Friday, November 15, 2013

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? One Christmas Gift Down, a Gazillion More to Go...

Hi, all!

It's Friday again - are you ready to get your whoop whoop on?  I know I am - it's been a good day with a couple of finishes!!!  All the cool weather we've been having has really got me into a craft-y mood and everything is clicking just right!

Today I finished this quilt for my father-in-law.  We're going to visit him the week before Thanksgiving, so I really wanted to take it with us - it will be fun to see his reaction to the quilt in person!

He has just moved into an apartment in a retirement community, and mentioned that his rooms were a little bit chilly.  He has a nice quilt for his bed, but I thought a sofa/lap quilt might be something he would enjoy.

He also loves trains, and I've been hoarding train fabrics for several years now, trying to get enough to make a quilt top.  Unfortunately, adult train prints are few and far between - but I did have enough to make a nice back for this quilt! My husband thinks his dad may decide this is the front…..

And here's one last shot, just because it's pretty!  I love the fall colors in this quilt.  And just for the record, this is a very large disappearing 9-patch pattern - you make five 9-patch blocks with 10" squares, then cut them into fourths and re-arrange them.  It takes 45 10" squares for a quilt that ends up about 56" x 70".  A great pattern for a quick quilt!!

My other finish today was a creche to go in my nativity scene for Christmas.  I wanted something simple but rustic, just to provide a backdrop for my figurines.  So I took a pallet that we had hanging around in the garage and took out enough boards to build this...

This was the first time I tried using pallet wood in a project, even though I've seen lots of cute things on Pinterest.  I learned something really important  - you've REALLY got to want something made out of pallet wood to make it worth all the effort it takes to reclaim the wood!  But the roughness of the boards was perfect for this project - now all it needs is a star on the peak!

So that's what I'm cheering about this week - 
can I get a WHOOP WHOOP??


And now it's your turn!

What are you doing the happy dance about this week?

Join the party and share - we want to dance along with you -

And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

Remember - it doesn't have to be a finish!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight -

Hope to see you there!!




  1. S, Very good job on the finish, not to mention getting a strike off off the Christmas Projects list! Whoop, Whoop!

  2. opps my linky went weird, could you delete no 7 please :)

  3. Your dad's lap quilt will be treasured I'm sure. And you are so right, adult train prints are tough to find. I have a nice panel I found a few years ago and I have yet to find much to go with it.

  4. The trains are adorable. I love trains,so much fun and yet very masculine and rugged:)lol

    Beautiful nativity! There are so many pretty ones. Have you see the Lego ones too?! I am thinking of getting one for Ayden for Christmas.

  5. The train quilt is quite lovely! Love the bright Fall colors on front. This is a nice disappearing nine patch layout. I have made one but the design was a little different.

  6. The train quilt is wonderful, he will love it. I love the colors you used. I have to quilt my son's quilt and put the binding on it. The nativity set is pretty, I need to bring my out now.

  7. Sarah, I hope all is well, and thanks for hosting this party.

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  9. Such a nice thoughtful gift for your DIL. I'm sure he will treasure it and keep him warm both. Thank you for hosting.

  10. Nice quilt for your FIL - great autumn colors.

  11. Sarah, girl, you are a genius! The crèche stable from pallet wood, piecing the back of your dad-in-law's quilt with those awesome fabrics that have meaning for inspire me so much. He is going to love that quilt, and yes, I think he'll be torn as to which side will be the front. I know I would be!

  12. I'm sure your FIL will be thrilled... such a thoughtful gift! Sometimes it's fun to get crafty with no fabric involved.

  13. So talented, Sarah! You've been cross training into the woodworking field. Good Job! Love the quilt for your Dad-in-law. He'll love it, too. 2 sided is always better.
    Love your modern figures. So different.
    Whoop, Whoop X 2!

  14. He is going to love that quilt, it is just perfect! And are you a clever woodworker!

  15. thanks for doing the whoop whoop
    I look at almost all of the blogs, might have missed one or two... got lost! I love your site
    LeeAnna Paylor

  16. I love the quilt you made or your father in law! Great colors in the front and what fun on the back!!

  17. Your nativity set is just wonderful! I have never seen one like it! Love it :) Your FIL is one lucky man! He is going to love your quilt :)


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