Wednesday, November 26, 2014

They Mystery Begins

The Grand Illusion Mystery begins soon.  Bonnie Hunter is starting the mystery on Black Friday.  I plan to take the leap. Most of my quilts are inspired from a pattern but have a twist to make them original, so I haven't wanted to make a quilt knowing so many quilts will be so similar.  What changed? The inspiration.  My family has been to Mackinac Island.  (2002)


My husband and I drove the 5 mile bridge over the Straits of Mackinac at least 8 times a year for 5 years. 


The mainland town of St. Ignace was the pit stop we would make on our 10 hour journey to and from college. This area of the country is very scenic.
This pic is over 12 years old.  This is the Lake Michigan side.  Lola in the back, MJJR next to dad.
A bridge over a creek leading to Lake Michigan along Rte. 2
In the Upper part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula are some beautiful sights.
This is the view from my old apartment.  That is a ski hill.

This is an old Copper Mining Building. Also view from my apartment.

 The sentimental inspiration for this quilt along with the beauty of Bonnie's Quilt inspired me to start say yes this year. 
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 Please leave a comment if you have participated in the past.  Why did you participate? Your experiences?  Deadlines?  Keeping Up?  Did you alter the pattern?  Commitment is scary!

The original colors are bright green, the lighter turquoises, the brighter pinks and the lighter yellows.  My stash is lacking in some of these colors.  The color scheme may be altered....scary.   My motto is use what you have....buy only what you truly need. 



Keep Quilting,
Just Another Quilter

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Christmas Traditions Quilt

Our Christmas Traditions is quickly approaching. Our group of church ladies have met a few times and put together this quilt. We took the leftovers from a project for the local library and put the center "square in a square" portion together. This project pulls stash fabric from many quilters and helps keep the price down. We did purchase the outer border fabric. The quilt was machine quilted on a Juki TL-98.

 
The event has handmade candies, pies, cookies, homegrown canned jellies and salsas. This year I get to oversee the silent auction room. 

Stop over to Freemotion by the River and see all the designs. 

Just Another Quilter

Monday, November 10, 2014

Design Wall Monday-November 10th

The latest endeavor into the 5" squares....
  We exchanged 5" black/dark grey squares back in July.  Often I need a little time to make some decisions.  This time the inspiration came from a quick quilt another guild member made and an idea that keeps popping into the creative ways.


My original plan was to end at the black border.  The quilt would measure about 50" x 50".  It would be an appropriate size for a donation quilt to Margaret's Hope Chest.  I have donated to this group before.  There are other quilts in the pipeline and I would like to make the donation to Margaret's Hope Chest in February.  Sooo there is time.
NOW......this quilt could be sent along with another quilt to 2 beautiful great nieces for Christmas.  If a border print is added the quilts will be the same size.  Check out the other quilt, a torquoise beauty here.

Which fabric do you like?  I am leaning toward the dots on the left side...which are different from the bottom.  Or shall I call it good and save it for February?

Both nieces are not yet school age....and DH did some early Christmas shopping so the Long Arm (yes, he wore me down and I finally agreed) arrives tomorrow.  !!!   EEK!  That means it shouldn't be too bad to get another top together.  The 5" exchange this month was pastel.  These would make a great uplifting quilt for Margaret's Hope Chest.

Linking up to Judy L.'s Patchwork Times.  Check out more Design Walls.

Just Another Quilter

Friday, October 31, 2014

A Spooktacular Finish it up Friday

It is a typical fall morning with a cool breeze pulling the last of the bright leaves off the trees.  It is to be cold tonight for the trick or treaters.  We never get to many trick or treaters. Many more nearby streets have more houses without the long walk. I picked up some candy yesterday and will be sending it to work with DH. The problem is he is off next week.....I hope there is some left when he goes back.
  This week the Sunday Morning quilt has binding and looks great. When I picked up the quilt to bring it back inside.....remembered the pinned dark orange piece......this was to remind me that I missed a small section of quilting.  It will take only 1 minute.


Sunday Morning
Started April 2014-Finished October 2014


This quilt is based on the Avignon Picnic Quilt found on Moda Bake Shop. 

Stop over to Crazy Mom Quilts and look at other finishes.

I am off to find the last 2 kits for the guilds raffle blocks. They are due Tuesday. The background fabric is misplaced........cleaned out the car today, removed a lot from the sew room yesterday. Where would you look next?  It is not in 3 of my favorite bags!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday's Designs-September 22, 2014

"A Star in the Sky" is now in the top stage. The top has been set aside and "Sunday Morning" is now the focus. The quilt was layered up last month. Yesterday the quilting was started. It always takes some time for the quilt to talk when quilting is the topic.

The quilting chosen came from a recent library check out.  The library is a great source for both inspiration and knowledge.

This CD-ROM "Helen's Mix & Match Quilting Patterns" has lots of great shapes.  You can see the shape chosen. There are 5 or 6 different sizes of each shape that can be printed out. Traced onto card stock this can be flipped, mirrored and used partially in the areas needed. 


Here you can see that the shape is mirrored and a simple tic-tac-toe pattern connects the 2 patterns together.  


Here is the part that connects the two units together on the outside of the "block". A drink coaster worked  great for the arches and a few circles and teardrops fill the space nicely.  After setting this aside for a few weeks, it is time to get cracking and finish something. I also love how the quilting is going to be even across the space without heavy thread build up in areas.  This area above is the most dense area.  It won't feel like you are sitting on a rock due to the quilting and seams.

Go check out what others are working on....Judy L. has the list.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Finish It Up Friday-September 19th

It was time to set down and figure out the corners of A Star in the Sky.  Yep…figured it out.  The 2 1/2” strips making up the border came out evenly but with 28 strips…one side had a strip with a white end and the other side a solid strip.  Corners…ugh.  I decided to have the corners be the same so one side has solid stripes with the white four patch touching the inner border.  The other side has the sides ending in the stripe ending with a light square.  The four patch in the corner is on the outside.  If it was next to the inner border it would get lost.



Didn’t turn out too bad.  The colors look so much better outside in the fall sun.



Morning in corn country.  This wasn’t always beautiful in my mind.  It took a few years being SURROUNDED by corn to appreciate the beauty.

Check out more “Finishes” over at “Crazy Mom Quilts”


Just Another Quilter

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Star in the Sky

Our house has been busy.  We have tackled sickness, taken vacations, moved children and had visitors.  The garden produced great this year, leading to canning and freezing.  I have managed to sew and keep up on blogs. 


The latest project is form fabric DH brough back from a trip to Chicago.  These fabrics were set aside while working on Batik Brown Quilt.  These didn't quite fit into a quilt headed to California with a new college man.

This quilt is made from a cake layer and is based on the Moda Bake Shop Anasazi Medallion Quilt.