Saturday, November 16, 2013


I happened to look out the window a few minutes ago and saw this beautiful sky.  I grabbed my camera and ran outside.  I took these pictures at 5:20 pm today, November 16, 2013.  This is the sky over my house. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Smith Mountain Morning

This is a quilt I started in a class with the designer of this quilt, Bonnie K. Hunter, last November.  I finally decided to finish it (make it, really, since I had only made a couple of blocks) last month and spent a day remembering where I was with it and how to go on.  Since then I have worked steadily at it and I just got the inner border around the center blocks.  This quilt has a pieced border and I have the blocks already pieced (except for the four corner blocks).  I want to get this quilt finished and to the longarm quilter before Bonnie's new mystery quilt begins the day after Thanksgiving.  Now I have to decide what to use for backing.  By the way, that is Rosebud, better known as Rosie, on the quilt top.  She thinks all the quilts belong to her.

Speaking of the new mystery quilt, I know I showed my fabrics chosen in my last post but I have changed my mind.  I got to thinking that there will probably be more than two hundred quilts in her colors and the ones I've seen pictures of that used different colors stand out.  I want my quilt to stand out!  So I am using Bonnie's greens, yellows and neutrals, but I am changing her blues to medium to dark purples and her oranges to strawberry pinks.  I would love her colors exactly but I need to go my own way.  I used Bonnie's colors for my Smith Mountain Morning but I probably won't do that again.  So here is a picture of my new fabrics.  Just changing two colors will make a big difference in my quilt.  Now I can't wait to get started.  Hurry up Black Friday! 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Fabrics Chosen for Mystery Quilt

Bonnie Hunter posts a mystery quilt on her blog every year starting the day after Thanksgiving.  This year it is called Celtic Solstice and she has already posted the fabric requirements.  Like all her followers, I have already pulled my fabrics for this quilt.  She will post a new clue every week for six to eight weeks, finishing with a large quilt.  I love to do these mysteries because I always learn a lot.  This year her colors are blue, orange, green, yellow, and neutral.  She always does her quilts in scrappy fabrics so here are the ones I chose.  My fabrics are probably a little lighter and brighter than the ones Bonnie shows on her blog.  She actually went to Lowes and got paint chips to show her exact colors.  Many of her followers went to Lowes and got the exact same chips to use to choose their colors.  I would not want to be that precise.  I want my quilt to be mine, not anyone else's.  Ok, Bonnie, I'm ready!  Let the games begin!