Thursday, November 27, 2014

Grand Illusion Fabric Pull (GIMQ)

Grand Illusion
Grand Illusion starts tomorrow.  I'll be calling it GIMQ.  I know many people are excited.  I finally decided that I will be using Bonnie Hunter's suggested colors for the quilt.  Sometimes it's easier that way when I don't have to substitute things in my mind...  Here's what I pulled today:
This may or may not be the yellow constant that I use.  I probably will because I am trying to not have to buy any fabric for this quilt.  SCRAPS all the way!  Below are a couple better pics of the scraps.  I have more of these colors in my yardage bins, but we'll see what the instructions are.  I will most likely pull out my strings bags and go through them for little pieces like 2" squares if needed.
I may just try to go with the bright greens.  I have more greens in my 2.5" strips bin.

I tried to stick to the light blues and aquas.  We'll see.  I have more in my 2.5" strips bin.

I have a lot more pinks than this in my strings bags.

I'm not showing pictures of the blacks and neutrals.  They are just that... blacks and neutrals.

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving!  I have so much to be thankful for this year.  I've just been so happy lately.  I'm not sure if it's because I've been more active physically or spiritually.  I'm sure it's a combination of both.

I'm so happy that Temecula Quilt Company released gave us the rest of the alphabet instructions yesterday!  Woohoo!  This mini quilt top is all done.  I LOVE it.  I especially love the colors that I chose.  I came across this little QA when I was looking for something to make for the October RSC14 in the colors of brown, grey, and black.  I also love the way it blends in with our Ohio November weather today.

You can find the instructions for the Little Letters here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WIP Wednesday 11.26.14

Still plugging along at everything...

I finished this blue sampler quilt.  I won the blocks in Feburary 2012 from Fiona @ Poppyprint blog.

I finished these three Frosty & Friends quilt tops.  I'm so excited to get them to this point at this busy time of year.

They even made it to the longarm frame together.  Quilting THREE at a time -- Whohoo!

I only made two light blue blocks for the RSC14.  It's still progress!
I got the "hard" rows down (orange) in my Cascadia mystery quilt along at Humble Quilts.  Hopefully the rest of the instructions will be released today.  Update -- the final reveal was released today!  Woot Woot!
I got the letter "V" done for my Little Letters QA at   Update -- The final letters (X, Y, &Z) were released today!!!  Woot Woot!

Chippy has been up to his mischief.  We're having a lot of fun with that.

My WIP count this week is moved from 34 to 33.  My WIP goal for New Years Day 2015 is 19.  Uh oh, I've got a ways to go!  I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
New:  I am also linking up with Shannon at Modern Tradition Quilts.  Check out all the great works here.
New Projects This Week
1.  None
Pieces Still Need to be Cut & Sewn
1.  Underpants Project 
2.  Digging up Bones (Owen's dinosaur quilt)
3.  Rock Island Campfire Quilt
4.  Picadilly Circle
5. ...And Sew On BOM at Quiet Play (one block to go)
6.  MSBHQAL (Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone Quilt Along)
7.  Spring Sampler Series at Cora's Quilts
8.  Gypsy Wife QA (recycling  Red/White Flower Basket Quilt into this project & duds.)
9.  Quilt Doodle Doodles Designs 2014 BOM
10.  Love Laugh Quilt Christmas Improv QA
11.  Classic Meets Modern BOM
12.  Mod Mod QA (turning this one into a baby quilt) 
13.  Super Mario QA
Blocks Still Need to be Made
1.  NY Beauty
2.  Orca Bay
3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
4.  Sweet Simplicity BOM
5. Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt
6.  Color coordinated hexagon quilt
7.  Gourmet Quilter Sampler
8.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
9.  Amanda Murphy Designs (ugly fabric quilt)
10.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt

Blocks are made but need to be sewn together (and/or some sashing)
1.  Block Swap Adventure Sampler (2011-2012)
2.  Block Lotto Dud (Orphan Block Quilt)
3.  Orange/Blue Fish Blocks (that I won)
4.  Split Stars (blocks won from Block Lotto; October, 2012)
5.  African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired)
6.  Tall Fly 
Quilts back needs to be made (tops are done)
1.  Celtic Solstice (Bonnie Hunter Mystery 2013)

Ready to longarm

Quilted, needs binding
1.  Blue Frosty #1
2.  Blue Frosty #2
3.  Red Frosty #2
Completed this week:
1.  Blue blocks that I won (with butterfly fabric)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Mail from Julianne and Sew Me a Song

A big surprise was in my mailbox today.  One of my biggest cheerleaders and quilty BFF, Julianne, sent some PERFECT scrappy trip blocks to me for the back of my Celtic Solstice quilt.  She did them in my quilt colors!  They are perfectly sewn!  I LOVE all of the fabrics that she used.  This totally made my day.  They will definitely be on the back of my quilt.  I'm not sure how I will arrange them just yet.  I know I will make sure they are all together.  Just look at them:

Also, more yummy goodness arrived in the mail today.  I was the Scraptastic Tuesday November winner on Leanne's blog --
I got a $20 gift certificate to Becca's Etsy's shop, Sew me a Song.  Oh my!  The coolest thing about Becca's shop is that it has sooooooooo much in it!  If you couldn't find something that you liked, there was something wrong.  This Fat Eighth bundle will be perfect for a QA or BOM for 2015.  Becca has so many fat quarters and packs in her shop.  YUMMY!!!

The top row of fabrics are really cute little stripes.  They just didn't photo well for me at 4am...  I LOVE all these dots and the bright colors.  Can't wait for the right QA to use them.  I have a feeling that Julianne (above quilty BFF) will find a QA that we just HAVE to do together. :)  I'll put these yummy fabrics together!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Frosty & Friends

Happy to see these three minis have made it to the flimsy stage!

This is a pattern by Debbie Mumm.  It is in a book from 1992 called Quick Country Quilting.   You can also find a FREE pattern on Debbie Mumm's site FREE here.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

RSC14 Scrap Saturday 11.22.14

Brrrr.  Cold at 11 degrees today.  Too cold for the local parade.  We're going swimming at the Y!  I did manage to squeeze in two lonely cracker blocks in this morning for the RSC14.

If I'm calling this block the wrong name... Cracker Block, please let me know.  Sometimes I get it mixed up with another block...  Thanks!  Have a great weekend.
Oh, and Chippy & Barbie were up to something last night...


 I'm linking up with Angela at ScrapHappy blog. for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, 2014.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Finish -- Blue Sampler

I'm happy to check off another quilt from my to-do list for 2014.  I won 11 of these blocks from Fiona @ Poppyprint blog in February, 2013.  I think it turned out to be a nice quilt.  It measures 57" x 72.5". 

I longarm quilted it with the Jesters giant board from Circle Lord.

The back is just simply pieced.

A little girl (well, she's 13 now) from our church is in need of some prayer.  Chippy continues to pray for Faith.  If you want, check out #Faith4Faithers on facebook.
There's another fun holiday giveaway at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.
Check it out here.
Linking up with Richard and Tanya Quilts for Link-A-Finish Friday!
LAFF - Richard and Tanya Quilts