It Followed Me Home… Can I Keep It?

December already… crazy.

midarmI’ve managed to fill my time somehow since my last post.  Mostly I’ve been playing with the new machine that I acquired on the final day of the Houston Quilt Festival.  Oh… did I not mention that a mid-arm sort of found its way to my house?  I’ve burned through masses of leftover muslin and batting since its arrival.  Some might call it practice, but really, it’s nothing but play time as far as I’m concerned.

machine quilting practiceHere’s To Whittling Down That Stack Of UFOs

I’ve been getting check marks on a couple of unfinished tops as well, but I’ve begun with baby steps.  The take-along project from the Houston trip is complete – although it only got taken out of the project bag for show and tell while stuffing my face with pizza one night.  I never got around to actually working on it until after my return.  The little “Giddap” donkey quilt finished at 18.5″ or 469.90 mm square.

Giddap: The Democratic Donkey Quilt Reproduction of a vintage quilt patternAnd the Itty Bitty Pinwheels quilt gets a ta-da, too.  This one finished at 10.5″ or 266.70 mm square.  You remember this one, maybe?  The one that very nearly drove me insane while I was working on it?  The one with the 1″ blocks?  Yeah, that one.

itty bitty primitive pinwheelsReds: Gotta Love ‘Em

And segment seven of Stitching Witches Quilt Along is sewn up.  After much consideration (aka: sitting and staring for hours when I probably should have been doing something else), I came to the conclusion that the green check fabric demanded just a little too much attention.  A “Do-Over” was declared.  The red is not nearly as exciting as the green, but the final version of the Corn & Beans block is more in keeping with the overall look of the mystery quilt so far.

Stitching Witches Quilt Along Corn and BeansStitching Witches Quilt Along Corn and Beans

How About A Whole Bunch Of Scrappy Fun?

Last, but not least: the day after Thanksgiving also signaled the start of Bonnie Hunter’s 2013 Mystery Quilt Along.  Bonnie’s 2012 Mystery Quilt, Easy Street, was so much fun, and turned out so well that I decided to join the party again this year.  It’s not a block a week, or a block a month, more of a… make 188 of these units this week.  Don’t know how or where these particular units will fit into the overall picture, but I know from experience that eventually, they will.

Celtic Solstice Bonnie Hunter Mystery 2013 The entire project is a little intense, but in a very, very good way.  Last year, we finished in 6-7 weeks.  I adore working on a schedule, I wish I could push myself to piece like that a little more often.

Another reason I’ve looked forward to Bonnie’s next mystery quilt is her scrappiness.  The last thing that I need to do at this time of the year is go out and buy more yardage.  Bonnie makes color suggestions but puts a lot of emphasis on using scraps, the more the merrier – and boy howdy, scraps I’ve got!

It’s not too late to join…

Easy Street Bonnie Hunter 2012I’m sitting here writing about the Bonnie Hunter 2013 Mystery, when all of a sudden, it hit me – I never posted one single photo of the Easy Street top from last year.  Here’s a sneak peak before it goes into the machine.

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16 thoughts on “It Followed Me Home… Can I Keep It?

    1. Jo Post author

      Thanks Jackie – I think I may have pushed the color envelope a little when I was shopping my stash, but I’m determined to work entirely from my stash. No new fabrics… for this quilt. 🙂

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  1. akagracie.com

    Love the quilting on your donkey, Jo. I can see the OK wind swirling around him, bringing either snowflakes or flowers into the picture (snowflakes, probably, given the warm red border; I may see it differently when I look at it again in the spring). I see what you mean about the Corn and Beans, but wish you could have kept that green in somehow – it’s such a happy addition. As for the practice time on your Handi-Quilter: what fun! I’m finally ready to start quilting a top I pieced in 1995 and think I’ll do something fun with it, the way you did with the vintage donkey. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Jo Post author

      Thanks Gracie! I had lots of fun with the spirals… I think it’s my new go-to background pattern. There is plenty of the green check to be found in the filler blocks, never fear. I like the sparkle that it adds, too. Why don’t you bring that quilt top with you on your next visit? You could play around with the HQ if you’d like.

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    1. Jo Post author

      Thanks D! I saw the saddle fabric and ‘had’ to use it, and the rest of the fabrics were pulled after I made that one single choice.

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    1. Jo Post author

      It’s such a delight to dive into the scrap bin and come up with a piece of fabric that I haven’t seen in a while. And the scenario always runs something like, “I remember that fabric. I used it in a quilt that I gave to (fill in the name)!” Thanks for stopping by, Vireva!

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    1. Jo Post author

      I’ve always admired diamond patterns, but not the Y-seams that normally go with them. While I was fooling around with the patches, it occurred to me that using the Tri-Recs tool might be a fun and easy way to put together a scrappy diamond block. Thanks for confirming my suspicions Barbara, much appreciated.

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