"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 (NIV)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

ScrapHappy December

I've been knee deep in getting the "parts" made for the scrappy wedding quilt I'm working on.   And finally have all of the sub-units made, or as I call them the "parts".     Have no clue how many different blues and cream tonals there are in these, but I am going to try to count them as I put it together.   there are about 80+ of the ones with the blue corners, and 120+ of teh ones with the cream corners.   Each one is unique.

I'm taking these with me on vacation because I'll be house-sitting for a friend so I'll at least be able to sew some those days.  By January 15th the top will be together so I can get it to a quilter.



Gratitudes:
1. Am on vacation!  Woohoo........
2.  Will see friends and family this coming weekend - can't wait!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Progress on the to-Do list

Made some progress on the to do list over the weekend.....of course I ended up adding stuff to the list that I'd forgotten to add before....doesn't look like early nights for me coming up this week if i'm to get it all done.

Non-Quilty
  • Make reservations for hotel stay to Phx, and for the 23rd-25th (I really don't want to sleep in the car so this is a must....lol) - made but cancelled all reservations after a friend wrote me asking if I'd like to stay with them, my answer was a definite yes!
  • Enter the clothing I'm donating into my spreadsheet, box up and put into the back end of the car
  • Mail Christmas gifts to Indiana - Not gonna get done till after I get back because I'm still trying to finish up gifts that need to go in the package.
  • Pack for trip
  • Enter hold mail request online - Done yesterday
  • Pick up prescription refill - Done yesterday
  • Run a load of laundry
  • Make sure all perishables are out of the fridge before leaving
  • Gather audio books for the trip
  • Make reservation for Friday night - either El Paso or Las Cruces
  • Email to my friend Mark in Tucson to see if he'd like to meet for lunch on Saturday as I pass thru
  • Email to Sharing Committee re: missions and status / to-do's
  • Make word doc copy of missions application and send out to committee
  • Continue contacting friends to set up times to get together - In Progress

Quilty
  • Appliqued Sweatshirt for D (Christmas gift)
  • Appliqued Sweatshirt for M (Christmas gift)
  • Finish gingerbread mug rug
  • Cross-body purse for P (Christmas gift) - In process, but had to find the link again for the pattern since I can't find where my printed copy went.  Hoping to finish tonite
  • Appliqued T-Shirt for D (commission) - Materials have been pulled and templates printed.  Plan to work on before leaving and mailing from Phx
  • Fruit Cobbler potholders - what I can get done for extra Christmas gifts - might get one more set made, but will be pulling totes and/or snack mats that are already finished to use as gifts as well.
  • Fruit Cobbler potholders (commission) - two blueberry, two mixed berry - due mid January - Need to get more blueberries
  • Stretching Art Challenge Quilt - Due in February, not started
  • MQG mini swap quilt - Due in February, have patterns printed out
  • Wedding quilt - Binding and Label
  • Cut remainder of rectangles needed for the wedding quilt - Done!
  • Make remaining sections for the wedding quilt, and press - In progress
  • Make remaining 24/25 blocks for the wedding quilt, including pieced border
  • Add sashing to the Calico Lion block - Need to take with me as a project so that I can start this BOM in January of 2018.  
  • 2018 BOM - blocks 2 and 3
  • Start working on next block for submission to QuiltMaker
  • Scrappy Wolf - in process of cutting 2.5" squares needed for quilt
  • Scrappy Deer
  • Finish Hankie Butterfly quilt (quilting and binding) - Need to find a quilter that will reply to me...or else maybe take it to my local quilt shop where they do quilting.


Design
  • Write up pattern for Calico Lion, Block 1 for 2018 BOM
  • Write up pattern for Sherry Bear 
  • Write up patterns for the military bears (5 individual patterns + 1 combined pattern)
  • Write up patterns for the quilting bears (3 individual patterns + 1 combined pattern)
  • Write up snail quilt pattern

Projects for the Trip
  • Calico Lion Block - Sashing
  • Wedding Quilt - put remaining blocks together
  • Mini swap quilt - make blocks and put top together (may need to buy fabric for it there....horrors....lol)
  • Stretching Art Challenge quilt - sandwich top and baste in the leaves and plant, figure out how I'm going to make the lady bugs (beading?  stuffed applique? a combination?)
Gratitudes:
1. For provision of lodging that will save me a bundle

2. For friends who let me run a load of laundry at their house while I don't have a dryer to use at home.

Finishes over the weekend

Almost finished this potholder, just need to add the binding for it after I find fabric that will work.



















Next up was this quilt top that is approximately 40" by 60" in size.  It was made in response to both a challenge on Sunshine in a quilt that would be sent to Quilts Beyond Borders as a part of what the Sunshine group normally does.   And it also fit the challenge that my friend Susan of DesertSky Quilting had challenged her readers to do for charity for advent.

I used a Long Quarter of a halloween monster print and pulled an orange checked print and a yellow TOT strip to make the rail fence blocks.  A lime green TOT strip for the inner border and solid orange for the final border

Final look has almost a 3D look too it because of the colors and the way they work with each other.
You can read more about the #adventblocksforcharity by clicking on the image to the side.

Next up was the stitching on this embellished sweatshirt for my mom.  This was one scene from a panel of cute kitties.   Still have lots to work with for future projects.  =)
And the final project over the weekend was making this little mug rug.  It finished out at 9.5" square the pattern and a couple of the fabrics (the house and the snow) came as part of the third free kit during the shop hop I participated in back in November.  This will most likely end up being a gift for someone this Christmas.



Gratitudes:
1. Thankful for the friends who have invited me to stay with them during my trip to Phx.

2. Thankful for being able to house-sit for friends in Phx and being able to sew while i'm there.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Goals and To-Do's

I would love it if life slowed down for a bit...........but that isn't going to happen anytime soon.....lol.   Well maybe once I'm on Vacation the end of the month, but I won't bet on that.

At any rate, for my sanity and to hopefully keep me focused I'm writing down my goals and to-do's for the next 6-8 wks or thereabouts so that I can make progress and hopefully not lose anything along the way.   Most of these are quilty in some way, but some aren't.  Here's hoping this helps keep me focused on what I need to do.

Non-Quilty
  • Make reservations for hotel stay to Phx, and for the 23rd-25th (I really don't want to sleep in the car so this is a must....lol)
  • Enter the clothing I'm donating into my spreadsheet, box up and put into the back end of the car
  • Mail Christmas gifts to Indiana
  • Pack for my vacation
  • Enter hold mail request online

Quilty
  • Appliqued Sweatshirt for D (Christmas gift)
  • Appliqued Sweatshirt for M (Christmas gift)
  • Cross-body purse for P (Christmas gift)
  • Appliqued T-Shirt for D (commission)
  • Fruit Cobbler potholders - what I can get done for extra Christmas gifts
  • Fruit Cobbler potholders (commission) - two blueberry, two mixed berry - due mid January
  • Stretching Art Challenge Quilt - Due in February, not started
  • MQG mini swap quilt - Due in February, have patterns printed out
  • Wedding quilt for C & A - In Process, needs to be to the quilter no later than end of January for quilting
  • Add sashing to the Calico Lion block
  • 2018 BOM - blocks 2 & 3
  • Start working on next block for submission to QuiltMaker
  • Scrappy Wolf - in process of cutting 2.5" squares needed for quilt
  • Scrappy Deer
  • Finish Hankie Butterfly quilt (quilting and binding)


Design
  • Write up pattern for Calico Lion, Block 1 for 2018 BOM
  • Write up pattern for Sherry Bear 
  • Write up patterns for the military bears (5 individual patterns + 1 combined pattern)
  • Write up patterns for the quilting bears (3 individual patterns + 1 combined pattern)
  • Write up snail quilt pattern
Gratitudes:
1. Extra time off of work means I'll be able to spend more time with friends and family

2. for the days that I'll be house & pet-sitting and not having to pay for a room

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Fruit Cobbler is on the menu.....

........fruit cobbler themed potholders that is for several gifts this Christmas.    I started with the tutorial for making round pie shaped ones here and tweaked the pattern to fit what I wanted.

And in memory of my maternal Grandmother who made the most yummy peach cobbler (and because I didn't want to make round ones!) I'm making square and/or rectangular "fruit cobbler" ones instead of "fruit pie". 


Here are the basics of what I did - I am using the quilted, heat reflective ironing board cover for the bottom of the potholders.  Reflective side is placed outwards.  (Note: do NOT try to iron the back side of it or you'll end up with a mess on your iron....guess how I know that!!!)

Next layer is one of thinsulate which has a metallic, reflective layer in it. and finally on top of that is the fruit fabric.  I then cut strips of premade single fold bias binding for the pie lattice and pinned it on after weaving the strips. 



I stitched down both sides of all strips with a straight stitch.  And then rounded the corners to make it easier to sew the binding onto it.








Next up was sewing the binding on.  To do this make sure you sew the narrower of the two sides onto the back first, then when you turn it to the front and stitch it down (by machine) the  seam will be covered.




And here is the finished potholder.   This pair are 7" wide by 9" tall because that was all the fabric I had of this blueberry print.


And here is one of the apple print ones that I've finished.   There are two of these and they are 9" square.


Back side of the potholder with the hanging loop showing.  Diagonal lines are where the backing I used was quilted already.  Next up are more potholders with fabric of raspberries, cherries, more blueberries, and mixed berries.   And I've got someone who wants to order some as well.   I may need to invest in a bias tape maker if I do lots of these because the biggest cost is in the bias tapes when buying it ready made.


Gratitudes:
1. I've been offered a place to stay for part of my time in Phx, will be house/pet-sitting for church friends back there.  Gotta love my church family there.  Now to find a place for the rest of the days.

2. Weight has started dropping again....woohoo!


Monday, December 4, 2017

Mug rug finished

One more of the kits that I picked up during the shop hop is finished.  All of the fabrics for the top were supplied by the store.   I provided the binding (a WOW), the backing, and the batting.

This 'tasty' little fellow measures out at 6" by 9".  Baby rick-rack was used for the 'icing' on his arms and legs, and tiny black buttons were used for his eyes and the buttons on his tummy. 

Gratitudes:

1. Found a gift I'd forgotten having made and stashed away which means I have one less to make!

2. Had good coupons to use over the weekend to buy the needed materials and notions for some of the gifts that I'm in process of making now.