The time is finally here! The first clue of Bonnie Hunter's annual mystery quilt was released the day after Thanksgiving. There was never any doubt I would participate...but it did seem like I was stuck in second gear and just couldn't get up and running.
I did finally get my fabrics chosen...it'll be no surprise to most of you that I switched up the colors once again this year. This time I'm going with Civil War-ish fabrics/colors. I say "-ish," because I can't guarantee everything is truly a CW reproduction, but came from my stash and looked close enough to me! I still need a trip to the LQS for a few more reds. Cheddar will be my constant. Of course, there will also be neutrals, which somehow escaped this picture!
Our son came for the Thanksgiving weekend...which he has done for the last few years...so I knew I was not going be able to jump up Friday morning when the clue was released and start cutting or sewing. But I'm fine with that...if I had the choice of family being here or sewing, I'd choose family every time! We had a great visit...skiing, sight-seeing, playing board games...and of course, eating!!
Sunday afternoon after we dropped him at the airport, I did finally cut a few strips and get a little sewing accomplished. Like most everyone else, I had to assemble a couple units from the first clue!
If you're following along at all through blogs and/or Facebook, you'll see a few guesses at what the units might possible turn in to....I love this star option.
After 6-7 mysteries with Bonnie...I've learned it's hard to predict what she's come up with. She's good at holding us in suspense and keeping it a secret...and I for one am always amazed at how all the parts and units come together in the end!
There is sure to be many linking up on the Quiltville Blog today, so be sure to head over to check out everyone's progress!
I also finished up this little gem this weekend. This is part of the "Another Year of Schnibbles" sew along...but it's not a Schnibbles pattern! The girls are branching out a little and trying something different...this pattern is Mini-Stems by Fig Tree. I'll admit, after the crazy month I had and being away from home for over half of November, I really didn't think I'd be able to pull this one together.
I found myself with a free afternoon last week, though, and decided to see what I could do. I looked in my pre-cut 1.5" bin and found enough strips to make it work. The pattern shows it more scrappy, which is more my style too...but at that point, I just needed to get 'er done! :)
It turns out, it's a perfect fit for a topper for my treadle machine...it is made with Christmas fabrics, but it just might need to stay there all year long! This spot has become fun for Christmas decorations, so this will be a nice addition!
Sherri and Sinta will be posting the Schnibbles parade in the next day or two, so be sure to check out all the other "Stems" quilts!