Friday, November 17, 2017

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? Ministry Quilting!

Hi, all!

Wow, Friday sure came up in a hurry this week!  And you know what that means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on again!  Are you ready?  Let's get started!


I was afraid I'd really be scrambling for something to share this week - I spent most of the week working on two projects that I can't share yet - but Thursday morning I decided to devote a day to working on quilts for the quilt ministry.

My day started early with binding two quilts that were quilted at church this week.  Some folks like to quilt, but not bind, and I don't mind binding, so I finished these two.

Then I loaded this pretty donated quilt top on the frame and got to work.  

And about an hour later, this one was finished!  I loaded another quilt on the frame, and a couple of hours later... another finish!

So all in all, a pretty productive day!  Four more quilts to help fill in the stash a bit.  It was running low after we gave four quilts away on Wednesday night!

Four more quilts that will soon be bringing comfort to people in need!  I love what I do!!

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 midnight Sunday.

Hope to see you there!



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I May Have A Scrap Problem... A Little Progress, and Inspiration!

Hi, all!

Well, this week did not go AT ALL like I thought it would!  I had great plans to work on my Gypsy Wife blocks, but a short-deadline project came up that threw that out the window.  So I'm embracing the change, and sharing some other things this week!

First of all, I went to a trunk show with the fabulous Jen Kingwell last Thursday night and oh my gosh is that girl a great scrap quilter!  I've really been enjoying my experiences with Long Time Gone, Gypsy Wife, and My Small World, but I got to see some of her other quilts up close and personal and left inspired!!  And she even signed my Long Time Gone quilt!!

And over the weekend, I finished this scrappy quilt top (at least, the piecing part - there's still some appliqué work to do!) That made quite a dent in the blue bin!!  This will be part of my eldest granddaughter's annual quilt this year.

And how's this for a bit of scrappy sewing?  Of course, I had LOTS of help with this one - it's a ministry project with a very tight deadline, so it's going to absorb all of my time today as I finish it up.

So that's what I've been working on this week, at least on the scrappy front.  I've seen some fun inspiration on Instagram this week, though, and thought I might share a few with you!  First of all some quilt deliciousness...

Is there anything more beautiful than a simple 
scrappy patchwork quilt?

And as soon as I saw these churn dash blocks, I thought, "Wow, those would look awesome scrappy!"

Check out this beauty!  I bet it would make one heck of a dent in the scrap bins....

And if you're anything like me, all those bonus triangles are starting to pile up - but here's a great idea for using them up!  Quite a creative way to use different sizes...

This quilt just makes my heart sing!  Simple hourglass blocks, but done scrappy, it just glows with color!!

And then - - - have you ever seen a picture and just been instantly captivated and inspired?

I saw this jacket in a catalog and instantly envisioned it pieced, using my solid colored scraps and possibly some of the linen I bought earlier this year.  Ooh, or maybe some of those Kaffe Fassett shot cotton fat quarters I've been hoarding for a while....  I don't know if I'll get to it before the end of the year, but I definitely want to give it a go!  

Ok, are you inspired now?  What wonderful scrappy things have you been working on lately?



Monday, November 13, 2017

Make-A-List Monday - Change of Plans!

Hi, all!

It's Monday, the holidays are rushing like a freight train, and all my plans got derailed last week!  More about that later, but let's see how last week's list went...

1.  For this week's house cleaning tasks, deep clean the kitchen and gather up a load of things and take them to Goodwill.
I did get most of this done - pulled a bunch of old small appliances that we never use, cleaned out the old spices, and cleaned up the fridge.   I still need to wipe down the countertops and cabinets, but I think I'll wait until next week for that so it doesn't get messed up before Thanksgiving!  And I took a load to the Goodwill!

2.  Keep working on Lilli's annual quilt.
I am SO happy with the way this is coming along!  Here's the background piecing...

...and here's a mock-up of what I'm going for!  Still have to create the pattern for the dolphin....

3.  Make next week's Gypsy Wife blocks.
I didn't get to this one - more about that in a minute!

4.  Quilt the vintage top for my friend.
Done!  I love the way this turned out...

5.  Meet with a customer about a t-shirt quilt.
Done - and this is part of my change of plans!

6.  Gather up fabrics for another commission quilt.
I didn't get to this one yet...

7.  Do some more hand quilting on my Long Time Gone quilt.
Done!  I am enjoying spending quality time with this quilt!

8.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up this week.
Done!  We gave away several this week...

This quilt went to a woman with heart and kidney issues...

...and this one went to a woman dealing with lung cancer.

This quilt is now comforting a woman dealing with complications of a hysterectomy...

...and this quilt went to a gentleman with ALS.

Finally, this quilt went to a woman with ovarian cancer.

Well, at least it wasn't as bad as I thought it might be!  I didn't even have time to look at my list last week, so I wasn't sure how it would turn out.  The t-shirt quilt turned out to have a due date of 11/16 (9 days after I met with the customer) and I have a special quilt that's also due that day, so my week went south pretty quickly!  And that's going to be what dictates my week this week too.  Here's my plan for this week...

1.  Finish the t-shirt quilt and deliver.

2. Finish piecing the special quilt.

3. Quilt the special quilt.

4.  Continue cleaning the house.  Goal this week is to gather up all the clutter in the dining room and polish all the furniture.

5.  Pull fabrics for the next commission job.

6.  Try to get to the next Gypsy Wife blocks.

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

Fortunately with lots of family coming for Thanksgiving, there's lots of hands to help cook - I just need to get the house fit for company!

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