Monday, December 30, 2013

Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt Part 5

I started part 5 by cutting mirror image neutral triangles with the Easy Angle ruler from 2" strips.  The notches where the missing dog ear is will help line everything up.  To do this I had to cut with two strips right sides together.  after that I cut the blue triangles with the Easy Angle ruler from 3-1/2" strips.

Part 5 is made starting with the half square triangles from part 3 that weren't made into pinwheels and attaching the neutral triangles to the yellow sides of part 3 and the blue triangle attaches to the neutrals.

I'm not sure how many more parts there will be before we start putting the pieces together.  Besides the sewing I did for Christmas, this is the only thing that I've started this month.  Check out everyone's progress on the Celtic Solstice Mystery here.

I will be linking up with Barbara over at Cat Patches for the 2013 NewFO Challenge - December Update.   Click here to see what others have started this month.  This is the last update for the year; however, Barbara has decided to host a NewFO challenge for 2014 that I am going to participate in.  You can read about it here if you're interested.

Hope you all have a wonderful year coming up!  Happy New Year!  Tami

Monday, December 23, 2013

Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt Part 4

I really like 4 patches and 9 patches so Part 4 was a breeze for me to do.  It's a good thing too because I have some Christmas sewing to get finished.  These were made with green and orange 2" strips and will finish at 3" in the quilt.

I've made three Christmas table runners as gifts for my two sister-in-laws and my mother-in-law. They have to put up with me talking about my quilting all the time, so I thought I'd make them a little something.

And, because I promote the use of  fabric bags instead of paper or plastic, I also made some Christmas bags to wrap them in instead of paper.  

They can use them for wrapping presents in next year.  These are made using the pattern developed for the Green Bag Lady which is an eco-friendly art project started by Teresa VanHatten-Granath in 2008.

Check out everyone's progress on the Celtic Solstice Mystery Here.

Monday, December 16, 2013

2014 NewFO Challenge

I would like to make a Churn Dash Quilt.  I asked my hubby to help me decide what it should look like.  I showed pictures of some on goggle and he liked this one the best, I'm going to make one something like this.

I have several quilts on my To Do List that are designed by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville, starting with Boxy Stars which is on her Free Patterns Tab.

Ohio Stars and Rails is another of Bonnie's quilts that I'd like to do.  I think I'd like to do this one or another red, white and blue for a QOV quilt.

Pineapple Blossom is yet another of Bonnie's patterns I want to do!  I particularly like that pattern that was made in Christmas colors.  Red and Green and my favorite colors.

I'd like to make some Oven Mitts and Potholders for my kitchen.  Mine are getting a little tired looking.

I have a pattern called Arrows All Around  by Cheryl Brickey of MeadowMistDesigns that I'd like to make.

Towards the end of the year, I'd like to make You Got Cookies that is in the Nov/Dec 2012 issue of Quiltmaker magazine.

I'd also like to make Merry Baskets which is in Nov-Dec issue 2013 of Quiltmaker magazine.  Again, I would be using my favorite colors!  Hopefully, we'll be able to have a Christmas tree next year.  We had trouble with the cats loving it!

I'm sure there's lots more that I'd like to do, but those are the ones I'm thinking of now!

Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt Part 3


We need Half-Square Triangles for Part 3.  The half square triangles will measure 2” and finish at 1-1/2” in the quilt.  Some of our half-square triangles in this step will be made into pinwheels, and some will be left single.  The pinwheel unit will measure 3-1/2” and finish at 3” in the quilt.  I used the Easy Angle Ruler and 2” strips to cut the units for my quilt. 

Check on Bonnie's Monday linkup  to see how everyone else is doing on the Mystery!
   Keep on sewing!  Tami

Monday, December 9, 2013

Holiday Hullabaloo Blog Hop Winner!

This has been such a fun hop!  And for sheer beauty in photos and in inspiring posts, you can't beat The Art of Home, where Jacquelynne Steves shows us craft projects, recipes, patterns, note cards and more!

I loved reading all your comments!  It's amazing how many people are busy rushing to get something finished for a loved one for Christmas.  So, lets get down to it.  The winner will receive the surprise package from Jacquelynne Steves at The Art of Home!

Mr. Random chose:

And number 99 was Barb!  Yay!! Congratulations, Barb!  I'll be contacting you by email right away to get your snail mail! 

Barb said...   I have been sewing non-stop for I don't know how long. Prepping for a Christmas Bazaar this weekend. I still have an entire quilt to make as I gift. That I have to mail. No stress around here.

Be sure to check out Jacquelynne's blog to see who wins that awesome Grand Prize!!

Merry Christmas,  Tami

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt Part 2

This year's mystery parts 1 and 2 are done!

Here is a recap of step 1 with the blues, oranges and neutrals.  I used the Tri-Recs rulers to make these 3 1/2" squares.  This was the first time I've used them.

We used green, yellow and neutrals for part 2 . So far, all of my fabric has come from my stash and hasn't made a single dent to it!  I'm not even trying to guess how it will all go together!  I never did make a guess at it on last year's Easy Street Mystery.

I still need to trim them up a little bit, but I finally got them sewed together correctly.  Fortunately,  I didn't have to take my seam ripper to many of them.  Linking up with Bonnie at Quiltville

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Holiday Hullabaloo Blog Hop

It is time for the Holiday Hullabaloo Blog Hop with giveways, sponsored by Jacquelynne Steves!  The giveaway will be open from December 2nd to the 6th.  Prizes will include fabric, books, patterns, stationary, gift items, etc. All prizes are donated by Jacquelynne and are different, with a retail value of $15-30.
The fun part:  All of the prizes for the blogs will be a SURPRISE. No one, not even me, will know which prizes go to which blog (Jacquelynne will be drawing them from a hat at the end of the giveaway.) Here is the schedule and links to all the bloggers:

Monday Dec. 2               Lily Pad Quilting
Tuesday Dec. 3              Sew Cal Gal
 Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Wednesday Dec. 4         Upstairs Hobby Room
                                                 Freemotion by the River
Thursday Dec.5              A Quilt & A Prayer
                                                 Tami’s Quilting Adventure
Friday Dec. 6                 Needled Mom

Be sure to visit Jacquelynne's blog for the Grand Prize Giveaway.  Retail value of Grand Prize is over $100 US and includes fabric, books, patterns, gift items, etc.  You can enter every day on her blog! 

Jacquelynne is introducing some new products (really excited about these!!) and is having a Holiday Sale at her Etsy Shop. Stop by for some holiday shopping!

The Giveaway is open to everyone (if you are no-reply, please leave an e-mail or you can't win).  Leave a comment telling me what sewing or crafting you have done lately!  The deadline to enter will be 11:59 pm EST on Sunday Dec. 8th. 

If you are a follower of this blog you get an additional chance! Please leave a comment and tell me how you follow!  New followers are always welcome!  That makes (2) possible comments per person!

I would be very remiss if I did not thank Jacquelynne for organizing this fun opportunity.  

                                                  THANK YOU JACQUELYNNE!! 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt Part 1

Like many others, I have decided to do Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice Mystery!  She gave us the fabric suggestions and yardage requirements a month before the start and I was really excited that I was able to pull all of the fabric I'll need from my stash. There were quilters all around the world that were doing the same.

This is my second Bonnie Hunter mystery.   If you haven't participated  in one of her mysteries before, it's certainly worth the effort.  Bonnie Hunter is the Queen of Scrap Quilts.  I love her theory about fabric...  If it's ugly, you need to cut it smaller!  I love scrap quilts because I've been collecting a little fabric here and there for years and now I'm finally using it and I have just completed the first step!

Bonnie has offered us plenty of options on how to approach this quilt. I have opted to use the Tri-Recs rulers which has 'notch' which is used for alignment.  I am making the a smaller size quilt and am now waiting for our next clue which we will receive this Friday.

There is a Group on Facebook for people who are participating in this mystery.  It's really fun to see how everyone else is doing.  There's almost always someone on line if you have a question as there are over 2,500 members.  It is a fun way to make new quilty friends and improve your quilting skills at the same time!  I'm always learning something new.

You can see what others are doing – hundreds of others are doing – by going to the link-up post on Bonnie’s blog that is posted each Monday morning and can be found here.

Come back next week for Part 2!