Monday, January 22, 2018

Make-A-List Monday - Feels Like Spring!

Hi, all!

Well, we've been enjoying a few days of truly beautiful weather after our "snow-apocalypse" of last week - and I do mean enjoying!  It felt like spring around here today, but tomorrow it will be back to cooler temps and cloudy skies.  Oh well, if you don't like the weather in Tennessee, just stick around for five minutes - it'll change!  All that snow, though, meant for lots of sewing time - and I made good use of it!  Let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Work on quilt #2 for the Scrumptious Scraps quilt-along.
Done!  The top is finished, and it's ready for quilting sometime this week.  I actually used a close-up of it for the Scrumptious Scraps Quilt-Along blog button!

And speaking of Scrumptious Scraps, the quilt-along starts this coming Sunday, January 28th!  With the help of some good friends, I'll be sharing six great scrap quilts that would be perfect for charity quilts - leading in to the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2018, which begins on March 11th.  And if you'd like to be a guest blogger for Hands2Help, I've still got a spot or two available....

2.  Keep cutting up those scraps!
Done! I've managed to keep that scrap bucket empty all week, religiously cutting up my scraps after every project.  Oh my gosh, does this mean that I'm cultivating a good habit?


3.  Make the t-shirt blocks for the commission quilts.
Done!  And not only did I make the blocks, but one top is assembled...

...and the other is in progress!

4.   Examine the vintage top for spots that need repair.
Done!  And amazingly, I only found two spots that need repair.  The whole thing needs a good pressing, though, because there appear to be areas that have "extra fabric" causing some un-flat areas that will be difficult to quilt.  Gotta figure out how to fix those!

5.  Deliver the memory pillows.
Done!  It was so sweet - the youngest grandchild came running up when I came in and grabbed the red pillow, said "Mine!" and ran off!

6.  Do a serious scrap clean-up at church.
Oh, my, did we ever clean and sort!   Here's a pic of the sorting process at the beginning of the morning...

...and here's the spot we cleared off!  I figure there was about 64 cubic feet of scraps on that piece of floor, and we hadn't seen the floor there in about two years!   It just became a repository for all the scraps at the end of projects and any new donations that weren't yardage.  I'm not sure what we'll do with all that real estate!

7.  Get the H2H info finalized and posted.
I am so. stinking. happy. to say that all the H2H info has been updated on the Page below the header, I have a new button in the sidebar for H2H 2018, and there's a new button for the Scrumptious Scraps Quilt-Along too!

8.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  This quilt went to a 10 year old girl who had a very unfortunate accident that put her in the ICU unit.  She has a long road to recovery ahead of her, but hopefully this will help cheer her up along the way!

And this quilt is headed to a woman whose cancer has recurred after ten years.  She'll be undergoing chemo and she should have this before her first treatment.

So I'm happy with how last week's list progressed.  I actually got a bit more done that I anticipated - probably due to all those snow days!  

And here's what's in the works for this week...

1.  Finish the second t-shirt quilt top.

2.  Quilt the second Scrumptious Scraps top.

3.  Piece the third Scrumptious Scraps top.

4.  Quilt at least one of the t-shirt quilts.

5.  Keep cutting up the scraps!

6.  Do a cleaning and re-set in the office so I'm ready for Hands2Help.

7.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.

Definitely enough to keep me out of trouble this week - and there's plenty more where that came from if I work through all that!

So now the question is - - - what are YOU working on this week?



Friday, January 19, 2018

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Memories....

Hi, all!

Wow, can you believe it's Friday again already?  It seems like the week just flew by - partly because we've been snowed in for most of that time!  But it's time to get our whoop whoop on, so let's get started!

This week I was honored to make some memory pillows for a friend of mine.  Her father died last year and she wanted pillows for herself and her children, made from his shirts.

These are very simple pillow covers - the buttons on the regular shirts serve as the opening to insert the pillow.  The pockets are there to hold kleenex, a tiny toy or small book.  The T-shirt pillow has an envelope closure on the back.

But the best part?  When I delivered them to my friend, her youngest came over, peered in the bag, and grabbed the red one, saying "MINE!"  I'm so glad to know they will be well-loved!

And I had another little finish this week - another quilt top for the Scrumptious Scraps quilt-along!  I'm having a lot of fun working on these quilts, and I can't wait to share them with you.  Scrumptious Scraps starts the last Sunday of January...

And lastly, my friend Amy at Diary of a Quilter shared this wonderful meme on her Instagram feed and it was too good not to share with you all!  It also provides a really good opportunity to remind you that the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2018 is just over the horizon.  Let's do some little bits of good together!

(And speaking of Hands2Help, I'm looking for three more guest bloggers, so let me know if you're interested!)

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?


And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping it up this week?

What's making you do a little happy dance?

Share!  We want to dance right along with you!

And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.

Hope to see you there!




Wednesday, January 17, 2018

I May Have a Scrap Problem...

Hi, all!

Snow days really are sew days!  We've had a bit of snowy, super-cold weather for the past few days, and I've had lots of fun in the studio.  And most of it has been scrap-related!  

First of all, I've been keeping up with the daily scrap tub pretty well...

And I finished the first of my quilts for the Scrumptious Scraps quilt-along (coming soon to a blog near you!)...

I did a whole lot of chain piecing, too...

...that will soon become another quilt for the Scrumptious Scraps quilt-along!

So I'm pretty happy with where things stand on the scrap front right now.  Unfortunately, it's time to put scrappy things aside for some paying work, so I don't know how much more I'll get done this week, but at least I've made a good start!

And now, how about some scrappy inspiration?  These were all spotted on Instagram this week...

If your string bucket looks anything like mine, this quilt would be a godsend!!

Got lots of neutral scraps?  This would eat them up in a heartbeat!

OMG, how cute are these little pincushions?  And I've got a whole box full of teeny tiny bonus HSTs...

And this may be the solution to all those 2.5" squares I've been cutting up!  I love the scrappy Irish chain look of this quilt, especially with those brilliant stars!

So - - - go forth and conquer those scraps!!!