Friday, October 18, 2019

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Some People Never Learn....

Hi, all!

Welcome to Friday - the best day of the week, right?  The weekend is just around the corner, and we get to look back and do a little celebrating over what we did during the week!  Are you ready to whoop it up?  Let's get started!


Just last week, my daughter and I had a talk with Lilli (my oldest granddaughter) sharing our experiences with following directions, talking about how we had learned the hard way to read the directions carefully, yada yada yada.  Which was about the reaction we got from Lilli.  Smart girl!

Because Wednesday, when the directions came out for the next week of the Patchwork Forest Quilt Along, I jumped right in and made these...

As I was making the star block, I wondered if I was supposed to make the medium star or the large star, and when I went to check Amy's blogpost....

This week your assignment is to make 4 Medium-size and 1 Large-size wonky star blocks.

Oops!  How did I manage to miss that?  Guess I should have 'read the instructions carefully'!  Oh, the shame.....

So Thursday I grabbed my fabrics and made the blocks I was supposed to make this week....

Aren't they pretty?  So not only do I have this week's blocks finished (all the star blocks), but I have also finished next week's blocks too!

So the silver lining to all of this is that I have ALL the blocks for my Patchwork Forest quilt finished!  I'd love to start laying it out, but I have a commission job I need to work on first.  I can't wait to see what it looks like all together, though, so I may take a few minutes tomorrow to lay it out on the sly.  

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?

PS Please, no one tell Lilli!


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 16, 2019

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Great Techniques Make Life Easy!

Hi, all!

It has been a busy week around here, but I did manage to make time to work on all three of the My Small World quilts!  This week I made fifteen orange peel blocks, five for each of the three quilts.  All of these blocks were made from 5" squares I had cut from scraps which made me very happy!

These green blocks will go in Nathanael's quilt...

...while these blue beauties will hang out in Lilli's version.

And for Emmy, whose favorite color is "rainbow", there's a lot of lovely color!

These blocks were quick and easy to make, thanks to a great book I read years ago...

First of all, if you don't already have this book, I highly recommend it - Lara has lots of fun projects in the book that all use her super-easy raw edge appliqué technique.  Her trick?  Using Mod-Podge for fabric to seal the back of the pieces to be appliquéd!  The edges don't fray and can be appliquéd with a raw edge and yet will hold and look good.  Much much easier and quicker than turned needle appliqué!

So that's what I've been working on scrappy this week - I'm almost through the required blocks that are due 11/15, so I'm still ahead of the game!  

What have you been working on these days?  Are you having fun playing in your scraps?  Do tell!



Monday, October 14, 2019

Make-A-List Monday - So Much to Do....

Hi, all!

The weekend is over, fall has finally shown up in Middle Tennessee, and the realization that Christmas is just around the corner is starting to sink in!  Time passes so quickly - so let's make the most of it.  First of all, a look at last week's list...

1.  Make progress on the My Small World quilts.  This week it's tiny orange peel blocks....
I have all the blocks (for three MSW quilts) cut out and prepped for raw edge appliqué, just need to sew them down.

2.  Make progress on the Birch Bark quilt.
No sewing progress on this one this week, I'm afraid!  But - here's a funny story - I did figure out that the random pieces of muslin I found that I couldn't remember what I bought them for, were for the backing of this quilt!  That had been driving me nuts for a week, so I guess that's progress of a sort!

3.  Make progress on the special request quilt.
Done!  We made great in-roads on this quilt on Saturday - many hands make light work!

4.  Make progress on the Patchwork Forest Q/A when the next prompt comes out Wednesday morning.
Done!  I've now made the 27 small trees and the 23 medium sized trees.  Can't wait for the next prompt!

5.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up this week.
We gave away four quilts this week...

This quilt went to a gentleman who dealt with severe medical problems for several months, and while he was hospitalized, his wife died.  He is struggling now and our prayer is that this quilt will remind him that he is loved!

This quilt went to a gentleman just diagnosed with prostate cancer...

...and these two are going all the way to Buenos Aires, to be shared with two sets of new parents at a church we partner with there.  It's always fun when we can share with folks in other countries!

So that's how last week went!  I made a few more samples for the classes I will be teaching (hopefully) at Joann's in the next few months, too, which is why I didn't get to work on the Birch Bark quilt this week.

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

1.  Work on (and hopefully complete) a commission t-shirt quilt.

2.  Bind and wash three quilts for church.

3.  Continue working on the special request quilt.

4.  Make progress on the Patchwork Forest Q/A quilt when the prompt comes out on Wednesday.

5.  Prepare for, and teach, my first Joann's class (if enough students sign up!)

6.  Make progress on the Birch Bark quilt.

7.  Make progress on the My Small World quilts.

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

So much to do, and so little time!  But boredom is NOT a problem around here!  I love what I do, and that I have the time to do it.  

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