Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Midnight Mystery Flimsy

So glad I took a couple of photos yesterday as it has poured all day today.
I haven't been exactly in love with the way my colours fell into place in this quilt as it's been coming together, think I'd have preferred switching the darks and lights, but that is part of the fun of doing a mystery, right?  However, seeing it full frontal, wink, I think it's kinda purty!

I absolutely love Cheryl's pattern, and it was fun puzzling over how it would all come together in the end.
Always fun to get that "stained glass" effect
I shopped my stash for it, using leftovers from three totally different projects: a bed quilt, a lap quilt, and a table runner.  The runner and lap quilt were gifts; the bed quilt is mine. I didn't have enough of the taupe fabric, so added in a cat-themed ivory, to go with the Buggy Barn cat-themed red fabric.

I have a small tip that I figured out for sewing over places where there is a lot of bulk:
I found, after several of these intersections, that rather than pinning exactly AT the aligned points, it was more efficient to pin twice, once just before and once just after that crucial point.  The presser foot did not get so hung up on the top of the point and I could use the pins to help feed the fabric through.  Yes, I very carefully sewed over the pins.

While I was busy finishing this yesterday, Rocco was busy racing around all afternoon with his new best buds at Camp Bow Wow.

First he had an interview, which he passed with flying colours.  He met two other dogs first so they could see how he got along with others...

Famously!!

He sat.  He laid down.  He stayed.  All the while having the two new dogs sniffing around him.  He was rewarded with a treat or two.

Then he got to go in Indoor Play Yard 2, where he sat down to catch his breath for all of, hmmm, 3 minutes for the rest of the afternoon until we picked him up at 4:45!
I downloaded their app where I can check the webcams anytime, (webcams are available through their website too) and where I also found out that there are many many Camp Bow Wows across the US.  I am not an affiliate, but I sure am happy we found them, and that they are so close to us!  Rocco will definitely be going back for more fun daycare sessions.

I might be out of QBL for a bit as my laptop is suddenly acting very weird and not letting me save my edited photos in picmonkey, which is why you are seeing these without "mmm quilts" on them, and Word keeps crashing as I'm working with shapes for the diagrams for Pocketful of Sunshine, a free pattern I hoped to release this week.  So close...  Of course my 3-year extended AppleCare expired earlier this month.  Hopefully the laptop, like its operator, just needs a good night's sleep to refresh itself.

Linking up with Let's Bee Social and WIP Wednesday.


21 comments:

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I think your quilt top looks great. Yeah for finishing! Thanks for the pinning tip. Don't be a helicopter mom and spy on Rocco all day long. ha ha ha ha I've been having trouble saving in Picmonkey as well. I actually had to download Firefox and use PicMonkey there, but was also having trouble saving there tonight.

Empress Charlotte Handmades said...

Lovely! I like the way your colors worked out!

the zen quilter said...

OH, pretty - that was a fun design, wasn't it? I'm definitely in for the next one she does!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

I think your quilt came together beautifully. It is so fun to see how everyone's choices are finishing up. And I think my SIL uses Camp Bow Wow (or something super similar) for her pup once a week in New Mexico!

Christina Mugg Peer said...

I love the colors in your quilt! The top turned out gorgeous! I can not wait to see it quilted. It is always fun to "shop" from our stash!

Pat said...

Your quilt looks great. I love the photos of Rocco. I really should check out Camp Bow Wow as I'm pretty sure there is one in my area. My little buddy could use the outing and I love the idea of being able to check on him with the webcam.

Stitchin At Home said...

I love your quilt top, I think the colours are perfect. I like to glue baste instead of using pins.

Vicki in MN said...

I really like how your quilt came together. And a flimsy finish always feels great! Have you ever used the U shaped pins for this? A friend had some and she really likes them. I have not used them and not sure where to get them honestly.

Linda C said...

Just gotta say again how I love that stained glass effect!!!

Loved watching Rocco on the webcam the other day when you texted me he's in daycare! He's a little social butterfly, that furry nephew of mine....LOVE him so much! ❤

Ruth said...

Love that app for doggy day camp - I'd be on it all day just as well we don't have anything like that near me! I really like the red/green combo - how are you going to quilt it?

Shelley Folkerts said...

I love how your top came together. Very pretty. I am deciding on whether to add a border to mine. I really like how the design changes with borders.

Sarah Craig said...

Your quilt top is beautiful!! And I feel your pain about your laptop - when I was using a PC I had the same kind of problems. I switched over to a MacBook Pro and haven't had a problem since. PCs pick up lots of "junk" when surfing the web that slow down the performance and after a while it doesn't matter what you do, it just runs slow. Good luck!!

Tish Stemple said...

I love that dark green back ground. And the little pin trick, I will be using that in the future, so simple. Rocco has to be the most handsome dog at daycare. He will have all the little female doggies drooling :)

Marlene said...

I love the quilt top and can't wait to see how you quilt it. I think the quilting will really bring it to life. I often use the two pin method as well. I read on someone's blog the other day that she uses a spot of glue at the point and that works for her-I haven't tried that yet myself.

Lisa J. said...

I have a similar light dark arrangement in my quilt and like you I wish things were a bit different but seeing your quilt which looks great, I'm thinking mine might be ok.

Lara B. said...

Sandra that is one beautiful Midnight Mystery! Lots of times I fall in and out and in love with quilts as I work on them.
that is so darn cute about Rocco and his daycare buddies. What a great day for him!
Hope your laptop settles back to operating well!

barbara woods said...

Love your mystery quilt, computers are a pain!!!

Jasmine said...

I think this looks amazing. What a beautiful Christmas quilt.

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

Well done rocco and I hope the laptop recovers. Your quilt worked out really well . I kind of dropped out I'm afraid

Cheryl said...

Your mystery quilt top is beautiful! I love the dark green background. Great pinning tip too!

Gina said...

I love your quilt. I'm a huge fan of dark backgrounds. The doggy day care sounds wonderful. There were times I wished there was something like that over here xx