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Friday, January 17, 2020

Frolic - Last of the Clues

Oooh - today is the day!
The big reveal of Frolic.
I had no problem getting clue 8 finished up. 
I just worked all weekend on it.  LOL

Here are all my pieces (clues 1-8) bagged and sorted. 
Now to start on part 9 and putting it all together!

I ran out of blue fabric - so since we need just a smidge more I ran to the fabric store at lunch and bought some more.
I can't wait to get working on it. 

I wanted to tell you also about these TrueGrips.  
I have Eleanor Burns' flying geese rulers. I love the set but they can be slippery on the fabric. I used these little grips, they are see through, very thin and work like a charm.  
I love them and I'll be putting them on a lot more of my rulers.  Totally worth the five dollars. And they were delivered by Amazon - what could be easier?

We received a coupon with one of our Christmas orders for a case of assorted wine.
This is just not something I would buy. I'm just not into different wines. 
However, we did.  I can not believe I'm happy with it. (How do you like our ice bucket?)
It's so fun to do something out of character. 
It's fun to look forward to a wine, you may like, you may not, but it's a surprise.

It certainly puts some fun in life.  

Hmmm... it seems I like mysteries; Frolic and my wines

Okay - sew it's back to sewing.
Linda 







Friday, January 10, 2020

Serious Sewing - Frolic Clue 7

Okay - just to let you know when I get serious about finishing a quilt. I commandeer the dinning room table.  I stop doing house work. Yep.  I said it.  I just don't get around to doing it.  If I'm real serious about finishing I don't cook.    
Being behind on the clues made me go into Serious Sewing Mode. I was worried what new hubby would say as I stopped sitting with him on the couch to watch movies, instead I sit on the floor to cut.  I took over the table   I stopped cleaning. (I'm not sure he has noticed that.)

He is so supportive. He saw I was sewing, he didn't say a word, just simply made us dinner.  He told me that as much as he loves for me to sit with him, he loves that I'm passionate about my quilting.   (Aww - he's a keeper!)


Frolic Clue #8 comes out today.
 (clap, clap, clap. I'm sew excited!)

Whew!  I finished Clue # 7 last night at 10:30!
I don't usually stay up that late, but I was in "gonna get this done" mode!

Pinwheels!
Pinwheels are always fun to sew.  Most of my points are good.  A couple are so-so.  I can live with that.
 Sew - I know what I'm doing this weekend. 
What about you?

Have a great weekend
and Happy Stitching!

Linda

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Cutting for Hours (FNwF Results & OMG)

Honestly I don't know what is wrong with me. Why does it take hours to cut these pieces for Frolic?  Is it because there are so many? Or because my darn rotary blade is dull again, and my mat has been worn out for oh... just a couple years? 

Look - this is what I purchased!  I'm SUPER excited about it.
Lori Holts's Cutting Mat from the Fat Quarter Shop.  This one is TeaRose & Honey
It is so pretty! AND a different color pink than my other mat. 
PLUS it has the yellow on the back - with all the ruler lines so you can utilize both sides. 

And check this out: little dots for the half inch - so much easier.
And my favorite - Scallops (So girly!) on the edges.  
Makes it even easier for cutting.

I wasn't sure about cutting on the yellow side in the evening with the lamp lighting but it was very easy.

I also changed that blade and cut and cut and cut.  The new mat and blade really cut down on my cutting time - but better yet - made it more enjoyable.

This new mat helps my blade stay sharp much longer.
All the wings to my geese.

And my wings becoming geese. 

 I love the blue and green together. 

 Others are still a mystery - more geese? Some other block?
I have finished up clue # 6. Yay

Clue #7 is cut and waiting for me to sew.
I'll get started on that right after work. 

Happy Stitching,
Linda

Oh I almost forgot I'm linking up with Patty of 
January's goal is to finish up Frolic. 

Friday, January 3, 2020

FNwF and Frolic

It is FRIDAY, I get to sew with all of you!

I was super happy that I'm almost caught up on the Frolic Mystery quilt.  
BUT then I looked on Facebook and saw that Bonnie had given another clue.  

What??  Wait, I thought the clues only came out on Fridays. 

Oh that Bonnie!!  She slipped a good one in while I wasn't looking!
She had added another one on New Year's Day. 
 This is my almost finished clue #5. I need to cut off those dog ears and make sure the measurements are correct.

Clue #6 is to cut some lovely greens and make flying geese.  I've been looking through my stash again, and I've found these fabrics. 

Alrighty then, I'll consider this a Super Challenge and work to complete Clue #6 and 7.

I'm linking up with Gone Stitchin' FNwF


Happy Stitching,
Linda

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Frolic Clue #3 - And THE BEST Ruler

One super good thing about getting a new sewing room is that I had to go through all my stuff.  And now it's all organized. I'm so glad I took the time to put everything in it's own place.   I came across this ruler I didn't know I had.   When did I buy it??? 
 Why would I buy it??? 
 I don't even know what it is for.  

UNTIL - Bonnie Hunter talked about her Essential Triangle Ruler. The light bulb went off - the Easy Angle ruler is similar.  I checked out some YouTube videos on how to use it.

For Frolic Clue #3 we had over 150 HSTs (Half Square Triangles) to make.
I used this little puppy and I'M TOTALLY having a BLAST!
It saves so much time, and eliminates so much wasted fabric.  I'm just thrilled.

The ruler allows one to cut only the fabric needed, and to pair up the fabrics at the same time for some speedy chain piecing!

Oooooh!  What Joy!

I checked several and they were turning out the PERFECT size. 
Really, what more could you want from a ruler?
I still have to cut off the dog ears, check each one to be sure it's the correct size (I may have sewn it up wrong). 

And then wait for CLUE #4 on Friday.

That will give me some time to bake some cookies, wrap some presents and get the guest room ready for Serena and Stephen.  They are coming in from Denver on Sunday. Yippe!

Happy Stitching,
Linda in HST Heaven


Friday, December 13, 2019

Frolic Clue 2 & the Jeep

I did get my Frolic clue #2 done quickly last week.  I finished it on Sunday.
It was great as it super easy.

This week's clue will be more labor intensive. It will be more of a challenge.

We did have a little adventure.  We decided that we did not need two trucks. Bruce had one and I still had Mark's work truck. We decided to sell Mark's truck and eventually get a jeep.  Well, the day the truck was sold, Bruce found a jeep.

And this is where the adventure begins. We are in California and the Jeep was in Idaho. Carmax Dealership said they would transport it for $500.00. But if we didn't want it we would be out the $500.  That doesn't sound like a deal to me!

I suggested we drive there ourselves.  Oh, I found out I have a nut for a husband because he said "Sure!"   We ran home, pack a bag, locked the house-
I did remember to grab Marzipan and her food. And off we went.  


We drove straight through and got there at 3:15 am.  By now I was thinking this is NOT a good idea anymore.  Hahaha. We found a hotel, slept in a bit, had a nice breakfast and then went and bought ourselves a Jeep.
Honestly, we had a blast! After the purchase we started back home, because I had to work the next day.  It was soooo worth the trip.

Now I've got to get back to figuring out Frolic clue #3.

Happy Stitching,
Linda   


Monday, December 9, 2019

Frolic Clue #1 - FINISHED

Oh, I knew going in that Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt would be a challenge. I had heard those whispers about there being a lot of little pieces to sew and people not being able to keep up. And then it all happens around the busiest time of the year for me, the Holidays. Oh - I love a challenge and I'm determined to meet it.  

Clue #1 Some  Oh no - some is NOT the right word, MANY little four-patches.
She doesn't tell us how many strips to cut because we are using scraps. So my first run at these units gave me less than 1/3 of the amount I needed.  Back to cutting more strips.  I made twice as many - hmmm...still need more.  Third time I ended up with the EXACT amount I needed.  Awe Nice!
I finally finished up the units Wednesday night - 6 days later.
I looked on Facebook and there were people that did them in one day!

I have no idea what is wrong with me.  Hahaha
Clue #2 is out today - let's see how long it takes me.

Happy Stitching,
Linda