Friday, November 16, 2018

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Scrappy "Squirrel"!

Hi, all!

Friday sure got here in a hurry, didn't it? And Thanksgiving is less than a week away - say what???  Cold weather is upon us here in middle Tennessee, too - we actually had little spits of snow in the Nashville area, although they got more just west of us.  But since it's Friday, that means it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on - are you ready?  Let's go!


Wednesday I shared that I had a "squirrel" moment with my scraps (actually I think it was just so I didn't have to keep cutting them up!) but I actually had two!  Remember Emmy's annual quilt top?

When I got to this point, the next step was to make a very large square of the background fabric and sew it across the corner.  You can see the result below...

That left me with two really big triangles, one of the background fabric and one of multicolor stripes.  I cut each in half, sewed them together as an hourglass block, then cut that into fourths to get half square triangles.  Kept repeating the process - hourglass blocks to half square triangles to hourglass blocks - until I had a nice assortment of hourglass blocks.  

Pulled it together into this center, and decided to add a pretty border to finish it off as a baby quilt.

Don't you love it when you have the perfect border fabric on hand?

And the sun was also on hand so I could get a good stained glass shot!!

On the frame pretty quick - I had a great backing on hand too!

Sometimes you just get a great picture - this one shows my little "sign-off" on a quilt - I usually try to put a little heart at the very end of my quilting.

And I got some new labels this week!  Dutch Label Shop asked me to try out some of their labels and, if I liked them, mention them to my blog followers.  Well, I have to say I was VERY impressed with these labels!  Their website is very easy to use, and you can create your own labels using the tools they provide.  And I had my new labels in less than a week!

Isn't that a beautiful little pile of labels? They are woven, not printed...

...and they're almost as pretty on the back as on the front!  The edges are finished somehow, so they don't fray.  I'll definitely be getting more of these!

And here's some good news - right now (until Monday 11/19) you can use the code SAVE20 to save 20% off everything on their website!  And if you can't order by 11/19, you can get a 15% discount until the end of December using code fabricaddictquilts15.

And I have another thing I'm whooping about this week...

This is what my foyer looked like on Monday...

...and here's what it looks like today! I've still got to paint the stairs, but that's a little bit of a logistical nightmare, since we pretty much live up there - and you can't walk on freshly painted stairs for about 24 hours!  But sooner or later we'll get them done. They'll be painted a very dark espresso brown, with white risers.  I still need to hang art, but that will happen soon!  

And because this made me laugh this evening when my husband shared it...

Be sure to spend some quality time with your family this week!

Can I get a whoop whoop?


And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping it up this week?

What's got you doing 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, November 14, 2018

I May Have A Scrap Problem... A Drop Everything Quilt!

Hi, all!

Well, it has been a week!  I have had time for some fun scrappy sewing, some of which I'll share today and the rest on Friday.  It's been very freeing to just "let 'er rip", so to speak, and create.  

A lot of this started when I began cleaning up my sewing studio.  This was the view on one end of my work table...

...and that meant it was time to cut up some scraps!  

As I was cutting scraps and putting the newly cut pieces away, I found that I had a LOT of 10" squares.  Now, I know I started a quilt using jelly roll strips for the bunk bed in the guest room, but I was having some serious quilter's block trying to finalize the design.  When I saw those squares, I realized I could easily make a scrappy giant D9P quilt that would work great for that bed - and no quilter's block!  So I made plans to work on that Sunday.  Then my friend texted me with a picture of a quilt she had just finished piecing...

...and I realized that I could make this quilt with my 10" squares, and it had the added bonus of being a quilt I hadn't made before!  So Sunday morning I pulled a bunch of 10" squares before church - 48 prints, and 12 low volume.

FYI, the three columns on the right are the pieces for this quilt.  The two stacks on the left are the ones I DIDN'T use!  Told you I had a bunch!

Sunday afternoon, I took the low volume 10" squares and cut them into quarters, so I had 48 five inch squares.  I marked the diagonal on each 5" square with my Hera marker, then sewed one onto one corner of each of the print 10" squares.  I also sewed a second line of stitching about 3/8" away from the first (towards the outside of the corner) and cut between the two lines of stitching. That gave me 48 bonus half square triangles to play with later!

A couple of hours of sewing and this was the result!  Super quick and easy, the best kind of quilt for a little instant gratification!  And look how nice it looks with the quilt on the other bed...

It still needs to be quilted, but that may have to wait for a week or so.  I've got some other irons in the fire, and I also need to quilt some for the quilt ministry!  But it's nice to have it at this point and know it could be finished in a couple of hours.

Do you ever get side-tracked while dealing with your scraps and realize that you must use them right. that. minute?  I've had that happen to me twice in the past week, and it's quite a ride!  Be sure to check in Friday and see my other "drop everything" quilt!



Monday, November 12, 2018

Make-A-List Monday - Taking a Breath!

Hi, all!

A new week is beginning, and fall has definitely shown up in force!  Cool weather and rainy days makes for good sewing weather, doesn't it?  I've also got some home improvement projects on my horizon, though, so I'm going to work for some balance between the two.  

First, though, let's look at last week's list and check on progress...

1.  Finish piecing the third memory quilt top.
2.  Make the quilt backs.
3.  Quilt all three memory quilts.
4.   Applique pockets on all three quilts.
Done, done, done, DONE!!  The last of my commission jobs for 2018 is in the books.  Here's a pic, but you can read more about these quilts here.

5.  Work on a design for the bunk bed quilt.
Done - sort of!  I had quilter's block on a design using the jelly roll fabric I created last week, but I got some inspiration and whipped up a quick top Sunday afternoon that will be perfect for the bunk bed!  I'll share more about this on Wednesday, but here's a quick progress pic...

6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
It was a quiet week, although I expect more requests in the upcoming weeks because we had a quilt ministry emphasis at church this past Sunday.

This quilt went to a gentleman whose adult son has been missing for an extended period...

...and this quilt went to an elderly gentleman who is in rehab.

So that was last week - a success!  I also cut up some scraps while cleaning up my studio and made a cute little baby quilt from some large pieces in the process - I'll share more about that on Friday.

And here's what's on my plate for this week...

1.  Quilt the baby quilt.

2.  Quilt the bunk bed quilt.

3.  Quilt several quilts for the ministry.

4.  Paint the foyer.

5.  Write a tutorial.

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

Looks like a fairly short list, but the foyer is a multi-day project - right now, it's barn red, and I'm going to paint it a pretty color called Dogwood, which is a warm cream.  I'll fit in the quilting in between painting spells! And then next week my husband will be off, and we plan to put a glass tile backsplash in the kitchen, which will finish off that project!

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