Thursday, 26 November 2020

Preparation - Bonnie Hunter's Grassy Creek 2020 Mystery Quilt - 1 day to go


New Rotary Cutting Blade
New Rotary Cutting Blade
Happy Thanksgiving! What does this mean - it means that there is only one sleep until Bonnie Hunter's Grassy Creek 2020 Mystery Quilt kicks off tomorrow.  You will have seen my previous post with all my lovely fabrics set to go and today I making some further preparations for the next few weeks.  Firstly, I have put a new rotary blade into my cutter.  There is going to be a lot of cutting in the next few weeks, so lets make it a pleasure.

New Machine Needle
New Machine Needle
Secondly, I have put a new needle into my sewing machine.  Again, there is going to be a lot of sewing in the next few weeks, so let's start off on a good foot.
Sewing Machine Bobbins
Sewing Machine Bobbins
Thirdly, clean out the bobbin case of your sewing machine. It will be interesting to see what it is like after the Grassy Creek Mystery Quilt, but at least I will know it was clean to start with.  Fourthly, wind some bobbins.  We are going to get through a load of these and according to Sod's Law it is usually at the most inconvenient time.  Because this is a scrap quilt, I will probably take the opportunity to empty some half filled bobbins too.
Leaders and Enders Projects
Leaders and Enders Projects
And finally, I am making an assumption that there will be a lot of chain piecing, so if you have a 'Leaders and Enders' project to hand, it might be worth pulling that out in readiness to see what can be achieved with an additional project.

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Final Stash Pull - Bonnie Hunter's Grassy Creek 2020 Mystery Quilt - 16 days to go

Just 16 days to go. I have been doing some final preparations for Bonnie Hunter's Grassy Creek 2020 Mystery Quilt by doing a thorough pull from my stash for her colours.  Luckily, I had quite a bit of fabric left over from my Dear Jane quilt in very similar colours, so that is filling the bulk of the stash pull.  However, with most of the sewing being done over the Christmas period, I do not want to go short, so for 'safety' I made an order to The Sewing Studio in Redruth for the colours below.  On the far left there is a grey Grunge -I think it will be a perfect addition.  The others include some Ruby Star fabrics - just because they have metallic shiny flecks on them!

Succulents by Rachel of Greenfields

'Succulents' by Rachel of Greenfields

If you have been following my Facebook page, you will know that I have been using 'Strictly Come Dancing' on a Saturday night to do some hand stitching on this little 'Succulents' kit from Rachel of Greenfields.  This is the second one I have done and it is now hanging on my wall. I love the bright colours and the quick finish!

Sunday, 1 November 2020

Stash Pull - Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2020 - Grassy Creek

The anticipation has got the better of me and I had to reach into my stash and pull the colours for Grassy Creek.  I have done about four of Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilts and each time I have changed the colours. I looked out of my own window to admire the autumn trees and all the colours were there, so this year, I think I will stick with her colour scheme.

Grey - 5 yds - I have gone for a warm grey.  I have a lot of this as I seem to have been collecting it for something special - think this is it.
Cream - 3 yds -  I always have lots of this too.  Not sure how happy I will be cutting it up for strip piecing.
Green - 1.5 yds- love green, but you have to have the right one
Red - 1.5 yds - love red and have loads
Yellow - 1.5 yds - I have gone for a gold / mustard colour if possible
Orange - 1 yd  - probably have enough of this and wish there was more of it in the quilt.

Having done this audit I went online to buy more fabric - just in case.😁