Saturday, May 25, 2013

Jaggie's Mystery Quilt Step #7

Jaggie's Mystery Step #7

Sorry, we're late, we've been having problems with out internet service, but we're up and running now.

Join the units together to form the blocks just like the picture.  Next week we'll give you the last step and then we'll show you what we've done.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Michelle's Mystery Creating Chevrons

Well I am happy to say that yesterday I was able to work on my mystery quilt more than I thought I'd be able to in one day.
My husband had drill (Army Reserves) and must toddler spent Saturday night at my parents' house, so after the usual weekend chores and grocery shopping, I sat down and was able to spend some time at the sewing machine. In fact, after both my boys came home, they went next door to swim and I got almost another hour in (while catching up on some of my favorite TV shows on my iPad!) It was a great day! 
So for those who are working on the mystery quilt, are you having fun!?! Are you excited to start putting blocks together?
If you haven't started, it's not too late. You can start at Step No. 1 and join us in Jaggie's Mystery Quilt's Adventure.

I am trying to figure out what I want to do with the extras that I cut from the flying geese and leftover fabric. Do you usually do something with it? Save for later, integrate into the quilt like a border or designs on backing or do you make something to go with it like a pillowcase or drawstring bag? I've always wanted to make a matching pillowcase for a quilt. What do you think?

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Jaggie's Mystery Quilt Part #6

Make 48 four patch units using two half-square triangles and a 3" X 3" square of background fabric and focus fabric.

I had to use Michelle's fabric as this week's example because I am spending the weekend with her and her toddler while Veronica is out of town.

Do you think you see the pattern yet? See you next Saturday!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Michelle's Mystery: Flying Geese

I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day!! Did you get any quilting done? I did!!

My husband is entering his last week of law school finals … for the first semester … and to ensure that he could study, my little Monkey and I headed to my parents’ house for a fun-filled day where my toddler and Jaggie jumped on Grammie and Happy’s bed, regardless of us telling them to stop. Seriously, those two are trouble, but for once it wasn’t there bear’s fault!

In between rescuing them from high-flying antics I was able to get some work done on my mystery quilt and I am **almost** caught up … if things don’t get too hectic this week.

I spent some time with flying geese this weekend and let’s just say, there was less of a mess than “actual” flying geese! I worked on both sets, I think from weeks 3 and week 4 … and once I got into a rhythm the geese were “flying”. I almost finished them, just a few more left – hopefully I can get them done tonight.  

I am so excited be at the part where we start putting it together! Eek! I’ll post photos next week, as I forgot to take photos while I was “in the zone”. I hope you’ll share your photos with us too, just visit our Facebook page!

Happy stitching!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Jaggie's Mystery Quilt part #5

Here we go with Step #5.  This one is really easy, you'll have it done lickity split fast.  I know all of you have all of their flying geese done, so here we go.  Take your Step #3 units and sew your Step #4 units to them.  If your looking at your goose and he looks like he's flying up, you need to have your Step # 3 at the bottom and add Step #4 unit to the top of that one.  This will look lie you're building a Chevron.  I'm sorry, but I can't add the picture right now, no one is here to help me.  I'm just a bear after all.  Don't worry though, I'll get some pictures on later today.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Michelle's Mystery: Trouble with Triangles

Well, life happens and i am a week or so behind on my quilt. Life with a toddler gets pretty hectic, but it looks like we are well on our way in this mystery quilt and I got to my first roadblock. Now, I have been watching my mom at her crafts for years, including quilting. At 15, I made my first quilt top. Others followed, but save for one quilt - which is yet to be finished - none of them used triangles.

It's not that I am scared to attempt them, I'm just not fond if them. I am quite happy to get creative with squares and triangles, so on two levels, this mystery quilt is taking me out of my comfort zone.

So when mom got back from her last trip, Paducah, she sat down and walked me through the process of both the half-square triangle and the flying geese. I felt pretty confident, so I found some time in between making gifts for Teachers Appreciation Week and hubby studying for law finals.

I sat down at my much-neglected sewing machine and started on 16-pages of half square triangles. It was not too bad, once I got into the rhythm. I did discover one thing that many people, quilters and non-quilters discover at one point in life. I now have to wear glasses when I sew. {sigh} I just got them in January and hadn't needed to wear them for needlework yet, but alas, for machine work.

I can't wait to see what everyone else's quilts will look like. Until next week, when we talk "flying geese", happy stitching!!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Jaggie's Mystery Quilt Part #4

Here we go with part #4.  It's really very easy, all you have to do is grab your 3" x 5 1/2" medium rectangles and your 3" x 3" accent #1 squares and make 48 more flying geese.  Have fun, see you next week with step #5.