Saturday, February 17, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC18 - Week 7

Welcome to Week 7 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week marks the middle of February.  There are some interesting happenings. Read on to find out all about it...

SUNDAY - It's laundry day, as I just wasn't in the mood to tackle Mt. Washmore yesterday.  Silly, really!  Laundry is the easiest household chore there is.  It gave me a chance to scare up some more PURPLE scraps that were hiding up in the studio:


During the downtime involved in doing laundry, I released another edition of Sew Some Love Sunday this afternoon.

MONDAY - I started quilting my newest Quilted Yarn Bowl... last night (and forgot to take a picture.)  I started with orange and added lime today.  I also released my newest Mail Call Monday post.

Oh!  Sharon at Moosecraft wanted to know the shade name for this month's nail color.  With 600 bottles from which to choose, it was a challenge to locate the right one!

At first, we thought it was MISS PURPLELARITY:


By Cuccio:


However, upon closer inspection, we realized that one was a little bit darker than the color I'm wearing.  Here it is!  It's PURPLE RAIN IN SPAIN:




By CND  Creative Play:



TUESDAY - I added the hot pink quilting on my Quilted Yarn Bowl and trimmed it up.  It's ready for assembly... tomorrow.  The scraps came from Sandy at Sew... This is my Blog.  Thank you SEW much, Sandy!!!  I forgot to get a picture.

WEDNESDAY - Happy Valentine's Day, quilting friends!!  Sandra at MMMQuilts! has a gift for us all.  Today is the beginning of her Postcard From Sweden QAL:

MMM Quilts Postcards From Sweden Quilt Along


 Look!!  PURPLE in it (for the RSC Color of the Month.)

THURSDAY - GALentine's Day Knit Night!!  Wine might have been involved... depending on your preferences.

Bubbly:


Red:


Or white:


One friend had the house to herself and invited us all over for dinner (7 of us!) and knitting, but the quilter in me wanted to race home to start sewing on Alycia's newest mystery, A7 - The Patriot Mystery Quilt.  She released the first clue yesterday.  Looks like a fun clue!! Head over to see what she wants us to do.

FRIDAY - This week's (main) scrappy finish was a Quilted Yarn Bowl FOR ME!!!  I used my "Sandy" scraps and finished this off on Wednesday afternoon while sewing with Needleb:


Please note that I added PURPLE binding (in honor of the RSC Color of the Month.)  I am SEW happy to have a Quilted Yarn Bowl of my very own!!  Special thanks to Sandy for the scraps and to my friend Britt for the lining fabric.

SATURDAY - Already?!?!  Yep.  It's that time, again.  Head over to Angela's So Scrappy blog for the weekly LINK PARTY for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  You are sure to see projects in THESE shades and many more:


The color card shown above comes to you compliments of the local Big Box Home Store.  Paint chips to inspire your RSC sewing.

I was a little late to the party, as my Monthly Quilt Bee meeting was this morning.  We had a baker's dozen members show up to chat, share projects, and enjoy a fabulous Pot Luck lunch.

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Mail Call Monday - The Outgoing Variety - Secret Sewing

Welcome to another installment of Mail Call Monday!!  This post is actually about Mail Call Monday in Reverse.  It's mail that I sent out and have been waiting for it to be received.

Here is the feedback...

Belinda:  JOY!!!!!!  "what a beautiful quilted box. will use it to hold weaving stuff. thank you so much."

Libby:  It arrived yesterday!  All those tiny pieces!  And my favorite color!  Perfect!

Here is what they got...

For Belinda, I started with some fun scrap piecing by adapting Fiona's tutorial for a QAYG fabric basket - I didn't use a Quilt-as-you-go method, nor did I use the same sized base piece:



Then I did some straight line quilting:


Presto-chango!  And add some binding:


I give you a quilted "yarn bowl":


A "brim" can be folded down, if the bowl is too tall to suit:


Up...


Or down...



It's a gift that I was pleased to give.  Use it any way you see fit, B, just know that it was made with love.


For Libby, I started with a handful of red 1" squares and a design:



The iPad photo was for pattern reference.  Sorry, unknown blogger!  I used your photo to check the angle positioning, not to mimic your quilt.  Notice:  My version is totally random and scrappy!

Then I started matching up pairs of squares:


And pairs of pairs which equaled rows:


Followed by pairs of rows - and sewed those to make halves:


The quilt top was assembled and flattened as best as possible:


You may remember this photo from a previous post:


Then it was on to figuring out the borders...



And doing the quilting:



You wouldn't think that something SEW small would take such a LONG time to complete.  Alas, that is how this project rolled.

Here is the complete mug rug:



Smile for the camera:



(A staged shot...) Ready to put into service:



Until next time...
Surprise a friend with sewing!!!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sew Some Love Sunday - Thomas Advances

Welcome to another edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!  This past week, additional work was done on my Quilt Bee's Thomas Fire relief quilt.

Additional blocks were provided by our members, along with fabric rectangles so that the border can be attached when the rows are being assembled:



Needleb and I spent a happy afternoon getting the layout just right.

Here is the final design:


All that remains now is needle and thread.

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

Saturday, February 10, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC18 - Week 6

Welcome to Week 6 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week, I concentrated on settling into my new schedule.  Not a lot of PURPLE sewing took place.  :o((

SUNDAY - Laundry filled my free time.  (I know, BIG thrill, right?!)  Well, that and the Super Bowl (American Football tradition.)  I only watch for the commercials and the halftime show.  Boy, was THAT ever a waste of time!!!  On the upside, I managed to (re)finish Right Side Short Rows on my Hoodie Shawl Cardigan.  (Yes!  Finish.  Again!)  It didn't work out so well the first time around.  I'm confident that things look better (and actually line up properly) this time.  :o))

MONDAY - Grocery shopping and associated tasks filled my afternoon free time. (Bet you're really wishing you could be me!!  Sigh... Not so much, huh?)  The evening hours were filled with writing and releasing my Mail Call Monday post and catching up with what's going on out in BlogLand.  No sewing.

TUESDAY - Banking and bill paying ate up a fair amount of the afternoon's free time.  I also wrote and released my Scrap Attack Tuesday post.  I'm SEW glad that Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict offered this challenge!  Check back at the end of the month to see what I accomplished.

WEDNESDAY - Today was Knit Group (on its new day, just for me!), followed by some sewing time with Needleb.  I suppose you might be wondering if I got anything accomplished.  Here it is, in living color!  A little bit of PURPLE sewing:



Special thanks to Diane!!  The block with the cool swirls and funky off-kilter slashes was in one of her gifted scrap bags.  What FUN!!

THURSDAY - Hmm... Are you beginning to see a pattern???  No quilting, but I do have a piece of PURPLE knitting to show.  Not mine!  It's an upcoming pattern from my friend Emily:


A very difficult shade of purple to photograph, I might add.

FRIDAY - Acclimating to a new schedule is hard work!!  Turns out that quilting this afternoon wasn't much easier.

I started with MORE cutting for the Tie Quilt:



Then, moved back to my black scrap basket in process, followed by the brown one.  Neither held my interest for very long.

Instead, I layered and quilted the top for a sweet little Quilted Yarn Bowl to be gifted:



It's been trimmed up and is ready for assembly.  Hooray!!

SATURDAY - It's that time, again.  LINK PARTY day over on the So Scrappy blog!!!  Head over to see the PURPLE goodness.  Also, give a go at Mari's Squared Away block for February.

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Scrap Attack Tuesday - February Job Pull

Welcome to the February edition of Scrap Attack Tuesday!!  If YOU are a quilter, you probably have some fabric scraps.  If you have been quilting for 20+ years like I have, you may have a TON of scraps!!  (You may not want to admit to them, but you probably HAVE them.)  Sarah to Confessions of a Fabric Addict not only HAS scraps, she's prepared to USE those scraps or give them away!  Details of the Scrap Attack Challenge can be found in THIS POST.  You can find Sarah's monthly task HERE.

This month's job pull:

2. Per Sarah, Work on a Double Wedding Ring (my antique)



If I have extra time:

1. Give away a big bag of scraps like Sarah!


Thank you again, Sarah, for issuing a challenge to encourage us all to take another look at our scrap stash!  I don't know about anyone else, but this is JUST what I needed to clear some more of my scraps from my studio shelves.

Until next time...
Attack Those Scraps!!!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Mail Call Monday - SCRAPS for the Win

Welcome to another edition of Mail Call Monday!!  From time to time bloggers offer drawings for various items.  Sometimes it's a pack of FQs from a generous supporter.  Other times, it's scraps from their very own fabric stash.

Such was the case when Mari @ Academic Quilter recently had a drawing for a small bundle of scraps.  See THIS post.

Guess who won?!?!

I did.  I did!!

::Insert happy dance here.::

Mailing had to wait until after the arrival and departure of a(nother) snow storm.  No worries... I've got PLENTY to keep me busy!!

Late last week, my prize package arrived:



It came complete with a note:


Just look at the decoration on the card:


Mari thanked ME for taking these scraps off her hands:


Seriously?!?!  No!!  Thank YOU, Mari, for the scrap infusion:


One of the little baggies included 1.5" squares:


Another included a batch of 2" squares:

I can't spot it in the photos above, but Mari also enclosed a bit of the backing fabric from her Christmas in February quilt that was just recently completed.  Scroll down to the bottom of her post to get a look at the adorable String of Lights (my name for it) fabric.  
What FUN!!  I always enjoy adding to my Holiday collection.

Thank you, again, Mari!!  As you may know... I absolutely LOVE scraps.  Other people's scraps are even better!  Pardon me, I'm off to sort some more scraps.  BONUS:  There may be bits that I can use for my blocks for the 2018 Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Until next time...
Celebrate the Luck of the Draw!!!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC18- Week 5

Welcome to Week 5 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This was a transition week for the RSC.  We moved from sewing with BLUE to working with scraps of ???

SUNDAY - There's a new Quilt-Along in town:



Check it out over on Confessions of a Fabric Addict blog!!  Today is the first day.  I'm off to see what Sarah has up her sleeve...

MONDAY - Today is my last day at Monday Knit Group for a while.  That's OK.  I'll get over it!  :P

Why so nonchalant about it, Joyful?

Well, here is why...  This group is so wonderful that they voted to rearrange the weekly knit schedule to accommodate my new schedule!!  Isn't that just the sweetest?!?!

Thanks you, knitters!!!  I am thankful to be part of such a loving group.  I appreciate your flexibility more than I can express.

On a celebratory note...

Happy Birthday, Mr. Basket!!!  I hope you had a wonderful day.

I did!!  Knit Group was followed by a sewing session at home and dinner out for DH's birthday.  YUM!!!

I also posted a new installment of Mail Call Monday.  You can find it at THIS LINK.

TUESDAY - Today, I spent the morning with a new little friend.  Afterwards, I...

Celebrated the NEW Color(s) of the Month posted by Angela for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  Lavender and:



Find the announcement post HERE.  Thanks to Ivani from Arte em Casa for alerting me to the fact that Angela posted it early!!  I know what I'm working on next...



Sorting out my PURPLE scraps.

But first, I've got to head out to my Monthly Quilt Group.  Bye!!

Afterwards, I posted another Scrap Attack Tuesday post.

WEDNESDAY - The day started off with a fun meeting with an old friend.  Coffee and a nice chat.  Bliss!!

And an afternoon of quilting with Needleb.  I accomplished...

SOMETHING... but can't remember what!!  :o((

Later, I released this week's Wonderful Wednesday post.

THURSDAY - Today was my Weekly Quilt Group meeting.  The first one that I've missed in quite some time.  Alas, that will become the new normal.  On an up note, they sent me a few pictures to enjoy!!  :o))

FRIDAY - I was busy through the early afternoon, but went to quilt with Needleb for a while.  I concentrated on... NOTHING!! 

Instead, I did a little work on my BROWN and BLACK baskets from last year...


Then worked on a sweet new basket for a good friend...


... And layered up my "Sandy" basket:



SATURDAY - It's our first PURPLE LINK PARTY for the year!!  SEW many people love...  Are YOU one of them???  If so, head over to Angela's So Scrappy blog for a hefty dose of it.  :o))

Meanwhile, I'll be playing with THESE:



Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!