I am pretty sure that this tiny piece of plastic just completely changed my life forever. I've seen pictures and advertisements for it around the internet for quite some time, but didn't give it much thought. Until last weekend, Shelley at Cora's Quilts posted a photo of her's in use when she released clue 3 of her Beguiling mystery quilt. I have to say seeing it in use and knowing that there was a large amount of diagonal sewing in my future, was like finding water in the desert. This tiny piece of plastic would mean no more marking diagonal lines before I sew them. YES!!!
It took a few times before using it felt normal. When sewing diagonals that are marked I'm looking at the needle to make sure I'm on track. With the Sew Straight I am looking to make sure the corner of the square stays in line with the marked line on the Sew Straight. Best purchase ever. I was able to complete clues 3 and 4 in half the time.
So if you haven't checked out Shelley's Beguiling Mystery Quilt please check it out. It is definitely not too late to join in.
I had so much fun participating in her Gypsy Queen Mystery Quilt, I nearly cried with joy to hear about this one.
Next up is a few fabric purchases or additions...
I picked up these fat quarters at a local big box store this week, in hopes of turning them into items for our guild's boutique to be held during out local Strawberry Festival and quilt show. I have no idea what I am going to make with them. So I am open to any suggestions, preferably quick and easy.
I also picked up these three fabrics from our guild's stash to use to create something for the boutique. I'm thinking of adding a few other fabrics and turning them into a table runner. Is there a petition I can sign to add a few more hours to the week?
March 28th through the 30th I will be participating in the Paintbrush Studio 2016 New Block Blog Hop, hosted by Yvonne (Quilting Jetgirl), Cheryl (Meadow Mist Designs) and Stephanie (Late Night Quilter).
I hope you will stop back by on March 29th to see the new block design I have came up with staring these beautiful fabrics from the Ocean Sunrise collection and check out the designs created by my fellow bloggers. Paintbrush Studio and our blog hop leaders also have some pretty cool give-a-ways planned as well.
Since I started this post talking about mystery quilts, let's end on that note as well. If you have ever visited my blog before you know that I love mystery quilts. I am happy to share the news of two upcoming mystery quilt-a-longs that will have me counting down like a kid a Christmas.
At the close of Cheryl at Meadow Mist Design's Midnight Mystery Quilt she announced that she will be hosting another mystery quilt to start in July 2016 and wrap of in the spring of 2017. It will be called the Meadow Mystery.
Midnight Mystery was so much fun, I ended up making two, in different color ways.
You can check the parade of finished Midnight Mystery Quilts here. Cheryl had over 111 different versions enter the parade of finishes. She also had several different give-a-ways for those that entered their finishes. I was lucky enough to be one of those winners and won a pin cushion from her Etsy shop.
I cannot tell you how much I love this little guy.
And last but not least, Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl just announced that she too will be hosting a quilt-a-long July through October called Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along. There will be five linky parties along the way and give-a-ways. You can read more info about her quilt along here.
Now that all of that excitement is over, I should probably get back to work. I think I read somewhere that I have a block pattern to write and a quilting goal to finish before the end of the month.
And time is ticking, my friends.