Monday, December 24, 2018

Good Fortune Pt. 5, Zip Pouch and Merry Christmas!

I’ve been stitching along with Bonnie Hunter’s Good Fortune Mystery Quilt-along. I’m only doing half (or slightly more) of the counts she’s giving us, but I’m keeping up. After the reveal, I can decide how large I want my quilt to be. Anyway, here are my Part 5 pieces. I really enjoyed making these! Come check out everyone’s participation over at the Mystery Monday Part 5 Linkup!

Yesterday I started on a new quilt, Saguaro Sunset, a free pattern by Kairlee Oakes.  This will be for my sister- and brother-in-law when we go to visit them in Arizona in February. They love and collect cacti.

The quilt contains 12 cacti, set four across and three down. Instead of a solid background, I’m using an ombre fabric and hoping to piece it to (roughly) represent an Arizona Sunset. So, the top four cacti will have the dark purples and oranges.  The middle four cacti will have the orange-reds, oranges and orange-yellows. And the lower four cacti will have the range of yellows, medium to light.

I hope I can pull it off. There is sashing involved, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to need to get more fabric. But the piecing itself is fairly straight forward.

Today, in addition to baking cookies (just enough for a small family gathering), I made myself a long-awaited zip pouch for my colored pencils. I use the pencils a lot when designing quilts (like Lattice Birds, and All You Need is Love), so with the new year around the corner, I knew it was time to corral these pencils in something cute.

I used that way cute colored pencil fabric (by Tamara Kate, “kayajoy” on Spoonflower) on the outside and quilted it with s simple loop design. The inside is a piece of regular pencil fabric I got who-knows-where.

And the pencils fit great. In fact, there’s enough room for me to add to my collection. Santa, are you listening??

Finally, I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I appreciate you all reading along and commenting and just being great friends. May your Holidays be wonderful and filled with love and good health.

Darla and Alfalfa would also like to add their greetings, especially to Molly and Buddy, Trixie,  Smitty and Sadie, and “cousins” Emmett, Bella, Pashmina, Teddy and George. Alfie says he’s been as good as he can be and promises that this will be him and Darla tonight:

HA!  Bruce and I know better. We’re pretty sure that as soon as we go to bed, THIS is what Alfie and Darla will be doing:


  1. Your cacti quilt sounds super; and you are really moving along with the mystery...
    We just arrived home from my son's where we had a wonderful celebration with our
    son and daughter and our grandchildren--hugs for a joyous Christmas at you house

  2. It took me a minute to see the cactus then the light bulb went off, duh. Great gift choice.

    Merry Christmas.
    xx, Carol

  3. Merry Christmas,Cathy. Hope Allie and Darla aren't to hung over to enjoy Christmas. I finally get to sew again today (well after the kitchen clean-up).

  4. How cute is that cactus!?! It's going to be a fantastic quilt - I'm looking forward to seeing your sunset!
    Hope you're having the merriest Christmas ever!

  5. Merry Christmas Cathy!
    I have loved getting to know you and your family this year, and I always love hearing back from you, I always feel special that you take time from your busy life to say hi!
    I hope your Christmas is peaceful (especially where Darla and Alfalfa are concerned)!
    Happy New Year as well. I can't wait to see what you sew this always amaze me!

  6. Merry Christmas, Cathy! Love your pencil pouch. And that cactus pattern is great--thanks for the link! I've been looking for something to use my 2018 Kona color of the year Tiger Lily, and it just may be the perfect background for my own cactus quilt!

  7. The cactus quilt looks like a lot of fun, and you're well ahead of me on Good Fortune. Buddy and Molly received these weird battery operated toys from my grand nephews. They are supposed to be used in a track system, but they are weirdly perfect for cats...except that while it was the best toy last night, this morning the toy was considered "so yesterday," and was ignored.

  8. Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful rest of the year :)

  9. A cactus quilt sounds like a perfect gift and I like your plans to use the varying colors. And I'm sure the D. and A. were absolute angels all night long - of course they were, Santa was watching!

  10. LOL! Oh, for the Love of CATS! Thank you for sharing kitties with us. Have a blessed and wonderful New Year.


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