Friday, November 29, 2013

Celtic Solstice Clue 1

Clue 1 released this morning and calls for the Tri-Recs ruler right off the bat.
This summer I got a Baby Go accucut and ordered what I thought might be useful dies.
One that I got makes a triangle in a square which is exactly the same as clue 1 in a 3" finished size. I have previously used the Tri recs and while it works I found it somewhat picky and I had to trim a number of my blocks.
I am looking forward to using the template.......only 1 minor cutter is on loan to a good friend and I will get it back at Christmas. I was hoping we wouldn't need it until a later clue but that is OK since I will be away from Tues until Christmas. The mystery quilt will begin in earnest when I get home around Dec 28.............
I have a number of UFO's I can work on over the weekend ha ha
Meanwhile here are just a few blocks I made; I did some with my brown and some with my blue thinking this would help me decide which color to use. I was pretty sure I was going with the brown but the blue looks good also.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Celtic Solstice colors

As Bonnie Hunter's new mystery quilt approaches the excitement is building. There appears to be people from all across Canada, USA and many other countries around the world who can't wait to start. I think it is so amazing that a single project can draw such a varied group of people together in harmony and I commend Bonnie for that.
There are over 2000 people who have joined a facebook page set up just for this mystery quilt and I'm sure there are many more who are planning to do the quilt.
I have done 5 past mysteries and they have all turned out fantastic so here I go again. I never keep up with the clues but will do a portion of each one as they are released and then take it from there. It usually takes me from 4 months to a year to finish- I just finished last years Easy Street a few weeks ago(pictures in Oct 26 post). But it is not a race so I just work at my own pace.
This year will be a little slower as we will be away most of December so I will get the first clue this Friday and then miss the next 3 probably arriving home the day after clue 5.

I had chosen fabrics early on and here is the picture of my first choice:

I trimmed a few pieces down so they would be easier to handle and then after looking at what some other people had picked I decided to try brown instead of blue. I think I like this better but will see once the clues get started. That will be the advantage to being away- I will see where colors are used up to clue 5 before I am really committed to my colors. 

Anyway the countdown is on; Clue 1 to be released early Fri morning. I work Friday so it will be evening before I start to play but should be fun.

Baking & Sewing

A couple of weeks ago I completed the two lap quilts I was making for my bosses little boys. They are the Yellow brick road pattern with racing car fabrics for two little racing car fanatics. The tops are similar but not identical and then one has a green back and one blue so they can tell them apart. I took them to work last week and their Dad said they love them and had to take them to bed right away. These were such fun to make and most of the sewing was done sitting on my son's deck in the sunshine last spring. I wanted to sew while the guys played in the garage but it was too nice outside to be in the house so I set up a card table on the deck and sewed to my heart's content.
closeup but it's hard to really see the details

Blue flannel car print

Green flannel car print(same print-different colors)

Difficult to fit them both in 1 picture
After quilts were finished I had to spoil my husband as he was feeling neglected to I baked him an apple pie made with apples off our tree. It was very good.