Monday, August 13, 2018

Make-A-List Monday - Plugging Away!

Hi, all!

Monday has rolled around once again, after a busy week and a restful weekend.  And that means it's time to review last week's list and decide what to work on this week!

First of all, last week's list...

1.  Keep working on the Kitchen Sink quilt.
2.  Keep working on Lilli's annual quilt.
I'll confess these two together - I didn't work on either one of these this week.  The commission job took up most of my available time.

3.  Cut the blocks and put together a golf shirt memory quilt.
Done!  I'm really pleased with how this one looks.  I'll wait to quilt it now (so I can get any additional supplies I need all at one time - come on big sale!) but I'm glad to have it to this point.

4.  Make two memory pillow covers.
I didn't get to this one - I'm hoping to do it Tuesday morning - but I did utilize one of my evenings well and deconstructed t-shirts for the t-shirt memory quilt instead.

5.  Deconstruct a bunch of denim shirts for another two memory quilts.
Done!  These are ready to be cut up into squares.

6.  Try to quilt two tops for the quilt ministry.
Well, I didn't quilt two (I had to yield the machine to another ministry member on Saturday) but I did quilt and bind this beauty!

7.  Start painting the kitchen/dining room.
Started and finished!  It was a lot of work, but I love the way it looks!  

8.  Keep up with any ministry needs that come up.
Done!  We gave away two quilts the week...

This quilt went to a woman undergoing a major cancer surgery...

...and this one went to a gentleman going through rehab after a fractured hip.

So I didn't get everything done, but I'm pleased with the progress I made.  Both the painting and the memory quilt took longer than I expected, which cut into my available time.  But the results are good, so I'll take it!  Here's what I'm hoping to achieve this week...

1.  Paint two pieces of furniture in the kitchen.

2.  Make the two memory pillow covers from denim shirts.

3.  Cut out the denim squares for the memory quilts and start assembling.

4.  Make the blocks for the t-shirt quilt.

5.  Deconstruct the dress shirts for the final memory quilt.

6.  Work on Lilli's annual quilt.

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

I think that's everything for this week.  It's certainly enough!  I may not get to everything, but it's all progress, right?  

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



Friday, August 10, 2018

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? We Interrupt Our Regular Programming...

Hi, all!

The week has just flown by, and Friday is finally here - and you know what that means!  It's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  I hope you've had a whoop-worthy week - let's get started!


I've had a busy week, working on a series of new commission memory quilts.  This one is being made from golf shirts...

...and I'm in the process of deconstructing a whole lot of other shirts for more quilts.  Fun fun fun!!

But this week, I also interrupted my regular programming, so to speak, and did a little home DIY...

See that beautiful painted crown molding?  Well, it's been unpainted for about nine years now - just waiting for me to caulk and paint it - and now it's done!  

And then I decided to paint the knotty pine paneling again.  I painted it back when we first moved in - it had been that hideous orange-y color that knotty pine turns after it's been lacquered a long time - and the color that I thought would be a warm cream turned out to look more yellow.  I've lived with it for a while, but with the advent of the farmhouse decorating trend, I decided it was time to go to paler neutrals. This color is called Dogwood, and it's a very pale cream.

And here's the dining room all painted!  I really like the change in color - it's much brighter in the room, which has a problem being kind of dark because of all the trees outside.

And then it was time to put out the new rug!  This one has enough cream in it to make it look brighter in the room, but also enough darker background colors to not show every little thing that falls on it (it is under my dining room table, after all - and I have grandkids!)

The kitchen has one long wall that needs to be painted - it's partially done, but I've still got to move the cabinet that the tv is sitting on and paint behind it.  It's solid walnut, made by my great-grandfather, and he didn't make wimpy furniture!  I'll have to empty it out tomorrow, take the drawers out to reduce the weight, and move it before I can paint the small section of wall behind it.  

These are the cabinets on the other side of the room.  We're planning on removing the faux tin backsplash and replacing it with this...

...which should also brighten up the room considerably!  I also want to repaint the base of the butcher block island and the brown dresser you can see to the right in the first kitchen picture, but I'm still trying to decide what color.  Right now, I'm thinking some shade of gray, about mid-range.

So after a hard day of painting, I'm proud of how it looks!  And now I'll ask - - - can I get a whoop whoop?


And now it's your turn!  

What's making you whoop it up this week?

What's got you dancing 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, August 8, 2018

I May Have a Scrap Problem... Progress and Inspiration!

Hi, all!

It's so nice to be getting back into the swing of things, and I was really enjoying having time to work on projects of my own (i.e. scrappy sewing!) But then I got a commission for five memory quilts, and now I'm going to have to reward myself with time to sew on my scrappy projects in order to make progress on them!  But it's all good...

I did make some progress this week - I've made and sewn together nine blocks on the Kitchen Sink quilt...

...and I made a good start on Lilli's "Something Blue" quilt, creating a whole mess of the little "H" blocks and assembling the four corner blocks.  (I've made a lot more "H" blocks than are shown in this picture!)

I can't wait to make more of the blocks to fill in more of the blue color - I think this is going to look fabulous!!!

I also made this pillow top (which still needs quilting) from some scraps I found in the dreaded tub "B" - and using my new-found love of calligraphy, have added a word to it as an accent!  Next up for this is quilting and finishing up the appliqué somehow.

And now, since I don't have much more to show off as far as progress, I thought I'd show you some of the fabulous inspiration I've seen this week on Instagram...

Aren't these churn dash blocks fun?  And I saw some others that had pinwheels in the center, too - so cute!

I am so in love with this hourglass quilt - what a great way to mash-up your scraps!  

And take a look at this fabulous improv quilt - wouldn't it be great for a man's quilt (and use up some of those solid scraps at the same time?)

And this beauty didn't come from Instagram, but instead from the design wall in our quilt room at church!  My friend Deb made this beautiful scrappy quilt and now I want to make one too!

That's all for this week - I'll be plugging away at the two scrap quilts in between working on the memory quilts, so hopefully I'll have a little bit more progress to show next week!

Keep working on those scraps!