Thursday, February 15, 2018

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? A Long-Awaited Finish!

Hi, all!

It's finally Friday again and as usual, that means it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!!  I'm so excited, because I have a honest-to-goodness finish to share - so let's get started!!


If you're new to my blog, you may not know that every year when we go to the beach for vacation, I usually take at least one sewing project and my sewing machine with me.  I've been doing this for several years now, and it's a fun time to work on something just for me.  Usually I get a quilt pretty close to finished on vacation, and throw it on the frame when I get home - but this pretty quilt unfortunately sat and languished last year because I was too busy to finish it off.

I had pieced all sixteen blocks, but still needed to assemble the top with the sashing and cornerstones.  This week I needed a little "me sewing" so I pulled this out and spent a couple of happy hours putting the top together.

After first shopping my stash and failing to find anything that pleased me, I hopped in the car and headed up to Joann's for a quilt back.  And wonder of wonders, I found something absolutely perfect - I am truly in love with this beautiful red print!

Binding and one of my labels, and this quilt is in the books!  I'm loving its cheerful colors and bold design - it all makes me smile!  For the record, the front is made with a Salt Air jelly roll and Kona Snow, with a bit of copper solid that was in my stash.  The pattern is "Grateful" by For The Love of Fabric.

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, February 14, 2018

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

Hi, all!

You know what they say about building a new habit - that if you do something for two weeks you're more likely to keep doing it?  Well, apparently it's true - because I've been cutting up scraps like crazy lately!  After getting through my January Scrap Attack 2018 challenge of cutting up all my daily scraps, I find that I need to take some time each day to cut scraps - which has meant that I'm starting to tackle some of the overflow, too!  Here's what I've cut up just since last Wednesday...

Those two boxes are just about as full as they can get - I could maybe get a few more squares in, but that's a lot of fabric there!  

And I had a "eureka!" moment this week.  Remember last week when I emptied out that wire basket?

I had so much fun working my way down to the bottom of that basket, because there was an end in sight - something that's hard to experience when you are dealing with a huge tub!  But I had the sudden inspiration that if I filled up that basket....

...I could easily cut up that many scraps in a week!  Fill that basket up enough weeks in a row and I'll have cut through that huge backlog of scraps!  So I'm giving this a try.  I'm already about halfway through the basket, plus I've kept up with the scraps from things I've been working on all week.  Hooray!!

I also started on the beach/picnic blanket this week.  Didn't get too far, because we had a large quilt ministry need pop up unexpectedly, but at least it's started!  I'm excited to finish this one, which is good because it's a short month - not much more time to work on it!

And now, as promised, a little bit of the inspiration I saw on Instagram this week...

Look at this fabulous nine-patch quilt!!

Sharon's pretty scrappy blocks are wonderful - I think she called this pattern "Stoplight"!

I love this simple scrappy pattern - and the black sashing really sets off those brights!

And look at these lovely Scrappy Dresden quilts  - such a great creative use of scraps!

And last but not least, look at these wonderful zipper bags!  What a great quick project, and so perfect for gifts. All you have to do is conquer that fear of zippers!

So all in all, a really good week on the scrap front.  Slowly but surely, I'm whittling away at those scrap tubs, turning them into useful pieces!  I'm really looking forward to making quilts with all those lovely squares someday...



Monday, February 12, 2018

Make-A-List Monday - A Mixed Bag!

Hi, all!

Did you have a good weekend?  I was a little afraid we would float away here in middle Tennessee - it rained and rained and rained and rained and.... well, you get the idea.  But bad weather means more sewing time, doesn't it?  So a good weekend was had, at least by me!  And now it's time to see how much progress I made on last week's list...

1.  Write a tutorial for this week's Scrumptious Scraps quilt-along post.
Done!  You can check it out here - there's lots of good info in it about quilt math and a great little app I use a lot - and instructions for making this quilt!

2.  Work on repairing a t-shirt quilt top for a customer, and sandwich for quilting.
Not only did I get it repaired and sandwiched, but I finished it and delivered it in time for Valentine's Day!

3.  Mail off a prize package of scraps.
Done! That's one way to diminish the scrap bins!

4.  Keep cutting up those scraps!
Done!  Here's just a few of the scraps I cut this week...

... and here's a sneak peek of the tip I've got to share on Wednesday's scrap post!

5.  Start on a second list of potential donors for Hands2Help.
Didn't get to this one yet!

6.  Finish some quilts for the quilt ministry.
Done!  I put the binding on a mess of quilts this week, plus I quilted this beauty today...

7.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  Only one quilt this week...

This quilt went to a woman whose adult daughter died unexpectedly.

I also pulled out this old UFO from last year and put the sashing and cornerstones on it - now it's ready to quilt!

So, not too bad for last week!  Here's what's on tap for this week...

1.  Work on quilts for four children whose father died very unexpectedly this week.

2.  Keep cutting up those scraps!

3.  Start working on the t-shirt beach blanket.

4.  Contact more potential sponsors for H2H.

5.  Find a back for last week's UFO finish.

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

I know for sure there's more I should be doing, but I can't remember them right now and hubby wants to head to bed - so I'll have to wrap it up and just add on as I do things!

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