Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I May Have A Scrap Problem... The Question of Joy!

Hi, all!

I have been having such fun playing in my scraps this month - Jen Kingwell designed an awesome pattern in Long Time Gone, and I'm using up scraps right and left.  Here are the blocks I worked on last week...

I made this block using a bunch of five inch squares I got at QuiltCon this year in sample giveaways - aren't the colors pretty?

And these are definitely scrappy - I pulled the churn dash bits from the scrap buckets, and the backgrounds are some scraps of Modern Background by Zen Chic.  Each churn dash measures only 3" square!  Tiny!!

... and here are all the blocks I have put together so far!  This is going to be such a fun quilt!

This week I'm looting my bonus triangles tub and working on the half-square triangle blocks.  It's so good to be using those - and it makes me want to use all of them!   I'm out of sequence with those blocks, but I wanted to to work on my Long Time Gone quilt and didn't have time to cut the tiny strips for the next one in the sequence.  So I jumped ahead!  

So that's what I've been working on with my scraps this week.  But I also read a very interesting and well-written post last week, written by Annie of Annie's Ruby Slipperz.  In it, she talks about Marie Kondo's book, and her philosophy of decluttering by only keeping things which spark joy in you.  Now that's a different philosophy of decluttering -  as Annie puts it - - - decluttering your stash by getting close to see what sparks joy.  Her post is a fun read and will certainly make you think about your stash!  I'm pleased to say, though, that after working through my scrap problem for the past year or so, that my scraps DO spark joy in me now!  You can read Annie's post by clicking here.

Feel free to link up below and share what you've been doing with your scraps or your own blocks for the Long Time Gone quilt!

Are you having as much fun as I am?



Monday, April 24, 2017

Make-A-List Monday - Home Again, Home Again!

Hi, all!

There's nothing like coming home from a vacation where you had perfect weather, only to find out that it rained the whole time you were gone and still hadn't stopped.  Thankfully, it seems to have stopped now, but we received over 5 inches of rain in the week we were gone!  I miss the sun....  but it will be back later this week!

Since I was on vacation last week, I didn't really have a to-do list, just an "if I feel like it" list - so let's see how it went...

1.  Write a blogpost and tutorial for Wednesday's Scrap Problem post.
Done!  I shared a technique for using fusible interfacing to make sewing with tiny squares easier.  Click here to see the post if you missed it!

2.  Work on two more blocks for the Long Time Gone quilt.
Done! I'll share them on Wednesday...  I am really enjoying this quilt, which is a wonderful blend of traditional blocks and creative modern layout.

3.  Work on the quilt top and tutorial for this year's 12 Days of Christmas in July quilt-along.
Done!  I got a good start on the quilt, and it's going to be a lot of fun!  Here's a sneak peek...

So I did manage to get a few things done last week!  And here's what I'm hoping to do this week...

1.  Prepare the schedule for this year's 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop.

2.  Put binding on two quilts that will be given away to high school graduates at our church.

3.  Quilt and bind two more graduation quilts.

4.  Quilt two more SBB quilts.

5.  Prepare a kit for the next set of blocks for the Long Time Gone quilt.

6.  Put borders on a quilt top to finish for a friend.

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

Plenty on my plate this week!  I need to get some quilting done - graduation is coming up fast and there's a lot of those quiltse to finish.  All of our quilters will be working overtime for the next few weeks...

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



Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hands2Help - Time for Guest Blogger Kat!!

Hi, all!

It's Sunday, and time for us to welcome another guest blogger for the Hands2Help Challenge!  This week, we will be hearing from Kat Drinkwater, who blogs at Kat & Cat Quilts.  Kat runs one of last year's H2H charities, Covered in Love, and she's going to tell us about her experience with Hands2Help.  I can't wait for you to hear from her, so I'll let you get right to her part - but be sure to stick around all the way to the end of the post to see some of the results of this year's Challenge!!


Hello! My name is Kat and I run Covered in Love which was one of the charities fortunate enough to benefit from the H2H drive last year.  I wanted to let you know what a blessing H2H was for us and encourage you to keep sewing on your quilts for this year!

To give you just a little bit of background, I started CiL 2 years ago to benefit patients in the hospital where I work.  Our mission is to give quilts to patients who are dying or have died in the hospital to warm up the room and so the families can take them home as a keepsake.  To date over 150 quilts have been given out! 

Quilters from all over the world contribute to CiL, mostly through the block drives hosted on my blog.  I am a full-time Nurse Practitioner student, part-time nurse, and do the majority of the quilting for CiL myself, all of which can get exhausting as you can imagine!  I can't tell you what a relief it was during H2H to get so many quilts that only needed a label to be done!

Quilting Assistant #1
Prior to H2H last year we had been getting by with just enough quilts. As soon as I got them done they were up to the hospital and given away. The 50 quilts we got during last year's H2H drive put us ahead for the first time, and we've stayed ahead ever since!

The infusion of new, completed quilts from quilters like yourselves can give a huge morale boost to a little charity like mine, besides of course allowing us to reach more people.  So keep on sewing as H2H wraps up :)  I got some late quilts last year that missed the H2H deadline, but even if it comes in December you can bet we'll still be glad to see it!

PS - I know Sarah has some link ups here during H2H for you to show off your progress.  I wanted to let you know that I also have a linky every Wednesday for charity related sewing, if you want to link up!


It makes my heart sing to hear that H2H had a lasting effect on Kat's ministry - I know from personal experience what a relief it is to have quilts ready to go when there is a need, instead of having to finish one in a hurry.  See what you have done?  You guys rock!  

And today I heard from Amanda Kelly, who runs Stash Builder Box, which is the conduit for our donations to Camp Hobe this year.  She sent me this picture.....

...which was what she picked up from her post office box this morning.  She said it was mostly H2H donations...

And these are just some of the quilts they received today!  She says they have a stack of ten already.   In her words, "Camp Hobe is going to have some happy campers come June!"  

Look what you have done!  I am so proud of all of you!!!  You are making a huge difference in the lives of so many - keep up the good work!!