Monday, January 15, 2018

Make-A-List Monday - Progress!

Hi, all!

It's been a long holiday weekend and it's looking to be a longer one - we had snow and ice on Friday and there's snow headed our way for Tuesday, with schools closed already.  Gotta love winter!  At least it makes for good sewing days....

So let's take a look at how last week's list went...

1.  Take some donated blocks and turn them into a toddler quilt for the ministry.
Done!  This is such a cheerful, happy quilt...

2.  Quilt at least one quilt for the quilt ministry.
Done!  This was a first quilt by a young woman in our church - it came out beautifully!

3.  Make a couple of memory pillows for a friend.
Done!  These are different from my usual pillows of this type, but exactly (I hope) what she's looking for!

4.  Examine a vintage top to see what repair work needs to be done before quilting.
I didn't get to this one yet...

5.  Start cutting pieces for a t-shirt quilt.
Or this one!  I worked on another project which I'll show below.

6.  Cut up scraps as I finish working on projects this week (this is my Scrap Attack goal for this month!)
Oh my! I've been good and have kept up with my scraps this week, and look what I have to show for it!

7.  Plan this year's pre-H2H quilt-along.
Done!  It's going to be fabulous - our theme is Scrumptious Scraps, and I've got three other quilters helping me.  Their quilts are wonderful and you are going to be so inspired!!  The Scrumptious Scraps quilt-along will begin the last Sunday of this month - stay tuned!

8.  Set up the schedule for H2H 2018 (can you believe it's time already?)
I've got the schedule set, just need to get it on the blog!

9.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
It's been a quiet week, but we did give one quilt away.  This one went to a woman whose husband died very unexpectedly on New Year's Day.

And here's part of the reason why I didn't get to some of the other things on my list - I started on the first of my three quilts for the Scrumptious Scraps quilt-along, and managed to finish it!

So last week's list went pretty well!  Here's what's on tap for this week...

1.  Work on quilt #2 for the Scrumptious Scraps quilt-along

2.  Keep cutting up those scraps!

3.  Make the t-shirt blocks for the commission quilts.

4.   Examine the vintage top for spots that need repair.

5.  Deliver the memory pillows.

6.  Do a serious scrap clean-up at church.

7.  Get the H2H info finalized and posted.

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

Definitely enough to keep me out of trouble.  At least, it should be! And now, the question is - - - what are YOU working on this week?



Friday, January 12, 2018

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Back In The Saddle Again!!

Hi, all!

Well, Friday is upon us once again, and you know what that means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on!  Are you ready?  I know I am - so let's get started!!


I had a really good week - I finally felt human again after getting over my cold, and I decided to do some playing (and a little cleaning) in the studio!

First up, I cut up some scraps into usable sizes (my monthly goal for Scrap Attack 2018)...

Then I picked up that beautiful floral picture and re-did my inspiration wall!  I am DEFINITELY feeling more inspired!

I quilted up this "first quilt" for the ministry - I'm so proud of Alison for this finish, and I think she's got the bug - she's on her THIRD jelly roll quilt in two weeks!

I took some donated blocks and made this cute little toddler-sized quilt for the ministry...

...and I took my binding scraps and made this piece of "new fabric" which will become part of a new quilt I'm making for the Scrumptious Scraps quilt-along (starting 1/28!)

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 dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.

Hope to see you there!



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Habit Building!

Hi, all!

Well, I didn't believe it was possible, but I seem to be developing a good habit!  Last week I drew my Scrap Attack monthly task, which to my chagrin was...

Aargh!  Forced to develop good habits!!  But I found this week, as I worked on some small projects and cleaned up my studio, that it is oddly satisfying to do this...

...and cut up those strips from the sides of the finished quilt...

...all of which results in an empty scrap pail on my tabletop...

...and a filling tub of pieces ready to be used...

...and here's my final week's output!

I think the thing I'm happiest with, though, is that empty red bucket (ok nearly empty but I need another plastic container for fussy cut pieces)!  The desire to keep that empty is keeping me going!

I'm also working on final choices for this year's pre-H2H quilt-along - I've decided the theme will be Scrumptious Scraps, and I'm picking out some great scrap quilt designs that are simple and fast enough for charity quilts.  I've got some great help this year, too, and I'm excited to see what they come up with.  Stay tuned for that series starting the end of January....

So now that we're ten days into the new year, how are your scrappy resolutions coming along?  Don't give up - there's always hope!!