Monday, December 2, 2013

New blog, new quilt!

It's been something I've thought about doing for a while.  I am happy to have a place to share my progress as I work on my quilting projects...finishing some, starting some, and loving every minute.  So, I will be sharing posts and photos of the myriad of projects I have worked on this past year, especially the newer items.

But, today it is all about Celtic Solstice Mystery!!!  See what all the excitement is about here .  I am linking to Bonnie Hunter's blog to show my progress on her newest mystery quilt.  First off, she shared fabric color choices about a month ago.  She chose orange, green, and neutral for starters (like the Irish flag), then added blue and yellow.  I pulled what I had in my stash and while I had some, I thought it would be fun to add a few more fabrics into the mix.  Here in Northern Virginia we had a shop hop called Quilter's Quest in early November.  I visited the 10 LQS involved in the quest and purchased a fat quarter from each store in the four main colors.  It was a fun way to focus as I visited the new shops and got to see what each one has.
Fabrics stacked and ready to cut into!!
The way the mystery quilt works is that Bonnie has designed what I am sure is an amazing quilt and she sill be giving us the instructions for the quilt one clue at a time on Fridays.  Then, on Mondays there will be link ups to share our progress.  So, last Friday, the 29th was the day of the first clue and it was a doozy!  It was to cut pieces for triangle in a square units for the quilt.  We need 240 neutral triangles, 140 orange triangles, and 760 blue isosceles triangles!!  I had never cut that many pieces at once before.  All pieces were cut from 3 1/2" strips, so that was the first part.  I ironed and cut strips while watching episodes of Downton Abbey!!!  It was wonderful.  I actually ended up with more than I needed for these pieces but perhaps we'll need them for other parts of the quilt.  I then cut my orange and neutral triangles, it was so exciting to see the little stacks grow and grow and to cut into the wonderful colors.  By late Saturday evening, I had the neutral and orange 380 triangles cut!  By late last night I had 400 of the 760 blue triangles cut.  I will come back and add pictures as soon as I have them uploaded.

 I set up in our upstairs hall to iron and cut.
 Each blue stack is 100 triangles.
Neutral and orange triangles. 
So, while I still have cutting and all the sewing for this week's clue, I am making progress.  Thank you to Bonnie Hunter who is an amazing designer and is providing this quilt design and all the fun clues for free on her blog.



  1. Looking good! I'm not brave enough to go for the king size, to many other projects going. :)

  2. I think your stacks look amazing...I've been lurking around the blogs for this mystery quilt trying to decide whether or not to jump in. You make it look like so much fun!

  3. You are off to a good start and Downton Abbey is the perfect show to watch so you don't get bored of the cutting!