Saturday, August 31, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC19 - Week 35

Welcome to Week 35 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week brings with it the unofficial end of Summer, here in North Carolina.

SUNDAY - This morning I released another new Sew Some Love post.  You can find it HERE.

Bits of Light/Bright BLUE greeted me, as I enjoyed my morning cuppa:

MONDAY - After my chores were done, I trimmed up a Donation Quilt (top) for Jack's Basket.  It's a project that has been on HOLD for too many months.  All Summer long, in fact!  (Or is that since mid-Spring?)  Whatever the case, I'm really happy to have FINALLY made some additional progress.

Are you going to show us how it turned out, Joyful???


Since you asked SEW nicely, this photo shows the completed top:

Once the quilt is all done, I will do an overview of the process.

TUESDAY - My Evening Quilt Bee met tonight.  I took some trimming to be done:

As well as a bit of Bright BLUE pressing:

WEDNESDAY - I had a hair appointment this afternoon and went right up to the studio when I got home.  I started this little something for the upcoming My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop over on Carla's Creatin' In The Sticks blog:


I played with some "yucky" green scraps:

Yes, I realize that's NOT the Color of the Month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, but those scraps are taking over the cutting table and the need to be TAMED (and stored away properly!!)

THURSDAY - It was a special day.  I was able to go to Knit Group AND my Weekly Quilt Bee !!  I also processed one of the two scrap bags received about a month ago and did a bit of Secret Sewing when I added this beautiful batik binding from Ruth B. to remnants of some African women fabric from Margaret:

FRIDAY - Grocery shopping was on today's agenda.  Alas, there were no grocery helpers at home to bring things inside.  :o((

There is a hurricane approaching the Florida coast.  Angela posted the Color of the month for September a little early, in case Hurricane Dorian hits in the next few days.  I'll save my announcement here until Sunday, even though you can easily find it over on So Scrappy.  It's not September, yet.

SATURDAY - This is the LAST weekend of the LONGEST month of my Summer!  I'm not sure why it seemed longer than the average month's time, but for some reason, it really did.

It was a busy month in Light/Bright BLUE, but I'm looking forward to seeing what September's Color of the Month will be.  While I wait, here's the new back I bought in celebration of August's Color of the Month:

To see what all of the RSC Quilters have been up to, head over to Angela's LINK PARTY over @ So Scrappy.  You are sure to be inspired by all of the Light/Bright BLUE projects.  While you're there, think good thoughts for Angela and her family (along with all the other residents of Florida who might be affected by the coming storm.)

Sharing with Oh Scrap!

Until next time...


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sew Some Love Sunday - Covered in Love Edition

Welcome to another edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!!  This week, I'm here to share my newest Donation Block.  It's for Kat's August/September Block Drive for her charity Covered in Love.

I've supported a number of Kat's Block Drives over the past few years or so.  However, it's been a while since I sent my last block.  I wanted to make sure that I made a Star block for her.

SEW many stars!!  Which one should I choose???

Well, I've had my eye on making an Inverted Star block ever since Kate @ Life in Pieces finished her quilt made with a rainbow of them.  This seemed like the PERFECT time to give it a try!

You can find the FREE pattern available @ Bluprint.  Scroll down to item number 8 on the list.  Alas, it will now cost you $1.50.  (Not sure how THAT works!)

Ultimately, I ended up with this collection of fabrics:

It took a bit of searching before I could begin cutting...

I started out by glancing through my Patriotic scraps basket:

Since that yielded very few usable pieces, I took a look at the RED scrap basket:

After supplementing with pieces from my FQ box AND the Three-Inch drawer...

The cutting was done and the FUN part ensued:

Which left me with a pile of HSTs to trim...

... Press AND square up:

Once the HSTs were laid out, it was time to choose an anchor fabric:

As you can see in the photo below, I didn't mean anchor fabric in a literal sense.  I meant anchor, as in a print to hold the design together.  I cut into a Fat Quarter because it was The One and really does its job well:

Next, it was time to begin assembling the block parts:

Twosies.  Then four-sies.  Surprise!!  It's a 9-Patch block:

Sew the rows and we're almost...

... DONE:

I absolutely LOVE this quilt block!!  However, that statement comes with a disclaimer...

If YOU are anything like me, you have a full schedule.  This block took MULTIPLE evenings to complete!!!

If you have a full day to devote to cutting, sewing, pressing, trimming, sewing, and pressing (or you are a Speed Quilter), then you should be able to complete the block without delay.

It is SEW worth the effort!  Guess what???  There's still time for YOU to make a block to mail off to Kat @ Covered in Love.

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

But, WAIT!!  There's MORE...

If you are too busy to sew, you may choose to contribute one of these ways:

CiL gladly accepts donations of finished quilts, unfinished quilt tops or blocks, and supplies such as batting and fabric suitable for quilt backings.  Long arm quilters wishing to donate their services are also appreciated.  We are a 501(c)(3) and I will happily provide you a tax receipt.  (Lifted directly from the CiL page.)

Additional details...

Quilts need to be at least 45"x60", so they can be used by the families as throw quilts after they are home.  50"x70" is the ideal size.  Almost all our quilts are given to adults so please keep that in mind when choosing fabrics.  Quilts needs to be machine wash/dry safe!  Hospitals are NOT clean places so at the very least the quilts need to be washed once when they are taken home.  (Also, directly from the CiL page.)

Saturday, August 24, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC 19 - Week 34

Welcome to Week 34 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  I've got MORE Light/Bright BLUE to share with you this week.  Bits of BLUE in the studio, in fact.  Both in my work and past works hanging on my walls.  Even though I'm NOT what you might refer to as a "BLUE person", I really seemed to embraced it in terms of August's Color of the Month for the RSC,

This is what is displayed on the Gallery Wire this month...

Little bits of Light/Bright BLUE in each of these!

SUNDAY - I used up some scraps and made a block to donate to QOV.  It was a good day (yesterday.)  This morning, I released a new Sew Some Love Sunday post to tell YOU all about it.  :o))

MONDAY - Guild night!!  I took TWO bee members with me this month.  I didn't win a door prize.  I didn't win the Block of the Month:

You can see my Light BLUE block just to the right of the prize bag.

I didn't win the BIG bag of FQs, either.  That's OK because...

I enjoyed time with friends.  I remembered the name of a person I hadn't seen in YEARS.  I remembered that the fabric I promised the Past President was in my car (and I drove tonight!)  I shared my niece's Wedding Tee Quilt.  I brought TWO BAGS of scraps to donate to anyone who wanted them.  It was a VERY good night!

I also released a new Mail Call Monday post.  Find it HERE.

TUESDAY - It's Girl's Night Out.  SEW much fun!!  Tracy had her semi-annual shawl destash:

HELP!!!  Tracy's knitwear is trying to strangle me!!!  LOL!
But, hey, there are bits of Bright BLUE 
in the items that I brought home with me.  :o))

WEDNESDAY - Knit Group this morning.  I made progress on my Sideways Lace Vest: UFO:

Later in the day, I made additional progress on my Block Drive block for Kat at Covered in Love:

THURSDAY - Weekly Quilt Group meet at Lynda Mac's house today.  Since it was close by, I took the Junior Quilter for a quick visit.  Our hostess had a fun rainbow towel in the powder room...

... And was kind enough to get out some toys for the Junior Quilter:

FRIDAY -  I missed Knit Group this morning... AGAIN!!  I really miss seeing my "Friday Friends."  On the plus side, I handed off the Pecking Order quilt to its new owner...  Finally!  :o))

This afternoon was spent playing with Bright BLUE scraps:

Thanks, Maggie!!

I also released a new Design Floor Friday post.  If you like seeing lots of random projects, you will like this one!

SATURDAY - If you can believe it, Angela's LINK PARTY has rolled around, again.  I'm looking forward to a morning of visiting my RSC Quilter friends.  Head over to the So Scrappy blog to see an abundance of Light/Bright BLUE scrap projects.

Until next time...

Friday, August 23, 2019

Design Floor Friday - August's Friday Night Sew-In

Welcome to another edition of Design Floor Friday!!  I'm here to share photos of August's Friday Night Sew-In.  There were 9 crafters in attendance last week.

Here is a look at what went on...

The lone knitter finishing a baby sweater:

A quilter reaching for the center of a large quilt:

Let the pinning begin:

Machines at the ready:

Fabrics for a baby quilt:

Here's where the design floor was put to use:

Blocks were prepared for assembly:

What?!?!  Looking up and cutting don't work together:

Pressing was involved:

Pleased to be implementing a plan...

... Involving these adorable paw prints:

Block construction:

The one who left her power cord at home STILL managed to complete the project she brought to sew, thanks to the (temporary) loan of a friend's sewing machine:

Yay!!  Show and tell...

Donation Quilts made from scraps:

Set in random patterns:

SO different, yet each SEW wonderful:

This evening's progress and only one border remains:

Adding a few more pins:

The painter is ready to cut out a quilt:

Rows are coming together:

Strips, strips, and MORE strips:

Someone got a new pattern:

This version (of the same quilt) is on Calla Lily Quilts website:

Another project meets the design floor:

It's going to be a beauty:

Additional rows were laid out:

And, finally, she sewed:

Edited to add...

Pack earlier than the night of an event.  I planned to pack the night before, but ended up having to go to the airport to pick up DS2.

The flight was late.  :o((


That's the story of the missing power cord.

Until next time...
Enjoying STITCH-y friends!!!