Friday, October 21, 2016

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Progress!!

Hi, all!

Welcome to another Friday!!  It's been a long week but the end is here, and you know what that means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on!  Have cooler temperatures put you in the mood for creating wonderful treasures?  I keep hoping it will get cooler here, and it's supposed to this weekend, but it was 92 here yesterday - so I've been staying inside and trying to keep cool!!  But I have something to share today, so let's get started!


As you may have seen earlier on the blog, I've been working on a memory quilt for a man using his father's old ties.  

It takes a lot of time to take all those ties apart and cut them into usable pieces.  These ties were silk, silk/poly blend, and polyester.

One hundred simple string blocks!  There is a kite-shaped piece of dark quilting cotton in the center diagonally from corner to corner, and then strings of different widths are applied on either side of the centerpiece.  The blocks are then trimmed up to 6.5".

Assembling the quilt goes a lot faster than making the blocks!  I put this top together in a few hours spread over two afternoons...             

 It was just a little bit windy....

...but I did get some pretty close-ups...

I love the way all the tie prints play together!

The varied colors give the diamonds a lot of depth, don't they?

And one more shot, just because it's pretty!

I'll be quilting this one over the weekend - I can't wait to give it to the man who commissioned it for his mother!

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?


And it's also time for another stop on the Artisan blog tour!  Today's blog is Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts and my-oh-my does she have a beautiful thing for you to drool over!  Here's just a tiny peek at her creation...

Isn't that gorgeous?  You really must hop over and check out the whole thing!  She's having a giveaway of some great Kaffe fabrics, too, so be sure and throw your name in the hat!

And be sure to come by here next Friday, when it will be MY TURN!!  I'm so excited - it's also my birthday weekend, and I'll be doing a little celebrating and some giveaways too!!  I've got lots of beautiful things to share with you, and maybe even a tutorial or two!  See you then!!


And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping it up this week?

What's making you dance 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, October 19, 2016

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Upcycling!!

Hi, all!

Are you having any success getting your scraps in a semblance of order?  Just a reminder - it's just a few short weeks until Christmas, and imagine how many great gifts you could make using your scrap stash!  Just as a suggestion, you might check out my friend Chris's blog post today... (hop over and take a look, then come back!)

I love the way she put her mug rug in a small tray!  Mug rugs are so quick and simple, and you can use up a bunch of scraps with them. Add a mug and a little bundle of homemade cookies, and you've got a great gift!

You can see more mug rug ideas on my Pinterest page, 

Then, when I was going through some of my old pictures pulling out pics of my eldest granddaughter for her annual quilt, I found a pic of this quilt...

I didn't make this one, and don't know where I originally saw this picture, but I'm glad I found it today.  What a great scrap buster!   I can see making the string blocks in between other projects, using up the leftovers and strings I've got lying around, then spending an afternoon making the hourglass blocks to finish it up.  

And this past week, I've been diligently making blocks from all those men's ties - 100 blocks all completed, and sewn together in 4's!

I should have this memory quilt finished by the end of the week.  What a great way to use up old men's ties!  I'll warn you, it's a bit time consuming, but it is really pretty when it's done.  

So that's been my week, scrap-wise.  I need to get cracking on Lilli's annual quilt, which will use up a huge amount of scraps.  Hopefully I can start on that as soon as I finish the men's ties quilt!

Is your scrap monster starting to look a little bit more domesticated these days?



Monday, October 17, 2016

Make-A-List Monday - Back to Basics

Hi, all!

Monday has rolled around once again, and it's going to usher in a slightly different week for me - filled with things I've needed to do for a while!  But more about that in a minute - first let's see how last week's list fared...

1.  Work on the blocks for the tie/memory quilt. (This one has to be finished by Halloween.)
Done!  I finished the 100 blocks required Sunday afternoon, and will work on assembling them this week!

2.  Quilt six quilts for Stash Builder Box!
Done, and they've been sent to Amanda for distribution to this quarter's charity, Peach's Neet Feet!

3.  Finish the pillow tops.
Done!  Here's just a teaser of one of the tops...

Stay tuned for my stop on the Artisan blog tour coming up 10/28!

4.  Quilt the orange peel top.
Nope!  I just flat ran out of time - those string blocks took a lot longer than I anticipated.

5.  Mail two baby quilts to the soon-to-be parents!
Done!  One has been happily received, and I'm waiting to hear back on the other one...

6.  Pull together a t-shirt quilt "portfolio" of sample designs and prices.
Done!  Still waiting to hear back from the potential client...

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

This quilt went to a young woman with leukemia...

This one went to a woman our high school mission team ministered to in West Virginia last week.  Her husband died unexpectedly this week.

This quilt went to the couple who hosted our mission team in West Virginia...

...and this quilt went to the homeless woman who cooked all the meals for the mission team in WV!

And finally, this quilt went to a man dealing with cancer.

So all in all, a pretty productive week.  I wish I had been able to quilt that orange peel quilt, but I'm happy with how much I got finished!

And now, an explanation about my choice of tasks for this week.  My daughter has just started selling LuLaRoe clothes, and I offered to host a pop-up party at my house this week.  Sunday when we were looking over the week's schedule, my husband noted that I was having people over Thursday night, and fist-pumped, saying, "Hooray - clean house!!"  OK, y'all, I will admit freely that I'm not a great housekeeper - I'd much rather be quilting!  And my husband is long-suffering, never ever saying anything about the house needing cleaning.  So - I'll be spending a good amount of time this week doing a good deep cleaning of the house, mainly for him!  It's not nearly as much fun as quilting, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do!  So here's my list for this week...

1.  Deep clean the house before my LuLaRoe pop-up party. (We won't go into exactly what that entails, just know that I won't be enjoying any of it!)

2.  Assemble the memory quilt blocks.

3.  Make a back for the memory quilt.

4.  Scope out photo shoot locations for my stop on 
the Artisan blog tour.

5.  If the leaves turn this weekend, take my photos for 
the Artisan blog tour!

6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up!

I'm so excited about my upcoming Artisan blog post!  I'm hoping for some beautiful fall color in my pictures, though, and it's been too hot for the leaves to turn yet.  But the weather is supposed to turn markedly cooler this weekend, and I've scoped out several spots with lots of maples just waiting to change color, so hopefully luck will be with me!

So that's what I'll be doing - and now the question is - - - what are YOU working on this week?