Friday, July 3, 2020

Can I Get Whoop Whoop? A Bit of This and That...

Hi, all!

Happy 4th of July weekend, at least if you are here in the US!  This year certainly seems to be going by in a flash but here we are at Friday again - and that means it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  Are you ready?  Let's get started!


This week has been a crazy one, and I've been working on a lot of things, but haven't finished much lately.  Or rather, I've finished some small things, continued working on some big things, and done a little dreaming about future possibilities!

I made a prototype clear mask that is much easier to make than my last attempt....

...and made some pretty masks for a friend of mine!

I continued working on the blog hop project - quilting has started!

And I fooled around with some scraps on my cutting table.  After seeing this pic on Instagram...

I remembered some scraps on my sewing table - the remnants of my Moongate quilt - and yesterday I played with laying them out to see if I'd have enough to do something similar.  And I do!  So they are tucked away for a future project.

And best of all, yesterday when I went to Joann's to get some muslin for a quilt back, I lucked out and got some Kona black, which had just come in to the store that morning.  I have been looking for it, or actually any 100% black cotton, for a week or more, and can't find it anywhere.  I think it's being diverted for mask making.  But I sure was glad to have the chance to get 3 yards for my stash!

And one last thing - I'm trying to quietly start a revolution, so I put up a challenge on Facebook - #WhoDoYouMaskFor.

For ten days, I'm going to share a picture of someone I wear a mask for, with an explanation of why.  I'll also challenge someone else to do the same for ten days.  There are so many people in my part of the country who feel that wearing a mask is an infringement of their personal rights!  I'm hoping to open some eyes and change a few hearts and minds.  Feel free to join me if you want!

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, July 1, 2020

I May Have A Scrap Problem.... A Sneak Peek and Some Inspiration!

Hi, all!

I want to play in my scraps so-o-o-o-o-o much - but I'm working on a project for an upcoming blog hop that I must get done first.  Here's a sneak peek of what I'm working on....

It's still a work in progress, and there are some kinks to work out, but I'm liking the way it's coming together.  It is scrappy, though, so I don't feel like it's cheating to put it on here today!

And now for this week's inspiration (which has been coming hard and fast on Instagram - there are some fabulous scrap quilters on there!)

Let's start with some string quilts!  Here's a great array with so much variety - and now can you understand why I want to play with my scraps?

Now, I don't know about you, but I always love a good I-Spy quilt, and this one is a beauty....

Simple squares next, but the color gradations really makes this quilt!

I've been looking at this next design, and I *think* it's four log cabin blocks, with the colored strips being made of pieced scrappy strips.  I REALLY want to give this one a try! (Ooh, and I may have just the leftover pieces to do it with - the scraps from my Moongate quilt!)

Here's another great quilt using squares - I think two sizes of squares, maybe 2.5" and 4.5"?  Once again, I could so easily make this with stuff I've already got cut, so maybe I should drag some of it out....

And in honor of the Fourth of July, how about a quilt with stars and stripes?  This looks like it would be so much fun to make....

So I've now done my job enabling your scrappy sewing habit - go enjoy yourself!



Monday, June 29, 2020

Make-A-List Monday - Regrouping and Stocking Up...

Hi, all!

Wow, what a week!  Just as it seemed things were getting back to normal in the world, it looks like we are headed back to difficult times again with the coronavirus.  Fortunately, a local grocery store had their semi-annual butcher's sale this week, and I went today and stocked up for my daughter's family and ours...

I ended up with four Boston butts, ten pounds of chicken breasts, twenty pounds of hamburger, twenty pounds of bacon, a whole NY strip cut into 13 steaks, a whole ribeye strip cut into 14 steaks, and two pork loins cut into 40 boneless pork chops.  Whew!  The freezer is getting close to full, as we had hit a sale previously at another store and bought three Boston butts, some ribs and a brisket.  I don't think we'll be running out of meat for a while!

Back on the home front, I did manage to get the Moongate quilt finished last week...

Also, I had to regroup a bit on the blog hop project - when you don't use a particular technique very often, sometimes you totally goof and mess it up.  So I regrouped, dragged out some more scraps, and got started on version 2.0....

It's moved a little further on than this but I'm too lazy to go upstairs and take another picture right now!  But it does appear to be working better now that I worked out the kinks on the other piece.  And maybe I can rework the pieces I made for the other one, turning them into something interesting - we shall see!

I also spray painted our patio furniture so it doesn't look all nasty any more, and I put up some bird feeders which are quite the talk of the town, at least among the birds!  No pictures of the birds yet, but I'll try to get some when it stops raining....

And I FINALLY finished this 2000 piece Star Wars jigsaw puzzle.  It must be the hardest puzzle I've ever done - but it was a lot of fun!  

But I didn't get the pool noodle stapled to the door frame in the attic yet.  That darn puzzle totally distracted me!

So this week, I need to keep working on the blog hop project and get it finished. Without bumps in the road this time!

I also want to start gathering together the fabrics for Lilli's annual quilt.  This year she requested a Harry Potter quilt, and I knew immediately which one I would make...

 We've decided, to get the best size for Lilli, to eliminate the row with Dobby, Voldemort, and the train, and do the Hogwarts crest on the back of the quilt.  She and I pulled some fabrics, but now I've got to go through my scrap bins for some of the smaller bits.  I'm sure there are some solids that I can use!

I'm still working on blocking Emmy's quilt top, but I think it's going to work well.  This week will tell!

And I WILL get that pool noodle stapled up.  If only the staple gun was upstairs... so I will put it on my list of things to do in the morning and hopefully it will march upstairs with me!

I also need to work in the quilt room at church some more - unfortunately it won't clean itself, as much as I've wished it would. But it's coming along!

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