Friday, December 15, 2017

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? The First of Three...

Hi, all!

Wow, it's already Friday again!  Time flies when you're having fun, doesn't it?  And you know what Friday means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on!!  Are you ready?  Let's get started!


Before I share, let me give a little back history for those of you who might not be familiar with my favorite Christmas tradition.  When I started making quilts in 2009, I decided to make my one and only granddaughter a quilt for Christmas.  I made her one the next year too, and by 2011, she told me that the only thing she wanted from me for Christmas was her new quilt!  So making a quilt each year for Lilli, and then for Emmy and Nathanael too when they came along, has become a tradition.  One that's worrying my daughter, who pointed out to me this year that if I make each of the kids a quilt a year for eighteen years, they'll have fifty-four quilts at their house by the time they graduate!  Now I ask you - is that really a problem???

With all that being said, today I'm going to share the first of this year's three annual quilts...

This one is obviously for my little mermaid, Emmy!  Three gorgeous mermaid panels form the focus of this quilt, with lots of patchwork surrounding them.  

Haven't you always wanted to know about the secret life of mermaids?

A panel from the same fabric line added a little interest to the back the quilt, too!

And I even busted into my Heather Ross Goldfish in Bags yardage to make her a pillowcase.  I hope she knows how much I love her!

Two more to come, as soon as I finish them!


I did have one other fun finish this week - a friend of mine saw Lilli's dolphin quilt, and asked if I could do the same design on a pillow cover.  Well, yes!

Just FYI, it takes almost as much time to cut out a 6" tall dolphin as it does to cut out one 36" tall!  Lots of wavy straight line quilting on this one...

And how great is it to find the absolute perfect backing fabric in your stash?  Look at that beautiful little mermaid!

And there it is - the finished pillow cover!

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 celebrate with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.

Hope to see you there!



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Are You Up For a Challenge?

Hi, all!

Well, in the midst of the rush of preparations for the holidays, it's easy to forget that we're also coming up on the end of 2017!  This has been a great year - I've discovered that I really like working with scraps, and I've made some fun projects using those scraps...

...but I'll have to admit that all of that sewing hasn't made a dent in my stash of scraps!  So here's a few photos just to keep it real....

The baskets on the top of my fabric storage shelves...

...the tubs under my long arm machine that I still haven't touched...

...the piles of leftover scraps from earlier scrap projects... still not sorted into tubs.... well-stuffed strings hamper...

...and the overflowing catch basket on my cutting table!

Oh the shame of it....

But there just aren't enough hours in the day...

And there are so many projects to do!

Where to start???

And that's where I want to begin with this challenge.  Will you join me?  Here's my plan...

I'm going to take a good hard look at my scrap situation over the next two weeks, and make a list of least twelve specific things I want to accomplish in 2018.  Some might be as simple as sorting out a tub of scraps, others as fun as making a new quilt or a rope bowl, or as generous as sharing a box of scraps with someone less scrap-blessed, but all will work towards the goal of controlling my scraps during the year.  

I'll write out each goal on a card, maybe even with pics - that inspiration quilt shot, for example - fold them up small and put them in a pretty jar or box. Then the first Wednesday of January, I'll pull one out to work on, and share it with you.  There will be a linky party so you can join in and share your goal for the month too!  Come the first Wednesday of February, and each month after, we can share progress on the previous month's goal, and reveal the new goal for the new month!

And remember I said at least twelve things?  If I come up with more, I'll write them up too - and if I have a month where I finish early, I'll draw a second task.  

And this is really low pressure - if life happens and I can't meet my monthly goal, it's not the end of the world!  Believe me, those scraps aren't going anywhere!  

So - - - are you interested in joining me?  I've even come up with a cute little badge to put on your blog...

I'm looking forward to this!  Just what I need, a little challenge to put the spark back into my quest for super-neat and usable scraps!!

I hope you'll come along for the ride!



Monday, December 11, 2017

Make-A-List Monday - Taking Time To Enjoy!!

Hi, all!

Do you ever get so busy at this time of year that you forget to slow down and take time to enjoy the season?  I know I do - but I am determined to look for the joy this week.  Simple things - like the little girl I saw at Target yesterday who was so excited about Christmas that she just jumped up and down cheering when she saw the decorations in the store!  She made me smile!! Join me in looking for joyful moments this week...

OK, so let's look at last week's list and see how it went...

1.  Send out an email to the quilt ministry members about sewing in December.
Done!  We've got some interesting projects coming up, and everyone seems really excited!

2.  Do some quilting for the ministry.
I did a little, but not as much as I wanted to, because Jolene needs sometime with the repairman....

3.  Write an estimate for two t-shirt quilts.
Done!  Now to order the supplies...

4.  Finish the appliqué for Lilli's annual quilt.
Done!  I'm so so happy with how this turned out...

Now I just need Jolene to get better so I can quilt the annual quilts!

5.  Take the last of the Great Quilt Destash photos and post.
I didn't get to this one. Hopefully this week!

6.  Deliver a whole mess of quilts purchased through the Great Quilt Destash!
Done!  That was so much fun!!

7.  Work on a post for scrappy Wednesday.
Done!  I'm trying to be intentional about these last few scrappy Wednesday posts until the endow the year...

8.  Review my stash of Christmas gifts and see what else I need to get.
Done!  Amazingly, I only had a few holes to fill in.  And I think I finished the shopping today!

9.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  This quilt went to a new baby...

...and this quilt went to a 13-year old boy with some serious medical issues.

This quilt went to a woman going through treatment for leukemia...

...and this quilt went to a man who is recovering from open heart surgery.

And in addition to the things on my list, I also made pillowcases for both of my granddaughters!  I'm particularly proud that I finally cut into the 2-yard piece of Heather Ross "Goldfish in Bags" that I've been hoarding since I got it away from my daughter...

...and I love the "Marauder's Map" fabric I found at Joann's!

Since I've already made one for Nathanael, this finished up the set!

Time is running short, so I'll jump right into my goals for next week...

1.  Make a weighted blanket (commission job).

2.  Make a dolphin pillow cover.

3.   Order supplies for the t-shirt quilts

4.  Make labels for the kids' annual quilts.

5.  Quilt the annual quilts.

6.  Wrap packages.

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

8. Find the joy!!

Remember to take a few minutes this week to find the joy - it will make all the rest of it go even better!

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