Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mystery Quilt Celtic Solstice

After hours of sewing and pressing I completed the Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt that was designed by Bonnie Hunter on Quiltville.  Just to think this is only one half of the blocks!   I am able to make another quilt exactly like this one!!   Amazing.  Bonnie is a " Super Size" person.

I like the quilt for the design it creates but I'm sure glad I don't need to press open any more seams!  I'm concerned about the number of seams when I begin quilting.  Need to choose a back and batting.  Then ready set  quilt!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Top Complete

My Mariner's Compass top is complete.  It's pin and ready to free motion quilt.  I've been letting it set, just have a bit of a nervous stomach.  Don't want to mess it up.  But this afternoon is the time to begin.  Fingers crossed for a good quilting day!  Stay tuned for the reveal!  So proud of the quilt.  This will be displayed on my dining room table.

Yesterday  i continued working on the Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt... The blocks are finished. So now to set the blocks together.  Decided to make two lap quilts.  Bonnie's version is way to large for me to quilt and I really can't justify paying to have it quilted.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Top Complete

Whew, the paper piecing is complete on the compass.  Now onto making and adding the borders.  I like the arrangement of colors but just adore the fabric for the center.  I have enough to use that fabric for the outside border strip.

I'm impressed with the finished product!  Never done Seminole piecing. It does make a nice border.  Was so glad I bought extra of the focus fabric.  I've had lots of complements, always makes a project worthwhile.  Now to pin and quilt.  Going to have to think and study the machine quilting pattern .   Best part of today, I don't have to piece the back! The top is now complete and ready to quilt.  I'm a bit puzzled as how to do the white with yellow polka dot areas. The are a focus and think that pebbles or bubbles would look good to match the fabric in the points but oh my the pebbles to make.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mariner's Compass Part 2

The decision is made!  I, with the help of Jennifer Morgan (class instructor), chose the orange and green group of fabric.  I really really like the focus fabric.  I wish that the center were larger, but the border would be a stellar idea.  I will need to fussy cut so I get one of the flowers.  This paper piecing class class was really helpful.  I've done paper piecing, Adele's method is not always successful.   Here's the first section and the fabric positions.

It's hard to see the details on the background fabric, white with small yellow polka dots!

Really doesn't look like this will go together in a circle.  Time will tell!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Mariner's Compass Class

This afternoon I'm going to my Mariner's Compass class!.  It was a Christmas Gift from my husband!  I just can't decide which group of fabrics to use for the class.  One is a earthy Brown/Orange/Olive and the other Green/Orange/Red tone.  I love the print on the orange fabric but the other reminds me of fall and everybody knows how I love fall.   So stay tuned and see which one I choose for this quilt.  Excited to go to the class.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Part Number 5 of Celtic Solstice

All the parts, not all pictured here, are now completed.  It seemed like a gazillion pieces. OK, maybe it wasn't a gazillion, just 2,344 pieces for the small version of the quilt excluding the non-pieced border fabrics. I'm making the small version. Whew, so many parts and so many to make sure all the pieces go together so that the yellow is in the center.  Make 100 of these blocks. Learned to be really percise with the quarter inch.  I love this block and will use it in other quilts.  I think I'll use larger pieces.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Celtic Solstice Clue # 4

Hip Hip Yeah!   Finished the green and orange four patches (all 120 of them) before lunch!  These patches had to be exactly 3.5" square.  Bonnie Hunter made a special point of mentioning this in the directions.  Some of the orange squares are rather "strange" in nature but I used what I had.  This is one quilt I do not want to purchase fabric for the top.

Did you notice the little clippy that I use to count the squares... Not wanting to make anymore than is required. Ha!