Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Wonderful Wednesday and the Pineapple Treat

Welcome to another edition of Wonderful Wednesday!!  The day has finally arrived.  Late morning found me in the car headed for parts unknown.  Or rather to...

Thomasville, North Carolina, which was unknown to me.

After an hour of driving and another half-hour of standing in line, I turned the heel on my latest sock as I waited...

... For my 2nd Covid vaccine.  It was done in a flash and when I arrived at the door to leave, that flash might well have been the FLOOD variety with the rain that was pouring down:

That didn't deter me from my mission:

I zoomed in and changed the color so you could get a better look at the sign on my way into the parking lot:

My first visit to Pineapple Fabrics since the opening of their Warehouse Store in Archdale, NC:

This is what I saw upon entering the warehouse store:

The fabric, patterns, and notions go on for miles:

I came with a list...

First stop, selvedge bundles for Needleb:

Next, unbleached muslin for Knittingsuek:

Then, a little something for myself.  This will be the backing for my Scrap Jar Stars quilt when I ever finish all the blocks:

Let's not forget something for Baby F's quilt:

Oh, look!  A wine bottle quilt like LeeAnna's RSC21 project:

Speaking of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge...

Goodbye GREEN...

... Hello, Bright and Light BLUE:

I hope you enjoyed this little tour.  Just so you know... it is SEW worth the trip!!  Fortunately for me, Pineapple was only 15 minutes away from my immunization location and on my route home.  :o))

Until next time...
Smell the fabric pheromones!!!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Tidy Up Tuesday - Show Your Stripes Blog Hop - Mr. Random Speaks!!

Welcome to another edition of Tidy Up Tuesday!!  Last month, I participated in the Show Your Stripes Blog Hop hosted by Carla @ Creatin' In the Sticks.  This is my Hop Prize announcement.  DS1 pulled out his phone to employ the help of Mr. Random.

The winning comment was Number 13...

A scroll back the list revealed that our winner is:

Your stripey pincushion is so cute. I like stripes a lot! Red and white, black and white, blue and orange, yellow and green. I can't decide, you pick! "grin"

Congratulations, Judy!!!

I notified Judy of her BIG win, via email:

You actually WON!!! Now, you have to decide what color you want. :P


If you don't want/need another pin cushion, I can make a mug rug instead. 

Congratulations, Judy!!

The following conversation ensued...

Judy replied:

You can never have too many pincushions, can you.  I think a black and white would be fun! With or without a pop of color! 
Thanks so much!  That was unexpected. Do you need my address again or do you still have it?  
Again, thanks for the giveaway!

I responded with the following:

Black and white with or without a pop of color? OK. Got it!
I'm sure I have your address somewhere, but I couldn't find it when I looked just now.
Please send it along.

She sent her mailing address and that's when I warned her...

Thanks, Judy! I'll get this done as soon as I can. I'm not sure how long it will take, as it's a Challenge week for Project QUILTING and I have 3 client quilts in the house to finish.

This was Judy's gracious reply:

No hurry! No worries at all!

Would you believe that I got busy on her prize pin cushion???


I thought that you might like some process pictures...

First, I pulled my favorite pin cushion book off the shelf:

I went in search of the appropriate scrap baskets and pulled
some of my favorite black and white prints, including a STRIPE
that I didn't end up using in my Hop project:

Piecing came next, but I didn't get a picture of that.  I had decided on the Tetrahedron
pattern, since I haven't tried making that shape before:

Stuffed with Batting scraps, crushed walnut shells, and fiber fill, Judy's new pin cushion is waiting to be stitched up:

Looking at it now, I probably should have turned it the other way around, as that black swirl fabric would have made a better base:

Here is the completed pin cushion (Speak up, now, if you hate it, Judy!), waiting for its trip to the post office:

Too bad I'm allergic to the post office!!  Days later...

I missed posting the above.  :o((


I'm combining it with the receipt of the following.  :o))

The pin cushion went and this arrived:

Judy sent me this darling quilted card...

Thanks, Judy!  Do I spy one of the yellow scraps from my very own studio?!

... Along with a few kind words:

I'm SEW glad you like your new pin cushion, Judy!  I really enjoyed making it from some of the scraps in my collection.

Whooping it up with Sarah


Sharing with Cynthia

After several days, I got this review from Judy:

I am still loving the pinnie you gifted me, I like that it’s got a little heft. I placed a bobbin over a big headed pin when I was hand sewing the binding to my bunny mini and it worked so well! It just fed smoothly as I rethreaded my needle. Thank you again!

Until next time...
Stripes for the WIN!!!

Monday, March 29, 2021

Stay at Home Round Robin - SAHRR - The Reveal

Welcome to another edition of {Not so...} Mini Monday!!  This was supposed to be the final reveal of the Stay at Home Round Robin.  You see, today is the day that participants are to link-up their finished quilts or quilt tops.  I will be doing that once the party is posted.

Which will it be, Joyful???

Gail @ Quilting Gail hosted a Stay-at-Home Round Robin.  She recruited some of her blogger friends to help out.  I took the chance that I might be able to find time to work on this project.

Here is how the project progressed...

Round OnePiano Keys with Chris @ Chris Knits

Round Two - Plus Signs with Emily @ The Darling Dogwood

Round Three - Flying Geese with Anja @ Anja Quilts

Round Four - Checkerboard with Roseanne and Sue @ Home Sewn by Us

Round SixLog Cabins with Susan @ Quilt Fabrication

Round Seven - Pinwheels with our hostess, Gail @ Quilting Gail

That brings us to the big reveal!!!  Oh, how I was hoping for a complete quilt top...

Only days before this post, I once again turned my attention to finishing up Round 7's Pinwheels:

While I was at it...

... I planned a couple extra rows.  Another red piano key row (shown above) and another Plus block row (shown below):

Drum roll, please...

Row Seven has been added to the quilt:

Next, I played with those red piano keys:

I sewed pairs of scraps together...

... To create sections...

... Which turned into an anchor for the bottom of my quilt:

I'm SEW pleased to be able to present (the TOP of ) my Stay at Home ROW Robin (which I had hoped to finish today, but the longarm had other ideas):

Whether a banner...

Or a runner...

You might notice the extra row of Plus Blocks that I mentioned earlier.  I was in the zone while making them (and SEW excited about being close to a finish) that I completely forgot photos!

I am SEW pleased to have completed the top of my SAHRR!!

Special thanks to Gail Quilting Gail and friends...

... For creating this fun internet event!!  I started with an Orphan block and really enjoyed building a quilt around my Feathered Star UFO in a totally different way than I might normally work!  Look for one final update once the quilt has been completed.

In case YOU would like to give this method of construction a try, here are all the links for the Stay At Home Round Robin:

I'm off to join the Link Party!!  I hope you will visit, too.  You won't believe how different they all are!  Here's the LINK.

Sharing with Alycia

...even though I just got finished telling her that I didn't have anything finished to share for the Link Party.  Whoops!
I forgot that I had something NOT finished to link up.
(I'm pretty sure that Alycia won't mind.)

Until next time...
Sew aROUND!!

I'll leave you with some garden outtakes, since my snow iris bloomed out just in time for the photo shoot:

Sunday, March 28, 2021

The Guest Blogger(s) - Vol. 9 - Connie Goes GREEN

Welcome to another Guest Blogger post!!  I was hoping that we would hear from Connie this month.  To my delight, I found her email waiting for me this morning.


Due to technical difficulties, her February project only just got added to this month's Link Party.

Here's what Connie had to say about that:

Joy, you earned a big pat on the back! Congratulations on learning more ways to add to and to interact with your blog! I saw the photos for February projects have successfully posted. Each project in the link-up is inspiring. I thank all your friends and followers for sharing with us.

Connie's GREEN project was shared as the email continued:

Here's my March Table Scraps finish. It has moved between the kitchen...

... and the dining room table because I am so pleased with the outcome:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict inspired this project. It will likely be in a future table topper.  As you can tell from the picture, this barely put a dent in the box of green scraps:

Now, on to planning a light and bright blue Table Scraps project for April.

What a fun table topper...

Thanks for sharing your version of I'm Feeling Blue with us, Connie, and it looks good in GREEN!!  I am SEW pleased to be able to share your work with my readers.  I will happily do the same for others who run into problems with joining the Link Party.

Share the quilty love for Connie's project in the comments below.  I know that you enjoyed seeing her table topper as much as I did!  Thank you, again, Connie.

Link Party Reminder...

The March TABLE SCRAPS Link Party will be open until 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 28th (EDT).  While we prefer to see completed projects, feel free to share where you've gotten with your "table scraps" this month.  Please join the link-up TODAY!!  Also readers, if YOU have a Table Scraps project to share, but no blog to share it on, drop me an email with photos and the story of your entry.

Find instructions for Sarah's pattern in this LINK!!!

Also note that Angela quietly announced that April's Color of the Month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge would be Bright and Light BLUE.

You know what that means, don't you???

It means we can start sorting our scraps for next month's Challenge entry, now.  Yay!  I'll meet you back here for the April 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge Link Party.  It will be here before we know it (April 24th - 26th.)

Until next time...
Top(er) those tables!!!

Sew Some Love Sunday - The Shelter Quilt

Welcome to another edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!!  Today, we're taking a break from the Lutheran World Relief Mission Quilt Drive to bring you another donation opportunity that I was presented by Janis @ Canyon Rim Quilting.

I might have mentioned it before, but here's the whole story...

Back in the beginning of February, Janis approached me in the following email:

I wanted to let you know about an opportunity to do a donation quilt if you are interested. One of my dear friends is the director of ... a non-profit that cares for the homeless in our area. They’ve been doing this work for many years. They have a women’s shelter - limited room, but very nice. They are in the process of expanding though, and will have beds for 35 women and 25 men. They’ve not had a men’s shelter up till now, though they feed the homeless daily. My friend Laura is looking for quilts for the new beds. They are twin size beds and I have other specifications if you are at all interested in participating. They open their new expanded shelter on April 1st and hope to have quilts for all the beds by then.

I responded with the following...

Thanks for the opportunity to contribute, Janis. At any other time, I might have been able to fit it in! As you know, I am in the middle of a massive donation project for Lutheran World Relief. Between that, Project QUILTING, the 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge here on my blog, and the client quilts, along with the commissions that I'm working on, I doubt there's really any time for another thing on my plate.
Just in case I can manage it, what are the requirements? I will check my stash of quilts to see if there might be one that I can quilt up quickly. I can also ask my Quilt Bee to check theirs, as well.

Please advise.

When Janis provided the additional information requested, I asked the members of my Weekly Quilt Bee if they might have quilts available for donation.  Maggie stepped up to the plate, as her Morewood Mystery was almost finished.  She had plans to donate it (somewhere) and was happy to help.  I sent the following photo to Janis for Laura's apprioval:

Britt soon followed by volunteering to quilt the quilt.  I was on hand for a photo op on the day of the quilt top drop-off:

I received the following photo once the quilting had been completed:

Last weekend was delivery day:

Here's a close-up to show the quilting:

I'll be mailing out the completed quilt in the next day or so.  By the time you read this, it should be well on it's way across the country:

Here are the three busy bees who worked together to bring a quilt to a bed for a homeless shelter in Northern California:

Thanks for the teamwork, ladies!  Maggie and Britt, your contributions are greatly appreciated.  It feels good to give of our time and talents to bring comfort to others.

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