Two to the Quilters!

I’m very happy to say that today I took two quilt tops to the long arm quilters!  Woohoo!  I just had to share a quick picture of each quilt.

Le Jardin by Bunny Hill Designs:

Le-Jardin-TopAnd Barbara Brackman’s Threads of Memory.

Thread-of-Memory-Completed-I’m thinking about renaming the Threads of Memory quilt “Stars in My Flower Garden.” And I keep referring to the Le Jardin quilt as the “Bunny Quilt” but I bet I can come up with a better name – maybe “Bunnies in My Flower Garden.”  I seem to have a theme going!

I’m still working on the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion quilt.  Unfortunately I stitched 55 units from part three with the black in the wrong place.  Ugh!  So I’m ripping as I watch TV this week and will take it to my guild retreat next week.

Have a great week, y’all!

Starting, Finishing and Continuing

Since my last post I have started a new project, finished the last block for a project and have continued working through the Grand Illusion Mystery.


Let me start with Bonnie Hunter’s Grand Illusion Mystery.  It is no longer a mystery!  New Years day was the big reveal.  Check out Bonnie’s blog to see the finished quilt! I’ve been working away on Part 1 and Part 2.  Part 1 is done!

Part-1-DoneAnd I’m in the midst of Part 2!  Pressing the pinks before I add the blacks…

Pressing-Part-2Thank goodness I have two (yes two!) retreats this month!  While parts 1, 4 and 5 are finished, this project still needs days and days of dedicated stitching time!  Check out Bonnie’s Monday Linky post to see how other Grand Illusionists are coming along.


As I mentioned, I did finish something!  Woohoo!  The last block of the Le Jardin hand applique quilt:

Block-9Now I just need to put all these bunnies together and add the borders.  Another retreat project!


Since I finished my bunnies I have nothing to hand stitch right now so I started a new wool applique wall hanging. It is called Twining Tulips and it reminds me of Spring!  You know there’s only 74 more days until Spring!

Starting I bought the kit at the Houston Quilt show a couple of years ago from the Wooly Lady.

Twining-TulipsI love working with wool and the bright colors are so much fun!

Have a great week, y’all!

The Best Christmas Present Ever & Grand Illusion Part 5

My dear hubby gave me the Best Christmas Present Ever!  I thought I was getting earrings (and I did get earrings, which I absolutely love) but he also found this Featherweight 221 at an estate sale:

FW-before-clean-upWhat a find!  I love it!  It came with a case and over 60 years worth of grime and dust bunnies.  I cleaned it up some for the picture above, but then took it to my friend Barb’s husband to give it a thorough cleaning and tuning.  Now it runs like the day it was born (April 20, 1948) – thanks Mark!

The case is in pretty good condition:

FW-CaseThe gold trim is too – here is the back:

FW-backI have a question – do you name your sewing machines?  I never have but I keep thinking of this machine as “Cutey Pie.”  Because it is so cute!

Even with all the wonderful Christmas activities (kids, grandkids, food, fun, earrings and featherweights), I have finished all of Parts 4 and 5 of Bonnie Hunter’s Grand Illusion Mystery this week!

Here are all the part 4 blocks:

Part-4-finishedAnd part 5 was pretty easy peasy this week – 25 aqua/yellow 4 patches and 4 aqua/pink/black 4 patches.

Part-5Up on the design wall:

Part-5-on-the-wallBonnie is having a Monday Morning Link Up if you’d like to see the efforts of other Grand Illusionists.  Now I just need to catch up with parts 1, 2 and 3.  Yesterday afternoon I stitched a few of the Grand Illusion blocks from Part 1 with my new Cutey Pie:

Featherweight-cleaned-upI hope you got your Best Christmas Present Ever and I hope you have a very Happy New Year!

Grand Illusion Part 4 – By the Numbers

Friday morning brought Part 4 of Bonnie Hunter’s Grand Illusion Mystery.  Not much stitching on Friday but Saturday was very productive….


  • 136 pink and aqua half square triangles from part 1136-pink-&-aqua-HSTs
  • 80 neutral and aqua half square triangles80-Aqua-&-neutral-HSTs
  • 20 (of the 80) completed part 4 blocks 20-Part-4-blocks
  • 1 batch of Chex snack mix


  • 1 trip to church
  • 2 trips to the grocery store (don’t ask me why)
  • 1 blog about the Mystery
  • 20 more completed part 4 blocks (so far)
  • 90 days until Spring! Spring
  • And finally – 4 days until Christmas!

Merry-Christmas-CardsCheck out Bonnie Hunters Monday Morning Link Up post to see other Grand Illusionists progress!

Merry Christmas, Y’all!



Grand Illusion – Blowing Through Parts 2 & 3

By the title I bet you think I’ve completed both Parts 2 and 3 of Bonnie Hunter’s Grand Illusion Mystery…  I wish!  Oh, I’ve gotten some done, in between sneezing, blowing, napping and chicken noodle soup.  I’m fine, it’s just a mild cold, but this is not a good time of year to get a cold – right in the middle of a Bonnie Hunter mystery and Christmas!

Here’s is Part 2:

Grand-Illuison-Part-2I’ve cut all my pieces, marked my stitching lines and stitched one block.  Isn’t it cute?

Part 3 has a bit more progress:

Grand-Illusion-Part-3-WIPI’ve got 21 units completed and another 21 waiting for the final chain stitching.  I did find that this old ruler made it easier to sub-cut the strip units:

GI-Part-2---making-subcutsJust line it all up and slice through at the 2″, 4″, 6″, etc.  The ruler is made by June Tailor and is called a Shape Cut.

I do love the green batiks in this little block!

Grand-Illusion-Part-2If you want to see other Grand Illusionists check out Bonnie’s Monday Morning Link Up.

Now, I’m off to find some orange juice.  Have a wonderful, healthy week, y’all!

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