Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday - Police Quilt Delivery Day

Welcome to the next edition of Wonderful Wednesday!!  This week, I am excited to tell you that I have (FINALLY) delivered my Law Enforcement Appreciation quilt.  Yesterday was THE DAY!!

Honestly, it's been done and ready to deliver for a number of weeks.  (Months?)  It's even been riding around in the car with me for the past several weeks just waiting for me to stop and pass it on to its forever home!

Yesterday, it was complaining so much that I picked up the phone and called the Hillsborough Police Department.  No!  I didn't call the emergency number.  I called the station number to find out when the Chief would be available to accept delivery.

The office manager informed me that Chief would be available during the afternoon hours Wednesday - Friday this week.  I'm not sure what came over me, but I asked about that. Very. Day!!

As it turned out, the Chief was available.  SEW...

My friend, Britt, and I cleaned up our quilting projects and hopped in our cars (we each had errands afterwards), heading for the Hillsborough Police Station.

Upon our arrival, the office manager went to get the Chief.  I explained who we were and how the quilt came to be.  Although, Britt was forced to interpret for me, since I was talking too fast.  
(Just a BIT excited!) She explained that we are part of a local quilt group called the Cherry Creek Lane Quilters and we meet weekly. She went on to explain that one of our members designed the quilt. We presented quilts to each of seven local law enforcement agencies, serving the areas where our members reside.

We then showed the Chief the quilt, but I forgot to get a photo of his face upon seeing the quilt or an "official" presentation shot. You know the one?  It's the one with the people shaking hands over the presented object.

Instead, we got a photo of  Britt and I with the Chief:


Got a photo with the Chief and the office manager with the maker:


Took a picture of the Chief and the office manager with the quilt:


Britt also got one last shot of me with the quilt for the blog:


With that, we left the police station to check out the NEW Used Book Store in town and allow the Chief and the office manager to "duke it out", as she wants the quilt to be hung in her office... Right on the wall that you can see behind the glass.

Good luck, hanging it anywhere else in the station, Chief!!  LOL


Linking up with Kat for Sew Some Love


With the delivery of the completed AND labeled Police Quilt, that's one more thing off my plate.  Whew!!  Now, I'm on to the next...

Until next time...
Have YOU thanked your local law enforcement agencies???

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday - June quilt QAL with Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Tutorial Tuesday!!  This will be a recurring feature on my blog.  I will link to interesting tutorials that I've found out in BlogLand and will begin with the following, while sharing my progress on the project:


Please ignore the two-week lag.

Sometimes a girl is just a sucker for a Quilt-A-Long.  THIS girl is no exception!  When Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts announced the June quilt (from her new book) QAL, timing was ripe for a new project.  (Well, it SHOULD have been time for tackling another UFO, but we won't go into that now.  UFO Club members, please turn a blind eye.) Anyway, I already have a copy of No Scrap Left Behind (and it was autographed by Amanda at QuiltCon East earlier this year.)


SEW, you see.  I just HAD to quilt along!!

Week 1 - What fabric should I use?

Background, cornerstones, and string choices all have to be made (before Week 2 arrives.)  I searched for the background, only to realize the perfect option was right on my ironing board.  Gray scraps from the back of my recently completed RoboQuilt!!




 After that revelation, I considered my available selections for cornerstones.  It only took a moment to realize I had just purchased the obvious choice... The gray zig zag print from We're Sew Creative is just the ticket!  So much for the skirt that I had THOUGHT would be made from it.  The QUILT insisted!!


Then came the BIG question...

Until next time...
Quilt Along!!!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC17 - Week 24

Welcome to Week 24 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This one will prove to be another action-packed week filled with helping out some friends and some other stuff filling the gaps.  Never a dull moment!!

SUNDAY - Went digging in my YELLOW scraps and began cutting for my RSC projects:



Started with the 2.5" requirements and cut from there.  In the end, I came up with four stacks of fabric and a significantly less stuffed basket of scraps than I showed earlier:



MONDAY - Visiting with an old friend this morning.  The afternoon was spent prepping Scrap Jar Stars:




TUESDAY - This was a JAM PACKED day!  I went from playing with the explorers in the morning to sewing with Needleb in the afternoon. 

 The evening was spent merry making with my knitting friends (and then some!)  Mebane Knights makes a great spot for "one stop shopping."  Wine and appetizers, dinner and dessert, they've got it all, along with a pleasant atmosphere!!   :o))

WEDNESDAY - I've taken care of my fingers...



... And toes for June:




Aah!!  Happiness is my quarterly spa pedicure.

I know it's not color-appropriate for the RSC, but if you look closely at the nail art, you will see some YELLOW in the flower!

THURSDAY - Same old...

FRIDAY - Same old.  Plus, I did some "catch-up work" on the stars for my adaptation of the RSC15 Sampler Quilt:



Both green and YELLOW Slab blocks were chosen and I cut the star point for each of them.  Now, all that remains is choosing the background fabric.  I'm not sure why I'm having such a hard time with that part of the process, but I'm guessing that it's because I'm trying to use a variety of leftover bits (as opposed to a single background material for the lot of them.)

SATURDAY - Follow me for a tour of the YELLOW brick road, as I join Angela's LINK PARTY over on the So Scrappy blog. Summer's golden delight awaits.

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC17 - Week 23

Welcome to Week 23 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week was far from the norm.  There's no Knit Group and no quilting with Needbleb.  I'm headed out of town.

SUNDAY - This afternoon we were at a party.  DH is one of the mentors for Team 587, so naturally, we were invited to the Robotics End-of-the-Year Party.  I often go (just for the grilled pineapple!), but this year, I was there to serve another purpose.  Read more about that in my Wonderful Wednesday post.

Of course, I brought a quilt along for the ride...




Look closely. There's YELLOW in there!!

... To Charlotte and a conference:



Not mine!!  I went along for a mini-vacation!!!

MONDAY - The weather was gray and cloudy.  I scrapped my plans to drive to Mary Jo's Cloth Store in favor of a trip down to the spa for a (long overdue) massage.  Bliss!!

I did follow that up with a quick look around We're Sew Creative.  I bought fabric for a funky new skirt:



TUESDAY - I followed up yesterday's massage with my very first facial.  Delightful!!

When I got back to the room, I found that Crazy Mom Quilts has started a QAL for the June quilt in her new book.  What FUN!!! The BEST part??  YOU can join in, too!!  The instructions for Week 1 are about fabric selection, so there's still time for you to "catch up."  Amanda Jean will be posting directions for the quilt right on the blog.

Bowling at Dave & Buster's was on the agenda for the evening:



WEDNESDAY - Traveled home once the last session of the conference wrapped up.  After a stop at Sonny's BBQ.  YUM!!  I managed to get some "ghost knitting" done before lunch:




YELLOW will play a role in the Rainbow neck warmer!!!  Pattern coming soon from Threebagsfulled on Ravelry.

Upon my return home, I discovered that Alycia  announce that she will be hosting a QOV Mystery on her BLOG, as well as on the Mystery Group.  I'm excited about this.  Want to join in??  The mystery will begin on July 5th.

I also posted another edition of Wonderful Wednesday.  If you haven't seen it, check it out HERE.  The last photo gives you an idea of just how big the quilt actually is!!

THURSDAY - A large portion of this long day was spent under a bridge with these little explorers:


FRIDAY - A short day was filled with exploring a new section of the neighborhood creek.



Almost forgot to mention that Kevin the Quilter will be hosting an online Scrap Club.  I'm SEW excited!!  His new mystery is called Sapphire Stars.  Go check out the info HERE, if you are interested.

SATURDAY - Looking forward to catching up on what the RSC Quilters have been doing this week (while I was away.)  My garden gave a nod to June's Color of the Month:



A beautiful butter yellow day lily with a bright, bold center is blooming this week.  For more YELLOW head over to Angela's LINK PARTY.  She keeps us working on our scraps, one color at a time.  (Well, mostly one color at a time.)

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday - RoboQuilt Edition

Welcome to another edition of Wonderful Wednesday!!  Today, I'm happy to report that the T-shirt quilt that I've been working on for months is finally done and delivered.  I couldn't be more pleased!

You may have seen progress pictures in THIS Design Floor Friday post.  I have since completed the quilt and have some additional photos to share.


The back loaded onto the frame:



A shot of the single pieced block in the quilt:


Another look at the (scrap-embellished) label:


It took several hours to get through the first row...


... And then my own personal Service Tech diagnosed and repaired the problem, which turned out to be a burr on the needle plate:


Even with a "perfect" load, I still managed to run into trouble just south of the halfway point:


Finished with the final pass:


Thank you to our sponsors:


With the trimming done, it was time to bind the quilt:


In my pajamas.  On a makeshift sewing table in the entryway:


Sewing down the last bit of binding:


Ta da!!  It's done, done, DONE:


A shot of the completed binding:


And best of all, here's one with the nearly tearful recipient on Delivery Day:



She was overwhelmed by the magnitude of the team's gift.  It was a beautiful sight to behold.  Her comment afterward...

"I wondered what happened to all of our old Robotics T-shirts!"


Linking up with Oh Scrap!

Why, Joyful?

Because...

The cornerstones were from shirt.scraps.
The logo embellishment on the label block was, too!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

Because...

I have FINALLY finished my RoboQuilt!

Until next time...
Face design challenges!!!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC17 - Week 22

Welcome to Week 22 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week was spent intermittently working on one of my UFOs.

If you caught the preview on Tuesday, sorry about that!  I must have hit "publish" instead of "save" when adding to the outline for this post.  Now you know how I manage to keep track of everything... I don't!!  I add things as I go along.

SUNDAY - Today included tackling Mt. Washmore and entertaining DS1 and his girlfriend for the afternoon.

MONDAY - The Memorial Day Holiday (US) meant that my friend Tracy was at Knit Group.  She's a school teacher, so should be joining us more frequently once Summer arrives.  :o))

The afternoon was spent at the sewing machine, although the washer and dryer continue to call.  I'm not even really sure where all that laundry came from.  I think the guys must be going out to solicit dirty articles of clothing from around the neighborhood to make sure that I don't run out of things to do!!

TUESDAY - Today is a stay-at-home day and I had hopes of sitting at my sewing machine for most of the day.  Care to make a wager about how that panned out???  LOL

If you guessed that I would spend the first half of the day chained to my sewing machine... You would be CORRECT!!  The second half of the day was spent getting beautified for an upcoming trip to a conference with my DH.  The poor dear has to work while I play!

The third half of the day was spent doing MORE laundry.  LOL, with so much to do, surely there MUST have been a third half to the day.  I tell you, they are bringing laundry in off the street or washing CLEAN clothes along with the dirty ones!!!

WEDNESDAY - Another day filled with potential for sewing.  I took my current projects over to Needleb's house and made significant progress.  

While you are waiting for that, you might like to head over to THIS post for another day at the North Carolina Quilt Symposium Show. It includes many more quilts, so I hope you'll be inspired!

THURSDAY - A normal Thursday, but not!  I finished up friend duty early and went back to Needleb's to borrow her (bigger) Design Floor.  Here's a peek at my project:


You will have to wait for the results, but YELLOW was involved.  Why would that matter???  Well...

I came home to find that Angela had posted June's Color Announcement.  I had been thinking...



And, guess what?!?!  I guessed correctly!!!  :o))

FRIDAY - A normal Friday, but not!  I finished up even earlier and it's a lucky thing, too!!  I have a looming deadline.

Check out my Design Floor Friday post.

SATURDAY - Before joining Angela's LINK PARTY over on the So Scrappy blog, I dug out my YELLOW scraps to see what I have to work with during the month of June:



I believe I have quite enough to keep me busy in the coming weeks. What about you?  Do YOU have plenty of YELLOW scraps?  I hope so because quilting the rainbow is SEW much FUN!!!

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Design Floor Friday - Finishing Edition

Welcome to another edition of Design Floor Friday!  Today, the goal is finishing.  A quilt top?  A quilt?  The binding?  Finishing WHAT, Joyful??

The Hedgehog T-Quilt, that's what!  I took it from a stack of sashing strips...



... And a pile of cornerstones...



... To a mock-up of a quilt top (in two colorways.)



The horizontal sashing strips were assembled:



Then, the rows were sewn:



Finally, it was time to assemble the top...



... Upsize the one small corner square and apply embellishments...


... And add the borders:




Hooray!!!  I present...



The Hedgehog T-Quilt, the top:




Special thanks to my quilt holder (and cheerleader), Needleb and her trusty photographer.  And now...

Time to get this thing loaded!!!

Until next time...
Make every minute count!!!

Disclaimer:  This process MAY have taken more than a single day to complete, but I really will be loading the quilt later today.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday - NCQSI Edition - Day Two

NCQSI Day Two began with a trip through the small gym...  It may have been smaller in size, but it was still filled with any number of GORGEOUS quilts!!

First up, a quilt featuring one of my favorite color combinations:


Maker tag:


(Incomplete) Collection of donation blocks for Quilts of Valor:


Another example of Augusta Cole's Confetti pattern:


Maker tag:


Another super-scrappy quilt:


Maker tag:


A quick-looking Patriotic quilt:


Its maker tag:


My photos don't do this quilt justice:



Focusing on the clock face:



The maker tag:



Bonnie Hunter's Jamestown Landing in GREEN:


Maker tag:


Another version of the Confetti quilt:


Its maker tag:


Apologies to the maker, but I missed the tag of this Boston Commons with spectacular feather quilting:


Another pleasing display of tamed large-scale prints:


The maker tag:


Bonnie Hunter strikes again, inspiring this version of her Smith Mountain Morning quilt:


Maker tag:


A textural weather map:


A close-up of the textured piece:


And... the maker tag:


Not your Grandmother's Log Cabin quilt:


The maker tag:


A close-up of the rule work and free-hand border quilting...


... And another showing the interesting roof quilting designs:


I went back for some close-ups of the quilting on this quilt:






One more Confetti quilt:


And its maker tag:


A scrap-a-licous Rail Fence quilt:


Maker tag:



A tiny wonder:


With the accompanying maker tag:


Circles!!  In batiks, no less:


Maker tag:


Look!!  A T-shirt quilt, too:


Maker tag:


Oops!  A maker tag BEFORE the accompanying quilt:


Here is the quilt, but it's a bit blurry:


Another beautiful bargello:


The maker tag:


Scrappy with pieced letters... LOVE it:


The maker tag:


If you didn't know before, I'm sure you may have figured it out now...  I absolutely LOVE scrappy quilts!!!  If you are one of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Quilters, YOU probably like them, too.

Until next time...
Quilt a rainbow!!!