My Secret Garden - Block 4 with Joy

My Secret Garden - Block 4 with Joy

February 19, 2019

Can you believe it? We have tipped past the half way mark and I hope you are enjoying this quilt as much as I have.  I love the elegant colors and the imaginative flowers that unfold with each block.  This one looks a bit like a star flower.

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My Secret Garden - Block 4 with Brenda

My Secret Garden - Block 4 with Brenda

February 05, 2019

This block was a fast and fun one to make!  It was also the first time I used a #6 Accuquilt die to cut units.  Don’t you love the square on point?  It was easy to figure out which die to use.  When you look at this block, it is essentially a 9 patch block.

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My Secret Garden - Block 3 with Joy!

My Secret Garden - Block 3 with Joy!

January 11, 2019

Grids…..let’s consider them for a moment or two.  When I consider translating a quilt pattern from the original pattern and instructions for AccuQuilt or my specialty rulers---Half Square Triangle and Quarter Square Triangle Ruler---I consider how the block is divided. At this point, it does not matter what size the block is or what size the pieces are, what matters is how the block is divided into segments.  If you look closely at the block above, this block is a 4 x 4 grid.

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Bonnie Hunter's Big Reveal with Joy!

Bonnie Hunter's Big Reveal with Joy!

January 08, 2019

The Big Reveal and other matters…..

Christmas and New Years came and went so fast…..as always I’m an early bird and waiting for the clue is a challenge for me...I’m with the Aussie’s, feels like I have been waiting all day to begin the fun.

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My Secret Garden - Piecing with Brenda

My Secret Garden - Piecing with Brenda

January 01, 2019

For this block, I thought I would share the process that I use when I piece blocks like these.  After cutting all of my units on my Accuquilt cutter, I laid them out on a flannel board to verify placement.  You can make your own with a piece of cardboard foam board.  I simply wrapped it with white flannel and taped it to the back. I’ve used this for a number of years and it really helps to keep your block pieces in order, especially if you need to move them around at all.

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Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt Along - Good Fortune with Joy - Week 5

Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt Along - Good Fortune with Joy - Week 5

December 27, 2018

What a fun, busy week I’ve had….kids home from college, last minute shoppers at the store and the early arrival of my parents had me scratching my head and wondering if I could sneak off for some sewing.  Most people could probably just get up early ahead of their family but most people don’t have early rising parents like mine ( I inherited the trait).  Fortunately for me, my mom is always willing to play in the sewing studio with me.

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My Secret Garden - Joy Continues to Block 2

My Secret Garden - Joy Continues to Block 2

December 24, 2018

Of all the fabrics, I love this beige shirting fabric with it’s sweet little navy dots and khaki miniature quilt squares.  Truly it was love at first sight!

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Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt Along with Joy - Week Four!

Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt Along with Joy - Week Four!

December 22, 2018

Tucked in the back of my ruler drawer was a phone book just waiting to become something amazing. The phone book was over a decade old and came from my mother-in-laws house. The drawer was overflowing with rulers and was a mini packing puzzle each time a ruler came out and went back in.

On a whim and a sigh of frustration I decided to recycle the phone book…..Little did I know that Bonnie would suggest string piecing this week and that phone book was the key to my success.

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My Secret Garden - Brenda Converts to AccuQuilt!

My Secret Garden - Brenda Converts to AccuQuilt!

December 17, 2018

For this post, I want to show you my process as I determine how to convert the blocks so that I can cut them with my Accuquilt Go! Cutter.  The first thing I do is color my block with colored pencils so I have a better visual of which color goes where and how many of each I need.  Besides, I enjoy coloring!

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BONNIE HUNTER'S QUILTVILLE MYSTERY GOOD FORTUNE WITH JOY! WEEK 3!

BONNIE HUNTER'S QUILTVILLE MYSTERY GOOD FORTUNE WITH JOY! WEEK 3!

December 14, 2018

By now you know I am up early, coffee is ready and even a later than usual clue post will not deter my adventuresome quilting spirit.  Bonnie had a delay this week no wi-fi…..that will trip more than a few of us up.

Greens, Neutrals and Chevrons and my favorite….half square triangles!  Life couldn’t get any better than this.  My original intent was to cut the strips with my AccuQuilt strip cutter for the greens and to then cross cut them using the Stripology Ruler.  I did for the first batch but I found it was just faster to stack my fabrics and cut them all using the Stripology Ruler.

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Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Mystery Good Fortune with Joy! Week 2!

Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Mystery Good Fortune with Joy! Week 2!

December 06, 2018

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.

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Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Mystery Quilt - Good Fortune! Quilt with Joy!

Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Mystery Quilt - Good Fortune! Quilt with Joy!

November 27, 2018

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.

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