Sunday, December 29, 2013

Celtic Solstice Clue 5

Clue 5 arrived on Friday for Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice. After a couple hours flying to feed my soul, I was able to feed my creative spirit in some sewing. And playing with the blocks.  Check out my latest guesses.

Then the right side of my brain clamored for attention.  If Bonnie designed a straight set, a 75 x 75 quilt will have 625 of those little 3.5 inch squares. That means we have 112 more to go.  If Bonnie designed a diagonal set....we need a lot of triangles. [I didn't want to work hard on those calculations today).

When Monday comes, I will link to Bonnie's Monday link-up page....

Bonnie asked us to blog about what we are learning or experiencing as we work on this mystery. I learned to follow Bonnie's instructions carefully, especially her advice about maintaining a perfect 1/4 inch seam. I finally cut up an old credit card and scotch-taped it to my machine bed. When cutting fabric for clue 5, I tried the Inklingo suggestion of a 3.5 x 4.25 rectangle, but I quickly learned pinning two pieced triangles to the blue rectangle was more trouble that it was worth. Back to the traditional method for me!  By the way, Sally Schneider calls this particular block "Mary's Triangles". See my Eye Candy post; this reminds me of my daughter's Fish quilt.

On a higher note....hubby and I did some flying on Saturday. A group of us planned to pop in to N40 Sky Manor for lunch. I called up a buddy and got him to join us in loose formation. Two Cessna 170s. What a sight!  We stopped off at 9N1 VanSant to see if the Stearmans were out. Only a few brave motorcyclists were huddled around the shack. Too bad - it was a beautiful day, just a bit of bumpy air.  Then we hopped over to Sky Manor to learn that the restaurant was closed. We opted for Plan B and returned home to drive in town for Mexican food. Yum! Hopefully next time I will remember to use my camera and share the aerial views.

In the meantime, check out the group of us who flew a P-51 this summer. It was an awesome experience!


  1. I played with the parts some last night too. I know Bonnie will still manage to surprise us all though!

  2. I like your try-out blocks. The right-hand one is more a Maltese than a Celtic Cross, but it's a really striking block. I'd like to copy that.

  3. Your quilting is right down my alley. And your flying is right down my boy's alley!

  4. I think you're onto something with the first block with the greens - I'll be very interested to see how close your guesses came. Thanks for continuing to share.

  5. I like your suggestions too! Maybe I just have to go and play with my squares...

  6. I really like the way you set up the blocks.....beautiful!