Allietare Winter Mystery Quilt progress – Pattern reveal

Happy New Year !!  Another year of retirement and quilting has passed by.  I have had a very good time this past year, and most recently working on the annual Bonnie Hunter/Quiltville Allietare Winter Mystery Quilt.  Info on the mystery quilt here   Note – If you are interested in the pattern, go download the steps NOW.  Bonnie has said she will only keep the link ‘active’ on her blog until Feb 1, 2016, then she will pull it for inclusion in a book or digital pattern for sale later.   (If this link doesn’t work, it is because you arrived at the page “too late”…and the mystery had been removed for her book)

Oh my, it was last YEAR when I began talking about this project!!  I have made some progress through the clues.  My last post – last year, I think I mentioned clue/step 4 was “out”, but I didn’t share any photo’s as I hadn’t “started”.  That was the week before Christmas.  Well, since then, step  4/5/6 have come out and I have made an effort to keep up during the Christmas & New Year festivities.

Clue / Step 4 (Bonnie calls them steps – but I feel like they are clues since it is a mystery)  – Step 4 was HARD !  Took me 2 weeks to work through it, and I was just finishing up when step 6 (the big reveal) came out.  Step 4 was more “headless geese”; 240 of them!!!  You would think I could have perfected them, but each and every one was a learning experience.

Clue 4 Allietare Winter Mystery Quilt

Some “ripping” of stitches required”….LOTS of that activity again……but I won.  That SCANT 1/4″ and I are NOT friends.


They do look pretty all lined up ! This first group took me about 3 days to get 9 sets….not speeding through this process!

Part 4 complete  Allietare Winter Mystery Quilt

There are 30 sets of 4 here…that equates to 720 individual bits and pieces in this step alone!  No wonder it took me 2 weeks.  But…. I did manage to finish JUST before Clue 6!

Clue/Step 5 was to combine elements from previous steps.  These went together quickly, and when Clue/Step 6 – The big reveal came out, I only had a few of the big rectangles to finish. 2016-01-03_08-07-14

New Years Eve arrived, and Bonnie Hunter released the reveal!!  I was able to get out to my sewing room on New Years day, and get busy; joining all those parts we had made over the last 6 weeks –we had 4 patches to join to our headless geese:

Part 6 of Allietare Winter Mystery Quilt

And center squares to cut and add with our headless geese –


and suddenly there is a beautiful star block.


And then there were the other blocks to build, where we combined parts made in previous clues! The pattern has you set the blocks on point; but as I only had a few made, I had to start getting them up on the wall so I could enjoy the fruits of my labor!  I will line them up on point, after I get a few more made.  I need to “empty my design wall” of other bits first so I have some room to work.

This is going to be a wonderful quilt.  I am glad I chose the green instead of grey; and the chocolate brown instead of black, as they just felt warmer to me, and picked up the colors in the gold with the floral.  I’ve only been able to sew on New Years day for a few hours, but hope to get back to my sewing room today and really finish up those blocks!  So, here is a peak at what I have been able to get done this far.

Part 6 of Allietare Winter Mystery Quilt

I keep telling myself this is not a race, and I will finish sooner than later.  The hard part is done, the foundation for all the blocks in the quilts is completed, and these are “just 9 patches” that I can chain piece.

I will be linking this post up with Bonnie Hunter’s blog today, and if you follow this link, Monday mystery link up , it will take you to her blog and the link up. You can see the various color waves that others have used in their mystery quilts, and enjoy seeing the progress of those who have posted.

I have to say my thanks to Bonnie Hunter – for her great pattern and instructions.  She “gives” this wonderful gift of a mystery quilt, and the fun of sewing along with hundreds of others is very exciting.  I enjoy seeing the fabric choices, color choice etc that others have made, appreciate the answers to my questions and suggestions through out this time.  Not everyone enjoys this time of year for many reasons, recent losses, sadness for many reasons.  This mystery quilt is a blessing to them during a difficult time of year. It gives them an opportunity to work on something fun, make friendships with other quilters on the blog or on Bonnie’s Facebook pages.  So, I say thank you to Bonnie Hunter for this beautiful pattern, and again, stretching me out of my comfort zone of quilting. I’ve learned a lot on this project.   Do stop in and visit  Bonnie Hunter’s blog , and enjoy her stories, her quilting fun and look at her wonderful patterns she gives away for free, and her many books and patterns she sells on her page.

If you want a look back at all the parts of this quilt; I posted about my steps here:  Clue 3 and here – Clue 2 and here – Clue 1  or for a quick peek of just photos – – hop over to my FLICKR album – Allietare Winter Mystery Quilt

If you are in the DelMarVa area – I invite you to visit the DelMarVa Model Railroad Club 30th Annual OPEN HOUSE.  This is what kept me from sewing last weekend, and will keep me away from my machine next weekend – January 9 & 10, 2016!  Our club is only open to the public 4 times a year, and this coming weekend is your last chance to visit this winter.  More info on the website – DelMarva Model Railroad Club

Happy New Year, and I hope you are enjoying your projects and hobbies!

Christmas Quilt Along Table Runner on the Table

 Every Friday,  Bonnie Hunter gives out another clue in the Quiltville Winter Mystery 2015 – Allietare . ( Allietare Mystery quilt ). Since “Black Friday”, I anxiously await for the next clue!  Today, Clue 4 came out.  Before I could even THINK about starting any cutting, I wanted to get my Christmas Table Runner finished.  (Here is my logic:  I saved the clue, printed it out, and got busy with my Christmas Table Runner.   I knew that if I started Clue 4, then the table runner would be “pushed to the side” again!  I figured I am managing to keep up with the clues, and if I get behind now, at least the table runner is finished!)

The table runner project started back in mid-November when Carole, at “From My Carolina Home” on WordPress invited her followers to Quilt Along. If this project interests you, you might want to start at this link:  From the beginning .   She gave us the instructions over the course of 4 weeks on Friday’s.

I’ve had the top made for 2 weeks, but have been busy with other things, and needed to piece the back and get it layered and quilted and bound.  

Here is my finished project.  As previously mentioned, I went “scrappy” using up those “gifted”  bits of fabric my friends share.  I only pulled a few neutral fat quarters and fabric for the border and backing from my stash.

Table runner

The quilting shows a little better on the back.

back of the runner

As usual, I had to add an “element” to the back of the quilt too, using leftover squares and strips.

Pieced back

The photo below was taken with a flash, and the project looks “flat”.  I find that interesting that the quilting flattens out in the photo with the flash.  

on the table

I have several prior posts about this project if you are a new visitor to my blog. If you would like to see those posts, follow these links.  Christmas Quilt Along and  here.

note – binding is done using Susie’s Magic binding .  If you would like a tutorial, look here:  Susie’s Magic Binding Tutorial

Now, I can proceed to Clue 4 …….

CLUE Completed and Table Runner too

Feeling quite productive for the middle of the week!  All of my little half-square triangles for Clue # 1 of the Quiltville Winter Mystery, 2015! Allietare! are complete, trimmed and assembled into happy little groups of 10.  Last post you may remember I discussed my “need to practice” with the specialty ruler to get the precise block needed.  Along the way reading other posts, I discovered some folks adding 1/2″ to initial size and then trimming off enough to get the “right sized block”.  The “easy angle ruler” and I are still not great friends.  I did put my single needle plate on my machine to eliminate some of the “chewing of fabric” problem I was having.  That helped.  And, for the last 50 I needed to make, I did up the strip size by 1/2″. They were “much easier” to sew.  I did like the “no lines” approach to using this ruler, cutting through 4 layers of fabric at once to get the required triangles, and not having to “worry about a scant” quarter inch.  I had “room to trim” and that was just fine with me.  Clue # 1

Once I had all my HST units trimmed down, I felt free to work on other projects.  I layered up, and had help “pin basting” the project from Pat Sloan’s class last month.  A friend came over and did most of the pinning while I “cleared the table” of my piles of stuff.  Oh gosh the sewing room has gotten out of control.  She had 2 big quilts to pin baste, and my 4 x 8 table comes in handy.

After we worked on her projects for a couple of hours, I decided I would work on finishing the mystery/Quilt – along project I had in progress.  The pattern was from the blog “From My Carolina Home” and was a scrap buster.  My friend recognized her “bird” fabric in the project.  I love when my friends gift me their treasures. I decided to go for the “table runner” and made 5 of the blocks.  I had a terrible time figuring out what to use for the border and finally settled on red with little white stars.

Table Runner

The project is 98% from the scrap storage boxes.  I only pulled some neutrals out of the fat quarter stash and the border from yardage stash. I think the back will be from the same red as the border.   (Don’t tell, but I have “covered that table again” with my stash storage boxes!)  Tomorrow, I will clear the table again and get the table runner layered up for quilting.    Friday a “new clue” comes out from Bonnie Hunter – Clue # 2 of the Quiltville Winter Mystery, 2015! Allietare!


Links to Quiltville –

Link to From My Carolina Home blog – Christmas Quilt Along