Monday, October 18, 2021

Make-A-List Monday - Cool Days, Long Nights!

 

Hi, all!

I don't know about you, but some of my favorite things about fall are the cool days and the longer nights.  It takes a little while to get used to the early darkness, but so worth it!  Lots more time to sew and quilt and do all kinds of fun crafting, too.  And I got lots done last week - here's how it went...

1.  Quilt the snowflake quilt.
Done!  I'm so happy to have this finished in plenty of time for Christmas!


2.  Make at least five more Endless Summer blocks.
Done!  I think I actually made seven since I wrote last week's list, and I now have 32 of the 64 I need to make the quilt top.



3.  Quilt at least one half of the king size summer quilt.
Done!  And not only one half....


...I managed to get BOTH halves quilted!!


4.  Do a quick clean-and-refresh of the upstairs for company coming this weekend!
Done, and we had a great time visiting with family members for the first time in a long time!

5.  Quilt a ministry quilt.
I didn't get to this one, unfortunately!

So a busy week, and a productive one too!  I am really loving this WIPs-B-Gone challenge - in the first quarter, I managed to finish...



...EIGHT projects!  Granted, most of them were Christmas presents that I had started this year, but they needed to be finished and now they are.  And that means that I have time to play!  


Today I set my goals for the second quarter, and they're pretty simple:  finish the king size summer quilt, make more Endless Summer blocks, and quilt the Rainbow Spool quilt.  I'm running out of WIPS!  But the next 25 days are going to be pretty busy - my husband has to have his pacemaker battery replaced this week, all three grands have dentist appointments, so I'm on Nana duty, and in early November we are going to NYC and taking our granddaughter Lilli for a few special days.  So I'll be happy to get these priorities done, and if I get to more, that's great!

But now I need to set goals for the next week!  Here's what I hope to get to this week...

1.  Join the two halves of the summer quilt.

2.  Complete the quilting and bind.

3. Make at least six more Endless Summer blocks.

4.  Quilt a ministry quilt.

5.  Get ready for a yard sale.

I'm going to keep the list short and sweet this week - I'd really like to get the pile of yard sale stuff out of the garage this weekend, and if I have too many fun things to do in the studio, I won't work on the yard sale stuff.  Anyone else feel my pain?

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

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, October 15, 2021

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? More Progress on my WIPs!

 

Hi, all!

It's almost impossible to believe, but it's already the middle of October!  How did that happen?  This month is flying by - but today is Friday, and that means it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on once again.  Are you ready?  Me too!  Let's get started...

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As you probably already know, I've been participating in Leanne's WIPs-B-Gone 2021 Challenge, and it's been great!  I've worked through so many projects since 9/23.  Some you've seen already, but here's what happened this week...


I finished my Christmas snowflake quilt!


I finally got back on the horse and made some Endless Summer blocks - four days, four blocks.  My goal is to make at least one each day, which will mean I have enough for my quilt top by the end of November.


AND I quilted half of my summer-weight king size quilt!  I can't wait to get the second half on the frame...

My first quarter goal for the WIPS-B-Gone challenge was to finish five projects - - - and I am happy to say I actually finished eight!

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 13, 2021

I May Have A Scrap Problem.... But One Less Scrappy WIP!

 

Hi, all!

One day not too long ago, a kind reader asked if I was ever going to start posting again on Scrappy Wednesdays.  With a request like that, how can I not?  I had stopped for a while because I was so pushed by commission work, I didn't have time to do any scrappy sewing and very little surfing for inspiration.  But it's better now and I promise to be better about posting regularly!

And today I have an actual scrappy finish to share!  First, a little history.  In November 2019, I made this fun quilt using Amy Smart's Patchwork Forest pattern....

I used a fat quarter bundle of Sugar Plum by Heather Ross, and when the quilt was finished, I still had a good bit of scrap left over. Rather than throw it into the scrap bins, I decided to cut it all into 3.5" squares so I could make a snowflake quilt.  I'm pretty sure I started it in late 2019 or very early 2020, but unfortunately life got busy and it ended up tucked away in a project bag on a shelf.  

When Leanne (@devotedquilter) started her WIPS-B-Gone 2021 challenge, this was one of the projects I pulled out and put on my list - and today I finished it!


I had to make some adjustments as I laid this quilt out, because it turned out I didn't have quite enough print pieces for the original design.  So I made it a little smaller and I think it looks just fine!


Have you tried using the portrait mode on your iPhone to take quilt shots?  It can really give some interest to your pictures!


I had a pretty piece of sparkly snowflake fabric tucked in that project bag for the back, too!   It makes a nice counterpoint to the front of the quilt.



And I finished it off with a pretty aqua binding from my stash.  Not a typical Christmas choice, but it goes well with the colors on the front!

So I finally have a scrappy finish - the first in a long while!  What have you been working on while I've been slacking off?

Hugs!

Sarah


Monday, October 11, 2021

Make-A-List Monday - Fall is For Quilting!

 

Hi, all!

Has it started turning cooler where you are?  I keep waiting for those cool days but so far, they're a no-show.  Soon, though!  In the meantime I'll be enjoying the last little bit of summer weather.  

Now, though, it's time to see how I did with last week's to-do list....

1.  Quilt Lilli's annual quilt (while she's out of town and not looking over my shoulder!)
Done!  I'm so happy with the way this turned out!


2.  Work on those Christmas pillow covers!
I finished three "JOY" pillow covers, one for each grandchild.  I'll probably make a couple more plain block pillow covers to go on Lilli's bed, though, as she has a full bed and room for them.


3.  Hem three pairs of yoga pants.
Done!  And I find I'm just as reluctant to hem pants when I ask for them as I am when anyone else does!


4.  Make at least one Endless Summer block!
I am exceedingly happy to say that I did make ONE Endless Summer block.  And I figured out that if I make at least one per day, I'll have enough to finish my quilt by the end of November.  So, a new goal!


5.  Finish assembling the snowflake quilt.
Done!  I'm grateful that this one still looks balanced even with the changes I had to make to have enough background squares.


6.  Make a back for the snowflake quilt.
7.  Make a back for the spool quilt.
Done!  These two are now ready for quilting!


8.  Quilt a ministry quilt.
Done!  This was such a pretty donated top, I'm glad it's a finished quilt now, ready to bring a quilty hug to someone!


It felt so good today to finish the very last item on my to-do list!  Hopefully I'll be able to do as well on this week's list - here's what I want to accomplish....

1.  Quilt the snowflake quilt.

2.  Make at least five more Endless Summer blocks.

3.  Quilt at least one half of the king size summer quilt.

4.  Do a quick clean-and-refresh of the upstairs for company coming this weekend!

5.  Quilt a ministry quilt.

A little bit shorter list this week, but I've got to spend some time dusting and vacuuming and basically getting the house looking its best as we have family visiting this weekend.  Fortunately, we've been keeping the house looking pretty good since we've been home 24/7 so it's not a major job, but it will take a half-day or so!

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

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, October 8, 2021

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Let The Fun Begin!

 

Hi, all!

Fall, Friday, and fun!  What could be better?  I do love this season - the cooler weather, shorter days, and the colors of fall.  Plus the holidays just around the corner - can you believe that there are only eleven more Fridays until Christmas? (Sorry for those of you who like to live in denial...)  But Friday also means it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on - are you ready?  Let's go!

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It's been a busy and productive week in my studio!  First of all, I finished this pretty table runner...


Tons and tons of matchstick quilting on this one, but I love the texture! 


And I had just the perfect piece for the back.  It's even pretty on the back side - the matchstick quilting is fun!

And then I finished Lilli's annual quilt!  I need to share the story behind this one - the top was donated to our quilt ministry, but as a holiday quilt (and king size!) it didn't fit our parameters for the quilts we gift, as we want people to be able to use their quilts year round.  So I bought it from the ministry, thinking I would finish it for one of my own beds.  But my oldest granddaughter spotted it and asked if she could have it for her annual quilt, and of course, I said yes!  But as a king size, it was much too big for her full size bed.  So we made it a bit smaller by removing some of the blocks, and now it's the perfect size.  And the extra blocks will make lovely pillows!

With these two completions, I have finished all my Christmas present sewing, and everything I work on now is for fun!  And that is DEFINITELY worth a whoop whoop!

And here's another thing worth whooping over - I managed to keep my youngest granddaughter's fish alive while they were out of town!  That sounds silly, but I'm always worried I'm going to have to find a look-alike fish if something happens while they are gone. Thankfully, this time all went well, because while it's hard to see, this is a rather distinctive looking fish and I think it would be hard to match!

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


Monday, October 4, 2021

Make-A-List Monday - Making Progress!

 


Hi, all!

It's been a weird day today, with Instagram down most of the day!  Those of you who are still on Facebook probably noticed it too.  I'm so happy it's finally back up - I didn't realize how much fun I was having sharing my progress in the WIPs-B-Gone 2021 challenge until I couldn't do it!  But thankfully it's back up, plus I get to share with all of you too here - so let's get started!

Here's how last week's list went....

1.  Quilt the hockey quilt.
Done!  This is a gift, so I'm going to keep it a bit under wraps until later, but it's done!


2.  Assemble the second half of my vacation quilt.
Done!  Here it is all laid out so you can see how large this quilt is - I'll be quilting it in two halves, then joining them together.


3.  Work on the Christmas pillow covers.
This is definitely a Work In Progress - I didn't do much on these this week, but I did print out the letters that I will use to make the appliqués for these pillows!  More progress next week...


4.  Make some Endless Summer blocks.
I didn't work on these this week - they got pushed aside for another project I'll share in a minute!

5.  Quilt the cat wall hanging.
This WIP is finished!  I am loving the way this turned out, and I'll be sharing more about this one later this week!


And then, instead of working on the Endless Summer blocks, I laid this snowflake quilt WIP out on the design wall (with Lilli's help!) and started assembling it.  The top twelve rows are completely done, only ten more to go!


Honestly, this WIP challenge has been the best thing!  Granted, I started with Christmas presents that would be finished this year anyway, but getting those out of the way quickly has motivated me to drag out some much older WIPS and finish them up, too!  

And here's what I'll be working on this week...

1.  Quilt Lilli's annual quilt (while she's out of town and not looking over my shoulder!)

2.  Work on those Christmas pillow covers!

3.  Hem three pairs of yoga pants.

4.  Make at least one Endless Summer block!

5.  Finish assembling the snowflake quilt.

6.  Make a back for the snowflake quilt.

7.  Make a back for the spool quilt.

8.  Quilt a ministry quilt.

Definitely enough to keep me out of trouble for at least a few days!  My priority will be Lilli's quilt - as she's on vacation, I can quilt it so it will be at least partly a surprise.  She knows what she's getting, since she picked it out, but I hope to have at least one or two surprises for her!  

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

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, October 1, 2021

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? WIP Progress!

 

Hi, all!

Welcome to the first Friday in October!  Have the leaves started changing color where you are?  I love this time of year, probably because I grew up in Miami, FL where the leaves NEVER change, and I'm enjoying watching the tree outside my sewing room window.  Every day there's a little more color showing!  While that's whoop-worthy, I bet I can come up with some sewing whoop-whoops, too, and I imagine you've got some too.  So let's get started!

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It's been a busy week at my place!  I've been having so much fun working on my WIPs as part of the WIPs-B-Gone 2021 Challenge hosted by Leanne (@devotedquilter on Instagram)!  My first bit of progress this week came on this quilt...

You might recognize this as my vacation project - a king size postage stamp quilt made with lots of the Kate Spain fabrics I've been hoarding for years.  Up until this week it was a pile of 25-patch blocks, but now it has been assembled into two halves, all ready for quilting.  This quilt is too large to fit on my frame fully assembled, so I will quilt each half, then join them.  I did that for my king-size Christmas quilt, and it worked beautifully!  

I also finished the hockey quilt, which I don't want to show yet because it is a Christmas gift.  But it is joining both Nathanael's and Emmy's quilts as finished and ready for gifting!  Lilli's will go on the frame sometime next week, while they are on spring break and away on vacation.


And last but certainly not least, I brushed off this very old WIP, of which I had pieced about 1/5.  I started laying it out on the wall and realized that I was very short on print background pieces!  So I regrouped, reduced the size a little bit by eliminating two rows of print blocks on the top and one on the left side, and added a few teal print blocks that worked well with the other prints.  Next step will be sewing it all together!

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