Friday, June 15, 2018

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? A Reveal (Finally!)

Hi, all!

Well, Friday has finally rolled around again, and you know what that means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on!  Have you been working on something great this week?  It's time to share - even if it's not a finish, or even if it's not something quilt-y!  Let's celebrate the little things!


Having said that, I have something to share that's not so little - in fact, it's about 88" square!  But first, let me share with you my view this morning when I woke up...

Let me tell you, it's kind of strange to look out your window on your first morning in a new place and see a different flag flying!  But we've already started our Canadian experience, driving through a Tim Horton's at nearly midnight for a donut and a double-double (coffee with two sugars and two creams) before arriving and collapsing at the hotel.  We've come for our niece's wedding, and I can finally reveal the quilt I made for her and her soon-to-be husband, Geoff, because by the time this posts, I will have given it to them!

You may remember seeing bits and pieces of this quilt on social media, but I'm happy today to reveal the whole enchilada! (Do they have Mexican food in Canada?  Hmmm....)

Let's move back a little bit and see some more of this quilt, which, in my humble opinion, is a beauty!  A big beauty, too...

So large that I had to lay it out on the grass to take a good picture of it!

I'm so in love with this quilt, I may need to make one for myself.  Lots of colorful scraps, alternated with "geeky" fabrics - text prints, math prints, technical drawings - mostly in lighter neutrals.

And on the back, a dinosaur print, just for my niece! (Our happy dance GIF today is for her, too - dinosaurs are her favorites!)  I fell in love with this piece of dino fabric - it was just exactly what I was looking for, but there was only about a yard on the bolt.  So it's mixed in with one of my favorite background "neutrals" - the black and white "etch-a-sketch" graphic.  And can you see the border?  It's a diagonal print of the same graphic black and white, in smaller scale.  I love the look of a bias binding, but not the hassle of making it, so when I saw this fabric, I bought all of it that was left on the bolt!

I've had some interesting thoughts about marriage while working on this quilt, too.  I look at the "nerdy" background fabrics as the framework of the marriage - what signifies 'them' to me.  Then all the bright scraps in between those background fabrics are the events of a married life - the bits and pieces of dresses, shirts, quilts - all representing memories.  I can look at the prints in this quilt and remember the projects that they came from, stretching back over many years.  A good marriage is like that - lots of memories overlaying a common foundation.  I hope someday my niece will make her own quilt using bits and pieces collected over the years representing her own memories of a happy life!

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?


And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping it up today?

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 13, 2018

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Strings, Strings Everywhere!

Hi, all!

Well, despite all efforts to avoid it, Tuesday snuck up on me, and I almost forgot to write a scrappy blogpost for Wednesday!  But here I am, with a little bit of a fun quilt to share!  Here's the story...

It all started with this picture that I found on Pinterest.  Suddenly the huge pile of strings we have at church took on a different glamour!  And so, using a 5" square for the center, I started going around the square with those strings.  My only requirement was that they be straight and even.  Round and round and round I went, until my block measured around 18" square, and I could get a full 8.5" block from the center of the 5" square towards all four corners.

After I finished two of the 18" blocks and cut them into quarters, I arranged this on the design wall.  Back to the sewing machine to make more blocks....

...and after cutting them into quarters, I decided to try a different arrangement.  I like this a little bit better, and it makes the blocks more like log cabins than bento boxes.  Awfully busy, though, with not much place for the eye to rest.

I decided to add sashing strips to two sides of each block (much easier than trying to keep the blocks in line with long sashing) and came up with this arrangement.  I like this - it calms it down and lets the scraps shine a little brighter!

Some setting triangles and corners (thank heavens for the Robert Kaufman quilting calculator app that does the math for me!) and a border, and this quilt top is in the books!  I was working at church every morning last week while the kiddos were in Vacation Bible School, and managed to finish this in probably about 8-10 hours of work.  

So that's my scrappy accomplishment for the week!  I'm sorry to say it didn't make much of a dent in the strings bucket, though - we may need to have a sewing day where we make a lot of these blocks and turn them into quilt tops.  I think that might make a dent!

What do you do to tame YOUR string box/bin/hamper/closet?



Monday, June 11, 2018

Make-A-List Monday - It's a Week for Blog Work!

Hi, all!

I'm so afraid of losing track of my days this week - we're traveling so everything is a little bit out of whack - but I did remember that today is Monday, and that means it's time for a new to-do list!  But first, let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Get the last H2H packages in the mail.
Done!!!! Hallelujah!!!! Here's a picture of the very. last. package...

2.  Pick out some handwork projects for vacation.
Done!  I've got a hexie project with me, but I think I'm going to be concentrating on some blog updates and administration projects mostly.  A blogger's job is never done!

3.  Try to quilt the turtle quilt (already on the frame).
Oh, for shame... it still looks just like this!  I'm afraid it's going to have to wait a week or so until I'm back in town...

4.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  We did give away a few quilts this week...

This quilt went to a man with unexplained lesions on his liver.  This was a particularly interesting quilt to give this man - it was made by a man in our group, from a pattern written by a man in a book he published.  So don't tell me that men can't quilt!

This quilt went to a 13-year old recently diagnosed with lung cancer (how in the world does something like that happen?)...

...and this quilt went to a gentleman who is on a ventilator in the hospital.  This is a "first quilt" by one of our newest members.

So that's how the week went last week.  I really wanted to do at least some of the quilting on the turtle quilt, but time (and energy) just didn't allow for it.  There really isn't any tired quite as tired as vacation Bible school tired!

And as to what's on my schedule for this week, we'll be traveling a good bit, so it's a good week to do blog maintenance and some administrative stuff for the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!  By the way, if you're interested in being one of the stops on the hop (it runs from 7/14-7/25), there are still a few slots available.  Oh, we've got enough for at least two every day, but I have a few of three-fers and could fill in the rest if anyone is interested in participating.  Just drop me an email at salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com if you want more info.

So here's my plan for the week:

1.  Finalize the schedule of bloggers for the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop.

2.  Write the tutorial for the quilt-along quilt that will be on my blog during the hop.

3.  Add new tutorials to the Tutorials Page on my blog.

4.  Write my Monday, Wednesday and Friday blogposts. (Partly done, now that you're reading this!)

5.  Read a book for my husband (research so he doesn't have to!)

6.  Update the quilt ministry "quilts donated" list.

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

So mostly computer work that has been sadly neglected for the past month or so - and enough to keep me out of trouble!  That's probably a good thing...

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



PS Just for smiles, if you want to see my granddaughters dancing together at the end of VBS this year, watch this 2:30 video!  Emmy was so excited about dancing just like her big sister - Emmy is the one in the watermelon socks on the floor, and Lilli is just above her on the platform - she's the one Emmy is watching to be sure she's doing it right!