Friday, September 18, 2020

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Dinos in the House!

 

Hi, all!

Can you believe it's Friday already?  This week has flown by - but it IS Friday and that means it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  Let's get started!

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My week really did fly by, and I don't feel like I got a whole lot done -but I did start on Nathanael's annual quilt!  I am using Elizabeth Hartman's Dinosaurs pattern, and it is a lot of fun!  I had some trouble with the first dinosaur block I made, but then I went back and actually read her step-by-step instructions instead of just going by the diagram, and lo and behold, it worked!  Who knew?

I did manage to get four of the eight dinosaurs finished (and also the ferns, cycads, and vines) so let me introduce you to the gang....

First there was Danny the Dinosaur...

...who was quickly joined by his friend Barry the Brachiosaur.



Then Thor the T-Rex showed up...


...and brought his friend Thunder to round out the crew!

I still have the Stegosaurus and Triceratops blocks to make, and it will be fun to add them to the quilt and see it come to life.  Maybe not this week, though.  I am also whooping because I found an acceptable substitute for one of the Kona colors I had on back order, and was able to start on the second t-shirt quilt commission today!  Hooray!!!

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, September 16, 2020

I May Have A Scrap Problem....Looking Ahead!

 

Hi, all!

You may recall that a few weeks ago I asked readers for suggestions for my 2021 tutorial series.  If you aren't familiar with it, each year in January I do a series of posts with tutorials for quick, simple quilts perfect for charity giving - all as a precursor to the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge.  There were lots of great suggestions, but the one that really caught my attention was a request for tutorials using scrappy strings.  Lord knows I have PLENTY of scrappy strings to play with!  

So I started keeping that in mind as I cruised around on Instagram, and here are just a few things I found that inspired me...


I really love Emily's pineapple blocks - and I wonder if you could make pineapple blocks that are a little more "wonky".  Something to play with!


This just makes my heart sing!  One of my favorite quilts ever used strips sewn together like this.  I can pretty much guarantee something along these lines will show up in the tutorial series!


Aren't these spider web blocks fun?  I love how she used color to create movement in the quilt.


And while there is much to love about this quilt (those cornerstones!) my favorite part is the Kona Chocolate sashing!  I am a big fan of using unexpected "neutrals" and there is such a wide selection in Kona cottons.  

Now I have two tasks - no wait, three.  Find more inspiration, write the tutorials, and come up with a name for the series!  Any suggestions for the name would be really useful.  Past series names have been "Sweet Sixteens", "Nifty Nines", "Stunning Stars", "Scrumptious Scraps", "Rockin' Rectangles", and "Charmed, I'm Sure".  I know the perfect name is out there just waiting but it is eluding me.  COVID brain, I think!  So chime in if you have a great (or even not-so-great) idea!

Hope you're having fun playing with your scraps these days!

Hugs!

Sarah

Monday, September 14, 2020

Make-A-List Monday - Back In The Real World!

 

Hi, all!

Well, it's been a few weeks since I did a Make-A-List Monday post - but don't think I've been slacking off!  OK, well, I did slack off a little bit during vacation, but I had fun sewing on things I *wanted* to work on rather on things I *needed* to work on.  First up was this Plaidish quilt...


...which I finished while on vacation. That was a fun bit of sewing and I will definitely be making more of these!  Then I worked on the reindeer blocks that eventually ended up in this top...



Isn't it adorable?  This is a Christmas gift for a friend, but I have to set it aside for a while to work on some commission pieces.  Speaking of which, I finished one of the commission tops this week...



I'm super happy with the way this turned out - I had to do some quick changes to the design because I miscalculated the size originally - based my measurements on 14" blocks instead of the 12" blocks I made.  But it all worked out in the end!  Can't do any more for a while though - my other fabrics (the backing for this one and the two colors for the top of the second one) are all on back order.  COVID-19 is messing up my sewing life - we need our fabric from China!


And today I started working on the pieces for Nathanael's annual quilt.  These are the greenery pieces - vines, ferns, and cycads!  I wanted to start on a dinosaur but I decided I was a little too tired to do all the cutting required to start, so I'll work on that tomorrow.


And look what my husband installed for me today!  These are two curtain rods that I bought at IKEA years ago - I decided the they would be perfect to hang my flimsies on until I had a chance to quilt them.  As you can see in the foreground, I used to use my quilt frame - but this is MUCH nicer!  

So what's on my radar for this week?  It's hard getting back in the swing of "normal" but I'm trying - here's what I 'm hoping to get to.

1.  Keep working on the dinosaur quilt blocks.

2.  Check my other fabric sources to see if I can find the commission quilt fabrics in stock anywhere.

3.  Work on organization in the studio (work in the new stuff from my friend.)

4.  Cut out another Plaid-ish quilt.

5.  Take some recent donations to church and drop them off.

Seems like a skinny list but it's hard to get motivated, isn't it?  Maybe I can get motivated about finishing up the studio organization, though - I kind of quit once I got it good enough so I could sew, and it's silly to still have things that aren't unpacked!  

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

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, September 11, 2020

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

 
Hi, all!

Friday is here once again (do they seem to be coming along faster as we near the fall?) and that means it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  I hope you're ready - I am!  So let's get started!

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It was a near thing, but I did manage to have a "finish" this week...


OK, it's just the top, not truly a finish yet, but I'm pleased to have made this much progress!  I started these blocks last week while I was on vacation, and finished the last two and did the sashing and borders this week.


Look at that sashing fabric. Isn't it perfect?  And check out Rudolph's antlers - a great piece of Christmas text fabric, and wonder of wonders, I think I managed to get all the text right side up!


This will get tucked away for a while, as I need to finish the two commission t-shirt quilts first, but it will be completed in time to be given as a Christmas gift.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!

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, September 9, 2020

I May Have A Scrap Problem... But Wow Am I Inspired!

 

Hi, all!

Well, vacation is over and wow was it wonderful!  And now I'm back to real life as we roar like a freight train to the holidays.  Seems like time passes so quickly, doesn't it?  

It felt really nice to be back in my studio today, although I only had a few minutes to play.  There is so much to be done then first day back from home - laundry, groceries, putting things away - but I did make a few minutes to work on another reindeer.   I'm getting close to finishing all nine, and I can't wait to pull them all together in a quilt.

I did find a lot of inspiration on Instagram this week that should keep you going for another week....


Joy is in the process of writing a pattern for this, and she's going to be hosting a quilt-along later this fall, I believe.  Might be worth checking out!


Don't you just love all that color??


I really like that she used different sizes of the same block to add visual interest and a place for your eyes to "rest"...


I don't know about you, but I'm a little bit obsessed with tiny houses these days....


This is the beginnings of a Sea Glass quilt, but it also looks like a spectacular way to reduce your fat quarter stash...


I can't begin to tell you how in love I am with this quilt!  And that tub of solid scraps is screaming "use me, use me!"


This is such an interesting way to use up strings - I really need to play with it!  This may show up in next January's tutorial series.


This quilt is just fascinating - it looks like she used Amanda Jean's technique of appliquéing scraps to a solid background, then used those blocks as the center tiles on this wonderfully scrappy quilt.

That's it for today, folks - I'm late as it is (fell asleep in my chair last night!)  Go play with scraps!

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, September 4, 2020

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? It's Never Too Early....

 

Hi, all!

Well, here it is, Friday once again, and finally - Friday at the beach!!  I didn't think this day would ever get here, and as of last week, we were worried we'd be hurricane'd out, but all is well and I am writing this as I look out on the Gulf of Mexico.  

It's been a lovely vacation so far, so we are definitely whooping it up!  But it's time for all of us to get our whoop whoop on, so let's get started!

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Because we are at the beach, I haven't really finished anything this week, but I have been fun working on a Christmas present...

It seems I just can't get enough of Lorna's fun pieced character quilts, and when I saw her past Christmas quilt-along, I knew it was something I wanted to try. 

 Then when I realized that a Christmas quilt would be the perfect gift for one person, I had my opportunity!  

She had so many cute blocks to choose from, and I thought about making a sampler quilt, but then decided to do Santa's reindeer instead.  Because who doesn't love Santa's reindeer?

I've managed to finish five of them - Rudolph for sure (he's the one with the red nose!) but I'll name all of them once they are finished and reveal their characters.  

I'm thinking about putting their names on each block, maybe in one of the white bottom corners.  Still trying to decide how to do that!

I'm looking forward to making the next four - and I found a great reindeer print for the sashing and borders.  It's going to be a fun quilt!

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, September 2, 2020

I May Have A Scrap Problem... But Plaidish May Be The Cure!

 

Hi, all!

It took a vacation to give me some time to do some scrappy sewing, but hey, I'll take it when I can get it!  You may remember a few weeks ago when Lilli and I spent an afternoon together pulling fabrics...


...which I then turned into a kit and tucked away for vacation.  It took all my will power not to dig right in - but there were other quilts that took precedence.


Someone was looking out for me, though, because when we got to Perdido Key we had two rainy days that kept us from enjoying the beach (although not the balcony!)  And that meant sewing time for me!  It all began with one block...


...and that one was so much fun that, rather like potato chips, I couldn't stop at just one!  Soon the low volume blocks joined the dark blocks, and shortly after that the bright blocks - although I was so excited about those that I forgot to take a picture!


As soon as I had enough of the bright blocks, I laid out a bit of the quilt so I could see what it would look like.  It's always a mystery to me what a truly scrappy quilt will look like, and this one was made of fabrics chosen by my granddaughter, so I really didn't know!  But I was happy with this initial peek...




...and once all the blocks were finished, I laid it out and finished it right up!  One thing I really liked about this quilt - I didn't fiddle around with the layout at all.  I just laid out the blocks as they came off each stack, and the layout pleases me!  


I do think the next time I make this quilt (and there will DEFINITELY be a next time!) I will be sure that there is more difference between my dark blocks and some of my "medium" fabrics.  I had a few that were on the darker side and I wish there was a little more differentiation.  Live and learn!  But I really like this quilt, and it was fast and easy.  All of the pieces were cut from 5" squares, a size I routinely cut my scraps into.  Because it is truly scrappy, I just laid my pieces out in the block layout and chain pieced each block together.  I'm guessing that it probably went from kit to pieced top in about ten hours of sewing.  Not bad!

The pattern is Plaid-ish, and it's a freebie from Kitchen Table Quilting. You can find the free download by clicking here.

And just to prove I'm really at the beach, meet one of our companions from earlier this week!  My husband was his best friend - catching catfish that he would have thrown back but for this guy's insatiable appetite!


Hugs!

Sarah