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Grassy Creek, Part 3.c – finished

Here are the important links: Bonnie’s Blog, Bonnie’s Website, Grassy Creek Tab

Clue 3 is finally finished. It took me 3 weekends and that’s pretty much the norm when working on Bonnie’s mystery quilts.

Grassy Creek Clue 3 – finished 12/26/2020

Clue 2 – 12/12/2020

Grassy Creek, Clue 2 Finished December 12, 2020

Clue 1 – 12/5/2020

Grassy Creek Clue 1 Finished 12/5/2020

Happy quilting friends!

Melanie

Grassy Creek, Part 3.b

Here are the important links: Bonnie’s Blog, Bonnie’s Website, Grassy Creek Tab

Last week, I was only able to do 1 set of clue 3 and I cut all the neutrals, half of my blue (red) and that was it. This weekend, I was able to cut all the necessary pieces for clue 3. But I was only able to complete another 3 sets and then I was done for the weekend. I did print clue 4 so I will have that ready to do when I finish clue 3.

Clue 2 – 12/12/2020

Grassy Creek, Clue 2 Finished December 12, 2020

Clue 1 – 12/5/2020

Grassy Creek Clue 1 Finished 12/5/2020

Happy quilting friends!

Melanie

Grassy Creek, Part 3

Here are the important links: Bonnie’s Blog, Bonnie’s Website, Grassy Creek Tab

I finished all of clue 1 –

Grassy Creek Clue 1 Finished 12/5/2020

And all of Clue 2

Grassy Creek, Clue 2 Finished December 12, 2020

I got a start on Clue 3 –

1 set of Clue 3, 12/12/2020

I cut all my neutrals, half of the blues, and none of the purples.

This is the first year I selected different colors. I’ve never been confident about my color selection and in previous years, just took the easy way out and picked standard colors. For the few weeks between the intro and the first clue, I was talking to a bunch of guild mates and I kept saying how I’m not good at picking colors, etc. etc. and I just heard myself say all these negative things. Finally I picked myself up and said, I sound so pathetic, I’m going to challenge myself and pick different colors. I love purples, pinks and blues so those are my colors, in addition to Bonnie’s neutral and gray. I hope it all turns out and if it doesn’t, it’s okay. I’m sure someone will love it.

So for Clue 3, I spent much of my Saturday going through and pulling fabric. I don’t usually pull fabric before the clues are released. I use these mystery quilts as scrap busters and I like to go through my scrap system first before touching yardage. I went through all my neutrals and cut what I needed. Then I went through my blues and cut as long as I could. I really wanted to finish cutting the blues before calling it a night but I didn’t want to mess up and that’s what happens when I try to go on to long.

Sunday, my guild had our first zoom workshop and it was with Jan Krentz. Here’s a pic of my WIP…

Jan Krentz Quick Star 12/13/2020

Don’t mind the messy floor. I need to get a design wall set up but that’s going to be sometime from now so design floor it is.

Happy quilting friends!

Melanie

Grassy Creek, Part 2

Here are the important links: Bonnie’s Blog, Bonnie’s Website, Grassy Creek Tab

I finished all of clue 1 –

Grassy Creek Clue 1 Finished 12/5/2020

It looks almost the same as last week but with the additional sets I needed to call it complete.

I also got a good start on Clue 2 –

Grassy Creek Clue 2 – 12/6/2020 First set complete

And here is where I finished the weekend at:

Grassy Creek Clue 2 12/6/2020 Not complete

I was able to get 1 set fully complete. 2 sets pressed but I still need to trim the dog ears off. a ton of the sets sewn but not pressed, and 3 left that still needed to be sewn.

I feel like the clues are a bit easier this year. A friend told me it might be that we have better tools and better skills which I think is part of it. But I also think the numbers that are being asked are not nearly the quantity that we used to have to do. I’m okay with that. I’m able to keep on track with everyone and that makes me happy.

Happy quilting friends!

Melanie

Grassy Creek, Part 1

I got a good start on the first clue.

Part 1

I miscounted somewhere and I’m short a few sets!

In this clue Bonnie introduced me to a new way to make HSTs with the simple folded corner ruler. I really liked this method. But I only know how to make the number and size she gave instructions for and I’m not sure how to adjust if I want to make different sizes. So, while I like it, I wouldn’t go buy the ruler just for this. I happened to buy it when I bought Bonnie’s essential triangle ruler so I had it handy. I may have enabled a few friends to buy it when I was showing them the technique. I’m sure there are other things we can do with the ruler going forward. 😬

There are a few hours left this evening but I’ve decided to spend the rest cross stitching. I’ve been on a bit of a break for Thanksgiving and I go back to work tomorrow.

Happy quilting friends!

Melanie

A finish! Good Fortune

Good Fortune
Top is done!
1/4/2020

Okay, it’s not really a finish but the top is done and we all can celebrate!  I’m debating on what to do for the back, whether to do the back now or wait until later. I’m pretty sure I have 2 tops with their backs and batting ready to be basted and quilted.  But I recently gifted myself a Q20 and I’m patiently waiting for it to arrive.  So, there’s no rush to do the back now.  I can simply put this aside and put a few more rows on Glam Clam. and maybe even finish the top… 🙂

~happy quilting!

Melanie

Good Fortune, Another Bonnie Hunter project

I do not remember if I ever mentioned this project and that I did participate… continue to participate. A guildmate and I get together most Sundays to work on our mystery quilts.  Originally it was supposed to be Bonnie Hunter’s Good Fortune Quilt but she decided to work on a different mystery quilt.  Meeting like this really helps to get me back into my quilty mode. I just started with clue 1 and I worked on that until it was done.

Good Fortune Mystery Quilt
Clue One
Finished
1/11/19

Then I started with Clue 2. I’m still working on clue two but I will probably be done with it pretty soon.

Good Fortune Mystery Quilt
Clue Two
In process
1/20/19

I’m using the square in a square method and it took me a while to figure out how wide the blue borders and the center square needed to be to get the right measurement of my HSTs. The center square needs to be about 4″ square and the borders are about 2″ wide.  The squares have to be accurate but the borders didn’t have to be exactly 2. If it was a little small or big it would still work.  This was a really fast method and my HSTs are perfect.  Hopefully, it will be done this week and I can get started on Clue 3 next Sunday.

Happy crafting,

Melanie

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

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