Binding Pile: 7!


Mystery XBlocks

I‘m not sure why I second guess myself so much .. I should just go with my gut instincts and run with it. In my previous post, I talked about the binding fabric I was going to use. And I had a pretty good rationale for the green that I had picked too .. but still – I agonized .. and agonized .. and just wouldn’t commit to the fabric I chose. Well I finally put my big girl pants on and followed my gut and logic – “I’m thinking that the medium would look better as it would pull the tops of the middle X blocks out and make them pop more”.

So I got my hanging sleeve ready .. I couldn’t do this one the ‘normal’ way I do it as I was doing edge-to-edge quilting, but I could attach the top of it when I put the binding on and stitch it when I do the hand stitching part of the binding. Not sure I’ll do edge-to-edge again tho, the border seams look obvious to me. Normally, I do SID for them – but wanted to try this way. Never know unless you try, right?! Oh back to the sleeve – I pinned it on and away I went. Course I put the binding on the wrong side – but caught it only after doing 6″ so it was easy enough to frog it and start again .. Pix eyed the binding that was dangling off my lap, but decided to behave himself .. (maybe it was the gimlet eye, I giving him??  heh .. yeah right!), so it was uneventful, I can rather live with some boredom in life on occasion.

The medium green looks GREAT and it really does pull the green tops of the blocks out more. Sorry for the blechy shot, nite time and flash again, eh? But I’ll get a better pic tomorrow – maybe outside if the rain decides to stop .. BUT the rain is sort of better than snow .. I only say it that way as I do have a dog – and she LOVES LOVES LOVES water :\.

I have decided on my next project .. I’ll be doing the mystery hunt pattern from National Quilters Day .. more to follow on this 😀

Mystery Texture – WOWSERS!

HPIM2781.jpgI like these kind of surprises. I knew that the quilting was really going to look sharp with this quilt, but this is beyond my wildest dreams! I know that this pic right there doesn’t really show the texture. This is the better close-up I was able to get of the quilting and how the thread worked really well with this quilt colour-wise. I had one spot so far to fix, and I’ve already done that. So it’s ready for trimming and binding.

HPIM2777.jpgHPIM2776.jpgHere’s a wee bit of the texture play with sunlight and shadows. It rather makes it look like the quilting is the higher part and not the part that depressed the batting and made the pattern .. I think that’s a really neat optical illusion for this. These pics are taken a few different angles so you can see how the light plays a huge roll in the texture look of this quilt.

HPIM2780.jpgI’m still deciding on the binding .. I had a crazy idea that I would try and match up the binding with the borders .. but nope .. not going to go there .. I would lose my bloody mind before I could blink .. oh figuring out the sides would be no problem … but the corners??? Mitered???? EEEEEEEKKKKKKKKK **runs away .. That is so not going to happen .. would i like to see it?? You betcha .. is going to happen because I’ve done the math and figured it out right and there’s no mistakes .. oh HELL no! So I’m left with choosing greens .. the dark or the medium .. I’m thinking that the medium would look better as it would pull the tops of the middle xblocks out and make them pop more .. but ‘m really drawn to a darker colour like the green in the same blocks .. I have plenty to do both .. but am likely going to use the medium green because I do want that POP effect.

Then to decide what next .. I have the blocks to do for my initial colour challenge, or a convergence or a test bargello or another mystery pattern I’ve squirreled away .. no wonder I’m so nuts .. I’m doing all this squirreling LOL – ahem 😀  OH there’s also these sweeties that I can make up of scraps and whatnot .. maybe some other’s with wee ones or cats can use these for home decoration this Easter – retro mama: Easter is in the air

That was Quick!

HPIM2770.jpgI am rather amazed at how fast this went, but I shouldn’t be really .. I knew it would go quick last nite! I did manage to get some daytime shots today, but with no sunshine, they aren’t that much better than last nite, but I’ll share the ones I did take :). It’s not much of an improvement over the flash shots – ah well ..

HPIM2774.jpgI’m just so tickled that the flower motif landed just so right on the tops of the blocks .. and it was really easy to line them up .. I didn’t do any repeats on the sheets that I printed and you can see by the motif that I used (a take on Hawaiian quilting, n’est pas?) heh .. seems almost a shame to take off the tissue doesn’t it?? I’m going to have some interesting nooks and crannies to take the paper out of .. good thing for tweezers ..

mumcrop2.jpgChange of topic here and one that is important to me. My mum’s bday was today (well yesterday at this point), March 31. She would have been 69 if she had lived. She fought a 25 year fight against breast cancer – and never let it rule her .. rather she ruled it .. this woman would have chemo and still go to work .. When I would ask her, why she just didn’t rest and take a day or two .. she would reply “Why Grace, so I can sit here and feel sorry for myself I would rather keep busy.” The woman’s strength amazed me .. Well as a tribute to her today, I managed to find two poems that seemed to express her to me and my family .. I found these at Memorial Verses and Poems. I was looking for scripture, but nothing I saw really seemed to click for me .. but these do, especially the first one – Legacy of Love

Legacy of Love

A wife, a mother, a grandma too,
This is the legacy we have from you.
You taught us love and how to fight,
You gave us strength, you gave us might.
A stronger person would be hard to find,
And in your heart, you were always kind.
You fought for us all in one way or another,
Not just as a wife not just as a mother.
For all of us you gave your best,
Now the time has come for you to rest.
So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep,
Your love in our hearts, we’ll eternally keep


You can only have one mother
Patient kind and true;
No other friend in all the world,
Will be the same to you.
When other friends forsake you,
To mother you will return,
For all her loving kindness,
She asks nothing in return.
As we look upon her picture,
Sweet memories we recall,
Of a face so full of sunshine,
And a smile for one and all.
Sweet Jesus, take this message,
To our dear mother up above;
Tell her how we miss her,
And give her all our love.

Thank you for letting me share my mum today .. it does mean a lot to me to share her with you .. or is it more for myself?? I’m not sure .. I only know that I was proud to have such a strong and resourceful woman to call Mother .. Happy Birthday Mum!

Meet My Xbox

It was with some trepidation, that I started to quilt on the Square Deal Mystery .. Considering what happened with my Hopscotch quilt! I must have quilted the snot out of a scrap piece of batting and backing to make sure that my stitches were going to be okay ..

HPIM2766.jpgI did the first row across the top, then got the next pass done on the next row then stopped and started to shred the tissue. I know this isn’t the best pic .. nite time and a flash, but hopefully you can see well enough that my stitches are all nicely uniform AND evenly spaced – just how I like them. I’m a wee bit shaky for the first bit, then I got into my groove and it feels right and good! I’m using the thread that I grabbed for $1 a spool at fabricland for this and i really do like the way it looks on this one block ..

HPIM2768.jpgI’ve also managed to place this so that the ‘flower’ part of the motif is landing on the top of the blocks .. This is the 2 oz batt that I got on sale at Joann’s back a bit and I just love it! Has a nice heft to it, just enough definition so your quilting isn’t flat. AND my machine likes this weight! Oh and notice how you can’t see thru this one!

HPIM2728mock.jpgThis is going to quilt up pretty quickly too ..I got a quite a bit done in about an hour or so .. and that included picking off the tissue on the first block! I am feeling confident again! Stitching is good front and back! It’s going smoothly and is going to look just GREAT when I get it done .. I am going to have to hand sew on the sleeve hanger tho .. I had planned this quilt edge to edge and well my trick of using the border quilting to secure it, isn’t going to work of course. Oh I just realized that I hadn’t posted my mock up of the quilting on this quilt .. Since the photo isn’t quite straight, you’ll not see the exact lining up of the motifs on the blocks – but you get the general idea.

Tomorrow I am hoping / planning / praying to have the quilting done .. it’s not an unreasonable goal! And get some decent daylight pics too!  I’ve been starting to refer to this quilt as the Xbox .. no bloody clue why .. maybe i’m thinking / dreaming of Qbert from back in the day and hoping it might come out as an arcade classic???  LOL

From Basting to Quilting Pile

That’s always a good feeling – moving quilts from the waiting to baste to the waiting to quilt pile. Granted I ‘cheated’ and used spray baste, but they are basted!

HPIM2729.jpgI’ve spent ½ the nite and part of today searching for motifs for the square deal mystery quilt. It was rather tricky as this is a contemporary design, but not a new one – toss in geometric to the fun and you have some interesting ‘issues’ popping up .. I must have tried at least 8 different designs before I finally settled on one – now the only issue is whether to quilt the borders in the allover pattern, or SID them so they stand out. Decisions, decisions!! Now the thread was the easy part .. I’m going to use the thread I grabbed at fabricland for $1 a spool .. Gotta love THOSE sort of specials 🙂 This thread is variegated and has the most of the colours as the quilt does .. but it does have a pretty close match up to the background material The quilting motif will be similar to an orange peel motif but with more flair and another element added in between the ‘main’ motif

As I figured, my dad came over and wanted the quilt .. he was ready to take it down off the clips and take it with him! I said – I’m likely selling that one .. he goes – how much .. I tell him and he goes WHAT??? and offers me $10 – I just look at him, so he goes up to $25 .. I just turn my back and walk into my sewing room and start to grab bits and pieces of the material I used in the quilt .. hehehehehe .. I hand the fabric bits to him and say, here you go .. $25 worth of that quilt LMAO!!! The look on his face was priceless!!! That rather ended that – for now .. we’ll see what he has to say about it when it’s quilted. Then he goes .. make them bigger .. I’m like dad, people are choking over paying $60 for a pieced and quilted baby quilt .. they are NOT going to be $300 plus for a bed quilt .. he goes .. I would .. I just look at him then look at the mystery X – yeah right!


The other one I got ready for quilting is my hopscotch quilt. This was the first mystery I did last summer. Ann Smith from Quilt Talk and Mystery Quilters (I think) wrote this one. From my thread order that came in yesterday I specifically got thread for this quilt. They all it Mediterranean and it is summery in look .. and this quilt reminds me of summer. The motif for this one was super easy .. butterflies with bees in the border .. I think .. not sure on the bee part, we’ll have to see ..



I used the batting I picked up at fabricland and it’s pretty thin .. good thing this will be a summer quilt .. I’ll see if I can double this for the big fan quilt (that would have been basted too, but ran out of backing **sigh) I had already opened this one up to ‘relax’ it and was worried about shifting – I’m not sure I can double it up like that .. Then again – telling me not that I can’t do that is the quickest way to get me to do it – or at least try it.

So, I’m off to print my motifs 😀 now which one to do first .. the mystery X will be the quickest me thinks. Specially since it’s just over a yard square 😀

Finishing my case …


Remember These??

After solving the mystery and exposing (sounds rather criminal, doesn’t it???) the culprit – all that was left to do was to finish the case with some borders. Ya’ll remember the pile of HSTs that I had after making the blocks right?? Well I didn’t want them to go to ‘waste’ as it were .. not that they would, but I was thinking, I have a mess of HSTs here and they could be a sweet cap off for this mystery.

HPIM2725.jpgFirst of all I thought of just doing a sawtooth border .. but naw .. that seemed to ‘basic’. I thought that a quilt this stunning really needed something special to top it off .. Carmen suggested doing flying geese put on the narrow edge – and I thought that could work .. of course that idea ended up breeding another one .. so I started to play and plot .. Nevermind the lightbulb moment .. I had a super nova!! I grabbed the draft paper and coloured pencils and started to draw and colour and erase and draw and colour .

HPIM2726.jpgMy initial idea actually had 3 borders in total, but that was would have been overkill with the border that I did finally come up with it .. I thought of repeating the HSTs in straight lines all the way around radiating outward .. but then I started to think that I just had a narrow inner 1″border – that would have been just wayyy to busy! Then I booted up quilt pro and started to play some more .. I finally settled on something that I really liked and would be just right for the quilt ..


Mystery "X" Box

My only thought was whether to have HSTs as the corner stones as well, but decided against it as it would have ‘stopped’ the flow – this way your eyes are confined to the center and travel outwards in a nice ‘orderly’ fashion .. I wanted the light purple and dark purple to radiate from the corners of the blocks on each side .. and go thru each colour I had in the order of the quilt – with the background easing out from the edges as it were ..

As for binding, I just might use the background fabric I have left .. I didn’t use all the border fabric that I cut out, so it wouldn’t be to much of a hardship to use that .. or I have some purple from another project that might work just fine! It’s a nice dark purple, so we’ll just have to see how it looks when I get to that point .

So this is now moved to the basting pile .. and should actually be basted pretty soon too! I’ve only the big fan, hopscotch and then this one to baste – oh a few other’s too, but nothing to pressing ..

Now to name it ..  For National Quilting Day, I worked on this mystery .. maybe I can incorporate that with the name somehow .. As for quilting it, I ordered some variegated thread from threadart and it’s at the PO Box (come on Dad, go there already!!) and while there’s an orange and another “summer sherbet” type mixture, I’m not sure they’ll work with this quilt .. This purply one is for my hopscotch quilt – so that’s out .. granted I do have some thread I picked up at fabricland the other week that might work .. we’ll just have to see .. oh and it finished up at 36 x 39″.

I do like how this worked with my challenge colour – orange too .. I will be making more of this .. I’m trying to convince Vicki into losing some of her gradients to my stash pile for another version of this quilt 😉 Wish me luck on that one LOLOL

The Culprit Is …

Mrs. Peacock in the conservatory with a wrench .. hehhehe .. ahem … sorry ** ducks thrown objects … I’m always a bit giddy after I solve a mystery – granted this was already solved, but I still enjoy working thru the clues and getting it to the ‘solved’ point .. I posted earlier about clues 1 thru 3 and went off to do 4 – 6. Between watching some of the games during March Madness I worked on my clues.


Clue #4

Clue 4 was another quick one to do … altho I ran into a few problems, if I had checked my original downloaded clues, I would have been fine .. but I did figure it out and solved Clue 4. What I did for this was square these to 3 ½ x 6 ½” – these were flying geese units that had no seam allowance on either side .. I did the 3 ½” first, then lined up my ruler so that the points were at the edges 😀 Voila! Clue 4 solved!

Now I did have to frog one block .. In this clue you need to cut the squares in half after you have the rectangles sewn on .. well twit for brains here, cut the wrong way .. saints preserve me!!! I didn’t have any extra of this, so I needed a fix .. simple .. frog the rectangles off and put them on the right way .. Thank God that worked! Otherwise I would have been fit to be tied and then some!


Clue #5

Clue 5 went even easier .. basically it was 3½” HSTs – just 2 of them .. I had this up on my board and was seeing this come together clue by clue .. but if I hadn’t had the final solution, there is no way I would have figured this out until after I finished Clue 6 .. this was a GOOD one 😀 I like it when I can’t guess it ahead of time .. This is also the one spot where I didn’t have enough of the light orange FQ and had to cut one rectangle ..


Clue #6

Clue 6 was the piece de resistance! This was where it all comes together .. I wish I had been able to do this on New Years Day .. but that didn’t happen and I’m just pleased that I did it now! I just love the result of this quilt! And Kris’s suggestion of using stickers to number the squares sure made it easy to keep track of the blocks and to put them in the right order .. AND when I sewed them together it was a blessing! I didn’t have to rip one block apart because it was turned the wrong way .. How cool does this look!!


Solve Inner Top

I’ve got all the blocks pieced together and pressed .. altho I do want to take some spray starch and repress it and measure it again .. I’ve a plan for the borders and all those HSTs that were left over from cutting the square in square blocks. But again, I need to be creative, so I’ll be doing some math and drafting tomorrow (today???) to see if I can get it to work out – I pray that it does because this would look really nice if I does .. I think that it’s going to look really nice!

Kris thank you for doing this mystery! I really enjoyed this one and will keep my eye open for your next one.

Happy National Quilting Day everyone!!