Friday, April 20, 2018

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Meet Blu the Bear...

Hi, all!

As I write this, I am gazing out over the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, looking at the dolphins swim by.  The sun is shining, it's 75 degrees, and there's a soft wind blowing.  I may stay here forever, because it's definitely whoop-whoop worthy!!  Unfortunately, there's only a couple more days before I have to go back to the real world - but for now, a girl can dream!  I'm obviously ready to whoop it up - are you?  Let's get started!


Since our week started out cool, I was able to get in some sewing time earlier this week.  You've probably seen this quilt already, but I'm happy to say now that it is finished!

I've decided to name this little guy Blu the Bear.  He's so absolutely adorable - I was a little perplexed with what I would do with him when he arrived in my Stash Builder Box a few months ago, but I think he's found the perfect home!

If you'll recall, this month my Scrap Attack goal was to use up some of the bonus HSTs I had stuffed into a plastic shoebox.  Well, this didn't make a big dent, but it did use up almost all of the bonus HSTs I had left over from Lilli's dolphin quilt that I made before Christmas.

I did straight line quilting in the white diagonal lines, extending it through the center square for interest and to stabilize the center.  It still seemed a little bit "unattached", so I also stitched around Blu.  That should make him stand out a little more once this is washed.  I'm really happy that the diagonal quilting framed him without cutting into his lines - a happy accident!

The back is really cute, too - two more pieces that came with Blu.  I added a strip of the black checkerboard to make the paw print fabric wide enough, and also used that black checkerboard for binding.  

Blu will be heading to the Little Lambs Foundation for Kids as part of this year's Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge.  I'm hoping some little boy or girl will find him to be a good friend when they need one!  

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?


And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping it up this week?

What's making you do a little happy dance?

Share!  We want to dance right along with you - 

And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.

Hope to see you there!



PS - I'm looking for bloggers who want to participate in this year's 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop - if you've got a great Christmas idea you've been itching to share, drop me a line (salliesue57 at gmail dot com) and let's get together!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

I May Have a Scrap Problem... A Little Beach Sewing!

Hi, all!

Well, I'm behind a little bit on writing this post, because my husband and I went out on an evening "dinner and a movie" date - something we don't do very often!  Usually our movies are in the afternoon and we are vegging out in front of the TV by 7 - but tonight I'm getting a late start!  

I don't have a huge amount to share today - just the finished HST top...

...and I finished my "Have Faith" top using Jamie's tutorial from 4/8/18!  I love this pattern - so quick and easy, and it uses up a lot of scraps!  I meant to take beach pictures of the finished top today, but I was so excited by the sunshine I completely forgot!  So I'll get them tomorrow... which is supposed to be another beautiful day.  Hooray!!

So that's what I've been doing on the scrappy front.  On other fronts, I've been contacting last year's 12 Days of Christmas in July bloggers to see if there is any interest in doing it again this year - and I've had good response!  But some of them are unable to do it this year, so I've got some open slots - if you are interested in being one of this year's stops on the blog hop, leave a comment with your email address and I'll get in touch with you about it!  It's always fun to see what everyone comes up with, and I'm already working on another quilt for the 12-day quilt-along... oh the things we do on vacation!

Sorry for the short post - see you on Friday!



Monday, April 16, 2018

Make-A-List Monday - Taking a Short (slightly warmer) Break...

Hi, all!

I'm interrupting our regularly scheduled program, because I am really enjoying my vacation and don't really want to think about what I should be doing!  I'm having a lot of fun playing with fabric, and today I even went and petted a lot of it...

...and even brought some of it home!  Pensacola has a great fabric store called A & E Fabrics.  It used to be part of a pharmacy, but now it's just a fabric store.  Lots of wonderful fabrics, great customer service and friendly people, and they give a discount to any and all guild members!   (You do have to show them your guild membership card...)  I spent a wonderful morning browsing through their fabrics, then adding to my Essex linen collection (the white and that beautiful orange), picking up that great brown cross hatch for backgrounds, the black and white diagonal print for bindings, and that awesome seam ripper print for a special project!  

And speaking of seam rippers, I spent some quality time on the drive down here with my friend Jack (the Ripper) as I rescued these adorable turtle blocks from their not so wonderful settings.  I'll be putting them back together into a quilt for a friend.  Her grandmother made it many years ago, and the old settings were showing their age, with lots of fading, fraying, and just general unhappiness.  Hopefully I can bring it back to where it can be used and loved by many more generations!

This is the view I've been enjoying for the past couple of days!  It really is beautiful, but unfortunately it's been pretty cool - low 40's to low 60's, and really windy - so we've spent most of our time indoors.  We did go out for walks on the beach yesterday and today, and saw this guy...

Isn't he gorgeous? He knew it, too!  He walked along with us for quite a ways, and it was pretty fascinating to observe him close up.  

I did have quite a bit of time for sewing the past two days, and had a lot of fun using Jamie's tutorial for the Have Faith block!  I'm hoping to get better pictures on the beach tomorrow, but here's a teaser of the finished top...

This should finish out at about 60" square (I didn't bring anything with me to measure, unfortunately) and is made up of 25 Have Faith blocks.  I used 50 10" squares and 25 fat quarters (a few were fat eighths) to make this, so it made a great big dent in my scrap stash!  I had all the pieces cut and matched up for each block when I got here, and once I got the rhythm down, I was making a block in about 10 minutes.  I love the happy mix of colors in this!  

It's supposed to be warmer tomorrow, and I've learned that the Blue Angels will be practicing tomorrow at lunchtime right in front of our beach, so I'm planning to have a beachside seat for that!  I'm looking forward to baking in the sun a bit - I'm tired of cold weather, as I'm sure all of you are too.  But at least it's warmer here than at home - they had snow in Mt. Juliet today!!  There's something really wrong about that...

Next week we'll get back to lists and accountability, but for now I'm just going to enjoy working on fun stuff when I want to!

But I'd really love to know - - - what are YOU working on this week?