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.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Walkin' on Easy Street.....


Oh, YEA, the fun has begun! The Friday after Thanksgiving was THE big day! It signaled the release of  Mystery Clue #1 for the Easy Street Quilt.
Last post, I gave you a sneek peak at my fabrics of choice. That photo, did not include the white, because at the time it was taken, the white had not been purchased.
My taste tends away from the scrappy look, so instead of choosing several whites, I went with just one to go along with the Gray constant in the quilt. So, I guess that means there are actually TWO constants. ?

Anyway, Friday was a VERY productive day and Clue #1 is complete. The following is a series of photos showing progress, starting again with the bulk fabrics.

When Bonnie Hunter did the Introduction for this Mystery Quilt, she chose fabrics in shades of Lime,Turquoise and Purple with Gray being the Constant and Black on White prints for the background. These just happen to be some of my favorite colors, so this time I chose to stay with her color way. The photo below is my stack of colors.

My color choices for the Easy Street Mystery Quilt

 Clue #1 has us Slueths cutting strips from our Gray and White that will eventually become 192
 4-patch units.

Gray and White for Easy Street

 Once enough strips were cut to yield the needed units, they were sewed together....yes it was a big pile of strip units, AND this isn't even all of them!
Gray and White strips sewn together.
 They look a lot better now that they are pressed, don't they? ;-) The strips are now ready to be stacked and cut into the "Twosies" that will make the 4-patch units.

Strip units sewed and ready to cut into 'Twosies'
 Here are some of the pieces stacked/matched and ready to sew. By having the strip units stacked together (as they will be stitched) prior to cutting the 2 inch pieces makes them easy to handle with no matching up needed. Just pick up and sew! Chaining the little 'twosies' had them zipping right along. They were all sewn in what seemed like no time at all.
 Once the units were stitched together, then clipped apart (Yes, I should have taken a photo of that pile too, but didn't. You've seen it before.lol) I sat in front of the TV and did the little seam swirl to get the center seams flat.
Twosies stitched, swirled and pressed.
So here they are, all 192 done and waiting their place in the mix.
Gray-White 4-patch units complete
It will be a long week waiting for the next clue to come out on Friday....twittle, twittle, twittle.........

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

 Happy Thanksgiving

These old gals showed up in our front yard Tuesday morning. We see a lot of wild turkey around here, but have never had them come into the front yard. They showed no fear of us whatsoever.  Guess they knew I already had a domestic turkey from the grocery in the frig for Turkey Day.  They stayed around the front yard for close to half an hour, then strolled across the street into the wooded lot. About an hour later, they returned...this time thoroughly checking out the house...right onto the front porch. Yeah, they left their "calling cards" too! They strolled around by the garden then  back across the front lawn again and finally off behind the house to the corps line by the lake.
When we first noticed them, Gary was headed out to go golf. He came back in and told me I had to come look at something. He was being real quiet, so I knew it was some sort of wildlife. We get a lot of critters around here! One of the little ladies decided to hop up in the golf cart. I was hoping she would hop on up onto the seat, but she didn't. She isn't showing up very well in the photo, but she is standing on the floor board.
They let Gary walk right up to them. And when He got in the cart to leave, they gobbled at him as if to say how dare you get in Our way.

On the Quilting Side.....

There has actually been a little quilting accomplished since my last post. The Little Red Barns Quilt got quilted and delivered to my daughter for her birthday. And yes, it was on time, too!
I told her if she didn't like it, or want it, she could send it back and I would give her something else. Nice try to keep the quilt for myself....but she wanted it! LOL
Right now, I am working on a log cabin for my son-in-law that requested a 'beach blanket quilt'. We shall see how this one goes. It is being constructed from left over fabrics from some other quilt projects. Just hope there is enough of the fabrics to make it the size needed. If not, it will be donated to my quilt guild for a charity quilt.
AND the big project coming up....DRUM ROLL....Another Mystery Quilt by none other than Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville's Quips & Snipps!! This  year's quilt is entitled "Easy Street". The first clue is scheduled to come out on Friday, November 23, 2012. I have my fabrics waiting in the wings....
These are my color choices for the mystery quilt 'Easy Street'
Can't wait to get started on this!!  Click on one of the links above for more information or to join in on the fun!
Well that's it for today. Hope to see you back here soon!