Sunday, May 25, 2008

Ginger Blossoms... Black & White... and Being Behind

I went to my favorite LQS this week... Quilt Arts... I love this shop! It opened last November and is already a hub of activity among quilters. You walk in and are just wowed by color and texture and pattern. When I walked in the door last week I was greeted with the Ginger Blossom line by Sandi Henderson ( WOW! I love this line! I bought 6 lovely fat quarters... but alas they are now packaged up ready to be mailed off next week to a friend. Sigh! I think I must return and buy some for my very own! They are just to wonderful to do without!

I also bought a few black and white prints. I have some in my stash... received some from an online friend... and had bought some online. I am going to make my nephew a quilt for his High School graduation. I am using the Turn Twenty Again pattern and have been cutting fabric this weekend. I plan to start sewing tomorrow. I think I may add a small border of a single bright color for a pop.

Bonnie at Quiltville has posted step 5 of her current mystery quilt... Orange Crush... I am woefully behind! I have step 1 and 2 done... did a bit of step 3 and got frustrated... haven't even started step 4 must less 5! Oh well... I will press on (as well as cut on... sew on... LOL! sorry bad joke!) and get caught up one day!

I have been terribly unmotivated in the area of quilting the past few weeks, so I am thrilled to be back in the land of fabric, thread, rulers, rotary cutters etc. The slump has passed and I am ready to get going again!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Step 3 Woes....

Bonnie is challenging me to death with this mystery! LOL! I absolutely abhor working with triangles! Love the way they look... but hate cutting them and lining things up and sewing them.. and these are sooo small! I survived Step 2 by coming up with my own method.. but Step 3 stumped me. PTL Merete came up with a neat way...

So off I went to give it a try... and it worked! Sort of... they look good, but they are measuring what I think they should measure. From the chatter on the list, the short sides should line up with the sides of the blocks created in step 1 and 2. Mine are too long. Ugh!
So I am setting this aside and waiting for future steps to see how these are used... how they line up. It may be that I can shave a tiny tad off (they are just barely too big) or it may be that they are just the right size and I don't realize it. Either way, I am going to step back and wait a bit to see where Bonnie is going with this.
In the meantime, I need to whip up a couple of new walker bags for my mom, pull out a UFO or 2, start my nephew's quilt... plenty of quilty things to work on here!