Friday, December 6, 2019

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Waddle of Penguins!

Hi, all!

Another week has flown by - does it seem like the weeks get shorter, the closer we get to Christmas?  But here it is, Friday again, and you know what that means - it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!!  So let's get started!


Since there are only three more Fridays before Christmas (!!!!!!!), it's time to start sharing the grandkids' annual quilts!  You've seen progress shots on these, but over the next three weeks I'll be sharing the finished shots.  Today, it's Nathanael's quilt - A Waddle of Penguins!

This is an Elizabeth Hartman pattern, and while it had a bunch of pieces in each penguin, the directions were easy to follow and they went together nicely!

I used up a good bit of my black and white stash, and had a lot of fun giving each penguin a personality!  This is Aloha Penguin...

And of course there has to be a Dino Penguin!

This penguin lets his pet cats walk all. over. him!

And to top it all off, I found a great dinosaur print for the back.  This should hit all Nathanael's "likes" - penguins, dinosaurs, and green!

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, December 4, 2019

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Bringing In The Season, Scrappy!

Hi, all!

Well, the holiday season has arrived, and with it more things to do than there are hours in the day!  So I haven't had time to do any scrappy sewing this week, but I did find some wonderful scrappy inspiration on Instagram, all of it designed to ring in the holiday season.....

A beautiful triple Irish chain in Christmas colors...

One of my favorite versions of the snowflake quilt that is floating around the internet these days!  I love the scrappy red background!

This quilt and the next are made by the same pattern, and both are scrappy, but what a difference color choices and borders make!  I'd be hard-pressed to choose my favorite between them...

Isn't it amazing what you can create just using simple patchwork and half-square triangles?  This wreath is so fresh looking, and I love that it appears to be all scrappy!

And last, but certainly not least, some really cute holly blocks!  

And now I want to go play in my scraps again... but it will have to wait until I get past some Christmas obligations!  If you have time, play some for me, ok?



Monday, December 2, 2019

Make-A-List Monday - And It's December!

Hi, all!

As I sat down to write this, I looked at last week's list and thought, "Was that just a week ago?"  Actually, I asked it out loud and my husband looked at me like I was crazy.  It seems like much more than a week since I last checked my to-dos!  But Monday has rolled around again, and it's time to see how last week went and figure out my goals for this week.

So let's see how I did on last week's list...

1.  Finish the baby quilt.
2.  Make a matching pillow.
Done!  And shipped off and received by my customer, too!

3.  Hit Joann's Black Friday sale for some batting.
Done!  No pics, but trust me, I have a stash in a spare room...

4.  Hem some jeans for my husband.
Done!  And bless him, he found two more pair I need to hem!

5.  Cook cook cook for Thanksgiving.
Whew!  Done!  Bill smoked a turkey breast and a Boston butt, and I made cranberry relish, stuffing balls, macaroni and cheese (eldest granddaughter's special request), and broccoli salad.  And that was such a small portion of all the food at our big family get together!

6.  Hem up some curtains.
Well, I had good intentions - and there is a pair of curtains draped over my quilting frame, just waiting.  But I just ran out of time today!

7.  Quilt one of the annual quilts.
Done!  I put Lilli's quilt on the frame this week and finished it up! I'll have better pictures on an upcoming Friday.

8.  Start decorating the house for Christmas.
I've still got a ways to go, but it's looking good...

9.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
We just gave away one quilt this week, but such a sad reason - one of our ministry members works with a woman whose son was killed in a car accident last week.

So I didn't get to everything, but I did make a lot of progress!  This week may not see too much sewing, as we are hosting a Christmas party on Sunday and I have to get the house ready, but I'm hopeful I can carve out a little bit of time to sew.  Here's my list for the week...

1.  Make some samples for the Joann's class open house this weekend.

2.  Clean up around the house.

3.  Finish decorating for Christmas.

4.  Find ornaments for two ornament exchange parties.

5.  Ship off some Christmas presents.

6.  Prep for a class on Thursday.

7.  Prep for our ministry Christmas party on Saturday.

8.  Make a back for Emmy's annual quilt.

9. Quilt Emmy's annual quilt if time allows.

10.  Hem those curtains!

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

Lots to do, but I'm determined to enjoy the season and not get stressed out about it!  So the curtains may still be too long next week...

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