Friday, October 22, 2021

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? Another WIP Finished!


Hi, all!

It's Friday, y'all!  It sure seems like the weeks are just flying by, doesn't it?  I'm sure many of you are working on Christmas presents already, but I hope you'll have something to share that you are whooping about this week - so let's get started!


Earlier this year I decided I was going to cut into my precious hoard of Kate Spain fabrics and make a king size summer weight quilt for my own bed.  For those of you who have asked, a summer weight quilt is a little lighter/cooler than my winter weight quilt, which has a wool batting.  Originally I intended to use a silk batt, but I think the one I ordered in June is sitting in a container ship off the coast of southern California, so I decided to go ahead and finish it using a cotton batt.  And here's the finished quilt!

This quilt is really large - 100" x 110" - and is made of 2750 2.5" squares.  I used the teal, light blue, and light green prints from several Kate Spain collections, and a couple of prints that had a splash of bright coral in them, alternated with white Kona cotton.

As I've mentioned, this quilt is so large I had to make it in two sections and connect them after quilting.  It's not really hard to do - this is my second quilt made this way - and a postage stamp quilt really lends itself to this technique.  (Click here for a link to the tutorial I used.)  I basically went by the tutorial, except that I sewed the backing overlap down by hand instead of stitching in the ditch, and then I loaded it back on my quilt frame and quilted down the 8" wide strip where the two pieces were joined.  

Do you see my Gypsy Wife quilt hanging on the headboard?  It's a little bit bold compared to the bed quilt, but I still love having it on display.  And doesn't the long pillow go nicely with the quilt?  I really like having the two different patterns - log cabins and postage stamp - but made with the same fabrics.  

And here's the glamour shot - isn't portrait mode fun to play with?  This is my ninth finish in the WIPS-B-Gone 2021 Challenge, can you say hooray?

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 20, 2021

I May Have A Scrap Problem... But Amy Has a Solution!


Hi, all!

Well, this week I haven't had much of a chance to play with my scraps, or even to surf Instagram in search of great scrap quilts - but I found something my email inbox that was definitely worth sharing!  

Amy Smart of Diary of A Quilter is always coming up with great quilt patterns, but this week she has something really special - she has updated her Gratitude quilt pattern...

...AND she's offering it as a free PDF download to all her readers until the end of November!  When I first saw this quilt, I thought how fabulous it would look scrappy, and it turns out that it is very scrap friendly.  So head on over to her blog and take a look!  And I highly recommend signing up for her emails - they are always fun to read and informative.

That's it for this week - I'll try to do better next week, maybe even by starting my own Gratitude quilt!



Monday, October 18, 2021

Make-A-List Monday - Cool Days, Long Nights!


Hi, all!

I don't know about you, but some of my favorite things about fall are the cool days and the longer nights.  It takes a little while to get used to the early darkness, but so worth it!  Lots more time to sew and quilt and do all kinds of fun crafting, too.  And I got lots done last week - here's how it went...

1.  Quilt the snowflake quilt.
Done!  I'm so happy to have this finished in plenty of time for Christmas!

2.  Make at least five more Endless Summer blocks.
Done!  I think I actually made seven since I wrote last week's list, and I now have 32 of the 64 I need to make the quilt top.

3.  Quilt at least one half of the king size summer quilt.
Done!  And not only one half....

...I managed to get BOTH halves quilted!!

4.  Do a quick clean-and-refresh of the upstairs for company coming this weekend!
Done, and we had a great time visiting with family members for the first time in a long time!

5.  Quilt a ministry quilt.
I didn't get to this one, unfortunately!

So a busy week, and a productive one too!  I am really loving this WIPs-B-Gone challenge - in the first quarter, I managed to finish...

...EIGHT projects!  Granted, most of them were Christmas presents that I had started this year, but they needed to be finished and now they are.  And that means that I have time to play!  

Today I set my goals for the second quarter, and they're pretty simple:  finish the king size summer quilt, make more Endless Summer blocks, and quilt the Rainbow Spool quilt.  I'm running out of WIPS!  But the next 25 days are going to be pretty busy - my husband has to have his pacemaker battery replaced this week, all three grands have dentist appointments, so I'm on Nana duty, and in early November we are going to NYC and taking our granddaughter Lilli for a few special days.  So I'll be happy to get these priorities done, and if I get to more, that's great!

But now I need to set goals for the next week!  Here's what I hope to get to this week...

1.  Join the two halves of the summer quilt.

2.  Complete the quilting and bind.

3. Make at least six more Endless Summer blocks.

4.  Quilt a ministry quilt.

5.  Get ready for a yard sale.

I'm going to keep the list short and sweet this week - I'd really like to get the pile of yard sale stuff out of the garage this weekend, and if I have too many fun things to do in the studio, I won't work on the yard sale stuff.  Anyone else feel my pain?

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