Monday, December 19, 2011

Orca bay mystery clue #5

I got clue #5 done over the weekend, I can't believe it!  It's usually Wednesday or Thursday before I get the clues done.  I just enjoyed it so much, I even played around with some of the completed pieces:
Wouldn't something like this look really great in a border?  Hmm, maybe that's what it's for.  I think it would be great in all kinds of scrappy fabrics.  Just what I need, more ideas! :)
So, here is my completed pile of pieces:
There is such a range of fabrics in them, I love it!  I am so enjoying this mystery! Thank you Miss Bonnie!
Oh, and here is the aftermath of all that cutting and sewing this weekend:
I have been trailing these little bitty bits all over the house, time to vacuum!
Also today, I will be finishing this quilt up:

I am doing an allover meander, and I have had nothing but issues with this thing!  One of the take up pins on the frame broke, so I have temporarily fixed it, (will call Grace Company next week),then I sewed the backing fleece together wrong, Elvis was upside down on one side,  then my machine started making a funny noise.  It's like it's cursed!  So, since I have been up since midnight (issues with sleep, apparently I'm not supposed to get any, LOL), and I am loaded with at least 6 cups of very strong coffee, I am going to attempt to finish quilting this today, and then maybe try to get at least 1 good night's sleep (please) tonight.  I feel up to the challenge! (maybe) :p
Oh, and before I forget, pop on over and check out the different bloggers participating in the  orca bay mystery.  There are some very talented quilters out there, every time I click on another link, I am in awe. 
Happy quilting,

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Orca bay mystery clue #4

I love Fridays anymore, that's the day Bonnie puts out her new clue for the orca bay mystery quilt. I love going on her blog and checking out what everyone else is doing, seeing their fabric choices.
 My only problem is, I can't really start until Mondays, because I work on weekends!  Argh!  But, within minutes of getting clue 4, I started pulling my reds:
I didn't realize how many reds I had until I started going through everything!  So, then I started sewing on my old phonebook background pieces:
I then trimmed them down to the 5.5 inch size:
I love the different prints!  I even used some Christmas fabric!
Once they were cut down to size, I cut them in half from corner to corner:
The correct way to cut them

The Not correct way to cut them.  Anybody else do this?  I did this to 7 blocks before I realized what I had done!  LOL
My clue #4 pieces are now stored with the other clues, awaiting the next clue:
I have  been working on other projects in the meanwhile too:
I call this quilt Happy Faces. 

I love the little smiling faces.

I used two flannels on the back. 
I thoroughly enjoyed making this quilt.
   I also have the Elvis top almost done:
This top was interesting to make, none of the pieces were the size they were supposed to be.  I had to pull, pin, and pray to make it work.  It will be pressed and starched well before I quilt it!  Just have to put borders on it, and quilt it.  Hopefully, it'll be done by next Thursday, so I can give it to my son for his birthday.  I do like cutting it short! 
Most days, I feel like this by 4 PM
I went looking for the little pooch, and found him asleep on my bed.  He woke up when I came in.  He knows he's not supposed to be in my room, so he looks a bit guilty LOL.  I love my Mr. Hiro!

Happy quilting,

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Orca Bay Clue #3

So, here is my blocks for Bonnie Hunter's orca bay mystery quilt, clue #3.  
This is my basket where I keep all the completed blocks for the Mystery quilt. 

My trimmed blocks are on the right. 
I have been finding myself thinking about how to use these in other quilts!  I loved doing these blocks, even if they were a bit time consuming at times (or so it seemed to me).  Onto clue #4! 
In other stuff, been doing some baking, and managed to overheat my mixer this morning, and broke the door off my oven:
actually, the screw just came out, and as soon as the oven cools off, I'll fix it.  And clean off the stove.  Didn't realize how dirty it was!
Happy quilting,