Monday, November 23, 2015

Make-A-List Monday - Happy Thanksgiving Week!!!

Hi, all!

I hope you're each surviving the buildup to Thanksgiving well - I thought I was doing really great today until this happened...

Yes, I managed to back into my garage door before it opened completely!  That's what happens when there's too much on your mind, distracting you from the little things....  Needless to say, I've slowed down a bit and am being much more careful now!!

My husband (who is the absolute best) took care of covering the open door - the garage people can't get here until tomorrow to help us get it fixed - and he said, "Ain't no walkers getting in here tonight!"  I think we've watched just a little too much Walking Dead...

OK, enough of that!  Let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Stitch down the appliqués on Lilli's quilt.
Done!  This top is ready to quilt - now I need to work on the back.

2.  Plan the quilting on that quilt.
In progress!  I had a brilliant idea that I may or may not be able to actually make work...

3.  Quilt at least two quilts for the quilt ministry.
Done!  I actually did these two, plus another one that's in the list of this week's ministry quilts.  These two will be used by our homeless "room in the Inn" ministry this winter.  Both beautiful tops were pieced by Gayle B. and donated to the ministry - 
thanks again, Gayle!!

4.  Work on the fabric origami butterflies for Emmy's quilt.
In progress!  These are pretty simple to make while I'm watching tv at night, and I made a bunch of them last night.  Still need to go back and stitch some of the folds down so they don't come apart.

5.  Clean and shine up the wood floors in my house.
The floors are clean, but I still need to put down the "shine"!

6.  Shop for and pack up my Operation Christmas Child boxes.
Done and delivered!  Four boxes full of fun!

7.  Do the Thanksgiving grocery shopping (so my turkey can actually thaw in the refrigerator this year as recommended!)
Done!  I finished up the last of it this morning, but the turkey has been thawing in the fridge since Saturday - hooray!  It should be well and truly thawed by Thursday morning, just in time to go in the oven!

8.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  This quilt went to a young woman whose husband died very unexpectedly...

This quilt went to a woman with terminal cirrhosis of the liver...

This pretty quilt, made with orphan blocks, was given to a woman just diagnosed with uterine cancer.

This quilt went to a 15-year old boy whose father died last year, and whose mother died last week.  He is living with his grandparents, but has experienced such significant loss, we wanted to give him something to remind him that people are praying for him.

This quilt went to a young Marine with PTSD...

...and this quilt went to a man just diagnosed with colon and liver cancer.

This week I also got to have a sleepover with this lovely little lady, and we stopped by to see Alvin and the Chipmunks on our way to see The Peanuts Movie!

And this not-so-lovely lady decided to play with a skunk (her sister, too!) and we spent Sunday afternoon de-stinkifying our dogs!

So all in all, it was a busy, busy week!

One busy week past, but still lots to do!  So here's what's on the list for this week...

1.  Make a window seat cushion for a friend.

2.  Start another commission quilt for a friend.

3.  Make a back for Lilli's quilt.

4.  Keep working on the origami butterflies for Emmy's quilt.

5. Piece letter blocks for the back of Nathanael's quilt.

6.  Decorate the house for Christmas (after Thanksgiving dinner is over!)

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

Definitely enough to keep me out of trouble this week - all on top of cooking Thanksgiving dinner (or at least part of it) for fourteen people this Thursday!  

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



PS - With Christmas projects on the brain, and not enough time to make everything I'd like to make before Christmas, I'm considering hosting a Christmas in July blog hop next July.  If you're interested in participating in the hop, please drop me an email at salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com.  We've already got eight bloggers lined up, and I'd love to have lots more.  So if you want to be part of it, speak up now!  (Those of you who have already indicated that you're interested, you don't need to respond again!)  Thanks!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Little More Christmas Sewing!

Hi, all!

Friday has rolled around again - and do you realize that Christmas is six Fridays away, including today?  Yikes!!  But I've got a few Christmas projects to whoop about this week - and I bet you do too!  So let's get started!


First of all, I'm whooping about finishing the appliqué on Lilli's annual quilt for this year - The Princess and The Pea!

This top is now ready for quilting, probably after Thanksgiving, since I can't have it on the frame when the family comes over for dinner - that might spoil the surprise!

I deviated from the pattern to make the princess look a bit like Lilli - pretty blonde hair, and a purple nightgown - her favorite color!  I can't wait to quilt this one - I plan on using different quilting designs in each of the "mattresses", and I'm thinking about something special for the negative space in the background.  I've got to do some sketching to see if I can make it work, though!

I also finished this pretty fence rail Christmas quilt this week!

Aren't those colors yummy?  I really like pastel Christmas colors for a change - they look so light and fresh!

And I did some more of the "blustery wind" swirls - I love the texture it gives the quilt!

Top it all off with a great Christmas backing, and this one is in the books!  

I love the birds on this backing, and the colors work fabulously with the front of the quilt!

This quilt finished up at about 60" square, and is available for purchase for the bargain price of $150 (plus shipping if needed) - I hit a great sale and got the fabrics for next to nothing.  So if you've always wanted a Christmas quilt, but never manage to get one made in time for Christmas, here's your chance!  


That's what I'm doing the happy dance about this week - 
can I get a whoop whoop?


And now it's your turn!  

What are you whooping about 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!



PS - While we're thinking about Christmas, I'm considering hosting  a "Christmas in July" blog hop this summer - if you'd be interested in being one of the stops on the hop, email me at salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com.  I'm still bouncing some ideas around about the best way to do it, and I'd love to get feedback from some of the people who would be involved in it!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What's On The Bookshelf Wednesday - We All Love Freebies!

Hi, all!

We all look to our books for new patterns, or to learn new things, right?  I know I do!  But there are so many other resources available to us beyond books these days, and today I want to share one of my favorite places to go for free patterns and great free classes - Craftsy!

I conducted a search of free quilting patterns, looking for fun things to make for Christmas.  Here's just a few of the things I found...

A sweet Christmas table runner ...

Super simple Christmas bell ornaments ...

A no-sew quilted Christmas tree ...

And an adorable paper-pieced trio Christmas tree quilt!

And here are a few great free quilting classes...

I don't know about you, but I've always wanted to learn how to make pixel quilts!

And this is one of my favorite classes - bring some life and style to your quilts with creative quilt backs!

And maybe you like to look at quilt blogs, but haven't taken the plunge into quilting yourself.  This is a great free class that will help you learn the basics easily!

And while free is always good, sometimes you want to take a longer, more in-depth class taught by one of Craftsy's great instructors, such as...

Christina Cameli's great class on free motion quilting...

Or a great class that can help you get a jump on Christmas with Tammy Silver's quick quilted gifts!

Have you always wanted to learn how to design your own quilts?  Take a class with a fabulous quilt designer, Weeks Ringle!

And guess what? Craftsy is really thankful for you, and they want to show you just how much!  For 24 hours only, shop their most popular online classes for just $14.99.  Check them out!  Don't miss this great opportunity!!


Next week, we'll be back with a review of a great book!  Until then, have you looked at your bookshelf lately?  



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