Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!

Pattern by Judy Mathieson

So, it turns out that I am very bad at quitting anything. I'd like to say I've found my compass, or something apt like that, but truth is I'm just blowing around in the wind. But in any case, I may as well blog about it. 😂

The new Quiltville mystery, Frolic, has started! I started too, but I'm not so sure my colours are working. I'm waiting for the reveal to see if I need to change course. In the meantime, I have plenty left to do on last year's mystery, Good Fortune! I've shared a little of that on Instagram, but never here on the blog.

I decided to try a dark background for a change, and I'm very happy with that. The instructions called for string units, but I didn't have a lot of orange strings. I tried some slightly improvisational skinny inserts instead:


I'm happy with them too. Of course, the process of making them created a lot of orange strings! And since I decided to make the quilt larger by adding blocks, I made some string blocks as well.


My new laptop doesn't have the good editing software, yet, so apologies, my pictures are not the usual standard.

The orange blocks are nearly finished. I made two test blocks for the stars...


They looked a little small when I took the photo, but I don't know if that is just a question of pressing or if I need to tweak them.

And that Mariner's Compass at the top? A medallion for the centre! The pattern is easy foundation paper piecing from Judy Mathieson's book Mariner's Compass Quilts, New Directions (C&T Publishing 1995).

I'm super happy with everything in this quilt, the warm colours will be really nice in winter.

I want to do another dark background for this year's quilt, but I'm not quite sure of the colour placement. Bonnie's colours blend where mine contrast, so I think I should wait for the reveal. And as we all know, I have plenty of other projects to keep me busy.

Happy new year everyone! Let's sew!

19 comments:

  1. It is good to see what you are playing with. Happy New year to you.

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  2. You've got the 2020 mojo. Brilliant colors.

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    1. Lol, is that what it is? ;) Thanks and happy new year!

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  3. really fun colors and blocks. Happy New year

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  4. I love your Good Fortune colours... totally vibrant!
    Can't wait to see what you do with Frolic!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! Very keen to see the reveal!

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  5. Your skinny inserts look awesome. Very spunky. So glad to see you back in Blogland again! Had to re-add you to the link list again so I can comment easier instead of just lurking.:) Happy, Happy New Year!

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  6. Delicious colours in both the Compass and your blocks for the Bonnie Hunter Good Fortune!

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    1. Thank you! My tried and true favorites. 😁

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  7. Welcome back. I like how you improvised those string blocks.

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  8. Welcome back! Your colours are pretty appropriate from my point of view - reflecting much of our landscape at the moment.They work for me!

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    1. Thanks Jillian, it's good to be back. And hopefully you will get a break from the heat soon!

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  9. What a delight to read your post. I've missed you. Snaps on Instagram aren't the same. It's always interesting to see how you take a pattern and change it up. Your colors glow and contrast.
    I have that same Compass book and have always intended to use one of her designs. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Lol, what a great segue into the post I am about to write! Thanks, Ann, great to be back!

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  10. Welcome back! I like how you used skinny strips instead of string blocks - it's an idea I shall try to remember.

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Thanks for your comment! Good to be back. :D

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