Friday, May 25, 2018

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? So Much to Be Thankful For!

Hi, all!

Wow - talk about time flying!!  Can you believe it's Friday already?  This week has just flown by, and I know many of you probably have lots of fun plans for the Memorial Day weekend.  Ours will be full of boats and spending time with the grandkids - but before the festivities start, let's get our whoop whoop on!


I have been diligently working this week on the final Hands2Help link-up, counting all the quilts and marking down those who participated.  And wow, is it exciting!!!  As of the time I'm writing this, we have had more than 300 quilts donated!  I'm excited to see what the final number is - you can come back on Sunday to find out!  And there's still time to link up if you haven't already - the linky closes at noon CST today (Friday).  Be sure to head over there and take a look at all the beautiful quilts!

Just check out this Instagram post from Little Lambs Foundation - those quilts in the background are some that were sent as part of Hands2Help this year!  Isn't it wonderful to see them all together?

And I wanted to share (again) my own quilts for this year's Challenge!  This quit will be going to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids, a group that works with foster children.  They provide each child with a backpack with personal care items and a comfort item of some sort.

And this quilt, made using Jamie Elfert's great tutorial, will be going to Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo!  This was a great scrap buster, and I love Jamie's pattern - so simple, yet it looks complicated.  

And that's what I'm excited about today!  

Can I get a whoop whoop?


And now it's your turn!

What's making you whoop it up this week?

What's making you dance 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!



Wednesday, May 23, 2018

I May Have a Scrap Problem... Leftover Binding!

Hi, all!

I definitely have a scrap problem this week - my scrap bucket is starting to overflow, but no time to deal with it as I work hard on the end of Hands2Help!  But I did do a little clean-up today putting away binding scraps, so I thought I'd share my process with you!

I started with some leftover binding, and added my tools - something to measure with, post-it notes, a pencil, and some short straight pins!

Step one:  measure that binding scrap!  (Duh!)  This isn't rocket science, you just want a general length.  I usually round down from any partial inches.

Take your pencil and write the measurement on your post-it note.  If you use different widths of binding, this would be a good place to note the width, too.

Then I wrap the binding around my fingers to get it all neat and tidy.  If it's a really long piece, I'll use three fingers instead of four so all the little bundles are about the same size.  

Pin that post-it note to your nice neat bundle and you're all set!

Here's a picture of the tub I use to store my binding scraps in.  You can see the print bindings toward the bottom of the picture, and the solid bindings toward the top.  My pins and post-it notes live in here, too!

In the center is a zip loc bag that holds all of my bias binding scraps.  I don't do bias binding very often - usually only when I have an oddly shaped piece to bind (curves, hexies, etc.) and I always end up making too much - so I save it for later projects.

And at one end of the box I keep the instructions for making continuous bias binding - because I got tired of trying to track it down every time I needed it!  

So that's how I save my binding scraps - and here's why!  First of all, binding scraps are PERFECT for binding scrappy quilts.  (Duh!) And with the pieces already measured, it's easy to pull out enough for your whole quilt and not come up short.

Second, when your binding scrap box starts overflowing, you can turn them into fabulous quilts... only by your imagination!  So don't waste those binding scraps - use them!

And don't think that I haven't been working on my scrap projects at all - I did manage to get the arcs attached to the denim quilt, and trimmed the edges so it's ready for quilting!

So what have you been doing with your scraps this week?



Monday, May 21, 2018

Make-A-List Monday - Buckle Up!!!

Hi, all!

I'm very happy to say that I survived last week, and it's a good thing, because this week promises to be even busier!  Let's look at last week's list before we move on....

1.  Quilt the remaining nine high school quilts.
DONE!!! HALLELUJAH!!! And Jolene is still ticking right along - a fact I'm very grateful for!  She did a lot of hard work in the last two weeks!  Here's just a few of last week's quilts...

2.  Work on my denim wedge quilt.  (This is my May scrap attack project and is woefully behind...)
Done!  I think it's safe to say I'm not woefully behind any more...

3.  Finish cutting out the sashing and cornerstones for the turtle quilt.
Done - and not only that, but I managed to get the top assembled!

4.  Continue assembling the second Christmas in July quilt.
I did manage to assemble one set of blocks - so that's progress!

5.  Keep up with any ministry needs that come up.
Thankfully for my sanity, no needs this week!  

So lots accomplished last week, but even more to do this week!  Here's what's on the schedule...

1.  Hands2Help!  This is the final link-up week, and that means I've got a ton of administrative work to do, visiting everyone's post and organizing the prizes.  Be sure to check out Sunday's post and see all the gorgeous quilts that have been linked up!

2.  Sandwich the "secret" quilt!

3.  Quilt the turtle quilt.

4.  Work on the 12 Days of Christmas in July quilt.

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

It's going to be a super busy week - between meeting the long arm repairman at church, getting a haircut, and taking care of the grandkids all day on Friday while my daughter deals with the movers (they just got a new house!), I'll be working hard to find time for all this list - but it's got to get done!  Well, at least I won't be getting in trouble much!

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