Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I May Have a Scrap Problem... Not Getting Much Better!

Hi, all!

Wow, it has been a week!  I had so many commitments, and so many other things going on, that I didn't get much done on the scrap sewing front.  Boo!




I did, however, get my Gypsy Wife block for this week done!  This block is called Indian Hatchet, and the one on the left is for my GW quilt.  The one on the right is for the Michael Miller Friendship Quilt project, and is made from fabrics provided by Michael Miller Fabrics at QuiltCon.  The fabrics have been sitting on my worktable since February and it feels good to have it done!  The only requirement was that the block be 6.5" unfinished, and since Indian Hatchet was the same size, I just cut out two and sewed them both up together!  This block will go in the mail today.


Then I did some "sew my stash" sewing - I need to make some pillow covers for an upcoming Marketplace, and when I was looking through a drawer, I came upon a charm pack of Halloween fabrics that has been sitting unused for a couple of years.  I cut the charms into 2.5" squares, grabbed some fusible interfacing, and laid out simple patchwork.  Fused the squares onto the interfacing, then folded and sewed.  I love this method, and I've used it a lot for 1.5" squares, but this is the first time I've tried it with larger squares.  It is so fast, and the intersections of the squares are always perfect!  I'll be adding appliqués to these to make some really unique pillow covers, and hopefully they'll be a popular item!  

You can see my tutorial about this technique in this post - just scroll down a ways, because there are several techniques described in the post!  


Oh, and I almost forgot - this quilt went to Stash Builder Box today for this quarter's donation to Project Linus!  I finished it a while ago, but I don't think I ever shared it here.  This was a group effort by my Heart Builders team - we each made a block or two from our scraps, using the Japanese X and Plus block pattern.  Everyone sent them to me and I put them together into this cute quilt! It's a great scrap buster!

So not much scrap sewing, but I hope that will change soon as I get some projects finished and clear the tables a little bit!  Do you hit patches where you have so much "got to" sewing that you can't do any "want to" sewing?

Hugs!

Sarah

Monday, September 18, 2017

Make-A-List Monday - Waiting To Get Caught Up!

Hi, all!  

I'm happy to say I survived the weekend, and the local quilt show is behind me now!  That's a huge load off my plate, but now I've got more projects to concentrate on.  I don't know about you, but the fall is such a busy time for me!  Sometimes it's hard to wrap my brain around everything that needs to be done, but my Monday list really helps!  So let's see how last week's list went.

1.  Put maker/state tags on all the donated pillowcases and quilts as they come in.
Done!  At least, up to today's mail, which I haven't picked up yet.  The current count is over 400 pillowcases and 9 quilts!  A lovely group of ladies from Crossville, TN drove over Friday to deliver 102 pillowcases they made. Isn't that amazing?  Six more boxes came in today, so that number should rise dramatically tomorrow after I check them in. 

2.  Make pillowcase kits to be used on Wednesday night and at our hands-on ministry area at our small-town festival this weekend.
Done!  We had a great time in our hands-on area, even though it was quiet because the weather outside was so good.  Here's a pic of one maker with her pillowcase.  It was her first time at a sewing machine, and she loved it so much, she and her mom were going to go find her one to use at home!


3.  Finish preparations for the quilt show this weekend.
Done!  Unfortunately, I was so busy Saturday I didn't get any pictures!  Bummer....

4.  Finish piecing the quilt top for the Free Spirit Fabric project.
Done!  And not only pieced, but completely finished!  Here's a teaser shot - the full reveal will be on 10/3!


5.  Quilt a top for a friend.
Done!  


6.  Quilt tops for Stash Builder Box's September donation.
Done!  These three tops were all pieced by Joyce L., a fellow Heart Builder!




7.  Quilt tops for the quilt ministry to replenish our stock on hand.
I didn't get to this one, but after all, there are only so many hours in a week!



8.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done! Only one this week - this one is going to a gentleman suffering from multiple health issues...



So that was last week.  Let's see if I can wrap my brain around what I need to do this week...

1.  Finish three more pieces for the Free Spirit Fabric project.

2.  Make some pillow covers for a project for church.

3. Keep working pillowcases for A Heart For Texas.

4. Photograph, count and tag donations for A Heart For Texas.

5.  Quilt a special quilt for the quilt ministry.

6.  Work on replenishing the stock of finished quilts for the quilt ministry.

7.  Start work on a new commission t-shirt quilt.

8.  Make a donation block for Michael Miller Fabrics.

9.  Start planning the photo shoot for the upcoming Free Spirit Fabric post.

10.  Start posting some quilts on Facebook for The Great Quilt Destash!

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

See what I mean about it never slowing down?  But at least the push of the quilt show is out of the way.  I made some good progress on things today and have a nice quiet week to knock some things out this week!

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

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, September 15, 2017

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? Charity Quilts Galore!

Hi, all!

Here it is, Friday again - and you know what that means! It's time to get our whoop whoop on!  Are you ready?  Let's get started...

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This week I designated Wednesday and Thursday as quilting catch-up days, and managed to knock out some things I've needed to finish for a while...


First up was this quilt top which a friend brought me.  It was partly hand sewn, partly machine sewn; the blocks were cut on the bias so they were stretchy; and the sashing didn't reach all the way out to the side edges in places.  And of course, the green was made so long ago, I couldn't find a match for it in my stash or even the stash at church!  So unfortunately the edges of some of the blocks have been cut off to square it up - but I still think it's a fun bright quilt!  My friend's mother-in-law will be coming to live with her - she's the one who pieced it many years ago - and it will go on her bed. 


This quilt was pieced by Joyce Levengood as part of the Heartbuilders program for Stash Builder Box!  Joyce is on my team and she sent it to me for quilting for this quarter's donation to Project Linus.


I finally found a use for those pretty bright lemons that have been in my stash forever!



Joyce also made this cute red and brown quilt, with little monkeys all over it!  I envision this one on a little boy's bed...


And this beautiful quilt, also made by Joyce, looks like it would be perfect for a tween girl to me!  Such beautiful colors...


And this is the final quilt that will be headed to Stash Builder Box this quarter - it's a group effort by the members of Heartbuilders Team Four!  I love the way all of our bright happy blocks work so well together...  This was a fun block to make and I may make one of these quilts for myself sometime!

And finally, I got some happy mail on Thursday - some fun things I picked out as a treat for myself, as ordered by a good friend!


A small Omnigrid cutting and pressing mat, and a Steamfast mini-iron for piecing fun!  And two new books - The Versatile Nine Patch by Joan Ford for new scrappy inspiration, and Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in Ireland, because, hey, two of my favorite things!  I can't wait to see if there are places I recognize in this one.  It's sitting right beside me waiting for me to finish this blogpost and take a look!

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?

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And now it's your turn!

What's making you whoop it up this week?


What's got you dancing 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!

Hugs!

Sarah

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I May Have A Scrap Problem... A Little Stashbusting!

Hi, all!

It's been a busy week!  I have to say, I've been doing more stash busting than scrap sewing this week, because of the "A Heart For Texas" pillowcase drive.  I've made more than a few pillowcase kits...



This isn't even all of them - I've put together 47 kits so far, some of which have been sewn up and others which will be sewn this Wednesday and Saturday.  Each one takes about a yard of fabric, so they're eating up the smaller pieces of fabric that have been languishing in my stash!  It only takes a quarter yard to make the cuff of these, and if you're like me, you've got lots of those little pieces in your stash.  It feels good to clean out some of those smaller pieces!

And although I almost forgot it in the midst of pillowcase-making, I did another block for my Gypsy Wife quilt!  This one is called Star Block, for obvious reasons...


Once again, these are batiks from Kate Spain's Latitude line.  I opted for a subtle star in this particular block, using all reds and pinks against the cool color background.  I had to dip into my fat eighth bundle a bit for this one, as it took several 4" squares and my strips weren't quite wide enough in the colors I chose.  But that's ok - that's why I have it!

And I did add one special piece of fabric to the stash this week.  When I was sitting at the beach last week, I got a text from my friend Cassie, with a picture of this fabric...


How cute is that?  I asked her where it was, and said I needed to get some of it.  Turns out she was at Goodwill, and she picked this 1.5 yard piece up for me.  What shall I make with it?

Now for a little bit of inspiration I found this week...


I dearly love this scrappy quilt made by @kristijoy108 - a great use of scraps, and the quilting is perfect!


And while this isn't scrappy, I did have a vision of it made with rainbow scraps in a similar layout.  Isn't it gorgeous?  Lots of EPP, but it could be an ongoing project, rather like a leaders/enders project....


So that's been my (not-so-scrappy) week. What have you been doing to tame your scrap monster?

Hugs!

Sarah

Monday, September 11, 2017

Make-a-List Monday - What a Difference a Week Makes!

Hi, all!

Wow - hard to believe that a week ago I was at the beach.  And hard to believe that just over a week ago, I posted about our quilt ministry making pillowcases to send to Texas.  


A Heart For Texas was born out of that, as people wrote to ask if we could pass on their pillowcases too.  With the blessing of our church, we became a collection point for pillowcases and quilts that will be distributed in Texas to Hurricane Harvey survivors.  Eleven pillowcases came in on Friday. On Saturday, our group met, joined by the quilt ministry members from another local church, and made about 75 more cases.  




The pillowcase stash as of Saturday noon...
Today, this was what the mail looked like...



Those open boxes and piles represent 86 more pillowcases and 3 quilts, all for A Heart For Texas.  That effectively doubles the number of pillowcases we have - and it's only the beginning of the week!  I can't wait to see what else this week holds...

So - since I haven't had a list for the past two weeks, let's start fresh and see what's on tap for this week...

1.  Put maker/state tags on all the donated pillowcases and quilts as they come in.

2.  Make pillowcase kits to be used on Wednesday night and at our hands-on ministry area at our small-town festival this weekend.

3.  Finish preparations for the quilt show this weekend.

4.  Finish piecing the quilt top for the Free Spirit Fabric project.

5.  Quilt a top for a friend.

6.  Quilt tops for Stash Builder Box's September donation.

7.  Quilt tops for the quilt ministry to replenish our stock on hand.

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

Busy is good, right?  It certainly keeps me out of trouble, at least!  And I love being able to stay busy doing something I love - the best of both worlds!!

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

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, September 8, 2017

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Quilters Are Generous People...

Hi, all!

Here it is, Friday again - - - can you believe it?  It's been such a tumultuous week that it seems like a long time since last Friday, but we're here again, and I hope you've got a little time to do some whooping with me!  Let's get started!


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Last Friday, I mentioned that our church quilt ministry would be making pillowcases to send to Texas for Hurricane Harvey victims. Well, the idea took wing and people started asking if they could also send pillowcases to us to help - and so A Heart For Texas was born!


For details on the pillowcase drive and how to participate, please check out this post.  We'll be taking pillowcases at least through the end of September (maybe longer depending on Hurricane Irma!) and may have a quilt drive in October.


So today I spent some time making pillowcase kits for our monthly sewing day this Saturday (I've got plenty more to make tomorrow!) We'll be using this tutorial to make ours, although there are a lot of great tutorials out there.  And we'll be hosting a hands-on activity at our local fall festival next week, getting the community involved in making pillowcases for Texas!



 And today, the pillowcases started rolling in!  These came from Jan of The Colorful Fabriholic - aren't they beautiful!  And there are two more packages already at church that I haven't opened yet.  I'll add pictures from those two packages later on Friday after I've checked them out!



Today I made labels to be pinned on the pillowcases, which will be filled in with the maker's first name and location.  My hope is that this will remind the recipient that people all over the country are thinking about them and praying for them!

So - - - can we all get a whoop whoop??

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And now it's your turn!  

What's got you whooping it up this week?


What's making you dance 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!

Hugs!

Sarah





Wednesday, September 6, 2017

I May Have a Scrap Problem... Progress on Gypsy Wife!



Hi, all!

As I sit here writing, I'm looking out at a beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico. We leave for home tomorrow, and while I've had a great time on vacation, I'm ready to get home to my own studio!  I've got a massive short term project coming up and it's been hard to coordinate long-distance - I'll be glad to get to where all my things are again.  More about that project in a few!

But for right now, here's the next block for my Gypsy Wife quilt...


This one is called Crazy Anne.  I didn't make mine quite as crazy, because I really liked the look of the big fat spinning pinwheel.  So this is my own personal little "sparkle" in this quilt!  Once again, these fabrics are from Kate Spain's Latitude line of batiks.


And as promised, here are all five of the blocks I've made together in one place!  I really think I'm going to love this quilt!!

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And now for that massive short term project!  Somehow the idea of our quilt ministry group at church making pillowcases for Texas has morphed into a pillowcase drive, which is awesome!!!  I've been blown away by how many people want to help, and thankfully our church is GREAT about accepting the many ways our members want to minister to others, so they are helping us get them distributed in Texas!  So if you want to help with the drive, go check out the details in this blogpost.  It's a great and really easy way to help someone in need, and it's also a great way to use up some of that stash that's been hanging around!  Each pillowcase takes slightly more than one yard of fabric, and I don't know about you, but I've got a bunch of pieces that will be perfect for this!  

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Keep plugging away at those scraps, and I'll be back next week with a more normal scrappy post!  See you then!

Hugs!

Sarah

Monday, September 4, 2017

Craftsy All-You-Can-Watch Day and an Opportunity to Help Texas!

Hi, all!

I just wanted to remind you - today is Craftsy's All-You-Can-Watch Day!  Today, for one day only, you can enjoy 1200+ classes for free!! So stream away, from 12:01 a.m. MST to 11:59 p.m. MST and check out the great offerings from Craftsy - everything from photography to cooking to quilting, knitting, crocheting - if it's craftsy, you can probably find it!  You have to be a member of Craftsy to enjoy this offer, though - but good news! It's free to join, so click here, sign up, and enjoy some great classes!

And another reminder - I am a Craftsy affiliate, so clicking on a link in this post may earn me a small commission - which goes to help support this blog.  It doesn't cost you a cent extra, though, and I appreciate your support!

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Now - have you been wishing for a way to help the relief effort in Texas for those affected by Hurricane Harvey?  You are invited to join in a pillowcase drive that I'm coordinating.  You can read more about it in this post, including information about where to send your pillowcases and a link to a pattern if you don't have one of your own.  We're hoping to collect up as many as possible by mid-September, but you can send them later in the month if necessary.  Our church will be making many trips to Texas to help with the recovery, so we'll have multiple opportunities to get them there.

Photo by Timothy Fadek/Redux for CNN

With a few minutes of your time, and a little fabric from your stash, you can make a difference in someone's life.  Who wouldn't want to do that?  I hope you'll join me!

Hugs!

Sarah