Monday, December 10, 2018

Make-A-List Monday - Sunny Skies!

Hi, all!

Monday is here, and I am feeling good!  I made a lot of progress last week, and I see sunny skies ahead!!  Isn't it wonderful when everything falls in place and stuff gets done?  Let's see how it went last week...

1.  Finish a special ministry quilt top for a photo shoot.
Done!  This probably won't get quilted until after the first of the year, but the top is finished.  It won't be needed for a couple of months, probably - it's for a young man who's being adopted from China!  His mom wanted to take a picture of his new room to send to him.

2.  Quilt another of the annual quilts.
Done!  I finished Emmy's quilt...

...and then... I finished Lilli's too!

And they are really finished - labels and everything!  I'll share full pictures of Emmy's this Friday, and Lilli's next Friday.

3.  Finish the Christmas decorating.
Done!  I'm loving how this all looks with the new paint...

4.  Quilt the bunk bed quilt top.
Done!  I'm happy with how nice and bright this quilt is!

And it's even up on the bunk, ready for an overnight guest!

5.  Get my Christmas gift list organized.
Hallelujah, this is done!  I've only got a little bit more shopping to do, and a lot of that I can do on-line.  But then there's the wrapping...

6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
We gave away a few quilts this week...

This quilt went to a family who lost their 4-year old son to cancer this week...

...and this quilt went to a woman who lost her mother this week.

This quilt went to a woman who is in a coma following complications from surgery...

...and this quilt went to a woman whose adult son died unexpectedly.

It's been a difficult few weeks at our church, with funerals it seems like every weekend, and a tough year, with several young adults who have died unexpectedly.  Let's hope that 2019 will be better!

So all in all, a really spectacular week!  I love it when everything on the list gets done, plus some!  And in addition to all of the above I managed to put bindings on four more quilts for the ministry.  The ladies have been awesome in cranking out the quilting, and since I like to bind I've picked up that part of the process.

But there's no rest for the wicked, right?  Lots to do in the last few weeks before Christmas.  So here's what's on my plate for this week...

1.  Work on a special project (that may or may not get done by Christmas).

2.  Assemble three quilt cabinets (gifts for the grandkids).

3.  Bind four more quilts for the quilt ministry.

4.  Deliver 46 quilts for a special Christmas gift! 
(More details to come soon!)

5.  Wrap Christmas presents!

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

So that's my list for the week.  I bet it looks a lot like yours!  So now I have to ask - - - what are YOU working on this week?



Friday, December 7, 2018

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? One Down, Two to Go...

Hi, all!

Here we are at Friday again - and if you're like me, you've GOT to be finishing things at this point of the year!  Fortunately, my grands are too young to be getting on the internet and checking out my blog, so I can share what I'm working on for them.  So - are you ready to get your whoop whoop on?  Let's get started!


For those of you who may be new to my blog since last year, I have a tradition of making each of my grandchildren a quilt at Christmas.  It started when I only had one grandchild, and has grown - I think it's a good thing my daughter assures me she's got her full quota of kids!  The quilts are kind of a "yearbook", made to represent something that was special in the child's life that year, and they have a special label - you'll see one at the end of this post.

This is Nathanael!  We just had family pictures made, so this is a very recent picture of him.  Isn't he a handsome young man?  He just turned seven a few weeks ago.

And this is Nathanael's annual quilt, all finished and crinkly fresh from the dryer1  Have I told you that green is his favorite color?  

This quilt is made using the scraps hoarded in my green scrap tub - and it didn't even make a dent!  The pattern is called Goodnight Irene and is made with two books - an x-block and a sixteen patch block.  Great for using up scraps!

 And take a look at that binding - a great green stripe!  I do love stripes for bindings - and was very excited to see just the right piece right there in my stash...

And when I said it was finished, I really meant it - the label is even affixed!  I always do a special label for each annual quilt that tells a little bit about what the child was like that year.  I like to think of their own kids reading them some day and getting a glimpse into what their parent was like as a child.  And how about that green back?  I think this quilt will make his heart go pitter patter!

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?


And now it's your turn!

What's making you whoop it up this week?

What's got you doing 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, December 5, 2018

I May Have A Scrap Problem.... A Scrappy Finish - Finally!!

Hi, all!

Can you believe it - - -I finally have a scrappy finish!!!  I woke up this morning, realized I'd need to write a scrappy post for Wednesday, and decided to throw the bunkbed quilt top on the frame.

And voila!  It's finished!  I made this quilt using a mad conglomeration of 10" squares that I cut from my scraps earlier this year.  I also used up a small bit of leftover white Kona cotton for the triangle corners.

I also cleared out more scraps by making a scrappy binding!  I always feel so virtuous when I sew all those little leftover bits together to make new binding...

Take a look at this great backing!  I found this flannel flat twin sheet in my stash and realized it was "just right" for this quilt!

And if a scrappy finish isn't enough for this week, here's some beautiful inspiration I spotted out and about...

Anja really inspired me with this piece she made using bonus HSTs.  Isn't it pretty?  Her advice - don't sweat the layout too much!

 And Emily knocked it out of the park again this week with TWO beautiful scrap quilts!  I want to be her when I grow up....

Isn't that a beautiful layout for HSTs?  I don't think I've seen one quite like that before - the star in the center is subtle but so pretty!!

I hope you've had some time to play with your scraps - I know it's hard to make time for yourself at this time of the year, but remember, your scraps are always willing to come out and play!



Monday, December 3, 2018

Make-A-List Monday - Rollin' Right Along...

Hi, all!

Monday again!  I swear these things are coming along two or three times a week!  Oh well, time flies when you are having fun, doesn't it?  Let's see how last week went...

1.  Tie up some loose ends in the kitchen.
Done!  I am loving the new look, especially now that it's finished...

2.  Hang pictures in the foyer.
Done!  It looks so nice in there with the pictures, doesn't it?

3.  Decorate the house for Christmas.
I'm still working on this one.  Some areas are decorated, others, not so much.  It''s a tough choice to make between quilting and decorating!

The lights and filler are on the tree; still needs ribbon and ornaments...

But the table looks good!!!

4.  Bind three ministry quilts.
Done!  It felt good to get those finished.  Such pretty donations, only lacking the binding!

5.  Quilt two ministry quilts.
Done!  Jolene was very happy to get back in the swing of things, and I found out that my new saddle stool is very comfortable to sit on while I quilt!

6.  Quilt at least one of the annual quilts.
Done!  I am happy to say that Nathanael's quilt is finished and ready for its photo shoot.  More pictures to come on Friday!

7.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!   We only gave away one quilt this week.  On Wednesday, a father of two grade schoolers fell, hit his head and died unexpectedly.  This larger quilt went to his wife and sons.

Happiness is a completed list for the week!  There's so much to do, but it feels good to list it all and see that there is something being accomplished. And here's what I need to work on this week...

1.  Finish a special ministry quilt top for a photo shoot.

2.  Quilt another of the annual quilts.

3.  Finish the Christmas decorating.

4.  Quilt the bunk bed quilt top.

5.  Get my Christmas gift list organized.

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

If I get all of this done, I'd really love to work on a Christmas wall hanging kit I bought several years ago - but it's got to be a reward for good behavior!  So much to do, so little time....

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