Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Allietare Scraps & Blacks

Week 4 of Bonnie Hunter's 2015-16 mystery quilt, Allietare is a big one -- 120 red and white flying geese units in 30 sets of four. When I sat down to make my cutting plan, I started to think that Bonnie's quilts are really designed for scraps, and so far I've been using yardage. My scrap box is not very big, but I thought there might be a few more Kaffe reds in there. I was right!

I had enough for one set each of the two Brandon Mably fabrics above. Near the bottom of the box was a real treasure, a full 2.5" x width of fabric strip of red Kirman, now discontinued. Enough for three sets:

And, a big enough piece of red Asian Circles for two sets as well:

So that was exciting! I might have rejected that last one at the beginning of the mystery, but now I have a good sense of how things are going, and I know it will work.

In addition to the black hearts fabric that I cut for Week 2, I have five more black fabrics to work with:

The small prints here are a good balance to the large prints on my reds and golds.

And once again, even though the instructions call for a random mix of light fabrics, I cut them in matched sets of four. I have a good feeling about how that's going to work. Finally, after two days of cutting, I was able to match up all the sets:

That was fun!

But my shoulder has had enough. I was able to sew the black "wings" on 10 sets, and completely finish just one set...

Kaffe, Brandon and Mary Engelbreit!

...and even though I love how it is coming together, my shoulder just isn't having it. So it is all packed up, and let's hope that three full days of rest will give it a chance to cool off.

Click here to see how everyone else is doing with the Week 4 challenge. From me, I wish everyone a wonderful holiday, no matter what holiday you are celebrating!


  1. Ooh, more Kaffe. Loving how you are using his prints. I have a chunk of Kirman on my shelf somewhere. It is a lovely print, isn't it? Give that shoulder a good rest. Painful sewing does not sound like any kind of fun. Here the weather has been mild. Some rain in the past few days and temps in the 60s. The temperature over in New York City is predicted at 72 tomorrow.

  2. What great fabrics you're using for the mystery. It will have a totally different look from so many others that are sewing along. It looks like it's been an incredible amount of sewing, but really coming out neat.

  3. Fabulous units for Clue #4. I love your variety of fabrics

  4. It's interesting what a difference that really interesting collection of darks make. Glad you rummaged in your scraps - some real finds and so satisfying. Frustrating to have the ongoing shoulder problem. Guess you have to accept the complete rest concept and just imagine the next steps. A very Happy and pain-free Christmas.

    1. LOL, yes, the "complete rest concept" is a tricky one for me! But hopefully I'll get the hang of it. :D

      Happy Christmas to you and your family too!

  5. I'm enjoying watching your quilt come together. Such lovely fabrics. I hope your shoulder gets better soon. Merry Christmas.

  6. This quilt seems to be coming along amazingly quickly. I love how the pieces are beginning to make sense together. It looks great.

    Good luck with resting the shoulder and in the meantime, have a great Christmas.

    1. Yes, the whole thing is usually about six weeks, so it is intense! Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you too!

  7. This is coming along well and some lovely scraps you have found for the flying geese. Hope the shoulder is soon much better, resting it is the best way to heal it. Have a lovely Christmas with the family

  8. It looks so wonderful! Happy Holidays.

  9. Great fabrics, I'm looking forward to seeing your quilt come together. I hope your shoulder will soon get better. Merry Christmas!

  10. How great that you discovered all of those wonderful red Kaffe prints! A great gift at this time of the year. This is going to be gorgeous.


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