Friday, January 20, 2017

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Some Fun Projects...

Hi, all!

Here it is, Friday again!  And you all know what that means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on!!   Something tells me that there's been a whole lot of sewing going on, courtesy of all the snow that's been falling - so let's see what everyone's been working on!  Remember, you don't have to have a finish - just something you're doing a happy dance about!


Shortly before Christmas, I was contacted again by Free Spirit Fabrics to see if I wanted to help promote some of their new releases, and of course I said yes!  So for the last couple of weeks, I've been playing with Tanya Whelan's new line, Rambling Rose.  The big reveal is this coming Monday (1/23), but today I'm going to do a little whooping about some of the small projects I've been making this week... little trinket bowls...

...and my first fabric-covered rope bowl!

I also made headbands for the little girls... match the twirly skirts I made for them!

Now I'm just praying for good weather on Saturday so I can have a successful photo shoot!  


There are links to all of the tutorials I used for these items above.  I thought I'd better share some changes I did for my twirly skirts.  The tutorial I linked to is for a reversible skirt, but I didn't want that for these, so I made mine neatly finished on the inside.  I used french seams, and zig-zagged my gathered seams to neaten them up a bit, then topstitched them down on the skirt itself.  I also used two lines of gathering threads, about 1/8" apart, which gives a prettier gather.  It also takes F-O-R-E-V-E-R, but when I get to see those pretty girls twirling around, it will all be worth it!  Be sure to come back Monday to see the big reveal of all these pretties and more - in (hopefully) much artier photographs!

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 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!



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I May Have A Scrap Problem.... A Great Idea!

Hi, all!

It's been a wicked busy week, and today got away from me, too, but I didn't want to let Wednesday go by without posting at least a little something scrappy!  So here's the great idea I saw this week, courtesy of Anorina over at Samelia's Mum!

Isn't that adorable?  She used selvages, but you could also use strings - and we've always got an overflow of those, don't we?  And it's quilt-as-you-go, so it's even quicker and easier to have a finished project!  Head over to her blog and check out her great instructions and a lot more beautiful pictures!

See you next week after the crazy passes.  Oh, and be sure to check back here on Monday, January 23rd as I share a new fabric line from Free Spirit Fabrics!



Monday, January 16, 2017

Make-A-List Monday - Chasing Squirrels, Having Fun!

Hi, all!

Welcome to the end of a long holiday weekend!  My brain tries to forget it's Monday but I'm here now - so let's see how last week's list went!  I have a feeling I chased a few squirrels, but let's check...

1.  Quilt a ministry quilt.
Done!  It felt really good to make a ministry quilt from beginning to end again - I've been doing bindings to keep up with the tons of quilts Rita has been quilting, which is a fair trade of skills, but it's fun to make a whole quilt sometimes!

2.  Quilt the Free Spirit quilt.
Done!  Quilted and bound and ready for a photo shoot this week!  The big reveal is next Monday...

3.  Make final decisions on at least two of the Stunning Stars quilts.
Well, I picked out the fabric and cut the pieces for one - it's a start!

4.  Start piecing at least one of the Stunning Stars quilts.
Done!  But I'm keeping this one under wraps for a little while longer...

5.  Start working on the final assembly of a Dear Jane quilt left partially finished by a member of our quilting group who died last year.
I didn't get to this one yet.  

6.  Try out a smaller (mug-rug size maybe?) of the LLR pattern.
Didn't get to this one, either!  Blasted squirrels!

7.  Press and fold one tub of scraps, or make at least six string blocks, or both!
Oh, but I did do this one!!  Pressed and folded my neutrals tub - woohoo!!!


...and after!

8.  Take care of any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  We gave a few away this week...

This quilt went to a woman who just had surgery for cancer...

...and this one went to a woman diagnosed with an aneurysm. The doctors will be determining how to treat it this week.

And this one went to our pastor's first grandchild, born just this past Saturday!

So I guess it's time to 'fess up and introduce you to the squirrels from last week...

First up is this jelly roll quilt - it kind of happened by accident and turned into a tutorial on the blog last Friday!  It was a good squirrel to chase, though - it kind of got my mojo back on track.

And then yesterday, I decided I needed to make some pretty twirly skirts for my granddaughters to help showcase the Free Spirit fabrics in next Monday's blog post.  So I started on that today...

I think it's safe to say it's going to be a really twirly skirt!!

So that's what I've been working on for the past week - I didn't get to everything on the list, but I did accomplish quite a bit.  I'm comfortable with that!  Here's what I'll be working on this week...

1.  Finish up some items using the Free Spirit fabric.

2.  Set up a photo shoot for next Monday's "big reveal" post.

3.  Piece one of the Stunning Stars quilts.

4.  Pull the fabrics for another Stunning Stars quilt.

5.  Pull out the Dear Jane and set up a plan for completing it.

6.  Look at a repair job and see what will be needed to complete it.

7.  Finalize the details on a new commission quilt.

8.  Do some organizational work on 2017's Christmas in July blog hop!

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

That should keep me out of trouble for the week - and maybe I won't be chasing too many squirrels, either!  A few little projects should help inspire me, and keep my mojo in prime working order. Here's hoping, anyway!  

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