Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Just Us Quilter's Mystery Quilt - Plugging Along

Still sewing on the Mystery quilt.  Was hoping to finish up with Step #2 today and then start putting the quilt together tomorrow.  Doesn't look like I'll get finished with Step #2 today after all.  Oh, well, that's life! LOL
Still Sewing
Pinning so that I can match those seams really slows down the progress.  But I'm a pinner, so I pin!!

Keep on Stitchin'!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Just Us Quilters - making progress!!

I'm working on Step #2 and Step #3, the final step, is already out.  It's a great looking quilt.  Anyway, I've been making lots of small 2" HSTs and sewing to 2" plain squares.  I'm definitely not used to working with such small pieces.  Paper piecing, yes, but these are cut and sewn together!  I used the strip tube method for making the HSTs.  Love that method!  Here's my stacks of these.  Half one way, half the other...48 in each stack.
Lots of 2 inch pieces!
I'm also using a strip method for the chevrons.  Took me several samples to get the measurements correct so that my cuts came out correctly.  And it didn't help matters any that I sewed the colors in the wrong order twice...exactly the same!! Aaargh!!  So here's the HST blocks sewn to the chevrons on my first successful block, which measures 3.5" x 6.5". 

Finally!  Sucess!!
I need to make 48 chevrons going one way and 48 going the other way.  Off to sew strips together to see how many I can get in one strip set!!

Keep on Stitchin'!!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


No, not me.... :(  But I'm making blocks from various places!  Pat Sloan has started a new quilt along, actually a couple, but I'm doing the Globetrotting one.  First block is Washington, DC.  I'm using pink & green & gray fabrics.  There is a lighter pink that is not shown that I added.  Depending upon how the quilt looks, I'll use one of the two large prints on the left as the border.  The green on the right is the backing.  And that's a black & white dot below the backing.

Globetrotting fabrics
The DC block is the center medallion and is 26" finished.  Big un'!!  I decided the 1" outer border needed some punch, so I used the black with white dots.  Probably the only place I'll use this fabric.  Here you can see the lighter pink that I added.  It's not solid, it's a tone on tone marbled.
Center Medallion
For information about this quilt, go here and click on Mystery BOM.  And here is the Quilt Along with Pat Sloan on Facebook.  I think this will become one of my favorite groups!

Keep on Stitchin'!!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Just Us Quilters BOM - Take 2!!

Well, it was pointed out to me that I had made a mistake with the 4 patch blocks.  The darker color should make a diagonal line.  So, I practiced my frog stitch and fixed those as well as the small 4 patch on either side of the rectangle.  Geez.   Bet I pay closer attention with the next clue!!!
Keep on Stitchin'!!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Just Us Quilters BOM Mystery Quilt

I can't resist BOMs and Mystery Quilts it seems!  I told myself no more of these until I get the older ones finished and quilted.  Ha!  That really worked well....

So as I was looking through others' Likes on Facebook, I found a few I Liked myself and by one means or another, I found a few groups on Facebook that I decided to join.  One of those is Just Us Quilters.  They are doing their very first Mystery Quilt, so of course, I had to join in, right???  Determined to use as much as I can from my stash, I found some fabric that after I purchased and brought home, thought...I really dislike this fabric.  It's on the Oriental side, which I don't care for, but I think I bought it because it's purple and has wisteria, both of which I like.  So this is what I'm using.  I'll make this quilt a donation quilt.  Someone will like it, I hope.

Step 1 is complete.
Keep on Stitchin'!!