Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hands2Help - Time to Show Off Your Quilts!!

"What does love look like?
It has the hands to help others.
It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
It has eyes to see misery and want.
It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men.
That is what love looks like."
St. Augustine             .

Hi, all!

The time has finally arrived for the final linky party for the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2017!  I am overwhelmed with gratitude for each one of you, who have become the hands, feet, eyes and ears of love once again through the quilts you have made for others!  Your quilts will bless many, and hopefully you have found blessing in the making of them.  Thanks to each and every one of you for joining in the Challenge this year!

So let's get down to business.  Between now and next Friday, May 28th at 6:00 noon CST, please link up your H2H quilts below, either to a new blog post or an old one that shows your quilt.  If you don't have a blog, you can link up a picture from Flickr or Instagram. If you are technologically challenged, feel free to email your picture to me at salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com and I will post it on Flickr  and link it up for you!

The best reason to link up your quilt is so that we can all see, admire, and be inspired by each one. But there's another reason, too - thanks to a lot of wonderful donors, we have great giveaway items!!  To participate in the giveaway, just link up your H2H quilt or quilts.  Everything will be given away by random drawing from those who link up a finished quilt!
Winners should be announced next Sunday, May 28th. But please bear with me, it may be late in the day - it's a big undertaking!
And here's a reminder of all the goodies we have as giveaways for the participants....

Free Spirit Fabrics has joined us as a new sponsor this year, and look at all the beautiful precuts they have provided!  There will be many happy H2Hers when this is divided up!!

The fabulous Kate Spain (and her husband Pete!) have sent oodles and oodles of mini-charm bundles of both her newest line, Early Bird, and her beautiful Grand Canal line.  I love these sweet little precuts - a fun way to see and play with all the fabrics in a line!

This year, InspiredLED has is back again, and is donating TEN of their awesome sewing machine lighting kits!!  I have these on both my domestic machine and my long arm machine and they are mah-ve-lous, darling!!!  They also have other great LED lighting and the best prices I've seen around - you should check out their site!  

Amy Smart, who blogs at Diary of a Quilter, has sent a huge bundle of giveaway items.  Amy's blog is always a delight to me - she makes such pretty quilts (and photographs them well, too!)

The folks over at Fat Quarter Shop are back again this year, offering two $25 gift certificates!  Have you been to Fat Quarter Shop?  They have a great selection of fabrics, and they feature wonderful tutorials for easy quilts using pre-cuts.  Lots of fun things going on there!

Christina Cameli, from A Few Scraps, is donating her own book, Step-By-Step Free Motion Quilting, and a copy of The Quilting Manual.  

Christa Watson, who blogs over at Christa Quilts, is donating two of her PDF quilt patterns.  Yes, before she was an author, she designed patterns (some of which I had the honor and pleasure of testing for her!) and they are fabulous!

Annie Toy, well known for Annie's Ruby Slipperz, is donating some quilt-y goodies and books!  She's a long-time champion of the Challenge and I'm so grateful for her support!!

Fabricworm has come through with some of their beautiful Birch organic fabrics - four fat quarter bundles!  I've seen these fabrics personally - they are so soft and gorgeous - and I'm already jealous of the people who will take these home!!

Stash Builder Box provides a monthly quilting box full of fabric, patterns and fun, and for every box they sell, they take a portion of their own stash and turn it into charity quilts to give to children in need through various organizations.  A great cause, and a great way to build up your own stash for a very reasonable cost!  They are celebrating their first anniversary this month, too!  You can also find her on Instagram as @stashbuilderbox - show her some love, H2Hers!!!  Amanda has signed up to provide three of her monthly boxes as prizes - awesome!!!

You may be most familiar with Classic Metal Company as the creators of those fabulous metal barn quilts - but Mark has been branching out, and this year he is donating four sets of these beautiful coasters as prizes for Hands2Help!  Be sure to check out his website to see all the beautiful things he creates just for quilters!!

You know I've talked about how much I love my Hera marker - and Clover is donating Hera markers and some of their other fabulous notions for some of our participants!

If you're anything like me, you're already familiar with The Warm Company, creator of Warm & Natural batting.  The Warm Company has sent us a quilt batt to be given away to one lucky H2Her!

And many of you not only give it forward with your quilts, but you also help encourage the people who participate in the Challenge by donating giveaway items!  (Quilters are THE BEST!!!)  So here's what your fellow participants have donated!

Sharon Vrooman, who blogs at Vroomans Quilts, is donating these two beautiful fat quarter bundles of Good Neighbors fabric!  Sharon is an amazing scrap quilter - if you've never visited her blog before, you really should - you WILL be inspired!!

Lara Bucella, who blogs at BuzzinBumble, a copy of her  book, Crafted Appliqué - New Possibilities!  I have read her book and LOVE the technique she uses for appliqué - definitely new and a perfect solution for a lot of the problems people have with appliqué!

Terri Johnson, who blogs at QuiltNCards, is donating a bundle of five fat quarters in bright, lovely colors!!  Terri does the most amazing paper piecing - you should see some of her creations!

Joanne Hubbard, who blogs at Everyone Deserves a Quilt, noticed how many precuts we've received as prizes, so she thought that a book about using precuts would be useful - so she's donating a copy of "I Love Precut Quilts" for one lucky winner!

Kathleen Gansert, a/k/a KatieQ, who blogs at Katie's Salt Marsh Path, will be bringing us some goodies, too!  How about eight fat quarters of Arizona by April Rhodes?  Awesome!!  Such gorgeous fabrics - I love that southwest vibe...

Selina Kidney, who blogs at Selina Quilts, has found a great prize to donate - an OttLite!  These things are awesome - just great for adding a little extra light just where you need it...

Susan McAdams is donating a $20 gift certificate to Intrepid Thread... ooh I sense a shopping spree coming on!

Norece E. is donating these four V & Co. books, each one paired with a matching spool of thread and fat quarter!  These books are so much fun - I have all of them and they are chock full of great ideas and lessons about color.  

She's also got a Let's Twist book with large and small twister templates for a lucky winner, and a Primitive Gatherings wool pin-keep kit for another!

Myra at Busy Hands Quilts is donating two of her PDF patterns...

Karen Goad at Quilts...Etc. is providing a fun flannel fat quarter bundle for one lucky winner...

We've also got some great prizes - fabric, books, notions, and other quilt-y goodness - from some donors who wish to remain anonymous.  We'll call them the Quilt Fairies, I think!  Here's just a few of those fabulous prizes...

A set of Connecting Threads Essentials...

A fat quarter bundle of From Bump to Baby by Gina Martin...

Four winners will receive a Kona Printed Color Chart fabric panel, all 303 colors on a 24x44 panel by Robert Kaufman...

Frivol Tin #4, Moda Windermere by Brenda Riddle...

An Owl Pillow Kit - Who, What and Where by Sewing Sue in Yosemite Park Flannels...

Four 12-fat quarter bundles of fabrics (The Owl and The Pussycat) from some favorite designers!


I'm so excited to see the wonderful quilts you have made - and I hope you're all just as excited to see the quilts the other participants have made! Please take the time to visit some of the link-ups and give each other a big high-five - you've done amazing work!!!  

Ready - - - set - - - GO!!!



PS Please bear with me and be patient if I can't answer your comment or email right away - this is a busy week with all the H2H stuff - and I really want to see all your quilts and leave comments there too!  I'm thinking sleep may be highly overrated this week....

FYI - Sometimes people have trouble linking up, which results in multiple entries.  Don't sweat it - just let me know if this happens to you and I'll delete the multiple entries.  And if you just can't get it to link up, email me at salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll link up for you.  Smile!!


Friday, May 19, 2017

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Another Big Project...

Hi, all!

Wow, here we are again - Friday has rolled around and it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!!  Are you ready?  Let's get started!


This year, our quilt ministry (Piece*Love*Quilt) decided that they wanted to make quilts for our graduating seniors.  We started many months ago getting our tops made, and we've spent the last few weeks quilting and binding those tops.  Today I took care of the last step - taking pictures of those quilts!  I'm ready to share them with you now...

Twenty-five quilts for our graduating seniors - a fun project and one we will probably continue! Most of these quilts are about twin sized. Some are made from tops donated by some of you.  Others are scrappy tops using some truly interesting fabrics - like the very bright quilt in the center of the first picture.  The fabrics in that quilt came from a box of fabric cut-outs - the leftovers after garment pieces were cut out of fabric for mass production.  I think they probably date from the early 1970s.  

So my whoop whoop for the week isn't mine alone - it's a big group effort with lots of people participating.  

Can we get a whoop whoop??


And now it's your turn!  

What's got you whooping it up?

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, May 17, 2017

I May Have A Scrap Problem.... Some New Things!!

Hi, all!

Oh, I was a bad girl this week - - - but considering the things I picked up will help me deal with my overwhelming supply of scraps, I'm going to use that as my justification!  I got some seriously happy mail on Monday, and I want to share a little bit about those in a minute.  But first, the progress on my Long Time Gone quilt...

I did end up remaking one of the blocks I had made previously, and I like it much better now!  Below you can see all the blocks I've made so far, together - I'm really liking the way this is coming together!

I tried to place the blocks in their approximate position in the finished quilt, so the big gaps are where future blocks and filler pieces will go.

Now on to my happy mail.  Look what showed up in my mail this week!!!  

Now I will freely admit to being a huge fan of Amanda Jean Nyberg.  Her blog was one of the first ones I found as a newbie quilter, and her simple yet creative designs helped me realize that yes, I really could do this!  So when I found out she had a new book coming out, I was really excited (can you tell?) and ordered it right away!  Once I started flipping through the book, I knew it would become a staple on my shelf.  First of all, there's a section just for me...

...and oh, wait, another section just for me.....

There are great quilt and project ideas (11 quilts, four pincushions, and cards) separated out by section...

I've got LOTS of squares...

...scads of strings...

...and tons of triangles!

I've even got plenty of snippets, much to the consternation of those who cut up scraps with me - I have a hard time throwing any piece of fabric away!!

I can't wait to get into the meat of this book and read more in depth what Amanda Jean has to teach me about scraps.  Plus the quilts are so-o-o-o-o-o gorgeous - I want to make them all!!

And then, speaking of quilts I want to make - - - I'm having so much fun with the Long Time Gone quilt (by Jen Kingwell) I went ahead and ordered her pattern for Gypsy Wife!  After all, a girl's gotta have a plan, right?  I figure I'll just jump right into making this one after I finish Long Time Gone, making one set of blocks each week.  Take that, scraps!!!

So that's what I've been doing with scraps this week.  How's that scrap monster of yours doing?  Is he getting a little tamer these days?

Feel free to link up below and share your own scrappy sewing!