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On Ringo Lake, Clue #2

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Clue #2
On Ringo Lake
12/03/2017

By Sunday evening I had about 35 of these flying geese done.  I hoped to be further along but with all the other things going on, I’m happy to have gone a bit done for this clue.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get a handful taken care of this week before clue #3 is released.

In regards to Clue #1 – I had cleaned up my sewing table and covered my sewing machine with the intention of going back in to do the remaining 18 I had left of Clue #1 but didn’t get around to it.  I think because it was cleaned up and covered.  So for Clue #2, I left all my pieces on my table and my sewing machine uncovered.  I hope to do a bit each day just to get some of the clue knocked out.

The official linky is here … http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2017/12/mystery-sunday-link-up-part-2.html

~Happy quilting!

~Melanie

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On Ringo Lake, Clue #1

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What a way to get myself picked up and out of this quilt slump.  And even better that the first clue is doable and not a hundred pieces of x. This year, as with last year, I looked at the colors Bonnie selected and I didn’t buy fabric for this QAL.  I opted to pull from stash.  And I chose to do so Friday morning once the first clue was released.  Since we were doing 1 and a half inch squares, I started with my small stash bin.

small stash bin
11/24/2017

This bin contains anything less than a quarter yard.  In actuality they’re usually scraps cut from other projects strips or things I’ve gotten from other places.  Anyway, I went through this bin first and pulled out browns, creams/whites, and turquoises.  Then I cut and pieced as many of the 9 patches as I could.  I came out with 8 complete 9 patches.

Cutting Table
Clue #1
On Ringo Lake
11/24/2017

Piecing (You can see staycation as my leader/ender for this section)
Clue #1
On Ringo Lake
11/24/2017

The first one
Clue #1
On Ringo Lake
11/24/2017

8 -9 patches
Clue #1
On Ringo Lake
11/24/2017

The rest of Friday I spent going through another larger bin labelled “fat quarters and smaller” and pulled anything turquoise and cream/white.  I had cut enough brown squares from the first bin so I didn’t need any more brown.  I’ll probably need more for the next clue but I’m sure I’ll be going through the bin again.  If I run out and need more I’ve got another bin labelled “fat quarter to 1 yard”.  and then I’ve got more bins that are full yardages and then a couple of bins labeled “2+ yards”.  The best part of scrappy quilts is the feeling of using up these smaller fabrics, making room and then going to the bins with the yardages and making more room.  I forgot about this feeling and I’m excited with quilting again!

By Sunday evening I had 32 patches done.  I hope to have the remaining 18 finished by Thursday.

The official linky is here… http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2017/11/on-ringo-lake-mystery-monday-link-up.html

~Happy quilting!

~Melanie

Happy Thanksgiving!

TurkeyCartoon

 

This year, we stayed home and kept things easy.  It seems that as I get older I’m all for easy.  We ordered everything from Claim Jumpers and Kayla decided to make candied yams and Jacob wanted to make pumpkin pie.  Both came out surprisingly tasty.  But the hard stuff – turkey and ham – came already made so nothing for me to stress about on my end.  I did buy a turkey and I’m baking it today, Saturday, so we can have turkey everything over the next few weeks.  I know, it’s weird.  But it works for me so that’s how I do it.  I remember my mom doing the same when we were younger.  A huge turkey on Thanksgiving for the big family gathering and a smaller turkey just for us to enjoy over the next few weeks.

I spent the holiday break crafting on my projects and spent Black Friday on the first clue of Bonnie Hunter’s mystery QAL (Quilt-a-long).  There’s only 50-9 patches so I hope I can get those done by Monday!

~Happy crafting!

Melanie

 

It’s mystery time! On Ringo Lake is coming from Bonnie Hunter!

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It’s that time of year again!  Who’s doing Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt this year?  Every year I tell myself NOT to do the mystery because I’ve still got 3 of them hanging out in various stages in my WIP/UFO piles.  And every year I get super excited as Black Friday approaches.  I look forward to spending the next few weeks putting cutting and sewing hundreds of pieces together.  I look forward to the community and the peacefulness of chain piecing.
I’ve participated in Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilts for the last 5 years.
From 2012, here’s Easy Street:

Easy Street
July, 2014

My son claimed it.

Here’s 2013’s – Celtic Solstice

Celtic Solstice
2/6/2017

The top is done but I still need to get the back together and then I need to quilt it.  This is a LARGE quilt at 115″ x 115″.  I think it is too big for the long arm I usually rent over at Baron’s.  So I’m debating whether I should send it over to the quilter.  It’s going to cost a lot and that’s why I’m hesitating on getting that finished.

I frogged the mystery quilt from 2014, which was Grand Illusions.  I admit I didn’t like how this one turned out.  That’s okay. Everyone doesn’t have to like everything.  I liked the previous 2 and I liked the last 2 so I frogged it.  I was sad about the fabric but I’ve let that go.

Allietare!  was from 2015 and I haven’t worked on it since 2015.  I love how it turned out and I love the little bit of work I did on it.  So it’s hanging out until I get to it.

Allietare!
Step 4
12/20/2015
2 sets done

En Provence  – was last year’s mystery and I’ve got these separated in 3 bins.  I can’t remember why but like Allietare I loved it when it was revealed and I love the work I’ve done so far.  And so it’s waiting for me to spend time with it.

Bonnie Hunter’s
mystery quilt
En Provence
Clue #2
12/12/2016

So I really should not start another one.  But I’m going to anyway.  🙂

~Happy quilting!

~Melanie