Friday, October 19, 2018

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Another One Down...

Hi, all!

Have you had a productive week?  Hard to believe it's already Friday, but it is - and that means it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  So let's jump right in and get started...


As fall settles in, peoples' minds turn towards Christmas - and towards Christmas presents.  And thankfully, a good number of them think of quilts, and then of me!  This week, I finished up one of those Christmas gifts, and having been assured that the recipient won't see my blog...

I can show you more than what I'm limited to on Instagram and Facebook!

Mom wasn't too sure about what colors to choose for the backgrounds, but I think she did a fabulous job.   I really like the monochromatic look!

My go-to quilting for this style of t-shirt quilt - triple cross-hatching - easy as can be thanks to my Hera marker!

And it gives a pretty texture to the back, too!

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, October 17, 2018

I May Have a Scrap Problem... What's Your Favorite Scrap Block?

Hi, all!

I started thinking about what to write today and realized that I really don't have much progress to show.  It's been a busy few weeks, and I've only had time for a little bit of scrappy sewing.  I did manage to get a dozen blocks made for Nathanael's quilt...

... and I tried a quick paper piecing sample (just to see if I could do it after I learned a neat trick)...

...but that's not much to show for a blogpost!  So I thought I'd share some fun blocks that I've been seeing lately that might inspire you (and me too!) to do some scrappy sewing this week!

Let's start with a simple nine-patch block.  Pretty boring, right?  But look at all the pretty designs you can make with that simple block!

Simply by varying the placement of colors, adding sashing and cornerstones, or placing the blocks on point, you can create excitement!

And honestly, isn't a Jacob's Ladder block just another 9-patch variation?  It's a wonderful way to use up scraps, too.  I've also made this block with whole squares instead of four-patch blocks in the upper left and lower right corners...

Economy blocks are a great way to feature fabric you want to fussy cut...

Maybe one of you can tell me the difference between a churn dash block...

...and a monkey wrench block...

...but whatever you call it, I really like this version - super scrappy!

And finally, this is probably one of my all-time favorite scrap blocks - the Scrap Jar Star block!

So, a little inspiration to jump start your next project - but I'm sure you all have your own favorite scrap blocks!  We'd all love to know about them - share your own favorite in the comments below!

Let's get to work on those scraps now!



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?