Sunday, January 18, 2009

Mystery Quilts and A Weekend Well Spent !

Here is another older quilt that was a mystery quilt called "Bears in Cabin" that I began piecing in 1999. I finished it a couple of years later. If you look closely on the right side you will see another little blue and pink wall hanging that was a mystery quilt too.

The large Bears in a Cabin quilt is part of my header. The tiny toenails of the bearspaw part of the pink and turquoise quilt, are indeed quite small- the half square triangles measure 3/4 of an inch finished. The other little pink one I chose the colors for it( I am sorry that I don't know the name of it.) The Bearspaw Cabin colour combination was chosen by the store. I gave the quilt store some idea of the colors that I liked, and they came up with the combination. The one thing that I added was the outside borders after the central top was made. Now, I prefer picking my own color combinations but it is much harder when it is a mystery quilt. I have thought of making some of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilts but have only ever managed to cut strips in the time others have completed the quilt.
I have decided that I have just too many quilts and techniques that I want to do- perhaps I should make a list of upcoming quilts to make. :D)

Do you like to pick your own colors or make quilts from kits? Do you change/adapt the pattern to make it your own? I like to add borders to my quilts when I have the time too. It has been awhile since I have done a pieced border on a quilt - maybe it is time to do a quilt with a pieced border too.

For the first time in a while, I haven't had to complete a quilt for a specific person. I have made quilts as wedding gifts for nieces, and family quilts for quite an extended time period. The more recent quilts were created for the person based on designs and colors that I thought the person for whom I was making the quilt, would like. When I began quilting, I would finish a quilt and then give it to someone who I thought would like that quilt. The process is quite different, and it is nice to make a quilt, just because I like the pattern and fabrics. I am sure that one day I will again make a quilt for a special someone, with their preferences in mind but right now, it is fun to be experimenting with my own choices of the colors and fabrics.

This weekend has been quite pleasant with some time with my family and some quilting time too. Today ,I finished quilting a Disappearing 9 patch quilt that I started last spring, but I haven't trimmed it yet. I will post it with a couple of other quilts that I have finished up recently. I am very happy to have another quilt quilted up- I was having some trouble with the thread breaking, but I persisted and the quilt looks quilt lovely. The fabrics are sunflowers so it is this sea of sunflowers. Sunflowers are my favorite flowers - they always make me smile. I have made a snippets Sunflower wallhanging that hangs in Bruce's brother's house. It was made from a Cindy Walter's Snippets book- it is a fun technique to experiment with, that uses fused fabric to create a picture collage.

Yesterday I went with my husband, Bruce to our local library where he gave a talk to a group of people about the History of the Telescope. People loved all the wonderful photos from the Hubble Telescope. Bruce brought a small piece of the Buzzard Coulee meteorite that he and a friend found in Saskatchewan recently. It is always a joy to see him share his knowledge and passion about Astronomy with others. This year is the International year of Astronomy so there are lots of special events happening in our community to celebrate Astronomy.

We then went and did some grocery shopping so the fridge has some fresh produce in it. I made a nice green salad and he made Beef Stroganoff so we had a delicious dinner. My friend Lou had lent me the movie Mamma Mia so we watched it.
ABBA music is always fun and it was a nice movie to end off a full Saturday.

This week I received a lovely giveaway prize from Deb in Alaska . It was a beautiful vellum square book with an art collage picture in the front that Deb created. She does beautiful purses and art quilts- do check out her blog and be inspired by her lovely work. Thank you, Deb, for the lovely book and planner- It will be treasured and enjoyed.

Tonight I am watching the Edmonton Oiler's Hockey game. My spouse and I are hockey fans , and in earlier years we spent many hours in the hockey arena watching our son play minor hockey. Bruce also had NHL Oiler hockey season tickets for a number of years, when we were first together. Tonight's game was a trip down memory lane, as they retired one of my favorite player's, Glenn Anderson's sweater. Glenn came to visit my school when I was a much younger teacher. He gave back much to the community, while he played hockey here. I am glad they finally were able to retire his sweater.

I found one of my favorite pink bracelets that I thought was lost forever so all in all - it has been a productive enjoyable weekend. I hope that your weekend was too.
Happy Quilting to one and all,



Chookyblue...... said...

lovely the design.......I usually end up changing things around in a quilt...........fabrics or colours or enlarging it........

Joyce said...

I have only ever done two kits and I much much prefer to pick my own colors and patterns or just make it up as Igo along. These were for my SIL though and she didn't want to pick fabrics. Your Bears Paw is gorgeous and such tiny pieces!

Wanda said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend. If I may ask, how many quilts do you have? Wow...I am so impressed with your work and your collection! I am stuck with my first (and I must admit, probably my only) quilt. I need someone to either kick me in the behind or finish the stupid thing. I've got the top done (it's huge..8x9 or bigger) but I don't know what to do from here. I can't even seem to sew the three pieces of material together for the back! Wow...too bad I don't live near you!

Barbara C said...

What a beautiful quilt. I love those colors.

I don't think I've ever made a kit quilt, but that's not saying that I wouldn't. And I'm also feeling the urge to do more pieced borders. There are so many beautiful ones and they really add a lot to the design of most quilts.

Eileen said...

What a lovbely weekend you had. The Bear;'s Paw quilt is lovely colors. I have never bought a full quilt kit. A coupld little ones. To much material to do that.You should do Bonnie's last mystery. Now that I've seen it I really like it but don't but need another quilt to quilt.

GARI said...

I have never made a quilt according to the directions. I have bought two kits but both are still in the package. I much prefer to pick my own colors and don't even like the fabric maker to pick for me. I tend to make design decisions as I go along in the quilt making process. And I LOVE it.

Perry said...

Great quilt! I usually buy fabric collections and then try to find a pattern to make out of them. I used to buy fabric just to have a stash but have finally quit that. And I buy an occasional kit if I really like it. I do have a bad tendency to substitute fabric in kits I buy and change up the borders and add my own touches. Maybe that's why I don't seem to get much done, lol.

Micki said...

That's a wonderful quilt, and it sounds like you had a wonderful weekend.
I have given you an award on my blog.

Kim said...

Love the Bear Paw! Was the first quilt that I made. Your's in pretty. Nice!

Deb H said...

Bear paw is a favorite of mine. Probably has something to do with the real bears we have in our yard occaisionally.

Your welcome, & thanks you too, for visiting, & blogging! I love seeing what you do!

laura west kong said...

beautiful quilt and such pretty colors! =(^_^)=

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Love your quilts, Anna! (So does your cat). I like to make up my own color combination for quilts and do my own tweaking of patterns, kits don't exactly leave me the freedom I like to feel creative. I'm glad you found your bracelet, I lost an earring yesterday... maybe your luck will rub off on me!

JudyL said...

Love those colors!!