Monday, 27 November 2017

Mystery Quilt Time of the Year

I often spend my Saturdays, when I'm at home, catching up on YouTube quilting shows and one was Missouri Star's Jenny, and I happened to come across a 'Fall Shenanigans' wall hanging.  Even though we do not celebrate Halloween in Australia, it is our daughter's birthday, so parties were always Halloween themed. So out came the Halloween fabrics and in a day I made the top - who knows how long it will take for me to sandwich and quilt it!!!!

I have always looked forward to this time of the year - Halloween and Christmas. Not only is it getting closer to Christmas, a happy time, it is Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt time!! A time to create a beautiful quilt, step by step and spend a calming time sewing. Not all sewers would agree as at times Bonnie's Quilts can be quite involved, but never the less, I do enjoy the stress relief these mysteries have provided over the years.
Now that I'm retired, the joy of the mystery is still there, as is the relaxing, calming, peaceful time that it brings.
This year Bonnie's mystery is titled 'On Ringo Lake'. You can find the fabric requirements and instructions here. First impressions - I was very happy with the colour choices. I usually change Bonnie's colour suggestions, but this year I had all the fabric on hand - although I almost changed the browns for dark purples, but as they didn't look as good, so I went back to browns.
 Part one was released on Friday, and compared to other years this clue is quite easy - thank goodness. (This is not a whinge Bonnie 😊).

Bonnie's mystery is the start of the mysteries. I will still have two New Year Mysteries, (including Merry Mayhem's - with fabric and cutting instructions released today) and the Super Bowl mysteries to make - and I'm looking forward to it. We will be away on a cruise the next few weeks (woo hoo), so I'll be playing catch-up mid December. (See my travel blog: Are We There Yet?)
To see what others are doing go to Bonnie's Monday Link up.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Busy week

This week I decided to add another border to the Simply Colourful Brown Bag Mystery quilt. I had run out of some of the suggested fabric, so substituted a pink, that had already been used in the quilt and a teal fabric. Looks so good!

And Sew Foxy Mama's 100 Hexies in 100 days. We are up to week 11, and the theme is "I Spy" - guess I may be doing some fussy cutting - like I haven't already 😊.
Week 4 - wishes
Week 5 - big and small
Week 6 spots and strips - but I chose spots, as that was the fabric I had.
 Week 7 - floral
 Week 8 - travel - gee I wish I had chosen travel places, maybe I still will?
 Week 9 was woodland and last week, week 10 (below) was in the sky.
I have completed week 9, but neglected to take a photo.
 I also finished the new Simply Colourful Mystery by Colour Wheel Quilts, Scrappy Square Dance top. I decided to make two lap quilts (baby quilts). One is for my new granddaughter, due in February, so I still have a few months to quilt and bind it.
 Also on the go is the continuing Moda Blockheads. 
I'm still behind, but getting there - and there is no rush.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Roll the Dice Update

About a month ago I decided to do what my friend Jenny does, and choose 6 projects / UFO's to check off the 'to do' list.

  1. Caravan Quilt top to quilt
  2. Brown Bag Mystery to finish
  3. "???" baby quilt to start
  4. Row by Row top to quilt
  5. Halloween Mystery to finish
  6. "?????" baby quilt to start
So I am very happy to say that I have completed 2. Brown Bag Mystery Quilt by Simply Colorful, and it is adorable. I really like the way it looks, and if I every make another one - which I probably won't, as it had too much paper piecing - I would swap the orange for bright pink. Shock, right, LOL.
I must say that looking at the individual blocks I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but look at it - wow.
So now I need to quilt it, so I'm making the new 2. Brown Bag Mystery - to quilt.
Also No 3. and 6. I might use Color Wheel mystery as one baby quilt, and Peace and Love mystery as the other.