Friday, March 24, 2017

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Graduation's Coming...

Hi, all!

Wow!  Can you believe that it's Friday again?  Where did the week go? But now that it's here, you know what it's time for - time to get our whoop whoop on!  Are you ready?  Let's get started!!

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I am very very happy to say that I have now made a puzzle-style t-shirt quilt!  Here's where it started...


I laid the shirt pieces out on the floor in the little office off my sewing room - fortunately it wasn't in use and I could lay it out and leave it there as I worked to assemble it.


Then I pieced together the blocks across the top of the quilt, building it to the width needed for this quilt.


The next step was to establish the length of the quilt.  As you can see, I pieced together the left side, adding to or trimming blocks as needed to make it the proper length.

This is a time-consuming project - if you decide to take one on as a commission project, I would suggest you allow a good amount of time for piecing the blocks.  I exceeded the time I expected to spend on it by a good bit, although part of that was learning curve, since this was my first.



But I'm so happy with the result!


This is a fun, bright, colorful quilt...


...with blocks that span this girl's whole school career!


I used a gray Connecting Threads solid for the backing and binding - it's the recipient's favorite color!


Cross-hatch straight line quilting in Glide Battleship crosses all the blocks.  The quilting lines are 5" apart.


I'm happy to have this under my belt and in my repertoire - I'm not sure I'll make many more because of the time involved and the cost to the customer, but it was a great learning experience!

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

Oh - and one more thing I'm whooping about - we currently have 163 people signed up for Hands2Help!!  If you are thinking about joining in, there's still plenty of time - your finished quilts are due by early June - so sign up!  There are giveaways at the end for the folks who make and donate quilts!!

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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!!

Hugs!

Sarah



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I May Have A Scrap Problem... But This Should Help!!!!

Hi, all!

I have decided that it's time to get serious about my scraps again, and just last week I found a really great way to use some of them up!  So here's what came in the mail yesterday...



If you've ever seen any of Jen Kingwell's other patterns, you'll understand the appeal of this one.  You may be familiar with her My Small World pattern...


...or her Gypsy Wife design...


I absolutely adore both these patterns, and have actually started on three My Small World quilts for the grandkids (someday!)  I love the way Jen uses lots of different blocks combined together to create these wonderful sampler quilts.  They are appealing to me because I get bored making the same block over and over - this gives me plenty of variety to keep my interest!

So I decided to start on my own Long Time Gone quilt.  There are thirteen different block designs in this quilt. Most are simple patchwork; there is a template for the 60 degree triangles in the book, and also a paper-piecing template for a pineapple block. here are no curved seams in this quilt, making it fairly simple, even for a new quilter!

Today I started with the first block in the book, the Bow Tie block.  I started out by cutting my pieces from fabric in my scrap bins...


...then sewed the blocks up as directed!


I had a little more time to work, so I decided to cut out the pieces for the next block in the book, Square In A Square Stars.


I didn't have a chance to sew this one up yet, but it's all ready when I get a few minutes to sit down and sew!  I love having things ready and waiting...

This pattern book is set up so well for working a project over a long period of time.  Each block is well explained and diagrammed, and the pattern is printed in an 8.5" x 11" book format.  These patterns are expensive, but I've found them to be worth the cost.  There's plenty of room to make notes on each page, too!

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So that's what I'm planning to work on now to help tame my scrap monster.  With any kind of luck I should be able to post new blocks each week and have it done in a couple of months?  Let's see how that works out...  😜

What are you working on these days to keep your scrap monster under control?  Enquiring minds want to know!!

Hugs!

Sarah


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Make-A-List Monday - Making Headway!!

Hi, all!

Welcome spring!  Today was absolutely gorgeous - warm, sunny, a little bit of wind, and absolutely the perfect day for the first day of spring!  And I finished a quilt today, which is a great way to start a season!  So let's take a look at last week's list and see how it went...

1.  Continue working on the commission quilt. Finish making all the t-shirt blocks and determine the arrangement of this puzzle style quilt, at a minimum.  If I'm lucky, I'll finish piecing it this week!
No only did I finish piecing it, I quilted it and put the binding on!  This quilt is ready to go!!  Woohoo!!


2.  File our income taxes. 
Done!  And my refund is on its way... I see fabric in my future!! 

3.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  We only gave away one quilt this week, and would you believe, I forgot to take a picture of it?  It's a shame, too, because it was a really beautiful quilt.  It went to a gentleman battling brain cancer.

OK!  Last week was a winner!  Love getting everything I needed to get done, and more!  Here's what's up for this week...

1.  Put the borders on the Dear Jane quilt I'm finishing up for a friend.

2.  Quilt and bind the Dear Jane quilt.

3.  Repair a vintage quilt for a customer.

4.  Start working on a scrappy quilt (details on Wednesday!)

5.  Get the guest room ready for a 3-day sleepover with the grandkids!

6.  Bind a quilt for the quilt ministry.

7.  Quilt a couple of quilts for Stash Builder Box.

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

That should definitely keep me out of trouble, right?  So now there's only one question...

What are YOU working on this week?

Hugs!

Sarah

PS If anyone but me cares, the signup count for Hands2Help is up to 160 now!  Whoop whoop!!!