Friday, December 9, 2016

Four patches and pickle dish

Here are some of the four patches for Part 3 of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt. In my quilt, green is the new purple. And not just because Greenery is the new Pantone color. If I make the half pint size of her mystery quilt, I will need 84 of these four patches.

I also finished a few more wedges for the pickle dish quilt and am maybe half way through making these curved sections.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Fencing for piglets

When there are a lot of scraps thrown about, one can't be too surprised if a piglet shows up.


For today, lets call these blocks piglet fencing.

Even a few spools might be useful as fencing.

And yes, even the pickle dish looks like fencing.

Molly senses the world closing in.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Mountains and molehills

Delectable Mountains comes together faster than I would have thought. Or maybe it only feels that way because I'm making these blocks as a leader and an ender. That sounds deceptively organized. Frankly, I have many projects going at once that I don't know what is leading and what is following.

In any case, here are some more sections for the pickle dish quilt.

Meanwhile Molly has a public service announcement. At this time of year, some parts of the country may be fixated on snow. However, the real danger lurks within the sewing room...the fabric avalanche. Stay vigilant!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Golden Peaks

I finished cutting the triangles (the Peakies and Spikes for the Doreen Speckman fans out there) for step 2 of Bonnie Hunter's En Provence. As you can see, I am using a different colorway for the quilt. In theory, gold is the new magenta. Except, in this particular layout, the gold goes into hiding surrounded by the background fabrics. I am not going to sew all of the units until I see where they go in the quilt. I may have to move to a deeper gold. However, if the gold nestles next to some of the other colors, it may work out fine. It's a mystery!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

It's a mystery

Okay, peer pressure wins. Count me in. Fabadashery was the first to make me consider joining the Bonnie Hunter En Provence mystery challenge. Her annual enthusiasm for Bonnie's mystery quilts won over my lack of enthusiasm for mystery quilts in general. And then as I made my round of blogs, EVERYONE was joining in.

Here is my contribution for neutral four patches. Molly is explaining the instructions to me. She said one of the key rules in this mystery is to include as many cat fabrics as possible because les chattes are very popular in France. I have also assigned the task of spinning the seams to Molly.

And it is so easy to go off course on the Quiltville website. Bonnie's friend made a Delectable Mountain quilt, so I linked to her instructions, was intrigued...and now here are some delectable mountain blocks.

Sometimes I wish I had tunnel vision like Molly.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Warning! Alligator!

I guess with all the discussions about draining the swamp, I should have expected an alligator to show up in my sewing room. Unfortunately, this means I can's show you all of my progress on the fish and seahorse quilts. They are nowhere to be found.

Of course, the owls are still here because everyone knows that alligators are afraid of owls. All the knock knock jokes make an alligator gnash its teeth, rendering them harmless. If you would like to enjoy less threatening patchwork, I suggest a trip to the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge to see how much others are accomplishing in this first week of December.

And here is the fused alligator I made back in 2011. He has been around long enough to enjoy jokes and has been known to tell a few himself.

And now that I'm on the spool bandwagon, I realized that four of the small spools can be combined to make a block that is the same size as a Dear Jane block. This sent me off to the Alternative Jane Stickle compendium...blocks she made that didn't make it into her famous quilt...and there was the four spool block. Except according to the compendium, this is block W55 or Tipsy Whiskey Barrels. Those of you who have made a Dear Jane quilt have undoubtedly wondered how much Jane drank. This block confirms many of the suspicions that I have.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bear's Bow-tie

My sister recommended I make the block Bear's Bowtie in the Dear Jane format and include it in the Alternative Jane Universe. I thought up this block back when I was a young lass under the influence of Mary Ellen Hopkins at her quilt store Crazy Ladies and Friends. I was making a lot of bow-ties at the time and thought this is the type of bow-tie a bear would wear after he used his claws to tie it. In any case, this was printed in Mary Ellen's "The It's Okay If You Sit On My Quilt Book" (p. 61).

I did check the compendium of Alternative Dear Jane blocks--the ones Jane Stickle made but did not include in her famous quilt--and she had a similar version called Rapid Badger BowTie.

And here are the pieced blocks from the Alternative Dear Jane compendium that I have made so far. Given it was Mary Ellen that taught me to think on a grid, I may have to rename this project Dear Mary Ellen.

And here are a handful of spools. Speaking of a handful...Molly was quite distressed by all the internet bullying she has been subjected to. She is quite sensitive and kept her masseuse and heating pad busy treating her psychic wounds.

Molly suggested I show Buddy at the vet too. Unlike Molly, he is staying well away from me today and spent way too much time in hiding. He sneaks up behind me, gives me a quick leg rub and then runs away. I assume he is trying to rub away the horrible scent of my betrayal.