Friday, August 14, 2020

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? The Gang's All Here!


Hi, all!

Can you believe Friday has made it here again?  Seems like these weeks are just flying by - but time does fly when you're having fun.  And I have been having some serious fun this week!  Friday means it's time to get our whoop whoop on, so let's get started!


You all probably know that I make a quilt each year for each of my grandkids and give it to them at Christmas time.  It's a fun way to commemorate their year - the quilt usually has something to remind them of what they were like, or what they liked, that year.  There's a label on the back that adds a few memories and remembrances so that someday their kids can look at them and know a little bit about what their parents were like as kids.   This whole process starts around mid-summer (hopefully) and this week I've been working on Lilli's quilt.

Lilli LOVES Harry Potter, and this year she requested a Harry Potter quilt.  Thankfully, Lorna at SewFreshQuilts did a HP quilt-along last year, and I knew that would be the perfect quilt for Lilli.  I had lots of bits and bobs of Kona solids, so I pulled the colors I needed and got started.  

I've shown several of the blocks in the past few weeks, but this week I managed to make Hogwarts Castle...


Professor McGonagall...

Severus Snape...

Then Hagrid joined the bunch...

And here's what I've completed to date!

Because Lilli wanted a quilt large enough for her queen-size bed, and I didn't like the fact that the large pattern was so long a whole row would be lost at the end of her bed, we eliminated a row (Dobby, Voldemort, and the train) and plan to put one of the blocks in that row - the Hogwarts crest - on the back.  I still need to make that block and the words "Harry Potter" to go across the top of the quilt, but I hope to get to that this weekend.  

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 alway more fun to dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.

Hope to see you there!



Wednesday, August 12, 2020

I May Have A Scrap Problem... But I'm Working On It!


Hi, all!

Just a quick post this week, because I haven't had much time to even cruise through Instagram, but I did play with scraps this week!  Last Wednesday Lilli spent the day with me and one of the things we did was to sort through all my 5" squares..... pull fabrics for a Plaid-ish quilt!  Just in case you haven't seen this awesome quilt before, here's an example of a scrappy version...

(not my work!)

Isn't that gorgeous?  Well, after Lilli and I pulled all those fabrics, I decided that the least I could do was go ahead and cut the pieces to the correct sizes, so I got busy, and now I have...

...a kit all pulled together for my vacation sewing!  It always amazes me how relatively little fabric it takes to make a quilt - that gallon zip loc bag holds enough to make a twin size quilt, and it barely made a dent in my 5" squares drawer.  So I hope I like making this quilt, and can pull fabrics for another soon!

Want to make your own?  You can find the free pattern by Kitchen Table Quilting by clicking here.

What scrappy things are you working on these days?  Enquiring minds really want to know!



Monday, August 10, 2020

Make-A-List Monday - Productivity Rocks!

Hi, all!

Mondays just seem to keep showing up, don't they?  But I feel like I had a very productive week last week, so it was a good week.  And Monday gives us a new start, which is always a good thing.  Let's see how last week went!

One of the first things on my list was to work on cutting out Lilli's Harry Potter quilt.  I'm happy to say that I have finally finished cutting out all the blocks...

...and I made all of the paper-pieced rooftops for the castle block.  Oh, how I hate to paper piece - but they are all done now, and it seems I have gotten over being intimidated by the process!

I finished the customer t-shirt quilt, and wrote the blogpost for it (it posted last Friday).

I also finished this quilt, which was a commission job for the quilting and binding.  I have quilted this lady's quilts for four of her grandchildren now!  She tells me she's ready to quilt making t-shirt quilts and make a "real quilt". Can't wait to see what she comes up with!

And remember how I was planning to spend some one-on-one time with the grandkids?  Lilli had her day Thursday, and while I was looking for something simple for us to do together, I saw my Plaid-ish pattern and thought we could pull the squares for that.  We plowed through my stash of 5" squares and pulled more than enough for the quilt and had a lot of fun doing it. The next day I cut all those 5" squares to the proper size for the quilt and kitted it up to save for vacation.  And it didn't make even a dent in my 5" square drawer!

Also this week, on the still-unsold-home front, my realtor asked if I could do something about this overgrown plant in front of the house... today after I picked Lilli up at school (her orientation to distance learning), we went over and dealt with the jungle.  It looks a lot better now!

Also on the still-unsold-home front, I have something really cool to show you!  Here's the current photo of our bedroom that is on our MLS listing...

...and here's a photo of the room after staging.  The neat part?  There's still no furniture in the room - this is all virtual staging!  It is amazing what they can do with computers these days.  I would never have guessed that it wasn't a photo of real furniture in place.

And I learned a valuable lesson today - if I sew long enough and late enough, my husband will cook dinner!  This was a pleasant surprise when I came downstairs this afternoon... I may have to give it a try again in the future!  I mean, is there any sight better than someone else cooking dinner in your kitchen?

Ok, so last week was a successful and productive week.  Let's hope this week goes as well!  Here's what I've got on my radar...

1.  Make a plan and write estimates for two new customer quilts.

2.  Finish the castle block for the Harry Potter quilt.

3.  Start cutting out the dinosaur quilt blocks.

4.  Spend some one-on-one time with Emmy and Nathanael.  (School starts Thursday!)

5.  Assemble a new a birdbath and install it in the planter.

6.  Start working on one of the customer quilts.

7.  Do yoga or tai chi exercises at least three times this week.

Definitely enough to keep me busy for the week!  If I have extra time, I'll keep working on the Harry Potter blocks - I'm really worried about making a mistake or having not cut something correctly, and being on vacation without something I need!  

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