Wednesday, October 26, 2016

I May Have A Scrap Problem... October in Review and Next Goals!

Hi, all!

It's hard to believe, but October is nearly over!  I've always looked forward to the end of October because it's my birthday (Saturday!) but also because it seems to mark the beginning of the holiday season.  Now I'm like, "EEK!" because the holidays are coming up so fast.  How about you?

I did manage to make some scrappy progress this month, though - hooray!!  The most important project for the month was the memory quilt made from mens' ties...

...and that one is finished and ready to be delivered tonight!  I love the way this one turned out - I just wish I felt safe in washing it so it would be nice and soft.  But I'm worried about the different fabrics, so I'll be handing it over unwashed.

Lilli's annual quilt was also on my list, and I did manage to get some of the smallest blocks made and laid out on my design wall.

I need to make some of the photo blocks so I can begin to pull the sections together (my design wall isn't wide enough to lay out the whole quilt before sewing it up), but when I went to print out the pictures, my printer failed me and put a white line across the pictures.  Thankfully I printed them on paper first!  So now I have a new printer and will be printing those today.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get around to playing with the Latitude scraps this month, although I think I know what I want to do with them.  I think they will have to wait, though.  Christmas is nearly upon us!!

I am thankful for early mornings, though - I got up in the dark this morning and put the orange peel quilt on the frame, and now it's finished!!

This is what this quilt looked like at 6 am this morning... some pretty free-motion quilting!  There's so much negative space on this quilt that I felt like I needed to do something a bit more than just a random meander.

The quilting took a while, but by 10 am I had a finished quilt - binding and all!  

Here's a better shot of the quilting in the orange peel segments.  They were fun to do!

I  love this backing, too - not least because it was already in my stash!  The colors are so pretty, though, and just perfect for fall.

And here's one last shot of this quilt before we move on to other things.  Just because it's pretty!  This is another quilt for #sewmystash2016...

Speaking of pretty things, take a look at these Hole In The Barn Door blocks from Chantal's blog, At The Corner of Scrap and Quilts...

I really love this creative use of those tiny scraps we just can't bear to throw away!  This one is definitely going on my bucket list...

And now for November!  Here's what I would like to get done this month... Obviously, Lilli's quilt is a huge scrap buster, and also needs to be finished in time for Christmas, so this is probably my top priority. I also have three other quilts to make before Christmas, (unfortunately not scrappy ones!) so I think Lilli's quilt will be my only scrappy goal for November.  If I finish that early, I may start to work on those Latitude scraps, though, as a Christmas gift to myself!!

How did you do on your scrappy goals for October?  What are you planning for November?  I hope you'll link up and share what you're doing to tame this scrap monster...

... because I think he's looking a little more domesticated these days, don't you?



Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Make-A-List Monday - Feeling Fall!

Hi, all!

Hello, and welcome to Monday Tuesday!  I had every intention of posting this Monday night, but sat down on the sofa and just couldn't keep my eyes open.  Finally gave up and went to bed, so now I'm posting early in the morning!  Last week went by in a blur, and the weekend even faster - but it's finally getting cool around here, which is a welcome change.  It's starting to feel like quilting season - good thing, too!  Let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Deep clean the house before my LuLaRoe pop-up party. (We won't go into exactly what that entails, just know that I won't be enjoying any of it!)
Done!  And I didn't enjoy any of it, although I do like having a nice clean house!  The party went great, we introduced some friends to super-comfy LuLaRoe clothes, and I even brought home a new outfit or two - sweet!!  Y'all, if you haven't heard about LuLaRoe yet, you should - you look great in them, but feel like you're wearing your pajamas!

Clean closet floor - that hasn't seen the light of day in a while!

2.  Assemble the memory quilt blocks.
3.  Make a back for the memory quilt.
Done!  The quilt is assembled, the back is made, and it's on the frame ready to be quilted!

4.  Scope out photo shoot locations for my stop on 
the Artisan blog tour.
5.  If the leaves turn this weekend, take my photos for 
the Artisan blog tour!
Done! Well, at least part - I did scope out some great photo shoot locations.  The leaves haven't turned yet, so I had to resort to making my own fall color - silk leaves stitched to jute cord for a banner!  I hope this works as well as I think it will... we shall see!

6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up!
Done - it was a fairly simple week - we gave this quilt to a woman who was in a bad car accident this week and is dealing with a severe brain injury...

...and these twelve quilts are going with a chaplain for the Billy Graham foundation for disaster relief in South Carolina.

So that's how my week went.  But now - only two months until Christmas! (*EEK*) it's time to buckle down and get to work.  Here's my plan for this week...

1.  Quilt and bind the tie memory quilt.

2.  Print the photos for Lilli's annual quilt.

3.  Photo shoot for my Artisan blog tour post (THIS FRIDAY!)

4.  Bind and wash a half dozen quilts for the quilt ministry.

5.  Finish writing the tutorial for the Artisan post.

6.  Cut out a Christmas gift quilt.

7.  Start working on Emmy's annual quilt.

8.  Start working on Nathanael's annual quilt.

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

There's probably a dozen more things that I need to be working on, but I think these are the most important ones.  As you can probably tell from the disordered list, I'm kind of scattered this week - I'm going to have to nail down a priority on each of these!  But hopefully I can get something done on all of these, and maybe more.

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



Friday, October 21, 2016

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Progress!!

Hi, all!

Welcome to another Friday!!  It's been a long week but the end is here, and you know what that means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on!  Have cooler temperatures put you in the mood for creating wonderful treasures?  I keep hoping it will get cooler here, and it's supposed to this weekend, but it was 92 here yesterday - so I've been staying inside and trying to keep cool!!  But I have something to share today, so let's get started!


As you may have seen earlier on the blog, I've been working on a memory quilt for a man using his father's old ties.  

It takes a lot of time to take all those ties apart and cut them into usable pieces.  These ties were silk, silk/poly blend, and polyester.

One hundred simple string blocks!  There is a kite-shaped piece of dark quilting cotton in the center diagonally from corner to corner, and then strings of different widths are applied on either side of the centerpiece.  The blocks are then trimmed up to 6.5".

Assembling the quilt goes a lot faster than making the blocks!  I put this top together in a few hours spread over two afternoons...             

 It was just a little bit windy....

...but I did get some pretty close-ups...

I love the way all the tie prints play together!

The varied colors give the diamonds a lot of depth, don't they?

And one more shot, just because it's pretty!

I'll be quilting this one over the weekend - I can't wait to give it to the man who commissioned it for his mother!

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?


And it's also time for another stop on the Artisan blog tour!  Today's blog is Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts and my-oh-my does she have a beautiful thing for you to drool over!  Here's just a tiny peek at her creation...

Isn't that gorgeous?  You really must hop over and check out the whole thing!  She's having a giveaway of some great Kaffe fabrics, too, so be sure and throw your name in the hat!

And be sure to come by here next Friday, when it will be MY TURN!!  I'm so excited - it's also my birthday weekend, and I'll be doing a little celebrating and some giveaways too!!  I've got lots of beautiful things to share with you, and maybe even a tutorial or two!  See you then!!


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 dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.

Hope to see you there!