Monday, October 16, 2017

Make-A-List Monday - Christmas is Breathing Down My Neck....

Hi, all!

Whew!  Made it through last week, and I'm still alive!  I've still got a big deadline this week, but at least there aren't as many things also clamoring for my attention.  Do you have weeks like that - when there are so many things that seem to have the same amount of urgency?  Fortunately there aren't so many of them, but boy they're fun when they come!

Let's take a look at last week's list and how it went...

1.  Work on the t-shirt commission quilt; specifically, nail down the layout and start assembling.
Done!  I managed to finish assembling it this afternoon, and it actually lays flat!  Woohoo!!

2.  Update the information brochure for the quilt ministry.
3.  Prep decorations for the ministry booth at the women's event this coming weekend.
4.  Finish working on stock for the ministry booth.
Done!  Everything came together well, and we had a lovely booth with lots of visitors!  It was fun to share about the quilt ministry with some new folks...  and one of our members happened to have her spinning wheel in her car, so she showed us how to spin!

5.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up this week.
Done!  This quilt went to a woman who was moved into rehab this week...

This one went to a woman with lung cancer, going through chemo...

...and this one went to another woman also diagnosed with 
lung cancer.

This quilt went to a new baby boy!

We also gave a quilt to a young woman going through some hard times right now, but I neglected to get a photo of that one.

I've also been trying to walk each day, and I've taken some beautiful pictures out at the park. This is my favorite one from last week, taken on a very foggy morning...

OK, now that last week is behind me, I have to finish that t-shirt quilt so I can begin the next batch of projects!  Here's my list for this week...

1.  Finish the t-shirt quilt and deliver.

2.  Make another pillow cover - a match for one we sold this weekend (the customer wanted a pair!)

3.  And make one more pillow cover, a special request for a customer!

4.  Quilt a vintage quilt top for a customer.

5.  Cut out Nathanael's annual quilt.

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

I've got dozens of other projects to work on, but these are the most urgent for this week, so I'll start here!  Christmas is coming up so quickly - I've been trying to avoid actually counting the days but I can feel it breathing down my neck - can you?

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



Friday, October 13, 2017

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Sweet Hearts

Hi, all!

Well, Friday has rolled around once again, and you know what that means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on!  I hope you're ready - I know I am!  Let's get started!

I've been busy making pillows this week for a marketplace at a women's event, and I've shared most of them, but I realized that I hadn't shared my three favorite pillows....

These pillows started with three pretty little orphan blocks.  All three had shades of pink in them, which helped determine the background fabric.

I looted my stash for some beautiful linen that I was hoarding - a pale pink, a creamy white, and a deeper pink that actually started life as an IKEA curtain!

All of them are quilted in a grid style, fitted out on the back with an envelope closure (all in the creamy white linen), and bound wth a beautiful tan, cream and white Modernist print.  They are so pretty together!  Soft and feminine, they'll be perfect in a little girl's room or in a "lady cave"!

Now, if you've been watching my progress with pillow covers and are starting to get the bug to make some of your own, I'm hoping to post a tutorial this coming week with the simple how-to's so you can join in the fun!

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, October 11, 2017

I May Have a Scrap Problem... Playing Catch-up!

Hi, all!

Wow - I've been cranking out pillow covers this week like a crazy woman, so many of them that I almost forgot about scrappy Wednesdays!  Fortunately, I did remember in time to crank out this week's Gypsy Wife blocks...

I am so thankful for my Bloc-Loc ruler, which makes trimming up HSTs so easy!  If you don't have one, you really should invest in one - they are the best!  I actually have two - a 6.5" one for smaller blocks, and a 12.5" one for really big HSTs!

So in less than an hour, I picked the fabrics, cut the pieces, and sewed these blocks together!   These are just called HST blocks, no special name.  Only one more week of "named" blocks, then I start working on the filler blocks!  Once again, the fabrics are from the Latitude line of batiks by Kate Spain.

I also worked on this pillow today, which used up the end of a mini charm pack, and some fabric left over from a quilt back.  Scrap-busting!

I love that the print on the fabric gave me the perfect markings for the straight line stitching!  

Here's a montage of some of the other pillows I made this week. This isn't even all of them!  It's been busy week... 

And I finally started quilting my Long Time Gone quilt - by hand!  I love how this looks, and I am grateful that we're coming up on winter, when I won't mind sitting under a quilt in the evenings!

 So that's been my scrap- and stash-busting week - lots of orphan blocks, scraps, and bits of short yardage used up!  Woohoo!!

My scrap monster is becoming my little scrap buddy!