Monday Moments: June 13

I have a finish to show you. I finished this quite a while ago, but couldn’t show you. It was the latest mystery quilt that the guild did! The pattern is from a book, but I re-wrote the instructions to use strip piecing. It makes it so much easier to construct the quilt. And because the original directions were from a “Mystery Quilt” book, I cannot share them with you! Sorry!

This quilt was made with fabrics from my stash. And I only put on the one border … the original directions called for 3 borders.

Here’s a close-up of the quilting … it sort-of looks like feathers, but in reality, it’s just an elongated swirl – way easier than feathers to do!

Stitching Time

Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

Not many days of sewing this week.

  • January – May:  119 / 150
  • June 1 – 13:  9 / 12
  • Total: 128 / 162
  • Percentage = 79% 

Stash Report

Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

The guild mystery quilt used 9.25 yards

  • Fabric Used since the last report      9.25  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       52.25 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:    6.25 yards 
  • Net Fabric used                 43. yards 

To Do

Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is hosting “To Do” every week.

The To Do list from 3 weeks ago:

  1. Quilt Pop Star Quilt √   DONE (you’ll see this on the 15th!) access the steps at MMM Quilts HERE.
  2. Work on Here Comes the Sun Pop Star Quilt blog hop project √   DONE
  3. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE
  4. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE

This week’s list:

  1. Work on Here Comes the Sun Pop Star Quilt blog hop project
  2. Finish 2 quilts for an upcoming Island Batik Catalogue … I’ll show you once the catalogue is out.
  3. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  4. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

Design Wall

Donna, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, host a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.

Piecing:

  1. Here Comes the Sun project

2. Island Batik Catalogue quilts (2)

Quilting:

  1. Squirrel is sandwiched and I have a plan for the quilting!

2. Once the Island Batik Catalogue quilt tops are done – they need to be quilted.

Island Batik Blog Hop

Have you been following the latest Island Batik Blog Hop? With quilts featuring the New York Beauty pattern? It’s been quite a variety of wonderful quilts!

I posted mine on June 6 … you can read about it HERE.

June 13:

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations
Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

June 14:

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts
Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum

June 15:

Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde Gifts
Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

June 16:

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

Opportunity to win!

You can win a fat quarter bundle of Savannah or Santorini … both wonderful collections! Just follow the prompts in the Rafflecopper giveaway below:

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Some of my followers tell me that the Rafflecopter doesn’t work for them … if that’s you, go to Island Batik’s blog and enter there.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

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Saturday 

Monday’s Status

I’ve had a busy week! And I have gotten lots done! My Macaron Mystery is completed. This was a mystery quilt from  Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs. I love her mystery quilts! You can be sure I’ll be following and quilting when she starts the Melodic Mystery in July!

And … did you see Gracie the Gorilla? A Funky Friends pattern for Island Batik’s April challenge. She was so much fun to make! I used Island Batik fabrics, Schmetz needles, and Aurifil thread to make her!

Overhauling the Craft Room

Kim of Persimon Dreams and Kim of Gogokim have joined together and created this Overhaul. If you saw my room, you would KNOW that I NEED to do an Overhaul!!! In a couple of weeks, our quilt guild is having a garage sale … a perfect opportunity to get rid of some quilting junk useful items … I’m not totally following their direction, but I am in the process of going through EVERY container. And I’ll tackle every surface!

Here’s some pictures … as the room was before I started going through things: What a mess, eh? Every available surface cluttered with projects and fabric I need to put away, some baby quilts to be quilted, things to be unpacked from my latest class, fabric to be sorted through, papers cluttering up my computer desk, and left-over batting and fabric on my cutting table!

I’ve already gone through my books … and they’ll be on the free table at the garage sale. I don’t expect the guild library will want them … some are quite old!

Stitching Time

Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

  • January – Mar:  90 / 90
  • Apr 1 – 10: 10 / 10
  • Total: 100 / 100
  • Percentage =100% 

Stash Report

Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

Macaron used 12 yards of stash. I was thrilled to pieces when I realized that I had the perfect backing! It’s nice to be using up my stash.

  • Fabric Used this week      12   yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       25.5 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:    4.25 yards 
  • Net Fabric used                 21.25 yards 

To Do

Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is hosting “To Do” every week.

I had month to work on my previous To Do list … let’s see how I did …

The To Do list 2 weeks ago:

  1. Bind Macaron Mystery √   DONE
  2. Bind BBQG mystery quilt √   DONE
  3. Teddy #3 – Finish top √   DONE
  4. Complete Colour Your World Blog Hop project √   DONE
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! √   DONE
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE

This week’s list:

  1. Quilt & Bind Teddy #3
  2. Quilt & Bind at least 2 Baby Quilt Panels
  3. Work on Foodie Blog Hop project
  4. Go through the Fabric and Project containers.
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

Design Wall

Donna, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, host a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.

Piecing:

1. Foodie Blog Hop: These fabrics are from my stash. You’ll just have to wait until May 24th to see what is happening with this fabric!

Quilting:

I have 5 Baby Quilt panels lined up to be quilted and 2 that need binding. Boy, will I ever be glad when I no longer have cute panels in my stash! Some of these were panels that were given to me … I sandwiched them ages ago, but the quilting didn’t happen! And, I did find some of them when I went through a container – part of the Overhaul! 2 of the Baby Quilt panels are partially hand quilted … they will have machine quilting for the finish!

One UFO was finished: Macaron Mystery! That leaves me with 7 more to complete for my PHD in 2022. The New Starts are gradually getting completed! Personally, I really like how completing the New Starts does NOT add to the UFO list! And it is gradually getting smaller!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

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Macaron Mystery is Complete

This is a mystery quilt that was offered by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs. This is the 2nd mystery I’ve done of hers and I have LOVED doing each one. I know that some of you highly dislike doing mystery quilts, but she offers to give you a sneak peak – so you’re not totally doing a mystery. However, since I LOVE mystery quilts, I do it as a mystery! No peeking for me.

Cheryl’s directions are very clear and easy to follow! Here’s a few of the progress pictures of this mystery:

The fabric all came from my stash. As did the backing fabric. It has Hobbs 80/20 batting and I used Glide thread (Mercury) to quilt it. The binding is the medium blue print.

And the completed quilt! (And yes, I did alter some of the setting triangles to make the quilt symmetrical. The quilt insisted on it!)

And some quilting close-ups! Some free motion and some ruler work.

And … Cheryl has announced that there will be another mystery quilt starting in July! I already know that I’m going to join in! It’s called the Melodic Mystery! Are you going to join?

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

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Boundary Bay’s Fall Mystery Quilts

This fall, I supplied numerous members of our guild with weekly clues for the fall mystery.

Some of the quilters sent pictures … Enjoy!

This is Alice C’s. She said, “It was great to finally use the fall fabric I had for years.” Isn’t it a beautiful fall quilt?

Here are Fran’s … both are the baby quilt size and are still in progress. I love how the fabric makes each one very different from the other, yet the pattern is exactly the same!

This is Heather’s! … she says “I love the pattern. I’m going to do a quilt for my grandson And I love this!  It’s simple but looks complicated!!!!”

This one is Bonnie K’s, she made the baby sized quilt. What a wonderful soft quilt. Some baby is going to love it!

Here’s Patricia’s: she calls it a “floppy.” The purple is so vibrant!

Here is Dawn’s: along with a picture of the beautiful feature fabric she used! It’s a great way to use that fabric that you really don’t want to cut into!

This is Kathy S’s. I love the bold blue and grey against the light background / focus fabric!

Here’s Patti’s. Isn’t that dark burgundy border just perfect?

This one is from Dawn W. It’s a super cute baby quilt!

This is Carol R’s … with no borders, yet! Of course, I LOVE the Blues!!!

I love how Jill used stripes!!! People are often afraid to use stripes, but this is proof that you can use them and be successful!!

Here’s Heidi’s. I love the solids amongst the busy print!

These are the ones that I made:

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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A Wintery Finish!

I have a UFO finish! It is the Any Which Way Mystery Quilt … it was finally trimmed and the binding was added! The first picture was taken in the sun … and the 2nd picture was taken on the snow – just because I could!

The binding was finished today while I was Zoom quilting with fellow Island Batik Ambassadors! It’s so fun to get together and see what everyone is working on!

This quilt used Island Batik fabrics, Hobbs 80/20 batting and was quilted with Aurifil thread using Schmetz needles. It finishes at 44″ x 44.” It’s nice to have this UFO done!

Stitching Stuff

Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

This week, I managed to only sew for 15 min a day …

  • January 1-9 – 9 / 9
  • Total: 9 / 9
  • Percentage =100% 

Stash Report

Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks! However, I am human and I do break down and buy fabric!

I love this meme that I saw recently (but can’t find the source) …

I used 1.5 yards of fabric for the backing of the Any Which Way Mystery Quilt.

  • Fabric Used this week      1.5   yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        0 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      0 yards 
  • Net Fabric used                  1.5 yards 

To Do

Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is now hosting “To Do” every week.

I didn’t get a lot done this week. I’ve had a bad back and can only sit for very short periods of time.

The To Do list last week:

  1. Trim & bind “Any Which Way” Mystery√   DONE
  2. Finish Round 3 & 4 of SAHRR (yes, I want to work ahead) Decided I didn’t like Round 2 – so did some un-stitching and re-doing the round X not done
  3. Work on Polar Bear Plunge  √   DONE
  4. Work on Tickled Pink  √   DONE
  5. Work on January’s Island Batik project  √   DONE
  6. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE
  7. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes: no cleaning or tidying done and boy does it show! X not done

This week’s list:

  1. SAHRR: Finish Round 2 & work on Round 3
  2. Work on Polar Bear Plunge: get the top done
  3. Work on Tickled Pink
  4. Work on Secret Project
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

Design Wall

There are a few things on my Design Wall and there is NOTHING I can show you … yet!

#1 SAHRR is in progress … Centre block comes out Tomorrow! Be sure to come back so you don’t miss it!!!


#2 Polar Bear Plunge: This is for a blog hop in January … it should be fun! Of course, I can’t show you until the blog hop!


#3 Tickled Pink: This is for a blog hop in February … and again, I can’t show you until then!


#4 … Island Batik January Gradation project is getting there! and it will remain a total secret for now!

#5 Macaron Mystery by Meadow Mist Designs I have printed off the January clue – but haven’t done any sewing … yet …

Quilting:

Nothing is being quilted at the moment!


One UFO done!

Ms. P. Designs has this nifty colourful tool that you can use to track the tasks you have to do for your PHD. You can access the tool HERE.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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Any Which Way Mystery Quilt: Clue #5

In this Clue, YOU decide “Which Way” you want your quilt to be. Here are 4 options:

My pattern tester added an 6 extra HST in each colour so she could do pinwheels: Her quilt measures 40″ x 52.”

Which one will you choose?

For an easy and accurate way to add your borders, see This Youtube video:

I always hated this direction … I never knew what to quilt. Well, here’s picture of my quilt – my chosen way. You should be able to see that I did simple brackets on each side of each triangle.

The binding is not on … I’ve got other things that are taking priority at the moment!

Once you have your top done, or even quilted, please send me a picture. I realize that not everyone who is doing the mystery has a blog – so pictures are great! If you have a blog, please send me the link along with your picture. I will post a parade of the quilts in the new year. My email address is quiltinggail@yahoo.ca

Having a blog costs money each year … and each year, the price goes up. If you have enjoyed the mystery and appreciate that you actually have at least 4 new quilt patterns, please consider giving me a small donation. At the top of the blog there is a page that says “Shopping and Donations.” You can go to that page and make your donation. Thank you!

Clue #1 is HERE.

Clue #2 is HERE.

Clue #3 is HERE.

Clue #4 is HERE.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Any Which Way Mystery Quilt: Clue #4

Gather:  9 Contrast #2  Squares and 9 Background Squares

Make Half-Square Triangles.

Mark each background square diagonally down the centre.  (see Blue line on the diagram).

Place (1) Contrast #2 Square, right sides together with (1) Background square.

Sew ¼” away from the marked centre line.  (see Red lines on the diagram)

Cut down the middle – on the blue line.

Press towards the Background triangle.

Trim to 6 ½”  square.

Repeat with the other (8) Contrast #1 squares. Yield 18 Half-Square Triangles with Contrast #2

Clue #1 is HERE.

Clue #2 is HERE.

Clue #3 is HERE.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Any Which Way Mystery Quilt: Clue #3

Gather:  9 Contrast #1 Squares and 9 Background Squares

Make Half-Square Triangles.

Mark each background square diagonally down the centre.  (see Blue line on the diagram).

Place (1) Contrast #1 Square, right sides together with (1) Background square.

Sew ¼” away from the marked centre line.  (see Red lines on the diagram)

Cut down the middle – on the blue line.

Press towards the Contrast #1 triangle.

Trim to 6 ½”  square.

Repeat with the other (8) Contrast #1 squares. Yield 18 Half-Square Triangles.

Clue #1 is HERE.

Clue #2 is HERE.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Any Which Way Mystery Quilt: Clue #2

Now you get to cut the fabric:

NOTE: WOF is Width of Fabric

Cutting: 

Fabric   
Background            
4 WOF strips (borders)  

4 WOF strips *** see note below
2” wide    

7” wide
   

Subcut Into (18) 7” squares
Contrast #1
2 WOF  strips
7” wide
Subcut Into (9) 7” squares
Contrast #2 
2 WOF  strips
7” wide
Subcut Into (9) 7” squares

*** My pattern tester said she was able to get enough 7″ squares from 3 WOF strips. I had to use 4 strips.

** If going scrappy **

Contrast #1 A variety of (9) 7” squares
Contrast #2  A variety of (9) 7” squares

Clue #1 is HERE.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Any Which Way Mystery Quilt: Clue #1

This is a small mystery quilt. It will be 40″ x 40″ if you follow the directions. Yes, it can easily be made bigger, but wait until the end to see if you want to.

Fabric Requirements:

FabricAmount 
Background1 1/8 yards 
Contrast #1½ yard 
Contrast #2½ yard 

If you want – you could make Contrast #1 and #2 totally scappy.  For example, Contrast #1 could be a variety of purples and Contrast #2 could be a variety of greens.   It might be a good way to use up scraps!

These are the fabrics I used. They are all Island Batik fabrics. The Background is Rice. Contrast #1 is an older fabric with turtles and sea grass … Contrast #2 is two similar coloured fabrics.

Have fun picking out your fabrics!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

2021 Island Batik Projects

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am to make 12 projects, one a month using ONLY Island Batik fabrics. This is my 3rd year as an Ambassador and I have a bit of an Island Batik stash. The projects below are either the monthly challenge or ones I have done on my own. As you might guess, I LOVE Island Batik fabrics!

January

Between Christmas and New Years 2020, I hosted a Holiday Seclusion Mystery here on the blog. You can see a summary of it HERE.

These are the 2 quilts I made to test the mystery. The first one uses an older Island Batik that I bought, but neglected to keep record of the name of the fabric. It is paired with solid white. Although it was started in 2020, it was not finished until 2021.

This one was made with Scrapbuilder bundles in blue, teal and green, along with a solid grey. I love the overall graffiti or wild quilting on it!

January’s Island Batik challenge was to make placemats. I LOVE blue and LOVED making these placemats! You can read about them HERE.

I joined in the monthly Scrap Happy Table Runner challenge hosted by So Scrappy. January’s colour was PINK. Here is the mug rug I made.

February

These 2 baskets were a free byAnnie pattern and you can read more about them HERE.

This quilt was provided as a mystery quilt for the guild. The Designer is Sue Pontifex, from Piece Arch Quilters in White Rock. This is a variation of the original design. You can read more about the quilt HERE.

February’s Island Batik challenge was “Create for a Cause.” Each ambassador was to create a quilt to give to a charity of our choice. The guild I belong to gives “comfort” quilts to a local cancer agency. This quilt is destined to go there when they start receiving quilts (after Covid). You can read more about this quilt HERE.

This quilt used the beautiful “Mystery” collection of fabric designed by Claudia Pfeil.

This month’s colour for the Scrap Happy Table Runner challenge hosted by So Scrappy. was yellow. You can read more about this mug rug HERE.

March

Scrapbusting ws Island Batik’s challenge for March. What a fun fun challenge. My 2 quilts are shown below …

  1. The Scrappy Irish chain with the star was a LOT of fun. Lots of 2″ scraps from every collection that I have had as an ambassador!
  2. Is a quilt that started out small and became bigger as I really liked the colours. It initially started as a sample for a ruler quilting class.

You can read more about these quilts HERE.

This was my SAHRR 2021 quilt. You can read more about it HERE. As well as find the links to all of the steps.

I made this pouch for the Salt & Sand Blog Hop. Read more about it HERE.

Green was this months Scrap Happy Table Runner challenge hosted by So Scrappy. You can read about it HERE.

April

The Island Batik challenge was “It’s All Up to You.” We could make our own project / design, the choice was ours.

First, I made this quilt … More details are available HERE.

And, I made these fun little baskets … SEW fun!!!

This was my monthly table topper for the colour Blue. Details are available HERE. Scrap Happy Table Runner challenge is hosted by So Scrappy.

May

Quilt Modern. You can read the details HERE.

June

This is a quilt, designed by an Island Batik alumni, Sandra Walker, you can read more about this quilt HERE and Here and HERE.

The Island Batik challenge for this month was “Spread Love & Joy with Accuquilt.” Boy, did I have fun! I love using the Accuquilt cutter and the precision cutting. You can read about my 2 quilts HERE.

In March, I took a course “Speed Dating with Improv” by Krista from PoppyPrints. It took me a while to get the facing done, but it was finally finished in June! I used Island Batik solids for this piece.

I finally put the facing on my Story-less Improv and you can read more about it here, here and HERE. This was from a by Krista’s classes @ Poppyprint. It has the super fun title of “Speed Dating.”

Purple is June’s Scrap Happy Table Runner challenge hosted by So Scrappy. You can read more about this coaster HERE.

July

July’s Island Batik challenge was “Never Too Early.” I made a mini quilt and a basket. You can read about them HERE.

August

Try a Tool was Island Batik’s August challenge! Oh! Did I have fun with this one! Check out the details HERE.

Another quilt designed by Island Batik alumni, Sandra Walker. This is “Let your Star Shine.” You can read about it HERE and HERE.

This quilt was created for the “Orange you Glad” Blog Hop. You can read about it HERE.

This month’s scrappy table runner challenge was “aqua.” I wanted to try paper piecing a “Storm at Sea” block and ended up with this 14″ x 14″ square table topper. You can read about it HERE.

September

Island Batik’s September challenge was to make a byAnnie bag. I made this wonderful “Round Trip Duffle.” Read about it HERE.

This table runner was made for the Table Scraps monthly challenge (orange) and the Falling For You blog hop … you can read more about it HERE.

Kelly Young launched her newest book “Scrappy Improv Quilting” and I couldn’t help but enlarge this quilt and make a baby sized hot air balloon. You can read about it HERE.

October

October’s Island Batik challenge was to use Aurifil thread related to our assigned Endangered Species. I was given the Pangolin … it was fun zen-doodling the scales … you can find out more details HERE.

Then, I was involved in a blog hop, featuring Kelly Young’s book, “Scrappy Improv Quilting.” I made this ornament wall hanging for the blog hop. See details HERE.

November

The challenge for Island Batik, for November was the “Storm at Sea” block. I made 2 totally different quilts using the same block. You can read about them HERE.

I finished another quilt – with inspiration from Kelly Young’s book “Scrappy Improv Quilting.” This quilt used a lot of orphan log cabin blocks … For more details see HERE.

December

English Paper Piecing was the challenge for December. It was a HUGE challenge for me, but I got it done! And I’m happy with the result! See more details HERE.

This is another hot air balloon from Kelly Young’s book, “Scrappy Improv Quilting.” You can read about it HERE.

Catalogue Quilts

There were 3 quilts that were published in the Island Batik Spring/Summer 2021 Catalogue. You can access the Catalogue HERE.

Left to right: Modern Squares, Feather Chain & Flutterfly Stars.

Disclosure: The fabrics, thread, batting and needles were generously supplied by the following companies:

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

What’s Happening in the Future?

Sew … What’s in the Future on my blog?

Mystery Quilt

This mystery is a quick and easy quilt. The first clue (and fabric requirements) will be announced on Boxing Day, Dec. 26. There will be 5 clues and I’m 100% positive that many of you will have it totally completed before 2022 rings in!

It will be 40″ square … and the rest is a mystery!

SAHRR

5 Blogging Friends and myself will be hosting another Stay at Home Round Robin (SAHRR). What’s a Round Robin, you ask? Well, typically, in the quilting world, a round robin goes like this:

  • Quilter #1 creates their own centre block
  • The centre block is passed on to Quilter #2 and they add a border, depending on what the directions are.
  • The centre block, plus border 1 is passed on to Quilter #3, who adds the next border.
  • And on it continues

With the SAHRR, the blocks and rounds stay home with you. You are the one that is in charge of your Round Robin.

There is nothing to join … you just need to follow each of our blogs so that you don’t miss a thing!

If you go to this post, you will see my completed top from the 2021 Round Robin. And This Post shows my completed tops from 2020.

We haven’t decided on a start date … but we have all decided what is chosen for each round. And, no, I’m not going to tell you. Of course, we are all working on our Round Robins so that they’ll be ready at the start! AND … I’m laughing and laughing because we all have good intentions … but the follow through does not always happen!

My Blogging Friends are


Yes, I will be hosting a PHD in 2022.

What is a PHD??? In the quilting world, a PHD is a Project Half Done. As a former academic, who did not get a PhD in nursing, it’s just a play on the initials.

In order to get your PHD in 2022, you have to complete at least 12 UFOs (Unfinished Objects / or projects) AND … here’s the big catch: You MUST complete everything you start in 2022. Yes, EVERY new project. Otherwise your UFO list will just increase and we’re trying to get rid of them, right?

There are a few exceptions to completing what you start in 2022. If the project carries over into 2023, such as a BOM or Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt, then it would be impossible to complete it in 2022. And, those last minute projects that are started in December 2022? They don’t count either. But all of the projects you start in 2022, must be completed. This includes labels and quilting and binding – not just completing a top!

In the meantime, you can gather up your UFOs to get ready.

Monthly Color Challenge

I will be participating in this monthly colour challenge! I plan to make the entire quilt, but have signed up to be part of an occasional blog hop with the monthly blocks. The first block will be announced on January 1. You’ll be able to see the block at Patterns by Jen. The block patterns are free for the month they are posted. If you miss a month, they will be available for a nominal fee. Will you join me?

Blog Hops

I often participate in various blog hops. They are so fun! And full of lots of eye candy and ideas. So far, I have signed up for 2 in the new year.

Joan, from Moose Stash Quilting is hosting a Polar Bear Plunge.

Carla, from Creatin’ in the Sticks is having a “Tickled Pink” blog hop in Feb.

And here is their proposed blog hops for 2022! Lots of fun in store!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt: Linky Party

This was the tester’s (left) and mine (right):

Here’s some pictures of quilts from people who are unable to link to the Linky Party:

This is Robin’s – all quilted! The star points certainly pull out the pink in the focus squares. Lovely!

And here’s the back of Robins … she made some extra stars … plus you can really see the quilting on the back!

And here’s Deb R’s quilt … she says “I went with baby quilt size so there will be a total of five rows with one border around all. The border will be the flowered material (shown).  Won’t it be a lovely baby quilt?

This is Donna H’s … the middle of the stars is from a Moda digital print. Donna says, “I didn’t fussy cut them so there are a wide range of hues. The 3 contrast fabrics are batiks that pulled some of the colours from the print.” I Love the variety of the star centres …

Here’s what Alice C says about hers, “I have really enjoyed it and learned a new technique with the flying geese.  That was a cool way of doing it.” She has perfect flying geese!

Here’s Judy’s … I love the contrast between the dark and light!

Linky Party

Link up and show us your mystery quilt! It doesn’t matter if it isn’t completely finished! It’s just fun to see all of the different looks that fabric choices make!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
https://fresh.inlinkz.com/js/widget/load.js?id=a8b40ada7693d64e5923

Schedule

June 26 Introduction

July 3  Cutting Instructions

July 6   Clue #1

July 10 Clue #2

July 13 Clue #3

July 17 Clue #4

July 20 Clue #5

July 24 Clue #6

July 27 Clue #7

July 31 Clue #8

August 3 Clue #9

August 7 Clue #10

Linky Party: August 24 – open until the 31st!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt: Clue #10

Clue # 10a

Arrange blocks as shown below.  Ensure that Contrast #2 goes in one direction and Contrast #3 goes in the opposite direction when matching seams.

Web quilt together.  If you don’t know how to web a quilt, see my tutorial HERE.

Clue # 10b

Add  Borders to the quilt.  For a quick easy way to add borders, see my tutorial

And here’s my pattern tester’s quilt! Thanks, Barb! Same quilt, different fabrics. Different fabrics make for a very different looking quilt!

Watch for the Linky party on August 24-30 and show us your quilt top. If you can’t manage to link up – email me your picture and I’ll put it on the blog!

I hope you enjoyed this mystery!

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Schedule

June 26 Introduction

July 3  Cutting Instructions

July 6   Clue #1

July 10 Clue #2

July 13 Clue #3

July 17 Clue #4

July 20 Clue #5

July 24 Clue #6

July 27 Clue #7

July 31 Clue #8

August 3 Clue #9

August 7 Clue #10

Linky Party: August 24

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt: Clue # 9

Clue #9

Gather all of the 4 patch blocks from both Clue # 4 and # 6.

Make (17) 4 patch blocks as shown. Ensure the orientation has the contrast fabrics meeting in the middle. Press seams open.

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Schedule

June 26 Introduction

July 3  Cutting Instructions

July 6   Clue #1

July 10 Clue #2

July 13 Clue #3

July 17 Clue #4

July 20 Clue #5

July 24 Clue #6

July 27 Clue #7

July 31 Clue #8

August 3 Clue #9

August 7 Clue #10

Linky Party: August 24

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt: Clue #8

Clue #8

I know some of you guessed that stars were in your future! You were correct!

Make 18 Star blocks.

Take the 36 Flying Geese with background squares (From Clue #5) and add them onto the top and bottom of the unit from Clue #7.

Edit: Press seams open.

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Instagram Tags

If you want to follow along on Instagram, here are the tags to use:

#quiltinggail #2021summermysteryquilt

Schedule

June 26 Introduction

July 3  Cutting Instructions

July 6   Clue #1

July 10 Clue #2

July 13 Clue #3

July 17 Clue #4

July 20 Clue #5

July 24 Clue #6

July 27 Clue #7

July 31 Clue #8

August 3 Clue #9

August 7 Clue #10

Linky Party: August 24

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt: Clue #7

Clue #7

Add a flying geese to each side of the 4 ½” square. Press seams open.

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Instagram Tags

If you want to follow along on Instagram, here are the tags to use:

#quiltinggail #2021summermysteryquilt

Schedule

June 26 Introduction

July 3  Cutting Instructions

July 6   Clue #1

July 10 Clue #2

July 13 Clue #3

July 17 Clue #4

July 20 Clue #5

July 24 Clue #6

July 27 Clue #7

July 31 Clue #8

August 3 Clue #9

August 7 Clue #10

Linky Party: August 24

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt: Clue #6

Clue #6

Take the 68 pieces from Step 3 and make 34 (4) patches.

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Schedule

June 26 Introduction

July 3  Cutting Instructions

July 6   Clue #1

July 10 Clue #2

July 13 Clue #3

July 17 Clue #4

July 20 Clue #5

July 24 Clue #6

July 27 Clue #7

July 31 Clue #8

August 3 Clue #9

August 7 Clue #10

Linky Party: August 24

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt: Clue #5

Clue # 5

Take 36 Flying Geese from Clue #2 and (72) 2 ½” Background squares, adding a neutral square  to each end.  Press seams open.

PDF

Instagram Tags

If you want to follow along on Instagram, here are the tags to use:

#quiltinggail #2021summermysteryquilt

Schedule

June 26 Introduction

July 3  Cutting Instructions

July 6   Clue #1

July 10 Clue #2

July 13 Clue #3

July 17 Clue #4

July 20 Clue #5

July 24 Clue #6

July 27 Clue #7

July 31 Clue #8

August 3 Clue #9

August 7 Clue #10

Linky Party: August 24

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Weekly update

Are you following along with the Summer Mystery Quilt? You can see the latest clue HERE.


Design Wall

Piecing

#1. Country Panels: No work on it this week!

#2 It’s A Secret: you’ll see it in October! (And yes, I HAD to start something NEW to give myself a break!)


Quilting: 

#1 Amish panels: I finished the quilting and when I went to put the binding on I discovered that the rows of swirls in the border were HORRID!!! So bad that I’ve spent more than a couple of days taking it out. That’s why it’s not finished, the quilt above isn’t finished piecing.

Quilting #2: Island Batik August is ready to quilt – but I have to fix the other one first!!!


Stash Report

I didn’t need any more fabric this week and I only finished my Island Batik project which used 1 yard of fabric for the backing.

  • Fabric Used this week     0 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       70 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:  0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      27.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
  • Net Fabric used                  42.25 yards 
  • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

Stitchin’ Time

I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

I have stitched for over 30 minutes all days this past week. And, I’m including “unsewing” as part of my 30 minutes / day!

  • January – May–  180 / 180
  • July – 18 / 18
  • Percentage = 99 % 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces


TO DO 

Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

Last week:

This week it was hard to get everything done. Like most people, I highly dislike unsewing. OK … if I’m honest, I HATE it!!! Its taken me ages to get all the horrid quilting out … and I’m not finished yet! GROAN!!!. I do have a personal policy of taking out the mistakes before quitting for the day … but more than a couple of days of unsewing is discouraging! It’s OK … it’s almost all done … and then I can start moving forward again!

  1.  Add sashing to  Country Panelsnot done
  2. Finish IB August top   √   done 
  3. Finish quilting Amish Panel not  done 
  4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   sort-of …
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes     √   done    

This week’s list:

  1. Add sashing to Country Panels
  2. Fix Amish Panel , finish quilting, bind
  3. Start quilting IB August
  4. Finish Secret project (listed at KY book in my UFO tally)
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

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