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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mobile Moment - Celtic Solstice progress

It has been a whole since I've updated the progress on this quilt. Only 6 blocks are not quite done. Each of those blocks only need the final two seams stitched. The yellow inner border I cut may be too bright.
The pieced border is partially sewn into "twosies" . I started using these pieces as my leader/enders. The final border will be blue, but I have not cut it yet.
Now to select another inner border and do the final stitching on the last blocks. This was last years Bonnie Hunter mystery. I know - I'm slow!
Until next time,
xoxoXOXOxoxo
Lois

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bonnie Hunter Class - Cathedral Stars

Here is a look at some of the class I took from Bonnie Hunter a couple of weeks ago.  It was a fun class - no stress as none of the methods were new to me and I was among friends!

Bonnie is a great teacher - one who gets out among the students and helps those who need it and chats with those who are doing okay.  She demonstrates the rulers she recommends the students use and makes sure they are using them correctly.  She is friendly and warm.



She is out among the students, but not too busy to stop and pose!


Strips are essential for a BH class!


Some end up as 4-patch units, others as half-square triangles and others as star points in the Cathedral Starts class.  The pattern is free on Bonnie's Blog. Other patterns are in one of her six books which you can order from the blog or her web site.


The morning was spent on this block.


Some chose high contrast fabrics.


Others chose low contrast fabrics.


And we sewed!


And we sewed and visited!


Amazing how many different people's blocks just go together! The star was the alternate block which we worked on in the afternoon. Sorry no pictures of that - I was sewing!


We shared quilts we had done or were working on.  This one is my friend Diane's quilt she is making for her daughter.  Almost the same star block with slightly different placement of squares.


And Joyce's Lego quilt.  This was made from 1-1/2" strips!  Wow!


And my Autumn Chains quilt.


I know - crazy -- that is the back of the quilt.


Diane brought us to tears with her presentation of these t-shirts.  They say, "Friends don't let friends quilt alone!"  We've been quilting friends for 29 years!


With Bonnie's quilt as a backdrop, old friends and new including Bonnie came together.


The whole class and lots of new friends were made!

Thank you Bonnie for a fun class!

Until next time,

xoxoXOXOxoxo

Lois





















Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mobile Musings

I have a new phone and am hoping I'll be able to post with it. My old phone would only post the text. If I tried photos, it would not post.
I got a new piece of equipment yesterday and I'm very excited about it. With these two pieces, I'll be able to take photos without the risk of jiggling my "big girl" camera. No more blurs from movement!
Have an awesome day.
xoxoXOXOxoxo
Lois

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

While Make Plans, Life Happens!

Yes, I know!  I've been missing in action for some time now!  You know how that goes -- while you make plans, life happens.

Here are a few of the things that have kept me away.

First we had a big celebration.

When we all get together, it is quite a party without additional guests!


Many family photos were taken on Friday night and then there was a dinner the following night with lots of family time in between.

Then there were a few projects that kept me busy.  I made bunting for the Church nursery.


Nursery B windows. These are double.  There will be a tutorial in the future.


This is a mirror for the kids, but a window for the parents who can check from the hallway without being seen by their precious babies.


Nursery A has the same type window.  This is the infant room.


The little curtain hides the collection of DVD's.

Then before I knew it --


It was time to get ready for Christmas!


Lots of presents exchanged!

Fleur de Lis was the theme this year.



The cousins love to get together and there is drama!


And a little fashion help.


And finally, last week, I got to take a quilting class with Bonnie Hunter.  More on that later, too!

That is what happened -- Life!  I've missed you, but plan to be a regular blogger now that those things are in the past!  I missed you all!

Until Next Time!
xoxoXOXOxoxo

Lois










Monday, August 4, 2014

Mini Retreat and Progress on Celtic Solstice

It took a bit of planning, but a couple of weeks ago, friends Diane, Joyce and I got together at Joyce's cottage for a mini retreat.  Coordinating schedules can be hard!  But, Diane and I finally got to escape the heat of the valley to go up to see Joyce for a couple of days in the cool mountains!

Here is the view from the deck early in the morning.  Can you believe we did not sleep past 6 AM any of the days?


In no time, we had our machines set up and were sewing!


It is a good thing we went when we did.  Last week Diane took a bad fall on her roller blades and has several breaks in her right hand and fingers plus scrapes and bruises on the rest of her right side! It will be a while before she will be able to do much sewing!


Diane was paper piecing the blocks for a flying geese quilt.  It is going to be stunning!


Joyce was stitching corners on units for a quilt with some bow tie units as her "leaders and enders".


I was finally putting together the units for the star blocks of the Celtic Solstice quilt a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt started last November.

We all made quite a bit of progress in addition to laughing, talking, eating and just enjoying being together.  We are planning to something special for our 30th Friendiversary in 2016.  We met in 1986 when we all joined the same chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild and became fast friends.

Since our mini retreat, I've made a bit of progress on the Celtic Solstice quilt blocks.


All 40 of the star blocks are completed.


The star blocks alternate with blocks that have a pin wheel in the center.  Two are shown above.  Now all I have to do is make 39 more of those blocks, stitch the pieced border and add two more borders.  Yeah, it will be a while before the top is finished, but progress is being made.

So what are you working on?

Until next time.......

xoxoXOXOxoxo

Lois








Monday, July 14, 2014

Celtic Solstice Parts and Pieces

Have you ever participated in a mystery quilt?  I had not until last November when Bonnie Hunter posted her Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt.  I liked the colors, but at the time had no idea what the quilt would look like.  And so I began collecting stash fabrics and purchasing a few to fill in.

Once the clues started being posted, I cut some of each clue each week.  This was happening between Thanksgiving and Christmas, folks!  Too busy to make a lot of each, I just made a few.

My project lately has been to finish all the parts and pieces.  Here they are grouped in bundles of 10.


This sure doesn't look like a queen sized quilt, does it?  But it is!   All but the borders are here!  Well, actually one border is here.  The blue and orange units on the upper left are a pieced border yet to be assembled.


These are the two blocks that will be alternated in the rows.

While Bonnie gave the instructions and number of pieces for two sizes, one was just 75 x 75 inches and the other was a whopping 111 x 111 in. king sized quilt!

Enter Electric Quilt to figure out a Queen Size!


I also took liberties with the color of the outside border and the placement of the orange and blue pieced border.  Of course, this could change - it's not done until it's pieced!

I think I'm going to love it.  Thank you Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville!  If you have not been to Bonnie's blog, jump on over there - she has a ton of good information and is an avid scrap quilter!

Next week, friend Diane and I will travel to our friend Joyce's cottage for a mini quilt retreat.  These parts and pieces will be going with me and there will be a lot of sewing going on!  Three friends, lots of scraps and parts and pieces, laughter, fun and food!

I'll report back to let you know the progress of my queen sized Celtic Solstice!

Until next time,

xoxoXOXOxoxo

Lois






Monday, June 23, 2014

Random Things

Lately, I've been doing random things.  You know a little of this and a little of that, but nothing really big completed.  Well, unless you count our VBS where we had over 450 kids and 250+ volunteers during the 4 day event.  That is a 4 day event that takes about a year to plan.  We've already started on next year!

In the meantime, at home I've just done a few little creative things.  Like my summer "beachy" door wreath.



 This wreath was inspired by Confessions of a Plate Addict a few weeks ago.  Fortunately, I already had the wreath base.  All it needed was a little white spray paint.  The shells came from my favorite "beach" at Hobby Lobby.  Friends had given me a gift card back in February which I had only used once for a small purchase.  A big bag of shells was just what I needed.  There are a few smaller shells that I already had on hand.  My front door is the perfect color, don't you think?



The shells are simply hot-glued on the base wreath.

A while back, Pottery Barn had a pillow I loved that had the word "Inspired" on it plus the definition.  For some reason, the word empowered kept coming up and it seemed appropriate to use that word to make my own version of the pillow.


The lettering was created in Adobe Illustrator and printed (reversed) onto Avery  Light Fabric Transfer paper.  I do cut very closely to the lettering as there is a little bit of a residue that shows through and I mostly want to see the print.  


In the loft is a built in that has family photos both on it and above it.  I try to have a little seasonal display there as well.  This one done for Memorial Day will work through July 4.


This is still a work in progress.  The fabric on the chairs of our patio furniture needs to be replaced every couple of years or so.  The chair on the right has the old ticking fabric and it's been on way longer than it should have been.  It has faded and rotted from the sun and from being wet when the Monsoons blow rain sideways onto the patio.  The new fabric (on the left) is a bit larger stripe and also has more shades of blue than the previous fabric.  Two are done and three more are cut, but not stitched.  These are simply stapled to the pressed board base and put in the chair base. 

Originally the chairs and table were yellow.  The fabric on the chairs was yellow and orange floral.  Next came white spray painted chairs and table with a Provencal print in blue and cream.  After that was green paint and a green and pink floral print.  There were probably other fabrics that I've forgotten before the blue ticking and return to white paint.  No worries, in a few years, these will be replaced again and all will look fresh and new again!


This little bench is both an old project and a new one.  It was made in the late 80's or early 90's for use in our "Wee Worship" program at church while I was Children's Director before.  Every year a dear sweet couple from North Dakota would come to AZ for the winter.  Almost every year, I would ask Pete to make one more bench as the group was bigger every year.

The benches have been retired and the Bjornstad's no longer come to AZ, but the memories of this sweet couple live on.  I recently was able to obtain one of the retired benches and it holds fond memories of the darling little children, now grown, who used to sit and sing on these cute little benches.  A coat of paint and perhaps a French advertising sign are in it's future.

So there you have it.  All those random little projects that take up my spare time.  Well, these and the quilts I'm still working on, but those are for another post.

Hoping you are having a sensational Summer!

xoxoXOXOxoxo

Lois