Wednesday, December 7, 2016

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Turning Scraps Into Cash!

Hi, all!

It's time again to look at our scraps - I know that December is a difficult month for me in this respect, because I spend the month sewing frantically and just tossing my scraps in a bin.  But there's only so many hours in a day, and the scraps will just have to wait!

But I am busy this week turning scraps into cash - I got a commission for three (yes THREE!) beach blankets made from the backs of t-shirts from this summer's t-shirt quilt work!  I've been busy turning them into piles of 12.5" squares and 12.5" four-patch blocks....

And now I'm starting to sew them together - finally!  These are big quilts - about 84" square - so I have to lay them out on a sheet on the den floor...

...then pick them up carefully in columns and sew them together!  There's a lot of careful numbering done to keep the arrangement in order but so far, so good.  

These will be backed with 90" wide muslin, and no batting, because they are heavy - the combination of the t-shirts and the size give a lot of heft to these quilts!  Simple straight line stitching and cross-hatching, and a scrappy binding (let's use up those scraps too!) and they'll be ready for delivery in time for Christmas!

I also made these little folded fabric stars and tied them onto a two-pack of Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark for dinner party favors - but I think they'd be really cute for the mailman, too!  I may make a few more to leave in the mailbox and a few other special places this year...  It's a great way to use up Christmas fabric scraps!

So - are you doing any scrappy sewing for Christmas?  



Monday, December 5, 2016

Make-A-List Monday - It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas!

Hi, all!

Are you getting in the Christmas spirit yet?  It's getting so close, and there's so much to do between now and then - but it's important to take a few minutes each day to just B-R-E-A-T-H-E!!  Sit back, enjoy your surroundings, and realize that, as the Grinch learned, Christmas is a more than all the stuff we do to celebrate it!  Then get back to work - LOL!

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

1.  Finish Nathanael's quilt.
Done!  I'm so happy - all three quilts are labeled, washed, dried, and ready to be wrapped up!  I haven't taken pictures of Nathanael's quilt yet - it was really cloudy today - but I'll be sharing it on Friday.

2.  Bind nine quilts for the quilt ministry.
Done!  I actually did the binding on eleven, if you count the ones I did at church!

3.  Order fabric for a special project.
Done!  I hope it gets here in time to make it up for Christmas, but I'm not holding my breath...

4.  Start working on three t-shirt commission quilts.
I started deconstructing the t-shirts today!  Hooray!

5.  Clean up my studio a little bit!
What was I thinking?  This ain't happening in December...

6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  We did give away a few quilts this week...

This quilt went to a young mom just diagnosed with a brain tumor...

...and this one went to a woman whose cancer has recurred.

This quilt went to another woman whose cancer has come back again...

...and this one went to an elderly woman just diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

The next two quilts went to sisters who are going through a tough emotional time...

...and this quilt went to their mother.

This quilt went to a little girl who will be having surgery this week...

These two quilts went to twin girls who were born prematurely...

...and this quilt went to their mom, who is facing more surgery this week.

And these are the twenty-four placemats and napkins we made to be given to the shut-ins our church delivers dinner to each Wednesday night!

Whew!  That's a lot of quilty love going out!

This week I really need to focus on getting some commission pieces done.  I've got three due by Christmas and three more by New Year's Eve - that's really stressing me out!!  So here's my list for this week...

1.  Make three beach blankets (commission job).

2.  Make the t-shirt blocks for three commission t-shirt quilts.

3.  Sort through my stash of Christmas presents and figure out what else I need to get.

4.  Research sewing with real fur for a commission request. (If anyone has any tips, I'd love to hear them!)

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

This feels like a short list, but if I can get all of it done, I will feel so-o-o-o much better!!  

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



Friday, December 2, 2016

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Two Down, One to Go!

Hi, all!

Welcome to the first Friday in December!  Hard to believe this year is almost over - and there are only five more chances to whoop it up this year!!  I hope you'll have a few things you can share between now and then - I know there's a lot of secret sewing going on right now - but maybe you can share teasers!  So - let's get our whoop whoop on!!

I'm fortunate that my grandchildren don't read my blog yet.  I'm sure that will change in the future, but for now, I can share some of what I'm working on this month.  Last week I shared Lilli's annual quilt, and this week, it's Emmy's turn!

This year, Emmy has been obsessed with goldfish crackers, sometimes demanding them to the exclusion of everything else for meals.  So when I saw this quilt, I knew I needed to recreate it for her!  

I started quilting this quilt on the frame, running long wavy horizontal lines through the blue background.

Then I moved over to my tabletop machine and put radiating straight line stitching in each fish.

And here's the full size quilt!  I've decided to name it "There's One In Every Crowd" - just like my youngest granddaughter, who dances to the beat of her own drum.  Sorry for this un-inspirational picture, but we finally started getting some rain - we are really grateful for the rain, but it makes for bad pictures!!

Here's her very own personal "goldfish"!

For the back of the quilt I used the Mendocino mermaid print by Heather Ross.  I love this print - it's whimsical without being childish!  I chose mermaids because Emmy has also told us that she loves the beach because she "is a mermaid"!  The beach is definitely her love language...

So that's the second of three annual quilts finished!   One more to go...

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?

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

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight -

Hope to see you there!