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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Quilt Doodle Doodle BOM 2014 Blog Hop - My Stop

Thank you to Cindy of Quilt Doodle Doodle  for sharing this fun quilt design. Welcome to my stop on her blog hop to show off our quilts.   I think many of us see the skates and mugs and have fond memories of winters spent enjoying the ice, even though our toes were frozen, and the same goes for  the snowmen and snow mounds.  Those images spoke to me.  


If you've visited my blog before  then you know that I enjoy QAL's.  I've learned new techniques and made interesting quilts as a result.  So early last year when I read of the Quilt Doodle Doodle 2014 Block of the Month and saw the first block, those cute snowmen heads, I joined in.  This quilt really was fun to make, and because we worked with 2.5 inch strips, it went together very easily.  The challenge was how to embellish.

One source of inspiration for me was a Christmas card I received from my sister that has mugs with holly and cookies.  So I put cookies and holly near my mugs, and added some candy canes for fun.


I used a real candy cane for the template and drew the gingerbread man, star and heart shapes.  I used a brown crayon to darken the edges of the tan fabric to give it a baked look.


I wanted to use my Sizzix angel die, so it became a cookie too.


And as you can see I added some holly and the berries are buttons from my Mom's button box. And a candy cane in the cup.

It all comes together in the mug row.

I wanted animals around a tree so I used my dog and cat dies and my AccuQuilt cutter.  These shapes were too big, so I cut them down and even shortened the torsos to make them the right proportion.  The grey cat is in memory of Puff, who was really a pastel and had some coral pink in her fur, so again out came the crayons, and the tan dog represents my last dog, Pluto.  They are both dressed up with red bows.  Aren't they cute?




I again used my Sizzix to cut a snowman and some fir trees to put around the house.

I crocheted the garland to put around the door and window, and also the wreath for the door.







It's very possible that some crocheted snowflakes will find their way onto the bigger trees, but other than that the embellishing is done.  I will be adding a border because I want this quilt to cover the top of my bed for the holidays.  

I hope you will visit all of the bloggers who joined Cindy's blog hop, and thank you for dropping by.

January 24th

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Hi There and Happy New Year

Well, it's been awhile since I've posted, but that's because I didn't have anything to show as far as quilts go.  I had a wonderful three days this past week devoted almost entirely to sewing, working on the Bonnie Hunter project, Grand Illusion.   Her finish of this quilt looks super to me, and I love that in her scrappy version the blocks together look like broken shards of colored glass, at least to me.  I hope mine looks as good.

I do have two blocks made, although I'm still working on the components for the entire quilt.
Two down, too many more to go. 

Can you tell I'm not hurrying?  This year I'll be going slower and probably won't be making as many items as previous years.  I want to perfect my skills and enjoy the process.  In my head I'm hearing a voice saying, "famous last words." 


I want to invite all of you to Quilt Doodle Doodle's blog hop for the 2014 BOM that some of us participated in.  I'll be showing off my quilt and the finishing touches I've added, so I hope you will visit.  1/24/15 is the first day and also my day.  It's going to be fun.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and that all of us will stay safe and enjoy good health and happy times in 2015.

God Bless You and Happy Quilting!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Grand Illusions Parts 3 and 4

I missed last week's link up of the Grand Illusion QAL by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville's Quips and Snips.  I don't have any part completed yet, but I have worked on a bit of each one.  This is part 4 which has two different color configurations of the Broken Dishes block.



This is part 3.

That's it.  It's a busy time of year and sewing is a relaxing activity for me.  
God Bless You.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Grand Illusion Part 2

I am making it under the wire to link up this week to Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion QAL Part 2.  I am having problems with this section and unsewing about as much as I sew.  

I'm not clear on whether or not these 2.5 sections get sewn together now, but the bottom set above are and the points are okay, so that's good.  But 200 singles to make 100 sets are called for.  Yeah, this will be a long project for me for sure.

This is my stack of the first block; 60 done out of 100.  

Section 3 comes out tomorrow.  
I may catch up in time for Easter:)

God Bless and have a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

My Grand Illusion Mystery QAL Block 1

Unlike me, most of you are on top of what's going on in blogland, so I'm pretty sure you know that Bonnie Hunter began her new mystery qal this past Friday.  I think you will enjoy reading the opening post which describes how Bonnie arrived at the colors she chose.  I was sorry I missed last year's beautiful Celtic quilt, so I'm in on this year's.  We can link up tomorrow so this post is my link up post.  Edit:  This is the link:


I'm using the same colors, and although my constant yellow is a pale fabric I had enough of it so it's in.  


Some of the bloggers configured this simple block into many different designs, so block one is very versatile and it'll be fun to see what Bonnie makes of it.

I'm testing border fabric for my Quilt Doodle Doodle 2014 quilt.  For some reason I'm having a hard time finding the right border fabric.  Just being finicky, I guess. 

God Bless, and I hope we all have a wonderful week.