Friday, September 21, 2018

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Memories.....

Hi, all!

Guess what?  It's Friday again (do they seem to be coming faster, or is it my imagination?) which means it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  Are you ready?  Let's get started!


This week I finished another one of the memory quilts...

This one is made from pieces of dress shirts and silk ties.  Lots of silky, slippery fabrics that required stabilizing before sewing.

I quilted it using Glide thread in Battleship Gray - it has a wonderful shiny luster that shows up nicely against the dressier fabrics.

And even the back looks nice, with that windowpane quilting!

One more memory quilt to go in this job - hopefully you'll see that next week.  Fingers crossed!

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 more fun to dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.

Hope to see you there!



Wednesday, September 19, 2018

I May Have A Scrap Problem... It's HUGE!! (And A Giveaway...)

Hi, all!

I have some seriously excellent news...

This quilt top has gone from one small section (don't you love that little fussy cut flower?)...

...then it grew a little larger, until, like Clifford the Red Dog.... got HUGE!!!!  I really really love this quilt top, and I think Lilli will too - it's definitely blue!  I've named it Something Blue, in keeping with the name of the original pattern.  It ate up a lot of scraps, too, which makes it just about the perfect quilt!

Just as a reminder, I made this quilt using the pattern Summer Wedding by my friend Jamie Janow Elfert, and Jamie sent me an extra copy of the pattern to give away so that one of you could make it too!!  Just leave a comment below WITH your email address, and I'll draw a winner and announce it next Wednesday. 

And now for a little new inspiration (because we always need a new scrap project, don't we?) How about this great improv scrap quilt?

And isn't this the cutest little acorn runner?  It would be a great way to use up some small scraps and ends of yardage, and make your house festive for fall!

And last, but definitely not least, how about Emily's gorgeous improv star baby quilt?  Emily always does the coolest things with her scraps - if you want some awesome inspiration be sure to check out her blog!!

So that's all I have for today - one huge quilt, a fun giveaway, and some great inspiration!  Remember to leave a comment below WITH YOUR EMAIL if you would like to win the pattern - I'd love to see your version of this beautiful quilt too!

Take that, you little scrap monster, you!!



Monday, September 17, 2018

Make-a-List Monday - Are We Having Fun Yet?

Hi, all!

Are we really more than halfway through September?  How did that happen?  So much to do, and the time goes so fast!  But it's all good, isn't it? I've got lots on my plate, so let's see how last week's list went....

1.  Sandwich the remaining four memory quilt tops.
Done!  Here are the two that still need to be quilted...

2.  Quilt at least two of those tops.
Done!  I quilted these three...

3.  Help with a major clean-up and re-organization in the quilt room at church.
Done!  There's always a ton of organization to do in the quilt room, but this part of it sure looks better!

4.  Eek out a little extra time to work on Lilli's quilt.  The plan is to get up and moving a half hour earlier each morning and dedicate that time to her quilt.
Done!  And in fact, this top is almost done!  I have two more sides of the border to put on, then it's done...

5.  Get the guest room furniture ready for the movers.  (No procrastinating this week!)
Done!  I'm all ready for the movers on Wednesday.  I'm still trying to decide if I want to repaint the room before I move in new furniture...

6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
We had a busy week... This quilt went to a young woman who lost her baby...

...and this quilt went to an older woman with double pneumonia.

This quilt went to a young man going through some emotional problems..

This quilt went to a new baby girl!

And this quilt went to a woman with some serious health issues.

Finally, this quilt went to a man with stage three cancer.

So not too bad for last week!  I really wanted to get all those memory quilts finished, but at least I won't be lacking for something to do this week.  Here's what I hope to accomplish this week...

1.  Quilt the last two memory quilts.

2.  Put the last two border strips on Lilli's annual quilt.

3.  Order new furniture for the guest room.  Yes, I know it seems funny to get rid of furniture just to order more, but I need to be able to sleep three kids in this room, which means a loft twin bed over a full platform bed.  Amazon is my friend!

4.  Decide whether to paint the guest room or not.

5.  Start cleaning up the studio in preparation for the next round of commission quilts!

6.  Deconstruct some ties for a table runner.

7.  Start deconstructing t-shirts for the next t-shirt quilt.

8.  Meet with a customer about another t-shirt quilt commission.

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

Well, that list looked skinny until I started looking around and saw the bags of things that need deconstructing... Oh well, at least it keeps me out of trouble!

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