Friday, November 9, 2018

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? The Last Ones for 2018...

Hi, all!

Another week is in the books, it's finally Friday again, and you know what that means - it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  I swear the weeks go by faster and faster the closer it gets to Christmas...  But let's get started with our happy dancing!


I am definitely doing a happy dance this week, because....

Multiply this times three, and you've got my finishes for the week!  I finally finished the three memory quilt commission job!!

This picture gives you a good overview of what the quilts look like, but each one is a little different - each has a pocket (or two) on it for stashing a cell phone, kleenex, a paperback or chocolates...

Quilt #1...

Quilt #2...

...and quilt #3!

Each quilt also has blocks representing the St. Louis Cardinals...

...and the Tennessee Titans.

All three are backed in the same material, so I was able to load a VERY long backing on the quilt frame and quilt them one after the other - hooray for timesavers!

And here's proof that all three are finished at the same time!  These are my last commission jobs for 2018, so now I can work on Christmas presents and other stuff!  Woohoo!!!

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, November 7, 2018

I May Have a Scrap Problem...

Hi, all!

Well, it's been busy week in my home town.... I kind of miss Garrison Keillor, don't you?  Lake Wobegon always seemed like a fun place to live.  That's a strange way to start a quilting blog post, but it just kind of flowed that way!  It has been busy, here, though - I've been working on a semi-scrappy project...

These three memory quilts seem scrappy, being made from twelve garments.  I love the way the fabrics all work together so well!  These are going to be wonderfully cozy quilts, and oh, the memories they hold!  I'll be quilting these later this week.

And now for some inspiration...

If you've never visited Beth's blog, Love Laugh Quilt, you should - she is a fabulous scrap quilter and always makes beautiful quilts!  I'm particularly fond of this one, though - aren't the colors lovely?

And take a look at Preeti's beautiful creation!  This just makes my heart happy, and has my fingers itching to go digging in my scraps - but I've got to finish those three quilts first!  You can read more about this quilt on Preeti's blog by clicking here.

Maria made this beauty, which she claims came about from inspiration from my blog.  I can't find whatever quilt inspired her to do this, but I'm certainly inspired!  This is a beautiful use of strings and the rainbow stars sparkle against the low volume background.  You can follow Maria and see more of her creations (and her cute dogs!) on Instagram - she's @beezuscomplex there.

So a short post today but I hope some good inspiration and some new folks for you to follow!  What have you been working on this week?  Something fun and scrappy?  Do a little for me so I can enjoy it vicariously.  I'll be glad to get back to my own sewing soon, when I can indulge in some squirrel-chasing!



Monday, November 5, 2018

Make-A-List Monday - Where Did My Week Go?

Hi, all!

Honestly - where did the week go?  I took a look at my list from last week this morning and realized there was no way I was going to make any inroads on it.  So let's take a look at last week's progress...

1.  Cut out blocks from a big stack of clothing for three memory quilts.
Done!  Almost 600 5" squares from twelve different pieces of clothing, plus blocks from TN Titans fabric and some St Louis Cardinals logos.  

2.  Start assembling at least two of those memory quilts.
Done!  I've managed to assemble two of the quilt tops, and I'm halfway through the third!

3.  Pick out backing fabric for the memory quilts.
Done!  I lucked out at Hobby Lobby and found not one, but two great prints that they had enough of, so I bought both.  My customer liked the one I liked less, so now I have a great backing fabric in my stash!  

4.  Work out a design using the scrappy "made fabric" for the guest room bunk bed.
I haven't even had time to think about this one!

5.  Work on cleaning up from the home renovation projects (so I can start a new one without guilt!)
I did a little bit on this today, but not much.  And I discovered that Command Hooks won't hold up hanging rods for wall quilts... (bummer...)

6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  We give away three quilts this week...

This quilt went to a woman who has become disabled with various medical conditions...

...and this quilt went to a young girl in need of some encouragement.

Finally, this quilt went to a man recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.

I feel like all I did last week was work on the three memory quilts and didn't get much else done - but I need to get them finished ASAP, so I guess that's ok.  However, I did spend a fun morning with Lilli making cookies... I did get to do some other things!  This week, though, I'm concentrating on finishing those three quilts - here's my list for the week...

1.  Finish piecing the third memory quilt top.

2.  Make the quilt backs.

3.  Quilt all three memory quilts.

4.   Applique pockets on all three quilts.

5.  Work on a design for the bunk bed quilt.

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

Looks like "second verse, same as the first", doesn't it?  But this is all top priority for me this week.  However, tomorrow (Election Day) I'm going to take care of my grandkids so my daughter can go vote, and then we're all going to go see The Nutcracker and The Four Realms together to celebrate!

And now that I've brought up voting, if you haven't voted yet, I would encourage you to step away from the computer and go do it! This election is so important - we are going to define to the world what we stand for as a country - and everyone should exercise their right to vote.  After all...

... an awful lot of people worked and struggled and sacrificed and bled to make sure we all have the right to vote in this country - the least we can do is go vote!

So now, the question is - - - what are you doing this week?