Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I May Have A Scrap Problem...Table Runners!

Hi, all!

After last week's post about pillow covers, it occurred to me that I have made a couple of table runners from scraps - it's another great, quick and simple way to use up scraps from a project and they make fabulous gifts!

This table runner was made with the trimmings from this quilt... it was truly made from scrap - the pieces that would normally have been thrown away.  And yet it's one of my favorite pieces!

And this pretty little runner, made with what I trimmed away from the polaroid blocks in my daughter's birthday quilt, has been a very popular piece - two customers who came to talk to me about t-shirt quilts have ordered one for themselves!  Fortunately, there were a lot of trimmings from the original quilt!

Those are just a couple of examples that I've made, but here are some more that I found on Instagram and Pinterest to inspire you...

I love this use of a modified drunkard's path block!

And how simple is this?  Great for leftover layer cake pieces...

You all should know by now that I love the Charming Stars block pattern - now I need to make some of these table runners!  Maybe it will finally make a dent in that box of Christmas scraps...

And this is such a great idea - a table runner made using a full-size quilt pattern as a starting point!  This is based on Christa Watson's Sealed With a Kiss quilt pattern.  Just imagine - you could make one and use up the scraps from a quilt at the same time!

I love this simple but effective rope pattern - and I have lots of spare HSTs!

And folks, winter may be coming, but fall will be here sooner than you know!  Wouldn't this be a terrific table runner for Thanksgiving?

Table runners are an excellent way to use up things like the wide leftover fabric strips from your quilt back and batting scraps, too.  I bet you're eyeing all those scraps a little differently now - will you have a new runner on your table next week?


And here's my Gypsy Wife quilt block for this week - this one is called "From The Heart".  I'm really loving how these are turning out, using my Latitude batik scraps from Kate Spain.

I had so much fun today - I was planning to make this block, then cut out kits for the next two blocks to take on vacation with me.  But, rather like potato chips, it's hard to make just one, so I actually made all three blocks - but I'll be sharing them with you one at a time over the next two weeks.


Now I have a question for you - what is your favorite kind of scrappy sewing?  Do you only use your scraps for quilts, or do you use them for smaller gift or home decor items?  Enquiring minds want to know!



Monday, August 21, 2017

Make-A-List Monday - Total Eclipse of the Sun!

Hi, all!

I sure hope you were somewhere you could see the total eclipse of the sun today - it was totally amazing!!!  It took a couple of hours out of my workday, but it was absolutely worth it.  I remember an eclipse when I was a kid, but back then we used pinhole "cameras" that allowed us to see the sun's image on a piece of paper - this was definitely better!!  Here's some pics I took from the event...

It was a little less sunny than usual at the beginning of the eclipse...

...but this is what it looked like at the moment of totality!

It's not a great picture, but you can see the moon blocking the sun in this picture...

And this pic is so cool!  It's amazing what you can do with filters on your phone!

And this last pic is the sun coming through the trees on our deck right after totality.  Isn't that odd?  But I saw lots of people showing the same kind of pictures.  Except for those few minutes of totality, this was the coolest part of the eclipse for me!

OK, now it's time to get back to the real world!  Let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Quilt the final two quilts for Hands2Help.
Done!  And apparently I was so excited to finish these, I forgot to take pictures of them!  But here's a pic of one right after I finished the binding...

And in addition to the two H2H quilts, I finished this quilt for Stash Builder Box's Heartbuilder program!

2.  Complete the Free Spirit Fabrics design and figure out fabric requirements and cutting directions.
Done!  And I'm well into the construction of the quilt.  This is fun!!

3.  Work on the next Gypsy Wife block.

4.  Meet with a new customer about a horse show ribbon quilt.
She had to reschedule, so that's on the list for this week again!

 5.  Mail the twins' baby quilts.
Done, and they've been received and she loved them!!

6.  Do some blog maintenance.
Done!  If you notice at the top of my blog, there's a button for 12 Days of Christmas in July Links - the hyperlinks for each of this year's posts are there now!

7.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done! It was a little bit quieter this week...

This quilt went to an elderly woman dealing with breast cancer...

This quilt went to a woman just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer...

This quilt is for a 2-year old girl with kidney cancer...

...and this quilt went to a woman having back/neck surgery.

A busy week and a list well-done!  Here's what's on tap for this week...

1.  Keep working on the quilt for the Free Spirit Fabric project.

2.  Quilt a top for a friend.

3.  Start pulling together a fundraising project.

4.  Finish the flyer for our local quilt show.

5.  Quilt one of my UFO tops for the fundraiser.

6.  Keep working on the Gypsy Wife blocks.

7.  Pull together projects to take on vacation next week.

8.  Keep working on blog maintenance.

9.  Meet with the new client who wants a quilt made of her horse show ribbons.

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

Definitely more than enough to keep me out of trouble this week!  So now, the question is...

What are YOU working on this week?



Friday, August 18, 2017

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Twin Quilts for Twin Girls!

Hi, all!

It's finally Friday again, and you know what that means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on!!!  Are you ready?  Just a reminder, it doesn't have to be a finish (although finishes are good!)  It can just be something you're proud of accomplishing this week - making progress on a project, or even bringing some order to your sewing space!  So find something to whoop about and let's get started!


This is my beautiful niece Ashley.  That baby bump she's showing off is twin girls, due sometime the last half of September!  Of course, when I found out we had twin girls coming, I went into quilt-y overdrive....

...and created a pair of twin quilts!  

I used the "Sparkle Plenty" pattern from Connecting Threads to create these two quilts.  The stars themselves are made using prints from the Tiger Lily collection by Heather Ross (don't you just love her whimsical prints?) and the backgrounds are two different Kona solids.  The binding on each matches that quilt's Kona color, with a bit of the sister quilt's background color added in for fun.  

I love the backing fabric I found at Joann's!  I originally went looking for a sweet simple baby print - something light and airy.  Couldn't find what I was looking for in the baby section, so I went over to look at some of the other quilting fabric.  When I spotted this print, I knew immediately it was perfect!  All the colors coordinated with the prints in the quilt, and it's fun but a little bit sophisticated, too.

I'm so happy I finished these before the arrival of two sweet little girls - and I can't wait to see pictures of them with their quilts!

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


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!