A View of My Quilt Life

Monday, December 30, 2013

Celtic Solstice Progress - Split Triangles!

Time for Link Up Monday  to see everyone's progress on Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt.  The mystery has been a blast so far! And I love being able to see other quilters work from around the world as we travel this quilting journey together.  Take some time, grab a cuppa and check out the links - they are amazing.

And Just For Fun - So Far For Small Size Quilt 
Total Piece Count = 2344
Total Seam Count = 1811
Total Unit Count = 533
Thankfully, Friday & Saturday both turned out to be quiet at home days, so between chores, I sewed up a storm! 

On Friday, I finished the 60 four patches units in teal & orange that was left over from last week's clue.  It felt good to get them done and put away.

 I couldn't wait to see how the split triangle units were going to look in my colors, so I pressed on and made 5 of them. Love the way the colors are playing with each other! Seeing these 5 made me excited to get back to the sewing area as soon as I could on Saturday.

On Saturday, it was time to get the sewing station set up to handle bias edges.  The goal is minimal handling of the triangle pieces so you don't end up with a wonky mess, all stretched out of shape.  I cut on the mat right to the left of the machine, doing small groups at a time.  Look at all that fabulous sunlight streaming in!

The day was sunny & so warm (high of 40!) that I almost left the sliding door cracked open. Unfortunately, winter temps are  back down to the lows teens during the day, near zero at night for the next few days. Won't even talk about wind chills.  The space heater will be working overtime if I plan on any sewing  today & tomorrow. There's always hand quilting to do on the Irish Chain upstairs, with a nice hot cuppa & the dogs on the couch with me.

When I am quilting, I like to pop in a DVD of something I know so well, I only have to listen not watch.  More sewing gets done that way.  This week's choice was The West Wing - Season 4 & 5. 

Hobbes & the cats wandered in and out checking things out but Drake never left his blanket under my table. He is doing good recovery-wise. 

Here they are - 100 Split Triangle Units!

Doing some quilt math here:

The small size quilt finishes at 75" x 75", since all the units are 3" square finished size, and assuming a 25 unit by 25 unit layout, that means we need 625 units total. We have 533 units made or accounted for, so we have 92 units left to make. I am hoping to see the blue & teal used in the remaining units. I so want to pull the units out of the drawer & do some test layouts but I WILL resist and be surprised!

Wonder how much longer I can last before I give in to temptation?? As a distraction, I'll go check out what everyone else is doing...


  1. You got me laughing. We will wait.

  2. Such self-control!! I couldn't wait to try different layouts - which gives me ideas for other quilts, if they aren't the correct ones for Bonnie's quilt.

  3. Only 92 units to go sounds great, I cannot wait to see what it looks like!

  4. Your units look beautiful, all stacked and ready to go. We are all bursting with excitement waiting for the next clue!

  5. Yay for getting time to catch up! I hope you're right about the next clue. hee hee!

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog. I am impressed with your progress. Thank you as well for doing the math-that is encouraging!