Saturday, November 18, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC17 - Week 46

Welcome to Week 46 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  I had hoped for 2 days of sewing time this week, but ended up needing to help a friend on the day that I planned to stay home and sew. Oh well, there's always NEXT week to hope for extra sewing time!

Here's how this week went...

SUNDAY - The morning took an unexpected turn.  DH needed to be taken to the Emergency Dentist.  Just call me BasketCab, at your service!!  He was having trouble with his surgery sites.  The remedy involved medicated cloves and additional pain killers.

The evening hours provided another call for BasketCab.  This time, it was a trip to pick up DS2, who was returning from a(nother) trip to New York.  As his friend's birthday gift, the grandparents paid for the tickets, what a treat:

Here come the travelers!  Keep watching for DS2:

MONDAY - APQS Owner's Group at Thread Waggle Quilting's new location.  I met a fellow UGA alumna who is waiting for the arrival of her new longarm.  Here was my BIG Show and Tell:

What on Earth, Joyful?!?!

Simple, my friends.  It's a stack of airplane pulleys that used to suffice for wheels on my longarm.  I got a resounding cheer.  :o))

And, hey!  They are even the RSC Color of the Month!!!

Angela recently moved Thread Waggle Quilting and had gifts for us all along with news from Quilt Market.  We each received:

Mack and Carolyn brought gifts for everyone, too.  Just LOOK at these beautiful Corian cutting boards and trivets that they used to sell at craft shows:

After the meeting was adjourned, I stopped by Red Hot and Blue for some BBQ, dropped some off to DS1 and then visited Cary Quilting Company's new Harrison Ave. location.  Of course, I had to make a small purchase:

Wanna see in the bag???

HERE are the contents, purchased from Cary Quilting Company:

If you are in the area, go check them out!  Their new location is FABULOUS (and SEW is their selection of fabrics and notions!!)

TUESDAY - A hair appointment and Girls Night Out filled my day.  Speaking of Girls Night Out...  I delivered the skirt that I've been working on.  Here is what I (unexpectedly) got in return:

This beautiful handspun yarn, along with a (re-gifted) gift card to my favorite local consignment shop.  Thanks, T!!  I seriously think that I got the better end of this arrangement!  I will be looking for a pattern to do your yarn justice and hoping for time to do shopping for a fun item to spend my gift card.  I appreciate your generosity.

WEDNESDAY - Today is the day!  I'm going to stay home and sew.  But wait, what's this?  A cry for help from a dear friend. Sigh... so much for sewing.

Speaking of sewing...

Sewing great, Nancy Zieman passed away yesterday.  She was the voice of all things sewing for many years.  If you are "of a certain age" and you do any kind of sewing, you probably remember her. She had battled cancer for a number of years and is now at peace.

THURSDAY - Weekly Quilt Group had an emergency change of venue today.  Special thanks to Britt for stepping in to host!

I worked on one of my current commissions:

Basting removal... Yippee!!  Here's a better (?) look at the quilt:

I showed off this little mug rug:

... And put it to work:

You can read more about the making of this little quilt in my Design Floor Friday post for this week.

FRIDAY - I went to Sweater Class and then joined friends for an afternoon of Holiday sewing.  We had a great time making a table runner:

... And napkins:

More on these items in an upcoming post...

SATURDAY - The days pass SEW quickly!  Here we are at Angela's LINK PARTY, again.  The party started a bit late, as she went for her last long run before her next half marathon. Go, Ang! 

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Design Floor Friday - Positively Mini

Welcome to another edition of Design Floor Friday!!  Today I thought I'd share my most recent DrEAMI project.  That's what Sandra at MMM! Quilts calls those projects that drag you away from all of the "should's" and "must's", making you Drop Everything And Make It.

I saw an fun little quilt over at Grace and Peace Quilting.  Nancy wrote about her Square Peg Mini Quilt HERE.  She posted the details about the quilt's designer, the book where YOU can find the pattern to make your own quilt, and the author's blog so that you can see some of her other work.  Go check out the links when you're finished reading my post.

It was a REALLY cute quilt, but I knew I could make it EVEN CUTER... by making it tiny!  What do you think?  Isn't it adorable?

HERE is my process...

Decide on how tiny YOU are willing to sew.  Make 4 Plus blocks:

Arrange 4 partial blocks around the perimeter and a small Plus in the center of the design:

Figure out what size sashing pieces are required:

Assemble the sections:

Quilt top is complete:

Find an "Orphan Block" for the back:

Thanks, Needleb!!  I appreciate the donation.

Quilt as desired:

Sorry!!  I know most quilters HATE reading that phrase, but I couldn't resist.  :P

Oh, LOOK!!  One of these fabrics belonged to Needleb:

As seen in her recently completed 100s Quilt.

The pink with black dots was hers, too:

Also shown in her recently completed 100s Quilt.

Hooray!!  The small quilt has been bound:

For those inquiring minds... The completed quilt is approximately 8" square.

Until next time...
Think positively!!!

Note:  In case you were wondering, Needleb's 100s Quilt was made from a tutorial found at the Wedding Dress Blue blog.  You will find some other great tutorials at THIS LINK.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC 17 - Week 45

Welcome to Week 45 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week was a little bit different from most weeks in the recent past. Have a look at how things panned out...

SUNDAY - Blog hopping and searching my scrap stash for bits of BROWN fabric for my RSC projects.  I found a gallons sized bag:

MONDAY - Knit Group.  Followed by a manicure...

... In a rich shade of chocolate BROWN.

When I got home, I checked the mailbox.  Guess what?!  I got mail.

TUESDAY - Surgical assistant.  OK, not really, but I did have to deliver DH to the oral surgeon and bring him back home.  (And baby him since he has a boo-boo in his mouth... or 4 since he got all 4 wisdom teeth out!)

While he was having all that fun, I was struggling through a few more rows of my Hoodie Shawl Cardigan:

Did a bit of sewing, while keeping a close eye on "the patient."  A DrEAMI little project inspired by THIS POST at Grace and Peace Quilting.  My mini-mini version uses 1.5" squares for the 9-Patch blocks and 1" squares in for the cornerstones:

WEDNESDAY - Work, work, work, but nothing got done!  Some days are like that, aren't they?


I did manage to get some pressing...

 and trimming done:

These are Bonus Triangles from the CCLQ Bluff Thank You Quilt:

THURSDAY - Weekly Quilt Group.  I worked on a bit more trimming of those HSTs for a bit of design play:


A scrap delivery.  Thanks, Candy!!  Lots of nice bits:

Thanks, Candy!

Here are the scraps that Joanna brought a few weeks ago:

Thanks, JoJo!!

FRIDAY - Coffee Club/Sweater Class was canceled in favor of spending time helping out an old friend.  That was followed up with a sewing session with Needleb.  I assembled a RAINBOW of scraps into a new mini quilt.  It started like this:

SATURDAY - Amazingly enough, it's LINK PARTY day over at So Scrappy's blog.  The time goes by SEW quickly!!

I'm headed to my Monthly Quilt Bee meeting.  You can sneak a peek to see who is doing any BROWN and/or BLACK sewing.  I'll catch up with the RSC Quilters later on.  Here's a BROWN photo from Quilt Group just for Angela and the others:

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mail Call Monday - Quilt Camp Bounty

Welcome to another edition of Mail Call Monday!!  The day's mail just arrived and I'm SEW excited that I had to share right away.  I got a "squishie" with no return address:

Cool!!  But, was I expecting a package?  Not that I can recall.

Hmm... Let's open it up and see what it is:

Oh!!!  It's a sweet little mini from my friend Libby!

There was no card inside, but the minute I saw it, I knew it was from her.


Well, here's the back story...

Last month, at Quilt Camp, Libby from Life on the Hill blog, had a number of projects that she hoped to complete during the week.  One was her modern guild's Paint Chip Challenge.  She planned to make a mini using her chosen colors.

At some point during the course of the week, we talked about the Mug Rug Swap that I had recently completed.  You can read about that in THIS POST.  Libby had never participated in a Mug Rug Swap and decided that she would like to do a swap with me.

Time came for the construction of the Paint Chip Challenge and she began constructing that mini.  (She finished it on Day Two of Quilt Camp... scroll down to see Libby's smiling face when she showed it off.) I told her it could be the mug rug for our swap.  She was pleased to knock out two projects with one Mug Rug... until the little quilt was complete and she, too, fell in love with it!!

I left Quilt Camp thinking that Libby would be creating some other mini quilt for me.  (You can see her photos and read about her take on Quilt Camp HERE.)  Imagine my surprise when I opened today's package.  Thank you, Libby!!  I absolutely LOVE it!!!  (Your swap quilt is still in the design phase.  Please don't lose hope.  I won't forget you.)

Until next time...
Good things come in little packages!!!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC17 - Week 44

Welcome to Week 44 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  It's transition week this week.  Angela has proclaimed DARK to be the November's Color of the Month.

It's your choice!  Will you sew with BROWN:

What about BLACK:

I think I might do a mix of the two.  We'll see...

SUNDAY - Today was my trip back from Asheville.  Apparently, the car radio wasn't very happy about that:

Here's a shot of a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway, as we were heading toward home.  Dark car going by.  Dark lines on the road.  It looks like my surroundings are getting ready for DARK month over at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge:

MONDAY - Knit Group met for a SAFF Show and Tell this morning.  This bag represents MOST of my purchases:

I spent all afternoon trying to catch up on paperwork.

TUESDAY - It's the LAST day for sewing with PINK.  I have to tell you, I'm a little bit sad.  :o((

No time to dwell on it, though.  DS2 and I have plans to go shopping this afternoon.  We have several stops in mind, but we can't stay out too long...

The Trick-R-Treaters are coming.  Happy Halloween!!!  Are YOU ready???  I am.  I bought 5 bags of candy.  Bring on the little ghosts and goblins!!!

In the meantime, Bonnie Hunter introduced this year's On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt.  Only four color families are required.  Here is the inspiration photo from Quiltville:


WEDNESDAY - This morning, I published the next installment of Wonderful Wednesday.  Go check out my post HERE.

This afternoon, I quilted with Needleb and made the tab closure for my friend Tracy's skirt:

The evening was spent at a Knit Night Dinner hosted at the home of my friend Cindy's, but found that I had no photo to share.

Kevin the Quilter posted the 2017 Scrap Club Summer Reveals.  He was kind enough to do a Virtual Scrap Club Mystery this time around.  Sapphire Stars Mystery:

Photo courtesy of

THURSDAY - My weekly Quilt Group has rolled around, again.  Boy, the weeks sure do pass quickly!!

FRIDAY - This week at Coffee Club we started Sweater Class.  I made very little progress:

Yes.  I'm aware that it doesn't LOOK like a sweater.  The pattern that I'm knitting starts off like a shawl project.  Genius!!

I took a quick trip to Raleigh to have lunch with DS1, then spent the evening with one of my neighbors.  Another crazy-busy week in JoyfulQuilterLand.

SATURDAY - You know what that means, don't you?!  It's time to join in Angela's LINK PARTY!!!  Show off all of the DARK sewing you've been doing this week.

But first...

Off to the train station to drop DS2.  He's headed to New York to celebrate a good friend's birthday:

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!