Monday, October 15, 2018

Make-A-List Monday - Where Does The Time Go?

Hi, all!

It seems like it was just Monday - and here it is again!  The weeks really do fly as we get closer to Christmas.  I had a great time visiting in real life with blog friends over the weekend, and now it's time to get back to work!   But first, let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Cut out the fabric sashing and cornerstones for one of the t-shirt quilts. (Cut two if the other fabric arrives in time!)
Done!  And I not only got it cut out, I sewed it together!  Here's a jumbled up shot - it's a gift so I can't show it off yet.

2.  Finish packing and getting ready for my retreat weekend!
Done!  And we had a great time!

3.  Work on Nathanael's annual quilt.
Done - this is part of what I worked on during the retreat.  Didn't get a whole lot of sewing done, but at least it's a start!  Twelve 16-patch blocks...

4.  Prepare some reference materials for the retreat.
Done!  We talked about how to price your quilts when someone asks you to make one for them for money - and why.

5.  Learn a new skill!
Done!  Thanks to some tutoring from Beth of Cooking Up Quilts, I managed to make this paper pieced tree with minimal cursing and only a little seam ripping for a stupid mistake!

6.  Take care of any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  We only gave away one quilt this week, to a woman with cancer. 

 I'm thankful for easy weeks, when we can get a little caught up!

So all in all, not a bad week at all!  But I picked up four more commission jobs over the weekend, so I've got to really put the pedal to the metal this week!  Here's what I'm hoping to get to this week...

1.  Cut out and assemble another commission t-shirt quilt.

2.  Quilt last week's t-shirt quilt.

3.  Quilt a baby quilt for a friend.

4.  Quilt this week's t-shirt quilt if time allows.

5.  Continue working on Nathanael's annual quilt.

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

This list looks short, but it's plenty of work to keep me busy.  Idle hands and all that, you know!

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



Friday, October 12, 2018

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? I'm Counting on You!

Hi, all!  

Well, Friday has rolled around, and it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  I don't know what you are whooping about today, but let me just put in a big whoop for the beautiful fall weather that seems to have descended on us today!  I can't wait to see what you're happy about, so let's get started!


This week, I've had the joy of visiting blog friends in real life - so much fun!  And it's been amazing at how easy everything feels - we talk like we've known each other forever!  We've done some sewing in Julie's beautiful studio...

...and maybe more than a little bit of monkeying around!

That's me in the center back, then clockwise is Beth, Tish, Irene and Meta. Our next task is to figure out how to get Julie in the picture with us!  

We've gone to some wonderful fabric stores...

This lovely shop had beautiful fabrics, the yummiest yarns, and so many cute things it was hard to see it all!

And there's Julie!  She got a little overexcited about the green fabrics, and they all ended up on the floor - but it was easier to see them then!  

Oh look!  It's my birthday present from my husband!  How did that get in my bag????

And here's one I got for myself - beautiful wool socks that are currently on my feet and so comfy and cozy!  Doesn't everyone need a new pair of socks for the first round of fall weather?

So it's a different kind of whoop-whoop, but this week has still been whoop-whoop worthy!

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 10, 2018

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Dreaming of New Projects!

Hi, all!

This week I've been working on commission projects (mostly t-shirt quilts) and some things that needed to be finished for the quilt ministry, which has meant no time for sewing with my scraps.  I'm headed for a quilting retreat this weekend, though, and I'm bringing along a scrappy project - Nathanael's annual quilt - but that doesn't really help me for this blogpost!

But I have been dreaming of scrappy quilts this week, because I need to make a twin size quilt for the new bunk bed in the guest room.  Here are some of the ideas I'm tossing around...

Flutterby has been on my list for a while, and would certainly make good use of the plethora of scraps I have on hand.

And this modern postage stamp quilt would be quick and easy - but I think I want something a little more... more.

Amanda Jean's design, Candy Coated, is a great way to use up strings - and the good Lord knows I have a ton of those!  My version would definitely be more colorful than this, though.  But I love this low-volume version!

This is so simple, but has so much movement, and would work well with a wide variety of scraps - and it would look good with the scrappy Jacob's Ladder quilt I have on the lower bed.

This is always an option - I got the templates for Christmas last year - but it may take more time than I have to put into it right now.  But there's definitely one of these in my future soon!

So plenty to choose from, and reading my own comments above, it looks like I may have a winner - the hourglass block quilt - but I'm going to think on it while I'm at the quilt retreat and make a decision when I get back.

What are you dreaming of these days?  Do your dreams involve scraps, or are you dreaming of some new line of fabric?  That's the joy of using scraps - you can feel virtuous using them and reward yourself with something new!