Monday, August 29, 2016

Make-A-List Monday - Keep Putting One Foot In Front of the Other....

Hi, all!

It's Monday, and time for another list!  Some weeks, lists are the only way I can keep my head on straight - do you have the same problem?  I'm always interested in how others stay on track - if you've got a method that works, please share!  

Let's get down to it now, though - and check out my progress on last week's list...

1.  Keep working on the secret project!
In progress!  One finished, two in progress, several more in the design phase.  Here's a teaser....


2.  Sew together the string blocks.
Done!!!  I'm so excited about this - the top is completely assembled, and it's beautiful!


3.  Create the blocks for the two t-shirt commission quilts.
Thanks heavens for Sunday afternoons - this is done!  I got all the blocks cut out for both quilts, and hope to assemble at least one this week.

The dad's quilt...



...and the daughter's quilt!

4.  Mail the H2H quilt to Covered in Love.
Done!  That's the last one, I think!

5.  Make a weighted blanket (commission job).
On hold - I'm waiting to hear back from the customer but I'm ready to go as soon as I do!



6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  It's been a busy week...


This quilt went to a 14 year old girl who is currently in St. Jude's for treatment of a brain tumor...


...and this quilt went to a gentleman recently diagnosed with colon cancer.


This quilt went to a little girl born with a serious heart condition that will require surgery...


...and this quilt went to a little boy just adopted into his forever home!


This quilt went to a little girl who is in Vanderbilt Children's Hospital with serious medical problems.


This green beauty went to an elderly woman who will be undergoing open heart surgery tomorrow...


...and this quilt went to a woman whose husband died unexpectedly.

That's a mess of quilts, and I've already got four the list for this week!  It's a busy time...

So not too bad on last week's list - only one thing unfinished, and there's a good reason for that.  Here's what's on tap for this week...

1.  Keep working on the secret project items.

2.  Quilt the string star quilt.

3.  Piece at least one of the t-shirt quilt tops.

4.  Quilt six quilts for Stash Builder Box.

5.  Quilt at least three quilts for the quilt ministry at church.

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

Busy week, and it looks like I'll be giving Jolene a good workout!  I'm planning to take Thursday and Friday and spend them standing at the frame finishing up a stack of quilts... wish me luck!

We're also having a "Block Party" at church Tuesday night, making blocks to be put into quilts that will be taken to the flood-stricken areas in Louisiana at the end of September.  One of the reasons I need to quilt some tops for the ministry this week!  We want to send a lot of quilts with our mission response team, so we'll be quilting up a storm in the next few weeks.

I've also been taking a little time for myself, and walking in the park this past week.  I managed three mornings last week, and I'm hoping to do at least that many this week!  It's a lot more fun than walking on the treadmill, even though it takes a bit more time, but I need the extra incentive these days to do the exercise I know I need.  I do feel better when I get outside, don't you?

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

Hugs!

Sarah

Sunday, August 28, 2016

I May Have A Scrap Problem - A Bonus Post!

Hi, all!

It was brought to my attention earlier this week that I missed my Wednesday "I May Have A Scrap Problem" post - oops! It's been so busy here, and Tuesday night, by the time I sat down on my sofa to write the post, I just fell asleep!  Then Wednesday I hit the ground running and completely forgot I still needed to do a post.  

But today I was looking through some pics on my phone - actually, Emmy was looking at them... she's fascinated with pics of herself and will go back through months of photos to find herself!  Anyway, I spotted some pics that I had forgotten to share, and as they are right up a scrappy alley, they're perfect for a little bonus "I May Have a Scrap Problem" post!  So grab a cuppa and enjoy!

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Back in June, I received an unexpected package in the mail.  I love surprises, and this one was a doozy!  When I opened it, I found this note on the top...


Mina, who blogs over at Kinda Quilty, sent this wonderful note (a definite encouragement to me!) along with some fabulous scrappy quilt tops for the quilt ministry!


Take a look at this wonderful quilt, which would use up lots of tiny scraps!  Here's a detail shot so you can see it better...


Just think of all those tiny bits you can't bear to part with - they could be part of a quilt like this!



And how about this lovely scrappy rainbow?  Now that would make a dent in those tubs of scraps...


Here's a great design if you have lots of strips, or I think you can also do it with 10" squares cross cut into fourths and alternated with white strips!


I think this is such an interesting quilt - I could look at it all day!  There are lots of orphan blocks in there, and such a feel of improv - definitely one-of-a-kind!



And finally, my favorite - a whole city full of scrappy houses!  These are so cheerful in their bright happy saturated colors - it makes me smile every time I see it!

Mina definitely knocked it out of the park with these quilt tops - and now I have so many new ideas for how to use my scraps!  
How about you?

Thanks again, Mina!

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This Wednesday is the last Wednesday in August (how in the WORLD did that happen?) so it will be time for another linky party to show off your scrappy progress for the month.  I hope you'll join me - and I promise to remember to write the post this week!  See you then!

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, August 26, 2016

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Whole Lot of Starts!

Hi, all!

Wow!  It's already Friday again!!  Can you believe it?  Is it just me, or does it seem like the weeks go by faster the closer it gets to fall? Well, whatever, it's time to get our whoop whoop on - are you ready?  I am!  Let's get started...


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It seems like it's been a period of starts and no finishes for me lately.  First there was this, a test of a pattern I needed to try before cutting into the good stuff...


The pattern is for a table cover, but I'll be turning this one into a tree skirt.  Any interest in a pattern for this?


Next, when I opened my Stash Builder Box for this month, there was a great pattern by @quiltingjetgirl and I couldn't wait to try it out - so I grabbed an old fat quarter bundle and put this together over the weekend.  Great pattern and so fast! I've already got plans for some others to use up some of the random fat quarters I've got hanging around!


And then I finally got this top pieced!  This quilt was started by a member of our quilt ministry who died recently, and her husband asked if someone in the ministry could finish it.  It was fun to make, and I should be able to finish it up soon - I just need to figure out how to quilt it!

I've also been working on some more secret sewing this week, but obviously can't show that off - which is why I've been working on other things too!  Gotta have something to share on whoop whoop Friday!

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?

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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!

Hugs!

Sarah