Friday, January 19, 2018

Home Sweet Home Fairy Godmother

Who is your Fairy Quilt Godmother? The website Paper Panache has free fairy godmother patterns. If you answer some silly multiple choice questions and hit the enter button you'll get links to each section of your fairy godmother. This is paper foundation pieced so all you've got to do is print the patterns and sew them up. All the fairies are different so you never know what you'll get! This is Lynn's fairy.

I like to use colored pencils to color the pieces. It's SOOO much easier to get the colors right and not accidentally put background where hair goes plus you get an idea of what she will look like. I'm adding the fabric license plate SWEET HOME from a quilt shop in Alabama. (My daughter and I love the movie Sweet Home Alabama and this fairy is for her.)

The necklace is a thimble but I just had to sneak a gecko into the quilt.

And she is doubly blessed to have this extra fairy in her quilt.

I heavily quilted the background so....

.....her face would pop out!

This brown/orange batik was absolutely perfect for her frame.

Home Sweet Home Fairy......for Lynn. 
May you have many happy years in your new home.

Link to Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Monday, January 8, 2018

On Ringo Lake 2017 Quiltville Mystery

The 2017 Quiltville Mystery "On Ringo Lake" designed by Bonnie Hunter began the day after Thanksgiving with clue #1. I didn't change the colors she used I just intensified them.

9 patch blocks was clue #1.

Orange flying geese was clue #2.

Clue #3 had a different scale of unit. These were destined to be sashing pieces but I made them into the outside border on my quilt.
Clue #4 was the aqua square plus 2 brown triangles.
Clue #6 added the orange triangle to make it square.

Clue #5 was brown flying geese.
In clue #7  we sewed the orange and brown geese together in pairs.

Clue #8 was assembling the blocks using the previous clues.

Clue #9 was the reveal on the setting. This was where I jumped ship and did my own thing with the setting. I used her sashing units and sewed them together to make this cool zig zag for the outside border. I used a narrow brown sashing fabric cut 1" wide to frame the blocks and help with the bulky seam joints.
I only used half of the blocks and did a straight setting 5 x 5 plus the border. My quilt top finished at 57"x57" but after quilting and washing it was 54" x 54".

This is Bonnie Hunter's "On Ringo Lake" quilt setting.

I like the intense oranges and browns in this quilt. It is almost 100% batiks.
( I did add one gecko face for fun.)
I'm not sure what I'll do with the other half of the blocks yet.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Plaid Strings UFO Finished

Several years ago I started this plaid quilt which was a Bonnie Hunter design called The Quilt That Love Built. I used yellow pages as the paper foundation to sew the plaid blocks. Once all 81 blocks were done I worked on the sashing units. I had all but 30 finished when I packed it away in a UFO box. This fall when my quilt bee had a mini quilt retreat, I took this UFO to work on when my On Ringo Lake (Bonnie Hunter 2017 Quiltville Mystery quilt) clue was done.

All plaid fabrics!

Here are all the units for the 100 9 Patch posts. One thing I've learned from doing the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilts each fall is that I can sew an enormous amount of units in a short amount of time if I keep at it.

When looking for backing fabric I found this 108" wide red that I already had!

I assembled the quilt quickly and quilted it on a snowy day in early December.

All done with binding too!!

Before washing it was 84" x 84".

I love how it looks woven. 
My mom is a weaver so she was the recipient of the quilt this Christmas.

Plaid Strings finished! 
The quilt on the quilt rack in the corner is Celtic Solstice the 2013 Quiltville Mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter.