Friday, October 2, 2015

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Quick Quilt!

Hi, all!

It's Friday again, and you know what that means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on!!  It's been a long dreary week here - very little sunshine and lots of rain - so I'm ready to do some whooping instead of wondering where the sun went!

Despite the weather - or maybe because of it - I did manage to get some sewing done this week!  Sunday afternoon I decided that I wanted to make a baby quilt for an upcoming baby and started to check over my stash to see what I had.  Low on the colors she requested, I decided to go up to Joanns at 4 o'clock.  

I found these three fabrics, and cut them into 2.5" strips, then sewed eight sets of three strips together.

Then I cross-cut the strip sets into 6.5" blocks, and put them together into a rail fence pattern.

By 7:30, I had this quilt top all assembled!  I think that was a record for me - and it felt good!

Monday morning I loaded it up on the frame, then spent some time with my grandkids...

...and after they left, I quilted it up!  I did the binding on it today, but didn't get a pic of that - the weather has really been just awful for taking pictures lately!  But this quilt is finished and ready to go to that new little baby as soon as she is born!

And then this happened!  Between 5 pm on Monday and 5 pm on Tuesday, I quilted ten quilts for the quilt ministry!  Binding commenced on Wednesday night, and Marie (a ministry member) took a couple home to do this week.  I finished up the binding on the last one today, and one of these quilts has actually already been mailed to a woman in South Carolina!  It felt good to complete so many at once - a little hard on the body standing at the frame all day, but so worth it!

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 dance the happy dance?

Share - we want to dance right along with you -

And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

Remember - it doesn't have to be a finish,
just something that's making you happy.

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.

Hope to see you there!



PS - My friend Zenia Rene has a new Saturday linky party called "WHOOMP There It Is" going on at A Quilted Passion - check it out and show her some linky love!  I'm headed there now.....

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What's On The Bookshelf Wednesday - An Old Friend!

Hi, all!

It's Wednesday, and that means it's time for What's On The Bookshelf Wednesday!  Only one problem - I spent Tuesday doing this...

...a quilting marathon that generated ten new quilts for the quilt ministry!  But when I finished I realized that I hadn't done anything about a book review for the Wednesday post.  Then I saw Christina Cameli's book, First Steps to Free Motion Quilting, on my worktable.  I shared that book with a friend who came over with some quilting questions on Monday, and it's such a great book I'm going to re-run a review I did of the book about two years ago!  There - problem solved!  So without further ado, here's the review!

I was asked by Christina over at A Few Scraps to review her first book!  Some of you may know that I am a big fan of Christina's blog, and refer lots of folks to her free motion quilting tutorials, which are wonderful - a great way to learn how to do FMQ.  

I was eagerly anticipating this book, but wow, I was blown away by the actuality of it!  The first part of the book deals with the how-to part of FMQ.  There is a section on what you need before beginning, another on the basics of the process, and a third section that covers things like how to decide what type of FMQ to use on a project.  The next twenty-three pages of FMQ design ideas should give you a ton of inspiration!  

But wait, there's more!  Christina not only outlines the basics of free motion quilting, but also has twenty-four (!) great projects to hone your new skills on.  My usual method of deciding whether to purchase a book is to see how many projects "take my breath away" - a minimum of three is required before I'll consider purchasing a book.  When I counted up how many projects I wanted to make in this book, I found at least twenty I want to make, or that will give me a jumping off point for my own interpretation of the technique.  

Here are three projects I've made up from the book in just the past couple of days...

Hopefully by the end of the day tomorrow,
this will be a finished pillow cover!

I can't decide whether to make a wall hanging
or a pillow cover out of this one!

I absolutely love these bowls - super simple to make, and I can think of so many uses for them!  In my studio, I can use them to corral thread, rotary cutters, or even my bluetooth headset that I'm constantly worried I'll cut up when I'm not wearing it!  And on my dresser, I always need little "catchers" for jewelry, change, and the like.  How would you use them?

And guess what?  You can totally flip them inside out and change the look!!  I love it!! 

My daughter looked through the book and decided that she wants me to make matching quilts for the little girls by one of the quilt designs.  (There are six quilt designs, by the way, each one designed to highlight the free motion quilting you've learned to do!)

But by far the most eye-opening section for me was the Embroidered Projects!  I've been doing FMQ for four years now, and never once considered using it as embroidery on non-quilt-y projects.  What an epiphany! I'll be doing at least one project out of this section in the next week.  

The book ends with a very short and concise section about sewing and quilt construction techniques - good information but not a textbook on the process - and a very useful troubleshooting section.  I learned a lot here!  

There's a lot in this book for people new to free motion quilting, people who've been doing it for a while, even those of us who use a long-arm quilting machine!  I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how to do their own free motion quilting, as Christina is an exceptional teacher and shares her experience (and yes, even her mistakes!) freely.  For those of you who have been quilting a while, I think you'll find some fresh new projects and inspiration here.  It's available in paperback and in a Kindle version on Amazon.

Note - since this review was written, Christina has written a second book (Step-By-Step Free Motion Quilting) and also has two classes on Craftsy!  Be sure to check them out if you get a chance!!


That's what's on my bookshelf this week! Have you looked at yours lately?



Monday, September 28, 2015

Make-A-List Monday - Marathon Quilting & Babysitting!

Hi, all!

Monday has rolled around again, and it's the start of a very busy week for me - with another one to follow!  Lots of child care both weeks, and some marathon quilting to come.  First though, let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Complete a quilt top as part of a pattern test for a friend.
Done!  Unfortunately I can't show you this one until Quilt Market in October, but trust me, you are going to love it!

2.  Cut out at least one of the grandkids' annual quilts.
Woohoo!  I not only cut one out, I actually got the top sewn together!  I still have some embellishing to do on it, but I'm glad to have this much in the books...

3.  Start working on the t-shirt commission quilt.
Done!  I took pictures of all the t-shirts and arranged them the way I thought they should be laid out, then emailed it to the lady who commissioned it to be sure she likes the layout.  I'm still waiting for my sashing fabric to arrive, so there's not much I can do yet.  But at least it's started!

4.  Work on Nathanael's Christmas stocking.
Done!  I'm filling in the white of the snowmen, which is slow work, boring, and doesn't show up in pictures, but it is progress!

5.  Work on a dress for Emmy.
Done!  I made this cute Tinkerbell print dress for her pretty quickly - it's an easy pattern - to test the pattern before I used it on more expensive fabric.  She loved it!


6.  Find a pattern for nightgowns for my granddaughters.
Done!  I like this McCalls 1722, which I think I can use for both knits and woven.  It's not too fussy and looks very comfortable!

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

This pretty quilt went to a new baby girl...

This quilt went to a couple whose adult son committed suicide...

...and this quilt went to an 18 month old girl who is going through some emotional difficulties.

And this weeks' list should be fun...

1.  Make a lavender and gray quilt for a new baby coming soon at church.

2.  Marathon quilting day on Tuesday to quilt as many quilt tops for the ministry as I can in one day!

3.  Deconstruct the t-shirts for the commission quilt and make the blocks.

4.  Work on Nathanael's stocking.

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

OK - it's a short list but I'm keeping the kids so much this week, I may not be able to get much more than this done.  But if I do, I'll be sure and share it with you next week!

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