Marti Michell. I like the 12" blocks better than the 16" blocks but I like the size of the quilt that you get with the larger blocks. I'm thinking I'll make more blocks of the smaller size to get the size I want. I haven't committed to that yet. So far we've had two classes. The first month we made the hal

Celtic Solstice

The day after American Thanksgiving last fall, Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville released her mystery quilt. This time, instead of collecting the patterns like I did for the previous year, I actually dug out fabric and started to stitch along. I took my fabric up to Dad's over Christmas and once I'd done the sewing he wanted, I spent some time stitching away on the mystery quilt. It was very nice. I initially was making the small size which was a 7x7 layout. Last month when I finally got the blocks all made and up on the design wall I decided I really liked how it was turning out. The 7x7 size was going to be too small for a double bed so I took my tape measure and measured the mattress -- yes there are charts to tell the size of a double bed but I wanted an overhang and its a deep mattress. I ended up making another 32 blocks to bring it up to 9x9. I'd hope to have it all done to take for show and tell at Sew Sisters Monthly quilt but Friday night, I had the centre done a