Friday, November 17, 2017

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? Ministry Quilting!

Hi, all!

Wow, Friday sure came up in a hurry this week!  And you know what that means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on again!  Are you ready?  Let's get started!

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I was afraid I'd really be scrambling for something to share this week - I spent most of the week working on two projects that I can't share yet - but Thursday morning I decided to devote a day to working on quilts for the quilt ministry.


My day started early with binding two quilts that were quilted at church this week.  Some folks like to quilt, but not bind, and I don't mind binding, so I finished these two.


Then I loaded this pretty donated quilt top on the frame and got to work.  


And about an hour later, this one was finished!  I loaded another quilt on the frame, and a couple of hours later... another finish!


So all in all, a pretty productive day!  Four more quilts to help fill in the stash a bit.  It was running low after we gave four quilts away on Wednesday night!


Four more quilts that will soon be bringing comfort to people in need!  I love what I do!!

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 midnight Sunday.

Hope to see you there!

Hugs!

Sarah

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I May Have A Scrap Problem... A Little Progress, and Inspiration!

Hi, all!

Well, this week did not go AT ALL like I thought it would!  I had great plans to work on my Gypsy Wife blocks, but a short-deadline project came up that threw that out the window.  So I'm embracing the change, and sharing some other things this week!


First of all, I went to a trunk show with the fabulous Jen Kingwell last Thursday night and oh my gosh is that girl a great scrap quilter!  I've really been enjoying my experiences with Long Time Gone, Gypsy Wife, and My Small World, but I got to see some of her other quilts up close and personal and left inspired!!  And she even signed my Long Time Gone quilt!!


And over the weekend, I finished this scrappy quilt top (at least, the piecing part - there's still some appliqué work to do!) That made quite a dent in the blue bin!!  This will be part of my eldest granddaughter's annual quilt this year.


And how's this for a bit of scrappy sewing?  Of course, I had LOTS of help with this one - it's a ministry project with a very tight deadline, so it's going to absorb all of my time today as I finish it up.

So that's what I've been working on this week, at least on the scrappy front.  I've seen some fun inspiration on Instagram this week, though, and thought I might share a few with you!  First of all some quilt deliciousness...


Is there anything more beautiful than a simple 
scrappy patchwork quilt?


And as soon as I saw these churn dash blocks, I thought, "Wow, those would look awesome scrappy!"


Check out this beauty!  I bet it would make one heck of a dent in the scrap bins....


And if you're anything like me, all those bonus triangles are starting to pile up - but here's a great idea for using them up!  Quite a creative way to use different sizes...


This quilt just makes my heart sing!  Simple hourglass blocks, but done scrappy, it just glows with color!!

And then - - - have you ever seen a picture and just been instantly captivated and inspired?


I saw this jacket in a catalog and instantly envisioned it pieced, using my solid colored scraps and possibly some of the linen I bought earlier this year.  Ooh, or maybe some of those Kaffe Fassett shot cotton fat quarters I've been hoarding for a while....  I don't know if I'll get to it before the end of the year, but I definitely want to give it a go!  

Ok, are you inspired now?  What wonderful scrappy things have you been working on lately?

Hugs!

Sarah

Monday, November 13, 2017

Make-A-List Monday - Change of Plans!

Hi, all!

It's Monday, the holidays are rushing like a freight train, and all my plans got derailed last week!  More about that later, but let's see how last week's list went...

1.  For this week's house cleaning tasks, deep clean the kitchen and gather up a load of things and take them to Goodwill.
I did get most of this done - pulled a bunch of old small appliances that we never use, cleaned out the old spices, and cleaned up the fridge.   I still need to wipe down the countertops and cabinets, but I think I'll wait until next week for that so it doesn't get messed up before Thanksgiving!  And I took a load to the Goodwill!

2.  Keep working on Lilli's annual quilt.
I am SO happy with the way this is coming along!  Here's the background piecing...


...and here's a mock-up of what I'm going for!  Still have to create the pattern for the dolphin....


3.  Make next week's Gypsy Wife blocks.
I didn't get to this one - more about that in a minute!

4.  Quilt the vintage top for my friend.
Done!  I love the way this turned out...


5.  Meet with a customer about a t-shirt quilt.
Done - and this is part of my change of plans!

6.  Gather up fabrics for another commission quilt.
I didn't get to this one yet...

7.  Do some more hand quilting on my Long Time Gone quilt.
Done!  I am enjoying spending quality time with this quilt!

8.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up this week.
Done!  We gave away several this week...


This quilt went to a woman with heart and kidney issues...


...and this one went to a woman dealing with lung cancer.


This quilt is now comforting a woman dealing with complications of a hysterectomy...


...and this quilt went to a gentleman with ALS.


Finally, this quilt went to a woman with ovarian cancer.

Well, at least it wasn't as bad as I thought it might be!  I didn't even have time to look at my list last week, so I wasn't sure how it would turn out.  The t-shirt quilt turned out to have a due date of 11/16 (9 days after I met with the customer) and I have a special quilt that's also due that day, so my week went south pretty quickly!  And that's going to be what dictates my week this week too.  Here's my plan for this week...

1.  Finish the t-shirt quilt and deliver.

2. Finish piecing the special quilt.

3. Quilt the special quilt.

4.  Continue cleaning the house.  Goal this week is to gather up all the clutter in the dining room and polish all the furniture.

5.  Pull fabrics for the next commission job.

6.  Try to get to the next Gypsy Wife blocks.

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

Fortunately with lots of family coming for Thanksgiving, there's lots of hands to help cook - I just need to get the house fit for company!

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

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, November 10, 2017

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? Vintage Beauty...

Hi, all!

Wow!  Did this week fly by, or what?  And I've got so many irons in the fire right now, I was worried I wouldn't have anything to "whoop" about, but then I remembered something I actually finished - so now it's time to get down to it!  Think hard and find something of your own to whoop about (even if it isn't a finish!) and join in the fun.  Let's get started!

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About a week ago, a friend asked me if I could quilt a top made by her great-grandmother.   I love to help turn these beautiful heirlooms into useful quilts, so of course I told her I would look at it and see what I could do.

FYI - not every vintage top can be salvaged.  Time and storage conditions can really wreak havoc on fabrics.  But she was really lucky, and this quilt top was in great condition!


And here's the finished quilt!  Simple patchwork, but striking all the same.  The fabrics appear to date from the late 1940's or early 1950's.  No feedsack fabrics in this quilt.


There are, however, some true "poverty" blocks - blocks that have been pieced to make use of every scrap of fabric.  You can see one in the picture above.  With this busy print, though, you really have to look to see the seams!


My friend initially wanted it backed in solid muslin, to remain true to the age of the quilt and the style in which it would have originally been finished.  However, we found this great gray chambray in my stash and decided to add a strip of it down the back for a modern touch!


Glamour shot alert!  I was so impressed with Wendy (Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life) and her beautiful piano glamour shot, and then I realized I had an upright piano at my house too!  Fortunately only temporarily, until my daughter's new house is completed - but it sits in my entryway and was getting some beautiful light this morning - so on the piano this quilt went!


And here's a close-up so you can see these beautiful fabrics a little better!  It was an honor to be able to bring this vintage beauty "out into the light" - do you feel that way about old quilts too?

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, November 8, 2017

I May Have A Scrap Problem... I Got The Blues!

Hi, all!

Scrappiness has taken over my house!!!  I feel so virtuous - I have been digging into my blue scraps for Lilli's annual quilt, and this is what is going on so far...


Now that the light-to-dark layout is set (I think I've switched a couple around since this picture was taken) I need to sew on some corners.  I have a feeling this is going to hit the back burner for a few days, though, because I picked up another commission job this week with a very quick due date.  Pray for no windy days - I'd hate to have to lay this out again!

And here are my Gypsy Wife blocks for this week...


I just love Courthouse Steps blocks - they make such an impact in a quilt!  Next week's step has a LOT of blocks - I may have to split it over two weeks, but I hope not - I can't wait to get started assembling the sections!

And I don't know about you, but I'm really getting excited about Christmas!  I've found a few scrappy projects recently on Instagram that might get your holiday mojo flowing, too...


Wouldn't this be a great way to use up some of those Christmas scraps you've got hanging around?  And maybe the end of that bag of fiberfill, too!


And while I'm not really into the pictured color scheme, I think it would look great with bright Christmas themed fabrics for the ornaments!


And finally, look at these adorable tea towels! Wouldn't they make a great hostess gift, or maybe the perfect thing for a Dirty Santa gift exchange...


I think he's ready to start decorating, don't you?

Hugs!

Sarah

Monday, November 6, 2017

Make-A-List Monday - Still Plugging Away!

Hi, all!

Wow, did this week fly by!  Even with an extra hour this weekend, I can feel those holidays breathing down my neck.  Can you?  

Last week's list went pretty well, although I think I'm a little light on pictures.  Let's check it out...

1.  Keep working on Emmy's annual quilt.
Done!  I've got the front AND the back finished and stashed away to be quilted after I finish off some other projects...





2.  Meet with a friend about quilting the quilt top her great-grandmother made.
Done!  This quilt is now on the frame and ready to be quilted tomorrow...


3.  Finish the thank-you notes for A Heart For Texas.
Done!  This is such a great community - we received over 1000 pillowcases and about 75 quilts for Texas!

4.  Bind a quilt for the quilt ministry.
Done!  It's the plus quilt shown below...

5.  Make the next set of blocks for my Gypsy Wife quilt.
Done!  These are Courthouse Steps blocks.  So pretty!



6.  Continue hand-quilting my Long Time Gone quilt.
In progress!  I'm enjoying the slow and intimate time with my quilt, plus it's finally cool enough to sit under it and stitch!

7.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  We gave away four quilts this week...

This quilt went to a gentleman diagnosed with pancreatic cancer...



...and this one went to a gentleman dealing with lung cancer.


This quilt went to a woman who will be undergoing surgery for breast cancer this week..


...and this one went to a new baby girl!


And that's not all I did this week!  I also made a pillowcase for Nathanael (a Christmas present)...


...started working on Lilli's annual quilt...


...AND cleaned out the pantry!!


And that last item is a good way to segue into next week's list, because... I just found out that I will be hosting the family Thanksgiving dinner this year, which means that some serious house cleaning will have to happen around here!  Let's see what's on tap for this week...

1.  For this week's house cleaning tasks, deep clean the kitchen and gather up a load of things and take them to Goodwill.

2.  Keep working on Lilli's annual quilt.

3.  Make next week's Gypsy Wife blocks.

4.  Quilt the vintage top for my friend.

5.  Meet with a customer about a t-shirt quilt.

6.  Gather up fabrics for another commission quilt.

7.  Do some more hand quilting on my Long Time Gone quilt.

8.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up this week.

Definitely enough to keep me out of trouble this week.  I wonder how many squirrels I can chase, though!  Do you have that problem?  Pretty new projects always beckon me...

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

Hugs!

Sarah