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,

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,