Monday, October 27, 2014

Make-A-List Monday - 59 Days and Counting...



Hi, all!

Fall is arriving with a vengeance here in middle Tennessee - the weather is cooler, the leaves are finally starting to turn, and my friend has started his annual countdown to Christmas on Facebook!  So I have a daily reminder of just how few days it is until Christmas. So I guess we can add a sense of urgency to that list of things that mark fall's arrival!

It was a busy week but I did manage to get a lot done!  Let's see how it went.

1.  Contact repair people to get quotes for the damage repair work in the garage.
Done!  Two roofers came today, a drywall guy came last week, and I spoke to the electrician and garage door guys.  Now I'm just waiting for the estimates to roll in...

2.  Take photos of the quilts to sell for the adoption at my friend's barn.
Done! You can see one of them at the top of this post, and you'll see more next week as I put together some special posts.  Stay tuned!

3.  Finish the back-stitching on Nathanael's stocking.
Done!! Yipee!!!  I just love this one, and it makes me smile to think of it hanging with all the others this year, even if Nathanael isn't here yet.



4.  Assemble the blocks for the commission quilt.
Done!  This top is finished, and now I'm trying to work out how I'm going to quilt it. (There is a narrow gray border around it that's not in this picture.)


5. Write up an estimate for another t-shirt commission quilt.
Done!  This is going to be a really interesting quilt, but probably not until after Christmas!

6.  Quilt two quilts for the ministry.
Done!  Here's one of them, and you'll see the other one in the pictures for #9 below...



7.  Complete a quilt top for the ministry.
Done!  This came to us as just the square on-point panel - the triangles are shirting plaids, so adding another plaid for the large outer corners was the perfect touch! Oh, and the top's not only completed, it's quilted too!


8.  Participate in a Jelly Roll Race at church tonight with my Sewing Siblings!
Done!  It was a small group, but we had fun and finished several tops!



9.  Keep up with all ministry needs that may arise.
Done!  We gave away five quilts last week

This quilt went to a retired schoolteacher who just found out she has liver cancer… (it's also the second quilt I quilted this week)


This quilt went to a young man who was involved in a very serious auto accident recently, and is dealing with health issues related to that


This comfort quilt went to a woman who just had a hip replacement, and while recovering, her 95-year old father passed away.


And this one went to a man who went in for a routine outpatient procedure that had complications. He is in the SICU, unable to wean off the ventilator.


We also gave away one more, to the wife of a gentleman we gave a quilt to last week.  He has cancer, and she is his primary caregiver.  She's been having a rough time and we wanted to send her a quilt-y hug.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of it!  But it was a beautiful blue and yellow quilt.

The current quilt count is at 271 for the year, 943 all-time!

And now, here's what I'll be working on this week…

1.  Make a back for the pieced commission quilt.

2.  Decide on the quilting design for that quilt.

3.  Order the Kona background fabrics for the t-shirt commission quilt.

4.  Write the special posts for next week.

5.  Meet with a friend to discuss how to quilt her finished top.

6.  Finish four cross-stitched stockings for another friend. (She did the cross-stitch, just needs help turning them into stockings!)

7.  Finish Nathanael's stocking!

8.  Keep up with any ministry needs that arise - and it looks like a busy week, because I've already got six requests!

So that's definitely enough to keep me busy and out of trouble this week!  OK, maybe not out of trouble, but maybe I won't get into as much trouble as usual… ;-)  Oh, and by the way, you want to know something weird?  Remember how I worked so hard to get my house clean for the party at my house?  Well, it's been a week and a half and the house is STILL CLEAN!!!  I have no idea how that's happened, but I sure do like it!

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

Hugs!

Sarah


Friday, October 24, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fly Away Home!!


Hi, all!

Quilt Market has rolled around again, and you know what that means for those of us who don't get to go to Market - it's time for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival!!

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This year I want to share a very special quilt with you.  It has humble beginnings, being made with the scraps from this wonderful quilt made from a pattern designed by Karrie Lyne Winter of Freckled Whimsy.


Karrie was a guest blogger for this year's Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge, and came up with this fabulous design, which I just had to try out!


The polka dot fabric was originally purchased by my daughter when she was trying to adopt from Ethiopia several years ago.  She hoped to make a quilt for a little boy with them, but due to delays in the adoption process in Ethiopia, they had to drop their plans to adopt at that time.  When they had their second little girl, she gave me the fabrics to use for the quilt ministry, and they became the basis for my version of Karrie's quilt.  But see all those triangle blocks?  They created a lot of waste triangles, which I hated to throw away.  

So I turned them into a big pile of half-square triangles and threw them up on the design wall.  Because of the design of the first quilt, they were a variety of sizes.  This made for some interesting design problems!  


I finally came up with a layout that I liked, but couldn't decide on a background fabric.  I tried grays, creams, white, taupe - nothing was quite right.  Then my sister and her daughters came over and put in their two cents - red, definitely red!  Fortunately I had a big chunk of Chinese red that was perfect!  Lots of measuring, piecing, a little frog-stitching (rip-it, rip-it) and a big dose of perseverance, and the top was complete!


Acres of small random meander quilting - red thread on the red fabric, then cream on the half square triangles.


And a hand-quilted heart in the very center of the quilt.


Cream polka dots on red with a stripe of multi-colored polka dots on cream make up the back.  The same multi-colored polka dots make the binding!

 My daughter and her family are now in the process of adopting a little boy from China that they have named Nathanael.  Nathanael is almost three and is profoundly deaf, as is our youngest granddaughter, Emmy.  This quilt will be his first annual quilt when they finally bring him home. (I make each grandchild a quilt each year for Christmas.)  I've named it "Fly Away Home" because to me, the corners look like birds flying towards the center of the quilt, and the blue center represents the love radiating outwards towards our future grandson.  And of course, red represents his home country, China!  We hope to have Nathanael in his forever home early next year!!  You can read more about their adoption journey here if you want.

 Many people in our family had a part in this quilt - not just my "blood kin" but my quilting family also!  My daughter contributed the  fabric, originally intended for a child to be adopted from Ethiopia; a quilt designed by my blog friend Karrie for our annual charity quilt challenge yielded the basic building blocks for this second quilt; and my sister and nieces came up with the perfect background color!  So it really was a "family affair"!

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If this is your first time visiting my blog, I hope you've enjoyed yourself and that you'll come back and visit often!  We "whoop" it up on Fridays at my "Can I Get A Whoop Whoop" linky party, and each spring I host the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge.  And there are always pictures of the beautiful quilts our church's quilt ministry creates on the blog.  Come join us!!!

Hugs!

Sarah

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Let's Cheer For Rita!


Hi, all!

Here we go - it's Friday again, 
and time to get your whoop whoop on!!  
Are you ready?


This week, I am once again woefully short on things I can show off that are whoop-worthy - most of what I've been working on is in the not-very-interesting stage still.  But - - - Rita has been on a roll this week, so I thought I'd share some of the pretty things she has been working on!

First of all, there's this beautiful butterfly quilt she finished last week.  The paper-pieced blocks came from Sharon, and Rita provided the setting and the piano key border.



These are such amazing blocks - the detail is wonderful!

And here's a few of the orphan block quilts she finished this week...


A beautiful monkey wrench block quilt...


A really nice setting of nine-patch blocks...


And check out this grouping of varied orphan blocks!  
Isn't that fun!

Wednesday night she brought her magic bag to church.  Do you remember Mary Poppins' magical carpet bag, that held so many things?  Well, Wednesday night Rita started pulling orphan block tops out of her magic bag - each one gorgeous and unique - and she had ten new quilt tops in that amazing bag!  I wish I had thought to take a picture of the stack of tops when she finished pulling them out - it was pretty amazing!

But it's not all work in The Sweatshop these days - Piper brought our newest and smallest member of the group to supervise us today - her 7 month old daughter!  Holding court on a pile of quilts on the floor, she kept us all working - but Rita decided to take a break and get down on her level!


They had quite the conversation down there before little Bailey Ann told Rita to get back to work!

So - can Rita get a Whoop Whoop??

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And now it's your turn!

What have you been working on this week?


What's got you doing the happy dance?

Share - we want to dance right along with you!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight -

Hope to see you there!!

Hugs!

Sarah