The best thing about the Friday after Thanksgiving is that I don't have to work another Black Friday ever. Ever ever ever. Being retired from retail is glorious.
The second best thing about the Friday after Thanksgiving is that Bonnie Hunter releases the first clue of her new Mystery Quilt!
Before I knew what hit me, I had a small mountain of nine-patches done.
After stacking them in piles of ten, I found that I had 35 done, with lots more in progress next to my sewing machine. My original plan was to just make half as many components as Bonnie calls for, so I'd not end up with yet another full-sized bed quilt, but I shot right by that number. She's taking it easy on us this year - we only need to make 50 of these nine-patches. Way easier than previous mysteries where we made hundreds and hundreds of four patches or HSTs right out of the gate.
One of the tips she gave this year is the one where you stack your strip sets, nesting the seams, and cut into sub-units - the pieces are lined up and ready to stitch, thus saving lots of time and cutting.
It also works for the other section of the nine-patches - I'd stack the strip sets staggered, nesting seams, then cut.
Two sets for the slice of one!
As long as I was making nine-patches, I made a few more for my Burgoyne Surrounded sashing.
I also cut a bunch of 3.5"x15.5" strips for the sashing from neutrals, since I had them all out to cut 1.5" strips for the nine-patches anyway. (I'd been using them without cutting any replacements for a loooooong time. The cupboard was getting pretty bare!)
Also, my leader/ender project is progressing nicely.
These rails are easy and fun, and having enough to lay out and get a good look is a real stimulus. I've decided my strategy will be to make and sew the blocks together in pairs. That way I'll end up with the correct number of each block, and it'll be easier to count the pairs than the individual blocks. Above I've got six pairs and three singles laid out next to each other, and I'm really liking what I see.
Linking with Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh, Scrap!, and with Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Monday Linky Party. Come enjoy all the scrappy goodness!