Monday, November 26, 2012

Started down Easy Street

Over at Bonnie K. Hunter has generously started a new mystery quilt: Easy Street.  Handing one clue a week for several weeks she will lead us through heaping piles of four patches, hst's, or maybe even qst's...but she does promise that there will be no strings.

Clue #1 has us making four patches - 192. My colour palette will closely follow Bonnie's;1) because the colours she has recommended sound perfect to me 2) why mess with perfection. I was doing some kas-stash shopping I came across this thunder-struck gray and I know it is from 2001. However there will be nothing but a memory left once I am done this quilt. It was fun to sew together a Debbie Mumm to a Mark Lipinski...hey maybe these two opposites will play along very nicely in my quilt.

Bonnie has also given us instructions for doing the interior four-patch twirl...sounds like a little dance number. This opens that interior intersection and your little four-top will lie as flat as hardtop. So far 100 are made and the 92 remaining are waiting their turn.

I also have my hand block ready to send off to the International Quilt Festival of Ireland.  My very good friend (Kim Caskey) and I are co-hosting a 9-day Enchanted Tour of Ireland, June 5 - 13, 2013 and are sew hoping you will join our tour.  We have special sights and activities planned: I Spy with a Quilter's Eye is just one.  There is still room on our coach, and if need be, we will get a second one.

This block with be added along with 100's more the the 100,000 welcomes Quilt that will greet visitors to the Quilter's Castle in Galway, June 2013.  Anyone can make a block to send, even if you can not make it :-(. I would be more than delighted to send you the instructions.


  1. Good start on your Easy street. Funny sewing a Mark L to a Debbie Mumm fabric. Opposites is right.

  2. I've been debating whether I should start yet another quilt..... I'm tempted to start this mystery. How often do the clues come? I like your greys - don't have too many greys but maybe this is the time to clean them out and start fresh. I also had some of that B&W Mark fabric..... loved it.
    Good luck - I look forward to seeing your posts.

    1. Hi Jude
      the clues come out once a week (Friday mornings) and there will likley be 7 or 8 clues ... truthfully I do not know. There will be a break over Christmas, and then a mad dash by the keeners to finish it and get ready for the great show and share link sometime in late Jan or Feb. It really is a great way to see how quilters from around the world are playing together...a virtual quilters' retreat.
      I have been scrounging the stash again last night and found a few more bits and pieces of the gray and I love doing that.
      warm regars

  3. Nice little four patches, two more days until our next step. The trip to Ireland sounds exciting.

  4. I love the twirling thing - such a neat technique! Looking forward to step 2.

  5. I love seeing what everyone has pulled out for the background and their choice for constant! Thank you for sharing yours, Sharyn

  6. Great you are using your stash. I am except for the grey which I had to buy, but it was on special so that's OK.
    Your trip to Ireland sounds fun, I wish I could join you, but need to save up to visit Son in Australia first (and then handcuff a husband who doesn't like flying!)

  7. The storm grey you are using is a very interesting one I look forward to seeing it in the quilt. I love the pic of your ginger pus. It has been interesting to see the colours and even just the many black and whites every one has. Enjoy the stitching