Wednesday, January 23, 2019

I May Have a Scrap Problem... Inspiration!

Hi, all!

I have been doing a lot of scrap and stash sewing in the last two weeks, but I'm going to hold off on showing those until the Rockin' Rectangles quilt-along starts this Sunday.  In the meantime, I've been amazed at all the beautiful scrappy goodness that's been flooding Instagram!  I guess everyone starts their year with a resolution to use their scraps.  So here's a little bit of inspiration to jumpstart your year...

What a great way to use up those bonus HSTs!  And I've got a pile of them just waiting to find a purpose....

If you missed out on the Scrappy Trips Around The World craze, I think this would be enough to make you want to take a trip!  You can find a tutorial for this block by clicking here.

I've made a couple of quilts by this pattern, and it's so easy to make - I highly recommend it if you have lots of strings!

Take a look at Tish's beautiful two-color star!  This makes my heart happy - and I'm sure I could find sufficient scraps in my stash to make something like this...

I love the simplicity of this quilt - and if you're not into curved piecing, you can always appliqué your circles on to a charm quilt!  Here's a handy tutorial to making appliqué circles using fusible web.

And FYI, Valentine's day is just around the corner - here's a couple of great pillows you could make with the contents of your red scrap tub!  I really love the one with the words embroidered on it - so sweet!  

Are you feeling inspired yet?  I definitely want to make some of the pillows - a quick and easy finish is always so satisfying!  I have two grandgirls who would love these - I think it would make a great Valentine's Day gift for them.  Time to raid the scrap tubs! 

Let's do some scrappy sewing!



Monday, January 21, 2019

Make-A-List Monday - It's A Good Week For Quilting!

Hi, all!

January is just zipping by, isn't it?  It's hard to believe it's almost over!  But it's been good start to the year so far, and there's lots more fun to come!  The Rockin' Rectangles quilt-along starts this coming Sunday, and Hands2Help is just around the corner.  But for now let's just see how last week went...

1.  Deconstruct garments for a memory quilt.
Done!  They are now a pile of flat pieces just waiting to be pressed and cut up into quilt pieces!

2.  Take "before" photos of a vintage quilt to be repaired.
Done!  This quilt is in desperate need of repair but it has been well loved and is definitely worth it!

3.  Quilt and bind at least two quilts for the ministry.
I put binding on two quilts but didn't quilt them myself. Thankful for good friends in the quilt ministry!  Thanks to a lot of hard work, we now have a stash of quilts on hand and ready to be given to folks in need.

4.  Finish the last two prototypes for the Rockin' Rectangles series.
Done!  I finished the last one this afternoon, and tomorrow I'll figure out the backing.  Gotta get these babies on the quilt frame!

5.  Put away the rest of Christmas.
A-l-m-o-s-t done.  I should probably invite some folks for dinner so I have a deadline for getting this done!

6.  Start cleaning my office space.
Started!  And no, I'm not going to show any before pics - because it was really horrible!  You'll have to trust me on that. 
#honestoffice my foot!

7.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  This quilt went to a woman who fell and broke her femur last week...

...and this quilt went to a woman who was discovered to have a tumor in her lung and another behind her eye.

We also gave away a third quilt to a woman with serious lung issues, but I do not have a picture of that quilt.

So while I didn't get everything completely done, I'm happy with what did get done.  I think this week will be heavy into quilting as I finish up the prototypes for the Rockin' Rectangles series.  Here's what I'm hoping to get done...

1.  Find backings for the last two Rockin' Rectangles quilts.

2.  Quilt at least two of the Rockin' Rectangles quilts.

3.  Quilt a ministry quilt for an adoption.

4. Quilt two additional ministry quilts.

5.  Write at least one Rockin' Rectangles tutorial.

6.  Cut pieces for the memory quilt.

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

A busy week ahead, for sure!  I can see that Jolene is going to get a serious workout.  

Be sure to put Sunday on your calendar, and check back by to see the first of the Rockin' Rectangles quilts and tutorial.  These will all be easy quilts, perfect if you want to participate in the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge this year!  Feel free to grab the buttons (in the right hand side bar above) if you want to add them to your blog.  Let's spread the word!  You can read a little bit more about the preparation for this year's event here.

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



Sunday, January 20, 2019

It's That Time of Year....

Hi, all!

It's hard to believe, but it's almost that time of year - time for us to start quilting for others again!  Someone commented last year that they thought the term "charity quilt" might make the recipients feel bad, so this year I've changed it just a little bit...

...and the new name is the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2019!  I like the change, and I think it's a good one.  After all, there's nothing more comforting than a quilt (except maybe chocolate!)

But before that starts, we'll once again have a series of tutorials for simple quilts you might want to use for your comfort quilts. This year the theme is "Rockin' Rectangles", and I'll be sharing six different quilts (with tutorials) starting next Sunday, January 27th and running through March 3rd.  I'm excited about these six quilts and I hope you will be too!

Hands2Help 2019 will start on March 10th and run through the end of May.  I haven't worked out the final calendar yet - hopefully it will be posted on the Hands2Help 2019 Page under my blog header sometime this week.

And now I'm going to ask you for some help with H2H.  As you know, we try to have a little something for each person who participates to say thank you.  We have wonderful sponsors who contribute to the cause and enable us to do this.  However, we keep getting more and more people participating, which is AWESOME!  But it does make it harder to gather up all the goodies necessary.  So - if you have an "in" with, say, a fabric company, pattern designer, book publisher, author, notions manufacturer, etc., would you be willing to see if they would like to help sponsor Hands2Help?  If you'd like more info about how you can help, please email me directly at salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com.

I'm also looking for people who are willing to be guest bloggers!  I'd like to have six guest bloggers this year, and you could be one of them.  Your post could be about your favorite quilt charity, a simple quilt you love to make (with or without tutorial), a group you work with to make comfort quilts, or maybe you've got your own idea - it's all good and it's fun to share!  If you're interested in doing this, please contact me directly at salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com.

You can also help spread the word by grabbing either or both of the buttons to post on your blog or on Instagram - you'll find them in the right sidebar at the top.  

Are you as excited about all this as I am? I sure hope so!  Bear with me while I get the Page updated, and then you'll be able to sign up for this year's Challenge.



Friday, January 18, 2019

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Whole Lotta Nothing....

Hi, all!

Friday has rolled around again (so fast!) and that means it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  My week went by in a rush of multiple projects, none at any interesting stage, but I did do a few things that might be worth sharing.  So let's get started!


As I said, it's been a crazy week - lots of time spent with plumbers, a little time spent with my grandkids (wish that was more!), and a bunch of short times of sewing.  No finishes on that front, though.  However, I did have a few fun things happen...

My swap buttons for QuiltCon arrived!

I think I've settled on a design for this year's Hands2Help avatar...

...and one for this year's comfort quilt tutorial series!  

And I did get a little bit of sewing done, as attested to by this pile of trimmings - and there were lots more in the trash can!

And last, but DEFINITELY not least, I now have a working toilet in my bathroom!  Our toilet had worn out (who knew they could do that)?) and the plumber finally replaced it today.  Woohoo!!

So a weird little week, but I still want to say - - - 
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, January 16, 2019

I May Have A Scrap Problem... No Shame Here!

Hi, all!

I love when I can combine two goals into one project - don't you?  I needed a quilt design for the Rockin' Rectangles series that starts on January 27th, and the String Hamper of Shame started calling my name.  Remember this?  

Well, many hours of work ended up putting a small dent in that hamper, and creating this box full of strings cut into 8.5" lengths.

After lots and lots and LOTS of chain piecing, I ended up with a tub that looked like this...

...which, when put back into neat little stacks, looked like this.  Not much difference, is there?

But the result of that small diminishment of my string stash?  A quilt top measuring about 60x67 - no small feat! 

It looks so much like the fabric storage behind it, I'm thinking about naming it Stash (and maybe even appliquéing a large black handlebar mustache on it - 'Stache, get it?)

So never feel like it's a waste of time to save those scraps. There's lots of quilts in your scrap bins just waiting for you to help them come to life!!!  I hear one calling my name right now......



Monday, January 14, 2019

Make-A-List Monday - Where Does The Time Go?

Hi, all!

Monday came back so fast!  It's probably just the jet lag fog, which is finally wearing off, but it doesn't seem like a week since last Monday.  And it's already almost halfway through January - so where does the time go?  Well, in an effort to be more time-conscious, I write this weekly post - and I appreciate your help in keeping me accountable!

So let's see what happened with last week's list...

1.  Deep cleaning in the studio.
I did some, but got distracted by my strings "hamper of shame".  More on that Wednesday!

2.  Bind a ministry quilt.
3.  Quilt at least one ministry quilt.
Done!  I actually quilted two and put binding on four!

4.  Work on designs for the Rockin' Rectangles quilt-along (coming soon!)
In progress!  I have four designs finished, and two in progress. 

5.  Work on prototypes for the quilt-along.
Four tops are finished!  That makes me so happy.  Two more to go! Here's a sneak peek at one of them...

6.  Choose new goals for Scrap Attack 2019.
Done!  You can read about them here.

7.  Write a special blog post for a friend.
Done!  I'd encourage you to read about the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project here, and help if you can!

8.  Put away Christmas!
In progress. I did get the tree down, and some of the stuff is back in the attic, but there's still a little bit to do.

9.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  We gave away four quilts this week...

These three went to gentlemen who were all diagnosed with cancer this week...

...and this one went to a woman going through some health issues.

So all in all, not a bad week.  A few distractions drew me off task sometimes, and there are some things I need to finish up but I'm happy with the progress.  Here's what I'd like to accomplish this week...

1.  Deconstruct garments for a memory quilt.

2.  Take "before" photos of a vintage quilt to be repaired.

3.  Quilt and bind at least two quilts for the ministry.

4.  Finish the last two prototypes for the Rockin' Rectangles series.

5.  Put away the rest of Christmas.

6.  Start cleaning my office space.

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

Way more than enough to keep me busy and out of trouble, I think!  

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



Friday, January 11, 2019

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Progress, But Not Completion...

Hi, all!

It's Friday again!  I hope you've been able to spend some time in your happy place and create something this week!  I've spent some time cleaning, but carved out some time to play with some fabric too.  So now it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  Let's go!


I've been busy for the past few weeks working on designs and samples for the quilts I'll be sharing later this month as part of the Rockin' Rectangles quilt-along.  The pictures below are just teasers (not to give away too much!)  

Here's a taste of the first design...

And a fabric teaser for the second one...

But today, I finished the third top AND the sun was shining beautifully, so I took a stained-glass shot of it that's too pretty not to share!

I've still got to come up with three more designs to complete the series - I have ideas for two of them and I'm waiting for inspiration to strike for the third.  Fingers crossed!

And here's one thing I'm whooping about that I actually did before we left for Hawaii - I painted the stair treads!  That's a trickier proposition than it would appear at first, because we are up and down these stairs all day long.  Most of the rooms we live in are upstairs!  So it's hard to find a couple of days when we can NOT go up and down the stairs so the paint can dry and cure.  But with our trip to Hawaii, we and our dogs would be out of the house for ten days, so it was the perfect time to paint them.  Christmas evening saw me painting these as we came downstairs for the evening, and they got to settle in while we were gone.  The tape is still on the risers in this picture (and when I pulled it off it took some of the white paint with it, which is why I don't have newer pictures!) but I'll be painting the risers in the next couple of weeks.

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 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!



Thursday, January 10, 2019

Can You Help? The Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project

Hi, all!

Recently I was asked by Carole of From My Carolina Home to help spread the word about her current project, collecting quilts for the many families affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael on the North Carolina coast.  They are hoping to collect more than 4500 quilts for those whose homes were completely destroyed!  That's a lot of quilts, but definitely not too many for this fabulous quilting community to help meet.  

This project is going to go on through Summer 2019, so there's plenty of time to make one or more quilts, or participate in other ways.  You can find more information on Carole's post, which is chock-full of ideas, suggestions, and ways you can help.  She's even connecting piecers up with quilters if you don't have a way to quilt your own work.  She'll be putting updates for the project on that post, too, so you might want to bookmark it.

She is asking that completed quilts be bed sized - twin, full or queen - since they are only able to provide one quilt per household. The need is so great, they will only be able to provide one per household if this project really takes off, so I hope you'll be able to join in.

And here's an added incentive - the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project will be one of the charities for Hands2Help 2019.  So you can help Carole and join in the festivities for H2H this year at the same time!

So - do you need a great idea for a quick twin-size quilt?  How about a giant disappearing nine-patch?   This is a super simple quilt (you can find the tutorial here) that's easy to adapt to make twin size.  The one pictured above requires 45 10" squares, and measures 57" x 71".  To make it twin size, you simply need to add nine more 10" squares so you can make one more 9-patch block, which turns into one more row in the layout.  That will yield a quilt that measures approximately 57" x 84".

Here's a very bad picture of one I made last summer using 54 totally different 10" squares.  It is totally scrappy.  If you want one more controlled, or with a more eye-catching pattern, you can use the same print or color for all the centers as I did in the smaller one.

This is a very fast quilt to make - I have literally made one in less than three hours.  Plus it has the added advantage of being able to make from scraps or those random fat quarters you have hanging around!  

So let's get to work and spread some quilt-y love in North Carolina!!