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!



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I May Have A Scrap Problem... November in Review, and December Goals

Hi, all!

Hard to believe it, but the end of November is here!  We're coming in on the end of the year, and the holiday season - a busy time of year, but hopefully not too busy to get in some scrap-busting.  I'm hoping to make some gifts, but we'll talk more about that later!

So - - - my goal for November was a simple one - finish Lilli's annual quilt!  And I did it!

Here's a shot of the whole quilt...

...and a close-up so you can see the cute pictures, too!  I'm loving the way this turned out, and it really ate up some scraps!

I also made some of these great folded fabric stars...

...and a pretty set of kitchen towels!  I'll probably be making more of both to give as gifts for Christmas - they're fun and easy and use up scraps, too!  The best of both worlds....

So while I didn't get a whole lot done with my scraps in November, at least I reached and surpassed my goals, at least by a little bit!

I'm not sure how much I'll be able to do with my scraps in December - I'll be finishing up the kids' annual quilts and then working on three commission t-shirt quilts - but I definitely want to use some of my Christmas fabric scraps up in ornaments and maybe some pillow tops.  Maybe even another Christmas quilt if time allows!  I've got my eye on that charm quilt with the white stars....

I think I could work one of these up pretty quickly, if I cut my scraps into 5" squares, and I've already got some white on hand, so it could be a Sew My Stash 2016 project, too!

The last week of December is usually a clean-up week for me, too - I work on straightening up the studio so it's all organized for the beginning of a new year.  It's a good time to work on organizing scraps, too!  I'm sure I'll be doing some of that, too.  Wish me luck!

Feel free to link up below and share your scrappy goodness from November and your plans for December!!

Our little scrap monster has decorated himself up for Christmas - I tell you, he's becoming more and more domesticated every day!!  



Monday, November 28, 2016

Make-A-List Monday - Getting In the Christmas Spirit!

Hi, all!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend!  It's finally starting to feel a little bit more like fall here, which helps get everyone in the mood for the holidays - hooray!!  And we're finally getting some rain, which was sorely overdue - it has not rained here since September!  And of course, rainy days are excellent for sewing....

It was a busy week last week, with lots of sewing around here.  Let's see how the list went!

1.  Finish Lilli's annual quilt.
Done!  Hooray!!!

You can see more of this quilt on last Friday's post...

2.  Piece Nathanael's annual quilt.
In progress!  I had to backtrack (oh happy frog stitching!) on some of the piecing I originally did, because I wasn't happy with how it looked.  I like it now!

3.  Quilt Emmy's annual quilt.
Done!  It's so nice to have the second annual quilt done - just one more to go!!  Here's a teaser shot - more on this one on Friday!

4.  Quilt the tree skirt.
Done!  I really love this - I finally have a quilted tree skirt that I didn't buy at the store!!  (About time...)

5.  Clean and decorate the house for the quilt ministry's annual Dirty Santa gift swap (Saturday morning).
Done!  We had a great time!

And lots of food!!  We're Baptist - we eat!!

6.  Come up with a great Dirty Santa gift for the swap!
Done - and of course, I forgot to take a picture!  It was a one-hour basket with a mug, two kitchen towels, a pin, and a graph paper journal, and it was very popular - it was stolen a LOT!

7.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Thankfully, last week was a very quiet week - no requests for quilts - so we've had a chance to replenish the stash!

OK - it took a good bit of work today, and I didn't get as far on Nathanael's quilt as I wanted to, but I'm happy with my progress for the week!  Here's what's on tap for this week...

1.  Finish Nathanael's quilt.

2.  Bind nine quilts for the quilt ministry.

3.  Order fabric for a special project.

4.  Start working on three t-shirt commission quilts.

5.  Clean up my studio a little bit!

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

 I feel like there's something else that I'm forgetting, but this is certainly enough to keep me busy - and if I finish the list, I'm sure there's lots more I can find to play with!

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