Saturday, January 4, 2014

Celtic Solstice Finish

I love scrappy quilts! I love using up my stash (making room to buy more fabric) and how they 'sparkle' unlike quilts of just 3-4 fabrics. They are a hassle though; having to press all those different pieces of fabric and cut tiny pieces off them. . . 
I have, however, finished the top (which is one-half of the small-sized quilt!) of Bonnie Hunter's latest free mystery quilt. Phew--what a lot of pieces--close to 1,000! It's 46" square and doesn't have the final element of the 3" Peaky and Spike squares we made but since it's larger than I wanted it to be, I won't be adding those squares but will bind it in purple. 
I used my own colors instead of Bonnie's and know it would have been better if my yellow was purple which I think would have shown off the secondary circle pattern better but, that's what happens with mystery quilts sometimes. But, I like it and have the perfect place to hang it in my home. Thanks to Bonnie for her generosity and creative talent!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Christmas Quilts

I've finally gotten over my 2-month "block"of not feeling much like sewing and I'm back to multiple projects--LOL! First, I'm making Bonnie Hunter's annual mystery quilt which started on Thanksgiving. I'm proud of myself for keeping up with every week's 'clue' but have to come clean: After making Bonnie's wonderful scrap quilts for 2 years now, I've learned my lesson! I'm making a very small quilt--half the size of Bonnie's 'small' quilt. My colors are different than hers too: aqua, lime, lilac and yellow/gold (although it looks orange here).

And. . . I started another project too *sigh*
Every year since I've been quilting, round about November, all I want to do is make Christmas quilts and every year I'm just SURE I'm going to want to make nothing but Christmas quilts ALL year. By about mid-February, I'm on to spring florals--SO, I have to get going on this adorable "Deck the Halls" quilt! 

I'm going to make it smaller than the pattern to fit on my foyer wall so I'm making 2 of these units and 3 of the applique units and reducing the size of everything. Instead of 3" finished half-square triangles, mine will be 2 1/2" and the wool applique candies and gingerbread men will be 2/3 their size. It will end up about 38" x 45".

Wonder if there's any other Christmas quilts to see on Judy's blog for Design Wall Monday!