Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt #8


I have made my decision to stop at 16 blocks for my Grand Illusion quilt and that is still going to be a good sized quilt once the borders are added. So this week I have been working on joining the rows together and make more of blocks for the sashing strips to join the rows together. 

This project has been a real challenge for me as I struggle with doing scrappy. I think I still prefer my controlled scrappy where I only use 2-3 different fabrics per colour but that doesn't mean I don't like total scrappy as I do appreciate the work and design effects of a total scrappy quilt but I like to have some control fabrics in my scrappy quilts. So here is the blocks and sashing all joined together and now I am ready for the borders. 

Why do I find the mistake after I sew all the blocks together?  Grrr. Oh well the quilt is really scrappy maybe no one will see it. Only we will know I made it.
At least I am well ahead this year on the mystery quilt this year. Last year  I was at this stage in June. So I am very happy on that point. Now on to the borders.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Happy Australia Day!



Happy Australia Day to everyone. How are you going to enjoy today? I am going to spend some time at the sewing machine working on 2-3 different projects at various stage of completion. We just had 2 very busy days with my family in Horsham having a little get together as my nephew has spent the summer holidays in Adelaide and it was time for him to go home(Melbourne) to get ready for the start of the school year. So Horsham is our meeting place. It is about 5.5 hours drive for us. So it is a little more than halfway to Melbourne. It is good to get together with the family and spend some chill out time together. It doesn't happen often enough in our busy lives. I only had time to make 1 hexagon flower for a new project in 2 days but we did arrive in town early enough this time to visit the Horsham Sewing Centre and I bought 2 metre of fabric and a pattern I liked. So I hope you have a great day and enjoy yourself.
Until Next Time 
Keep Stitching
Cynthia
PS There is some great bargains available at Cynthia's Ark if you feel like some shopping today.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Quiltmaker's Auld Lang Stitches Mystery Quilt #3


We are at Clue #3 this week already. This one is partially done as we are using the saved Unit 1's from week 1 to make Unit 5 and the saved unit 3's are getting a square added to them this week.
This is good new for me as I am still making some of the earlier units so the fact I get to use the ones that have been saved will help me catch up a little bit. This mystery quilt has become my leader and Ender project as I finish piecing my rows for  my Grand Illusion Quilt from Bonnie Hunter. It has helped both projects along.Let me share what I have got done of every clue with you today. 


There is still plenty more to make and I didn't include the HST units that are ready for trimming with the completed unit as I don't consider them finished. Silly I know. You can find this free quilt along at http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/2015/01/quiltmakers-new-years-mystery-quilt-part-1/       if you want to join in.  
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia