Monday, November 23, 2015

Bonnie's mystery quilt

I'm not yet a member of a quilt guild and have always wondered what goes on in the meetings and what I might be missing.  So when I noticed from a blog post that Bonnie Hunter was going to be speaking at a local guild meeting, I made plans to attend.

This photo is from Bonine's Instagram feed - I'm in the very back row - the lady in the red shirt on the right hand side of the photo.

She was really fun to listen to and the room was packed.   She shared many of her quilts and talked a lot about leaders and enders.   (Not the best photo but I was in the way back!)

The most fun was to see all these quilts that I've seen pictures of on her blog and to see them in person.  At the end of her talk, you could go up and see the quilts first hand - such fun.

The Friday after Thanksgiving each year Bonnie launches a mystery quilt - clues each week.  This year's mystery is called Allietare!

I've got my fabric ready - the red is FigTree Farmhouse, the gold is Hello Fall, the black is Lakeside Gatherings Beacon Titanium, gray is Lakeside Gatherings Mini Anchors Dock.  

This will be my third time doing her mystery quilts - here are the previous quilts:

Grand Illusions - 2014  - (the leftover fabric from this quilt is what I am using to make my Farmer's Wife quilt!)

Celtic Soltice (2013)

Easy Street (2012).  This one was gifted to my sister in law when she turned 50.

Are you planning on joining in for this years mystery?

Happy Stitching!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Farmer's Wife: Carolina (19) and Caroline (20)

Two more blocks this week!

Carolina (19) - Although this block had some Y seams, it played nice!  I really like these two fabrics together.

Caroline (20) - I've got a sister named Caroline!  I've got 6 sisters in fact.  Looks like we have farmer wife's kind of names because there is a Nancy, a Jenny and (drum roll) a Patricia coming up.  Also a Susannah which is kind of close to Susan.

Interested in playing along?  These are from the book -   Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt  and there are two great quilt alongs with plenty of tips and ideas.  VeryKerryBerry  is doing the blocks in numerical order while Gnome Angel is doing them in order from easiest to hardest.

My fabrics are from Moda Fig Tree.

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Gobble Gobble

He still needs legs and eyes, but isn't he cute?  This is my very first attempt at crafting with felt since I was a kid.  I only purchased the cheap stuff so I could use this as a practice piece.  I've seen so many great softies out in blog land.  Love some hand work to do at night.

You can find the pattern and tutorial  - as well as a photo of what it is supposed to look like - at this Sew Mama Sew post.

The poor guy is without legs and eyes because I decided to read last night instead of craft.

Have you ever read any books by Jojo Moyes?

Me Before You is one of my all time favorite books.  I highly recommend it.   I won't give the story away - you can read more about it on Amazon or find it in your library.

Last night, I stayed up late to finish the sequel - After You.   I loved it almost as much as the first.

I highly recommend them both!  I think I've read all of her books but these two plus The Girl You Left Behind are the best.

Happy Stitching!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Better watch out, better not cry... Santa Claus is coming to town!

Ok, you're right.  It is a bit to early to put on that Christmas music!!

But it isn't too early to get ready to Deck the Halls.  (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

I made a Santa Sack - perfect for your entry hall table to collect cards from friends and family.  Or maybe a resting place for a tired reindeer?

But you also need to get ready to leave Santa some cookies.  (Yummy cookies made by my daughter - Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.)

  I had so much fun putting together this mini quilt, searching through all my fabric scraps for find colors for the lights.

Quick and easy project and fun to make!

Interested in making your very own Santa Sack?  The pattern is here on Craftsy but also check out my Elm Street Quilts Bag It series where I posting all sorts of tutorials and tips for create all different kinds of bags - with and without zippers - to help you get a head start on your holiday gift crafting.  Making and sharing any bag or pouch during the Bag It series earns you entries into a giveaway.  Visiting the sponsors also earns you entries.

This photo shows only some of the bags featured during the series of posts in November!

You can find out overall information on the Elm Street Quilt Bag It series here.  Make sure you visit the sponsor post for a chance to win a gift certificate from the three great Bag It sponsors!

It was fun to make my Santa Sack and my small mini quilt and sharing as part of this blog hop.

Marian from Seems to be Sew is our hostess for the Christmas in My Heart blog hop.  Today is day 3 of the hop which runs through Thursday.  Check out her blog for the overall schedule of over 30 bloggers.

I'm thrilled to share the day with the following list of talented elves.

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