Quilts And All Things Fabric...

As an avid fabric enthusiast, a blog about quilts and all things fabric just seemed the obvious thing to do.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Well, here I sit at the computer again with a cup of Pomegranate tea when I should be at the sewing machine! Anybody else have that problem? ???

Since I am caught up on the Orca Bay Mystery Quilt steps, I need to be working on the quilt in progress for our bed. Yes, making something for myself for a change! That rarely happens.  I really love how this is turning out. The pattern is called "Sausalito" and can be found on page 22 of the June/July 2011 The Quilter Magazine . Of course I'm tweaking it to fit my needs. Meaning converting it to fit a King bed and making a couple of border changes.  This is the main layout. You can see part of the side borders in the upper right of the photo.
There will be an additional narrow dark brown border added; then the main border change will be a drop all the way around made up of the big blue and green diamond shaped pieces.
These blocks are being total buggers getting the points to meet like they should.  I have one side completed and another started. Once the drop is attached it gets another border piece then it will be ready for quilting. Unfortunately, I have not decided on a backing yet.

Every time my husband sees me working on another project, he asks "what about OUR quilt". When I first started this, he asked if it was going to be my "all winter" project. I was foolish enough to tell him no, it would be finished in time for cold weather. HA! It's now officially cold weather, and no quilt.

And of course there is still a lot of Christmas shopping left to do, and other projects left to make, and new projects to start, and.......who knows when this quilt will get finished!

Well, it's time for my afternoon walk now....gotta run...uh make that walk!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Step 2

What a project! The 72 little 3.5" string blocks went together rather quickly for the Orca Bay Mystery Quilt and filled the trash can with paper. (You should see the floor!)                                   
The dark color is GREEN not BLACK.  It was interesting to see these come together. Here is what the whole stack looks like all trimmed up to size.

Can't wait to see what Bonnie has in store for us this coming Friday.

Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Step 1

Participating in the Orca Bay Mystery Quilt is an intriguing adventure not only in anticipation of the finished product, but in the small blocks created for Step 1 and Step 2 in the construction of the quilt. Scrappy quilts are not my usual style, so this is also a 'step-out-of-the-comfort-zone' adventure for me. But admittedly, so far these little blocks are turning out to be nothing short of adorably cute!

When Step 1 was published, my initial reaction was "Augh!"....because my last project had been a small postage stamp piece; and the thought of working with 1.5 inch strips again so soon was daunting. However, using the companion angle ruler made it a snap. They turned out great! My photographic skills leave a lot to be desired, but here is a look the first 6 blocks.

After a little more work, here is the finished group complete with the pile of little 'dog ears' snips.