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?



Friday, June 26, 2020

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Mooning over Moongate....

Hi, all!

Summertime, and the living is easy..... and not just summer, but Friday!  And that means it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on, so let's get started!


It's been a little bit of a strange week, with more things going on than usual.  So I didn't think I had actually finished something this week, until Bill reminded me of this....

I finished the Moongate postage stamp quilt!  

It did help that I found a really cute backing on the clearance rack at Walmart - I wasn't looking, it just caught my eye as I walked by, and lo and behold there was just the right amount for the back.

And I found a cute print for the binding in my stash. Woohoo!

This tiger, a relic from my childhood, blends in nicely with the colors of Moongate so I think he will live on the bed now.  Many thanks to Christina Cameli for designing such a beautiful fabric line!

I also went to church this week to do a little more cleaning - it's far from done, but it is looking better...

I get a little bit done each time I go in - dig out a little bit more, put away a little bit more, and on and on.  It will take a while to get the room to the point where it can be easily sanitized after each use, but we will get there!  

And then there is this.....

I painted my old patio furniture with a nice fresh coat of green so it doesn't look so ratty any more!  I also cleaned off the porch area and rearranged the furniture so it's a little more relaxed.

Here you can see the upper patio - there are two doors out to the sitting area, one from the kitchen and one from the master suite.  It's a lovely place to sit in the morning with a cup of coffee, or in the late afternoon with a Diet Coke.   

And here's the view from my chair on the upper deck!  Right now, very near where my dog Fly is, there's a bird feeder stuck into the ground that our songbirds are really enjoying.  I'm hoping to get some pots of flowers and a few more bird feeders, and maybe a birdbath to put out there.  Even Fly likes to watch the birds!  

So all in all, it's been a good week!

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, June 24, 2020

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Here's A Solution!

Hi, all!

I had a fun experience this week, and since it has everything to do with scrappiness, I want to clue you all in on it too!

Sunday night I received an email from Christina Cameli of A Few Scraps blog, BluPrint classes, QuiltCon, and loads of other places.  Now, I love Christina to pieces - I met her in person in one of her classes at QuiltCon in Savannah and we spent two hours at lunch sitting on the grass outside, eating and talking up a storm.  She's fun and sweet and a very talented quilter and teacher.  So when I get an email from her, I sit up and listen!  She was a victim of the recent BluPrint closing, having prepared a class that was due to be filmed right about the time that they announced their closing - so she decided to film it herself!

If you've ever taken one of Christina's classes, you know she's a great and engaging teacher, managing to keep the attention of long-time quilters while not overwhelming the newbies.  

In her email, she asked me if I would preview her soon-to-be-released self-filmed class and give some feedback.  Of course I said yes!  And I am here to tell you that this is a class you need to take!

I mean, look at those gorgeous pillows!  The technique is great for using some of your favorite little scraps, and quick enough that you could easily knock out a couple of pillow covers in a day.

You probably know already that Christina is a great teacher of free motion quilting, and in this video she takes you through how to learn a new quilting design (doodling is your friend!) and makes it all look easy.  She demonstrates this design, and also explains how to do the straight line quilting you can see in the pillow in the class icon.

She even shows you how to finish your pillow cover with an envelope closure back, and has the neatest. trick. ever. to get beautiful corners.

And the very very best part?  If you go to her blog (click here) she has a code for a 25% discount on the class fee that's available for the next week!  

So thank me later, but go over and sign up for her class - you won't be sorry!



Monday, June 22, 2020

Make-A-List Monday - Things Just Keep Rolling Along!

Hi, all!

The first Monday of summer has arrived!  I love summer - beautiful warm days, sunshine, and usually, more time with my grandkids, although this year that part of summer started way early.  So I've been enjoying the weather and working in my quilt studio this week, and I've actually accomplished some things!

Last week, I wanted to find a back for this quilt, and maybe get it quilted.  I did find a really great backing - a total steal...

...and it's loaded up on the frame, ready to go!  I'll be quilting this one this week.

I also wanted to make a kawandi style quilt, and I did!  This was a fun little project and I enjoyed making it a lot.

I also spent a couple of days at church cleaning up - hauled a carload of stuff to the Goodwill, and swept up tons of dust bunnies!  There's still a lot to do before we can meet in there, but I made a good start on it.  I think I'll take Lilli with me to sort scraps the next time I go!  She loves to organize - although she tells me that does NOT include cleaning - so she could probably work on scraps while I keep cleaning and disinfecting.

And now for this week... I've already said that I'm going to quilt the postage stamp quilt, and I'm also working on a special project for an upcoming blog hop.  I'm "sewing by the seat of my pants" on this one, but hopeful that it will turn out great!

And since summer is here, that means it's time to start thinking about the grandkids' annual quilts.  I came across this great panel from Hawthorne Threads and knew immediately that it was destined to be Emmy's quilt this year!  It's a little out of square, so after I quilt the postage stamp quilt, I'm going to load it on the quilt frame to stretch it and get it square, then spritz it with water in hopes of blocking it to the proper shape.  I think that will work, and then I can start looking for a great backing.  Quilting it will be fun!

I have a plan for Lilli's quilt (Harry Potter) and for Nathanael's quilt  (yes, it will be green!) but I'll share more about them in upcoming weeks.

And this pool noodle represents an absolutely totally necessary project for this week!  The entrance to our walk-in attic is VERY short, and I am comparatively very tall - and last weekend I hit my head not once, but twice, really hard!  So enter the pool noodle, which I will be stapling over the inside of the door frame in hopes of avoiding serious damage when I whack my head in the future.  You'd think I'd learn, but no......

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