Thursday, December 4, 2014

Rainy Day Sewing: Grand Illusion Part 1

We are having a wonderfully rainy day here in Santa Fe.  Rain is a welcome sight in the high desert and today was perfect for having a day off of work with nothing pressing to do and no errands that needed running.  I sewed and listened to the rain falling on the skylights and drank hot tea and listened to podcasts on the laptop and made cookies.  A cozy not-too-chilly wintery day.

I am happy to report that I finished Step 1 of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt.  It feels great to be caught up before the next step is posted.  I am reveling in this as it may not last LOL!

Here are examples of my first 100 blocks.

Due to the rainy day, I couldn't quite capture the true colors of the blocks but you get the idea.











Check out everyone else's blocks at the link up here:
http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2014/12/mystery-monday-link-up-part-1.html

New step will be posted bright and early tomorrow morning.




Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mini Stems for the Parade

Just a quick post to add my mini Stems quilt to the AYOS parade.  It was a busy holiday weekend and I nearly forgot to post my entry.

 I used an older Fig Tree line called Cinnamon Stars and Moda Bella solid in Fig Tree cream for the background.  This has a slightly autumn feel to it with the darker colors.  This was a fun quilt to make and I may have to add the "regular" size version to my list of quilts to make.

Hop on over to Sherri and Sinta's blogs to see the rest of the parade.
We all enjoyed our Thanksgiving here in Santa Fe.  We celebrated with a turkey dinner on Friday (I worked all day Thanksgiving).  The kitties hung out in the kitchen all day and were rewarded for their hard work supervising with some little bites of turkey.  Remy decided that turkey is his new favorite thing and purred up a storm until falling sound asleep in his box.

Hope everyone in the US had a great holiday weekend!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Winter is Here and Getting Ready for the Mystery Quilt

Winter has arrived in Santa Fe, which had me scrambling for hats, gloves, socks, and 57 layers of clothes.


We had snow that stayed for a few days, then slightly less cold weather, and then graupel on Sunday, and then cold windy weather today.











Gomez and Stella are taking advantage of the pile of quilts on the couch and spend their days curled up.


I have most everything ready for our Thanksgiving dinner this week (which we are having on Friday since I'm working on Thursday).  I know there may be one quick trip to the grocery store for a couple things but not much.  

I am really looking forward to starting Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt on Friday.  Even though I don't *entirely* have past years' mysteries done (ah hum), I'm going to join in on this one.  

I'm using Bonnie's color choices this year but a bit more toned down. Here are the slightly different paint chips that I am using as a rough guide to my color choices.

















Yellow is not one of the colors I use very much so I did purchase yardage but the rest I mostly pulled from stash. 





Blacks and neutrals are pulled and waiting to go also.  

Can't wait to see everyone's fabric choices this year.
















Friday, November 7, 2014

An Overdue Trip to Michigan for this Aunt

The end of October brought a long overdue trip to Michigan to visit the family.  I planned my trip to coincide with Halloween because I wanted to join in on the fun of trick-or-treating with niece Mackenzie (4 1/2 y.o.) and nephew Cameron (20 mo.) and newest nephew Benjamin (2 mo.).

We visited a cider mill and went pumpkin-picking.

Celebrated October birthdays (mine and sister-in-law's).


















Carved pumpkins...


















.....and took lots and lots of selfies. (I taught Mackenzie how to do this on my iPhone and now I have eleventy billion photos LOL!)



















Trick-or-treating was short-lived as it snowed and snowed and the wind was blowing like crazy.  Only in Michigan....


My visit was much too short but I did fit in a trip to my favorite Michigan quilt store Mabelena's.  I picked up some new Fig Tree fat quarters for a soon-to-be project and some great Boo Crew fabric on sale for a future Schnibble project. 

My visit was way too short and I hope to get back soon before this little guy grows up too much.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sending Love to Canada

Sending love, hugs, and heartfelt sympathy to Canada.  I was horrified to hear about the terrible, violent attack in Ottawa.  My thoughts are with everyone, especially the loved ones of the soldier who was killed today.

May peace return to your fair city soon.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Of Aspens and Quilt Shows

The aspens are changing colors in the mountains, and cooler nights have arrived.

Mr. SBQ's parents were in town last week and we did all the tourist things--Georgia O'Keefe museum, history museum, art museum, Indian art museum, Taos, Acoma pueblo, shopping on the plaza, eating at great restaurants, looking at scenery, and strolling along Canyon Road.   It was a busy 5 days LOL!


Canyon Road sculpture gallery
Yesterday was my day off and we actually had a proper overcast-and-rainy day in Santa Fe.  I ventured out to the Quilt Fiesta quilt show held by the local quilt guild.  It was a small show with about a dozen vendors (which is great because I'm on a no-buy at least until my trip to Michigan later this month.) Here are a few of the quilts that caught my eye from the show. 



It was great to do something "quilty" for a change.

And now I'm all inspired to work on a new project or two :)




And of course, no post is complete without a cat photo.  Stella was snuggled on the couch among the quilts. Such is the life.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy October!

Or as I like to call it "Extra Hugs for Black Cats Month"

Remy was caught in a late morning sunbeam.  I don't think he moved for a full 5 minutes.