The block assembly went really fast and I found myself done in the middle of the week with time to work on some other projects. I even finished a dress on my Bernina 460 Overlocker that I wore to work on Thursday! I’m glad I decided to give myself a week for each new clue. It leaves me looking forward to each step in the process and I really have enjoyed the process. For the final reveal, the first step is to piece together the coral/cream lattice units first. They are so beautifully accurate that they make me smile! Three cheers for Accuquilt!
Then I moved on to cutting the triangles and squares out of the brown fabric. I didn’t have a die for the triangles, but thankfully there weren’t very many of them so that step didn’t take too long.
I had plenty of aqua left to cut the larger squares required for the setting triangles. After piecing them together, I had my first opportunity to use the Simple Folded Triangle Ruler by Doug Leko. It worked really well to cut the top off of the triangle so that it was accurately cut for adding the pieced unit.
The next item on my agenda was grooming my poodle, Reggie. Sunday was the first day I had when it was warm enough in the garage and I wasn’t working so we had some time together getting him to look a bit less like a shaggy lamb!
I was so excited to start laying out the quilt! My design wall isn’t nearly big enough so I had to lay it out on the floor. Pay VERY close attention to the lattice and try to develop some system for keeping them in the correct alignment. I realized as I was about halfway done laying out my blocks, that I was going at a bit of an angle which was making it more difficult to lay things out as I was going.
At that point, I decided to finish the diagonal rows that I had and start sewing rather than laying the entire quilt out. For me that was really the best choice. It took quite a bit of time to assemble the rows and leaving the entire project on the floor would be a disaster waiting to happen with two dogs running about. I followed Bonnie’s suggestion and pressed towards the lattice, but I decided to shorten my stitch length and press the long rows open to the best of my ability, a tricky thing with all of those bulky seams.
Barclay, my schnauzer and I are having a disagreement as to whether that is my spot or his! My next step will be to lay out the rest of the quilt and work to assemble the other half. Then I will put the two halves together into my finished top! Please let me know if you would like to see me continuing to blog about my basting, quilting and binding project. I’ll be happy to share. Happy sewing!
Twas the night before Friday and all through the studio there is a flurry of activity as I clear my table in anticipation of the second clue. I wonder what it might be this week. The cheery red and white four patches remind me of peppermints and Christmas. The coffee is set and my clothes laid out. I am an early riser by nature and I wake early to begin checking my phone for the next clue.
It seems the world over is urging Bonnie to wake and to post the next clue…this is a testament to the positive power she has near and far...even across the water to Australia.
It’s Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt time and the theme is Good Fortune! What a lovely sentiment….good fortune. I have had the Good Fortune to be surrounded by friends and family both far and near and although the mystery is a special blessing for those whose families are scattered or gone for me it is a Blessing and a time for renewal and reflection.
This is the fourth mystery quilt I have chosen to create in the last 5 years. I took one year off and there are parts of me that still regret that decision. However, my design wall clearly called my name and asked that I finish a few of my own projects…..I completed 4 between Thanksgiving and Christmas...how, it’s a bit of a mystery.
Sunday afternoons mean lazy naps for some, football for others and for me it means cutting time.
I am usually rested and ready to set up my weeks sewing projects. At the end of a work day it’s easy peasy to sew a few seams here and there and by the end of the week I am ready for another Sunday afternoon cutting session.
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