Sunday, April 21, 2019

Hands2Help 2019 - Meet Guest Blogger Sharon!

Hi, all!

Happy Easter!  I hope you have all had a beautiful day - I plan to spend it with family, hunting eggs and eating lots of fabulous food. It's always a big day for us!

It's also time for us to meet another guest blogger in this year's Hands2Help Challenge!  Sharon, who blogs over at Vrooman's Quilts, is a fabulous scrap quilter, a wonderful supporter of the Challenge since it began, and to top it all off, she has the greatest address EVER!  I want to live on Quilt Lane too!  If you've never visited her blog, you really should - she's a constant source of inspiration and wow, does she keep her scraps neatly organized!  You'll be amazed!  So now, I'm turning the blog over to her....

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I would like to thank Sarah for inviting me to host a spot for Hands2Help.  I have actively participated in this project since it's beginning  and Sarah has done a fantastic job in making this grow each year.  Now she has shared so many wonderful quilts using up your scraps each year for this and this year was no exception with dedication to rectangles.  BUT.....

I want to dedicate my post to the lonely square.  We are always looking for fast blocks that are easy to make, use up the scraps/stash on hand, and (the key) easy to quilt math.  I find so many quilter who are afraid of quilt math.  Using a square makes this so much easier - and they can make some beautiful quilts.



The Postage Stamp is a great way to use up a lot of squares.  You can have fun with color mix, sashing, and various settings.



You can take advantage of large and specialty prints and make them stand out by the type of sashing you use.


How about we flip just one corner?  It can be a precise size or you can try some using up some of those 'odd' tid bits.  Have fun playing with layouts or the classic Bow Tie.  



You can flip two corners as well.  Opposite corners  for X's and O's, Stretch Stars, or fun mosiac.  Corners on one side make easy stars - use same size flips or fun stretchy ones with those odd tid-bits.



You can flip three corners to create some pretty flowers.



Of course the Snowball Block with four flip corners.  How you chose to create the 'ball' with size flips and how you chose to set them into a pattern - they all make wonderfull quilts.

There are many other ways to play with a square - be creative.  You will find they make lovely quilts and will help you feel more at ease in using your 'quilt math'. 



There are a lot of patterns on-line for 'nickel and dime' quilts (charms and layer cakes), but you can cut your own stash and scraps.  My favorite book is the "BIG Book of Nickel Quilts" by Pat Speth.  I actually own all the BIG books as they are great resources.



I have a tutorial on my blog  today  (I had the wrong month marked on my calendar for my post - so early - but done) to make the Double Square Block by making the 'tulip' unit.  You can find it HERE.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

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So many fabulous ideas!  I particularly love the dark ring quilt, and may have to put that on my bucket list - it looks like a good scrap buster, doesn't it?

Have you been waiting for just the right inspiration to dip your toe in the water?  Now's the time!  You can still sign up by clicking the button for the Hands2Help 2019 page right under my blog header, scrolling halfway down the post and filling out the entry form.  (Be sure to click Submit at the end to complete your entry!)  After all, the more, the merrier!

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, April 19, 2019

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? It's My Turn...

Hi, all!

It's finally Friday!!  Bet you thought it wouldn't ever get here this week, didn't you!  But it's here, and you know what that means - it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  Let's get started...

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It's been a weird week around here, and I didn't get anything finished, but I do need to share the quilts that I'm going to donate as part of Hands2Help, so this is a great time to do that!


I made this first quilt using a variation on my On Line pattern, cutting my strings 4.5" long before sewing them together.  The finished quilt is made using all solid scraps, and finished at 36" square.  Giant white polka dots on the back to make it happy - and this quilt will be going to Jack's Basket!



This pretty quilt had been languishing in my "to be quilted" pile for a while, so I'm happy to say that it is now finished and ready to go! I made this using leftover pieces of binding in solids and black and white prints, along with a pretty rainbow print for the little squares between the strips.  I do love jellyroll quilts!  This lap-size quilt will be going to Mercyful Quilts.

And here's something else to whoop about - just from the link-ups from last Sunday, there are more than 100 quilts in progress or finished already!  There's still lots of time to get involved if you want to join in the fun - finished quilts aren't due until May 24th - and this is such a good start, I can't imagine how many we can finish this year!  You can still sign up by filling out the form halfway down this post.

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop???

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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 util Sunday midnight.

Hope to see you there!

Hugs!

Sarah



Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hands2Help 2019 - Quilt Updates by Non-Bloggers!

Hi, all!

Wow!  We are having a fabulous response to the Hands2Help Challenge this year - and one of the best things to see is that there are so many non-bloggers becoming involved!  But that also means that I'm getting lots of pictures of beautiful quilts that you all need to see too.  So this year I'm trying something different and putting together a blog post to share them, at least for the check-in dates.   

Without further ado, here are the beautiful quilts made by non-bloggers that have been shared with me so far!


This is the front (above) and back (below) of a quilt made by Donna J for Mercyful Quilts.


This sweet little quilt (below) was made by Doris M and is going to be sent to Jack's Basket.


Ila M made this cheerful two-color quilt for Jack's basket.


Janice S. made this lovely lavender beauty for Victoria's Quilts.


The next two quilts were made by Jeanne S. for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project...



...and she also made and donated these ten quilts to her local hospice.  Her description of these was interesting - they make the quilts with plain backs so that visitors can sign the quilt, and then the quilt is given to the family to take home with them.  What a wonderful idea!


Lorraine B. made the next two quilts, both of which are going to Quilty Hugs.



The two quilt tops below were made by Mary W and are being sent to Victoria's Quilts Canada.



And last, but certainly not least, is this beauty made by Rhondalina. She named this "Rainbows in a Cloudy Sky".  It is made using Alison Glass Sunprint fabrics set in Kona Charcoal.  Very appropriate for its destination, the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project!



It's wonderful to see all the beautiful quilts, and to see that they are being spread across the board, so to speak - each of this year's charities are represented just in the quilts shown above, not to mention all the beautiful quilts already linked up in this week's check-in!  You all seriously rock!  Keep up the good work!

Hugs!

Sarah