Friday, May 27, 2016

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Barn Quilts Rock - and a GIVEAWAY!!

Hi, all!

Friday!  Don't you just love the sound of that?  The beginning of a long holiday weekend for many of us, the start of summer activities - so much to whoop about!  Are you ready to get your whoop whoop on?  Let's start!!


Because of dealing with all the Hands2Help administrative work (FYI, this is the week when everyone links up the quilts they made for the Challenge - if you haven't already checked them out, click here to see all the gorgeous eye candy!) I don't have any personal finishes to share, but that's ok...because....

I'm going to add one more fun thing to your weekend - 
a giveaway!!! 

You may remember that when I was in Paducah, I met the gentleman who owns Classic Metal Company, which produces really cool metal barn quilts and a whole host of other products specifically designed for those of us of the quilt-y persuasion.  He donated a beautiful barn quilt for the Hands2Help Challenge then, and contacted me shortly after to ask if I'd like to do a giveaway of a new product on the blog.  

Hmmm... let's see..... great quilt-y product and a giveaway?  
Heck, yeah!!

First of all, let me tell you a little bit about Mark's company.  He and his wife Danira run this small family business, with the help of their border collie, Jack.  Apparently Jack is the motivational coach and cheerleader!  

Their barn quilts are cut out of 14 gauge steel, then "painted" with a powder coat process that gives them a hard, durable, long-lasting finish good for any climate.  Almost all of their products are made in the USA, too!  

I seriously love their barn quilts and related metal products.  I have a barn quilt hanging next to my front door, and one of the ruler holders on my worktable holding rulers and clipboards, and I just purchased one of the "A Quilter Lives Here" signs.  

But today I want to share a new product that Mark has come up - you're going to love it!  Take a few minutes to watch this video and you'll see what I mean.....

This is perfect for a nightlight or for a pretty decorative accent in your home - and what a great gift for a quilt-y friend!  Keep in mind Christmas parties, too - this would make a fun swap gift (note to self: order one!) You could wrap up your gift shopping right here!  

There's a great variety of different light panels for your LED base, too - Americana Star, Carpenter's Wheel, Feathered Star, Hunter's Star, Mariner's Compass, and Ohio Star blocks, and inspirational sayings too - "Home is Where The Quilt Is" and "Stitch Together Friendships".  And of course, "A Quilter Lives Here"!

And here's a reason to whoop it up today - 
I have one of these LED light bases and three light panels 
to give to one lucky reader!!

Here's how to enter - choose one way, or more for multiple entries!

1.  Hop over to Classic Metal Company's site, then come back here and comment about something you like! Be sure to leave your email address in your comment, also, so I can reach you if you win!

2.  Visit their Facebook page!  "Like" them if you want to stay up to date on all the new and cool items they have.  (Leave a comment here saying you visited the page for this to count.)

3. Be a follower of this blog!  New followers are always welcome! (Leave a comment letting me know you follow.)

4.  Link up for Whoop Whoop Friday below!  You don't have to have a finish, just something you're doing a happy dance about this week.  No comment necessary, I'll grab your entry from your link!

 Easy peasy, right?  The giveaway will remain open for entries until Wednesday, June 1st at noon.  I'll announce the winner next Friday, June 3rd in the Whoop Whoop Friday post - giving one person a great reason to whoop it up!


And now it's time to share - 

What are you whooping it up about today?

What's got you dancing a little happy dance?

Share!  We want to dance right along with you!

And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

This party will stay open until Wednesday, June 1st
at 11:59 am.

Hope to see you there!



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I May Have a Scrap Problem... How I Spent My May!

Hi, all!

Hard to believe that May is drawing to a close - but it is!  Schools are letting out all over the country and kids are trying on summer for size.  But the end of May means a little bit more here - it's time to recap what happened with my scraps for the month.  

My goal for the month was to keep working on this tub of scraps - my blues.  Well, I'm telling you, this tub has got me singing the blues - because after this month, it still looks like this!

Not much difference - I think those scraps are doing something at night while I'm not looking, because there always seems to be more of them....

But I did make this pretty scrappy quilt this month, which used up a lot of 1.5" x 2.5" and 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and some scrappy binding.  Everything in this quilt came from stash, so it's another finish for Sew My Stash 2016!

And I turned the remnants of a charm pack into a quilt-y alphabet for my grandkids to play with!  This was a fun and easy (although time-consuming) project that works very well with 5" squares.

I purchased a set of Busy Kids Learning Punch Out Alpha Letters from Joann's to use as templates for the letters.  I used the 4" size, which was perfect for tracing on the 5" squares.  (Remember to reverse the letters so they are correct when you cut them out!)  I treated the fabric using Lara Buccella's new appliqué technique, so the edges don't fray.  Then I cut them out, laid them on top of some batting remnant strips, put a 5" wide strip of leftover fabric on the back, and stitched about 1/8" away from the edges.  Then I cut them out and voila!  A tactile alphabet!  And I'm currently working on a couple more sets of these - so more scraps are going out the door!  Woohoo!!

I also took these two tubs - my box of 1.5" squares and the leftover 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles - and, inspired by seeing so many of these on Instagram lately, turned them into lozenge blocks.  I will keep working on this in June, and may mix them with another kind of block to make an interesting scrappy quilt!  Oh, the possibilities!

So that's my report for May!  I didn't get as much cleared out as I wanted to, but I did make a great quilt, and experimented with some different uses for those scraps.  The alphabets also use up batting scraps, which is almost as good as using up fabric scraps!

And I just keep remembering, in the words of my favorite movie heroine...

"After all, tomorrow is another day!"

And it's for sure those scraps will stick around for the sequel!


Now it's your turn!  Have you been playing with scraps this month?  Link up below to show off what you've been doing and inspire the rest of us to use up our scrap monsters!  I've been seeing lots of new scrappy sewing on Instagram lately, so I know you guys are out there....

And be sure to come back next week, when you can link up your goals for the month of June.  I'm thinking hard about mine, because we will be traveling a good bit - I want to come up with something I can work on even while not in my studio!  So if you've got a creative idea that will solve that problem, I'd love to hear it...



Monday, May 23, 2016

Make-A-List Monday - Whirling With Possibility!

Hi, all!

Welcome to a brand new week!  There's so much possibility in a new week - do you have big plans for yours?  I'm hoping to scale back just a little bit - I had way too many different things going on last week and I felt spread a bit too thin - but my mind is whirling with all the possibilities!

Speaking of last week, here's a recap of how my week went on my to-do list....

1.  Quilt the Gum Wrapper Quilt.
Done!  This quilt will be going to Happy Chemo as part of the Hands2Help Challenge!

2.  Quilt a baby quilt I made at church Wednesday night.
Done!  This was a fun little quilt to make - and it was a collaborative effort with my friend Deb.

3.  Finish the alphabet letters for the younger grandkids.
Done!  They're really enjoying playing with them, and I'm impressed at how well they already know their letters - in two languages!  English and ASL! I feel like a slacker because I still get D and F mixed up (in ASL!)

4.  Make my Lady Skater dress.
Done!  I managed to squeak this one in today!

5.  Quilt an H2H quilt for a participant from the UK.
Done!  This was a pleasure to quilt - such a pretty thing!

6.  Pick a winner for the Crafted Appliqué giveaway!
Done!  Monica will be enjoying her own copy soon!  Check it out if you haven't already - there are lots of giveaways going on right now as part of the blog hop...

7.  Organize the prizes for H2H and get ready for the final week!
Mostly done - just a few more things to get organized!  Be sure to take a look at all the beautiful quilts that have been made and donated to Happy Chemo, Covered In Love, and The Yukon Women's Transition Center.  

8.  Camp on someone's internet and write a few blogposts...
Done!  Thank heavens the new billing month started last Saturday - I was starting to get stares at the Starbucks at Target!

9.  Start working on a new commission to make a t-shirt quilt.
Done!  The design is planned, the shirts are chosen, now all I have to do is figure up the fabric requirements and write up a quick estimate!  

10.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  A fairly easy week, with three quilts being given away...

This quilt went to a woman who was just diagnosed with lung cancer...

This quilt went to a gentleman going through some difficulties...

And this one went to a woman who has been diagnosed with colon cancer.

Whew!  It was a very busy and rather disjointed week - way too many things going on!  I hope I can be a little more focused this week...  So here's what's on tap for the week!

1.  Write up the estimate for the t-shirt quilt.

2.  Finish another quilt-y alphabet for a friend.

3.  Stay on top of the Hands2Help linky week (posting quilt pics, answering emails, general administrative stuff!)

4.  Work on another scrappy quilt top.

5.  Prepare for another giveaway this coming Friday! 
(You won't want to miss this one!!)

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

It sure feels like a skinny week, but the Hands2Help stuff is kicking my butt at the moment - and it takes precedence this week!  It's really exciting seeing all the beautiful quilts that are being linked up - quilters are amazingly generous people!!

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