This was actually a quick and easy small scrappy top to make.  I machine pieced the top last year and it got put aside forgotten for part of the year, then I was working on other things and never got around to quilting it.  I pulled it out on February 19th and said ok – quilt it while the Olympics are on and don’t work on anything else until you are done with one thing!  It worked – I finished it yesterday.  It took 10 hours to piece and I don’t know how many hours to quilt – I worked on it 9 days, most likely about 2 hours a day so lets say 18 to 20 hours to hand quilt.  I did not do an over abundance of quilting in it.

On the table - would you believe these flowers are from the bouquet I bought on the 15th! half of them are still there, I have had to cull out the bad ones over time, but so many are still here it is amazing - this was a cheap bouquet from Wal-Mart.

On the table - would you believe these flowers are from the bouquet I bought on the 15th! half of them are still there, I have had to cull out the bad ones over time, but so many are still here it is amazing - this was a cheap bouquet from Wal-Mart.

without the flower jug on it.

without the flower jug on it - in this photo the quilt border looks crooked - it isn't it just isn't spread out right

A close up of the 3 demensional geese and the quilting - I haven't pressed it after I took it out of the wash and dry, I might do that although I'm sure after sitting out on the table for a couple days it will flatted out

A close up of the 3 dimensional geese and the quilting - I haven't pressed the geese after I took it out of the wash and dry, I might do that although I'm sure after sitting out on the table for a couple days it will flatted out - if not they just look a little wavy - like they are flying you know!

another close up - this one is from the center.

another close up - this one is from the center.

I was surprised I had no bleeding on to the background fabric.  The red in the triangle above is the one I had problems with in the red/green applique block last month.  This is a small top – 38″ square and I used a large washer load and 2 color catchers – the color catchers were both pink when finished – no bleeding onto the background though so that was great.  I had about 3 of this color red in there and some other dark reds as well.

Yes it is Girl Scout Cookie time!!  Thin Mints are my favorites and when I stopped by the grocery store the other day a family was set up outside the store with their little girl and all her cookies.  I couldn't pass them up - I got the cookies, ran back to the car to stick them in it and then did my shopping.  Last year I thought I would grab the cookies on my way out and by then they had sold all the thin mints - I wasn't taking a chance on it this year :)

Yes it is Girl Scout Cookie time!! Thin Mints are my favorites and when I stopped by the grocery store the other day a family was set up outside the store with their little girl and all her cookies. I couldn't pass them up - I got the cookies, ran back to the car to stick them in it and then did my shopping. Last year I thought I would grab the cookies on my way out and by then they had sold all the thin mints - I wasn't taking a chance on it this year :)

12 Responses to “Devil’s Puzzle”

  1. Wow, your flying geese quilt looks absolutely beautiful on your table …. and the flowers show it off nicely too! (Cannot believe you still have that many of them left.) What a lovely sight that photo was to my eyes after all the drab weather we have been having. Grey is my least favorite color at the moment as that is all I have seen for what seems like weeks and weeks and weeks ….. except for some white thrown in now and then. Your quilt has brightened my day. Thanks for that! And yes, those thin mints are yummy but have you tried the Thanks-A-Lot yet? Something about the plain cookie with a touch of dark chocolate on the bottom makes them irresistible. They are now my favorite and the thin mints are bumped to second place. But hey, that is just my opinion. You cannot go wrong with either one.

  2. Love your Devil’s Puzzle topper. :-) The red really adds the zing, And your quilting is fantastic! Have a happy day!
    .-= call me crazy´s last blog ..Sunday R&R~ =-.

  3. that is very pretty.
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Contest: Those Red, Canada Olympic Mittens: The hottest commodity in the Country =-.

  4. Your table topper turned out great, Karen. I love the way it looks under your pitcher of flowers.

    I got some GS cookies yesterday, too. I was standing in the line to pay at Joann’s when I just glanced out into the mall. The GS cookie booth was right next to the door. How could I not stop and buy some thin mints?? Paul was happy but we are trying hard to make them last.

  5. Love the Devil’s Puzzle! Your quilting is fantastic. I bet you are glad it is finished and now no longer a UFO. Aren’t those color catchers just the best?? I use them every time I put a quilt in the wash. But more importantly, I use them when I put my fabric in the wash for pre washing. Hmmm… wonder when my cookies are going to come??
    .-= Jackie´s last blog ..Quick String Project =-.

  6. The quilt looks great!
    Have a nice week!
    .-= Oddbjørg Pedersen´s last blog ..Progress =-.

  7. Oh, what a beautiful topper, Karen! It’s so bright and cheery!
    I’m finding that I’m lacking some colour in my life these days!! ;o)
    The winter has been long, cold and gray, but spring is just around the corner….I’m told!! LOL!!
    Cheers!

  8. I love the table topper Karen. Those geese do look like they are flying LOL.

    I buy all my GS cookies from my neighbor’s girls, they love me because I’m always their best customer LOL.

    Crispy

  9. 3D, it is all the rage! Love it in quilts.

  10. thanks everyone

  11. What a nice quilt! I wish I could make myself finish projects without starting others!
    .-= Vicki W´s last blog ..Bits and Pieces =-.

  12. Is very pretty!Your quilting is fantastic!!

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