Wednesday, November 13, 2019

I May Have A Scrap Problem... An Excellent Tutorial!

Hi, all!

No, I'm not tooting my own horn talking about an excellent tutorial - I'll explain that in a minute.  We are in New York City right now, and as I was planning the blogposts for this week I thought I was going to have to skip this one, but my friend Christina of A Few Scraps posted a fabulous tutorial for her Scrappy Quarter Cabin quilt - and saved my bacon!


Isn't that gorgeous?  She has a beautifully photographed and very detailed tutorial posted on her blog right now for these fun improv scrap blocks, so I'm going to send you her way today.  

And if you've not "met" Christina before, I recommend that you take some time and check out her blog!  Christina is my "go-to" person when someone asks me for a place to get guidance on free-motion quilting.  She has written several books showing how to FMQ on a domestic (tabletop) sewing machine, and has classes on BluPrint too!  She's also one of the nicest people I know, and if you ever have a chance to take one of her in-person classes at a quilt show, you should.  

So check out her tutorial, grab those scraps, and make some magic!  I'll see you next week!

Hugs!

Sarah

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Make-A-List Monday - A Very Short Week!

Hi, all!

It's Monday again, and it's going to be a very short week, because I get to go to New York City for a very long weekend!  I'm excited - the diet is going on hold for the weekend as I plan to enjoy all the tastes of NYC!  I'm also hoping to visit Gotham Quilts, which was closed the last time I was there.  

But before I go, I need to check last week's list. Let's see how it went!

1.  Bind my Flight of Fancy quilt.
Done!  This is such a pretty quilt... Christina Cameli writes great patterns!


2.  Take lots of quilt pics when the sun shines!
Done - and boy, was it a lot!  I think I transferred over 100 photographs to my computer after the photo session.  I'm trying to get ready to sell some of my quilts and other pieces, hence the photo shoot. Here's a shot that can give you an idea of some of the preparations that are taking place!


3.  Make some class samples.
Done!  Among others, I made this one to learn a new-to-me technique, using binding to face a quilt!


4.  Make two pillow covers for a quick commission job!
Done!  And not just two, I actually made four pillow covers for this customer, as she added two more after picking up the first ones she ordered.


5.  Write up an estimate for a new commission.
Done!  I've also deconstructed a comforter to retrieve the fabric to include it in the quilt, and ordered the necessary additional fabrics.

6.  Make progress on my Birch Bark quilt.
Done!  I have completed piecing both halves of the quilt, and it's ready to be quilted someday soon!


7.  Make progress on the My Small World quilts.
No progress this week, I'm afraid...

8.  Put one of the annual quilts on the frame (maybe?)
This didn't happen either.  Maybe after I get back from NYC!!

9.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
We did give away a couple of quilts this week...

This one went to a woman dealing with multiple health issues...


...and this one went to a 15 year old girl recently diagnosed with a rare lung tumor.


So last week wasn't a complete bust - I got a lot done, even if it wasn't everything on the list. That may happen more and more often as Christmas gets closer, but it's important to have goals, right?

That being said, I don't think I'm going to make a list for this week. Tuesday I need to spend some time cleaning house so our dog/house sitter will be willing to come back again in the future (my husband reminded me of that as he left the house this morning, bless him), plus I want to go see the grands before I go.  We leave early Wednesday morning and won't be back until Sunday, so this week is pretty much shot.  I guess I'll spend my week with mental stuff, like next year's H2H quilt-along theme!

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

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, November 8, 2019

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...

Hi, all!

Surprise surprise - it's Friday again!  Where oh where did the week go?  But since it's Friday, we all know what that means - it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  I hope you're ready, because I know I am!  Let's get started...

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If you're on Instagram, I'm sure you've seen plenty of quilts made by Amy Smart's Pine Hollow Patchwork Forest pattern. For the past six weeks, she has been hosting a quilt-along and all the different interpretations of her quilt have been amazing!  I'm excited to say that I made one of my own, and it's completely finished...


I have to say it was quite a challenge to get pictures of this quilt, as the wind decided to kick up at random times...


...but thanks to my brand new photography assistant a/k/a vintage clothesline, I did manage to get some nice close-ups!


This quilt offered good opportunities to do some fussy cutting, and it was fun to find sweet images in the Heather Ross fabric I was using!


Such as trimming the tree...


...or ice skating!


And I love the fabric I found for the back - it's hard to tell in this picture, because the sun is shining through, but it has a light cream background and sparkles like snow!

And to make it even better, I won one of the giveaways that Amy had associated with the quilt-along!  Woohoo!!

And one more thing I'm whooping about this week - here are my three students from class at Joann's this week, with the potholders they made as they learned how to do both quilt-as-you go piecing and machine binding!


We had such a good time learning together!  And I think they deserve a huge whoop whoop!!

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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!

Hugs!

Sarah

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

I May Have A Scrap Problem... But I'm Working On It!

Hi, all!

The sun was finally shining today, so instead of working on my three My Small World quilts, I took photographs of about twenty quilts!  


Some of them are commission quilts, some will be gifted, and some of them will be listed for sale - because my quilt cupboard runneth over!  And just like using up stash or donating it, that just makes room for more quilts - which is a good thing, because as I just told my husband, I'm not going to quit making them!


However, I did find time to finish piecing the second side of my Birch Bark quilt.  Here's the whole width of it laid side by side - it's going to be one. big. quilt!  I'm planning to quilt it in two halves, as my long arm frame isn't wide enough to do the whole thing assembled.  I'll join the two pieces after quilting.  Fingers crossed that it works!


And then, because I was trying to avoid working on something else I really wanted to do something scrappy, I cut up the scraps left over from my Patchwork Forest quilt for a special project!  


Here it is all tucked away in one of my project bags, but I don't think it will stay there long - I've got plans to paint the stair treads on Friday while my husband is out of town, and since I'll need to stay downstairs, I plan to sew in the kitchen - and guess what I'll be sewing on?  After all, there should be SOME reward for doing the non-quilts things, right?

So what scrappy things are you working on this week?

Hugs!

Sarah

Monday, November 4, 2019

Make-A-List Monday - Time to Re-group!

Hi, all!

Monday is here again, and I feel the cold wintry draft caused by people putting up their Christmas decorations - do you?  My husband is adamant that we not put ours up before Thanksgiving, but all around me I see them going up, and when I was in Target today, they were putting out trees and Christmas decorations.  So like it or not, we're moving into the holiday season!  I'm trying really hard not to feel too rushed with everything I want to get done, and my list always helps with that, so let's see how last week's list went....

1.  Quilt the dresden plate quilt.
Done!  Of course, I haven't taken pictures of it yet, because it's been cloudy around here, but here it is on the frame...


2.  Make progress on the My Small World quilts.
Done!  I've done the larger sets of flying geese, shown below, and I've made and tested a paper piecing template for the smaller ones.

Nathanael's....

Emmy's....

...and Lilli's!
3.  Make a back for my Patchwork Forest QAL quilt.
Done!  I not only made a back, but I finished the whole quilt!  Unfortunately no pictures of the finished quilt, but here's the top for your viewing pleasure...


4.  Quilt one customer quilt.
Done!  This is a real beauty, and hopefully the weather will cooperate tomorrow for some full-length shots...


5.  Quilt at least one quilt for the quilt ministry.
Done - sort of!  We had a big pile of quilts that needed binding and washing, and I did that in lieu of quilting another one this week.


6.  Start prepping for the quilt ministry Christmas party - a special sewing day as we all work on our own Patchwork Forest quilts!
Done!  We've got a huge pile of fat quarters cut and pressed, but there's still plenty to work on this week.

7.  Start deep cleaning the house before upcoming Christmas parties (oh how I hate cleaning!).  I should probably start by making a list - and checking it twice!
It was a good weekend for it, so I started my Christmas preparations by painting the risers on my stairs, which had been looking pitiful. See, when I painted the treads right after Christmas last year, I put painter's tape on the white risers - and when I pulled it off, several layers of latex paint came off with it, revealing the oil based dark brown paint underneath.  So two layers of primer and a layer of semi-gloss, and they look so much nicer now!


8.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
No quilts were given away this week, which gives us a good chance to catch up a little bit!

So a good week all in all, with lots accomplished!  Good thing, too, because there's so much more I want to get done!  Here's my list for this week...

1.  Bind my Flight of Fancy quilt.

2.  Take lots of quilt pics when the sun shines!

3.  Make some class samples.

4.  Make two pillow covers for a quick commission job!

5.  Write up an estimate for a new commission.

6.  Make progress on my Birch Bark quilt.

7.  Make progress on the My Small World quilts.

8.  Put one of the annual quilts on the frame (maybe?)

9.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.

Definitely more than enough to keep me out of trouble, right?  And so much more I could work on, but I'm trying to reward myself with little "me" moments too.  And I've already got my next one planned out - I'll fill you in on it if I find the time for it this week!

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

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, November 1, 2019

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Life Was Good...

Hi, all!

I know it's hard to believe, but not only is it Friday again, it's also the first day of November!  Fall has arrived with a vengeance here - our kids were enjoying 29 degree wind chills last night as they did their trick-or-treating - brrr!  But that means quilting weather, so it's all good.  And since it's Friday, it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on, so let's get started!

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Last week, I shared the backdrop for my trunk-or-treat display, and this week I've got pictures of the whole thing assembled!


Our theme was "Life was Good", a take-off on the Life Is Good shirts.   I painted the logo on a wooden pumpkin shape I had hanging around the craft room.


The skeleton was so much fun - my husband spent quite a while arranging him so he looked realistic and happy!  I'm not sure if he's waving or giving a high five, but he's definitely got a smile on his face!


And of course, you've got to have marshmallows to cook over the fire!  The kids were fascinated with these - they kept reaching out and touching them to see if they were real...


A little pine tree and some fall leaves and flowers brought some forest realism to the scene...


...but this little guy stole the show!


Everyone fell in love with our little doggy skeleton!

And at the end of the event, we had quite a surprise...


We won the prize for best trunk!!!

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?

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And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping it up this week?


(how about a little dance music?)

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!

Hugs!

Sarah

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Small World Progress and Inspiration!

Hi, all!

It's starting to get holiday-busy around here, as we plan and clean and decorate - but thanks to the #mysmallworldsewcial quilt-along, I'm managing to get in some scrappy sewing every week!  This week I did the easiest part of this month's blocks, the 2.5" x 4.5" flying geese.  Each quilt takes seven of these blocks, and here are mine for all three quilts...

Nathanael's...


Emmy's...

...and Lilli's!
The next blocks I have to make are a little bit intimidating - nineteen 1.5" x 2.5" flying geese!  I am thinking about paper piecing these - they are just so tiny, there's no room for error. So I'm thinking they might be more accurate if I paper piece them.  We shall see!

And there's been lots and lots of great inspiration on the internet this week...


I'm not quite sure why I love this quilt, but I do!  All those different blocks just make my heart happy.


And isn't this pretty?  I just learned how to do a herringbone pattern, and now I want to make this one!  


And this may be the next Christmas quilt I make - I just adore that giant snowflake!  Paired up with simple patchwork, too - just perfect!




Have you all missed Crazy Mom Quilts as much as I have?  I was so excited to see her pop up in my Instagram feed, especially with this beauty!  


I seem to be on a patchwork theme this week, but isn't this cute?  I love the scattering of traditional blocks in this quilt, too - it gives the eye a place to stop and rest.  


Last but not least, an oldie but a goodie - this quilt is stunning in purples, isn't it?  I could clean out a few tubs making these....

Inspired yet?  Go forth and use. up. those. scraps!

Hugs!

Sarah