Monday, September 26, 2016

Make-A-List Monday - Anticipation!

Hi, all!

It's Monday again, and I'm anticipating an upcoming trip to the beach - I can't wait!  But there's lots to do before I can dip my toes in the ocean and sit in the sun - and play with my grandkids!!  The first thing on the list is to make a list (something a friend of mine who is a fellow list maker reminded me!) so here goes...

First of all, let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Keep working on the secret projects 
(and post some sneak peeks!)
Done!  I've been sneak-peeking a bunch...

2.  Mail a commission job to Malaysia.
Done - that was quite the experience!  Customs forms are so much fun to fill out...

3.  Meet with a new client on a commission for three t-shirt quilts.
Done!  Apparently t-shirt quilts are my life - but at least they pay the bills!

4.  Make a block for a friend's secret project.

5.  Start working on two baby quilts for October babies!
Both tops are done!

6.  Quilt a few quilts for the quilt ministry.
Done!  I quilted two for the ministry, but forgot to take pictures of them.... of course!

7.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  It was a little calmer this week...

This quilt went to a woman whose son died unexpectedly...

...and this quilt went to a woman battling lung cancer.

This quilt went to a woman who is dealing with the potential and looming loss of a parent to illness...

...and this quilt went to a woman just diagnosed with breast cancer.

So a pretty productive week!  I did some other stuff too, that I'll show later in the week. And here's what's on my radar for this week...

1.  Quilt and finish the two baby quilts.

2.  Order supplies for the new t-shirt quilt commissions.

3.  Order more batting for the quilt ministry.

4.  Pull together handwork projects for vacation.

5.  Pull together a box of fabric the kids can play with when they want to be "like Nana" on vacation!

6.  Clean up the house so the dog sitter doesn't run away screaming...

7.  Change the oil in the car.

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

I'm sure there's more that I need to do, but I'm writing this as I watch the presidential debate and I keep getting distracted.... so this is going to have to do for now!

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



Friday, September 23, 2016

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? Fall Into Fall!

Hi, all!

It's the first Friday of fall - can you believe it?  It's hard to imagine it right now here in middle Tennessee, because the temperatures are still in the nineties, but we're all sipping pumpkin spice lattes and pretending fall has arrived!  But cool weather or not, it's time to get our whoop whoop on - are you ready?  I am!  I've got several different things to share today - a couple of my own and a couple of places for you to visit.... so be sure to read all the way through and catch it all!


I finished a pair of t-shirt quilts this week...

This one went to the young daughter of a man who died unexpectedly six months ago.

I really love the sashing, cornerstone, and backing fabric the client picked out!  Even though these are all men's t-shirts, it still looks appropriate for a little girl.  All three of these fabrics came from Connecting Threads.

And this one went to the man's father, using some of the larger t-shirts in the stack.  I used two different shades of Connecting Thread's chambray basics for the background and backing.  It took some heavy-duty math to figure out how to use the different size shirts, but I like the way it came out!

More straight line quilting that shows up really nicely on the chambray backing.  


I also made this really cute Maker Mat, simplifying the pattern being used for the Maker Mat Sew-a-Long to showcase some beautiful Kaffe Fassett fabrics...

And with that, I'll remind you that it's time for the Artisan blog tour to start!  Today's stop on the blog tour is over at Simple Simon and Company - I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see what they have created with these beautiful Kaffe Fassett Artisan fabrics!  So be sure to hop over and check it out.  Remember, this is only the first week of seven - there will be lots of serious eye candy and inspiration!!  And as a bonus - she's having a giveaway!!!

And finally, keep an eye out for an upcoming event that will really help you get your fall on!  My friend Bernie over at Needle and Foot is hosting a Handmade Halloween linkup on Tuesday, October 4th.  You can read more about it by clicking here, but basically it will be a place to link both new and old posts showing handmade Halloween decorations, costumes, and quilts - how fun!  So mark your calendars!

Lots going on this week, and a great start to fall!  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 dance a little happy dance?

Sare - we want to dance right along with you - 
And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

Remember - it doesn't have to be a finish,
just something you're happy about!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight -
Hope to see you there!



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I May Have A Scrap Problem.... Scraps & Bonus Triangles!

Hi, all!

Yes, I may have a scrap problem - - - but I'm working on it!  I had a little fun this afternoon playing with scraps from the special project I'm working on for Westminster Fabrics (you can read more about that here) and I thought I'd share them with you, while they're still in the "in progress" phase!

First of all, I put together this piece that will eventually become a pillow cover...

I'm excited about the way this is looking, but have some plans to take it up another notch!

Then I grabbed up a pile of bonus triangles I made as part of another project for Westminster Fabrics, and started playing with layouts for another pillow cover...

I've still got lots of these little bonus triangles left over, so I thought I'd do a Pinterest search and see what came up.  I found some really cute things...

I LOVE this little block!

And isn't this friendship wreath just adorable?  I really want to give this one a try...

And I think Crazy Mom Quilts' minimalist quilt top is absolutely brilliant!  Zoom in on it so you can see those tiny little bonus triangles in the center of each block...

You can find the original posts for these and more on my Pinterest board, Bonus Triangles!

So that's what I've been working on to tame my scrap monster.  How about you?