Friday, June 22, 2018

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? Vintage Reclaimed!

Hi, all!

Can you believe that it's Friday already?  And the first Friday of summer, to boot!  Well, we all know what that means - it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  Are you ready?  Let's get started!

But before we get started, here's a HUGE WHOOP - there's a fix for the Blogger comment problem!!  Go to this blogpost and follow the directions she provides - I've already done it and it works!!!  HALLELUJAH!!!!


Several months ago, a friend of mine brought me a top that her grandmother had made.  She had fond memories of it from her childhood and wanted to know if it could be repaired so she could use it again...

This was a really big coverlet - about queen size - and in pretty rough shape, so I couldn't get a picture of the whole top laid out.  This was the best I could do!  The top was raw edges on the back, no batting or backing.

Cute turtles, right?  They were appliquéd on all manner of fabrics - cottons, polyester double-knit, even lining fabric.  The lining fabric didn't hold up so well when my friend washed the top before bringing it to me.  Neither did that green fabric bordering each of the blocks.

My friend loved the gingham, but it was faded a lot, and in patches, so we decided to replace it with new red gingham.  We also needed to replace the green fabric, which was a loose weave that didn't hold up well, and my friend chose a blue chambray.

Lots and lots of frog-stitching (does it count as frog-stitching if you didn't do the original stitching?) and I had the gingham and green fabrics off of the turtle four-patch blocks.  That was when I realized that the four-patch blocks weren't square, or even the same sizes!  So I took them apart, squared up the turtles to the same size, and appliquéd some of those turtles to new fabric where their background blocks were frayed or damaged.  Whew!  That's better!

And here's the completed top, spread out on my queen-size bed.  When I quilted it, I used a wide flannel instead of batting, so it has weight, but not thickness.  It's actually more like the bedspread it was originally, just without the raw edges.  Quilting is a random meander everywhere except over the turtles.

Here you can see the backing I found at that great Joann's sale a little while ago - isn't it perfect?

I really do love the way this turned out!  There's something so satisfying about taking an old and well-loved piece and turning it back into something useful.  I hope this will last for many years to come, and allow my friend's grandchildren to form a whole new set of fun memories surrounding 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 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, June 20, 2018

I May Have A Scrap Problem... And Not Enough Hours in the Day!

Hi, all!

Well, here it is Tuesday night and I have absolutely. nothing. scrappy.  Nothing at all.  My day took an unexpected turn today - a good one, because I got to spend some fun time with my grandkids,  but it didn't allow for any scrappy sewing at all - and being out of town last week has put me way behind!  So I've fallen back on my old faithful, Instagram, and I'm going to share some of the beautiful work I've seen out there lately.  Oh, and there'll be a special call for assistance at the end of the post - stay turned for that!

Seen out and about...

Such a beautiful low volume string block!!  Kristi is one of my favorite scrap quilters - if you don't follow her already, you should!

This quilt top was actually a mistake, not what was originally planned - but I love it!  I'm wondering if I have enough solid scraps to pull it off....

And isn't it amazing what putting a square on point does for the design?  Beth really outdid herself with this one!

Don't you love the low volume mixed fabric background of this?  A great way to use those odds and ends of low volume fabrics.

I truly love this low volume log cabin quilt - traditional, yet not precisely  - it makes a statement!

And how about this cool piece of wall art someone found in a Home Goods?  I think this could have good possibilities with some leftover strings folded over felt strips.

Feeling a little inspired?


And now for the request for assistance!  One of this year's Hands2Help charities was Little Lambs Foundation for Kids of Utah, an organization which provides backpacks with personal care items to kids going into the foster care system.  They've put out a call for some items they are in need of, and if you can help, I hope you will!  

The work these folks do is amazing, and the quilting community certainly rallied behind them through H2H, donating over 200 quilts as part of the Challenge this year!  I hope you'll join me in sending them a few things to build up their stock again.


And that's all I got today - but with only a little over a week until the end of the month, I need to get working on my tub of scraps for June!  

Happy Scrapping!



Monday, June 18, 2018

Make-A-List Monday - Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming...

Hi, all!

Well, the wedding is over, I'm back from Canada, and it's time to get back to our regularly scheduled programming!  Good thing, too because I've got a bunch of things that need finishing, and I haven't even touched my June Scrap Attack project!  So let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Finalize the schedule of bloggers for the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop.
Done!  I'm so excited about this year's hop - and there are still a few slots if you are interested in being one of the hop blogs!

2.  Write the tutorial for the quilt-along quilt that will be on my blog during the hop.
I'm about halfway done - I needed some measurements I left at home - but the bones are there!

3.  Add new tutorials to the Tutorials Page on my blog.
Done!  I added this year's Scrumptious Scraps tutorials...

4.  Write my Monday, Wednesday and Friday blogposts. (Partly done, now that you're reading this!)
And completely done now!  It's always confusing when I'm traveling, and easy to get my days mixed up...

5.  Read a book for my husband (research so he doesn't have to!)
Done! It was actually pretty good - Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers - so I gave him a good review!

6.  Update the quilt ministry "quilts donated" list.
Done!  I really need to do better in keeping it up to date on a daily basis...

7.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Fortunately, a quiet week last week - I didn't hear of any quilts that went out (although that could change when I see everyone Wednesday night!)

So all in all, a good week - I also found a little time to try out lettering and calligraphy, which was fun!  The whiteboard was a great place to practice a little bit today...

And I found a sweet little quilt shop in Calgary...

In addition to really beautiful fabrics and cool notions, they had a lot of original (and made by) Judy Niedermeyer quilts on the wall!

My husband spotted the two red quilts shown here and positively drooled... I told him they were kind of out of my skill set, and he said, "But I LIKE them!  You could make one of them for me any day!"  So I guess I'll need to see if I can learn how to paper piece...

They really are beautiful, aren't they?

So last week was fun and productive, but it's time to get back to the regular stuff!  Here's what's on my list for this week...

1.  Quilt the turtle quilt.

2.  Assemble the second quilt-along quilt sample.

3.  Quilt three H2H tops for some friends.

4.  Start on my June Scrap Attack task.

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

Enough for this week, I think - if I get through all this, I'll throw the quilt-along quilts on the frame, or finally quilt the denim crescent quilt!  There's always something to work on in the studio, after all!

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