Monday, February 23, 2015

Make-A-List Monday - Out of the Deep Freeze...

Hi, all!

I hope you all have had a safe week - it's been a wild one here in Tennessee, with ice storms, snow, kids out of school, massive rain - you name it, it's happened!  People here are experiencing the "ice dam" phenomenon for the first time - water leaking into their houses through the walls because their gutters and downspouts are full of ice.  So far, we seem to have avoided this particular problem (fingers crossed) and have only had to deal with ice, cold and terrible roads.  But through all of this, I did get a good bit of sewing done!  So let's see how I did on last week's list...

1.  Quilt the 6th 16-patch sample quilt.
Done!  This was certainly a cheerful quilt to work on last week!


2.  Work on the 7th 16-patch sample quilt.
I'm happy to say I finished this one today! No new pics yet, though - it was way too windy and cold to go outside for that long.  Here's a teaser, though...


3.  Decide on the design for the 8th 16-patch sample quilt.
I think I've got this one nailed down - I just have to get some other things out of the way before I cut this out.  I think you'll like it, though!

4.  Work on small items for Nancy's fundraiser auction.
In progress!  Here's one I worked on today... and I've got a few more ideas rolling around in my head.


5.  Gather up and organize prizes for a bunco fundraiser night.
In progress!  I'll need to work on this hard this week, though - the bunco party is next Thursday, 3/5.



6.  Keep up with all quilt ministry needs that arise.
Because of the weather, we didn't give away too many quilts this week, and the two that we did give away, I didn't get pictures of. But we have a quilt to an elderly gentleman with throat cancer who just had a hip replacement, and a young man with a new baby due any day who has been diagnosed with cancer.  I fully expect this week to be a bit busier as people start getting out and about again!

And here's something else I spent time on today...


Silly little girls!  I'll be spending a good bit of time with Emmy this week so my daughter can make up the work she missed last week.  Lilli heads back to school tomorrow, though, so we'll be back to our regular pickup-and-ice cream days.  I think we've both missed them!

So now, let's see what's on my plate for this week...

1.  Cut out the 8th sample quilt for the quilt along.

2.  Make small items for Nancy's fundraiser auction.

3.  Collect prizes for the bunco fundraiser.

4.  Write the tutorial for the next Sweet Sixteen quilt.

5.  Keep up with all ministry needs that arise.

I'm going to leave it at that for now, because I've got to do some work on fundraisers, and a whole lot of my time is going to be taken up with child care this week.  But if I can't be sewing, I can't think of a better way to spend my time!!

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

Quilt on and stay warm!

Sarah

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sweet Sixteen Quilt Along - Summer Days, Drifting Away...

Hi, all!

It's week seven of the Sweet Sixteen Quilt Along!  I am really enjoying this experience and I hope you are too.  If this is your first time to visit the Quilt Along, here's a quick recap of what we've done so far...

The first week we discussed several different ways to make the very versatile 16-patch block.  Then in the following weeks we discovered different ways to use that block in quilts...





A more modern version (it takes fewer 16's, too!)




A classic postage stamp quilt...


And a bright kids' quilt with on-point 16's.

This week I've got something bright and sunny to share with you - a pleasant change from the snowy cold days many of us have been experiencing!


This quilt is made with a combination of 16's and snowball blocks. Now, if you've never made snowball blocks before, here's a great video tutorial, short and sweet, that will show you how.  


My 16's are made with 2.5" squares, and my snowballs are made with 8.5" squares with 2.5" squares for the triangles on the corners.



Some vital statistics for this quilt - it is made using some beautiful hand-dyed fabrics I had been hoarding, paired with a beautiful spring green from Kona.  Twenty-five 16-patch blocks and twenty-four snowball blocks, and a border made of 2.5" squares.  


The backing is my favorite IKEA print with a strip of purple hand-dyed fabric for interest and to stretch it out.  Binding is scrappy hand-dyes.  It measures about 60" square.


Bright colors make me smile!!

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So there's one more way to use your sixteen patch blocks!  Are you feeling inspired yet?  If you've come up with a cool and unique way to use your 16's I'd love to see it! I hope you'll link up below and show off what you're making.  And just for fun, here's a sneak peek at what's coming up next week - an easy quilt with a new-to-me, fun and surprising block construction method!  


Be sure to check out all the quilt-y inspiration below!

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, February 20, 2015

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Little Hint of Summer...

Hi, all!

Even in winter, snowed in and suffering from cabin fever, Friday rolls around.  And you know what that means - - - it's time to get our whoop whoop on!!  Are you ready?

My finish this week was a great way to enjoy the colors of summer...


...even as I braved the frigid temperatures to take pictures today!


I love the bright colors against the white snow!


Beautiful hand-dyed fabrics and Kona cotton...


And look - my favorite IKEA fabric on the back!


A little hint of summer in the cold, cold winter!

Can I get a whoop whoop?

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Be sure to check back on Sunday for a tutorial for this quilt - another one for the Sweet Sixteen Quilt Along!

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And now it's your turn!

What's made you happy this week?


What's got you dancing the 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!

Hugs!

Sarah