Monday, 14 March 2016

What a difference a day can make

There is some superstition about speaking of good things and causing them to go awry or jinxing them. I'm sure if I google it I could find the whole history of that kind of magical thinking. But I certainly saw an example of it in practice after I posted about our new house-to-be.
The sellers left on March Break. They did not return a signed contract before leaving. They sent back a contract, late again, changing the date from what we had sent. So, legally we have no deal.
So we went looking for another house. And found one. And within 24 hours had viewed the house and had a signed agreement to buy. Such a pleasure working with people who really want to sell and know how to return documents on time.
Now back to packing.
Here's where we will be going

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Where am I ????

Shortly after my last post we started looking at houses in a two stage plan to downsize and simplify our lives in the final year or two before my husband retires. ( he will have the magic number in a years time but isn’t sure if he will go or stay on longer)

Well the plan got accelerated to warp speed when our agent tipped off his office to our house being potentially for sale. Before we could even get ready for listing, we were sold. Which we thought was a good thing, as it meant we didn’t have to prep the house for sale and could focus our efforts instead on the new house. Oh, yeah, we needed a new house.

We found one we wanted and put in an offer. Road-blocks and detours have abounded, the latest being the most egregious. The sellers want to delay the closing another week as they will be away for March break and unable to complete the paper work. We have already had to set the date back a week in order to get the land title cleared up, now another week. Which gives us very little time between the two sales. We had a wonderful plan where we had a whole month to get renovations done and moved in now….not so much.

So that’s where I’ve been, touring houses,measuring rooms, packing boxes ( 24 from the quilting room and still not finished) looking at new cabinets, and tearing my hair out. Not much room in there for sewing.
But I’ll be back…
And maybe I'll be writing from here

Monday, 4 January 2016

Mystery Monday Linkup

What an exciting New Years Eve treat to have the final reveal of the mystery quilt. The only thing that could have made me happier would have been available to sew it up the next day. Unfortunately I was scheduled to work New Years Day so had to wait all day to get at the fabric and see what it made. But once I did, boy did I ever love the blocks. 

 I just put together enough to see the corner. I still have a bunch of units to complete. But definitely eager to get back at them. 

Mostly my week was spent working on these guys. I sewed the stars into quadrants and then sandwiched them to the backing. Given how big this is, I thought doing it this way would make the quilting easier. Then when they are all quilted I'll join them. 

 Another shot of the Allietare blocks. They are so gorgeous, I keep coming back to look at them. For sure they are not going to get sidelined and delegated to UFO.
 While working on getting the blocks together, I dug out another UFO. Back in the spring I started the 4-patch challenge with 1.5'' strips. Looking for something to make with them I picked  4-patch Revisited  from Adventures with Leaders and Enders . I've just been randomly picking away at them all year, not really paying much attention and even forgetting about them after the tumbler challenge started. They came to light again when moving stuff around my sewing room and I decided to give them more attention. 

It's been lots of fun finding colour combinations for these. I can't remember why I decided to use plaids for them other than I had a bunch of strips already to go. Some of the combo haven't been spectacular but I'm leaving them in anyway. 

So that's what I've been up to sewing wise. On the personal side I did get an exciting bit of news also on New Years Eve when we called our daughter in Nova Scotia. She and her fiance have finally set a date for their wedding. This July . . . Seven months from now.... ye gads. I don't know whether to be overjoyed or overwhelmed.
So going over to link up with Quiltville and look at everyone's  pretty quilts instead. 

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Mystery Monday Link-up

I had a great post written for this week's link-up. Unfortunately I can't seem to load posts from Live Writer anymore. I've struggled for a whole day with password changes and settings but can't seem to find where the problem lies. So back to writing directly in blogger, which after the ease of Live Writer seems clunky and sparse.

I did a lot of cutting on Sunday to try and get caught up with clue 4. It turned out I  didn't have as much black in my stash as I had thought. So Saturday I took advantage of a Boxing day sale at my local quilt store and picked up some more.  I did put together a few units for clue 5 to see what they'll look like but haven't devoted much time on them yet.

Instead of Clue 5, I sewed my Big Star blocks together Monday. Our weather called for a storm to hit so I decided to open up the treadle and get some practice. We never did lose power although we did get some nasty white stuff all over the place and I got the sashing on all 4 units.
And got some of clue 4 sewn as the leaders and enders while doing this.
Now that I've gotten this re-written, off to link up with  Bonnie  and see what all the other mystery quilters are doing.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Catching up with the gang

I feel like one of the smallest kids, running as fast as possible but still not able to catch up with the rest of the gang ahead of them.  Well, that's what I feel like most years of the Quiltville mystery. Not so much this year. I have been keeping up ,mostly, with the clues. I just haven't been writing about it. 

A minor setback on clue two when I cut the pieces in rectangles instead of the trapezoids with the specialty rulers. But I recovered from that and still managed to use the triangles I had cut. By cutting of the pointed end, I could line them up on the rectangles and get the right shaped unit. 
I only had to un-sew a few, like the one at the bottom left, which came out a little askew. 

Getting a really interesting assortment of units, can't wait to see what is next. And to see what everyone else has been up to over at Quiltville

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Challenge update, week ??

yes, I’ve totally lost track of the challenge.  I did get a little done last week. I thought I could just finish the webbing of the rows and have something to post about.
Nope. Somehow I got some of the blocks turned the wrong way. I realized it wasn’t going together right and stopped to try and figure it out. And there it sits waiting for me to figure out what’s wrong.
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It’s a very busy pattern and the blocks go together in alternating alignment so tracing the fault requires some effort. And a place to lay it out. Right now it is spread out on my daughter’s bed waiting some attention.
Because my attention has been fully focused on the Quartrefoil quilt. A week of assembly line sewing got all the sub-units done and then  all 30 blocks.
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My mission right now is webbing them with the added sashing strips and cornerstones. Have been so single-minded on this goal I didn’t even get dressed yesterday. Which really came back to bite me when I realized at 5 pm. that it was the third Wednesday and guild night.  I could have scrambled and made it across the city in time but we are down to one car and hubby also had a meeting. So I went back to sewing and got another row done.  The Big Black Star quilt is getting it’s snowball corners trimmed and then will be ready to assemble.
So now to link up with  Jo and admit my lack of progress, again.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Challenge Update

I wish I had more to show for my week of sewing. Unfortunately my Holy Toledo top has been totally side-tracked. So much so,it didn’t even get unpacked from our trip. I have been sewing, just not on it.
Instead I have been working on two commissioned quilts. One of which I received the request while I was travelling and came with a deadline, first week of December. Yikes. 
The first one is a black and grey based on the MSQC’s tutorial for Big Star.
2015-10-28 13.55.26Nice big blocks, going together fast. I just need to cut more of the black corner squares to finish the rest of the blocks.
For the second one I went to Missouri Star's Youtube videos again for another big block that would sew up quickly.  And came up with the Quatrefoil pattern.  Here are the two test blocks I did to show the client what it will look like. 2015-10-30 23.46.08
White sashing goes between the rows,with a green cornerstone that makes the purple into a nine-patch and really looks cool.
When she contacted me for this, I was in N.S. and figured I could pick up the fabric at Mardens on  my way home. However, she didn’t get back to me with the colours until after I had already left Maine. So I took a chance and picked up a couple of yards of things I thought would work. Nope, the colours she came back with were green and purple and not florals. 
Now what to do with all this fabric??
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Now to link up with Jo over at the Country Junction and share my lack of progress. Which is the best part of this adventure, because it has allowed me to connect up with some great people and reconnect with retreaters from the fantastic Iowa retreat. It was so great to hear from them after last week’s post.