Sunday, November 30, 2014

Grand illusion clue 1.......done

I don't think I have ever finished a clue this quickly. I am only doing half but I hope this is an indication on how the rest of the quilt will go.
This is even with a few mix ups:
1st - I cut about half of the HST and sewed a dozen or so. Decided to make one block to see how it looked and OH NO my HST were all too big. I had used the wrong accucut die and they were 2 1/2 " finished instead of 2". At least they aren't too hard to cut smaller :)
Then I sewed all the pieces together and thought Wow that was fast....I'm done. Why do I have so many yellows and browns left over.....must have got carried away cutting squares. I laid them out to see how they looked and I have 25 - see picture. They are sure pretty but I need 50.
Back to the cutting board and more sewing and TaDa. I love these so far.

Here is all 50 and the extra HST we are to set aside plus there are still a few extra yellows and browns, hopefully we will need these somewhere else in the quilt.

If you don't already know this is the Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt from compliments of Bonnie Hunter.

Thanks Bonnie.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Weekend progress

On Saturday my husband  and I spent some time rearranging furniture, I have been sharing my studio with the living room that we never use. We decided we don't need the living room as we never sit in there; it is not done yet as we have to find a new home for the couch but we arranged so I have much more room in my studio.
Then I cleaned and put away leftovers from a number of projects and scrap cutting I've been doing. There is still lots more scrap cutting to do but all the pieces are in a tub under the cutting table.
Finally time to pull out Celtic Solstice and see where I got to; after sewing some Sat and quite a bit today here is a picture on my design wall. I am making it a bit smaller I think as I really don't need another bed size quilt(not that I need  any quilts but that's beside the point).

Thanks to an idea someone posted on Facebook it was suggested you put up all the pieces you have made and then you can see what is left to make - which is chevrons and corner triangles. There is hope I can have this top completed before the new mystery starts.

I was also slowly working on the baby quilt below; I am machine blanket stitching around the animals but I find that hard on the shoulders so do an hour at a time and then work on something else. I think I only have cow, zebra, raccoon and rooster left to do.

Back to sewing.........................

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Introducing Micah - My New Favourite :)

Introducing our first grandchild       


    Micah John David Swift
         Born Oct 29 2014 weighing 6 lbs 1 1/2 oz

Andrew and Victoria Swift with Micah - day 1

Micah being bundled in the Burrito baby wrap made by Grandma - it is quite big but he will grow into it - should keep him warm this winter.