Good Morning, Quilters!
I am calling today a Show & Share Tuesday – because some really great photo finishes have been sent in, and we all could use a break from Grand Illusion right about now!
Okay –that’s not the only reason.
I have done NOTHING since last evening’s Power Purge post but clean my kitchen, wash bedding, clean the cat box and fill book orders.
I’m filling book orders every spare minute, and that is where you will find me today –at the dining room table.
So let’s bring some color and beauty to this otherwise dreary and rainy cold North Carolina day --
This is Debbie’s Bow-Dacious from Adventures with Leaders & Enders!
Hi, Bonnie. I just wanted to share my Bow-Dacious! quilt top with you. Well, I am only sharing the photo, not the quilt top. Sorry. I just loved making the little bow ties which used so many small pieces and it was so much fun making one or two bow ties every day. I know they were supposed to be leaders and enders, but it was too much fun to just make just a few at a time so I kept making them.
I love it! It’s just terrific….WOW! Doesn’t this just make you want to dig into the scraps, sort them my color and just SEW!
Thanks for all you do for us quilters.
Thanks for sharing your terrific top, Debbie – can’t wait to see it quilted and bound!
Next up is Ness!
Emery’s Stars can be found under the Free Patterns tab at the top of the blog!
So know I just sent you a long windy but I had to send a pick of the baby Emery quilt...I think it's the cutest baby quilt ever. :) Ness
This would be a GREAT project to use all of the bonus triangles you are getting from your Grand Illusion units from Part 2! I made mine to gift to my niece Emery when she was born. The blocks finish at 6” and you can make as many as you want to make the quilt the size you want it to be. You could even build these stars with your bonus triangles on the side, as Leaders & Enders in between working on your Grand Illusion mystery quilt!
Thank you for sharing, Ness – this is awesome!
Next up is Gunn from Norway!
Gunn’s version of Pineapple Blossom from the Free Patterns tab!
I love how she made her “blossoms”in three different color families! This took some planning, and isn’t it beautiful?
Thank you for shearing pattern. Love this quilt I made!Thank you for sharing this beauty with us! SO beautifully made!
From Gunn Torild in Norway
Sue McIlvaine’s Celtic Solstice!
Just needs a binding. Ready for the next one ! So much fun to make and I've received lots of compliments. Thanks Bonnie for the fantastic pattern. Always a challenge, but I learn so much.
I loved the colors she chose, and how she turned the chevron units inside out making the block a star instead of the way mine was. Playing with units in a quilt, and rearranging them to suit your own desires and vision for your quilt is part of the fun of making the quilt in the first place! I love both versions!
And with the showing of this quilt there is something I can let out of the bag that is happening with my Mystery patterns after they’ve been retired.
In the past we’ve waited for the next book ---but that is getting harder to do. How can you retire a pattern and then wait 2 years for it to appear in a book?!
My publisher, Kansas City Star is getting into the swing of things and beginning to offer up single patterns as well as books! I talked to them just last week and we have a plan to release BOTH Celtic Solstice AND Grand Illusion as individual single printed patterns this spring! HOORAY!
That solves a huge problem for me with people wanting to know where they can purchase the pattern after it’s been retired. It puts the pattern in the hands of those who want it who missed it when we were running it as a mystery, and we don’t have to wait for a book, and you don’t have to purchase a whole book to get it!
This MAY mean we need to retire Grand Illusion as early as MARCH ---so keep that in mind and print your clues as they are released – or I”ll have to refer you to the printed version later.
I’m excited. I hope you can understand why and be excited for me too.
We are currently at 165 entries in Yesterday’s Grand Illusion Mystery Monday Link-Up, Part 2!
I hope more will be joining us through the week. Entries will be accepted until Thursday, Dec 11 at 11:55pm EST. We want to see how your progress is coming, so please join us!
Quilt-Cam tomorrow night at 9pm EST right here on the blog. Those baby quilts need to be DONE! So I’ll spend today and tomorrow getting as many book orders out as I can, and then take some time to sew tomorrow evening with you.
Oh, and my online store? WE BROKE IT!! I’m serious. I went back into my control panel at 9pm on Sunday to turn my sale off, and it is broken. I couldn’t get to anything – so it is now offline. My webhost is trying to fix it. Actually, they made it worse by reverting me from shopsite 10.0 to 8.3 instead of pushing me forward to 11.2. WHATEVER. So if you are trying to process a book order, please wait – hopefully we will have it fixed in the next 24 to 48 hours.
Which also gives me a chance to catch up with the backlog here.
Long winded and wordy post, but there you have it!
Happy Tuesday, everyone!