Progress continues on my Sparkling New Year’s Eve Mystery Quilt. I was only able to spend one night working on it, so I set out to mark all of my half square triangles for sewing.
I realize that this was part of the preparation step that was supposed to be done before the sew-along, but I was not able to mark any of them. But all my squares are now marked and ready to sew.
When I mark my HSTs, I prefer to mark all of the sew lines. My go to supplies include a FriXion pen and my Omnigrid Marking Ruler. The pattern recommends using Deb Tucker’s 180 Studio, Quilters Magic Wand. I have not personally tried a Magic Wand, but it is essentially the same thing. They are both ½ inch rulers that you are able to center diagonally on the square and mark the sewing lines, ¼ inch on both sides of the center diagonal.
As this is not a sponsored post, and I do not receive any compensation for my opinions, here is why I opted for the Omnigrid Marking Ruler. They are sold in a set of three in various lengths. This allows me to use a ruler that is right for the job. The rulers are clear and the length is clearly marked in standard 1/8 inch which allows them to be used as a basic ruler when needed. I find it a plus whenever a tool can serve multiple purposes. Please note, there are other brands of rulers available. Regardless of which brand you choose, a ½ inch ruler will make all HSTs easier.
The next step is to sew and cut all of my HSTs, and then the dreaded step of ironing them. Stay tuned to see as the quilt progresses.
Today I wanted to share my current quilt project with you. I am working on the Sparkling New Year’s Eve Mystery Quilt. Stitchin’ Heaven, Craftsy and National Quilters Circle joined together to hold a virtual New Year’s Eve Quilt-along. The virtual event was hosted by Rob Appell and Tiffany Hayes.
Being a mystery quilt, I had no idea what the pattern would look like. I opted for a spring beachy vibe and will be using coral, light blue, gray and white. To add to the adventure my sister joined me New Year’s Eve to sew together while we watched the streaming video. During the 5 hour long stream we walked through each step and the final quilt was revealed in the end. While there is no way that anyone could complete this quilt top in 5 hours I did manage to get 1 block done, along with some sub-blocks.
Now that the final quilt pattern has been revealed, I think I would have changed up the color arrangements. However, I have decided to keep the fabric arrangement I selected and count it as part of the mystery quilt process. If you would like to see the final pattern you can find it on Craftsy (here).
I am usually able to sew for a couple of hours each week but that has not happened lately. I am reminded of a verse in Proverbs
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9”
I have great plans, but life seems to go awry, and my attention is needed elsewhere. I have not been able to work on it lately, but hope to be able to sew some this week. I will keep you posted as I make progress. Stay posted for more updates.
Welcome to 2023. I’m happy to see 2022 in the rearview mirror. It was a rough year for me personally, but I’m hopeful that this will be a better year.
Now that the holidays are behind us, I am able to share a couple of quilts I made for gifts. The first quilt is this super simple Wheelchair Lap Quilt.
I made this for my mother-in-law. She suffers from advanced dementia and is no longer mobile. I saw one similar to this on Pinterest, and designed my own pattern. It features a pocket to keep her hands warm.
I used my walking foot to complete the majority of the quilting work. I added some dense free motion stippling to the pocket for added interest.
I had hoped to complete a few blocks of my Texas Christmas Shop Hop Quilt last week, but life got in the way. I have been extra busy at work and preparing for the fall craft fair season with Creative Sisters of TX. But I have not abandoned this project. Today’s quilt block is a Santa Hat from Urban Spools Sewing Lounge in Dallas.
My goal is to complete a few more blocks this week in between work and a top-secret Christmas project that I am working on.
As promised, here is today’s quilt block for my Texas Christmas Quilt. I picked up this block on my Texas Christmas Shop Hop from Kaleidoscope Quilt Shop. This shop is located in downtown Whitesboro. While the street view of the shop was not overly impressive, don’t let it fool you. The shop is super deep and has a wide selection of fabric and a super friendly staff. When I go back to this shop, I need to time it better. There is a yarn shop next door that is only open from 10-2 each day, that I would love to check out as well.
Now, back to the block. According to the pattern, this uneven 9-patch is attributed to Beth Gutcheon. Gutcheon is most known for her mystery novels, but her first two published books were actually quilting books. I opted to use the horseshoe fabric from the Howdy Christmas collection to add a little Texas flair to the traditional block.
Well since I have 22 more blocks to complete, I better get back to my sewing machine.