Sunday, December 27, 2015

Allietare! Clue #5 and UFO's

The hustle and bustle of the holidays is just about over for another year. We had a wonderful Christmas with family.

 I did find some time to sew clue #5 of Bonnie Hunter's MQ...Allietare!, you will find a link to all the clues if you click the Allieatore! button to the right.   Bonnie is so giving, every year a new mystery and it is always a highlight that  I look forward to.

 I love these little units,they remind me of birds flying.  I have made all 98, but they do need trimmed to size.

These were quite simple to make. I am not using a constant grey, and my neutrals are a bit blah compared to others. I promise in 2016 I will buy more fun neutrals. 

I had really hoped for more gold with this clue, oh well perhaps the next clue our gold will get out to play.  
I love looking at all the blogs and seeing how others are progressing with the mystery quilt. I am  linking up to Bonnie's Monday Mystery Quilt Link Up. 

Still working on UFO's...and I have a lot. I can cross one more off my list. 
I started embroidering these barn blocks about 3 years ago, had started the filler blocks but never finished. I am proud to say it is now completely finished. It was a labor of love. All the barn quilts on the barns are done with the satin stitch. I had to change the flag in one block, after all I am Canadian:) Here are some pictures of it. There are 12 block in all. 

Here are two more that I just finished. They were quilted on the long arm at our local quilt shop. Can you imagine they sat for about two months waiting for binding.

First up is Bonnie's Smith Mountain. I added an extra row of blocks and a piano key border to make it a large queen size. 

This is a pattern from the Primitive Quilts Magazine, 'Cabin Fever" by Karen Bates.

I did wool and hand applique for the flower blocks. I also hand quilted those blocks. The rest of the quilt was done on the local quilt shops longarm. 
Cat on one quilt and the dog on the other, what a pair. 

I wish you all a Happy New Year! from the cold northwestern part of Canada. 
May 2016 bring Peace on Earth

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Allietore! Clue #4 and Merry Christmas

Loved doing Clue #4 for Bonnie Hunter's new mystery quilt. Allietor!  Click the "Allietore" button to the right and it will take yo to the page with all the information for this Mystery Quilt.

This was a long clue, however I love these little units. Didn't think I would get it done by today but I did. And am happy , a big week ahead.
This is my assembly line sewing, and yes those little 2" squares are gently pressed in half...I use the pressing line as my guide for sewing. 

Here they are, all 120. 

My container with all the units so far, I'm thinking we will be working with gold next clue ??

This is such a busy time of year and so many emotions, sadness for those that aren't with us this year. And happiness for everything that we have. 
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2016!!

I am linking up with Bonnie Hunter's Allietore! Mystery Quilt link up Monday. You can view many bloggers progress with this MQ.  Enjoy the journey through all the blogs

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Allietore! Clue #3 and slow stitching

I am loving Allietore!,  Bonnie Hunter's new Mystery quilt. You can find the link to the clues that have been released on the right side bar, near the top. Just click on it and it will take you to Bonnie Hunters Allietore! page.

Loved making these happy little four patches, for some reason I don't feel so hurried this year, and am managing to get my clues done by Saturday. I did cut the extra neutrals, but forgot a picture.
Here are my happy four patches, all 120 of them with a few extras.

And here is clue 1 to 3 all together, I am happy that the darker grey will work against the black. I am using several different grays. 

Looking forward to Clue #4 and to LINK UP MONDAY. I love seeing everyone's progress. Here is the link for Link Up Monday. Visit all the wonderful bloggers that are doing Bonnie's MQ.

And now for some Slow Stitching, I love stitching, have always wanted to make a crazy quilt and 
always have churn dash block on my mind. So I have combined the two. 
Here is the first one done. 
I have many little crazy blocks stitched, they are 6 1/2". 
Here are four of them. 
My grandmother taught me to embroidery when I was quite young, and I have done  a bit in my adult life. In the past year or two I have done quite a lot of work with wool and embroidery stitches.
Lots of fun looking in the scraps to put together these little blocks.
And here are few close up pictures of my embroidery work...don't look to close I am not a professional for sure. 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Allietare! Clue #2 and Ballroom Dance.

I have finished clue #2 for Allietare! Bonnie Hunter's new Mystery Quilt. Click the button on the right hand side to read more about it.
My grey is a bit dark and looks blue in the picture, but it really is grey:) I am using various shades of grey from the stash.
 And the little 2" squares are done too.
All we need now is to use some gold.

 I look forward to Link Up Monday and visiting all my new friends blogs. Love blogging this time of year...summer not so much.
I am linking with Bonnie Hunter's link up Monday for the Allietare! Mystery Quilt. Have a look at what others are doing .

I am also working on a Judy Niemeyer quilt, queen size called Ballroom Dance. All from the bali stash. Just have to piece the borders now. My design wall is not larger enough :)
This is my first full size pattern of hers, and I enjoyed the process. Thanks to a wonderful teacher at one our local quilt shops. Around The Block in Beaverlodge, Alberta..about 60 miles from here. But, when you live in the north you get used to travelling for things you want . 
I just realized looking at the picture that the bottom row has two blocks turned wrong...a date with Mr Ripper is in order. 
Happy Saturday, hope your weekend is full of fun.