Saturday, December 28, 2013

Shaded Four Patches

AKA Mary's unit blocks according to Sally Schneider

So today during quilt cam I launched into Clue 5 Celtic Solstice.  I read a few posts on Facebook and remembered a workshop taught by one of our guild members a few years ago on the Mary's Unit Block. I dug through all the UFOs and found the nice stack that I had started with the workshop. The units were quite a bit larger than needed for this clue but I also had a conversion chart for making the unit in different sizes....I had also acquired  The "Gizmo" which is sold on Sally Schneider's site (

It is a small acrylic ruler
 for marking the unit 
In a wonky half

These are my beginning units all sewn

This one has been pressed open

You then layer it with a blue rectangle
Mark the sewing lines with the 
Offset "Gizmo" sew on the lines and
Cut them apart.....
Two units !

So far 20 units made...
And 80 partially sewn.

With this method you make units 2 for one.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

Finished a few gifts yesterday, and was able to finish my Step 4 of the Celtic Solstice. 

Today I wrap and take a few gifts to friends.

 I have to work tomorrow so our day will happen tomorrow night. Whenever I have to work on Christmas my husbands brings a yummy breakfast into my work for all of us who are working. Cinnamon rolls and breakfast casserole. Love that guy! Will be nice to spend  time tomorrow with my son and  DIL. Merry Christmas all!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ready for Step 4

Just pressing the last of step 2 of the Celtic Solstice mystery.
Now I am all ready for the next clue that comes tomorrow.

Check out all the progress of other players.......

And our tree got a new skirt this year.

Enjoying my day off today, a massage and a little sewing for gifts. 
Getting ready for a visit with my San Diego family.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

HSQ in Part 3

This weeks clue for the mystery involves.......Half Square Triangles. Love to hate them right.  So many ways to make them.....what to do.....

After procrastinating and having read every blog post and comment on Facebook on how to make one (or 200 for this weeks clue) I have decided to try a ruler that has been in the arsenal for let's just say quite some time...


Found a few scrap strips from my 2 1/2 inch bin....

Never having used this ruler before I will save my judgement for after all 200 HSQ's are finished.

First the tube is sewn

After seeing that I made the tube way too big.....I found my groove!

Okay I am sold..... Off to make 194 more....

Putting step  2 aside for now....

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Progress on Celtic Solstice and oh yeah Christmas is coming!

Needing to take a little time off from CS this week as I have a few things to sew for Christmas. I have actually been doing step 2 as a leader ender between my projects. I have managed to finish 30 of the 100 so not too bad.

And , oh yes I have to work a few days in there too!

My new Christmas tree skirt still needs a little hand work. 

We had a little snow overnight. Enough to remind us it is wintertime!

So off I go to my "sewing studio" .......

Monday, December 2, 2013

Linky Thingy 1

Monday and time to link up with Quiltville for a little show and tell....

I have my blues on the right side of the orange and about 1/3 all of my creams. Hope to sew a little more tonight and then I have to work a couple of days. I hope to finish up on Thursday in time for the second clue on Friday. Love to see everyone's progress both on Facebook and Quiltville .

This is a picture of my cut pieces and my sisters cut pieces before the sewing began.

tonight I am at the halfway point.....
Enjoy the process!