Friday, January 19, 2018

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Memories....

Hi, all!

Wow, can you believe it's Friday again already?  It seems like the week just flew by - partly because we've been snowed in for most of that time!  But it's time to get our whoop whoop on, so let's get started!

This week I was honored to make some memory pillows for a friend of mine.  Her father died last year and she wanted pillows for herself and her children, made from his shirts.

These are very simple pillow covers - the buttons on the regular shirts serve as the opening to insert the pillow.  The pockets are there to hold kleenex, a tiny toy or small book.  The T-shirt pillow has an envelope closure on the back.

But the best part?  When I delivered them to my friend, her youngest came over, peered in the bag, and grabbed the red one, saying "MINE!"  I'm so glad to know they will be well-loved!

And I had another little finish this week - another quilt top for the Scrumptious Scraps quilt-along!  I'm having a lot of fun working on these quilts, and I can't wait to share them with you.  Scrumptious Scraps starts the last Sunday of January...

And lastly, my friend Amy at Diary of a Quilter shared this wonderful meme on her Instagram feed and it was too good not to share with you all!  It also provides a really good opportunity to remind you that the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2018 is just over the horizon.  Let's do some little bits of good together!

(And speaking of Hands2Help, I'm looking for three more guest bloggers, so let me know if you're interested!)

So - - - 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 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!




Wednesday, January 17, 2018

I May Have a Scrap Problem...

Hi, all!

Snow days really are sew days!  We've had a bit of snowy, super-cold weather for the past few days, and I've had lots of fun in the studio.  And most of it has been scrap-related!  

First of all, I've been keeping up with the daily scrap tub pretty well...

And I finished the first of my quilts for the Scrumptious Scraps quilt-along (coming soon to a blog near you!)...

I did a whole lot of chain piecing, too...

...that will soon become another quilt for the Scrumptious Scraps quilt-along!

So I'm pretty happy with where things stand on the scrap front right now.  Unfortunately, it's time to put scrappy things aside for some paying work, so I don't know how much more I'll get done this week, but at least I've made a good start!

And now, how about some scrappy inspiration?  These were all spotted on Instagram this week...

If your string bucket looks anything like mine, this quilt would be a godsend!!

Got lots of neutral scraps?  This would eat them up in a heartbeat!

OMG, how cute are these little pincushions?  And I've got a whole box full of teeny tiny bonus HSTs...

And this may be the solution to all those 2.5" squares I've been cutting up!  I love the scrappy Irish chain look of this quilt, especially with those brilliant stars!

So - - - go forth and conquer those scraps!!!



Monday, January 15, 2018

Make-A-List Monday - Progress!

Hi, all!

It's been a long holiday weekend and it's looking to be a longer one - we had snow and ice on Friday and there's snow headed our way for Tuesday, with schools closed already.  Gotta love winter!  At least it makes for good sewing days....

So let's take a look at how last week's list went...

1.  Take some donated blocks and turn them into a toddler quilt for the ministry.
Done!  This is such a cheerful, happy quilt...

2.  Quilt at least one quilt for the quilt ministry.
Done!  This was a first quilt by a young woman in our church - it came out beautifully!

3.  Make a couple of memory pillows for a friend.
Done!  These are different from my usual pillows of this type, but exactly (I hope) what she's looking for!

4.  Examine a vintage top to see what repair work needs to be done before quilting.
I didn't get to this one yet...

5.  Start cutting pieces for a t-shirt quilt.
Or this one!  I worked on another project which I'll show below.

6.  Cut up scraps as I finish working on projects this week (this is my Scrap Attack goal for this month!)
Oh my! I've been good and have kept up with my scraps this week, and look what I have to show for it!

7.  Plan this year's pre-H2H quilt-along.
Done!  It's going to be fabulous - our theme is Scrumptious Scraps, and I've got three other quilters helping me.  Their quilts are wonderful and you are going to be so inspired!!  The Scrumptious Scraps quilt-along will begin the last Sunday of this month - stay tuned!

8.  Set up the schedule for H2H 2018 (can you believe it's time already?)
I've got the schedule set, just need to get it on the blog!

9.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
It's been a quiet week, but we did give one quilt away.  This one went to a woman whose husband died very unexpectedly on New Year's Day.

And here's part of the reason why I didn't get to some of the other things on my list - I started on the first of my three quilts for the Scrumptious Scraps quilt-along, and managed to finish it!

So last week's list went pretty well!  Here's what's on tap for this week...

1.  Work on quilt #2 for the Scrumptious Scraps quilt-along

2.  Keep cutting up those scraps!

3.  Make the t-shirt blocks for the commission quilts.

4.   Examine the vintage top for spots that need repair.

5.  Deliver the memory pillows.

6.  Do a serious scrap clean-up at church.

7.  Get the H2H info finalized and posted.

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

Definitely enough to keep me out of trouble.  At least, it should be! And now, the question is - - - what are YOU working on this week?