Sunday, May 28, 2023

Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge Week 11 - It's Time to Link Up Those Quilts!!


Hi, all!

Well, better late than never - with a long day driving on Saturday and all the busy-ness that Sunday entails, today's Hands2Help post completely slipped my mind.  Then, as I was sitting in my chair this evening going through email, I saw a message from someone who sent pictures of their quilts and I thought, "Hmmm, I guess I can post those on Friday..." and realized that I had forgotten the final link-up post!  So we're getting a late start, and for that I'm sorry!  

And by the way, here are the quilts that jogged my memory...

These three beauties are from Janette B., and are going to either Victoria Quilts or MCC (she didn't specify which)...

...and these five are from Kristi B.  She didn't say where she sent them but aren't they wonderful?

And now it's your turn to link up and share your quilts.  If you think of it, let us know where you are donating them - I love seeing the variety of charities that benefit from Hands2Help and I'm sure others do too!  And if you don't have a blog, feel free to send your pictures to me (salliesue57 at gmail dot com) and I will share them on my blogposts this week.  

And if, by chance, you have already sent your quilts off and neglected to take pictures of them, please email me (salliesue57 at gmail dot com) and let me know how many you made and where they went so we can get an accurate count for the end of the Challenge!  

This link party will stay open until next Saturday, June 3rd, at 12 pm CST.  Let's see those beautiful quilts!!



Friday, May 26, 2023

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? What a Fabulous Week!


Hi, all!

Well, it's Friday again - and we all know what that means!  It's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  Are you ready?  Let's go!


We've been at the beach all week, and having a fabulous time with it!  The weather has been gorgeous (except for one day, but I put that to good use) and we've been working hard at resting up!  It's a tough life, but someone's got to do it....

The food's been pretty amazing, too!  We love to eat breakfast out, and this was my on my plate one morning - cheese grits topped with scrambled eggs, tomatoes and onions, smothered in sausage gravy, with a side of biscuit and bacon!  And no, I couldn't eat it all!

And on that one rainy day, I pulled out my mother's old sewing machine, a beautiful (and well-worn) Featherweight...

...and got to work sewing.  We are working on a new project for the quilt ministry right now - bed quilts for a local women's shelter - and we needed five full size quilts, which isn't a common size for us.  But I had all those ten inch squares that I've been cutting, so I pulled out a whole bunch of them and brought them with me on this trip. After some sorting by color, I put together this top...

...and this one....

...and finally this one!

I've got enough squares with me for a couple more, but the weather for our last day is supposed to be gorgeous, so I've packed up my machine and will finish them after I get home.  But I'm happy with what I did accomplish!

And I'm not the only one who's been sewing - Juanita H. made this beautiful quilt as part of Hands2Help.  It's being donated to a local charity for their fundraiser.  Aren't those colors great together?

So - - - can we 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!



Monday, May 22, 2023

Make-A-List Monday - What to Do, What to Do?


Hi, all!

Amazingly, I haven't missed Monday - although Sunday kind of slipped right by me!  If you caught yesterday's blogpost, you may have tried to click on the link to Moira's blogpost and found that it didn't work.  Well, it's working now - so please click here and check out her post.  It's the last guest blogger post for this year's Hands2Help Challenge, and I'd hate for you to miss it - she's having a giveaway, too!

And just for kicks, I'm going to add to the giveaway fun - I've got a couple of panels to share, so just leave a comment  below if you're interested!  (Sorry for the quality of these pictures - I didn't have time to press the panels before taking them!)

But of course, the real purpose for Monday's post is to confess how I did on last week's list....

1.  Quilt the donation quilt.
2.  Quilt some baby tops to add into the box for Little Lambs.
Done!  After quilting the donation quilt, I loaded four yards of background fabric on the frame, and did a little "chain quilting"...

I think my inspector approves, don't you?

And here's the completed stack, all ready to mail off!  I had hoped to get them out before I left on vacation, but alas, I ran out of time...

3.  Package and mail prizes from last week.
Again, this was a victim of a short week - they will have to be sent out next week, after we return from vacation.

4.  Pick out some giveaway items for this Sunday.
You've seen them above - I'm just a little late posting them, for various reasons!

5.  Finish vacation kits.
Done!  I have 10" squares to make five full-size quilt tops for the quilt ministry, and another batch of 10" squares to make an X & + quilt, if time allows.

So what's on my plate for this week?  Well, not a whole lot (I AM on vacation, after all) but here's what might get done...

1.  Work on the five full-size tops.

2.  Work on the X&+ quilt top if time allows.

3.  Once home, package up and mail the giveaway items and the quilts for Little Lambs of Utah.

4.  Eat lots of good food, get lots of sun, read lots of good books!

We've already gotten a good start on that last one - the weather has been beautiful....

...the food delicious....

...and the wildlife has been friendly!  Meet Fred, the local colorful character who hangs out at the Shrimp Shack.  He walks around the patio like he owns the place!

And now, I really want to know - - - what are YOU working on this week?