Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I May Have a Scrap Problem...The Eternal Question!

Hi, all!

I'm sure you all know this - there is one eternal question for those of us who are trying to work through our scraps...  why (and how) do they keep multiplying?

Today I needed to make a back for a Christmas quilt, so I dragged out my tub of Christmas scraps and dumped it out on the worktable.

I dug through this and pulled some bits and bobs left over from other quilts, cut some blocks and larger pieces, and started sewing them together.

This sure isn't a fast process!  But I was heartened by the thought that I was using up my scraps, and that box would be a lot emptier when I finished!

Almost there!  I just needed a little more width, so I cut some long strips from some smaller yardage pieces I had in the stash for the sides.

And here's the finished back!  Quite a mishmash of fabrics and scraps, but I love this kind of back - so much to look at!

But you know what happened when I started cleaning up, and neatly folded all the leftover scraps and put them back in the tub?

They filled it right back up again!!!

Seriously - - - how does that happen???

There's only one solution - keep plugging away!  Because I'm not going to let this guy....

...get the best of me!!!



Monday, June 26, 2017

Make-A-List Monday - Crunch Time!!

Hi, all!

Welcome to Monday, and a whole new week - a fresh start and a clean slate, right?  Or a continuation of ongoing projects... either one works!  I'm coming into a really busy time, and starting to feel a little overwhelmed - so my lists are more important than ever!  First of all, let's look at last week's list....

1.  Finish the t-shirt commission quilt.
Almost!  I finished the quilting today, and tomorrow morning early I will put on the binding and run it through the wash.  

2.  Work on the 12 Days of Christmas in July quilt and tutorial.
In progress!  The top is finished, and my tutorial notes are ready to be transcribed  deciphered.  Pics are taken for the tutorial too!

3. Keep working on the pineapple blocks for the Long Time Gone quilt.
I made one lonely little block last week - but hey, one block is better than none, right?

4.  Quilt two H2H quilts. 
(Boy am I glad Emily takes quilts all year long!)
I still haven't gotten to this, and I think it's going to have to take a back burner for a couple of weeks.  You'll see why in a few minutes...

5.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
It was a quiet week, thankfully!  This quilt went to a woman with lung and brain cancer...

...and this one went to a woman just diagnosed with breast cancer.

This quilt went to a man with colon cancer.

So that's what my week looked like last week.  And I looked at my calendar of upcoming deadlines and about fell over.  I have nine projects in the works that must be finished at various times over the next ten weeks or so!  So as I said in the title of this post, it's crunch time!!!  Here's the list for this week...

1.  Finish and deliver the t-shirt commission quilt.

2.  Meet with a new customer about quilting her two t-shirt quilts.

3.  Order fabrics for a new commission quilt - a photo quilt this time!

4.  Quilt the 12 Days of Christmas in July (12DCIJ) quilt.

5.  Start writing the tutorial for the 12DCIJ quilt.

6.  Cut out the pieces for a new project for Free Spirit Fabrics.

7.  Make some progress on the Long Time Gone quilt - I really want to enter this quilt in our local quilt show in September!

8.  Pull the fabrics for quilts for my twin nieces, due in September/October!

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

See what I meant about crunch time?  I can get all of this done, but it's going to take a lot of concentration and willpower!!  (And maybe a really good book on Audible...)

Must. Keep. Balls. In. The. Air.......

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



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Save the Dates!!

Hi, all!

I know it's hard to believe, but Christmas is exactly six months from today!  We are on the downhill slide to the holidays - and that means it's almost time for the Twelve Days of Christmas in July blog hop!!

From July 14th to July 25th, we'll have over 30 bloggers sharing great ideas for gifts, quilts, table runners, wall hangings, and much more, all designed to get you in the Christmas mood!  Who knows? Maybe you'll get inspired to get a jump on your holiday sewing this year, and even make a Christmas quilt for yourself!  I'll be hosting a quilt-along on this blog each day during the hop with directions for a simple and fairly quick quilt that you can make in a Christmas theme, or use other fabrics if you wish for a great gift quilt.

Last year's quilt-along quilt!
So mark your calendars now and start checking out all the beautiful new Christmas fabrics that should be showing up in the shops soon!

And maybe - just maybe - there'll be a giveaway or two!