As the hours and minutes count down to the new year I want to wish all my quilting friends abundant peace and joy in 2018. We have such an opportunity to give to others. There is such peace as we snuggle and rest under the warmth of a handmade quilt. The joy we get from the planning and building a quilt, in most cases, just to give it away is reason enough for many of us to keep on quilting. We are a special group. So, my friends, keep up the good work. We make the world a better place! And Yes! Only 10 more days! Happy New Year!
In Clue #3. instruction #9. 48 units were set aside for later use. These are to be used in Clue #4 instruction #20 instead if making new ones. (Sorry, the old girl forgot about them!) I also updated the instructions in the last post.
Ok! Last call for the free Playing with 9 Patches pattern! I’m closing the offer at today ( June 17) 3pm EDT. Requests after that will not be filled. But I’ll have it for purchase at My Shop and on Craftsy (ScrapitudeQuilts).
After Marsha posted a picture of my “Playing with 9 Patches” quilt design on the ScrapitudeQuilts site on Facebook, I have had several requests for the pattern. I tried to do a free PDF download on My Shop but PayPal will not accept “free”. So if you are interested in the pattern, please write me a comment and I will email it to you.
I know some of you will say “It’s about time!!!!!” I have finally figured it out…..(after much agonizing, staring at the computer screen and pestering everyone I know who has ANY techy skills)……I FINALLY FIGURED IT OUT!!! AND I have opened up My Shop! (I sure hope it works!) The pattern for SCRAPITUDE is now for sale as a PDF download through PayPal. Thank you all for your support and encouragement in this new venture of mine. Between this website and the Facebook site I have been thoroughly awed and humbled. I love looking at all your quilts. It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful each variation is. And I love reading all your comments.
I have started working on Mystery Quilt #3, although I’m still in the early stages with only a few squares made. I’m not sure when I will start the clues but when I get a little farther along I will let you know what the fabric requirements are so you can start working on getting those scraps ready. I keep wondering if I can top Scrapitude and Scrap-In-A-Box but so far it’s looking pretty good. I’ll keep you posted.
I’m sorry to have to postpone the last clue and reveal. I have had a death in the family and must travel out of state.
I’m thankful to be a hand quilter when (1.)the snow is blowing, (2.) the windchill is -20, and (3.) I don’t have to go anywhere! I guess there has been ample opportunity this winter to hand quilt!! I love being cozy under my quilt and while I stitch away. AND I finally finished a long time UFO. Years ago (lost track of how many…..maybe even ten (?!!) my quilt guild did a round robin. We each made the center square and then it was passed to the next person with a focus fabric and some extras. I believe there were four rounds and each round had instructions as to the width, but each person could add whatever they wanted. I didn’t love it much when I got it back so it sat there on the pile…waiting. After I finished my last project, I didn’t have anything basted except this one that was in the hoop and ready to go. I had taken it to camp to work on a couple times but for the most part it had just sat there in “time out” for a lo-o-ong time. With nothing ready to work on, I brought it out and thought maybe this time I’d get it done. Well Hello!! Now the colors fit nicely in my livingroom and it really started to grow on me! So here it is: The best part is that I finally finished it and now my pile is one silly millimeter shorter! Yeayyyy, UFO!!!
I wish you all a wonderful scrappy New Year! Our lives sometimes(?)…always(!) are a collection of bits and pieces. What we do with them makes a huge difference. Individually those scraps can seem worthless and unimportant but we can piece together a wonderful, colorful, creative, beautiful, warm and loving scrappy quilt! So Quilt On! my friends. May your scraps be plentiful and never ending and may you all experience great joy and peace in this coming New Year!
I’ve been busy! I finished my granddaughter’s quilt and delivered it to Michigan over the holiday. My (seaming) never ending hand quilting project is slowly getting to a point where I can see the end. I’m quilting the border now and have one and a half sides to go…..but then I have to do one more go around before I can do the binding.
I will also be doing a lecture on my scrap organization system with a trunk show and later some classes for Scrapitude at a local quilt shop. I’ve been rounding up my scrappy quilts to show just what all that scrapiness can do. It will be a good opportunity to take some pictures so I can add them here to my Finished Projects category.
Of course, I had to do Bonnie Hunter’s Grand Illusion MQ. Like I needed another project! I’m not in love with all the busyness so I’ve decided to tone it down a bit. Some look great but mine just didn’t cut it for me. So I’ve picked the squares and sashing apart. New sashing will separate the blocks and the sashing she used will become an additional new border. I’ll post some pictures once I get a few blocks together. This is my third Mystery quilt of hers. Bonnie chooses her scrappy look with scraps within a certain color pallet and that’s fine. Somehow I have always ended up wishing I had used different fabrics or more likely not used certain fabrics that ended up lost in the design. In my own designs I like to use a wide range of colors and values creating a very distinguished pattern. Although some may be busy, the design is always very apparent. Different strokes for different folk, I guess. I do love some of Bonnie’s designs and they are in my someday pile. She surely does love scraps!
Ten days until Clue #1! Make sure you Subscribe so you get the latest and greatest and don’t forget to post your project pictures on the Flickr site. I can’t wait to see them! Wish I could post mine….hee hee!