Monday, April 21, 2014

Make-A-List Monday - Prophetic Fulfillment!

Hi, all!

Last week's post was titled "Make-A-List Monday - #1, Get New Internet Service…"  Well, I was joking (sort of) because our internet service had been getting worse and worse and we had pretty much had no service at all for about a week.  Or it would come on for five minutes, then die for several hours.  Just enough to tease us. Living out in the country makes it difficult to get good service - but yesterday my husband heard of a satellite service that had good reviews (the other one we looked at turned out to have horrible reviews, so it was a no-go) and they installed it today!  And I have had internet service all night - a minor miracle in itself - and it's fast!  So I guess last week's blog title was a prophecy that fulfilled itself!  Woohoo!!

Anyway, let's see how I did on the rest of last week's list….

1.  Finish the last three Swoon blocks.
Done!  And not only the blocks, but the whole quilt top!

2. Cut the sashing for the commission t-shirt quilt.
Done!  And once again, not only has the sashing been cut, but the top is sewn together!

3.  Quilt the granny square baby quilt.
Done! And this sweet quilt came out so soft - it's backed in a pale pink linen that will get even softer with washing...

And God's timing is so cool - it turns out that the baby this quilt is intended for, who was supposed to be born in mid-May, is going to have to be delivered next week because of some health issues.  I'm so glad He prompted me to get this one finished in time!

4.  Assemble the donated Celtic Solstice quilt top.
Done!  And I found a bag of blue and orange triangles that make up one of the outer borders, so I'll be adding that to this beautiful top.  Let me tell you, this is going to be a hard one to give away!

5.  Write a post for the Piece*Love*Quilt blog. 
(Hopefully in the next fifteen minutes!)
Done!  You can read this post here

6.  Keep up with ministry needs as they arise. There aren't any on the list right now but that can change drastically in the course of a few minutes.  So I'll make hay while the sun shines on the other things on my list in the meantime!
Done!  We had two requests for quilts this week; the first is for a woman who was in a terrible car accident, and the second is for a woman just diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

7.  Pull more yard sale items for my daughter.
Done!  I've got bunch of stuff for her and can probably find some more - it's definitely time to destash on some of the junk around this house!

8.  If weather and time permits, 
work on a new planter in the front yard.
Done!  My husband and I worked on this most of the day on Friday - I couldn't possibly have done it by myself but together we managed to get the bulk of it done.  I'll be adding some small planter pots over the next few weeks, but at least the foundation is there.  And see those rose bushes?  They are so cool - they have three different color roses on each bush!

So it appears that having no internet service really increases my productivity!  I got a lot done last week!  

And here's the goals for this week

1.  Quilt the Swoon quilt.

2.  Quilt the t-shirt commission quilt.

3.  Work on changing my email address over with everyone under the sun

4.  Put the borders on the Celtic Solstice quilt top.

5.  Make a ministry quilt for a man with brain issues.

6. Work on designing blocks for two upcoming blog hops.

7.  Keep up with all other quilt ministry needs as they arise.

I'd say that's definitely enough to keep me busy and out of trouble! Oh, and this is the weekend for the AQS quilt show in Paducah, so I'll be headed up there on Friday - so maybe all of this won't get done this week after all.  But I sure wouldn't want to miss Paducah!  I'll have a report next week…

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



PS - Blogger is playing games with me, which means that sometimes if you leave a comment, it doesn't email it to me - even though my settings are correct.  So if you don't hear back from me, please feel free to email me directly at salliesue (at) clearwire (dot) net.  Especially if you requested a pdf of the tutorial posted on Sunday and didn't get one from me!  I'm trying to check frequently, but would hate to miss you….

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hands2Help - Time to Check In!!

Hi, all!!

Hello, all you wonderful H2Hers!  I've heard from so many of you who have been working so diligently on your quilts - it makes me smile to think of all the good that you are doing, and all the quilty hugs that will be shared through this year's Challenge!  

So today there is a linky party for you to link up and show your progress.  Maybe that's just a pile of fabric, or maybe even just a state of confusion about what you should do.  For some of you, it may even be finished quilts!  Wherever you are, link up and share - then go visit your fellow H2Hers and cheer them on!  

And if you're stuck without an idea of what to make, I'm going to share a simple quilt tutorial that can be made in several sizes.  This was posted on my blog back in July of last year…

This tutorial is for a great quilt design by Deb at A Simple Life Quilts.  She calls it Noodle Recipe because her version uses 2.5" strips, which were known as noodles at the time she came up with the design, many years ago.  She graciously allowed me to post a tutorial for her quilt design on my blog - thanks, Deb!

I've made some size adjustments, so you can use this design to make a baby or toddler quilt (40" square), a child's quilt (50" square), or an adult quilt (60" square).  A nice general all-purpose design!  All three sizes are constructed the same way, with the same number of blocks.  The only differences are the size of the blocks, and the borders on the adult size quilt.

And the best part?  I made this flimsy in less than three hours, including choosing fabric and cutting it out!  So without further ado, here's the tutorial....

Noodle Quilt
Designed by Deb@asimplelifequilts

Fabric Requirements:

NOTE: The fabric requirements listed below are “best case scenario” requirements in some cases.  If your fabric is not cut or folded straight, you may need more fabric than is listed.  I have put the actual number of inches of selvage to selvage fabric required for each cut in parentheses following the listing in case you are working from stash fabrics.

Baby quilt:
1/2 yard of a print fabric (print #1) (for pieced blocks) (15”)
1/2 yard of a solid fabric (15”)
3/4 yard of a print fabric (print #2) (for large blocks) (25.5”)

Child’s quilt:
3/4 yard of a print fabric (print #1) for pieced blocks) (24”)
3/4 yard of a solid fabric (24”)
1 yard of a print fabric (print #2) (for large blocks)* (31.5”)
   *if the fabric doesn’t have 42” of usable fabric (WOF minus 
   selvages) you will need 1 1/4 yards. (42”)

Adult’s quilt:

Same fabric requirements as the child’s quilt, plus border fabric as listed below:

For a single border:
1 yard of a print fabric (print #3) (33”)


For a double border:
1/4 yard of a solid fabric (solid #2) (9”)
3/4 yard of a print fabric (print #1, #2, or #3) (23”)

NOTE:  After you cut your WOF strips, remove the selvage edges.

Cutting directions for baby quilt:

Print #1 - cut six 2.5” by WOF strips
Solid -      cut six 2.5” by WOF strips

After you have made and measured your pinwheel blocks:

Print #2 - cut twelve 8.5” squares (or whatever size your pinwheel
                blocks came out)

Cutting directions for blocks for child’s or adult’s quilt:

Print #1 - cut eight 3.0” by WOF strips
Solid -      cut eight 3.0” x WOF strips

After you have made and measured your pinwheel blocks:

Print #2 - cut twelve 10.5” squares (or whatever size your pinwheel  
                blocks came out)

Cutting directions for borders for adult’s quilt:

Single border:

Print #3 - cut six 5.5” x WOF strips

Double border:

Solid - cut six 1.5” x WOF strips
Print #1, #2, or #3 - cut six 4.5 x WOF strips

Sewing Directions:

IMPORTANT NOTE:  All seams need to be sewn with an accurate 1/4” seam.  If you use a larger seam, the blocks will not come out the needed size and your quilt will be smaller.

Take one print strip and one solid strip and sew, using a 1/4” seam, down the length of the two strips.  You will now have one piece that is print on one side and solid on the other.  Repeat with all the print and solid strips.  Press the seams towards the print piece.


Now you will need to measure your sewn strips.  Ideally, for the baby quilt, they should be 4.5” wide; for the child or adult quilt, they should be 5.5” wide.  You will now cross-cut the strips to create square blocks, using the measurement of your strip.  


Baby quilt blocks should ideally be 4.5” square, adult quilt blocks should be 5.5” square.  The block will be comprised of one print rectangle and one solid rectangle.  You will need 52 of these blocks to make the larger pinwheel blocks in the quilt.


Divide these blocks into 4 stacks of thirteen, and lay the four stacks out in the pinwheel pattern.  You can now chain piece the blocks together by taking two blocks from the top two stacks, then two blocks from the bottom two stacks, until all the small blocks are gone.  



Press seams towards the long print piece in each pair.  Cut the connecting thread between each pair of block sets - this will give you thirteen sets of block sets that are still connected where the last seam will go.  Sew the final seam.  


When you go to press that seam, you can open the seam allowances at the center of the seam, where the four corners meet, so that you can press half the seam one direction and half in the other direction.  This will allow for the seam allowance to be undetectable under a lighter solid.  (It also gives a cool little pinwheel effect on the back of your block!)

When all thirteen of your pinwheel blocks are finished, measure several of them to see what size they turned out.  For the baby quilt, they should measure 8.5”; for the child or adult quilt, they should measure 10.5”.  Whatever they measure, you should cut your large print squares to that measurement. You will need twelve large print squares.

Lay the squares out in a checkerboard pattern, five rows by five rows, with pinwheel blocks in each corner.  Join the blocks in each row, then join the rows together.  If you are making a baby or child’s quilt, you can now quilt as desired and bind!

If you are making an adult quilt, you should now fold your top in half, right side to left side, and measure ALONG THE FOLD to find out the measurement for your side borders.  (Measuring along the fold will help keep your quilt square, and will avoid “waving” on the border.)  Sew three WOF strips together (remember to cut off the selvages first!) and from that long strip, cut two pieces to the measurement you just made.  Attach to the right and left sides of the quilt.  

Now fold your quilt in half, top to bottom, and measure ALONG THE FOLD to find out the measurement for your top and bottom borders.  Sew three WOF strips together and from that long strip, cut two pieces to that measurement.  Attach to the top and bottom of the quilt.  

If you are making two borders, repeat the above process.

Congratulations!  You have finished your quilt top!


I hope you enjoy this tutorial!  If you would like a printable copy of it, please leave a comment letting me know and I'll send you the pdf version!  (Be sure you leave an email address, too, if you are a no-reply blogger - I'd hate to miss sending you a copy!  I respond to all comments, so if you don't hear back from me, you're probably a no-reply blogger.)

And remember - if you're just now finding out about the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge, there's still time to join in the fun!  Just leave me a comment letting me know you want to participate and I'll send you more info.

Now it's time to link up.  You can link up a new blogpost, an older blogpost, or link to a picture on the Flickr group. I can't wait to see what you have been working on!  



PS Just to be totally up front, I haven't even begun to think about making my H2H quilt!  I'm a little bit behind..  ;-)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Finally Done!

Hi, all!

Here it is, Friday again! Are you ready to get your whoop whoop on?  I've got a couple of things I'm really doing the happy dance over this week - so I am ready for my whoop whoops!

First of all, I want to start off with the finished pictures of the quilt I made for a friend just diagnosed with breast cancer

I love the texture the quilting gives this quilt!

And now, the quilt I despaired of ever finishing

My Swoon quilt!!!

This started out as a vacation quilt last summer, but I really didn't enjoy making the blocks so it got shelved as a UFO.  Once I decided to give it away as a wedding present, the deadline made me get to work on it.  Tuesday morning I had two and a half blocks to go, so I buckled down and got them finished - and then put the sashing and borders on too! 

And truthfully, as much as I hated making these blocks, I love the finished top!  I think it may have just been the colors - they really aren't my favorites - so someday I may make another Swoon quilt using colors I love.

So that's my whoop whoop for the week!!   


And now it's your turn!

What's made you dance the happy dance this week?

Share!  We want to dance along with you!

The party will remain open until Sunday night,

So there's plenty of time to join in!

Hope to see you there!



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Make-A-List Monday - #1 - Get New Internet Service...

Hi, all!

Guess what?  It's Tuesday, Tax Day, and winter is back again in Middle Tennessee!  It was 82 degrees yesterday, and this morning we're having snow flurries.  The weather has been wreaking havoc with my internet service, so I'm sitting in Panera drinking a cinnamon latte and using theirs to write this post  But I did notice a great potential quilting pattern in the upholstery of the seat behind my computer screen!

So I guess it's not a total waste of time to be here.  You never know where you'll find inspiration, do you?

But now it's time (past time!) to get down to business and see how I did on last week's list

1.  Quilt and bind four quilts for current ministry requests.
Done!  In order below, these went to a woman diagnosed with a rare cancer immediately after giving birth, a breast cancer survivor now diagnosed with brain cancer, a mother of five Down's Syndrome children (four of them adopted) just diagnosed with breast cancer, and a woman who just lost her son to suicide.

2.  Make a quilt for a friend just diagnosed with breast cancer.
Done!  The weather wasn't good enough to take pics yesterday (rain and lots of wind to go with those 82 degree temps) but here's proof that it's done...

3.  Iron the interfacing onto the t-shirts (commission quilt).
Woohoo!!!  Done!!!  The hard part is over - now on to the piecing of the top!!

4.  Finish the Swoon blocks.
Have I told you how much I despise making these blocks?  I managed to get three more finished, for a total of six, and I have the seventh laid out ready to sew together this morning.  I'm hoping to knock out all three remaining blocks today so I can start putting the top together!

5.  Quilt the first granny square baby quilt.
I didn't get to this one.  Fortunately this baby isn't due until May!

6.  Pull yard sale items.
I did pull out some big items and sent them to my daughter's house but there's still plenty more to weed through!

7.  Keep up with any other ministry needs that arise.
Done!  The first quilt is going to a woman just diagnosed with colon cancer, and the second to a man with a brain tumor.

So even though I didn't get everything done, I'm happy with how last week's list went.  Here's what's on my plate for this week

1.  Finish the last three Swoon blocks.

2. Cut the sashing for the commission t-shirt quilt.

3.  Quilt the granny square baby quilt.

4.  Assemble the donated Celtic Solstice quilt top.

5.  Write a post for the Piece*Love*Quilt blog. 
(Hopefully in the next fifteen minutes!)

6.  Keep up with ministry needs as they arise. There aren't any on the list right now but that can change drastically in the course of a few minutes.  So I'll make hay while the sun shines on the other things on my list in the meantime!

7.  Pull more yard sale items for my daughter.

8.  If weather and time permits, 
work on a new planter in the front yard.

Okay, I think that's enough!  I've definitely got my work cut out for me today, and we'll see how the rest of the week goes after that.  

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



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hands2Help - Thank You For Your Quilty Hugs!

Hi, all!!

Today we're welcoming the first of our five guest bloggers for the Hands2Help Challenge!  I was so happy when Emily volunteered to do a guest post - hers was one of the first blogs I found way back when and I've always enjoyed keeping up with her.  She comes up with beautiful scrappy quilt designs that always make me smile.

If you haven't read her blog, Em's Scrapbagyou ought to check it out!  


I am so thankful to Sarah for once again choosing to have Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo be one of the donation destinations for all your generously made quilts.  I know they make a huge difference.  I hear over and over again the hope and love the recipients feel when they receive their quilty hug.  Let me share a recent thank you letter.

 Hi Ginger,
I have been following Happy Chemo since 2011. My family and I are huge supporters. This time last year my aunt on my husbands side lost the fight to cancer. However thank you to your beautiful blanket you gave her it is being passed along to one chemo patient after another. They absolutely love it and it has been such a healing blanket. I remember when our aunt opened up her gift she was so touched and blown away. It was so good to see her smile. And thank you for that.
Now a year later my grandfather is dying from cancer. My husband and I moved in with him and my grandma so I could be his caregiver. I never knew how hard it could be but at the same time so rewarding. It is so hard watching someone your love dying before you. He has exhausted all options. Cancer really does suck!
Anyway I just wanted to share my aunts story with you and about the traveling quilt.
Thank you so much for all you do and the smiles you create.
I appreciate it so much especially since I have lost someone so dearly to it and now taking care of my grandfather who is dying from it.
Thank you,

These letters warm my heart and I appreciate your generosity in helping to lighten the load of those suffering with this awful disease.  Keep those quilty hugs coming. They are so appreciated.


Thanks so much for reminding us why we are making these quilts, Emily!  It is wonderful to see the responses of people who receive them.  Just a small reminder, at least for me, of the real reason we quilt.

Remember too, that next week is our first check-in date!  I'll have a linky set up so you can link up your progress - or lack of it (and believe me, I'm right there with you!)  But I'm hearing about all kinds of quilting going on for the challenge, and this is your chance to share!  I hope you'll stop on by and link up - and it doesn't have to be a new post - if you've posted about your H2H quilt in the recent past, feel free to link up that post.  That will be next Sunday, April 20th!