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......