Apr 10

Christmas quilt #1 2016-Star Wars

I had no plans to make Christmas quilts for our sons in 2016 as I’d made them quilts for Christmas 2015. They both visited in September and independently requested a quilt for Christmas. That put a bit of a panic in my holiday planning, for sure. But I got busy and started work. And now I’m finally getting around to sharing them.

The first is called “Star Wars: Past & Present”. New lines of fabric had been released for the “The Force Awakens” and was readily available but Mark grew up with the original trilogy and is a fan of all the films. (Hence the request for a Star Wars quilt). So I scoured the interwebs for classic fabric pieces and found them in a variety of Etsy shops. The pattern is called “Groovy” from Quilt Etc. in Sandy, Utah that I was given during a shop hop. The fabrics used are a charcoal Peppered Cotton, and Thicket Dashes from Gingiber for the log cabin sides. The sashing & large backing pieces and the binding are Starlet Black Star and Red Star respectively, from Blank Quilting. The border is “The Force Awakens” from Camelot Fabrics, along with the large squares from their various Star Wars collections. I fussy cut all the large squares to show the pattern to best effect and in the case of the badges, to show different characters as much as possible. Also the classic word squares are slightly offset to show different names at the top and bottom. I also fussy cut the cornerstones to show off a character or symbol. I really love how that little extra effort turned out. Those cornerstones really pop!

I like pieced backs and also wanted to use up the licensed fabric because I didn’t think I would really use it another quilt. So the back is very heavily pieced and I totally improv pieced based on the remnants I had left. The fussy cutting on the different fabrics left me with lots of odd sized pieces, but I managed to make it work. It was machine quilted at Thimbles & Threads in Draper with gray thread in a digital box style with curved corners that softened all the squares but stayed in the theme.

Turns out Mark hadn’t really expected me to actually make it between September and Christmas, so he was really surprised to open the box. But he LOVED it!!



Feb 08

Ode to the 1930’s Blocks 34, 35, & 36

In November and December of 2016, and January of 2017, we did the three blocks that are 3″ square and serve as fillers among the larger blocks. We made six of #34 Triangles,  eleven of #35 Pinwheels, and nine of #36 Bowtie. That finishes up all the pieced blocks for the quilt and all we have left are various applique blocks. These small blocks go all over the quilt so we decided not to be constrained by color in the surrounding blocks but just use some of our fabrics we haven’t used elsewhere, or that we just really like. So they are a potpourri of 1930’s fabric in our collective stashes for this quilt. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 28

Ode to the 1930’s Block #39

In the middle of December 2016, we took a break from 3″ squares and did another applique square. This one is Block #39 called English Flower Pot and is 12″x12″. It was fairly straightforward and we used the same color scheme used in the pattern and the same fabrics, although one of us flipped the top leaves and side flowers to the opposite sides on accident. Oops! But who will know in the finished quilt, right? Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 28

Riedel Fascination Challenges for 2017

All the reading challenges at Riedel Fascination run February 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 so we don’t have to do wrap-up posts during Christmas and New Year’s time. So these three challenges begin soon and I am signing up as a returning challenge follower! Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 28

Gentle Spectrums 2016 wrap-up

The end of January brings the end of this fun challenge with two parts, hosted by Riedel Fascination. She runs her challenges from February to January so that the holidays are not filled with final wrap-up jobs. I like that! This was my third year to participate in this one and I had a great time. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 28

My Kind of Mystery 2016 wrap-up

My Kind Of MysteryMy Kind of Mystery 2016

Riedel Fascination hosts this challenge that invites any and all mystery content. I was able to get many mysteries off my TBR shelf this year through diligent reading of all types of mysteries. With 81 total, I made it partway through the top level of Gothic Mansion. 

New Mystery Levels

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Jan 28

Celtic Coasts 2016 wrap-up

Celtic Coasts 2016Celtic Coast 2016 Reading Challenge

Hosted by Riedel Fascination, this challenge brings several countries together to explore the various coasts of the British Isles.

– Look for authors born or residing in Wales, Ireland, Scotland.
– Books in which even a momentary part visits these countries.
– Welsh, Irish, Scottish connections: fictional and non-fiction literature.

And here’s the list of what I read this year. I’m on an M.C. Beaton audiobook kick this year so there are several of her novels here, as she was born in Scotland.
1. The Kashmir Shawl, Rosie Thomas
2. Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Maggie Stiefvater
3. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (Mary Russell #1), Laurie R. King
4. A Fine Summer’s Day (Inspector Rutledge #17), Charles Todd
5. The Revolving Door of Life (44 Scotland Street #10), Alexander McCall Smith
6. The Raven King (Raven Cycle #4), Maggie Stiefvater
7. Cain His Brother (WIlliam Monk #6), Anne Perry
8. A Pressing Engagement (Lady Darby, #4.5), Anna Lee Huber
9. As Death Draws Near (Lady Darby #5), Anna Lee Huber
10. The Tale of Beatrix Potter, Margaret Lane
11. Shackleton’s Stowaway, Victoria McKernan
12. The Lake House, Kate Morton
13. Death of a Gossip (Hamish Macbeth #1), M.C. Beaton
14. The Anatomist’s Wife (Lady Darby #1), Anna Lee Huber
15. Legacy of the Dead (Ian Rutledge #4), Charles Todd
16. Mortal Arts (Lady Darby #2), Anna Lee Huber
17. A Grave Matter (Lady Darby #3), Anna Lee Huber
18. Death of a Cad (Hamish Macbeth #2), M.C. Beaton
19. Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener (Agatha Raisin, #3), M.C. Beaton
20. Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley (Agatha Raisin, #4), M.C. Beaton
21. Agatha Raisin & the Murderous Marriage (Agatha Raisin #5), M.C. Beaton
22. Agatha Raisin & the Terrible Tourist (Agatha Raisin #6), M.C. Beaton
23. Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death (Agatha Raisin, #7), M.C. Beaton
24. Death of an Outsider (Hamish Macbeth #3), M.C. Beaton
25. Death of a Perfect Wife (Hamish Macbeth #4), M.C. Beaton
26. Death of a Hussy (Hamish Macbeth #5), M.C. Beaton
27. Agatha Raisin & the Wizard of Evesham (Agatha Raisin, #8), M.C. Beaton
28. Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden (Agatha Raisin #9), M.C. Beaton
29. Precious & Grace (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #17), Alexander McCall Smith
27. Death of a Snob (Hamish Macbeth #6), M.C. Beaton
28. The Silent Cry (William Monk #8), Anne Perry
29. Death of a Prankster (Hamish Macbeth #7), M.C. Beaton
30. Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam (Agatha Raisin #10), M.C. Beaton
31. Death of a Greedy Woman (Hamish Macbeth #8), M.C. Beaton
32. Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell (Agatha Raisin #11), M.C. Beaton



Jan 28

Where are You Reading? challenge 2017

The Where are You Reading? Reading Challenge 2017 is hosted by Book Dragon’s Lair and I am going to join, even though I said I was done with new challenges. It just sounds like fun to fill up the alphabet with places. Real or fictional locations are allowed, one for each letter of the alphabet. Since January is almost over, I’ve already read some books that count.

A-Battle at Alcatraz: A Desperate Attempt to Escape the Rock, Ernest B. Lageson, Jr. (Alcatraz Penitentiary, California)
C-Agatha Raisin & the Love from Hell, M.C. Beaton (Carsley, England)
F-The Girl Who Circumnavigate Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Catherynne M. Valente (Fairyland)
L-Death of a Greedy Woman, M.C. Beaton (Lochdubh, Scotland)
O-Watchers of Time, Charles Todd (Osterley, England)
V-America’s First Daughter, Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie (Virginia)


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