Friday, October 15, 2021

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? More Progress on my WIPs!


Hi, all!

It's almost impossible to believe, but it's already the middle of October!  How did that happen?  This month is flying by - but today is Friday, and that means it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on once again.  Are you ready?  Me too!  Let's get started...


As you probably already know, I've been participating in Leanne's WIPs-B-Gone 2021 Challenge, and it's been great!  I've worked through so many projects since 9/23.  Some you've seen already, but here's what happened this week...

I finished my Christmas snowflake quilt!

I finally got back on the horse and made some Endless Summer blocks - four days, four blocks.  My goal is to make at least one each day, which will mean I have enough for my quilt top by the end of November.

AND I quilted half of my summer-weight king size quilt!  I can't wait to get the second half on the frame...

My first quarter goal for the WIPS-B-Gone challenge was to finish five projects - - - and I am happy to say I actually finished eight!

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, October 13, 2021

I May Have A Scrap Problem.... But One Less Scrappy WIP!


Hi, all!

One day not too long ago, a kind reader asked if I was ever going to start posting again on Scrappy Wednesdays.  With a request like that, how can I not?  I had stopped for a while because I was so pushed by commission work, I didn't have time to do any scrappy sewing and very little surfing for inspiration.  But it's better now and I promise to be better about posting regularly!

And today I have an actual scrappy finish to share!  First, a little history.  In November 2019, I made this fun quilt using Amy Smart's Patchwork Forest pattern....

I used a fat quarter bundle of Sugar Plum by Heather Ross, and when the quilt was finished, I still had a good bit of scrap left over. Rather than throw it into the scrap bins, I decided to cut it all into 3.5" squares so I could make a snowflake quilt.  I'm pretty sure I started it in late 2019 or very early 2020, but unfortunately life got busy and it ended up tucked away in a project bag on a shelf.  

When Leanne (@devotedquilter) started her WIPS-B-Gone 2021 challenge, this was one of the projects I pulled out and put on my list - and today I finished it!

I had to make some adjustments as I laid this quilt out, because it turned out I didn't have quite enough print pieces for the original design.  So I made it a little smaller and I think it looks just fine!

Have you tried using the portrait mode on your iPhone to take quilt shots?  It can really give some interest to your pictures!

I had a pretty piece of sparkly snowflake fabric tucked in that project bag for the back, too!   It makes a nice counterpoint to the front of the quilt.

And I finished it off with a pretty aqua binding from my stash.  Not a typical Christmas choice, but it goes well with the colors on the front!

So I finally have a scrappy finish - the first in a long while!  What have you been working on while I've been slacking off?



Monday, October 11, 2021

Make-A-List Monday - Fall is For Quilting!


Hi, all!

Has it started turning cooler where you are?  I keep waiting for those cool days but so far, they're a no-show.  Soon, though!  In the meantime I'll be enjoying the last little bit of summer weather.  

Now, though, it's time to see how I did with last week's to-do list....

1.  Quilt Lilli's annual quilt (while she's out of town and not looking over my shoulder!)
Done!  I'm so happy with the way this turned out!

2.  Work on those Christmas pillow covers!
I finished three "JOY" pillow covers, one for each grandchild.  I'll probably make a couple more plain block pillow covers to go on Lilli's bed, though, as she has a full bed and room for them.

3.  Hem three pairs of yoga pants.
Done!  And I find I'm just as reluctant to hem pants when I ask for them as I am when anyone else does!

4.  Make at least one Endless Summer block!
I am exceedingly happy to say that I did make ONE Endless Summer block.  And I figured out that if I make at least one per day, I'll have enough to finish my quilt by the end of November.  So, a new goal!

5.  Finish assembling the snowflake quilt.
Done!  I'm grateful that this one still looks balanced even with the changes I had to make to have enough background squares.

6.  Make a back for the snowflake quilt.
7.  Make a back for the spool quilt.
Done!  These two are now ready for quilting!

8.  Quilt a ministry quilt.
Done!  This was such a pretty donated top, I'm glad it's a finished quilt now, ready to bring a quilty hug to someone!

It felt so good today to finish the very last item on my to-do list!  Hopefully I'll be able to do as well on this week's list - here's what I want to accomplish....

1.  Quilt the snowflake quilt.

2.  Make at least five more Endless Summer blocks.

3.  Quilt at least one half of the king size summer quilt.

4.  Do a quick clean-and-refresh of the upstairs for company coming this weekend!

5.  Quilt a ministry quilt.

A little bit shorter list this week, but I've got to spend some time dusting and vacuuming and basically getting the house looking its best as we have family visiting this weekend.  Fortunately, we've been keeping the house looking pretty good since we've been home 24/7 so it's not a major job, but it will take a half-day or so!

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