Saturday, November 30, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC19 - Week 48

Welcome to Week 48 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  As RSC19 comes to a close, be watching out for finishes galore.  Just not in my sewing room!  Although, I am still hoping to complete one last Jumbo Scrap Basket for the year.

Let's see how the last week of November panned out...

SUNDAY - Taking it easy today.  Mt. Washmore was but a mole hill this week.  Lucky thing, since I have managed to catch the crud!  Coughing and hacking took pride of place on my list of things to do today.  I'm medicated and hoping to recover quickly.

MONDAY - An update on Bonnie Hunter's Frolic Mystery from her blog...

grab button for Quiltville's Quips & Snips

... Concerning the Mystery Monday Link-Up for this year:

"But since it became hard to participate in the linky, or people just didn’t want to fill out forms the first time they participate, I have made the executive decision to link up through hashtags on Instagram only."

I don't really DO Instagram.  I know a LOT of people do!  IF there is time for me to quilt along, I guess I'll have to figure out what went wrong with my account.  Sigh...

TUESDAY - It was Bee night.  I took my computer to work on the Bee blog post...

... And took notebooks to draw out a few patterns:

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Too bad I forgot what I was going to draw between home and the meeting place!!!  Ugh!  A mind is a terrible thing to lose.  :o((

WEDNESDAY - The day before Thanksgiving found me taking a trip to Raleigh to deliver my Pfaff back to the repair guy for another try at fixing my machine (since the first time left it noisier than when I dropped it off.)

Thank you, Matt and Amanda, for allowing me to use one of your classroom machines to complete a sewing task that has been stalled in my studio.  I depend on my Pfaff's built-in walking foot. I'm hopeless without it!

It's also Pie Day in BasketLand - not to be confused with Pi Day!!  LOL!!!  Pumpkin Pie Day to be exact.  It's a family favorite (and I needed to redeem myself after last year's Great Pie Fiasco.)

Note:  For those of you who do not know, Pumpkin Pie Mix is NOT the same as Solid Pack Pumpkin!!!  We ended up trashing the majority of last year's pie made from the offending mix.  :o((

THURSDAY - Got up early to prepare our family's Thanksgiving feast.  Here's hoping that YOU have (had) a happy!  Whether with family or friends or alone with your sewing machine.  (Honestly, the latter sounds somewhat delicious.)

FRIDAY - Bonnie Hunter released Part 1 of her Frolic Mystery.  Off to check the scrap stores up in the studio...

... But first, I needed to load this client quilt:

Also, choose a thread color to prepare for quilting:


I had a brilliant idea about what I might use for my Frolic Mystery!!  Which led to digging out this bag:

What was in the bag, Joyful???

It was filled with the remnants of my very first BH Mystery:

After taking stock...

And comparing my fabrics to Bonnie's list of requirements, I realized that if the yellow fabrics were removed and the colors reassigned, I would have just what I needed for this year's quilt:

SATURDAY - It's the final LINK PARTY of November!  Head over to Angela's So Scrappy blog to see what new rainbow finishes have occurred this week.

Until next time...

Saturday, November 23, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC19 - Week 47

Welcome to Week 47 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  Most of the RSC Quilters are in finishing mode.  I'm only trying to finish my last Quilted Basket for the year.  Hoping even THAT is an attainable goal.  This remains to be seen.

The progression of my week...

SUNDAY - I did the last load of laundry for the weekend, did some blog surfing, and continued to give my seam ripper a workout.  I also did some catching-up on paperwork.

MONDAY - Tonight was the November Quilt Guild meeting.  I drove the carpool and we all enjoyed Annette Ornelas's presentation on Peeled Back Patchwork:


Member-painted Barn Quilts from a recent class:

TUESDAY - For those of you who mentioned that you wouldn't have enough brown scraps to fill my newest basket, after Guild I loaded it up to the tippy top:

WEDNESDAY - Thank you to everyone who inquired about how I was feeling after my recent stomach upset.  I was back to feeling better again. Well, now, I'm headed into the land of cough and hack.  Kids and their daily trip into the Germ Factory (at school.)  What are you going to do?!  :o((

THURSDAY - Today was my day to care for a friend who had hip replacement surgery earlier this week.  Her day is filled will laps around the house (inside) and naps:

When my time there was complete...

... I used the time as a gift and got my nails done.  This time, in a festive blue-black color.  With sparkles!  Ready for the holidays.

FRIDAY - I'm nearing the finish line with my newest Quilt Scrap Basket.  A task that has been made more challenging due to my ailing 19-year-old Pfaff.  :o((

I stopped by the local home improvement big box store to purchase a new pair of "quilting" gloves.  I'm ready to do the final quilting on my Green Scrap Basket and these grippy gloves should help:

I've signed up for the Winter Blues Blog Hop:

There's PLENTY of time for YOU to join in the fun, too!!!

SATURDAY - It's LINK PARTY at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!  Head over to Angela's So Scrappy blog to see what scrappy wonders the other RSC Quilters have stitched up this week.

Until next time...

Friday, November 22, 2019

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

Welcome to another edition of Design Floor Friday!!!  I'm  here to share the happenings of last week's November meeting of the Friday Night Sew-in.

Let's have a look.

As I snapped a shot of Cathy's project, her mouth dropped open at the sight of...

... Rosie's latest quilt project:

Here is Cathy's project for the evening:

Dale has a crafty night planned:

Karoline will be sewing down the binding on this adorable quilt:

Ann hoped to make progress on this Holiday Tree quilt:

Marian sorted through her fabric options for the final letters on her Autumn wall hanging:

Linda and Cynthia prepared to sew:

Jane (?) hemmed a pair of pants, as Sara knit on her sweater:

I opted to leave my machine at home, in favor of a cutting project:

Marian's final lettering:

Linda's piecing project:

Cynthia's Holiday "Twirly" skirts for her granddaughters:

Front and back of Cathy's Pinwheel Quilt:

Rosie is happy to be binding this quilt WEEKS before the deadline:

Karoline settles in to binding mode:

Dale is stamping Christmas cards:

Ta da!!  Marian's letters are all pressed into place:

Karoline consulted the group regarding this pattern...

... And these fabrics:

She will be going with this simplified pattern instead:

Nearing the end of the night, SEE...

This post DOES fit the title, as Ann's Door Hanging is on the floor:

What were you cutting out tonight, Joyful???

Not one...

... But TWO blocks for Covered in Love:

Ann went from large-scale paper-piecing to tiny...

... As the first section of tree skirt was completed:

Since I worked on this at last month's meeting, I brought my "Ella" Donation Quilt with me to share:

I hope my friends will forgive my for a somewhat less than stellar photography night.  I normally try SEW hard to make sure to capture flattering photos of everyone.

Until next time...
Be SEW crafty!!!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC19 - Week 46

Welcome to Week 46 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  While many of the RSC Quilters are working on finishing up their scrappy quilts, I'm busy quilting up another of my Quilted Scrap Baskets.

Here's how my week progressed...

SUNDAY - Today, I kept things rather low-key, as I wasn't feeling well last night or this morning.  I managed to tackle Mt. Washmore and finish the NEW book that I got on Friday:

Dancing in the Dark by Hilary Latimer was an enthralling story from cover to cover.  If you like mystery and intrigue, mixed with some romance, this may be just the book for you.  I literally COULD NOT put it down!!

MONDAY - I popped up to the studio bright and early this morning.  Two sections of my newest Quilted Scrap Basket have been quilted:

Just before dark, the sky looked like this:

TUESDAY - Evening Quilt Bee met tonight.  I shared some progress on my new Jumbo Scrap Basket.  Little, though, it was.  I tried my hand at "E's and L's" (along with "echo, echo, echo" as Angela Walters always says in her Free-Motion Challenge Quilting Along videos) for a quilting design in one of the spaces:

WEDNESDAY - This afternoon, I scheduled a hair appointment.  That was followed by a date with my seam ripper.  Sometimes, it pays to check twice before sewing a seam.  Whoops!


FRIDAY - Tonight, I'm off to November's Friday Night Sew-In.  I wasn't sure what to work on since completing the top of my "Ella" Donation quilt.  I decided on trimming scraps to make Block Drive blocks for Covered in Love:

SATURDAY - Can you believe that it's LINK PARTY day for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over on Angela's So Scrappy blog?! Did your week pass quickly or seem drag on forever?  I hope that it included some sewing time, either way.

Until next time,

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Sew Some Love Sunday - Dolls of Hope

Welcome to a new edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!!  It has been my mission to share the charities that I find around BlogLand.

Have YOU heard of this one???

Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter recently posted about a new-to-me charity.  I thought I'd pass it along to YOU!!  Dolls of Hope is a humanitarian effort to make dolls and stuffed bears for children in crisis around the globe.

Photo from Diary of a Quilter

Passing this along.  Just in case it speaks to your heart.  If it does, the bear pattern can be found at THIS LINK.

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

Saturday, November 9, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC19 - Week 45

Welcome to Week 45 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This is the first full week of November.  That means that it's "finishing season" for the RSC.  I started the week with a new Jumbo Scrap Basket in BROWN for 2019's final Color of the Month:

SUNDAY - I occupied the morning hours by doing a few extra loads of laundry.  The afternoon spent visiting with DS1, as he was home for ANOTHER visit.  My evening hours were filled with a quick trip around BlogLand.

In my travels, I found that Kat from Covered in Love has just released the Nov/Dec Block Drive.  She went easy on us in consideration of the upcoming Holidays.  OPTIONS!!  You can make based on your scrap availability.  Follow the link to find out more about the choices she's offered.

If I had been paying attention, I might have released a new Sew Some Love Sunday post.  I completed the top of my "Ella" Donation Quilt at yesterday's Sew/Craft Friends-zy:

MONDAY - Waiting for sticker before (return) trip to Raleigh!!!  I called the repair shop to let them know that the timing on my Pfaff is not quite right... Even though I just got it back on Saturday!  :o((

Another frown-worthy event???

I'm having trouble getting Blogger to upload my pictures.  :o((

I thought it might be something I was doing wrong, but that didn't really make sense (since I do it ALL THE TIME!)  Then, I ran across a quick post from my friend Libby.

SEW... Apparently, it's NOT just me.  Whew!  That makes me feel a LITTLE better.

TUESDAY - DS2 left for New York.  He'll only be gone ONE week this time.  I'll still miss him (especially since I was the person who had to do the grocery shopping today!)

I spoke with the sewing machine repair guy today.  He said to bring it in at my convenience and he will take another look at it.  Let's hope it works better (and quieter) this time!

WEDNESDAY - DH worked late and DS2 is away.  You know what THAT means, don't you?!?!  After dinner, I layered and stabilized the scrappy pieced panel for my next Quilted Scrap Basket.  The photo shown below is a bit dark, but the colors were truer than in the brighter picture:

Once the machine was closed up and the project packed for it's Bee trip(s), I visited friends in BlogLand.  Alycia released the fabric requirements for her new Winter Quilt Along.  The good part about her Mystery Quilts is that she plans clues that take only ONE HOUR per week.  Take a look, if you like QUICK quilts!

THURSDAY - The Junior Quilter and I headed to my Weekly Quilt Bee to take pictures of today's Show and Tell.  Special thanks to Miss Ella who brought a bin of toys to entertain Little Miss JQ:

Speaking of Show and Tell...

I showed off my next Jumbo Scrap Basket (in progress) which will house my (much loved , perhaps overabundant) GREEN fabric bits:

This also happened...

... Carol handed over the Pineapple Award...

... To the person who spent the most at the last Pineapple SALE, which, just happened to be ME!!!!  :o))

FRIDAY - This morning, I attended Knit Group then followed that up with a few errands.  The afternoon found me visiting a construction site.  (One of my friends is building a new house.)

Welcome to the weekend!  I had hoped to release a new Design Floor Friday post.  Did it happen???  Yes, it did!/No, it didn't.

SATURDAY - It's time for this week's LINK PARTY of on Angela's So Scrappy blog.  I'll catch up with the RSC Quilters later today, as I'm on my way to my Monthly Quilt Bee meeting.

Until next time...