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Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday Blues.....

First, I have to admit....I am not a Football fan. However, our NOLA Saints were playing an important game yesterday.  I gathered all my chain piecing to finger press in front of the TV and keep my hubby company.  First half, it was not going well -- I felt like I had jinxed them (after all, I had not watched a game this season).   So I gathered up my little pieces and headed back to my sewing room.



During the game I added a few of the sashing units to the wall, just to preview "On Ringo Lake" mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter (Quiltville)...then went back to check on the game...still not going good.


Then the second half of the game the Saints started happening!  I stayed put .... needed to finish quilting this baby quilt for "Mia Cate".


Quilting done on "Licorice Whip" (64" x 64",  Black Cat Creations)...ready for binding.  Then it was time to check on the Saints game....


OMG, my husband was beside himself.  The Saints were winning with only seconds left -- I sat down and tearfully watched as the Vikings made a touchdown and won the game.  I looked over at my husband and he was in a trance.  I scurried out as fast as I could before he came out of it.  Whew, just in time.  The Times Picayune headlines, "Expletive, Expletive, Expletive" about sums it up.

This morning, my son and husband went hunting -- those poor ducks!


Sunday, January 14, 2018

On Ringo Lake, Licorice Whip, En Provence

On Ringo Lake -- Along with thousands of quilters, I have been working on my version of Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt.  I did not have a lot of the corals, but had plenty of reds, tans and grays.   All of my units are done, however making the blocks and sashing are being worked in between other projects.



Below is a baby quilt for a new little cousin in Katy, Texas, "Mia Cate" .... I went with one of my favorite patterns, "Licorice Whip", published by Black Cat Creations.  The 64" X 64" quilt is large enough for the baby to grow into.  All  basted and ready for quilting. 


And...below is my completed Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt from last year, En Provence.  This one stayed on the back of my sewing room door for months waiting to be quilted!  Finished just in time to start the New Mystery.


Although very cold outside, the sun was shining which made it hard to see the quilting design -- just simple swirls.




Friday, January 12, 2018

Have Faith, Paulette's Retirement


Close to 28 years ago, Paulette and I began working together.  It's now her turn to begin a new journey -- RETIREMENT -- and spending more time with three little granddaughters!   When her retirement date was set, I knew the perfect pattern was "Have Faith", using colors and prints I hoped would match her perfectly.


Pattern:  Have Faith
Size:  60" x 72"

Friday, December 15, 2017

Short Stacks, Musical Finish




Short Stacks, a pattern by Black Cat Creations, designed by Judy Reynolds is one of my all time favorites...especially when I need a masculine quilt.  This particular quilt has now been gifted to Al, a great friend and work mentor who recently retired.  Al is also a gifted musician, which made it easy to choose the fabric.




Friday, December 8, 2017

T-Shirt Quilt Finish


We have had a rainy week (now snowing), so I only have inside pictures of an already darker quilt.  A high school graduation gift - my first T-Shirt quilt.  I made a couple of practice blocks with old T-Shirts...so glad I did.  To those who make the T-Shirt Quilts for a living-- bless you!   


Loaded on the long arm and basted the whole quilt first, then went back and quilted in a circular pattern.


And....here it is fresh off the long arm frame.  I am hoping for a picture (outside) when presented to my great nephew.




Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sunday Sample, Block 12


Bonnie Hunter's Block, "Joyeaux" from Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Volume 12 is done ....and is my 12th block completed.  I have only three left (which includes the newest recently published).


Above are all the blocks I have completed -- I use Photo Grid to show them all, however it is a little crowed -- I may just start putting them on the design wall.


Friday, November 3, 2017

"Short Stack" Finish


My favorite GO-TO pattern, Short Stacks by Black Cat Creations was the perfect size for my third throw for our Guild's goal to finish 80 quilts and donate them to the Ronald McDonald Home, with St. Jude Children's Hospital.