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String Challenge and Mystery Sewing

I’m hooking up with Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery Quilt link up today.  Welcome if you’re new here and the link up brought you.  We are a busy blog with update twice a day, unless life gets in the way.  There’s always something going on here!!

Last week I finished up the quilt for the wedding and then the busyness of the week before Christmas set in.  On top of that…I caught a nasty cold!  I didn’t know how mystery sewing would go but it went fine….

I cut it out on Friday over naptime..and then more cutting while making supper.  I did some sewing Friday night….Some again on Saturday and finished the sewing of the flying geese on Friday night.

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It appears that I have enough!  I’ve debated about making a few more each time the numbers are given and make the quilt bigger.  75″ x 90″ really isn’t very big.  It will do a twin sized bed and that’s about it.  Hmmm.  At this point, I’ll wait until the final reveal to decide what I’m doing.

In the middle of cutting out for this I realized that I am running VERY low on neutrals.  UGH.  It wasn’t the problem of the directions it’s the problem of me!  In the middle of this I raided my neutrals and cut out another quilt so…My neutrals are almost gone.  Just at that moment I realized that Hubby was in town doing an errand in West Union.  They have a quilt shop there that I rarely go to.  In the past one of the reasons I didn’t go was they didn’t have tons of fabric I was interested.  They actually had LOTS of batiks.  Well I got the idea to call there and see if they could cut fabric and Hubby could pick it up.

I called Hubby and asked if he would mind stopping if everything was ready.  He said he would gladly stop (one of the many reasons I love this guy).  I called the shop and they said they could quickly have it ready.  I told them I didn’t care what they sent.  It had to be a neutral and wanted a quarter yard cut.  It didn’t matter if it was fat quarters or yardage and that I’d take up to 20 different cuts.

This is all I had left….There was limited variety.  Most of them are only a few inches wide.

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Here are the new fabric cuts….Ah…I feel much better as the next clues come that I’ll be prepared.

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I was worried if in the next clues, we’d have to cut out 3 1/2″ squares or something like that, I wouldn’t have enough fabric.

My batik supply is somewhat limited as I just started shopping for batiks over the last month or so.

Onto my String Challenge:
For those of you who have been following along with me, you know that I’ve challenged myself to finish all of the quilts in Bonnie Hunter’s new book String Fling before her new string book comes out….I only have four that aren’t finished and all of them are started….so….here’s this week’s progress.

All of the applique is pressed and in place for the Daylilies quilt.

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5 1/2 blocks have the applique finished.  It’s not hard but it is time consuming to prep for applique.

I know some of you are working on finishing projects before the new book comes  out as well.

I’ll see you back here next Monday with more mystery sewing and more Sting Challenge sewing.

Mystery and String Challenge

I’m hooking up with Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery Quilt link up today.  Welcome if you’re new here and the link up brought you.

I had a busy week…My evenings were filled and not much sewing got done around here.  That’s okay.  Life and the people in my life take priority over quilting any day.  I did get clue #2 done and moved on to clue #3.

Friday when my childcare kids were sleeping over nap time I was able to cut clue #3 out.  I’m a flip corner girl so cutting was super easy.

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I got a little bit of sewing done on Saturday….not much but enough that I had one of the units sewn but not cut.  Sunday Hubby said, “Hey let’s go up to the farm store and finish Christmas shopping”.  Yep, we’re classy like that.  As a young kid we had a farm store Christmas and it was always good for me.  I threw the pieces I had sewn in the truck and off we went.  Hubby drove and I clipped away.

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Back home I got busy sewing the other unit.
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All of them are now sewn.  I’ll trim and press at nap time in the upcoming week.  It’s the perfect nap time thing to do.

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In other news…this is on the quilt frame and that’s as far as I have it done.  UGH.  This is a wedding quilt for Saturday.  Hubby has a fireman’s meeting tonight so this is FRONT AND CENTER for me!  It’s go time if this is going to get finished!!

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…and I worked on my String Challenge project.  If you’re visiting, let me explain.  I started a String Fling Challenge for myself and invited others to join.  Here’s the scoop. Continue reading

What I’m Working On….

I’m hooking up with Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery Quilt link up today.  Welcome if you’re new here and the link up brought you.  Before the quilting report..a little life report…did you see yesterday’s post about our new little grand daughter being born?  I’ve been getting lots of messages and updates.  My son is the cutest with her.  It’s so fun to be a part of it all.  So far, everyone is doing really good.

Onto today’s post…I got clue #1 done Wednesday-ish last week.

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I started clue #2.  I am happy with how far I got.  Being I’m an in home childcare provider I get quiet time in the afternoon when the kiddos are napping.  Often I work on a step in the quilt that I can do on the main floor and still be able to watch and monitor the kids.  This is perfect for that!  I’ll trim and iron these.  It might take me two nap times but that’s okay.  I want to stay current with the clues so if it comes to be Wednesday and I’m not finished, I’ll finish them up one evening.

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No worries on my part.  I am LOVING the coral to oranges.

I’m not a one project girl so click and follow to see what else I’m working on…. Continue reading

What I’m Working On…

I’m hooking up with Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery Quilt link up today.  Welcome if you’re new here and the link up brought you.  Before the quilting report..a little life report.

I had a really busy weekend.  It involved little sewing.  That’s okay though as I got lots done related to Christmas.  That’s always a good feeling.

Saturday night at 10pm I met our daughter Kelli after she was done with work and brought Ruby, our beagle dog to her.  Ruby is going through her testing for Cushing’s Disease today and Kelli is going to be the one to jockey her back and forth to the periodic blood tests.  I would be so lost without Kelli in my life.  She’s so helpful and Hubby and I so appreciate her help.  I have to pick her up from Kelli tonight.  I forgot to ask how soon it takes to get the results of the tests….hopefully not too long.

All you long time readers know I like to keep life real here so….my sewing room!!

IT’S A MESS!  I really shouldn’t be sewing any mystery things before I clean but ah…that’s not going to happen.

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There are some sneak peaks about what I’ll be blogging about over the next week….Can you see a Scrap Crystals block from Bonnie Hunter’s More Adventures with Leaders and Enders book?  Can you see some Pineapple Crazy from Bonnie Hunter’s String Fling book peeking out?  Somewhere in the mess is a wedding quilt that needs to be done in the next couple weeks…and backings for Cheddar Bow Ties and a quilt we’ll be submitting for publication.

This is the left overs from the baby quilt I showed last week and the “dumping ground” that suppose to be my cutting table.  UGH.  There is also Fair and Square from Bonnie Hunter’s book Scraps and Shirttails II.  If you’re new here you can see that I’m a Bonnie Hunter fan and make lots of her quilts.

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Ans the quilt frame has “STUFF” too.  I did get the backing put together for the baby quilt that is late….

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…and I got it on the frame.  I’ll have it finished and will be showing it off on Friday.  As I write I only have a one more roll of the frame and I’ll be done…then binding.

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As far as the mystery goes….Here’s where I am at. Continue reading