Thursday, January 31, 2013

I won!

UPDATE!  The beautiful hand dyed fabric strips have arrived!  Thank you Vicki!!!  I had to pet them right away!

I'm excited!  I just found out that I won a lovely assortment of beautiful hand-dyed fabric strings!  Thanks Vicki!!!

HMQS guest quilt guild


Our quilt guild will be hosted by HMQS this year!   
They will be showcasing our Mt. Harrison Quilt Guild!!!  Each guild member has the opportunity to put at least 2 quilts on display and the last I heard we are supposed to have over 80 quilts for the show!  I will have my tiny yo-yo quilt and one other miniature.  Each yo-yo is about 3/8 inch.  It is 6 1/2" square and made from 289 yo-yos.  When I began making this little quilt in 1996 I asked Mt Harrison members if anyone had a very tiny print in their stash, would they mind donating a 1" square of it to my yo-yo quilt.  At that time I was a fairly new quilter.  If I were crazy enough to do this again, I would not need to ask for even one donation because my fabric collection has grown considerably!  The other mini quilt is called Picket Fence.  It is machine quilted and is 9 1/2" square.  I will also have 3 other quilts of a more "normal" size.  I am excited about the opportunity to show my denim castle blues quilt, Rag Dolls quilt, and a Raggedy Ann and Andy round robin quilt.

                                                                                                               If you have the opportunity to come to HMQS I would highly recommend it!  The competition quilts are simply amazing, the teachers are so talented and inspiring, and the vendor mall itself could keep you entertained for hours!  For an added bonus there are free demonstrations hourly on the main stage. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

back to square one first step completed

I finished the January assignment for the back to square one mystery quilt tonight!  It went so fast!!!  Probably because I  kind of got used to making over 100  2" units per week when working on Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilts!  I still haven't made up my mind on fabric #6.  Although I really enjoyed the piecing and everything went together really well, I was uncomfortable with most of the outer edges being on the bias.  I try to avoid bias whenever possible, but in this case I kept telling myself it was ok because I don't have any idea how it will all be going together.

You can check out others progress on the back to square one mystery here.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Judy Laquidara's mystery quilt


I'm hoping that anyone who sees this post will tell me which fabrics they like the best.  The fabrics are for  Judy Laquidara's new mystery quilt.  It is a medalion quilt and there is one clue each month.  I thought I could keep up with that kind of schedule.

One fabric changes with each photo.  My favorite is the first photo, but if several people chose a different one, I might be persuaded to change.


This is my #2 choice.................................

 The first is a orangish red and the second is more of a true red color in a tone on tone.
Back to square one is the name of the mystery quilt and there is a link at the top right of my blog where you can take a look to see if you might be interested.
Please leave me a comment with your opinion!



Whatcha reading?

Judy Laquidara started a new link to post what you're currently reading, so here's my entry.  I have a hard time finding the time to read, even though I love a good book.  Right now a friend of mine is supplying me with Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series.  I just finished #3 in the series and I'm about to begin #4.  This is the first I have read by this author, but I have found it interesting and the Characters seem very real. 
Because I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, I am very familiar with the area she writes about.  That probably helps  keep my interest.
Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Series

Friday, January 25, 2013

roll, roll, cotton boll

This is one of my favorite quilts!  I made it when Bonnie Hunter offered it as her mystery quilt in 2010.  At that time I did not have a blog to show it off.  Now that I know how to blog, I thought I would occasionally post some older quilts that I have never shown.

I had the wonderful privilege of knowing Bonnie Hunter when she lived in Idaho.  We had a Christmas gift exchange that year and I got this little "needle in a haystack" doll that Bonnie made.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Easy Street is finally finished!

 It's on the frame! Now to  hurry up and do a very speedy job of quilting.

 The next day (and many interruptions later) I was able to finish the quilting!

It finished at 108"!
Here's whats on the back.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Easy street is on it's way to a finished quilt!

I'm tempted to name this the grapes of wrath.
The top 2 pictures show the center of the quilt and the next ones show the borders added.  Yesterday I added the last border which is kind of a marbled pattern with virtually every shade of turqoise.  I wanted to include all the colors from the center of the quilt in the border without purchasing any new fabrics.  I'm now working on using up most of the leftovers in a pieced back.  I have struggled for several days to find a new way to post my pictures.  The way I have done it for previous posts was no longer working.  I am computer-challenged and so I was soooo excited to get these pictures posted today!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Years Eve on Easy Street

UPDATE 1/20/13
I'm so excited to have found a way to post my pictures.  So now I will try to do a new post of my completed top!!!

I have all of my units bagged and ready to assemble into my first UFO of the New Year!!!  So New Years Eve is here and I got all those "buddies" joined together and sort of cleaned and organized the corner of the sewing room near my cutting table.  It's kind of embarrassing to claim that this is clean, but if you had seen it before this.......     And then I had to take a break and go out in the snow storm with my dogs.  Poor little Daisy is up to her underside in snow.  Penny was ready to come back inside right away!

I wonder what the middle of the quilt will look like.  After playing with the parts for a little while, I decided to practice a little self-control and make myself wait a few more hours for our new years day instructions.  I just love a good mystery, don't you?  Bonnie always has the best mysteries!

 This is my best guess for what it might kind of look like....  the suspense is killing me!