Friday, February 23, 2018

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Using Up Those Scraps!

Hi, all!

It's finally Friday again, and we all know what that means - it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  Let's get started!


 A little less than a week ago, I came across thirty string blocks in a ZipLoc bag and pulled them out.  Putting them up on the design wall, I arranged them over and over until I came up with a chevron design that I liked. 

Each block had a narrow black strip across the center, separating light from dark, so it seemed like a natural way to lay them out.  But it was still small - about 32.5" by 39".  (And I really didn't want to make any more blocks! So lazy....)  

But wait!  All that scrap cutting I've been doing meant that I have a LOT of 2.5" squares on hand!  So I decided to make a 9-patch border using black squares in the center to echo the black stripe in the string blocks.  But placed right next to the string blocks, it was too busy, so I added a narrow black stop border around the string blocks to separate them and give them their own individual part to sing!

I finished it off with a black border and black binding, and voila!  A  lovely scrappy finish!

This beauty will be added to our stash of ministry quilts, destined to become comfort and a quilt-y hug for someone in need.

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 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, February 21, 2018

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Vintage Scrappiness Saved!

Hi, all!

I have something wonderful to share with you this week - a fabulous vintage scrap top that I was given the honor of quilting for the owner.  It was made by the mother of a very nice older gentleman in my church, and his wife asked if I could quilt it for him.  I adore vintage tops, and told her I'd be happy to take a look at it - because even though I love them, not all of them are able to be finished, depending on their condition.

I was a little worried about this one, because it was hand pieced, with lots of bias edges and stretchiness and ripples, hills and valleys.  But I loaded it on the frame, got a good night's sleep, and started the next morning quilting the heck out of it!

Isn't it gorgeous?  This is a truly scrappy quilt - the print pieces are pieced together from various sizes of scraps cut any which way.

I love the way the colors seem to glow in this picture. There was an amazing variety of fabrics - some feed sack, old shirts, what must have come from old dresses - nothing was wasted!

You can see in this picture how heavily I had to quilt it.  There were two places where I had to re-stitch a seam, and many pieces had tiny overlaps where the seams met, which called for careful quilting!

A beautiful quilt on a (very) windy spring morning - I was so grateful the sun made an appearance so I could get good pictures!

And finally, a picture from underneath the back of the quilt - I think this is very interesting, rather like looking at fields from an airplane!


And not to be forgotten, the scrap progress - the new "small basketful" project is proving to be a success, as I cut up all of these this week, and actually started on a new basketful!

Happy scrappy sewing!



Monday, February 19, 2018

Make-A-List Monday - Has Spring Sprung???

Hi, all!

Well, it's Monday again - a long holiday weekend, and best of all 70 degrees and sunshine today!  My daffodils are blooming all over the yard, too!  I don't know how long it will last, but I'm sure going to enjoy it while it's here.  I hope you've had a good weekend, too.

It's time to start on a new week, though, so that means reviewing last week's list and starting a new one.  Here's last week's progress...

1.  Work on quilts for four children whose father died very unexpectedly this week.
Done!  You'll see them in the quilt ministry update below...

2.  Keep cutting up those scraps!
Done!  I'm pleased to say the "small basket" experiment is working well, and I actually started on a second basket after I emptied this one!

3.  Start working on the t-shirt beach blanket.
Started!  I had to put it aside after I got this far to work on some other projects, but it's nice to see some progress!

4.  Contact more potential sponsors for H2H.
Done!   And some of the goodies have already started rolling in...

5.  Find a back for last week's UFO finish.
Done!  And not only did I find a back, but I quilted it and it is now all finished!  I love this quilt!

6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  We had quite a few quilts go out this week...

First of all, we had a death in our church family this week, and we gave quilts to his wife and four young children...

This quilt went to the neighbor of a church member whose husband had a heart attack and died...

This quilt went to a woman who just went through surgery for breast cancer and is now undergoing chemo...

And this quilt went to a man who is dealing with very serious medical issues.

So all in all, pretty good progress for the week.  Here's what I'm planning for this week...

1.  Quilt the vintage lozenge quilt top for a friend.

2.  Quilt another vintage top (I'm sensing a trend here...)

3.  Mail off another box of scraps to a Scrumptious Scraps winner!

4.  Quilt the string-and-nine-patch quilt.

5.  Work on the t-shirt beach/picnic blanket.

6.  Keep cutting up scraps!

7.  Write another tutorial for this weekend's Scrumptious Scraps quilt-along...

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

Definitely enough to keep me out of trouble, but I bet I'll find some other fun things to do before next Monday too!

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