Yay! It’s Ugly Sweater Season

theuglysweatershopLike a large part of the US this past week, it’s been cold enough to be considered sweater weather here in SW Oklahoma.  We had a little freezing rain, some sleet, and for us, a whole lot of snow.  Enough snow that the small town bank where I work didn’t open for business one day.  A snow day for adults (woot!).

The snow has finally melted in the last few days, turning our dirt road into a muddy bog – but even with the extra play day that saw me hunkered down in the house with our two dogs, I find that the closer it gets to Christmas the more hurdles there are trying to keep up with ongoing and time critical projects. No surprises there.

Stitchin’ Witch has sent out the instructions for Segment 8 of her mystery sampler.  The pattern is Kansas Troubles, a beautiful block, but I haven’t had the time to even contemplate fabrics or color placement.  Perhaps I can make some progress later on this week.

bonnie hunter celtic solstice part 3 pinwheel hstNote to self: use more pinwheels in future quilts.

Part 3 of Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice mystery project posted the morning of Friday the 13th, which as it happened, turned out to be a wild and wooly day at work.  In addition, it was just a couple of nights away from a full moon.  Perhaps it was those two events so near to each other that caused things to get so weird around the edges.  At any rate… after all of the bizarre and curious events of Friday, I decided that rotary cutting would be better left until the weekend.

For the small quilt, we were required to make 200 HSTs, using 100 to make twenty-five 3.5″ (8.89 cm) pinwheels, reserving the remainder to use somewhere else in the quilt.  Every time I make pinwheels, I’m reminded of how much I like pinwheels.

This time last year – while working on Bonnie’s Easy Street mystery – I fell behind, eventually finishing up weeks after most of the other participants.  I’m determined to stay on target with this year’s project, so I cut on Saturday and pieced on Sunday, putting a period to this segment.

We finally have enough components to start playing around with.  The yellow floral stands in for the unknown parts of the blocks – with so many possibilities, it’s a guessing game.  In all probability I’m way off base, but use a little imagination to fill in the blanks…

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cshedgescsmaybeI’ve added a photo (and link) from Bonnie Hunter’s website.  The image below is a portion of the floor from Christ Church in Dublin, Ireland.  It’s easy to see that Bonnie was inspired by the palette.  More than that?  Only time will tell.

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16 thoughts on “Yay! It’s Ugly Sweater Season

    1. Jo Post author

      Good morning, Kattell, and thanks! I enjoy shuffling components around, trying to figure out what Bonnie’s design might be.

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    1. Jo Post author

      Thanks Cathi! This is my 2nd Bonnie mystery. It was so much fun last year I had to go back for more! One of the things I enjoy is finding out how wrong my guesses were at the reveal… just a sucker for a good surprise.

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  1. Kate

    I love seeing people fiddle with the blocks. I’m just trying to keep up and be surprised when they make something pretty! 🙂 By the way, I read back, and enjoyed your pictures from Houston.

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    1. Jo Post author

      Thanks for stopping in, Kate… wish I’d taken more photos while I was in Houston, but I was completely focused on the wonders of the quilt festival. Far too distracted by all things quilt related to even think of digging out my camera.

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  2. diane

    I just got a few moments to check out the mystery links and I must say I like your creative mind. only time will tell how close you are to bonnie’s thoughts. I do like your blocks.will have to stop by again.

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  3. Kate

    It warmed up this week, which means that we’ll get ice rather than snow in NE Oklahoma.

    I really like that last layout you’ve got. I’m looking forward to tomorrow to see what the next clue reveals.

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    1. Jo Post author

      I was so happy to see the temps rise this week (we hit 70 degrees today), so no freezing rain… yay! I’ll be at Bonnie’s at 6am CST tomorrow with all y’all crazy quilters to see what’s next. Thanks for the comment Kate – stay safe and warm.

      [Edited 12/20/2013] Okay, I spoke way too soon. We had a Blue Norther blast through today. The temperature has dropped 40 degrees, and we have freezing rain. Life is good. 🙂

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    1. Jo Post author

      Thanks so much – lucky for me, I have some very generous quilty and non-quilty friends and family. Some fabrics I’ve acquired on my own. Other fabrics were gifted. When they’re all piled together, (I think) it makes for an interesting mix.

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    1. Jo Post author

      Thank you so much Dani! I’ve been diving deep into my scrap tub and coming up with fabrics I haven’t seen in 20 years. I’ve snuck in a few that probably shouldn’t be there, but who can resist an old favorite? Not me.

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