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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Mail Call!

Three things to be happy about:
(1) a stubborn mule (you get to feel superior!)
(2) children running
(3) eating breakfast for dinner

I got a very welcome package in the mail yesterday!

Remember my Scrap Crystals quilt, taught by Bonnie Hunter on her August 2013 Alaskan quilters' cruise?

(In case I haven't mentioned it, my approach to a quilters' cruise is this ... I work diligently during class time, perhaps I might drop in during the evening extra sewing time, but the bulk of the at-sea time?  I'm enjoying the ship's pools, shops, clubs, casino, eateries and just plain people-watching  - if I go home with only one block pieced, that's perfectly fine with me!)

I finished the top last April, I showed the finished top in this post.  In mid-September I sent it off to Missouri Star for quilting.

I'm quite satisfied with the results!  They estimated a 7 week turnaround - it was about 8 weeks but I wasn't in a hurry.

Can you see the quilting pattern?

(This iPad shot came out really dark)

I wasn't particular about the pattern, it's such a busy quilt!   But I picked a snowflake meander just because the quilt is called Scrap Crystals.    

I chose a backing fabric, they threw in the batting for free and trimmed it - and I had the audacity to ask for the scraps!

Well shoot, I paid for em...

Lots of scrappiness in this quilt!

The sashing treatment is different from Bonnie's.  I pieced blues and greens to make the strips, used neutral diamonds as cornerstones.

I blogged about making the pieced sashings here and here.

Just have to make the binding and a label and this UFO is officially finished!

Now to tackle that Texas Tumbleweeds... sew forth and sew on...


  1. What a beauty! I now have crystal envy!
    (Actually, I remember feeling this envy last spring when you were working on the borders. Still want to make one of these myself, and now even more!)

  2. The quilt looks great, looking forward to seeing up close at the next meeting.

  3. It's beautiful and I like the quilting motif you chose for it. I am lucky to have a local quilter who sometimes has things back to me the next day (when I'm in a pinch).

  4. What a happy day for you! Mine is inching slowly up to the top of my UFO list. Maybe after I get the piano key border for Tumalo Trail done....Finally got all 64 blocks done.


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