Friday, December 8, 2017

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? This One's For Jolene...

Hi, all!

Wasn't it just Friday a couple of days ago?  Where does the week go??  Well, wherever it went, it's Friday again, and you know what that means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on!  Let's get started!!


I have a different kind of whoop whoop today - earlier this week, when I needed to quilt a bunch of quilts for the ministry, my beautiful long arm machine started exhibiting some serious signs of wearing out.  (PS her name is Jolene.)  The needle up/down button and the jog button wouldn't work at first, until the machine warmed up, and the motor was running slower than usual.  One frantic call to my repairman, and an appointment was scheduled for next Tuesday.  He says it sounds like the brushes in the motor need some attention - whatever that means.  So I started working on some other, no-quilting-required, projects and gave Jolene a rest.

Then Thursday morning, my husband sent me a text saying that a friend of his needed a ministry quilt, and could I bring it when I met him for lunch.  Oh no!  Our stock at church (of finished quilts) is totally depleted, except for one that would not be appropriate for an adult man.  I did have a top and back at the house that would be perfect, but would Jolene cooperate enough to get it quilted?  

Fingers crossed, I loaded it on the frame and started quilting...

...and God bless her, Jolene powered through to the end!  A quick binding job and a run through the steam cycle of the dryer - no time to wash this one - and it's time for the photo shoot!

This really is a beautiful quilt - lots of earth and forest toned batiks, and it's plenty big enough for a big guy.  Just goes to show that God has a plan - I just happened to have the right quilt at home waiting to go on the frame!

One more shot, just because it's pretty - and see that goofy brown dog to the left of the quilt?  Silly girl wouldn't come in the house this morning, so she spent her time terrorizing the mailman, the UPS man, and the FedEx guy!  She loves the cooler weather, and would stay outside all day if I'd let her - or even if I don't!

And one more whoop whoop - I finished the dolphin appliqué on Lilli's annual quilt!  Now once Jolene is back up and running, I can get all three quilts finished and I'll be ready for Christmas.  Keep your fingers crossed that Jolene's problem is a minor one, easily fixed!

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop??


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, December 6, 2017

I May Have A Scrap Problem... A Fun Finish!!!

Hi, all!

Oh, I am so excited to say that I have an honest to gosh scrappy finish to share!!!  I didn't think I'd be able to share it until after Christmas, but the girl I made it for couldn't wait to open it, so I can share it now.....

I started out with a pile of fun pink and purple scraps...

....made some cute little weiner dog heads and butts...

...put together some rows of scrappiness...

...quilting and binding...

... and .... finished!!  

And best of all, I made some money using my scraps!!

This was a fun quilt to make, although I wouldn't recommend the pattern to new quilters.  It isn't complicated, but it had some weird things about it that I fixed as I went along - experience is useful!  If you are interested in making one of your own, email me and I'll share some of my experience and tips to make your task easier.


I'm working on a special scrap challenge for 2018 and I'll share more about that, hopefully next week.  Until then, keep working on taming that scrap monster!  



Monday, December 4, 2017

Make-A-List Monday - Crunch Time!

Hi, all!

OK, last week kind of went by in a blur for me - how about you?  It does seem like the weeks go faster the closer we get to Christmas - so many fun things to do, and so many gifts to make or buy!  Let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Finish piecing the commission quilt.
2.  Quilt and bind the commission quilt.
Done!  I can't share pictures yet, but it turned out really cute!  Here's a teaser, though...

3.  Create the dolphin appliqué for Lilli's annual quilt.
I'm still at the paper stage, but I have filled in all the jagged edges so it's ready to cut out!

4.  Start quilting the kids' annual quilts.
I haven't started the quilting - we were almost completely out of ministry quilts, so quilting those took precedence this week.

5.  Decorate the house for Christmas.
Done!  Just in time for the party last Saturday!

6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  It was a busy week - it seemed as soon as I managed to quilt one, it was given away!  

This quilt went to a gentleman dealing with cancer...

The next two quilts went to the son and mom of a man who died unexpectedly at a young age.

This quilt went to a woman whose husband died after a long illness.

This quilt went to a gentleman who has been dealing with cancer for many years now....

...and this quilt went to a woman whose daughter died unexpectedly.

This quilt went to a woman who suffered a shattering loss...

This quilt went to a man dealing with throat cancer...

This quilt went to a woman who had a heart attack...

...and these 21 baby quilts went to the NICU at our local General Hospital!

And we wonder why our stash of quilts is low!  Here's what's on the agenda for this week...

1.  Send out an email to the quilt ministry members about sewing in December.

2.  Do some quilting for the ministry.

3.  Write an estimate for two t-shirt quilts.

4.  Finish the appliqué for Lilli's annual quilt.

5.  Take the last of the Great Quilt Destash photos and post.

6.  Deliver a whole mess of quilts purchased through the Great Quilt Destash!

7.  Work on a post for scrappy Wednesday.

8.  Review my stash of Christmas gifts and see what else I need to get.

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

So that's my goals for the week!  Busy busy busy!

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