Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I May Have A Scrap Problem... But This Should Help!!!!

Hi, all!

I have decided that it's time to get serious about my scraps again, and just last week I found a really great way to use some of them up!  So here's what came in the mail yesterday...

If you've ever seen any of Jen Kingwell's other patterns, you'll understand the appeal of this one.  You may be familiar with her My Small World pattern...

...or her Gypsy Wife design...

I absolutely adore both these patterns, and have actually started on three My Small World quilts for the grandkids (someday!)  I love the way Jen uses lots of different blocks combined together to create these wonderful sampler quilts.  They are appealing to me because I get bored making the same block over and over - this gives me plenty of variety to keep my interest!

So I decided to start on my own Long Time Gone quilt.  There are thirteen different block designs in this quilt. Most are simple patchwork; there is a template for the 60 degree triangles in the book, and also a paper-piecing template for a pineapple block. here are no curved seams in this quilt, making it fairly simple, even for a new quilter!

Today I started with the first block in the book, the Bow Tie block.  I started out by cutting my pieces from fabric in my scrap bins...

...then sewed the blocks up as directed!

I had a little more time to work, so I decided to cut out the pieces for the next block in the book, Square In A Square Stars.

I didn't have a chance to sew this one up yet, but it's all ready when I get a few minutes to sit down and sew!  I love having things ready and waiting...

This pattern book is set up so well for working a project over a long period of time.  Each block is well explained and diagrammed, and the pattern is printed in an 8.5" x 11" book format.  These patterns are expensive, but I've found them to be worth the cost.  There's plenty of room to make notes on each page, too!


So that's what I'm planning to work on now to help tame my scrap monster.  With any kind of luck I should be able to post new blocks each week and have it done in a couple of months?  Let's see how that works out...  😜

What are you working on these days to keep your scrap monster under control?  Enquiring minds want to know!!



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Monday, March 20, 2017

Make-A-List Monday - Making Headway!!

Hi, all!

Welcome spring!  Today was absolutely gorgeous - warm, sunny, a little bit of wind, and absolutely the perfect day for the first day of spring!  And I finished a quilt today, which is a great way to start a season!  So let's take a look at last week's list and see how it went...

1.  Continue working on the commission quilt. Finish making all the t-shirt blocks and determine the arrangement of this puzzle style quilt, at a minimum.  If I'm lucky, I'll finish piecing it this week!
No only did I finish piecing it, I quilted it and put the binding on!  This quilt is ready to go!!  Woohoo!!

2.  File our income taxes. 
Done!  And my refund is on its way... I see fabric in my future!! 

3.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  We only gave away one quilt this week, and would you believe, I forgot to take a picture of it?  It's a shame, too, because it was a really beautiful quilt.  It went to a gentleman battling brain cancer.

OK!  Last week was a winner!  Love getting everything I needed to get done, and more!  Here's what's up for this week...

1.  Put the borders on the Dear Jane quilt I'm finishing up for a friend.

2.  Quilt and bind the Dear Jane quilt.

3.  Repair a vintage quilt for a customer.

4.  Start working on a scrappy quilt (details on Wednesday!)

5.  Get the guest room ready for a 3-day sleepover with the grandkids!

6.  Bind a quilt for the quilt ministry.

7.  Quilt a couple of quilts for Stash Builder Box.

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

That should definitely keep me out of trouble, right?  So now there's only one question...

What are YOU working on this week?



PS If anyone but me cares, the signup count for Hands2Help is up to 160 now!  Whoop whoop!!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hands2Help - And We Have A Winner!

Hi, all!

Well, it's been one week now since we started the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge for 2017, and I am absolutely blown away by your response!  As of 8:30 last night, there are one hundred fifty one people signed up to participate!!  That. Is. Amazing!!!!

Now, if you are just arriving at the party, don't be sad - you can still enter and participate.  The only thing you've missed is a chance at winning the sign-up giveaway - but there are more giveaways at the end of the Challenge for those who finish and send in their quilts.  This is only the beginning!  If you want to sign up, click here and scroll down to the entry form and fill it out.  

And now, the moment you've been waiting for - 
who will be the winner of this beautiful jelly roll of Splendid by Amy Butler donated by Free Spirit Fabrics?

I gathered up all the names and extra entries and ran them through Little Miss Random...

...and the winner is - - - 
Beth Talmage!!  
Congratulations, Beth!  
I'll get your jelly roll in the mail sometime this week!


Next week is the Hands2Help Tips, Tutes & Tasty Things link-up week!  Start thinking about your best sewing or quilting tip, a great tutorial, or your favorite recipe for a yummy snack to sustain you while quilting, or a great easy meal to keep the family fed while you create!  I hope you'll share your favorites with us next Sunday by linking up a new post, old post, someone else's post, a link to a great recipe or tutorial - it's all good!  

See you next week!!!



PS - I sent an email last night to everyone on the sign-up list.  Please check to see if you received it - if you don't see it in your regular email box, check your spam!  If you didn't get one, you aren't on the sign-up list, so please email me directly at salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com so we can get you properly signed up!!  And there were a few of you who left comments last Sunday that were no-reply bloggers - you might check to see if I left a reply to your email to contact me!