Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday - No Scrap Left Behind {A Book Review}

Welcome to another edition of Wonderful Wednesday!!  This week, I want to tell you about the book I just got.  It came in THIS package and, technically, could have been included in this week's Mail Call Monday post:

DS1 ordered it for me and I couldn't be more pleased.

It's Amanda Jean Nyberg's NEW book No Scrap Left Behind, which arrived on my doorstep this weekend and I absolutely LOVE it!!  I thought YOU might like to take a look:

What do you like about this book, Joyful??

The answer to that question is... EVERYTHING!!!

Why, Joyful??

It felt like Amanda Jean, from the blog Crazy Mom Quilts, used a fresh approach to her book devoted to scrappy quilts.  Yes, she told her quilting story and she gave some ideas about scrap management, but she also talked about what it takes to make a successful scrap quilt.  She even talks about what to do when things aren't working!!  (How refreshing is THAT?!?!)

My FAVORITE part of the book (besides all of the wonderful projects) is the way she sorted the projects by scrap type.  It's brilliant, really.  Not to mention, SEW much more useful!!

All you have to do is sort your scraps and decide which ones you need to use up.  Once you've done that, simply pick up your copy of the book, go to that section and choose a project.  Easy-peasy!!

See for yourself...

Amanda Jean has provided 2 - 6 projects for each scrap type.  Most of the projects in the book are throw size or larger, but she has provided a number of smaller projects, as well.

REMEMBER:  You can ALWAYS choose to make fewer blocks for your own quilt!!!  Conversely, you may opt to make EVEN MORE blocks than suggested to end up with a larger quilt.

So... I hope you enjoyed this edition of Wonderful Wednesday.  I'm excited for two reasons:

1. I absolutely LOVE scrappy quilts and this book it full of them.

2. It's almost Friday and I'll be on my way to Quilt Con.  If I'm lucky, I may even get to meet Amanda Jean!!!

Until next time...
Read me a quilt!!!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mail Call Monday - Scrappy Love

Welcome to another edition of Mail Call Monday (the late night edition!!)  I received several packages in last week's mail.  It is with much excitement that I will share the contents with you.

First came this GIANT squishy from Cathy R. out in Colorado:

Here is a bird's eye view of the contents:

Get a load of all the SEA GREEN goodness:

Thank you for your generosity, Cathy!!!

The next arrival was from Katie Z. over in Kansas:

 Lots of AQUA strips in the box shown above:

An extra surprise was slipped in!!  Handmade soap fitting this month's color cue for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge:

A closer look at the variety of shades included:

Thank you for sharing, Katie!!

Last, but not lease, an envelope from Deb A. down in Florida:

 She included a quick note with her batch of lovely TEAL strips:

Thank you for responding to my plea, Deb!!

I mentioned at the beginning of today's post how excited I was about receiving these packages.

What's the deal with all these squishies, Joyful???

Well, you see, I put out a call for more SEA GREEN scraps to finish the Rainbow Strings expansion project.  These generous quilters dug though their scraps and sent strips that fit the bill.


Well, THREE packages seems quite remarkable when you consider that my request was made near the VERY END of THIS POST!! These quilters took the time to read about my week, in its entirety. They didn't just look at the pictures or scan what I had to say.  Not only did they READ the whole post, but they responded (and followed through!!)  For that, I am truly grateful.

Thanks also goes out to the other quilters who were kind enough to check there stashes, only to find them lacking in ocean colors. (You know who you are.)  I just wanted to let you (and others) know that I appreciate your effort.

Until next time...
Share the (scrappy) love!!!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sew Some Love Sunday - Police Progress

Welcome to this week's edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!!  I'm here to report the progress I've made on my Law Enforcement Appreciation quilt.

Be forewarned:  Only a limited amount of progress was made.  :o(

The wall hanging began the day like THIS...

... And ended the day a completed quilt top:

UNLESS, of course...

It decides that it would like another border!!  Stay tuned.

WARNING:  There may not be a Sew Some Love post here next weekend because I'll be at Quilt Con.  Much excitement!!  If I get back too late, I will try to post on Monday or else we will skip a week.  If I manage to get home early enough, I'll post on Sunday.

Checking in on Wednesday with Kat for her
Sew Some Love LINK UP!!

Until next time...
Sew Some Love!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

ScraoHappy Saturday - RSC17 - Week 7

Welcome to Week 7 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  As usual, when the week begins, I have NO IDEA how much sewing time will present itself.  Take a walk through this one to see how it all pans out.

SUNDAY - Check out my Sew Some Love post for this week. Along with that sewing, I did a little RSC sewing, too.  The rows are sewn for the 16-Patch centers for my Scrap Jar Stars:

Late afternoon found us on the campus of NCCU for DS2's concert. It was the 14th Annual Valentine's Concert presented by our three local universities:


The Duke University Jazz Ensemble:

The UNC Chapel Hill Jazz Band:

And the North Carolina Central University Jazz Ensemble:

Sorry for the terrible pictures, but the house lights make cell phone photography next to impossible!!

MONDAY - A trip to APQS, Raleigh (for Owner's Group) ate up my sewing time today. Featured topic, grid work:

Sample sewn by Angela of Thread Waggle Quilting

I took the time to assemble the rows for the centers of my SJS blocks before leaving for my meeting:

The flip side of losing my sewing time is that I got to have dinner with DS1 (and grab a quick hug, making me one happy mom!!)

I did do one sewing related task when I got home.  It was the FINALE for the En Provence Mystery and I wrote a post to link up with Bonnie and many of the Mystery Quilters from around the world.  I find it SEW amazing at how many different versions result from the same pattern.  Logically, I know that I shouldn't be, but I always am (for some reason.)  Go take a look and see what I mean.  I bet YOU will be surprised, too!!

TUESDAY - Here's hoping that YOU had a Happy Valentine's Day!!  THIS is hanging in my kitchen for the month of February:

Keys to my Heart, 8" x 10", original design

You may have seen this last year (or the year before that), if you've been following my blog for some time.  If not, it is from my Art Quilters Play Group days about 5 years ago.  It's a simple piece that was made using "found objects" and I was quite pleased with myself in its originality.  After all these years, this little quilt is still one of my favorites from those artsy endeavors.

Knitting this morning, followed by a bit of AQUA hunting to celebrate the softer side of SEA GREEN.

First, at my favorite consignment shop...

A votive holder:

A planter:

And... A vase:

Then at the local Thrift Shop...

A dinette set:

An office chair:

And... A piece of framed artwork:

During the middle of the afternoon, I went on a 'wild goose chase' involving a kid, a (non)concert, a bus or two, and some ice cream. 

Insert a BIG sigh here!!  

Yes... That's me.  (See the sleeve of a quilted jacket and a hint of DEEP TEAL nail polish?!?)  I'm hanging from the rails of a STANDING ROOM ONLY bus heading back to my car.  (I have to admit, riding the bus was WAY easier than finding parking on campus!!)

Note:  The ice cream was to console myself for the quilting hours wasted by DS2 (who made an assumption about WHEN a Valentine's concert might be held.)  Double sigh.  I suppose this is my punishment for being an involved mom of a scatterbrained college student (who relies on the internet for concert dates, instead of verifying the information with his band director!!)

On the up side...  It was good to see DS2 for a few minutes before heading for home, even if I did want to smack him!!  LOL

Later, I took the time to lay out the components of my greener SJS:

WEDNESDAY - Sew Day???  Maybe so!!  ONE Scrap Jar Star sewn in shades of SEA GREEN:

Along with a handful of errands to run (including, but not limited to, the bank, the post office, and the grocery store... AGAIN!!)

THURSDAY - A few more of my friend, Britt's, SEA GREEN fabrics waiting to be made into a block for Rainbow Strings:

But first...  I spent the day with a friend and before dinner I managed to do the mock-up of the blue-er SJS:

FRIDAY - If you've been following along this year, you know that I spend the day with a friend.  The (late) afternoon is my own. Today, I finally put away the new longarm needles that I bought on Monday.  THIS is where I put them:

Please remember, in case I complain about not being able to find them the next time I need to replace my needle!!  :P

SATURDAY - Calm, cool AQUA projects are sure to await at Angela's LINK PARTY on the So Scrappy blog. Sail on over.  It will be SEW worth the trip!

By the way... If YOU noticed that my SJS blocks had the corner units in the wrong position, just keep it to yourselves.  :P

It took me laying my completed block out on the floor at Quilt Bee this morning to realize my mistake.  Oops!!!  I suppose now that I'm home and have posted this, it's time to go put my seam ripper to work.  Yippee.  Sigh.

I'm also linking up with Cynthia for Oh Scrap!

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mystery Monday Link-Up! En Provence! Part 7!! The FINALE!!!

Welcome to the Mystery Monday Link-Up FINALE!!  En Provence was presented by Bonnie Hunter and is now available as a stand alone pattern on her website.

Today is the day that quilters from around the globe share their progress... many of them completed quilts or tops.  Me??

HERE is my ONE AND ONLY completed block:

Or should I say block, sans border unit??

Anyway... It's NOT that I don't like this quilt because I absolutely LOVE it!! The fact of the matter is that I have many other projects and obligations claiming hours of my days that might otherwise be used to complete this quilt.

The good news is that I just signed up for Quilt Camp and plan to take this project with me to work on.  I will take along a few small projects to keep me entertained, as well, but this will be my focus.

Don't get TOO excited... Quilt Camp isn't until October!!  :P

Click HERE to see all of the wonderful En Provence project/

Until next time...
Mystery revealed!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sew Some Love Sunday - Quilts for Cure

Welcome to another edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!!  Kat's Link-up has been a good reminder to do some charitable sewing each week.  I'm really glad that she started this!

This week I chose fabric for the borders of my Law Enforcement Appreciation quilt:

Switching gears...

I visited Quilts for Cure, thanks to a nudge from Valerie at Evening in the Garden Quilts.  The heart blocks being collected by HollyAnne are just like the ones that The Nimble Thimbles and Cherry Creek Lane Quilters made for the Pulse Quilts that we sent to Orlando last year.  The only difference is the color!

Blocks for Quilts for Cure are to be made in blue, yellow, and white.  I'm pretty sure that I have some fabrics that will work. Also... I feel certain that there may still be time to make a few blocks!!  Time, maybe.  The right sized fabric scraps, no.  :o((

Here is how my ONE block progressed...

Laying out the pieces:

Marking the sewing lines:

What's that white "pencil" thing, Joyful???

 Some of you may recognize my Hera Marker.  I just wasn't in the mood to use my "regular" marking pens and the "indention" made by the Hera Marker was just enough to get the job done:

Double-sewing the angles results in "Bonus" Triangles (not pictured.)  I use them for other projects instead of discarding:

Bonus Triangles are trimmed away and stored for future use:

The pressing was done...

... And the block was completed:

I'm off to find an envelope!

**  If you missed the February 14th mailing date, you might like to participate by making a 20-block quilt top and sending that off.  If you choose that option, send an email to HollyAnne so that she will be expecting it.  Surely, if you mail a quilt top by the end of the week, she'll still be able to quilt it.  You will have saved her a step in the quilt making process.  If you are REALLY inspired, I'm sure she would accept completed quilts made with that Heart pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew!

I'll be linking up with Kat for her Sew Some Love on Wednesday.

Until next time...
Sew Some Love!!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC17 - Week 6

Welcome to Week 6 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  I am SEW grateful that Angela has kept this LINK PARTY going.  It brightens my weekends and urges me to dig into my scrap bins. Thanks!!

Let's see how this week played out...

SUNDAY - After finishing my SEW SOME LOVE link post, I went to sew with friends.  (I use the term loosely, since I didn't SEW a stitch!!)  I trimmed the last of the blocks for the T-Quilt... TURQUOISE in the mix:

And... sorted through Britt's SEA GREEN scraps (knicked a few, too!)  These are the ones that I pressed for Super Bowl Sewing:

The ACTUAL sewing:

Too bad the game changed during the 4th quarter!!  :o((

MONDAY - Knit Group started the day off right.  NOT!!  I took a trip around the world with my friend, Tiffany.  Went from Hillsborough to Kings Mountain and back today, including a stop at Mary Jo's and IKEA.  It was a good, but exhausting day.  I was up at 5 AM!!!  Met at 5:45 and didn't get home until around 3:45 PM.

I did have a few SEA GREEN sightings at Foust...


I decided that I needed to switch nail color when I got home:

FOUR different shades of SEA GREEN for the RSC!!!
Along with (a daylight glimpse of) my Super Bowl block.

TUESDAY - My FREE day!!  The first thing that I did was write up last week's monthly Quilt Bee meeting notes.  My NEW notebook just happens to be in February's Color of the Month:

The next thing I did was go meet a friend for coffee, followed by lunch and some shopping.  TURQUOISE sightings...

Consignment Shop:

Thrift Store:

WEDNESDAY - My WORK day!!  Several quilt projects vied for my attention (including linking my Sew Some Love Sunday post with Kat's SEW SOME LOVE Link-up, along with a few errands and some cleaning.)

Which quilt won, Joyful???

FIVE Rainbow Strings... made thanks to my friend, Britt:

The Police Quilt auditioned border choices:

AND cutting for (the future) Scrap Jar Stars and RSC X blocks:

They all begged for attention (that I happily provided.)

This Color Cue QUILT LINK comes to you from 100 Days of Modern Quilting, where To Ithica shared her own (blue) blue version of the quilt. :P

The quilt in the link checks all the boxes for February's Color of the Month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Enjoy!!

THURSDAY - Is it my imagination or are weeks getting SHORTER?!?!  I did manage ONE String block for the Rainbow Strings expansion project:

Hey, look!  There are even some SEA GREEN spots!!

FRIDAY - Another busy day, but the afternoon was devoted to finishing ONE green String block:

My friend, Bo, gave me a bag of HST makers... with AQUA background.  It made for the perfect Leader/Ender...

... For the LAST green String block for the Rainbow String expansion project:


I made progress on my SEA GREEN Scrap Jar Stars!!

Laying out the squares for the 16-Patch portion:

Making the HSTs with some TEAL in there:

Creating the corner units:

All BEFORE dinner!!

AFTER dinner, I took the time to square up the HSTs:

However, I determined that I was too tired to do any more sewing.
SEW... Additional progress will have to wait for tomorrow.

SATURDAY - Angela posted her LINK PARTY and I joined in the fun.  If YOU like any shade of SEA GREEN, go check out the lovely projects for a boatload of inspiration.

I'll check in with the other RSC Quilters later today, but for now, I'm headed up to the sewing room to see what trouble I can get into before time to start ANOTHER load of laundry.  :o))

Also linking up with Cynthia for Oh Scrap!

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!