Friday, December 13, 2019

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? The Moody Blues....

Hi, all!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here, how about where you are?  I am loving all the sweet Christmas commercials (Publix made me cry AGAIN this year!) and the excitement on the faces of all the kids in the stores!  And to add to the excitement, here it is, Friday again, and time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  Let's get started...

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Today I'm ready to unveil the second of my grandkids' annual quilts!  This one is for Lilliana, who will be turning twelve on Monday (HOW DID THAT HAPPEN???)  Here's a picture of my beautiful girl...


...who, because she is eleven and a "tween", tends to look like the next picture more often than the one above!


Moody seems to be the watchword with tween girls, and that inspired the name of her annual quilt this year - meet The Moody Blues!


Lilli's favorite color is blue, and when I saw Christina Cameli's pattern "Sea of Serenity" from her book Wedge Quilt Workshop, I knew it would be perfect for a quilt for Lilli.


I added in the pop of yellow because, after all, she does smile occasionally!!  And that smile is like a ray of sunshine (and keeps coming more and more frequently as she gets closer to twelve...)


I had a beautiful linen duvet cover that I cannibalized to make the back for this quilt, so it's lovely and soft and promises to get softer over time.  The giant acanthus pattern also feels very modern in the dark gray and white!

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, December 11, 2019

I May Have A Scrap Problem - And No Time To Sew!

Hi, all!

I'm sure many of you are in the same boat as I am - way too much to do these days and not enough time to sew!  But that doesn't mean we can't dream, does it?  So here's some more inspiration to spark your creative juices and make you wish for a few more hours in the day...


Isn't this gorgeous?  The pattern is Slopes by Amanda Jean Nyburg.  What a great way to use up strings!


This pretty thing makes my fingers itch for a sewing machine and a mess of scraps!


This quilt is so simple - just scrappy bricks and an alternating solid - but it's so fresh and cheerful!


One more beautiful Christmas quilt - I really like the way the blocks are diamonds and not squares!


And this!  This just makes my heart sing.  Look at that fun quilting!  I do love me a great pillow cover....

So if, like me, you are overwhelmed by all that you need to do, try to carve out a few minutes to just play - it's good for your soul!  It will make everything go a little bit easier, I promise...

Hugs!

Sarah

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Make-A-List Monday - Oops! Tuesday!

Hi, all!

Monday has come and gone - and I missed writing my post on time, so I am up early early early on Tuesday trying to get it done!  My Monday disappeared in a flash of unexpected activities (more on that later) and ended up with an ornament exchange party and a long drive home in the pouring rain.  Here's hoping Tuesday will be a little less eventful!

But let's get down to the nitty-gritty, and see how last week's list went...

1.  Make some samples for the Joann's class open house this weekend.
Done!  I made the blocks for the first two months of this year's quilt-along...


...and this cute doll sleeping bag!


2.  Clean up around the house.
Done!  I didn't have time to take any pictures, but trust me, it's a whole lot cleaner than it was!  Dust bunnies are cowering in fear in dark corners....

3.  Finish decorating for Christmas.
Done!  I do love my Christmas decorations, even if it's hectic getting it all out for just a short time...



Isn't our new coffee table gorgeous?  My husband made it!

4.  Find ornaments for two ornament exchange parties.
Done!  This is the ornament I took last night...


...and this is the ornament that Bill took to his party.  His only requirement was that it be something that people would fight over, and he tells me that it was a success!


5.  Ship off some Christmas presents.
I didn't get to this, but I'm hopeful that I will today!

6.  Prep for a class on Thursday.
Done!  No pics, though...

7.  Prep for our ministry Christmas party on Saturday.
Done, and it was a great success!  


We met up at church and worked on Christmas quilts for ourselves!  I taught them how to do a "stack-and-whack" block using Amy Smart's Patchwork Forest pattern, and we had a blast!

8.  Make a back for Emmy's annual quilt.
Done, but no pics.

9. Quilt Emmy's annual quilt if time allows.
Time? What's that???  This didn't get done, but I'm hoping to make time this week.

10.  Hem those curtains!
Done!  My husband came home, saw them, and said, "Oh, you didn't mean to have them dragging on the floor?"

11.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Only two quilts this week, the first to a man who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer...


...and the other, to a woman with ongoing medical issues.


OK - I didn't get everything done, but I did make a good dent in that list.  I'm satisfied!

So Saturday, after the quilt ministry Christmas party, a thing happened....


We put in an offer on a new house!  Late Sunday evening, we got a counter offer and accepted it, so we will be moving early next year!  It's still in the same general area (Middle Tennessee) but nearer to our daughter and her family (actually three minutes door-to-door, as she tells me!) so we are excited.  It also has several benefits, including much better internet service, cable, a great entertaining space that will hold a LOT of people comfortably, and a HUGE quilting space for me!  I'll share more pictures later, I promise...  

But for now, my life will probably be consumed with filling these...


We learned the benefits of banker's boxes several moves ago - they are small enough to not be too heavy to carry when full, have built-in handholds, and being uniform in size, are easy to stack and store. Plus you can use them in the garage or attic to store "stuff" easily afterwards!  

Because of the weekend's activities, Monday was consumed with all the fun little things that go with the beginning of a home purchase - speaking with the lender, setting up home inspections, delivering the earnest money check, searching for those documents the lender will need... oh how fun!  Hopefully there will just be a couple of days of overwhelming activity, then it will slow down until close to time for closing.

And what's on my list for this week?  Here it is...

1.  Return borrowed chairs to church.

2.  Transport and deliver quilts to our local elementary school that will be given to the support staff and a few teachers that were hired  since we gave them to the teachers last year.

3.  Quilt Emmy's annual quilt.

4.  Take pictures of Lilli's annual quilt for Friday's blogpost.

5.  Get those packages in the mail!

6.  Review the Christmas gifts I have and make a final shopping list.

7.  Gather and send financial documents to the lender.

8.  Work on the plans for this year's pre-H2H quilt-along (and maybe ask for a little help from my friends!)

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

I'm sure there's more I need to do, but this is what comes to mind right now!  

And here's a tip about the value of lists - I find that making lists helps clear all the jumble of "OMG I've got to do this and that and that thing over there" out of my mind.  With a list, I can clear it out and do other things (like, for example, SLEEP!) without everything pushing for recognition.  Once I know I've put it down on a list I can relax, knowing I won't forget something.  I now have a notebook that will follow me everywhere for the next month or so, with sections like "Daily Lists" and "For House Purchase" and "For Move".  Eventually it will have another section called "To Get House Ready To Sell" but that will come later, as it is much easier to get a house ready to sell when it's empty!

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

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, December 6, 2019

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Waddle of Penguins!

Hi, all!

Another week has flown by - does it seem like the weeks get shorter, the closer we get to Christmas?  But here it is, Friday again, and you know what that means - it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!!  So let's get started!

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Since there are only three more Fridays before Christmas (!!!!!!!), it's time to start sharing the grandkids' annual quilts!  You've seen progress shots on these, but over the next three weeks I'll be sharing the finished shots.  Today, it's Nathanael's quilt - A Waddle of Penguins!


This is an Elizabeth Hartman pattern, and while it had a bunch of pieces in each penguin, the directions were easy to follow and they went together nicely!



I used up a good bit of my black and white stash, and had a lot of fun giving each penguin a personality!  This is Aloha Penguin...



And of course there has to be a Dino Penguin!


This penguin lets his pet cats walk all. over. him!


And to top it all off, I found a great dinosaur print for the back.  This should hit all Nathanael's "likes" - penguins, dinosaurs, and green!

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, December 4, 2019

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Bringing In The Season, Scrappy!

Hi, all!

Well, the holiday season has arrived, and with it more things to do than there are hours in the day!  So I haven't had time to do any scrappy sewing this week, but I did find some wonderful scrappy inspiration on Instagram, all of it designed to ring in the holiday season.....



A beautiful triple Irish chain in Christmas colors...


One of my favorite versions of the snowflake quilt that is floating around the internet these days!  I love the scrappy red background!


This quilt and the next are made by the same pattern, and both are scrappy, but what a difference color choices and borders make!  I'd be hard-pressed to choose my favorite between them...




Isn't it amazing what you can create just using simple patchwork and half-square triangles?  This wreath is so fresh looking, and I love that it appears to be all scrappy!


And last, but certainly not least, some really cute holly blocks!  

And now I want to go play in my scraps again... but it will have to wait until I get past some Christmas obligations!  If you have time, play some for me, ok?

Hugs!

Sarah

Monday, December 2, 2019

Make-A-List Monday - And It's December!



Hi, all!

As I sat down to write this, I looked at last week's list and thought, "Was that just a week ago?"  Actually, I asked it out loud and my husband looked at me like I was crazy.  It seems like much more than a week since I last checked my to-dos!  But Monday has rolled around again, and it's time to see how last week went and figure out my goals for this week.

So let's see how I did on last week's list...


1.  Finish the baby quilt.
2.  Make a matching pillow.
Done!  And shipped off and received by my customer, too!


3.  Hit Joann's Black Friday sale for some batting.
Done!  No pics, but trust me, I have a stash in a spare room...

4.  Hem some jeans for my husband.
Done!  And bless him, he found two more pair I need to hem!

5.  Cook cook cook for Thanksgiving.
Whew!  Done!  Bill smoked a turkey breast and a Boston butt, and I made cranberry relish, stuffing balls, macaroni and cheese (eldest granddaughter's special request), and broccoli salad.  And that was such a small portion of all the food at our big family get together!

6.  Hem up some curtains.
Well, I had good intentions - and there is a pair of curtains draped over my quilting frame, just waiting.  But I just ran out of time today!

7.  Quilt one of the annual quilts.
Done!  I put Lilli's quilt on the frame this week and finished it up! I'll have better pictures on an upcoming Friday.



8.  Start decorating the house for Christmas.
I've still got a ways to go, but it's looking good...





9.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
We just gave away one quilt this week, but such a sad reason - one of our ministry members works with a woman whose son was killed in a car accident last week.


So I didn't get to everything, but I did make a lot of progress!  This week may not see too much sewing, as we are hosting a Christmas party on Sunday and I have to get the house ready, but I'm hopeful I can carve out a little bit of time to sew.  Here's my list for the week...

1.  Make some samples for the Joann's class open house this weekend.

2.  Clean up around the house.

3.  Finish decorating for Christmas.

4.  Find ornaments for two ornament exchange parties.

5.  Ship off some Christmas presents.

6.  Prep for a class on Thursday.

7.  Prep for our ministry Christmas party on Saturday.

8.  Make a back for Emmy's annual quilt.

9. Quilt Emmy's annual quilt if time allows.

10.  Hem those curtains!

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

Lots to do, but I'm determined to enjoy the season and not get stressed out about it!  So the curtains may still be too long next week...

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

Hugs!

Sarah