So I Promised Some Updates

So I thought I’d approach this a couple of months at a time seeing as I have a lot of ground to cover and I don’t want these to be super long posts. LOL.

I think I left off with my Good Fortune quilt top back in January. That is done, but I don’t have it quilted yet. I want to have it done by a long arm quilter and that is pretty expensive, so I have not yet bitten the bullet and had it done.

In February, my mother-in-law, Burdette, organized an outing for all of us girls on the Lehn side of the family to go and paint bowls for a charity event called “Empty Bowls”. It’s a dinner that people pay to have a bowl of soup and they keep the bowl as a reminder that other’s bowls are empty. The proceeds all go to a local homeless shelter. We had a lot of fun. I painted mine with blue and yellow and put on it a quote from Maya Angelou that says “Let nothing dim the light that shines within.” Writing on the bowls with the little squeeze bottles of paint is a bit tricky, but I managed to make it work.

At the end of February, I met my sister, Janet, and her daughter, Kayla, down in Clearwater, Florida for a little vacation. My sister both sells Dixie Belle Paint and refinishes furniture with the Dixie Belle Paint. She had a conference in Tampa. We met up after her conference was over to spend a few days of beach time and girl time together. I got my first tattoo on that trip. I had been considering one anyway and we had a rainy day, so my niece talked us into it. I got a sand dollar on my ankle, my sister got an otter on the top of her foot and my niece got a narwhal on her arm. They were done by Emily Elegado from Foolish Pride 2 Tattoo in Clearwater.

We had a nice time catching up with each other. It had been a long time since the three of us were together.

In March I finished up a quilt that I had been working on for my niece, Lexi. Her 18th birthday was in April so I gifted it to her for her special day. A long time ago when Lexi was probably preschool age, I got the idea to save scraps from all the things that I made for her and “someday” use them in a quilt. Well, “someday” finally arrived and i finished out the quilt for her birthday this year. There is a little bit of everything in this quilt and I hope that it sparks fun memories for her. I used purple on the back as that was one of her high school’s colors. Lexi loves to play basketball and was part of her varsity team this year that went to the state finals.

That’s the highlights for those two months and that’s probably enough for now. I’ll be back later with more.

A Little Catching Up

Its been a little while since I blogged about anything, so I thought I should probably catch you all up a little bit.

I’ve been working on the Good Fortune mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter for the last several weeks, pretty much exclusively. I went through many different border ideas because I wasn’t crazy about how my color choices played out in the border that was originally designed. It was all just a little too “Go Vikings!” for my taste. No matter what, every time I looked at that overwhelming purple and gold it just screamed football to me and that is just not what I was going for.

So then I tried this.

That seemed a bit much, so then I thought about this.

But that seemed too washed out. So I settled on this for that round of the border.

Then came the final outer border. I just pieced together a bunch of neutrals. My plan was to have neutral squares for the corners, but of course, once I looked at that, it seemed a bit blah. So… on to trying to figure out what to do with the corners.

These are just some of the options I considered, but ultimately, this is where I landed with it.

This is what the corner blocks look like all layed out together. I think this might make a really interesting block to do sometime as a quilt unto itself.

So the Good Fortune Top is officially finished. Measuring in at about 82 inches square, this is the biggest quilt I have ever made. I will be looking for someone to long arm this for me as this is way too big for me to tackle on my own. I don’t even have a place big enough in my house to lay it out on the floor to sandwich it, LOL. I’m excited that it will be big enough to use on my queen size bed, though. Even if the colors don’t match the room at all.

So there you have it, that’s the majority of what I’ve been working on for the last several weeks. I have one other smaller finish that I will share soon as well, but this is enough for today.

I've Been Through the Desert on a Quilt With No Name

“It felt good to be out of the rain…” Oh sorry… Anyway.

i’ve been working on this fun little number lately. I had several half square triangle (HST) units and four patch units left over from previous projects, so one night I just started throwing them up on my design wall and this is what emerged. I started sewing the smaller HST’s into four patch units yesterday and I realized this morning that I have a few of the four patches turned the wrong direction, so I will have to fix that. I’m trying to decide on a name for it, but I’m coming up blank. I thought about calling it “Throwing Up Leftovers”, but, you know, that didn’t seem like the best name for a quilt, LOL. Anyone have any ideas? Because, clearly I’m out of them, LOL.

Good Fortune - Quiltville's Mystery for this year

My last post talked about last year’s mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter. I’m also participating this year and as of right now we are four clues in. I changed up the color palette a little from Bonnie’s original color scheme. Her original colors were red, jade green, blue and orange along with neutrals in whites and creams. I changed the jade green to lime green, the blue to purple and the orange to yellow. Hoping it all goes together ok. I wanted mine to be just a little different than the thousands of others that will be out there at the end of the mystery. Here is a rundown of all of the clues so far. I can’t give sizes or piece counts, but I can show you pictures of what I have made.

Clue 1

Clue 2

Clue 3

Clue 4