Monday, December 30, 2013

Celtic Solstice Step 5

It's been a busy week with the Christmas Holiday and Hubby home! Also had Ms. Rylee for four days so not much happening in the studio for awhile!  Hubby left for New Mexico on Friday and Ms. Rylee went back to her Mom's on Saturday and I kinda felt free!  First though, I had to sit and listen to the silence!!!!

Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon I managed to get caught up with all the Steps of Celtic Solstice!They need to be 'trimmed up,' but they are sewn!!!   It's back-to-school on Thursday so the "split shift" starts again, so am thrilled to be caught and ready for the next step on Friday when I get home from work!

Now, I'll spend some time seeing the progress of others here:

Monday, December 23, 2013

Celtic Solstice..Week 4

Well, another 'Link-up Monday" and of course I am still behind!  I did manage to make progress and will eventually get caught up! (

I have sewn 48 of the needed 120 4-patches. Since I am going so scrappy, it takes me a little longer to gather the fabrics and make the 'patches.' But, this is a HUGE learning experience for me--yep, I'm going SCRAPPY!!!!

My progress so far: (not all the HST's are cut...pressed them with the thread attached so I don't lose them!)

I know Ms. Rylee will be here again until Saturday, but maybe, just maybe, I can be caught up by next "Link-up Monday???"


in the studio!

Got the two quilts and three fleece blankets out the door in good time, but that put me way behind in the gift-making I wanted to do this year! Guess I really need to stick to the rule: "No special orders after October 1st!?"

I made some Kitchen Accessories for my girls this year:

Tea Towels and Pot Holders: (excuse the messing cutting table!)

Hope they like them..they were fun to make! 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Celtic Solstice..Week 3

I am behind!  I didn't step foot into the studio all weekend...Ms. Rylee was with us Friday through Sunday PM, and I had to work on Saturday. Driving a school bus in the snow/ice/rain wasn't a lot of fun and I was just to tired to sew when I got home!

I did manage to pull fabrics from the 2 inch strip bin that I will be using:

Morning route is done, a load of laundry is in the washer, and I have my cup of tea sitting here with me. Now, off to see how many of these HST's and pinwheels I can get cut/sewn before I have to return to work!  Nothing on the schedule, as of yet, for this evening so should be able to finish them up then.

It's great to see ehat "others" are doing with this mystery...find them here:

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Fleece blankets

that were commissioned are done!  Thanks to my oldest daughter, Stacy's help all three commissioned fleece blankets are done and ready to be picked up!  I normally don't take any orders after October 1st for Christmas, but just couldn't say "no" to this one! Gifts for kids who are less fortunate, I just can't deny!

pink on both sides for the teenage girl

turtles for the other gal

and for the "little man"
Also included is a small gift for "Mom."  They took a jar and made a manicure kewl! The idea came from here:

Thanks Stacy for your help! And we pray that this Mother and Children have a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Crazy Blocks...

...was a swap I was in over at

Christmas fabrics were used and the pattern called for "Crazy" blocks. This is something I had never done before and I needed a "sofa" quilt that Hubby can use on his recliner for the upcoming Holidays, so I jumped! Another new adventure for me! I decided since I managed one new technique, I might as well try another! The back is pieced with 10 inch square left-over Christmas fabrics...again, something I had never done before.  But, I am happy with the quilt and most importantly, I used up some "stash" and Hubby says, "It's warm!"

Phantom of the Opera.... a quilt that I made for a gal at our local High School.  Sure hope she like it!

The Quilt

The Back shows the quilting

A matching pillowcase

This was fun after a pattern was decided on!

Celtic Solstice ..week 2

Another week has rolled around and the studio has been a busy place! My blocks for step #1 are together, just need to given them a final pressing and square them up.


I have around 70 blocks done for step #2. These should be completed before the next step is revealed. 

Check out what other's are doing with this Mystery at:

 This is once again a challenge for me since I have a very hard time piecing/designing/quilting scrappy! Slowly I am overcoming this hurdle!  I am finding I usually like the end results of "scrappy," it's just hard for me to do....But, overcoming this 'mind-set' and branching out of my comfort zone is learning! I will keep trying!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Celtic Solstice Monday report

...With the Hubby and the granddaughter here all weekend, I sure didn't get time in the studio like I wanted! They are usually pretty good about allowing me some "me time," but this weekend they were very "needy."  Granddaughter went home last night and Hubby went to unload this morning.

Studio time for a few hours I had!  I got all the orange and background triangles cut. I also cut some of the "blues" but not all of them. I can only cut so long then my hand starts hurting, so I'll finish those later.  I did manage to get ten orange blocks and ten background blocks made. (Background is white...the lighting this morning has them looking yellow)

 I have a pretty empty calendar this week so such be able to get the rest done by Friday's new release.

Am off on a mini road trip in a few minutes...meeting up with some quilting friends for lunch--what a wonderful end to a Holiday weekend!!!!