Monday, June 24, 2019

Make-A-List Monday - Not Much Going On!

Hi, all!

I almost forgot it's Monday - vacation will do that to you!  I'm especially confused this go-round, because the house we are renting apparently sits right on top of the time-change line, so our smart phones and watches keep changing time from EDT to CDT as we walk around the house!  It's very weird, not knowing the time.  But I will get used to it by the end of the week, I'm sure!

I sure lost track of time last week, as you'll see when I recap last week's list...

1.  Continue working on the 12DCIJ quilt-along quilt.
I'm happy to say I did do this - and also started a smaller version using a different assembly technique.  It's working well!

2.  Make the back for a commission quilting job.
Didn't get to this one...

3.  Make the back for a gift quilt.
Or to this one.  Shameful!

4.  Pull together handwork to take on vacation.
I did get to this - and brought a major "frog-stitching" project with me.  I've even engaged the services of the fabulous Lilli on occasion to help me - this one will take a while!  I also brought some origami paper and simple instructions with me, and the grands and I made origami frogs this afternoon to play with. Fun!

5.  Load any UFO quilt on the frame and finish it!
I didn't get to this one either.  

6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
We did give away a couple of quilts this week...

This quilt went to an elderly woman with stage 3 lung cancer,

And this quilt went to a woman who was just diagnosed with 
non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

I also received some wonderful happy mail, a great surprise...

Erica T. sent this beautiful pillow (pattern is Flutterby by Jen Kingwell, one of my favorites), a totally adorable dresden bear pincushion, and a Bonnie & Camille Christmas charm pack!  What a way to make a week that started out tough end up happy!!

And of course, it's hard not to be happy with a view like this at the end of the day.  Vacation is awesome, the kids and grandkids are all happy, hubby and I are basking in the glow of hearing "Nana" and "Papa" all day, and I know we won't want to go home at the end of the week.  I hope you are having a wonderful week as well!  

No list for this week - vacation is too much fun for deadlines!  See you again next Monday with a new list.



Friday, June 21, 2019

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? How To Be A Kid Again!

Hi, all!

It's Friday!!  And not just Friday, but the day before vacation starts - and that's definitely whoop-whoop-worthy!  I'm sure you've all got fun things to whoop about, too, so let's get started!


A while back, I found a quilt kit that I really wanted to make for my grandkids.  At the time, though, they were living in a third floor apartment, and my daughter told me to wait until they moved into the house they were having built.  Well, I put the kit away and completely forgot about it!   I found it when cleaning up a month or so ago, and realized it would be the perfect quilt to take on vacation with the family!  

It will be so much fun to teach the grandkids how to play hopscotch!

This was a fun quilt to make - the kit came from Connecting Threads and had great black and white fabrics!

I stitched in the ditch around the white framework, did a small random meander around the numbers, and a random straight-line horizontal quilting in the black background.

Now to find a stone (or maybe a seashell!) to use as my marker!  I can't think of a better way to keep feeling young, can you?

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, June 19, 2019

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Some Inspiration!

Hi, all!

Not much scrap sewing has been happening around here this week - I've been working on the prototype for the 12 Days of Christmas in July quilt-along quilt - so I've gathered up some pretty inspiration for you!

Amanda Jean Nyburg may very well be the queen of the tiny scrap!  I love this pretty pillow top made with the tiniest of strips - isn't it amazing?  I do miss her blog but hold out hope that she will continue writing books to share her wonderful creativity.

I seem to be on a triangle kick lately - and these are really pretty!  My blue tub of scraps could easily knock out a couple of these...

I love the graphic simplicity of this quilt, and it looks like it could be a good way to use 2.5" squares! I don't know about you, but I have a lot of those already cut.

And finally, my favorite - a pillow cover made using Jen Kingwell's Flutter pattern.  Jen writes beautiful scrappy quilt patterns, some of which are easy, some are more complicated - but they are all amazing! I never would have thought of making enough of these blocks for a pillow cover, but this is a great way to have a quick scrappy finish!

I hope you're as inspired as I am after looking at these beautiful pieces - now to just carve out some time for sewing!