Wednesday, November 24, 2021

I May Have A Scrap Problem.... Some Inspiration!


Hi, all!

Well, it's Wednesday night, the day before Thanksgiving, and I've been cooking all day.  Didn't think I'd have anything to share today, but as I glanced at Instagram in a down moment, I saw two pictures I just totally fell in love with!  And wonder of wonders, they are both scrappy and therefore perfect to share with you....

This first quilt was made by a local acquaintance who truly loves to make scrap quilts.  If you need inspiration, her Instagram feed is definitely the place to check out!  She calls this her Bitcoin quilt.  I've seen quilts made like this before, but wasn't too interested - until I saw this one.  For some reason all the color and movement just sings!  This will definitely be going on my list of quilts to make.  After all, I've got all those strings already cut out!

And our friend Emily, of Em's Scrap Bag, posted this beautiful picture - beautiful for both the quilt and for the sentiment!  Emily's blog is another great place for inspiration but this quilt was totally new to me. I'm already seeing lots of possibilities with this one!  

So that's all I have today - I'll try to do better next week!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and if shopping is your thing, a safe and productive Black Friday and Small Business Saturday!



Monday, November 22, 2021

Make-A-List Monday - Let The Holidays Begin!


Hi, all!

It's Thanksgiving week, and there is SO much going on - the holidays are really starting in earnest now!  Maybe, like me, you need to remember to take a deep breath every so often and just enjoy the season.  It's so easy to get caught up in all the fuss and bother and forget the joyous parts!  

Last week is kind of a blur, but I did get some things done.  Let's see how that list went!

1.  Quilt a customer's quilt top.
Done! And par for the course, I didn't take any pictures...

2.  Finish the Gratitude quilt.
Done!  I absolutely love the way this turned out, and every piece of fabric in it is reclaimed from a man's shirt, including the binding and back!  I gifted it to the man who gives us a Christmas tree each year, and he loved it!

3.  Work on the Christmas pillows.
Done!  I'm happy to have these off my plate - the last of my Christmas sewing!

4.  Clean up the front planters outside while it's still warm this week.
Done, but once again, no pics - and it's too dark outside to take them now!

5.  Begin decorating the house for Christmas.
Well, the live tree is up, but still not decorated.  I'm behind!

6.  Plan a Christmas party for my quilt-y peeps!
Planning is in progress!

I was under the weather for a few days last week, so I didn't get as much done as I had hoped.  But it makes this week's list easy!  Here's what I'm hoping to get to this week....

1.  Stuff the Christmas pillow covers and package them up in pretty bags for gifting!

2.  Deliver the customer quilt.

3.  Decorate the house for Christmas.

4.  Cook for Thanksgiving!

I'm going to leave it at that, because I'm still not back to 100%, and there's a LOT of Christmas decorations to drag down from the attic!  Maybe I can get the grands to come over and help put stuff out all over the house - they love doing that!

So now I really want to know - - - what are YOU working this week?



Friday, November 19, 2021

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Big Christmas Project Finished!


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!  I know the holidays are coming up in a hurry and you may be doing a lot of secret sewing - but I hope you can still find something to share that you feel is whoop-worthy!  Let's get started!


A few weeks ago, my husband asked me if I had time to complete a special project for him before Christmas - and of course I said yes!  You might remember seeing these on my design wall just before we left for New York City...

Then last week after we got home, I spray basted all of them onto scrap batting..... 

And this week, quilting began!  A simple cross hatch design, marked with a hera marker...

Once I had finished the quilting, I realized that the letters were still going to need to be stitched down, so it was time for a little raw edge appliqué....

That step actually went a lot quicker that I thought it would, and it was time to move on to the next step - backs and binding.

I had a great piece of Christmas fabric on hand that I used to make envelope backs for all eight pillows, and more of the glitter fabric I used for the appliqué to use for the binding. A little assembly line was set up, and binding began...

...and voila, all eight pillow covers are completed!  I'm still waiting for my pillow forms to arrive, but as soon as they do I'll be packaging these up for gifting!

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?


And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping it up this week?

Now that's a blast from the past! 
They're a lot bigger now!

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!