Week 4 progress!

on the cutting mattallying my progress as I cut

I love a good mystery! The best whodunnit's always have a small cast and lots of intrigue amongst them.

This year's Bonnie Hunter mystery, Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt-along (GIMQ) is no exception!!

Now I must admit, I'm terribly behind. Heck, it was only 6am this morning that I finished the last of my Christmas sewing!! Yeah, I said 6am - I woke up at 4:30 just like every other school day morning...only it's Christmas Break!!!!

stripsclues 1-4 cutting strips

The first week, I only managed to select fabrics. The second and third weeks - nothing. Well, not nothing, I did cut a few strips of neutral 2.5" strips while cutting for another project.

I've been soooo busy with school activities, vehicles needing shuttled to the garage, and finishing those gifts that in August I figured would only take a few hours to complete - so they kept being set aside - but finally at 6am I finished the last project (I hope!!)

Today I cut lots of fabric. I know I have enough orange for the units currently listed - and I hope not to need too much more because I only have about 1/3yd left and it's my "constant" in this very scrappy quilt.

I started to cut some of the strips into HSTs, but got distracted by kid wanting breakfast, so I'll have to get back to that again. Maybe tonight after I finish addressing my Christmas cards. Yes, family - your cards will be in the mail - tomorrow :)

One thing that I've been doing the past month or so is filling this small scrap pillow with fabric confetti. I read somewhere on a blog that someone kept all the leftover trimmings and diced them up smaller to use as stuffing for dog beds or toys. I think it'd take forever to fill a bed for my 95 pound dog, but I thought maybe a small throw pillow wouldn't take too long to fill.

It's taking longer than I thought - and I've been doing a lot of fussy cutting and squaring up to finish some quilts. But I'm happy that I'll eventually have a completely free item and that I'm saving a bunch of fabric scraps from the landfill.

A long time ago - I'm thinking 10 years or so - I was in the habit of keeping my embroidery floss clippings in a coffee mug near my sewing chair (I spent hours each week cross-stitching then). My intent was to keep them to make a stuffed doll for my future daughter. I still have a small ziploc bag of clippings, but no sign of that little girl or the stuffed doll!! I'm thinking now that if I start keeping all the thread clippings from my projects and add them to the old floss collection - maybe I'll have enough to make this sentimental dolly.

But all that's for another day. Tonight I have more HSTs and squares to cut so tomorrow I might actually get some sewing on this mystery quilt!

wish me luck!!

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