Monday, June 27, 2016

Make-A-List Monday - When It Rains, It POURS!

Hi, all!

It feels like forever since I posted a list on here - two weeks ago was my last one, and I definitely feel at loose ends without one!  The trip to NYC was a lot of fun, though - I wouldn't have missed it for the world!  But now it's time to get back to the real world, so let's see what happened with that two-week old list...

1.  Finish the red t-shirt commission quilt.
Done!  I'm really happy with the way this quilt turned out - it was a stretch to my designing skills, but I learned a lot!

2.  Work on prepping a Christmas quilt-along to go alongside the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop! That involves making up a sample quilt and keeping track of all the steps, then writing a whole mess of blog posts!
This is a work in progress, but I'm happy with how it's progressing!  I've finished my sample quilt and written most of the instructions. Now I have to turn them into blog posts!

3.  Write the estimate for the second commission t-shirt quilt.
Done!  This one's going to have to wait until after vacation, though...

4.  Mail prizes to the winners of the Stash Builder Box giveaway!

5.  Make some more string blocks for the scrap quilt - if time allows!
Time?  What in the heck is free time??? No more blocks this week, I'm afraid...

6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  We gave away a few quilts this week...

This quilt went to a woman with colon cancer...

This one went to a gentleman with cancer...

And this one to a woman who is having serious heart issues.

We also had two new babies...

A bright and spicy quilt for a new baby girl...

And an ocean themed quilt for a little boy!

And these ten quilts went to our local general hospital to be distributed to new babies and their moms!

Not much sewing time in the past two weeks, but at least I managed to get a good bit of stuff done.  Good thing, too, because when it rains, it pours - I've got two more commission t-shirt quilts in my studio to work on, and two more waiting in the wings for after I come back from vacation!  It's definitely a busy time of the year.  So here's my list for this week.....

1.  Finish the quilt-along quilt top.

2.  Finish preparing the tutorial for the quilt-along.

3.  Start preparing the blogposts for the quilt-along.

4.  Prepare kits for vacation sewing.

5.  Pack up tools and supplies for vacation sewing.

6.  Take photographs of the t-shirts for the two commission quilts for quilt planning.

7.  Cut apart a large donated quilt and add borders to make four smaller quilts.

8.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up this week!

Lots of things on the list, but quite a few that are on-going and will carry through vacation.  We leave on Friday, so I'll be using my car time to write tutorials, blogposts, and plan quilts.  And there will be sewing at the beach - mainly in the evenings while watching tv - so hopefully I'll have some pretty things to show off next Friday!  It feels like it's been a while since I got to finish anything - I miss it!

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



Friday, June 24, 2016

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Dreaming of New Projects...

Hi, all!

It's Friday again, and we all know what that means - - - it's time to get our whoop whoop on!  I hope you've all had whoop-worthy weeks - mine hasn't had much sewing, but it's been fun nonetheless.  And I do have some pretty fabric to show off!  So let's get started!


If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I'm sure you know that I spent last weekend plus a few days in New York City!  Oh, we had such a fine time!  The weather was just gorgeous...

...clear and sunny and pretty comfortable temperature-wise most of the time we were there.  It made for really great pictures!

I particularly love this one of the Flatiron Building - I had never seen it from that particular angle, and it looks so thin there!

I was really glad that I had a day to wander around the Garment District, too!  I love the iconic needle-and-button statue that lets you know that you have arrived in the Garment District - one of my favorite sights in NYC!

I visited some really great trim shops in NYC - buttons, trims, zippers, ribbons - everything you could possibly imagine can be found in these amazing stores!  

But the best part of my day exploring came when I got to meet this lovely lady in real life for lunch!  Chris blogs over at Made by ChrissieD, and lives in the NYC area.  FYI, she travels all over the world and blogs about the fabric stores she find on her journeys.  It's a great resource if you like to travel - her photography is fabulous, as you'll see if you wander around her blog.  She sent me a great walking itinerary to follow when I was wandering around the garment district, and arranged for us to meet for lunch at a cute little restaurant.  Then we wandered down to.....

...Purl Soho, which is such a fun shop, although much smaller than you would think from their website!  Lots of beautiful yarns, Liberty of London fabric, and some of the prettiest linens I've seen in a long time.  I did end up with a scrap bag with an interesting mix of pieces...

...and a bolt end of this beautiful linen!  It's hard to tell from this picture, but the warp is a light teal blue and the woof is a beautiful bright yellow.  In person, it's a beautiful shade of blue-ish green.  Unfortunately, it's hard to tell in this picture!

I also picked up the bundle of solid fabrics in this picture...

...then returned to The City Quilter for the owls and foxes, which I had seen there earlier in the day.  These fabrics are destined to become a baby quilt for one of my nieces!

And Thursday I got to spend the day with these lovelies -  grandkids are the best!!  We had a big old time wandering around Target and re-stocking Nana's pantry shelves.  

So that's what's been going on in my little corner of the world this week - can I get a whoop whoop??


And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping it up this week?

What's got you dancing 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!!



Monday, June 20, 2016

Make-A-List Monday - Not Much Sewing Going On!

Hi, all!

This week, Make-A-List Monday is going to take a brief hiatus, because I'm currently enjoying a New York experience!  

We arrived on Saturday and found our hotel, which looks out over Times Square - it's in the heart of the theater district, with multiple shows on either side of the block it presides over and Schubert Alley right across the street!  

We've already been to see Wicked and Les Miserables; tonight's show is Something Rotten.  Can you tell we like Broadway musicals?

We also went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art today - there was an amazing exhibition of clothing throughout the modern age, talking about the hand vs. machine construction.  Here's a few of the more interesting things we saw...

Yo-yos!  Who knew they could be used for clothing?

And if you run out of fabric, just grab some drink straws!

Yes, they are really made from plastic drink straws!!

Beautiful color inspiration....

And look at that black and white - makes me want to run to my sewing machine!!

Tomorrow I'll be hitting up the fabric stores while my husband is working - pictures of that later this week!

I'll review last week's list and get back on track next Monday - but for now I'm going to play! 

So now I'll live vicariously through you - what are YOU working on ?