Monday, December 29, 2014

Grand Illusion Clue 5

Wow! I was worried that I might not be able to get Clue 5 completed with Christmas and company, but yoohoo! It was a really easy and small clue this time!
We had a wonderful Christmas! Too much food, games, laughter, and did I say food???
Richard and Rachel quilted the last of their Christmas gifts while they were here... I think it turned out great!
Life is good!!! Back to work on Roll Roll Cotton Boll!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Clue 4 grand Illusion Mystery

Gotter done! Can't wait to see how this comes together!
And it's a good thing that it's finished, because DD and family came in I'm up to my eyeballs in cooking...and Pa spent a good bit of his day with the eldest grandson in the shop turning a pen with him...
Ben did a great job! granddaughter made a popcorn cake! What's a popcorn cake you ask? We just happen to have a pic!!!!
Oh yum!!! Food of the gods!!!! It's gotta be what we'll eat in Heaven!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Quilty Christmas Party... And Concert!

Yesterday was a long, fun day! We had our Tuesday Quilting Group party...Lots of great food, fun, and fellowship! One of our ladies brought an inherited stash of various and sundry sewing supplies and let us shop through it-- wow! I scored a metal tatting shuttle with a point on the end...I'd never seen one exactly like it... Several spools of yellow thread...was totally out of that.... Two tiny little brushes to get lint out from around the bobbin and feed dog areas, never seen those before either!....5 --1994 Quiltmaker magazines... My current subscription mag... Some netting for crocheting  pot scrubbers and longarm quilting designs... And best of all, a package of hand applique pins! I've been looking for replacement ones for quite some time now as I've seemed to have misplaced in, it's easier to buy new ones than keep looking for them ...only it's really not, because  I couldn't find any online... BIG SCORE!
Then we loaded up Lil Bit and headed to Big Spring for our Son's 6th grade band's Christmas Concert! What a joy to watch those youngsters' excited faces as they sat up very tall, tapped their feet, and professionally played their first ever Band Concert! I haven't smiled so much and enjoyed a concert so much since my own children were that age! It was totally amazing! There were solos, trios, rounds, and runs all coming from students in front of a standing room only crowd of probably not less than 500 parents, Grandparents, siblings and friends... Totally amazing! The group literally stepped up to the plate and hit it out of the park! Afterwards, we got the fun of eating with our son, daughter-in-law, and grandson at a fabulous Chinese buffet! All too soon, it was time to hit the road and haul it back home to Coleman... I bet I even grinned all night in my sleep! Thank you Lord, for giving us the good times to remember and cherish!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Grand Illusion Clue 3

Had to finish a quilt for DD yesterday, before I could do too much on our mystery quilt... I added borders, quilted and bound her purple jelly roll race top...I also, for the first time did a totally machine bound binding...I tried them in the past and didn't like how they came out. DD wanted to learn a machine bound technique, so I watched Jenny Doans YouTube tutorial and this is how it came out... 

And a close up of the binding ...
It's hard to tell much about the binding, but it's totally acceptable in my book!
I just did a meander design...
And now, for the clue 3 test pieces!!!
Soon as DD gets here, we're heading to a quilt shop for more blacks and greens!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Grand Illusion week 2
The above is the link back to the week 2 linky party!
And here are my offerings to week 2.
Clues 1 & 2 completed....
Bonus squares from technique 3!
Just look at the points on those pinwheels from the tiny bonus squares! 
Thank you Bonnie!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tuesday Quilting...

One of my quilting group friends came to my place after lunch to quilt her Turning Twenty quilt top so she can donate it to the Child Welfare Board for Christmas! What a nice lady and a beautiful quilt! I think she did a beautiful job!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Grand Illusion First Clue!

Im having so much fun with Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt! We got our first clue last Friday...oh wow! Hundreds of HSTs and squares! So thankful for my Sizzix Fabi die cutter! I never dreamed it could be done this quickly! Here's my picture... As you can see, I cut 100 EXTRA black and yellow squares! I'm thinking they may be the start of another quilt in my future... For now, I just have to wait for the next clue on Friday!!!
There is still time to join in the fun! If you would like to join us,
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