Saturday, October 20, 2018

UFO Busting #34


Momma's back from her four day quilting retreat and she is refreshed and ready to get things done!  I did manage to get a few things accomplished while away at retreat and hit the ground running with a few small projects as soon as I was back home.  


This is me talking about Laurel Burst at my guild meeting.
The first item I tackled while away was to finish piecing this quilt top (full disclosure all the blocks were already pieced but four).  I'm calling the pattern Laurel Burst and it will be released within the next few weeks.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

My Disney Land


Incase you didn't know, my version of Disney Land includes goats that take their meals on metal roofs.  What can I say, I'm a simple gal.  I tell my dear friend Julie all the time, she is my Disney Land, more specifically my Tigger (she is bouncy and full of energy, and just makes you smile).  Every fall for the past three years, she graciously invites several quilters/quilt bloggers to retreat to her little slice of heaven and spend several fun filled days, sewing, shopping, and don't forget the laughing.  I can honestly say if it's my one and only trip each year, I can die happy.  Meeting with friends, new and old, recharges my batteries and leaves my heart full.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Fireburst Mystery Quilt--The Layout


Today is a day of celebration!  Let the fireworks begin!  My daughter officially becomes an adult today and I finally get to reveal to you the layout of the mystery quilt.  Let's do this!  

Arrange your blocks like the diagram below.


Next sew the blocks into rows.


Sew the rows together.

Your finished top should measure 32" baby quilt and 64" lap quilt finished.









That's it!  We are finished!  I thank each and everyone of you who sewed along with me.  Mystery quilts are huge risks and I hope you are happy with the outcome of your tops.  I look forward to seeing all of them as they come together.  If you post to Instagram feel free to tag me @tishnwonderland or #fireburstmysteryquilt.  You can also post your picture to our Facebook Group.  You can download a printable copy of the instructions in my Craftsy Store.

Even if you didn't participate in the QAL, there is still plenty of time to make your own version of Fireburst and participate in the fireworks display on New Years Day!




Saturday, October 6, 2018

UFO Busting #33


Can you believe October is already upon us??  I always welcome this month when it comes in.  It brings with it the wonderful smells and cooler temperatures of Autumn.  The leaves begin to change and there is so much to do.  This weekend (hopefully), I will be following our band to a neighboring town to take in the Forrest Festival.  In all my almost 40 years of life, it will be the first time I've ever gone.  Jen and I are busily preparing for all the fun that comes with her reaching adulthood.  There are colleges to visit, tests to take and forms to complete.  Needless to say, for the most part sewing took the back burner this week.  However, I did manage to sneak in moments here and there.  Five to ten minutes a day can make a huge difference.


I'm still hard core juggling the Sewcial Bee Sampler blocks.  I try to stitch up 3-5 at a time when I can.  This was me block juggling, complete with open rotary cutter.  I call it extreme block making.  Do not be like Tisha.  Do not sew with open sharp objects.  No Tisha's were hurt, but this should be left to only professionals...and probably not even then.

My efforts proved worth it though.  I'm almost done...all but five blocks.  Then the sashing can begin.


I am also happy that I can finally share my Bohemian Baby Star Blossom quilt finish this week.  The quilt its self has actually been completed for two weeks, the weather just refused to cooperate for pictures.


You can read more about this finish and the quilting here.

Let's see what happened in last week's party.  First up is Roseanne and Sue from Home Sewn By Us.  Those two have been working hard at working on older projects.  This time they tackled their I Wish You A Merry Christmas Quilt.  


I love this quilt.  It will be a fun one to cozy up to the fire with, hot coco in hand and Christmas movies on TV.

Next up is Gail at Quilting Gail and her Sudoku Quilt.  I'm a big fan of that game and an even bigger fan of her quilt.


I love how she used those squares to practice different free motion motifs.  It added great texture to the quilt and is just plain fun!  If you haven't been by to congratulate all of them on their UFO finishes, hop over and visit them now.

Now it's your turn.  What have you been up to this week?  Link up and tell us about it below.





I have exciting news for next week...I'm going on a bit of a field trip and so is UFO Busting.  Since I knew I probably wouldn't get a post together for next weekend, my dear friend Sandra at mmm!quilts has agreed to host UFO Busting over on her page!!   I do hope next Saturday (the 13th) you will continue the party over there.  Then things will be back to normal here the next weekend.  I hope everyone has a wonderful week with lots of stitching!!!



Friday, October 5, 2018

Bohemian Baby Star Burst


Time to celebrate a long over due quilt finish!!  When a quilty friend of mine told me a few months ago she was expecting, I was so happy for her!!!  I know this baby will never grow up wanting for quilts, because it is being born into a family rich with quilters, but I had to make a quilt.  That's what we do!  After inquiring about how she intended to decorate the nursery, I knew these prints in Kate Spain's Voyage would be perfect; modern, fun and kind of bohemian.



Star Blossom is a beginner friendly, piece up quickly and an original design here in Wonderland.  If you'd like to learn more about it or pick up a copy you can find it here in my Craftsy Store.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Fireburst Mystery Quilt--Block 3


We are in the home stretch!  We are down to our last block and guess what?  You only have one block to make!  Since there is only one block this month I will release the block layout instructions on October 9th, which is a day of celebration at my house...Jen's birthday.  So without further delay, let's get stitching.

You will need the following pieces to construct block 3.  You will also need four Fabric 1 flying geese, four Background flying geese and the square in a square unit.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

UFO Busting #32


The UFOs were buzzing like crazy in my house this week, so much so, that it was hard to focus on just one of them.  The first project I tackled I can't show you quite yet.  I put the finishing touches on the Fireburst Mystery Quilt post, finished Block 3 stuff and pieced the quilt tops.  We actually had 20 minutes of sunshine and no rain so I grabbed the opportunity to get pictures of all five (you read that right) of my mystery quilts hanging on the clothes line.  Since I opted for the Fireburst photo shoot, I totally missed out on getting pictures of my finished Star Blossoms Quilt for a look-I'm-finished post.  When I say 20 minutes of no rain that was it.


Since a project is finished a new UFO needs to be born, right?  I've decided to participate in Angela Walter's newest Free Motion Challenge Quilt Along.  It is a weekly project in which she will walk you through various dot to dot quilting motifs on a simple quilt.  The first quilting instructions will be out on Monday October 2nd so there is still plenty of time to piece the quilt and gather supplies if you want to join in.  Seriously, there are only 3 seams to sew.  The trickiest part was marking the 4 on point squares.


Next, I decided it was way past time to work on the Sewcial Bee Sampler again.  I have all the blocks through 11 complete, so I pulled 12 and 13 out of their baggies and thought why not?


I got all the half square triangles and flying geese finished for the blocks, but for now they are probably going to have to just hang out on my sewing table until I can grab a few minutes to stitch them up.  


That pretty much sums up my week of sewing.  Let's see what fun things were posted last week.

There were a few UFO finishes to celebrate last week!  First up we have Roseanne and Sue at Home Sewn By Us.  They sewed along last year with Pat Sloan and her Grandma's Kitchen QAL.  Instead of turning all of those blocks into a quilt, they decided to make table runners instead.



I just love them!  Because they were not huge and bulky like a quilt, it was the perfect playground to practice free motion quilting!  Make sure you hop over and check them out.

This one is technically not a finish but it's so close it isn't funny.  We have Helen visiting from Midget Gem Quilts.  She currently has two projects she's focusing on; her so close to a finish it's not funny, Playtime Plus Quilt and her Quatrefoil Quilt.



She's taken a break from burying threads on Playtime to hand stitch the binding down.  That seems reasonable to me.   And I'm so proud of her for plugging right along with the free motion and she's working on quilting Quatrefoil!  Her grandson will be snuggled up enjoying his quilt in no time, I can just feel it.

Now it's time to link up what you've been up to this week.  Link up below and show us all the fun stuff you've been working on!











Saturday, September 22, 2018

UFO Busting #31



What a week over here!  It always amazes me that even in the midst of the busiest week I can sneak in some sewing time.  Last weekend's move of the aunt got kicked up several notches, when the movers didn't show up on Friday to pack/move the last of the big items.  She had to be out by Saturday...yikes!  But a huge shout out to my family and friends for coming to the rescue.  We got her moved all in one evening and we managed to break nothing.  Hooray!!!  But the busy week didn't end there, nope.  Saturday I played runner/printer for my daughter's photo booth at our local Children's Festival.  Her booth was a huge success and I think I sweated off an additional 10lbs from all that running back and forth.  All I could think was thank goodness I'm down 25lbs!


I was continually running from the booth to the building in the back to print pictures.
Then we were facing homecoming week.  A time for football and celebrating community.  We had a small parade, a pep rally, the big game and of course a dance.  Miss Jen decided to skip out on the dance.  Like her momma, that isn't really her sort of thing.

So what did I manage to sneak in?  Not a quilt finish, but so close.  I just need to decided on the binding and I can celebrate this finish with you next week.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

UFO Busting #30


Happy Saturday to you!  I hope this post finds you happy and safe where ever you are.  It's been a crazy week watching as Hurricane Florence prepares to hit along the east coast near the Carolinas.  I did manage to sneak in some sewing earlier in the week before helping my aunt in law prepare for her weekend move.  My muscles definitely got a workout this week and the past few.


I want to give a huge shout out to my family and friends for all the help the provided with this move.  I feel very lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful people that are willing to jump in and help, when really they didn't have to.  It definitely made this move much quicker and easier.

Now on to the sewing.


Saturday, September 8, 2018

UFO Busting #29


"A journey of a thousand quilts begins with a single stitch."  I was quite happy to see this piece of sage advice when chopping up this beautiful Kate Spain FQ last weekend.  Isn't that true of everything?  Do not discount the small steps we take, they lead to many great things!  Even when that one small stitch seems impossible to make happen.


My focus this week, when I could find the time has been finishing the piecing of this Star Blossom Baby quilt.  Slowly she moved in various stages.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Fireburst Mystery-My Block 2 Blocks


In case you missed it this past weekend, instructions for the second block in the Fireburst Mystery Quilt was released.  I didn't get to share the pictures of my finished blocks in that post, well because they were not finished.  But I am happy to report that all 3 sets are complete!


First up, in absolutely no layout what so ever, are the blocks for my full sized scrappy version of the quilt.  I can't wait to get this one finished to see how it looks.


Baby quilt 1.


Baby Quilt 2.

Are you sewing along with us?  We'd love to see what you are making.  You can join in our Facebook Group here and also feel free to tag me @tishnwonderland or #fireburstmysteryquilt on Instagram.  It's not too late to join in the fun.  We have one more block to go next month and a whole lot of time to get this put together.




Sunday, September 2, 2018

Fireburst Mystery Quilt--Block 2


Happy 1st of September!!!  I apologize for being a day late.  Let's get this month started off with a small boom in the form of Bock 2!  This block may take just a little bit longer than last month's but I promise it will still be pretty easy.  Below are the pieces we will be working with.

Friday, August 31, 2018

UFO Busting #28


I promise we will get this party going on it's correct day of the week very soon.  With tomorrow being the release of the next set of instructions for the Fireburst Mystery Quilt, I thought we would start partying again early this week.  It's never too early for a party.


I'd love to show you all the productive quilt things I did this week, but alas, thread to fabric, I wasn't that productive.  Nothing on my quilting list got accomplished this week.  However, that doesn't mean I wasn't productive.  I'm still riding the declutter rearrange my house train.  One of the areas I focused on was where my Sweet Sixteen lives.  After moving some shelving around, I changed the wall that it sets on.

Friday, August 24, 2018

UFO Busting #27 (A day early)


I'm back! It's back! And it feels great!  I can't wait to hear what everyone has been up to during my several weeks/months hiatus.  I have managed to sneak in some sewing time and create a few more UFO's (smacks palm to forehead).  That's okay, job security for this linky party.

This week, I focused on starting a Star Blossom Baby Quilt that will be a gift for a dear friend expecting in November.  She sent pictures of her decorated nursery and I knew immediately it needed a quilt with Kate Spain fabrics.


Friday, August 17, 2018

Bring Back UFO Busting


With the completion of anther baby quilt top and feeling like my sewjo may have returned, I'm thinking next weekend it may be time to bring back UFO Busting.  Does anyone agree?  Is anyone still out there?  I hope that you are.  So if you are up for it let's make a date of it.  I want to be here encouraging you to finish those old projects and the ones you start.  Don't let the title fool you, this party is for everyone, not just alien lovers.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Baby Quilt Finish


I'm celebrating a quilt finish today and it feels good.  As of right now, it doesn't have a name.  This was due to be the next quilt pattern release for Wonderland, but due to some technical difficulties, that has been delayed, but we won't get into that.  It's neither here nor there.  I still want to share this fun finish.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Fireburst Mystery QAL--Block 1


Happy 1st of August!  Are you as ready as I am to start piecing an actual block for the Fireburst Mystery Quilt??  Good, lets get to it.

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