Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hello, Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing the UNDERSIDE of the hand quilting progress on Jason’s hexie quilt!

I am loving the texture of the hand quilting on this one.  The hexies are small, only 3/4’’ per side so the quilting is fairly dense. And I think the tea dyed color solid was the best choice to show the texture.

I’m not outlining each individual hexagon, but echoing each path, and any center hexie that stands by itself I am quilting with  3 crossing lines in a starburst.

Progress on this monster has been fairly slow, just an hour or so in the evening while I am home, but any progress is PROGRESS.

This quilt has been in progress since 1999 so what is the rush?

Click the photos to view a larger image.

I am loving the silk batting by Hobbs, and have settled in with size 10 betweens by Roxanne for my needle of choice.  The 11s were just too short, The 10s bend a bit, but I can load just the right number of stitches on them per hexie side because of the length of the needle.

It pays to experiment!

Monday, January 15, 2018

What One Does When HOME ALONE!

I was planning on being in Arizona right after California, but sometimes even the best plans fall through for a number of reasons.

We’ll do some make up dates in the future, and I was just there after Thanksgiving.

All is well with my brother Mark, so this shifted opportunity will work well.

And it allows me an even BIGGER break home before heading off to Florida at the end of the month – Oh JOY!!!

I didn’t think that I would end up home alone last evening though!  The men folk (i.e.: Jeff and Hubster) had already made plans for this holiday Monday since I was going to be gone.

Men folk, as you know, will do what men folk do when there is a new log splitter, a chain saw and 42 acres of woods to be dealt with.

And more power to them! 

And PEDAL POWER to me!

I spent the evening stitching on my 1918 Singer 127 Sphinx.  100 years old and sews like a dream!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Super-California-Istic-Expialidocious Show & Share!

Oh, my goodness, the amazing showing and sharing happening in Southern California!

Yes, tops and partial mysteries-in-progress are always a welcome sight at any gathering of quilters!

I love to hear the stories, especially when groups of friends are encouraging each other on to a goal of completion.

We all know that a lot of living goes on between each seam and that is what makes the completed quilt itself so special.  With each stitch we have climbed MOUNTAINS not only with quilt progress, but in the walk of our day to day life, accepting each challenge and growing through it.

Even a partial quilt top shows the many hours of effort one puts in.  THANK YOU for the best part of my visit – the show & share segments where I get to know just a little bit more about YOU.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Scrappy Bargello at Quilt in a Day!

Look who I’ve got in the sunny parking lot of Quilt in a Day in San Marcos, California!

I love this lady!  Eleanor Burns is my quilt hero!

The El Camino Quilt Guild is lucky to have the use of the wonderful classroom space at Quilt in a Day for their guild workshops, and I was happy to be back, both with the guild, AND at Quilt in a Day!

If you are anywhere near San Marcos, just outside of San Diego, you need to make a beeline and spend some time exploring everything!

Friday, January 12, 2018

A Presentation Day with Time to Play!

It was a full house in Oceanside, California as the El Camino Quilt Guild took charge of their new meeting location – the perfect way to start a new year!

I always enjoy listening to the different committee reports and getting a feel for how active a guild is, and what kind of fun they are having. 

I’m already jealous that there is a bus trip to the Road to California Quilt Show next Thursday, and I won’t be here to participate.  I would dearly love to go on a bus ride to a quilt show with these gals!

We had a great time and I enjoyed meeting everyone – the book signing table was mobbed and bustling – there will be more scrap quilts coming out of Oceanside, California!

After packing it all up and loading it back into Jill’s car, a handful of us gathered at Cheesecake Factory for lunch. 

And then Jill and I had one thing on our minds – to hurry back home to her house and spend the afternoon behind the machines with as much power-sewing as we could squeeze in.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jared Takes a Wife & The Valley of the Mist Quilters!

I wish I had more than one workshop day to spend with this fun group of ladies.

The machines were humming and fabric was flying as we took to making blocks in many different styles and colorways using the Jared Takes a Wife pattern from the free patterns tab here on the blog!

New quilters and experienced quilters alike got busy!  This hive was buzzing with activity!

One of the many reasons I choose not to teach from kits is the belief that we learn so much more when we see the varied selections that others are pulling together.  It’s inspirational.

We had everything from Christmas to Star Wars and everything in between happening, and the effects on the blocks was wonderful!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Antique Shops & Quilt Shop Hops, Oh My!

There was much discussion on our way from the airport on Monday morning.

What would you like to do?  Where would you like to go?  Is there anything you want to see?

Well, those who have known me for any length of time would know right where to take me.

After some LUNCH of course, because I’d been up and running since midnight California time just to get here, and this girl was HUNGRY!

If you’ve never made a pilgrimage to Old Town Temecula, you must.  Such a cute cute area with old timey western appeal, restaurants, shops, and so much to do and see.

And the guild puts on a fabulous FREE outdoor quilt show in Old Town the first weekend of October every year, so put it on your calendar and come.

Linda and I chose a little Mexican cafĂ© for lunch, and then headed over to Grannie’s Attic Antiques, just one of MANY Antiquing haunts in town.

We couldn’t check me into my hotel for a bit yet, and what better way to spend our time?

I spotted the weirdest thing right off, and it was fairly disturbing:

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Quilt-Cam 1/7/2018 Re-Cap!

We were able to squeeze in a Quilt-Cam hour on Facebook Live on Sunday afternoon!

Was I EVER ready to sew by then!

Jeff and I had been working at getting all of the mail order caught up and ready to go out and I was in dire need of a break!

And evidently SO WERE YOU because so many emails came in with photos and stories that I couldn’t share them all.

Isn’t this a gorgeous vintage machine?  I love that pineapple block that is caught just under the needle, and it makes me smile to see that room key seam guide stuck into place, giving her the seam allowance she needs!

This photo came in from Laura who was watching and stitching along.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Mystery Monday Link-Up, Part 6, 7, 8, 9!!

Oh what a reveal it was, it was!

Rapid fire parts, one after the other taking us all the way from Part 6 on Friday, 7, 8, & 9 on each of the three days to come.

There has never been anything like this in Mystery-History!

There likely never will be again!!

It’s just the way the days fell, and the number of clues needed to kick this quilt to completion.  Some of the clues were as simple as just sewing the geese into pairs, as with part 7.

The others?  I know some of you felt like Lucy in the chocolate factory episode where the chocolates were coming at her faster than she could wrap them.  That makes me laugh just thinking of it!

Every year, Forest Jane pitches in and does our graphics for us.  Please feel free to use these for your blog, your website, wherever you want to post them.  Click your mouse to save.

How many of you didn't know that we have a Zazzle Store for Quiltville items?  Shirts, coffee mugs, aprons, you name it, all with our various mystery logos.

All of the proceeds from the sale of Zazzle items goes toward purchasing backings and battings for charity quilts, and yarn for making baby caps for the NICU.  Your purchase helps many in need! 

You can visit the Zazzle store HERE.

Thank you Jane!  We so appreciate you doing this every year!  The logo looks great!

We've got some show and share up on deck from yesterday's Quilt-Cam time:


Jodi’s exciting play time version!

During yesterday’s Quilt-Cam Jodi sent in this photo with the following explanation:

Hello from freezing cold Indianapolis and that you so very much for the fun mystery!!
I made a few blocks wrong and a few right so I decided to go with it instead of ripping & redoing.
I'm nowhere near complete but I'm always anxious to get back to it when I have a few moments.
I'll call mine 4th of July On Ringo Lake.
Happy birthday month to you!
I LOVE this!

Just this past week someone asked how I felt about all of the derivatives floating around social media as if that was a bad thing.  It’s a GREAT thing!  Quilting is like cooking.  Most of us will tweak a recipe and add more spice, some alternate veggies, a bit more nuts, whatever it is – to make it suit our own tastes.

Quilting is the same way.  And I get a big charge out of seeing the borders you’ve added, the different layouts you’ve chosen, the way you’ve turned the units that inspire you to make this quilt yours – go for it, and please share it.  That’s what quilting is about!


Christine’s top together!  Love the kitty pose.  LOL!

On Ringo Lake complete!! Kitty approved! Thanks Bonnie for another fantastic mystery!!


This is Margaret’s!

“Have just completed my quilt top very happy with the result”

Great job, Margaret!

And a beautiful top from Janene:


“My finished  top.  Thank you for the challenge.. always  learn something  new. “

We just had our reveal a week ago.  ONE WEEK and tops are being completed all over the place, in fact I saw someone posted that they already had it pieced, quilted AND BOUND!

What was that I said about it not being a race?  LOL!  I’m so excited that you are so excited to bring your On Ringo Lake quilt to completion.

So without further ado, let’s get this thing going.

No matter where you are in your On Ringo Lake, you can share blocks, design wall photos, fabric choices, completed units with your dog, cat or grand baby – just share!
If you do not have a blog, you can link to an Instagram post, google+ post, Flickr photo or even a Pinterest photo. But you MUST have one of these to participate.  Accounts must be PUBLIC, not private.

Be sure when you are filling in your information below that you include a URL to your specific post or photo, not just your main blog or profile address.  We need the address of the page where your photo and post is, not the whole account.

For those who don’t understand HOW to find the URL of any given post PLEASE read this
linky tutorial before you link up again.

For an example of a blog post including a link back, click HERE.
For a Pinterest post including a link back, click HERE.
For an Instagram post including a link back, click
For a Flickr post including a link back, click HERE.

Click the links above for examples of folks who have done it correctly!
If you hare having trouble, why not contact someone who has “done it correctly” and ask for their help? Leave them a comment on their photo.  We can help each other.

If you have linked to my main blog address
http://quiltville.blogspot.com that also needs to be changed to the URL for today's linky page. Please check your post or photo and make sure you have the right link.

Include this link in your post:

Or short link: http://bit.ly/2maVWhI

If you don’t know how to link it so it is clickable in your blog post, don’t worry about it. Just copy and paste the above URL into your text.

We are also using the hashtags #quiltvillemystery and #onringolakequilt and a link back to this post for social media.  Please use them so we can find you!

If you post to Pinterest or Instagram, your blog, etc. - you need to add the link to the link-up post in your photo description. Hash tags are not enough. It doesn’t matter if it is a hyperlink or just plain text, but it must be there.

One more time:
Please do NOT post unit sizes or unit counts in your post.  This is a mystery.  The sizes and counts are plainly available in the mystery directions themselves.  Folks can get them by coming to my directions.

Also, your link-up post, be it on Instagram, Pinterest, your blog or wherever MUST include an easy to find, obvious link to the link-up post. The link you are to use is given to you above.
Our posts are reciprocal.  Which means I link to you, you link back to me.

Those who do not follow these three simple requests – No piece count, no unit size, and link back included to the link-up post will be removed from the link-up.

The linky pages will be alive FOREVER in the archives, Your link will stay there so people can find you, please link correctly to my post so people can find me and the others who have also shared their links as well.  Don’t be the dead end street for everyone else.  Thank you!

This link up will stay open for a full week and you may add your entries until midnight Eastern time, Sunday January 14th.

We'll do this one more time, on February 1st!

And as this goes live at just before 4am Eastern – I am on the way to the airport and headed to San Diego and some SUNSHINE! 


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Have a wonderful week, everyone!