Friday, March 31, 2017

Mystery Quilt and More

I actually think I'm going to finish!  Back in July, I joined a mystery quiltalong designed by Cheryl Brickey at Meadowmist Designs.  April 1 is our deadline to have the quilt finished or at least a finished top to be eligible for prizes,  As of tonight, I have three rows left to sew together and I'm done!  Here are the fabrics I chose to use:

And here are the blocks laid out but not yet sewn together.

  I'm thrilled that there are more points that look right than there are that don't!

And another "mystery" was solved today as well.  Remember the missing tree block I told you about?  It showed up in my mailbox today!  I am showing this picture to prove that I really did have my Bee block mailed in January like a good girl.  Apparently, I just don't know how to copy down addresses correctly.

Earlier this week, I found a blog that I'm probably the last one in the world to discover, but it has tons of wonderful tutorials for free motion quilting!  The blogger is Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt.  She is a Free Motion Quilter enthusiast and I am looking forward to trying some of the cute things she shows.  
Like this:

Or this . . .

Or this!

Her tutorials are very clear and easy to follow and there are lots of really fun designs.  You should check them out, especially if you like doodling with thread. 

This has been a very productive week.  My BQF (best quilty friend) Robin, has the same machine that I do  (Bernina 440QE) and she recently took hers in to have it serviced and discovered that the stitch regulator has to have regular computer updates to work correctly.  So all this time I have been using this BSR and it hasn't been regulating a thing.  I wondered why my quilting stitches weren't more consistent in size.  Any regulating that was done was all me!

I really do like to celebrate little things sometimes.  So here is my little victory for the week.  You know how sometimes you need something but it just isn't that important to take the time to go to the store for?  This week, for me, it was tweezers.   I find that they get borrowed and not returned and then nobody knows where they are.  I keep forgetting to get some and I think my brows are getting rather bushy!   Look what I found today at our university bookstore where I work.     Not only are they cute, they were 75% off!  Yay!   I hope they work.

As I was putting away my Quilting Camp kit and enjoying the colorful fabrics, I remembered that I forgot to show you the backing that goes with it.  
Isn't this cute???  

And this selvedge!!

As you can see, little things make me happy. 
I hope I'm not boring you with minutiae.
Have a blessed day!
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  1. Wow Janice, you packed a lot into this post. I love the fabrics you chose for your mystery quilt, all the blocks together look great, you are so nearly there. Great points too :-) I didn't know that about the BSR, and does that mean because your's hasn't been regulating the stitches you can quilt just as beautifully as you do without it?

  2. Your mystery quilt is looking awesome!!!!!!!!!!

  3. your mystery quilt is beautiful!!!!!

  4. You need to tell Wally to leave your tweezers alone LOL I know who the actual culprit is because mine are missing often too - love your beautiful mystery quilt!

  5. Your mystery quilt is looking very good, I really love those fabrics. A stitch regulator is good, but I say pat on the back that you were sewing without one! But hoping you can get yours updates because I know that option isn't necessarily cheap option to have on the machine, so if you pay for it, it's nice to have it working :)

  6. Cutting that deadline close. :) I am sure you are not the only one. I finished mine last week, which was a lot closer to the deadline than I had planned.
    I don't think my machine has a stitch regulator. I hear a lot about them, but find it hard to research.

  7. Beautiful quilt - great fabric choices. Thanks for the link to the fmq tutorials, I will certainly be having a look!

  8. Love the fabric choices Janice! And the BBQ and camper fabrics are so cute!

  9. Beautiful color combination for your quilt! It looks great so far! I hope you finish it in time. Good luck.

  10. Hope you've been able to get your mystery quilt all together. I've got mine laid out on the design wall, but I'm not sure it's going to get all sewn together before tomorrow.

  11. Your mystery quilt is looking great! I can't wait to see the finished pic of the quilt top.

  12. You are so talented. I love watching the progression of your quilts.

  13. Love the fabrics on your mystery quilt! And that BBQ backing fabric? So. Freakin'. Cute.

    You should be proud of yourself that you've been doing all the stitch regulating yourself! That means your FMQ is even more awesome :)

  14. Pretty pretty pretty mystery quilt!!


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