Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Is it only Tuesday?

Yesterday morning my boss decided that we  -  we being the four people that work here  -  would go out for our annual Christmas lunch on Tuesday.  Well, that meant it was gift day too.  Oh, no!  That meant I had to bake my treats last night to have them to give out today.  Luckily, I had already picked out a couple of recipes from the internet for muffins so all I had to do was stop at the store and pick up some fruit.  On to the baking part -


Each container has two cranberry/orange, two chocolate/chocolate chip, and two caramel/apple. I have never made any of these recipes so of course I had to try some of each as they came from the oven.  I must say they all turned out great.  The muffins and a tub of party mix and my gift was as complete as it was going to get.

Each recipe made 12 muffins and there are only 6 in each of those containers so I have way more left over than I will ever be able to eat. I suppose I'll have to share with someone.


Have a great Tuesday,

Julie

Monday, December 15, 2014

Good Monday morning!  It was another of those busy, busy weekends.  I just need one more day to get all of the things done I had intended.  Not going to happen though.

When I got started on the new clue for  Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt I was so happy to open my 2" strip drawer and find quite a few of the yellows and neutrals already cut.  That was a good start.
Pre-cut strips
So I got busy doing some more sewing and cutting, and cutting and sewing and came up with the two sides I need to make these units.
Clue Three
The four units that are seen in the picture above are the four that are done.  To have them to show I got up and sewed those four together this morning before leaving for work:)
Clues One, Two and Three
Here is what the three clues look like together.  Hmmm.  Bonnie's never truly let me down before I don't think it's going to happen this time either. 
 
Instead of spending my Sunday sewing I spent it with the family.  Before they got to the house I made a batch of party mix.  The girls really liked it.  It didn't take them long to figure out that the cheerios would fit just right on the skinny pretzels. 
Allison and Grace stringing Cheerios on pretzels.

Allison saying "Mine" right about now.
Jennifer and Victoria

Jennifer, Victoria and Mom

Jennifer and Victoria made a three batches of cookies.  Grace and I made another batch.  And mom did the supervising.  It was a great day.  And to top it all off Jesse got my garage door working again.

I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend an afternoon.

Happy Monday!

Julie

Thursday, December 11, 2014

On Monday I was so glad that we were going to have a beautiful weather week.  I don't know what weatherman I was listening too but it's been nothing but drizzly and dreary.  On a brighter note - it is supposed to get a little warmer tomorrow.  Something to look forward to.

This week I got my order of fabric from Whittle's Fabrics.  Oh, happy day!


Since, as always, I'm mostly stash building there is a little of everything in the stack. The pinks, yellows, blacks, and neutrals will go in the mystery quilt.  The rest of them were just too pretty to pass up.  The two bottom pieces (neutrals) one of which can barely be seen, came from Great Plains Quilting the shop here in town.  I went in Saturday to see what her end of year clearance sale had.  I picked up the two neutrals and four pieces of blacks that are not shown.  I've already been cutting and sewing on them.  What is not in this stack are the three pieces of red that I got from Whittles.


Here are the reds along with their pretty color catchers.  I think I am finally done washing them.  There are six color catchers shown with them and I have washed them twice since using the last one. These three pieces are all Marcus fabrics.  So again, YES NEW FABRICS BLEED.  Thanks Mom for the color catchers.  I owe you a box. :)

Now that they've all been through the wash routine I can get down to using them.  I have a couple of  projects in mind.  Starting with the blue and white fabric.  We'll see how far I get before Christmas. In the mean time I just don't have much to show for all of the work I am getting done.  But I have been having fun playing with my new fabrics.  BTW the fabrics from Whittle's average with shipping just over $5.00 a yard.

Have a great day!

Julie

***Added Note***  I really appreciate the comment that Vicki Welsh left on this post.  A couple of weeks ago when I washed the "Quiltmaker" quilt it bled in a small area.  When I googled how to fix it I came up with Vicki's site Field Trips in Fiber.  She has done a lot of research on how to deal with color bleeds and gives some terrific ideas on how to pre-soak all of your fabrics and how to get out a bleed.  Check it out.  When my quilt comes back from Quiltmaker I'll be trying her removal method. on it.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Good Monday Morning!

It really is a Good Monday Morning.  The weather around here should be nice all week starting with today. 

On to a different subject.  Once again this weekend was spent working on the mystery clue from Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery.




Here are my 100 units from this step. Quite frankly, I'm having a hard time getting all of the units done over the weekend.  Last week and this week.  I keep telling myself that just means I'll like the quilt when it's finished since it will have lots of pieces. So far so good.  Since I changed my fabrics around I ended up with the blue and black on these.  Bonnie's had pink and black. Hope it works out.


I used the third method Bonnie gave to make this clue.  How nice of her to give three different methods.  When I read the first example I put the pages down and thought uggh.  Later on I saw that she had given three ways to make them so I chose the stitch and flip.  The baggie is full of 199 sets of triangles.  One set I threw out because of a missing corner and the others are not sewn.  Who knows if and when they will ever get used but I'll keep them just in case.

Now the wait is on for Friday.  It's terrible to wish your days away isn't it.  I'll just have to find something else to get busy with in the mean time.

Happy Monday,

Julie

Monday, December 1, 2014

I was able to spend quite a bit of time sewing over the weekend.  I thought that I'd get a lot done but the only thing I got to was the first step in Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion mystery.  Cutting all the different fabric takes a lot of time.  And I'm bad about wanting to press everything open so that takes more time too.  Here is my completed first step.
These are all the same blocks.  They are just shuffled around differently in each picture.  I'm not trying to give anything away.  I was a little surprised at how those small blocks make such pretty larger blocks.  And who know these may be the border.  The changes to the colors are - I have gray where Bonnie has yellow.  I also switched my pink and blue around.  When I first started I was making the blocks like this.  Then I looked at the directions (on my cell phone, I'll be printing them on paper today) and saw that she has the blue toward the inside of the broken dishes blocks.  So I set those aside and started sewing them with the blue in the middle.  Well, that was putting the blue, black and gray all together and was too muddled up because of the color of blue I went with.  So I stopped sewing, ripped those out, and started over again.  My colors are going to be set in there different from hers.  I will have yellow but it will go where her green went.  It's all so confusing.  And may get worse when the actual quilt starts coming together.  As it is right now I love the way these colors are and kind of hate to see it messed up with the yellow.  I don't know what else I could use in it's place though.

This week I'm hoping to get to some of my other sewing before the next clue comes out on Friday.

I did have a wonderful Thanksgiving that was full of family and food.

My first Apple Pie

Here is my first apple pie from scratch.  There were some lessons learned from this one but it's a start.  And it tasted good too.  There was, as always, way too much food and desserts.  Now, it's over and the rush is on for Christmas.

Happy sewing,

Julie


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I can tell it's going to be a weekend of sewing.  And to make it even better - it's a long weekend, I'll have leftovers to eat, Bonnie Hunter's new mystery starts, and Temecula Quilt Company just posted the final letters for the Alphabet sew a-long. 

Here is what I have thus far with the Alphabet blocks.

I still need to remake the "G" block for the red quilt.  Then I'll get at making the rest of the letters and the rest of the extra little blocks.  If I have enough of the checked fabric I may remake the extra blocks with the checked instead of the solids. 

It seems my quilting blog world is all excited about the new Bonnie Hunter mystery. I know I'm looking forward to starting it.  Maybe I'm just looking forward to cutting into some of my new fabric. 
This is the older fabric I had set out to use and since then I've been able to pick up a few more pieces.


Not all of the fabric in the picture above is for the mystery.  The gray piece is the one I bought for my constant.  However, for the last couple of days I've been thinking about using brown instead of gray.  If I did that I would have to use something else besides the black too.  I'm pretty sure before I cut into anything I'll be laying out my fabrics again.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I have a lot to be thankful for especially my family.  My two kids, their spouses and my two grandgirls. They mean the world to me.  I'm also lucky enough to have my mother and two sisters live in the same town.  That allows us to spend some great times together.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Julie

Monday, November 24, 2014

It's Monday!

Today it's Monday and that's a good thing.  It's a good thing because this is a short work week.  And as much as I like and appreciate my job, I also like days away from it too.

This was a weekend of ups and downs.  I finished the Quiltmaker quilt so it needed to be washed to get the marking pen out of it.  As I have said on here more than once - I ALWAYS PRE-WASH.  Yes, it doesn't matter what color it is I always pre-wash my fabrics.  It's a habit to set it on the washer as it comes in the house and not move it to the sewing room until it has been washed.  Years ago I worked at a sewing factory making garments and all of the fabric that came through there had been sprayed or soaked in formaldehyde to keep bugs out of it.  They may be using something different 25 years later but I bet they still put something on it to keep the bugs off.  Anyway, I digress.  I put my lovely quilt made of pre-washed fabric into a washer with not one but two color catchers, set it on cold and proceeded to make a mess.  One of the red fabrics in one of the blocks bled in two places.  I believe I literally stomped my feet as I was cussing bad words.  Then I cried.  Then I threw the wet quilt into a plastic garbage bag and headed to Great Plains Quilt Company in Burlingame where I proceeded to cry some more and ask for help.  Kathy Smith is always willing to give suggestions.  She and two other ladies gave me a couple of ideas which I tried.  By the time the quilt went in the mail this morning to Quiltmaker is still had red where it wasn't supposed to be but it was much lighter than before.  I had emailed Carolyn Beam at Quiltmaker and told her of the issue.  She said not to worry that was what photoshop was for.  Well, I feel minutely better now.  But I'm still devastated over it.  Life goes on.

And since life goes on I decided I needed to sew.  Sunday morning I got up and started cutting out some turkeys from the pattern that was given on Bee In My Bonnet  .          

Here is the table topper I made from Lori Holt's pattern.

Run Turkey Run
This makes me smile.  I made mine in fall colors and it turned out just the way I wanted it to.  Instead of drawing the legs on free hand I set one of the points of my ruler on the turkey and drew the legs down each of the sides. Otherwise, these turkey legs would never have come out any where near the same.  I very happy with it.  This will give me something new to put on my table at Thanksgiving dinner.  I will say that putting those red pieces in there for the wattles was not really something I wanted to do.  However, I know that the red that bled isn't in there because it is in the trash.  Yes, I went through all of my stash and cleaned out the red that was the culprit. 


Unfortunately the selvedge edge had been removed from what is left so I don't know who the manufacturer of the fabric is. I think it was bought in Baldwin City a couple of years ago.  I do know that red is one of my favorite quilt colors and that this particular red is in several of my quilts.  I'll be looking for a different way to wash any of those quilts in the future.  The letter "G" from my Alphabet quilt a-long is made from this so it will need to be remade.  I also have at least two tops that are done but not quilted that have this fabric.  I will probably be taking out the blocks and remaking them so that I don't have to worry about it in those tops.  What a mess this one little yard of fabric has caused.

Drats anyway,

Julie