Greetings — I’ve been away from the blog for almost a month! I disappeared but now I am back!! A round of bronchitis has kept me low for a few weeks, and I am just getting back into the swing of things. I was totally out of commission for 2 weeks, not venturing to the garage and up the stairs to the sewing room. Finally last weekend I had enough energy to make the trek. Off and on all week I have worked on trimming up flying geese (216 of them), and building “string blocks” for the borders of my Talkin’ Turkey Quilt (Pattern by Bonnie Hunter – String Fling book). Now, the geese are trimmed, and 108 of them sewn into one of 3 rounds of borders. The string blocks are made, and cut and sewn back together with the papers removed. Those will make the 2nd border. I have over 400″ of a string block border made. They wait patiently for me to get the quilt off the design wall and sew them on. The last border will be another 108 of the geese. I have them ready to stitch, but I have other priorities currently.
I’m still prepping donated sewing items and fabrics for selling at the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild quilt show in July. So far we are approaching 40 boxes of fabrics ready to go! I have such great helpers trimming, pressing folding, pricing! I was able to work one day this week finally, and will go full force the week after next. Check out the info for the quilt show here – Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Quilt Show. Dates – July 21 & 22, 2017, Cape Henlopen High School – Lewes DE. About 300 quilts and LOTS of vendors! Come to the beach, and stop by the show! Visit me at the Second Time Around booth where I will have 7 tables of wonderful fabrics & notions, and 2 tables of books and magazines to sell. Bargains all around at my booth.
Yesterday was….the 3rd Friday of the month! You KNOW I love the 3rd Friday, because Carole releases the next step in the Scrap Dance Two Step Mystery Quilt. If you are unfamiliar, check out her blog – From My Carolina Home . She writes clear, easy to follow instructions, and includes a PDF file you can take to the sewing room with directions and photos. I didn’t get a chance to sew yesterday (LIFE happens); but I got a chance this afternoon, and after dinner. I have 12 blocks together for Part 6 of the Scrap Dance Two Step. Check out this fun group of blocks in Part 6 –
PART 6 – JUNE
When you put these blocks from part 6 with the blocks from part 5 below, (which I wrote about LAST month ~ I Love the 3rd Friday……. ), you can really see some scrappy fun. Many of the same fabrics are scattered in Part 5 & Part 6 blocks. If you read Carole’s instructions for Part 6 you will note that Carole cautioned us that NEXT month we will be cutting more scrap fabric and more background fabrics….so stay tuned! From my standpoint, all scraps have been used with the exception of the neutrals. I am struggling to avoid setting these blocks in any type of layout. I will wait on Carole & July’s instructions.
Part 5 – May
The solution is becoming more apparent, but it is not solved yet…..maybe in July!
These are BIG blocks, and I am doing the “Twin size”. Usually I go “BIG” but I have several BIG quilts waiting for borders & quilting, so I decided to sew along with the mystery, but in a size that is less time consuming. I like getting the steps of the mystery knocked out in a day or two and then I can “get back to other projects”.
Do you enjoy working on a mystery quilt? Carole’s projects are fun. If you want to peak at the fabrics other people are using for this mystery – check out the group FLICKR page! Scrap Dance Mystery Two Step GROUP photo’s .
PS – linking up with OH SCRAP! – Quilting is More fun than housework – check it out!
PPS – did you know that the word SEW is found in the word HOUSEWORK ???