Friday, October 18, 2019

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Some People Never Learn....

Hi, all!

Welcome to Friday - the best day of the week, right?  The weekend is just around the corner, and we get to look back and do a little celebrating over what we did during the week!  Are you ready to whoop it up?  Let's get started!

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Just last week, my daughter and I had a talk with Lilli (my oldest granddaughter) sharing our experiences with following directions, talking about how we had learned the hard way to read the directions carefully, yada yada yada.  Which was about the reaction we got from Lilli.  Smart girl!

Because Wednesday, when the directions came out for the next week of the Patchwork Forest Quilt Along, I jumped right in and made these...


As I was making the star block, I wondered if I was supposed to make the medium star or the large star, and when I went to check Amy's blogpost....

This week your assignment is to make 4 Medium-size and 1 Large-size wonky star blocks.


Oops!  How did I manage to miss that?  Guess I should have 'read the instructions carefully'!  Oh, the shame.....

So Thursday I grabbed my fabrics and made the blocks I was supposed to make this week....


Aren't they pretty?  So not only do I have this week's blocks finished (all the star blocks), but I have also finished next week's blocks too!


So the silver lining to all of this is that I have ALL the blocks for my Patchwork Forest quilt finished!  I'd love to start laying it out, but I have a commission job I need to work on first.  I can't wait to see what it looks like all together, though, so I may take a few minutes tomorrow to lay it out on the sly.  

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?

PS Please, no one tell Lilli!

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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, October 16, 2019

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Great Techniques Make Life Easy!

Hi, all!

It has been a busy week around here, but I did manage to make time to work on all three of the My Small World quilts!  This week I made fifteen orange peel blocks, five for each of the three quilts.  All of these blocks were made from 5" squares I had cut from scraps which made me very happy!

These green blocks will go in Nathanael's quilt...


...while these blue beauties will hang out in Lilli's version.


And for Emmy, whose favorite color is "rainbow", there's a lot of lovely color!


These blocks were quick and easy to make, thanks to a great book I read years ago...


First of all, if you don't already have this book, I highly recommend it - Lara has lots of fun projects in the book that all use her super-easy raw edge appliqué technique.  Her trick?  Using Mod-Podge for fabric to seal the back of the pieces to be appliquéd!  The edges don't fray and can be appliquéd with a raw edge and yet will hold and look good.  Much much easier and quicker than turned needle appliqué!

So that's what I've been working on scrappy this week - I'm almost through the required blocks that are due 11/15, so I'm still ahead of the game!  

What have you been working on these days?  Are you having fun playing in your scraps?  Do tell!

Hugs!

Sarah

Monday, October 14, 2019

Make-A-List Monday - So Much to Do....


Hi, all!

The weekend is over, fall has finally shown up in Middle Tennessee, and the realization that Christmas is just around the corner is starting to sink in!  Time passes so quickly - so let's make the most of it.  First of all, a look at last week's list...

1.  Make progress on the My Small World quilts.  This week it's tiny orange peel blocks....
I have all the blocks (for three MSW quilts) cut out and prepped for raw edge appliqué, just need to sew them down.

2.  Make progress on the Birch Bark quilt.
No sewing progress on this one this week, I'm afraid!  But - here's a funny story - I did figure out that the random pieces of muslin I found that I couldn't remember what I bought them for, were for the backing of this quilt!  That had been driving me nuts for a week, so I guess that's progress of a sort!

3.  Make progress on the special request quilt.
Done!  We made great in-roads on this quilt on Saturday - many hands make light work!


4.  Make progress on the Patchwork Forest Q/A when the next prompt comes out Wednesday morning.
Done!  I've now made the 27 small trees and the 23 medium sized trees.  Can't wait for the next prompt!


5.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up this week.
We gave away four quilts this week...


This quilt went to a gentleman who dealt with severe medical problems for several months, and while he was hospitalized, his wife died.  He is struggling now and our prayer is that this quilt will remind him that he is loved!


This quilt went to a gentleman just diagnosed with prostate cancer...


...and these two are going all the way to Buenos Aires, to be shared with two sets of new parents at a church we partner with there.  It's always fun when we can share with folks in other countries!

So that's how last week went!  I made a few more samples for the classes I will be teaching (hopefully) at Joann's in the next few months, too, which is why I didn't get to work on the Birch Bark quilt this week.

And here's what's on my plate for this week...

1.  Work on (and hopefully complete) a commission t-shirt quilt.

2.  Bind and wash three quilts for church.

3.  Continue working on the special request quilt.

4.  Make progress on the Patchwork Forest Q/A quilt when the prompt comes out on Wednesday.

5.  Prepare for, and teach, my first Joann's class (if enough students sign up!)

6.  Make progress on the Birch Bark quilt.

7.  Make progress on the My Small World quilts.

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

So much to do, and so little time!  But boredom is NOT a problem around here!  I love what I do, and that I have the time to do it.  

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

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, October 11, 2019

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? The Forest is Getting Deeper....


Hi, all!

Friday has rolled around once again, and we all know what that means - it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  I know that as the fall progresses, it gets harder and harder to find things to post, as we work on Christmas presents.  So I'm thankful for quilt-alongs that allow me to show progress!  Just remember, it doesn't have to be a finish you're whooping about - it could just be progress on a project!!  Let's get started...


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As you may remember, I am participating in Amy Smart's Patchwork Forest Quilt-Along, and this week's prompt was to make the 23 medium trees.  Thursday morning, after the grandkids were back at their parents' house, I brought out my fabrics and started making little (ok, medium size) trees...


One cute little tree on the wall!  OK, that was easy...


And then there were four!


I love the color combinations in this line of fabric, and the trees work up so quickly!


After my haircut and errands, I came back and made a few more...


...and then even more!  Amy's pattern is great - it looks like it would be a hard quilt to make, but I'm so excited with how fast it's going together.  I can't wait until we start assembling all the sections!


One last glamour shot of the pretty trees...

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?


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 9, 2019

I May Have a Scrap Problem... Fall Break Means Inspiration!

Hi, all!

This has been a busy week without much sewing around here, because this has been going on since Monday morning...


My grandkids are staying here for a few days while their parents are celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary in Disney!  So they are doing a lot of crafts and I am running interference instead of a sewing machine.  I did make some more blocks for the My Small World quilts before they came - here they are...




So, in the absence of anything new of my own to show, I thought I'd share some inspiration I found on Instagram this week!  


I love this unique string quilt!  Makes me want to drag out my string bucket and get to work.


Doesn't this look like a great way to use up some solid scraps?  Bold and bright and perfect for a new baby!


And this!!! As near as I can tell from her description, each of those half square triangles measures 1 INCH FINISHED!  Now that is truly a labor of love!

Please spend some time at the sewing machine today for me - I miss mine!!!  But I'll be back to it soon enough, once the kids go home.  I'll miss them though, so I'm going to enjoy my time with them while I have them.

Hugs!

Sarah

Monday, October 7, 2019

Make-A-List Monday - Fall is Here!!! (Finally...)


Hi, all!

Hallelujah for cooler temperatures, even if they are accompanied by rainy weather (which we also needed!)  I actually put on a SWEATER today - hooray!!  It's fall break for my grandkids, and it looks like that's just what fall was waiting for, because we're supposed to have lovely cool temperatures all week.  About time!

Let's get started with a look at last week's list...


1.  Make progress on the annual quilts - just Emmy's and Lilli's this week, though.
I actually made progress on all three!  Emmy's drama llamas are set in their background fabric...


...and Lilli's top is assembled, and ready for trimming to square...


and I even made a back for Nathanael's quilt!

Now I can relax a little, knowing that I could finish all three in the week before Christmas if I needed to wait that long

2.  Make progress on the My Small World quilts.
Done!  I think I'm about halfway through the blocks for 10/15-11/14, so I'm ahead of the game (a good place to be!) You can see the blocks I've made over the past weeks on my Wednesday posts, but here are the ones I made this week...

Nathanael's...

Emmy's...
...and Lilli's!

3.  Make progress on the Birch Bark quilt.
Done!  I finished sewing the third strip set, which is now ready to cut into pieces to be combined with the others I already have to make the second side of the king size quilt (try saying that three times fast!)


4.  Make progress on the Pine Hollow Patchwork Forest Quilt Along! (In the future, to be referred to as the Patchwork Forest Q/A to save my poor fingers!)
Done!  I made these 28 cute little tree blocks that comprised the first step of this fun quilt-along.


5.  Make some flannel receiving blankets for a local NICU.
Done - sort of.  I took time at church last Wednesday night to cut a bunch up, then pressed the hems in while a friend stitched the hems down.  It was a joint effort, and I think we finished four and got another four partially done.

6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Thankfully, it was a quiet week that gave us a chance to catch up!  No quilts given away this week.

In addition to all of the above, I started a new project for our church ministry group to work on - a special request...


...and I made some class samples for when I start teaching classes at my local Joann's!

This one's finished...

...and this one's still in progress, because...
 ...look who's come to stay for a few days!



My daughter and son-in-law are taking a well-deserved break at Disney World to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary, and the grands are staying with us until Wednesday night.  Which will explain why I have a very short list this week!  My time will be taken up feeding this group of bottomless pits and keeping them in crafty supplies as they try to decorate the whole world!

That being said, I do have a few things I need to work on this week...

1.  Make progress on the My Small World quilts.  This week it's tiny orange peel blocks....

2.  Make progress on the Birch Bark quilt.

3.  Make progress on the special request quilt.

4.  Make progress on the Patchwork Forest Q/A when the next prompt comes out Wednesday morning.

5.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up this week.

I'm sure that other things will come up this week (they always do, don't they?) so I may not make as much progress as I hope to, but any progress is good, right?

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

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, October 4, 2019

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? I Can See The Forest...


Hi, all!

The world has rotated seven times and Friday is back upon us again!  I hope you've got something fun planned for this weekend - we are finally getting some cooler weather, so I'm going to just revel in it, maybe even drag out my sweaters!!  But Friday means even more than that - it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  So let's get started!

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Remember those great project bags I found?  Well, I think they have done something to me - because I currently have EIGHT projects going on simultaneously!  No, wait - nine!  And of course, that's the perfect time to add another project to the mix.  I couldn't pass up the chance to join in this quilt-along...


This is Amy Smart's design, and the quilt-along is called the Patchwork Forest Quilt-Along.  The first week was pulling your fabrics...


...and I found this great half yard bundle by Heather Ross I bought a couple of years ago and didn't use, so of course I had to start another project!


And so this went up on my Instagram feed!  Amy's got some great sponsors lined up for each week of the QAL, and @sewtopia was hosting the first week's giveaway.


This week we were told to make the 28 small trees that go in the quilt.  That sounded like a lot, but after a quick start...


...the sewing continued...


...until there was a veritable forest on my design wall! Aren't they adorable?  And they sewed together so quickly, I was tempted to move on to the next section - but with eight more projects, I decided to move on to one of the others.  

The anticipation should keep this project fun!  The next step is announced next Wednesday, so I'll try to move the rest of the projects ahead between now and then.

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?


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