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The spring rains and warmer weather are upon us. I’m spending the morning emptying dressers of sweaters and the like and finding lighter wear to fill them for the summer months.

I have rolled down the Bon Bon quilt for the last time. It is so good to see the final edge of a project. I was hoping to have it ready for the Bloggers Quilt Festival, but it’s not going to happen. While I quilt this final stretch, I’ll be contemplating what will be marked onto the Celtic Solstice top.

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I also started hand piecing the sashing strips for the Compass quilt. I know I said I did not want to go this route, but I needed some handwork to do during tv time.

20140527-085811.jpgI am starting with cutting up the compass centers, after all, it is good fabric and I’d rather use it than have odd shapes in the stash. Out comes the Easy Angle and Companion Angle Rulers. Now a stack of triangles.

20140527-085824.jpg I am surprised at just how far these centers go. From just 4 of them, I have completed 6 vertical sashes with more pieces waiting. I should get most of the inner sashing done without cutting yardage. Once I have the center assembled, I’ll make decisions on the border. I think that this will measure around 60″ without a border.

I’ve been plugging away on the Grandmothers Flower garden as well. Pictures of cream hexagons are not all the exciting, but this completed stack is another story. Next up are all the green connectors to make a row. This is row seven of nine. I had planning to leave this “gated”, not making two sides even, but now I’m not sure. I’ll have to see how much fabric is left after all the rows are assembled. I purchased for this quilt over 6 years ago and trying to source matching fabric will be almost impossible. Today’s theme seems to be the quilts will dictate their fate.

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It’s that time of year where we all traditionally pause for self-examination and goal-setting. I’m a little late to the party. I know I fulfilled my goal for last year, which was to follow my whims as I did not have much time for quilting. Might as well make it fun, right? This years goal is a little more structured – family first. So many quilts have left the house for clients, that my projects often hit the back burner. Its time for some self-love, so I’m putting a few items for our home at the top of the list. More specifically, I’d like to finish three quilts this year. The first will be the BonBon quilt that is in the frame right now. I’ll decide on the other two as I go.

I also have started a new quilt. When I was in Paducah, I grabbed up a Spring Bouquet quilt kit at Hancock’s of Paducah. This pattern is a batik spin on an appliqué album by Laundry Basket Quilts. Im doing the traditional needle-turn and here is block one in progress. This will be my personal Block A Month challenge.

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Celtic Solstice is also moving along slowly. I have my stack of unpressed “block A” to show. Next up is Block B. Bonnie Hunter has a link-up going on a Quiltville and I am amazed to see so many finished tops. Then again, our house was hit with the flu, and we had someone sick from Dec 23- Jan 3. This time momma succumbed too, so I slept for almost 24 hours straight while DH took care of the house. One child was run to urgent care on New Year’s Day, so my sewing time was consumed by nursing and disinfecting. There is one last link-up scheduled for Groundhog Day. I’ll probably save a grand reveal until then. Since oldest child will have this quilt, it will most likely be the next into the frame.

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While tending kids, I was able to increase the stack of rosettes for Grandmother’s Flower Garden. This is enough to do another row. I’ve cut the cream pieces and will work on surrounding each flower throughout the month. If I keep focused, this may get put into the frame before year end.

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And my sis surprised me with these today. I had not taken a nice picture of baby M’s quilt because I finished it while in the hospital waiting room. She had her photographer take pictures after doing a sitting with Baby M. Thanks sis. Its a tumbler quilt that I hand quilted with a Celtic Cross. To me, it resembles a stained glass window. There are more details about marking the quilt here and a tutorial for tumbers here.

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So many things over the past two weeks have caused us to interrupt our plans and adjust our schedule. Suffice it to say that not much quilting has happened here. I have the first two steps of Celtic Solstice sewn and stopped halfway through the clue three’s pinwheels.

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Truly it is a pressing pause. I need to finish Christmas preparations and I have a pile of patchwork waiting on the ironing board including the strip sets for clue four.

Here is a sample of my first two clues. I still need to finish pressing clue two and do a parts count. I have a feeling that I am short a few, which is not a problem as I can build them as leader/enders next week.

20131217-173536.jpg. More quilters are showing off their progress at Quiltville’s link up.

Christmas festivities lead to more travel time so Little Miss has helped me to pack up my hexies. She is becoming an expert at inspecting my work. I have two more flowers done for row seven bringing the total to four.

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Part of our personal pause is a result of funerals in our circle. And I’m missing my grandmother. So for those who are grieving, I’m right with you. As Christmas is a few days away let me share this encouragement – look to the Light.
Matthew 4:16
the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light.
And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow,
a light has shined.”

Merry Christmas.

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I could not think of a creative title. Its been that kind of day. I’m in desperate need of Advil, but I wanted to start a blog post. This one is going to be progressive.

Friday – I have a 7 AM working meeting, so I have to wait to get the download from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville. Its time for clue number two to Celtic Solstice. This week we are making chevrons! Its a new unit for me, but will be easy to assemble. We had “craft time” this afternoon, so the kids made paper airplanes while I cut out all my fabric. Easy squares and rectangles stacked by 20s.

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I could not resist starting a few through the machine. Against all advice, I am flying by the seat of my pants and not marking the diagonal lines. If the first 10 are terrible, I’ll mark the lines while watching tv with DH tonight. I’m undecided on keeping the bonus triangles. It would make a cute bonus block of some sort, but I need to focus on just this clue first.

Saturday afternoon – taking a few quiet minutes to sew when I should be cleaning. Ahh, peace. I have almost all my left sides sewn. They still need to be pressed and the corners trimmed off. I am still undecided on those corner units. If I am going to keep them I need to run these units through the machine two more times, or rotary cut them so they are a consistent size. If I am discarding them, I’ll snip with shears while watching tv tomorrow.

20131207-152823.jpgHere are some process photos. I am doing all my left sides in one long chain. If I orient the piece the same as the one previous, there will be no surprises at the end. White corners went on, the bring up my tail from the back of the machine and add on the yellow. My goal pace is to finish these today. Start the right sides tomorrow and have them ready for pressing by Tuesday. That will leave Wednesday and Thursday to press trim and run the center seams. Do-able?

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My big tip to make it scrappy – cut the deck. Sounds funny, but let me talk it through. If I have pile A with four fabrics, and pile B with four fabrics, then when I sew, fabric 1 from both piles will always be together. It would be like this 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4. So my tip is to sew four units, then rotate the top fabric from pile B to the bottom. Sew 4 and rotate. So the next four units would be 1-2, 2-3, 3-4, 4-1. It does not take much effort, but the quilt will have the full range of combinations

Sunday – no forward progress to show today on the mystery quilt. I do have the row attached to the grandmothers flower garden quilt and have started the next batch of flowers. I’d really like to see this one finished next year as it has been my drag around project for almost 6 years. As I put in more stitches, I have begun considering what will take its place in my purse. When I mentioned to DH that I was contemplating another flower garden, he shot me a look. You know that look.. He then declared that he has never liked this project and would prefer I don’t do another. He then encouraged me to sell it. HMMM. Where did that come from? Really??? I don’t think so. Should I even tell him I’m considering a pickle dish in 30’s reproductions? Nah.

PS I’ve started a pin board to gather design ideas on Pinterest. If anyone has a great example to share, I’d like to add it.

Monday – I’m linking up with Quiltville to show my progress. I envy those with adorable photos of finished blocks, but I’m still in the trenches. Maybe my iron will get a workout and next week will be glamourous.

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I made my son a superhero cape a few years ago and it’s been sitting, neglected in a corner. He never got into wearing it. It’s gold lame and blue sparkle have me almost ready to wear it around the house. After all, moms are superheroes and our families sometimes need to be reminded. But in the spirit if the season, I’m going to give it away (virtually) to my mom instead, who has been the superhero this week.

Let me back up a bit. Moms local grocery runs a yearly special on turkey. It really can’t be beat. Some years I have purchased a 20lb turkey for under $8. Each year she makes multiple trips to the store so we can all stock our freezers. This year I failed to plan ahead for the turkey run, but mom came through with a bird. I put it in the freezer thinking to have it for Christmas, since we had plans to be at mom’s home for Thanksgiving. That was all well and good until the kids were ALL sick last week. All the best laid plans were dashed as we focused on medication, thermometers and Kleenex. Mom and her turkey to the rescue as I scrambled to put together a dinner here.

Not only that (I am bringing this around to quilting), but she put a package into the mail for me. We decided to team shop for Celtic Solstice and some of my fabric was at her house. Since we were missing family dinner on Thanksgiving, I would not have all my stash to start the mystery the next day. Maybe not the biggest crisis, but certainly another cloud in an already stormy sky. SuperHero Mom put my fabric into the post so I could start with everyone else. She really deserves a cape after two rescues in one week.

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Sick kiddos result in almost no hand quilting time. I was able to make progress on the Grandmothers Flower Garden, getting the next row ready to attach. This week I hope to add row 6 to the main body of the quilt. Here it is all laid out.

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I did get my pieces for the small version of Celtic Solstice cut out and stacked by the machine. I seam a few each time I walk by it. Slow and steady wins the race. At this juncture, I have all the right sides sewn save eight because I miscounted my blue pieces. Easy enough to remedy. Ill finger press and start adding on left sides tomorrow.

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If you want to check out this year’s free mystery from Bonnie Hunter, clue number one is here for a limited time. There is also a weekly link up here with other quilters completing their variations. I personally look at most of the blogs. I always find some ingenuity, creativity and a new friend (or many) to follow.

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The Bon Bon quilt is nearing the end of construction. I am ready start final assembly. All the blocks are done and a few need to be pressed. This will be top #1 of my personal UFO challenge.

My second will be a bit of a cheat. I found the perfect fabric to border my Easy Street on sale for $5/ yd. Craft Town Fabrics is having an inventory clearance sale. (Not affiliated, etc, etc). So once Bon Bon is a flimsy, four straight seams to finish this up. Now to save up for backing and batting.

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More packages have arrived for Celtic Solstice. It is starting to come together. Still having problems with yellow and orange. Some if the fabrics that I purchased have hit the reject pile as they read tan. Not at all what I am going for. My “chore” for this week is to locate shirtings.

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Otherwise, progress has been made on the Grandmothers Flower Garden. I have eight rosettes surrounded by white. It’s enough to add another row to the quilt after green hexagons are placed onto three sides. For anyone keeping track, that’s row 6 of 9. Still a ways to go. This top will carry over into next year.

I was putting away the magazine that contained the pattern for Match a Patch Stars when it fell open to this

20131107-191146.jpg. Oak Leaf and Reel in Christmas colors. SWOON! How did I miss this one? I have too much in the works right now, but I have flagged it for later.

As I sew tonight I’ll be contemplating the quilting patterns to use for BonBons and perhaps running to the store over the weekend for deep brown thread. I’m debating between an outline type design or Baptist fans all over. I love fancier quilting, but this is a couch-cuddle quilt and serviceable is still beautiful.

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Happy Fourth of July!!! While on the road today, I am doing more EPP for my Grandmother’s Flower Garden. I have this one almost surrounded by the cream. Only two more flowers before I move onto joining to the main quilt body. Have a safe holiday and enjoy some stitching!

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