Happy Monday & Sew Along & Scrappy Mystery & This and That

Hello Friends, Happy Monday and Happy Week to you!  I hope you are all well!  I will try to cover a few items today. :)

#1.  This is of utmost importance — I want to know who amongst you still has her Christmas tree up! :)  I found out over the weekend on Instagram there are quite a few still who are keeping their Christmas trees up to enjoy them longer.  With that, I will no longer feel self-conscious about keeping ours up for two weeks at least after Christmas!!! Truth be known, Miss Baby is still blasting Christmas carols and music at home.  And I sewed up these charm squares over the weekend.  So, Christmas is here to stay, I think!

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#2. Spring on Bleecker Street Sew-Along!  If you have expressed an interest in following with the sew-along, you will have received an email from me with a bit of logistics on how we will be doing things – all in an informal way!  Please know that you are able to join in the fun anytime!  It will be great if you just shoot me an email expressing your intention to join in the fun! :0)

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You may download the pattern instructions and templates here.

I will be using the Bleecker Street fabrics from Quilting Treasures for this project!  I am totally in love with these fabrics!!!!  You may use fabrics of your choice for the project.  However, if you want to replicate the original quilt,  I know of places listed below that are selling the kits/fabrics.  For the embroidery, I will be using colors from my Aurifil’s Marmalade Meadows collection.  Click here to read about the collection if you haven’t known about it.  I would imagine any Aurifil dealer will be able to order the floss for you.  Please know that I will be showcasing more ways to use up the floss in a couple of months.

* The quilt and floss kits are available from http://thimblemouseandspouse.com.  I think Lynn is still waiting for the fabrics and floss to arrive.

* Quilt kits from http://www.northerncomfortquilts.com/sales-and-specials

* Fabrics from Quiltropolis.

* Quilt kits from Hancocks of Paducah.

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Tentatively, I will be posting my first section on Feb 15th.  And then you will have a month between Feb 15th and March 15th to complete your section. :)

#3.  SCRAPPY MYSTERY Quilt-Along!  I asked, and you responded.  So, scrappy it is!  This will start in June or July 2017.  I am still working out the details, and will have more to share when I have more solid information.

#4.  Miss Baby’s Stitching Progress.  Some of you have written to ask about Miss Baby’s stitching progress.  Here is the last progress picture I took of her work.  Pattern is by Jardin Prive.  You may purchase the chart here. The latest completed house is the one right next to the letter “m”.  She actually messed up on counting her squares. Instead of correcting her mistake, she “improvise” to make her house work!  I am not quite sure how I feel about that yet… on one hand, I want her to follow the rules because I am pretty much a “dot my i’s, and cross my t’s kind of person.  But on the other hand, I thought she did a great job improvising!  Hahaha.  The original house has 3 windows, and Miss Baby’s version has 2 windows.  And of course, Miss Baby has totally ignored all the “suggested colors”, and picked out all her colors.

I have to say Miss Baby has made great strides in the last 6 months in that she has learned to thread her own needles, and finish her stitches etc.  She is now a totally independent stitcher.  For a while there, I had to cut the threads, thread the needle, show here where to stitch, and then help her bury her thread tails etc.  Now, she asks if I could get her a gold needle!  Well, I didn’t… I told her she would have to earn her own money to buy that as regular needles do just fine. :-)

I say all that to encourage mothers and grandmothers out there who are teaching their young ones in the art of needle and thread that it is possible to start them really young!  I started Miss Baby when she was about 5.  And it’s been really gratifying to see her progress and develop in her skills.

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That’s all for now, Dear Friends!  It’s past 10pm, and I still have a quilt to bind that needs to be shipped in the morning. :)  There goes my life whirling around again!  Hugs to you all, and I do hope you have a lovely week.

Quilting Treasures “Harmony” Summer Mystery Sew-Along / Part 6

BEFORE WE GET STARTED, YOU WILL WANT TO DOWNLOAD TODAY’S INSTRUCTIONS IN PDF FORMAT TO FOLLOW ALONG HERE. [Please note that this file is the MOST updated version! Always check the postings on this site for the most updated versions of instructions.]  Instructions will be available on this site through Oct 31, 2016.

AND YOU WILL HAVE TO SCROLL DOWN TO THE END OF THE POST FOR AN EXCITING GIVEAWAY AVAILABLE TO THE PARTICIPANTS OF OUR SUMMER MYSTERY QUILT ALONG!

If you are new joining in, and would like to access previous posts, click:

HERE for introductory details

HERE for Installment #1

HERE for Installment #2

HERE for Installment #3

HERE for Installment #4

HERE for Installment #5

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Hello Friends, this is it!  Today is the day!!!  We will have our big reveal today, and the quilt will be a mystery quilt NO MORE!

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Are you ready?!

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I hope you have enjoyed making all the blocks.  I received this really sweet note about our Mystery Quilt Along last week that really made me smile.  And the smile stayed with me all day. :)  Thank you so much to the anonymous quilter who took the time to leave the sweet comment!

“I’m creating the Harmony mystery quilt. I got so excited to make trees today. I loved it so much that I made them all today. I also loved making the stars. I’m new to quilting so I’m learning so much and can hardly wait for a new lesson.”

And today, we will be sewing the blocks together into rows, and then rows into quilt center and then outer border, as shown below.  NOW, you may choose to play with the layout as you wish if you would like to have a different final look to your quilt —  as long as you sew together 5 rows of 4 blocks.

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I hope you liked what you saw.  Now I can share with you the back story behind the design.  The basic premise of the Quilt Along is to just make a fun quilt using very basic pieced units in quilting.  And since it was summer, I thought it would be fun to make a few units a week.  And if kept up, quilters will end up with a nice sized throw quilt, finishing at 46″ x 65″.  The colors make the quilt useable all year round.  And once completed, you will have a quilt top ready to be quilted to be used later this year, or given as a gift for Christmas!

I want to thank you again for sewing along with me!  It’s been soooo fun for me.  So curious mind wants to know if you would like to do another mystery sew-along, perhaps in Spring 2017!

Thanks SO much for being my sewing friend these last few weeks.  I have liked hearing from many of you!  Have a lovely rest of your Saturday.

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Giveaway:

#1.  This giveaway is open to participating quilters who complete the quilt top of this Summer Mystery Quilt Along.

#2.  The winning prize (only one winner) includes 3 FQ Bundles from Quilting Treasures – 2 bundles are what were used to make the cover quilt of my “Creative Quilt & Projects using Precuts or Stash” book, a copy of my “Precuts” book, a package of Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting and some threads.

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#3.  To enter, you MUST complete your quilt top.  Please take a picture of your completed quilt top, and email to me by September 9th.  I will then post pictures of all your computed quilt tops, and announce the winner on September 14th.  I hope you will all play along!

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Here is a picture of my finished quilt top — I should have the quilt quilted and bound by the time I showcase your quilts on September 14th!

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Quilting Treasures “Harmony” Summer Mystery Sew-Along / Part 5

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Hello Friends, we meet again on another Saturday.  I hope you have had an enjoyable weekend!

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I hope you have had fun with our Summer Mystery Sew-Along.  I know I certainly have, and have loved getting to meet some of you via emails.  Last week, we solved a little a bit on the mystery, and made these blocks.

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Today, we will solve a bit more on the mystery.  BUT BEFORE WE GET STARTED, YOU WILL WANT TO DOWNLOAD TODAY’S INSTRUCTIONS IN PDF FORMAT TO FOLLOW ALONG HERE. [Please note that this file is the MOST updated version!  Always check the postings on this site for the most updated versions of instructions.]  Instructions will be available on this site through Oct 31, 2016.

If you are new joining in, and would like to access previous posts, click:

HERE for introductory details

HERE for Installment #1

HERE for Installment #2

HERE for Installment #3

HERE for Installment #4

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#1.  So, to get started, we will need all the units made in previous weeks that haven’t been used:

Stem Units (July 9)

Flying Geese and Flying Geese Variation Units (July 16)

Bright Row Units (July 23)

Refer to the pdf instructions, and lay the units out accordingly into 4 different sets.  I have done mine, as shown:

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Easy peasy – you just start sewing them together to make a tree unit.  Repeat to make a total of 10 tree units, and set aside for a moment.

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#2.  Then, you will cut 20 (2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″) rectangles from the vanilla weave ground fabric.  I have used two vanilla weave rectangles to lay out together with the tree unit and bright row units.  Sew together, and I will have completed 1 block.

#3.  Please refer to pdf instructions for fabric placements and block orientations (very important on the block orientation!), complete a total of 10 blocks!  And you are finished for today.

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And now, you have a total of 20 blocks (counting the ones we made last week) to play with!!!  What shall we do next… Hmmmm…. come back next week and find out!  Meanwhile, give yourself a pat on the back – you have done a great job!  :o)

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What do you have planned for the rest of today?  My little family has errands to run, and I think I am going to sit down and do some leisure stitching after we are finished with errands.  See you next week!

Quilting Treasures “Harmony” Summer Mystery Sew-Along / Part 2

YOU MAY WANT TO DOWNLOAD TODAY’S INSTRUCTIONS IN PDF FORMAT TO FOLLOW ALONG HERE. [Please note that this file is the MOST updated version!  Always check the postings on this site for the most updated versions of instructions.]  Instructions will be available on this site through Oct 31, 2016.

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Hello and Happy Saturday, Friends!  I hope you have had a great week.  Welcome to the second installment of Harmony Summer Mystery Sew-Along!

***If you haven’t been with us last week when we sewed up the units from from first installment, and would like to join in, please do so by all means!  This mystery quilt is not demanding, and is meant for a quick summer sewing fix. Click here for the first installment and the list of participating quilt shops.  And you aren’t able to find a participating quilt shop in your area to purchase the fabrics, I got word from the following shops they still have kits available:

Nimble Thimble in Gilroy has kits available. The website ishttp://www.nimblethimble.com/ and the phone number is 408-842-6501

RahRah’s Fabrics & Quilting in Lubbock, TX has the jelly roll and vanilla weave background. I’m not sure if we still have the binding fabric or not. I don’t sell online, but I’m more than happy to ship. Give us a call at 806.792.1885.

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And with that, let’s take a look at the fabrics strips you will move right along to today’s sewing.

CUTTING & SEWING FLYING GEESE UNITS

#1.  We need the 4 following strips:  green mist weave, powder blue weave, lilac weave and grape spiral square, as shown below.  [Please note that the green mist and powder blue are not the lighter pastel blue and green.]

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#2.  Cut from green mist weave and powder blue weave strips, 3 (2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) rectangles, and from lilac weave and grape spiral square strips, 2 (2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) rectangles.

Also cut from vanilla weave fabric, 20 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) squares and 20 (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) rectangles.

The below pictures shows the pieces I have cut for making 1 green mist weave flying geese unit.

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#3.  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of 1 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) vanilla weave square.  Place square, right sides together, at a corner of 1 (2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) green mist weave rectangle.  Sew on drawn line.  Trim 1/4″ away from sewn line.  Open and press to reveal green mist weave corner triangle.  Repeat with another (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) vanilla weave square at the opposite corner of the same green mist weave rectangle to complete 1 flying geese unit.

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My 2 cents:  I finger pressed the seams open.  I normally make my flying geese units larger and then trim them to size.  Since I am not able to do that with precut strips, I avoided using the iron for fear of risking the heat from the iron distort the square-ness of the flying geese units.  By finger pressing the seams, I pretty much kept my flying geese from going wonky.  I will just wait till after I construct my intended blocks to heat set the blocks. NOW, you may do whatever feels comfortable to you.  In case you haven’t known, my quilting motto echoes what Elizabeth Bennet in BBC’s Pride & Prejudice said, “Maria, this is your trunk; these are your gowns. You may arrange them in any way you wish. (whisper) Lady Catherine will never know.” :o)

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#4.  Sew 2 (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) vanilla weave rectangles to the opposite short sides of the flying geese unit to complete 1 sewn unit.

Repeat for all of the cut rectangles (3 green mist weave, 3 powder blue weave, 2 lilac weave and 2 grape spiral square).

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CUTTING & SEWING REMAINING UNITS

#1.  We need the following strips: spring green leaf & blue aster leaf (Set 1), crocus leaf & royal spiral square (Set 2), and sunflower swirl & carrot spiral square (Set 3), shown from top to bottom in the following image.

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#2.  Cut 6 (2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″) rectangles from Set 1 strips, and 2 (2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″) rectangles from Set 2 and Set 3 strips.  Cut 40 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) squares from vanilla weave fabric.

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#3.  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of 1 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) vanilla weave square.  Place square, right sides together, at a corner of 1 (2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″) rectangle.  Sew on drawn line.  Trim 1/4″ away from sewn line.  Open and press to reveal vanilla weave corner triangle.  Repeat with another (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) vanilla weave square at the opposite corner of the same rectangle to complete 1 sewn unit.

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Repeat for all the rectangles (6 spring green leaf, 6 blue aster, 2 crocus leaf, 2 royal spiral square, 2 sunflower swirl and 2 carrot spiral square).  And we are DONE for today! :)  See all the units I had sewn for today’s installment.   Now, that wasn’t hard at all, was it?

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I hope you have liked making these units today.  See you next Saturday!!  Nosy mind does want to know… what you have planned for today.  I would be so delighted if you could tell me!  Hugs to you all,have a great day – LATER!