Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sew Some Love Sunday - A List for YOU

Welcome to the next edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!!  Last week, on Wednesday, I remembered to join Kat's Link-up.  In case YOU didn't follow my link or see her post, I clipped the list of charities that she gave... in case you want to do MORE charitable sewing.

The List (as seen on Kat's blog)...

Some Quilt Charities:
Covered in Love - quilts for mourning families
Margaret's Hope Chest - several programs for children and adults 
My Very Own Blanket - quilts for children in foster care
Project Linus - quilts for children in the hospital
Quilts for Kids - quilts for abused and ill children
Quilts of Valor - quilts for veterans
Threading Hope - children and families in poverty and war torn countries 
Victoria's Quilts - quilts for cancer patients
Wrap Them in Love - quilts for children

Kat invited people to alert her to other charities, so if you know of some other really good ones, I would love for you to post those in your comments.  Thanks!

A portion of my charitable work for this week was actually done on Friday.  I went to my local police station to ask for one of their sleeve patches:

Sorry for the TERRIBLE evening photo!!

Anyway, in light of all of the recent negative publicity that has surrounded the police nationwide, my weekly Quilt Group decided that we would make Law Enforcement Appreciation Quilts for all of the agencies that serve our members.  We want them to know that we support them (and their mission to serve and protect.)

Today, I chose some fabrics...

... For THIS quilt, designed by one of our members in her EQ computer program:

HERE is an example of a (nearly) completed quilt:

While it may not be a traditional donation quilt, these quilts will be donated to local law enforcement offices for display.  Maybe YOU could make one for your local agency!!

I have to tell you, the receptionist (dispatcher?) is so excited about getting my quilt... and she hasn't even SEEN it yet!!  She wants it to be hung in her office so that everyone who enters the station will be able to see it.  (You gotta love a happy recipient.)

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

Saturday, January 21, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC17 - Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week was filled with some rainbow sewing and some quilt finishing. Well, that was the plan!

The reality was this...

Sunday was a Sew Day that started with preparing this binding:

Freeing this quilt from the longarm:

HERE is a better look at the quilting:

Full disclosure, yes, I did quilt the quilt to the leader:

Monday was a Holiday/Knit Day followed by some shopping therapy...  where I spotted PURPLE in the wild:

Do YOU decorate with PURPLE???

I swore (to myself) that I wouldn't outline my week in full this year. However, I'm finding it difficult to compose these posts in any other format.  I suppose I'll just roll with it (or adopt some sort of hybrid post.)

I took quilting to Knit Group:

Monday afternoon was busy, busy, busy... SEWING:

This is a little pin cushion for a swap that I'm in, I'll show the other side once it has been received.  Cool fabric, huh?!

I also did some cutting of my neutral Zen Chic FQ Bundle:

So... Tuesday morning was spent making progress on:

My Scrap Jar Star block!!  The photo above shows the block parts. (Well, MOST of them.)  I think I have some more cutting to do, but I had to leave for my hair appointment!

During the afternoon, I did some additional de-papering:

Tuesday evening I got the last bit of cutting done:

On Wednesday, Kat over at Kat and Cat Quilts held her first Sew Some Love charity Link-Up.  This new link party will be held weekly and encourages us to share our Charity Sewing adventures.

Kat had been missing WIP Wednesday.  That Link-Up was discontinued.  You don't have to be sewing for Cover in Love. ANY charity sewing post may be linked.  Here's my linked POST, if you would like to see the block I made.

I also spent some time on THIS (future) quilt back:

It's going to be getting some sashing:

After all of the cutting, there were SCRAPS for future use:

After cutting, Think Spring (aka Learning Curve) was still in need of squaring up.  I decided to make use of the mat, cutter, and ruler:

Let's just say that I use that term "squaring" loosely.  I'm not quite sure WHAT happened, but the borders were a BIT off.  Oops!! Lucky thing that it's mine, all mine.  LOL

Thursday and Friday was spent with friends. That part is pretty much how this year is going to go each week.  Although, there is an hour (or four) to do some quilty work before dinner.  :o))

On Thursday morning, I did manage to trim up the HSTs for my Scrap Jar Star block in PURPLE:

But... that wasn't it for the day!!

Thursday evening, saw the completion of the SJS units:


The binding was applied to Think Spring:

NOTICE:  I most definitely will NOT be finishing that quilt today!!  I decided that a hand project would be better than a fast finish, so the binding was applied to the FRONT for me to stitch it by hand on the BACK of the quilt.

On Friday morning, I made progress on that PURPLE quilt block. So much progress that my Scrap Jar Star block was completed:

Friday evening, I packed the car for NT Sew Day and assembled the quilt back for my Rainbow Strings:

Click HERE, if you'd like to see the process that I went through.

My plan for the week turned out to be a pipe dream!! However, progress was made on Think Spring AND on Rainbow Strings.  It was a REALLY good week.

It's Saturday morning, now.  Time for joining Angela's LINK PARTY.  You may want to check it out... especially if you like PURPLE!!!  (I'll catch up with you later, as I'm on my way to a Sew Day with my quilting friends.)

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Design Floor Friday - Back or Not??

Welcome to another edition of Design Floor Friday!!  I know that it's been quite a while, but I thought you might like to see what's been on my Design Floor this week.

After working on my Rainbow String Quilt, I thought of the PERFECT backing material.  This grew out of a stack of 4-Patch blocks that have lived in my "large scrap" basket for several years. What better way to use them up by using them to create a quilt back for another quilt already in the works??

Those blocks didn't QUITE produce a back that was big enough:


I cut sashing earlier in the week:

It took longer than expected...

And also required that I correct a cutting error:

Today, once the horizontal rows were sewn...

It became apparent that I would need to fill the gaps in the sashing:

This drawer of 3" - 3.5" strips and squares came to the rescue:

I went through one set of options...

... And several others...

... Before hitting on a pleasing combination:

With the selections made, I completed the remaining piecing:

Unfortunately, this quilt BACK is now making noise about wanting to be a quilt TOP!!!  Sigh... You KNOW what that means.

Linking up with Cynthia for Oh Scrap!

Until next time...
Back to the drawing board!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday - Surprise Giveaway Day!!

Welcome to another edition of Wonderful Wednesday!!  This week, it's Giveaway Day.  Why?  The reason I'm having a giveaway is because YOU were kind enough to leave a comment on my Planning post for 2017.  I intended to do the drawing last week, but became involved in quilting on my Think Spring quilt:

Anyway... It's not uncommon for many of you to post a response to something I've written, but last weekend we hit a milestone of 25+ comments on a single post.  Thank you!!!

That milestone warrants some appreciation.  That much, I know. What I didn't decide (in advance) was WHAT the prize would be.

Insert thinking music from an old game show here....

While most giveaways are based on the comments made on the "prize page," I'm going to be drawing from the comments on last Saturday's post...

And the winner is...

Kathy S. who commented:

Lots of pretty projects! Love those tiny nine's!!! Have fun digging in those scraps.

Congrats! Kathy and thank you, again, for your kind words.  Please email me with your contact information so that I can get your package out in the mail to you.

Readers, I appreciate all of the kind comments left for me (on any post.)  If YOU have left a comment, you know that I respond to each and every comment individually.  It's just the way I do things.

Again, thank you for reading my blog and taking the time to leave me a word of encouragement now and again.

What did she win, Joyful?!?!

Oh, yes, the prize.  The prize was:

This piece of "vintage" Robert Kaufman coffee fabric that was leftover from the back of my Dad's 75th (Yellow Brick Road by Atkinson Designs) Birthday Quilt made 11 years ago:

Hopefully, Kathy will have a use for it in one of her many donation quilts (or even a quilt for herself or someone she loves.)  It's just shy of a half yard of fabric.  If not, she is welcome to post it on Cynthia's Orphan Adoption Event coming up in March.  You can read about that HERE, down near the bottom of the post.

Oh!  I also tossed in a special little surprise, but Kathy will have to tell you about that... once her package arrives.  :o))

Until next time...
Happy to be scrappy!!!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sew Some Love Sunday {CiL}

Welcome to the premiere edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!!!  
This new series will highlight any charity sewing that I do and will serve as a LINK post to Kat's new Link-Up over on Kat and Cat Quilts.

Kat runs Covered in Love down in East Texas.  I follow a fair number of her tutorials to make blocks for her program.  She is inviting ANY charity sewing to be shared each week.  While she would LOVE for it to be for her Covered in Love project, that is NOT a requirement for linking up!!

Last week, I made THIS block:

It is called Faded Quarter Cabins.  The tutorial can be found HERE. It's an easy block that goes together quickly.  I made it for the Covered in Love program and YOU can make one (or more) to help Kat create quilts for the families of her hospital patients.  It's a GREAT way to use up a few fabric scraps!!

Kat will be collecting these Faded Quarter Cabin blocks during the months of January AND February.  I'm hoping to mail my block off this week.  Maybe even BEFORE Wednesday's Link-Up.

Note:  She also accepts tops and completed quilts!!!  :o))

I'm linking up with Cynthia
@ Oh Scrap!, too.

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

Saturday, January 14, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC17 - Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week was a busy one.  (What else is new, Joyful?!)  I started off by making the Part 7 - Reveal units for Bonnie Hunter's En Provence Mystery, then switched gears to...


I also worked on some RSC cutting:

Those 4.5" squares will (eventually) be transformed into star points for my Scrap Jar Stars.  This block is SUCH a process for me!! 

Next step?  Find and cut neutrals.  I'm thinking of using a gray on white FQ bundle (my 1st purchase of this kind) that I bought on SALE at Burkholder's in Lancaster, PA a couple of years ago. There should be enough fabric for the size quilt that I'm planning.

Next, I assembled my first En Provence block:

Along with one of the border units:

No further assembly was completed because I decided that I wanted to get started on quilting my Think Spring (The Tiffany Mystery) Quilt using my Swirl 15 Circle Lord template:

I was hopeful while quilting the first Swirl...

But... things went south very quickly:

Apparently, there were some issues with the set-up of my quilting template because swirls DO NOT include straight lines.  Oops!!

My tech guy took a look and made some adjustments.  That was AFTER two passes of the Swirl pattern:

I'm thinking that I'm going to leave this portion in and chalk it up to a LEARNING EXPERIENCE.  I know that many of you wouldn't DREAM of leaving this wobbly mess in your quilt!!  However, the thought of ripping out two entire rows of quilting on my own quilt simply doesn't appeal to me. 


Head over to Angela's LINK PARTY to see what the other RSC Quilters have been up to this week.  I'll meet you there!!

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Monday, January 9, 2017

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

Welcome to Part SEVEN of the En Provence Mystery brought to us by Bonnie Hunter!!  On Friday, December 30, 2016 she released Clue 6 and quickly followed it with Clue 7 and the Reveal on New Year's Day.  Since we didn't have a Link-up last Monday, I waiting for today to share the Reveal.

FINALLY!!!  Our "yellows" came out to play:

In another set of Hourglass units:

Here is my block mock-up:

This is my "sashing" unit:

I stopped after sewing my rows together:

It gives you the general idea of what my blocks will look like, but I ran out of sewing time (and I couldn't decide the best way to press, anyway, so I stopped.)  :o((

Thank you, again, Bonnie K. Hunter!!!  I really enjoyed this mystery.  You are very kind to share it with all of us.

Until next time...
Be mysterious!!!