Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Make-A-List Monday - Feeling Fall!

Hi, all!

Hello, and welcome to Monday Tuesday!  I had every intention of posting this Monday night, but sat down on the sofa and just couldn't keep my eyes open.  Finally gave up and went to bed, so now I'm posting early in the morning!  Last week went by in a blur, and the weekend even faster - but it's finally getting cool around here, which is a welcome change.  It's starting to feel like quilting season - good thing, too!  Let's see how last week's list went...

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!)
Done!  And I didn't enjoy any of it, although I do like having a nice clean house!  The party went great, we introduced some friends to super-comfy LuLaRoe clothes, and I even brought home a new outfit or two - sweet!!  Y'all, if you haven't heard about LuLaRoe yet, you should - you look great in them, but feel like you're wearing your pajamas!

Clean closet floor - that hasn't seen the light of day in a while!

2.  Assemble the memory quilt blocks.
3.  Make a back for the memory quilt.
Done!  The quilt is assembled, the back is made, and it's on the frame ready to be quilted!

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!
Done! Well, at least part - I did scope out some great photo shoot locations.  The leaves haven't turned yet, so I had to resort to making my own fall color - silk leaves stitched to jute cord for a banner!  I hope this works as well as I think it will... we shall see!

6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up!
Done - it was a fairly simple week - we gave this quilt to a woman who was in a bad car accident this week and is dealing with a severe brain injury...

...and these twelve quilts are going with a chaplain for the Billy Graham foundation for disaster relief in South Carolina.

So that's how my week went.  But now - only two months until Christmas! (*EEK*) it's time to buckle down and get to work.  Here's my plan for this week...

1.  Quilt and bind the tie memory quilt.

2.  Print the photos for Lilli's annual quilt.

3.  Photo shoot for my Artisan blog tour post (THIS FRIDAY!)

4.  Bind and wash a half dozen quilts for the quilt ministry.

5.  Finish writing the tutorial for the Artisan post.

6.  Cut out a Christmas gift quilt.

7.  Start working on Emmy's annual quilt.

8.  Start working on Nathanael's annual quilt.

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

There's probably a dozen more things that I need to be working on, but I think these are the most important ones.  As you can probably tell from the disordered list, I'm kind of scattered this week - I'm going to have to nail down a priority on each of these!  But hopefully I can get something done on all of these, and maybe more.

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



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?