Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Are You Up For a Challenge?

Hi, all!

Well, in the midst of the rush of preparations for the holidays, it's easy to forget that we're also coming up on the end of 2017!  This has been a great year - I've discovered that I really like working with scraps, and I've made some fun projects using those scraps...

...but I'll have to admit that all of that sewing hasn't made a dent in my stash of scraps!  So here's a few photos just to keep it real....

The baskets on the top of my fabric storage shelves...

...the tubs under my long arm machine that I still haven't touched...

...the piles of leftover scraps from earlier scrap projects... still not sorted into tubs.... well-stuffed strings hamper...

...and the overflowing catch basket on my cutting table!

Oh the shame of it....

But there just aren't enough hours in the day...

And there are so many projects to do!

Where to start???

And that's where I want to begin with this challenge.  Will you join me?  Here's my plan...

I'm going to take a good hard look at my scrap situation over the next two weeks, and make a list of least twelve specific things I want to accomplish in 2018.  Some might be as simple as sorting out a tub of scraps, others as fun as making a new quilt or a rope bowl, or as generous as sharing a box of scraps with someone less scrap-blessed, but all will work towards the goal of controlling my scraps during the year.  

I'll write out each goal on a card, maybe even with pics - that inspiration quilt shot, for example - fold them up small and put them in a pretty jar or box. Then the first Wednesday of January, I'll pull one out to work on, and share it with you.  There will be a linky party so you can join in and share your goal for the month too!  Come the first Wednesday of February, and each month after, we can share progress on the previous month's goal, and reveal the new goal for the new month!

And remember I said at least twelve things?  If I come up with more, I'll write them up too - and if I have a month where I finish early, I'll draw a second task.  

And this is really low pressure - if life happens and I can't meet my monthly goal, it's not the end of the world!  Believe me, those scraps aren't going anywhere!  

So - - - are you interested in joining me?  I've even come up with a cute little badge to put on your blog...

I'm looking forward to this!  Just what I need, a little challenge to put the spark back into my quest for super-neat and usable scraps!!

I hope you'll come along for the ride!



Monday, December 11, 2017

Make-A-List Monday - Taking Time To Enjoy!!

Hi, all!

Do you ever get so busy at this time of year that you forget to slow down and take time to enjoy the season?  I know I do - but I am determined to look for the joy this week.  Simple things - like the little girl I saw at Target yesterday who was so excited about Christmas that she just jumped up and down cheering when she saw the decorations in the store!  She made me smile!! Join me in looking for joyful moments this week...

OK, so let's look at last week's list and see how it went...

1.  Send out an email to the quilt ministry members about sewing in December.
Done!  We've got some interesting projects coming up, and everyone seems really excited!

2.  Do some quilting for the ministry.
I did a little, but not as much as I wanted to, because Jolene needs sometime with the repairman....

3.  Write an estimate for two t-shirt quilts.
Done!  Now to order the supplies...

4.  Finish the appliqué for Lilli's annual quilt.
Done!  I'm so so happy with how this turned out...

Now I just need Jolene to get better so I can quilt the annual quilts!

5.  Take the last of the Great Quilt Destash photos and post.
I didn't get to this one. Hopefully this week!

6.  Deliver a whole mess of quilts purchased through the Great Quilt Destash!
Done!  That was so much fun!!

7.  Work on a post for scrappy Wednesday.
Done!  I'm trying to be intentional about these last few scrappy Wednesday posts until the endow the year...

8.  Review my stash of Christmas gifts and see what else I need to get.
Done!  Amazingly, I only had a few holes to fill in.  And I think I finished the shopping today!

9.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  This quilt went to a new baby...

...and this quilt went to a 13-year old boy with some serious medical issues.

This quilt went to a woman going through treatment for leukemia...

...and this quilt went to a man who is recovering from open heart surgery.

And in addition to the things on my list, I also made pillowcases for both of my granddaughters!  I'm particularly proud that I finally cut into the 2-yard piece of Heather Ross "Goldfish in Bags" that I've been hoarding since I got it away from my daughter...

...and I love the "Marauder's Map" fabric I found at Joann's!

Since I've already made one for Nathanael, this finished up the set!

Time is running short, so I'll jump right into my goals for next week...

1.  Make a weighted blanket (commission job).

2.  Make a dolphin pillow cover.

3.   Order supplies for the t-shirt quilts

4.  Make labels for the kids' annual quilts.

5.  Quilt the annual quilts.

6.  Wrap packages.

7.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.

8. Find the joy!!

Remember to take a few minutes this week to find the joy - it will make all the rest of it go even better!

And now, the question is - - - what are YOU working on this week?



Friday, December 8, 2017

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? This One's For Jolene...

Hi, all!

Wasn't it just Friday a couple of days ago?  Where does the week go??  Well, wherever it went, it's Friday again, and you know what that means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on!  Let's get started!!


I have a different kind of whoop whoop today - earlier this week, when I needed to quilt a bunch of quilts for the ministry, my beautiful long arm machine started exhibiting some serious signs of wearing out.  (PS her name is Jolene.)  The needle up/down button and the jog button wouldn't work at first, until the machine warmed up, and the motor was running slower than usual.  One frantic call to my repairman, and an appointment was scheduled for next Tuesday.  He says it sounds like the brushes in the motor need some attention - whatever that means.  So I started working on some other, no-quilting-required, projects and gave Jolene a rest.

Then Thursday morning, my husband sent me a text saying that a friend of his needed a ministry quilt, and could I bring it when I met him for lunch.  Oh no!  Our stock at church (of finished quilts) is totally depleted, except for one that would not be appropriate for an adult man.  I did have a top and back at the house that would be perfect, but would Jolene cooperate enough to get it quilted?  

Fingers crossed, I loaded it on the frame and started quilting...

...and God bless her, Jolene powered through to the end!  A quick binding job and a run through the steam cycle of the dryer - no time to wash this one - and it's time for the photo shoot!

This really is a beautiful quilt - lots of earth and forest toned batiks, and it's plenty big enough for a big guy.  Just goes to show that God has a plan - I just happened to have the right quilt at home waiting to go on the frame!

One more shot, just because it's pretty - and see that goofy brown dog to the left of the quilt?  Silly girl wouldn't come in the house this morning, so she spent her time terrorizing the mailman, the UPS man, and the FedEx guy!  She loves the cooler weather, and would stay outside all day if I'd let her - or even if I don't!

And one more whoop whoop - I finished the dolphin appliqué on Lilli's annual quilt!  Now once Jolene is back up and running, I can get all three quilts finished and I'll be ready for Christmas.  Keep your fingers crossed that Jolene's problem is a minor one, easily fixed!

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop??


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!