Sunday, December 28, 2014

Winter Mystery Update

Clue #1 – complete


Clue #2 – ZILCH


Clue #3 – Have made some progress but have a long way to go


Clue #4 – complete


Clue #5 – complete




Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Christmas Least Likely to Remember

Well, I was down with a bad cold bordering on sinus infection.  My brother Mike had the flu and Mom was suffering from an upset stomach.  From day to day, whichever one of us felt the least worst got stuck trying to provide sustenance for the rest of us.

We got the tree down from the attic a week or so after Thanksgiving.  My brother Mike put it up for us while Mom and I were out at our guild Christmas Party.  A week after that, he put the lights on for us and then we all got sick.  I finally bought an extension cord 3 days before Christmas and we plugged it in.  That's as far as it got.  Oh well, at least we had a tree.

Yesterday was my first day back to work and it was a looooonnnnngggg day.  The hard part about being sick is not sleeping.  It is exhausting!

Anyway, today I realized that clue #5 came out yesterday!  Aaaaahhhhh!  So today I got industrious and got to work on clue #4.  Broken Dishes #2 are done.  Broken Dishes #3 are 3/4 done.  I will work on them tomorrow to get them finished.  

I looked at clue #5.  At least it looks relatively simple and there are only 29 blocks to make rather than 100 or more.  Of all the Christmases to jump on board with this mystery.

I'm gonna finish it eventually.


Part 1 - is done
Part 2 - is not even started
Part 3 - is cut but not sewn
Part 4 - BD#2 is done.  BD#3 is 3/4 done
Part 5 - is not even started

I really need to get on the ball this week and get at least a few of each thing done.  

Monday, December 22, 2014

What a mess!

What a mess!  What a mess!

I finally get around to doing the Bonnie Hunter Winter Mystery and I let everything get in my way.

Procrastination, of course.  Since I've retired, it has really become a way of life.  Don't know what's up with that.  Need to work on it.

Work, but it's only 2 or 3 days a week, so I guess that falls back to procrastination.

Quilting for others, but that's not a whole lot either, so I guess that falls back to procrastination as well.

And then there's the quilt trip that comes when I work on something for myself rather than doing all of the chores I have waiting for me.  Excuses.  Excuses.  Maybe that's procrastination as well.

Not to mention the fact that today was the first day in a week that I actually got out of my pajamas.  Been sick and haven't felt like doing much of anything at all.

So.... as far as an update on the mystery:

  1. I did step one on that actual weekend I was supposed to.  
  2. On the weekend of step two I was working and I didn't do anything on it at all.  
  3. On the weekend of step three, I actually cut out step three.  Haven't sewn it yet though.  
  4. This past weekend was step four and I only just looked at the instructions today.  At least that one is easy.  Maybe over Christmas, I'll work on it.  
I am determined to finish this quilt all the way through..... eventually!

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Yesterday, I met with a new quilter.  I'll be quilting her first quilt top that will be for her 94 year old mother.  She is so excited!  She was just bubbling over with enthusiasm.  She can't wait to get on to her next project.  She has all kinds of ideas.  And she wants to develop a stash.  

I remember when I was a new quilter.  If only we could look at every day and every opportunity like we did back then......

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Out side the box (way outside)

Well, clue #2 to Bonnie Hunter's Winter Mystery came out on Friday and I still haven't started it.  I had to work on Friday and Saturday, so I had an excuse.  

Today I had to work one of Mom's quilts that was on a deadline.  It was a modern design with a really big blank piece of solid fabric.  It took me weeks and weeks of staring at it and I just could not decide what to do with it.  

Today, it was getting down to the wire and I had to make a decision so I did.  The blocks in this quilt are the result of a Triangle Challenge from our modern quilt guild, so I figured triangles had to come in there somewhere.  So this is what I did.  

The triangles came out a lot better than I expected.  Some of them show up better than others, but they were fun.  They were also stressful.  It'll take quite a bit more practice before this is anywhere near my comfort zone.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Clue #1

Grand Illusion

Woohoo!  I am actually doing it.  I gathered my fabrics and took everything with me on retreat.  I got it all cut and it took me the better part of 2 days to get them done, but there are 100 broken dishes blocks and 80 leftover half square triangles to be used later.  It was a bit of work, but I'm still excited.  Can't wait see what this turns out to be.