Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Are You Up For a Challenge?

Hi, all!

Well, in the midst of the rush of preparations for the holidays, it's easy to forget that we're also coming up on the end of 2017!  This has been a great year - I've discovered that I really like working with scraps, and I've made some fun projects using those scraps...







...but I'll have to admit that all of that sewing hasn't made a dent in my stash of scraps!  So here's a few photos just to keep it real....


The baskets on the top of my fabric storage shelves...


...the tubs under my long arm machine that I still haven't touched...


...the piles of leftover scraps from earlier scrap projects... still not sorted into tubs....


...my well-stuffed strings hamper...


...and the overflowing catch basket on my cutting table!

Oh the shame of it....

But there just aren't enough hours in the day...

And there are so many projects to do!

Where to start???

And that's where I want to begin with this challenge.  Will you join me?  Here's my plan...

I'm going to take a good hard look at my scrap situation over the next two weeks, and make a list of least twelve specific things I want to accomplish in 2018.  Some might be as simple as sorting out a tub of scraps, others as fun as making a new quilt or a rope bowl, or as generous as sharing a box of scraps with someone less scrap-blessed, but all will work towards the goal of controlling my scraps during the year.  

I'll write out each goal on a card, maybe even with pics - that inspiration quilt shot, for example - fold them up small and put them in a pretty jar or box. Then the first Wednesday of January, I'll pull one out to work on, and share it with you.  There will be a linky party so you can join in and share your goal for the month too!  Come the first Wednesday of February, and each month after, we can share progress on the previous month's goal, and reveal the new goal for the new month!

And remember I said at least twelve things?  If I come up with more, I'll write them up too - and if I have a month where I finish early, I'll draw a second task.  

And this is really low pressure - if life happens and I can't meet my monthly goal, it's not the end of the world!  Believe me, those scraps aren't going anywhere!  

So - - - are you interested in joining me?  I've even come up with a cute little badge to put on your blog...


I'm looking forward to this!  Just what I need, a little challenge to put the spark back into my quest for super-neat and usable scraps!!

I hope you'll come along for the ride!

Hugs!

Sarah

Monday, December 11, 2017

Make-A-List Monday - Taking Time To Enjoy!!

Hi, all!

Do you ever get so busy at this time of year that you forget to slow down and take time to enjoy the season?  I know I do - but I am determined to look for the joy this week.  Simple things - like the little girl I saw at Target yesterday who was so excited about Christmas that she just jumped up and down cheering when she saw the decorations in the store!  She made me smile!! Join me in looking for joyful moments this week...


OK, so let's look at last week's list and see how it went...

1.  Send out an email to the quilt ministry members about sewing in December.
Done!  We've got some interesting projects coming up, and everyone seems really excited!

2.  Do some quilting for the ministry.
I did a little, but not as much as I wanted to, because Jolene needs sometime with the repairman....

3.  Write an estimate for two t-shirt quilts.
Done!  Now to order the supplies...

4.  Finish the appliqué for Lilli's annual quilt.
Done!  I'm so so happy with how this turned out...


Now I just need Jolene to get better so I can quilt the annual quilts!

5.  Take the last of the Great Quilt Destash photos and post.
I didn't get to this one. Hopefully this week!

6.  Deliver a whole mess of quilts purchased through the Great Quilt Destash!
Done!  That was so much fun!!

7.  Work on a post for scrappy Wednesday.
Done!  I'm trying to be intentional about these last few scrappy Wednesday posts until the endow the year...

8.  Review my stash of Christmas gifts and see what else I need to get.
Done!  Amazingly, I only had a few holes to fill in.  And I think I finished the shopping today!

9.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  This quilt went to a new baby...


...and this quilt went to a 13-year old boy with some serious medical issues.


This quilt went to a woman going through treatment for leukemia...


...and this quilt went to a man who is recovering from open heart surgery.


And in addition to the things on my list, I also made pillowcases for both of my granddaughters!  I'm particularly proud that I finally cut into the 2-yard piece of Heather Ross "Goldfish in Bags" that I've been hoarding since I got it away from my daughter...


...and I love the "Marauder's Map" fabric I found at Joann's!


Since I've already made one for Nathanael, this finished up the set!

Time is running short, so I'll jump right into my goals for next week...

1.  Make a weighted blanket (commission job).

2.  Make a dolphin pillow cover.

3.   Order supplies for the t-shirt quilts

4.  Make labels for the kids' annual quilts.

5.  Quilt the annual quilts.

6.  Wrap packages.

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

8. Find the joy!!

Remember to take a few minutes this week to find the joy - it will make all the rest of it go even better!

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

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, December 8, 2017

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? This One's For Jolene...

Hi, all!

Wasn't it just Friday a couple of days ago?  Where does the week go??  Well, wherever it went, it's Friday again, and you know what that means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on!  Let's get started!!

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I have a different kind of whoop whoop today - earlier this week, when I needed to quilt a bunch of quilts for the ministry, my beautiful long arm machine started exhibiting some serious signs of wearing out.  (PS her name is Jolene.)  The needle up/down button and the jog button wouldn't work at first, until the machine warmed up, and the motor was running slower than usual.  One frantic call to my repairman, and an appointment was scheduled for next Tuesday.  He says it sounds like the brushes in the motor need some attention - whatever that means.  So I started working on some other, no-quilting-required, projects and gave Jolene a rest.

Then Thursday morning, my husband sent me a text saying that a friend of his needed a ministry quilt, and could I bring it when I met him for lunch.  Oh no!  Our stock at church (of finished quilts) is totally depleted, except for one that would not be appropriate for an adult man.  I did have a top and back at the house that would be perfect, but would Jolene cooperate enough to get it quilted?  

Fingers crossed, I loaded it on the frame and started quilting...


...and God bless her, Jolene powered through to the end!  A quick binding job and a run through the steam cycle of the dryer - no time to wash this one - and it's time for the photo shoot!


This really is a beautiful quilt - lots of earth and forest toned batiks, and it's plenty big enough for a big guy.  Just goes to show that God has a plan - I just happened to have the right quilt at home waiting to go on the frame!


One more shot, just because it's pretty - and see that goofy brown dog to the left of the quilt?  Silly girl wouldn't come in the house this morning, so she spent her time terrorizing the mailman, the UPS man, and the FedEx guy!  She loves the cooler weather, and would stay outside all day if I'd let her - or even if I don't!


And one more whoop whoop - I finished the dolphin appliqué on Lilli's annual quilt!  Now once Jolene is back up and running, I can get all three quilts finished and I'll be ready for Christmas.  Keep your fingers crossed that Jolene's problem is a minor one, easily fixed!

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop??

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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, December 6, 2017

I May Have A Scrap Problem... A Fun Finish!!!

Hi, all!

Oh, I am so excited to say that I have an honest to gosh scrappy finish to share!!!  I didn't think I'd be able to share it until after Christmas, but the girl I made it for couldn't wait to open it, so I can share it now.....

I started out with a pile of fun pink and purple scraps...


....made some cute little weiner dog heads and butts...


...put together some rows of scrappiness...


...quilting and binding...


... and .... finished!!  


And best of all, I made some money using my scraps!!

This was a fun quilt to make, although I wouldn't recommend the pattern to new quilters.  It isn't complicated, but it had some weird things about it that I fixed as I went along - experience is useful!  If you are interested in making one of your own, email me and I'll share some of my experience and tips to make your task easier.

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I'm working on a special scrap challenge for 2018 and I'll share more about that, hopefully next week.  Until then, keep working on taming that scrap monster!  


Hugs!

Sarah

Monday, December 4, 2017

Make-A-List Monday - Crunch Time!


Hi, all!

OK, last week kind of went by in a blur for me - how about you?  It does seem like the weeks go faster the closer we get to Christmas - so many fun things to do, and so many gifts to make or buy!  Let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Finish piecing the commission quilt.
2.  Quilt and bind the commission quilt.
Done!  I can't share pictures yet, but it turned out really cute!  Here's a teaser, though...


3.  Create the dolphin appliqué for Lilli's annual quilt.
I'm still at the paper stage, but I have filled in all the jagged edges so it's ready to cut out!


4.  Start quilting the kids' annual quilts.
I haven't started the quilting - we were almost completely out of ministry quilts, so quilting those took precedence this week.

5.  Decorate the house for Christmas.
Done!  Just in time for the party last Saturday!

6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  It was a busy week - it seemed as soon as I managed to quilt one, it was given away!  

This quilt went to a gentleman dealing with cancer...


The next two quilts went to the son and mom of a man who died unexpectedly at a young age.



This quilt went to a woman whose husband died after a long illness.


This quilt went to a gentleman who has been dealing with cancer for many years now....


...and this quilt went to a woman whose daughter died unexpectedly.


This quilt went to a woman who suffered a shattering loss...


This quilt went to a man dealing with throat cancer...


This quilt went to a woman who had a heart attack...


...and these 21 baby quilts went to the NICU at our local General Hospital!


And we wonder why our stash of quilts is low!  Here's what's on the agenda for this week...

1.  Send out an email to the quilt ministry members about sewing in December.

2.  Do some quilting for the ministry.

3.  Write an estimate for two t-shirt quilts.

4.  Finish the appliqué for Lilli's annual quilt.

5.  Take the last of the Great Quilt Destash photos and post.

6.  Deliver a whole mess of quilts purchased through the Great Quilt Destash!

7.  Work on a post for scrappy Wednesday.

8.  Review my stash of Christmas gifts and see what else I need to get.

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

So that's my goals for the week!  Busy busy busy!

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

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, December 1, 2017

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? I Hear Those Sleighbells Jingling...

Hi, all!

Friday is here again - - - and that means it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!!   It's hard to believe, but including today, there are only five Fridays left in 2017... where has the year gone?  Well, let's make December the whooping-est month of the year - starting now!

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Earlier this week, I posted this picture on Instagram...


This is a $4.99 placemat I found at Target.  It is beautifully embroidered, and I knew as soon as I saw it that I wanted to make a pillow out of it.  When I got home, I dug out some leftover pompom trim (from some toddler dresses I made about four years ago) and a 14" pillow form I had tucked away in a drawer.  I also found a half yard of pretty Christmas fabric in the stash for the back of the pillow cover.  I spent an evening watching tv and ripping the seams of the placemat so that I could get the largest piece possible.  It allowed me to cut a 15" square for the pillow top.


And look how cute it turned out!  It has an envelope closure on the back so I can change out the pillow when the season changes.

Then I went back to Target, and what jumped into my cart but a pack of two tea towels for $3 from their dollar area.  Isn't that the greatest place (and worst temptation) in Target?  Well, those tea towels were so cute (of course, I forgot to take a pic of them in their beginning state) that I decided they needed to become a pillow too!


Here's the front of the pillow, made with one of the tea towels.  I did pick out the bottom hem to get a little extra length to use.  I managed to cut another 15" square out of this one too!


Then I took the second tea towel, a really cute buffalo plaid, and made another envelope back.  A little leftover Christmas binding, and this one is finished!


And here they are decorating my sofa!  The pillow joining them on the right has a funny story - I cross-stitched this stocking for Nathanael, only to find that the toe points in the opposite direction from all the rest of our stockings.  ARGHHH!  So I made the first stocking into a pillow, then scanned the pattern and reversed the image and made the stocking all over again!  All is well, his stocking now points in the same direction as the rest of the family's!  And I have a cute pillow for the sofa, 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