Thursday, September 21, 2017

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2017

Amy at Amy's Creative Side, is once again hosting the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Check out the link to see all the beautiful quilts!  My entry is my blue hexagon epp flower quilt.

It measures 72 inches by 81 inches, is hand pieced and hand quilted, and is my all time favorite quilt.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Work In Progress Wednesday - Midnight Mystery Quilt Progress

In 2015, the Midnight Mystery Quilt was offered by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs.  I kept up with the monthly instructions until November, when life got in the way, and I didn't finish the last three months.  This is one of my 17 in 2017 projects, so I got it out again to start working on, and hopefully finish.  

This was offered as a mystery quilt, so I didn't know what the finished quilt looked like. If I had it to do over again, I would not have mixed the fabrics. I asked Cheryl about making it a scrappy quilt so I could use fabrics I had.  She gave me advice about prints and directions to make it work.  Still, I think it would be better not to mix it up, now that I see some of the finished quilts.  

Too late now!  I have finished the November instructions and have the pieces stacked up and ready to go on to the December instructions.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Shimabara Castle

The day I left Kumamoto and took the ferry across to Shimabara was a dark rainy day.  My raincoat was getting a lot of use on this trip!  

Shimabara Castle was built by Matsukura Bungo-no-kami Shigemasa.  It took seven years to build and was completed in 1624.  The reconstructed five level castle is a local history museum and costs 540 yen to enter. There is an additional fee for parking, but you don't need to drive because it is just a five minute walk from the train station.  

At the top level is an observation area.  As I said, it was a dark rainy day.

In addition to the five level castle, there are two out buildings, one is a type of art museum and the other has old tools and machines, including an old sewing machine.  

It was an interesting place.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday Morning Star Count - Week 20

Week 20 of the temperature quilt

September 10 - 16
84, 82, 79, 88, 86, 81, 70

Sarah at Sarah Did It!  is hosting a link up on Wednesdays for those making a temperature hexagon quilt.  Check it out and think about joining in.  You can start at any time. 

This is my temperature/color (Fahrenheit) scheme: 

100 + Brown 

90-99 Red  

80-89 Orange 

70-79 Yellow  

60-69 Green  

50-59 Blue 

40-49 Purple 

30-39 Pink 

20-29 White 

10-19 Black