Friday, January 19, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC18 - Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  Find this week's LINK PARTY HERE.  My week progressed in a blur of cold (and snow?)...

SUNDAY - A day filled with blog writing and an evening filled with sewing, unfortunately NOT with the Color of the Month:



MONDAY - Knit group saw a changed project.  Ripping out the pink that didn't work AT ALL was followed by re-knitting the section in the BLUE that I found in my stash:



TUESDAY - Once the chores were done, I got ready for my hair appointment.  After I was beautified, I stopped at the coffee shop for an afternoon of knitting quietly with a nice cup of tea (and maybe a cookie.)  I'm quite pleased with my progress:



The evening was spent with friends at Girls Night Out.  Hooray! for friends enjoying some time together with a good glass of wine, a yummy sandwich, and a delicious dessert.  Bliss!!

WEDNESDAY - Could it be?!  A stay-at-home day!!  Oh, yes, it is... because we got 3 or 4 inches of snow in 2 hours this morning. Plus, it continued snowing for hours.  NOPE!!!  I'm not going ANYWHERE!!!

THURSDAY - My Weekly Quilt Group didn't meet today.  Well... not in person, anyway.  We got MORE SNOW!!!  A total of nearly 12 inches.  The most snow we've had in the last 10 years!  Just ignore the abominable snowman friendly snow removal service:



FRIDAY - Sweater Class... It's starting to look like a sweater:



SATURDAY - It's LINK PARTY day over at So Scrappy.  Head over to see what the RSC Quilters have been doing with their BLUE fabric scraps.  Me?  I'll visit the links tomorrow, as I'm off for a day of sewing fun.

I'll leave you with the delivery of an early birthday gift:



My knitting friend was more than a LITTLE happy to receive her very own Quilted Yarn Bowl.  Complete with crazy pose.  LOL

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wonderful Wednesday - Delayed Swap Receipt

Welcome to the first 2018 edition of Wonderful Wednesday!!  Back in November, I shared my Positively Mini post.  You can read more about that project by following this LINK.

Here's a photo for as a reminder of what I sent:


Chantal (who blogs At the Corner of Scrap and Quilts) loved it SEW much that she added it to her Wall of Fabulously Famous Quilts.  Quite the honor, I'd say!!

She was surprised to receive it so soon, as it seems that I got the date wrong.  Oops!!  Chantal hadn't even start on her mug rug for me.  Not to worry... I knew that it would arrive eventually.  :o))

In return, I got a package with two mug rugs for the price of one:


These goodies were enclosed in with the swap Chantal sent:


A beautiful machine embroidered card from a local artist:


Along with the BIGGEST chocolate coin I have ever seen:


The mug rug was custom made to cover this living room side table:


The bonus mug rug on the reverse side is perfect for the Holidays:


I'm SEW glad that we decided to swap, as her mug rug fits right in:


Thank you again, Chantal!!!  The mug rug/table mat that you made me is wonderful.  Sorry it took so long to post about the swap results.  It was well worth the wait, don't you think, everyone?!

Until next time...
Don't you just LOVE quilted surprises?!?!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mail Call Monday - Ravelry Pincushion Swap

Welcome to the first 2018 edition of Mail Call Monday!!  This week's post is about a private swap on Ravelry.

The back story...

Bitord frequently posts about one artsy project or another.  I fell in love with THIS recently posted project:

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I sent her a PM about the little pin cushion in the center of the photo.  She wrote back offering.  I replied either that or suggested some sort of swap.

The outcome...

re: Denim Pincushion


Swap swap swap. I like swaps. 

The received...

A funky painted craft paper parcel:



Enclosed was this artsy pin cushion made from recycled denim:


LOVE the recycled denim goodness!!!

The process...

Here is a shot of the quilted bottom of the pin cushion with the pieced and quilted top.  Colors are fairly true:



Next up, fabric boats:


This was the prototype for my construction method:


And the sent...


This is an end view:


One more shot, a side view, to show how the halves were joined.  The secret?  Binding was sewn half way around on the machine, the other half was sewn down by hand:


Thank you, Bitord, for an unexpected, but wonderful swap!  I appreciate the challenge that you presented with your desire to have a hard-bottomed pin cushion (so the pins wouldn't scratch your table.)

** Watch this spot for a surprise upon delivery.

Shared over on the link-up at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Until next time...
Nothing ventured, nothing gained!!!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC18 - Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the 2018 Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This is how my week went...

SUNDAY - Mt. Washmore was first on the task list for today.  There was so much laundry that there wasn't time for much else.

MONDAY - Knit Group was followed by grocery shopping, which was followed by some computer time.  I released my Mystery Monday Link-Up POST and visited a good number of the links posted on Bonnie's BLOG.  There are some pretty amazing interpretations of the On Ringo Lake mystery quilt!

While making the rounds around BlogLand, I found the following photo and just had to share it!  It totally fits the fabric shopper in me (and perhaps the fabric shopper in YOU, too.)

Grammie Q currently has this cute header on her blog:


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TUESDAY - It was a stay-at-home day (well... except for a quick trip to the bank !) The quilt on the frame got the soup can treatment today,  What?!  You heard me right.  Soup cans and quilts sometimes mix:



I also released my inaugural Scrap Attack Tuesday post and got right to work on a project.  It was a happy day!

WEDNESDAY - Another stay-at-home day. Can anyone guess what I did with my time??  It involves a quilt and  a longarm quilting machine.  If you guessed that I finished quilting That 80's Quilt... you would be right, but we'll save that for another post.  In the meantime, you can see how shopping benefits the quilting process.  Look for the plastic shopping bags in THIS photo:



Shoving the bags under the take-up bar is a trick from the internet.

THURSDAY - Weekly Quilt Group met today. We missed last week because of the snow.  I took along my Like Deborah (Boscart) But Not quilt, but didn't get very far:


I chose threads that blended with the fabric (since I haven't done any embroidery in AGES!!!)

FRIDAY - Sweater Class had an unexpected outcome today.  I stated the short rows and found that the yarn for the body is NOT suitable for the shawl section.  Have a look for yourself:


After a trip to the grocery store, I did a bit of sewing.  Watch for more about that in next Tuesday's Scrap Attack post.  LINK will be provided in a few days.  I will show you a few of the BLUE scraps that I will be working with during the remaining days of January:



SATURDAY - That brings us to the second LINK PARTY of the year.  Check out all the BLUE projects from this week's RSC sewing by clicking on the words LINK PARTY above.  I'm on my way there now.  Prepare to be amazed.

Once I've visited the other RSC Quilters, I'm headed up to see if I can find a replacement yarn for the body of my sweater project somewhere in the stash.  That pink is just WRONG!!

Note to self: Make sure you have ALL the yarn with you when making additional selections for a large knitting project.

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Scrap Attack Tuesday - January's Job Pull

Welcome to inaugural 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:

11. Make more scrappy yarn bowls like these:


FREE pattern found at Christina Cameli's A Few Scraps blog.

If I have extra time:

9. Make something with ORANGE scraps:


Thank you, 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, January 8, 2018

Mystery Monday Link-Up! On Ringo Lake! Part 6 AND Rapid Fire Part 7, 8, AND 9 {The Reveal!!!}

Welcome to Mystery Monday!


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You can find the instructions for Part 6 at this LINK.  My first step was to start cutting the pieces and parts:



I cut for Clue 5 AND Clue 6 before going to the sewing machine:


Units for Clue 5, previously ignored due to elf sewing:



My units for Clue 6, sewn up with the units from Clue 4:


Not a lot of either, but that's OK.  It's enough to say that I am participating.

But, WAIT!!!

I also did some "double sewing" on Needleb's geese units:


For completing that service (and the trimming), I will be the recipient of that beautiful pile of Bonus HSTs shown below:


As I was working on this post, I found that Bonnie had posted a surprise BONUS for us, only a day after releasing Part 6!!!


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Whaa!?!?  Yep!  Go have a look for yourself.  The instructions for Rapid Fire Part 7 can be found HERE.

We combined with our Flying Geese units:



And then... she did it, again!!


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For Rapid Fire Part 8 visit THIS POST.

Bonnie gave us the layout:



BOOM!!!  It's a block:


As if all that wasn't enough...

Bonnie also posted Part 9!!!  The reveal on New Year's Day!!!  The quilt is GORGEOUS!!!  You can find the details HERE.


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Check out the LINK-UP to see how many people have already completed quilt tops and how many have completed quilts. You are sure to be amazed.


Until next time...
Be Mysterious!!!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC18 - Week 1

Welcome to Week 1 of the 2018 Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  

SUNDAY - I ushered in 2018 at my sewing machine.  First, by making a Foot Warmer out of recycled / upcycled jeans:



With more time to wait for the "ball to drop" I made (but didn't trim) a String Block for Covered in Love:


MONDAY - Happy New Year!!!  I posted my goal list for the new challenge from Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict:



Angela posted January's Color of the Month for the 2018 Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  You can read more about that at the RSC18 tab at the top of her blog:



She had THIS to say:

... if you can, to dig into the lighter side of your blue bin.  Dark blues and dark neutrals will get a chance to come out and play later in the year.

There's an RSC18 Sampler this year, too.  Read more about that at the tab Angela posted at the top of her page.

TUESDAY - Knit Group went into overtime today.  I still can't get over how much progress I've made on my Hoodie Shawl Cardigan:



This evening I packed my bag for tomorrow's Sew-In.  I also trimmed up my CiL block to send to Kat and made some progress one of my commission quilts.  It's layered and ready to quilt:




Before bed, I took a stroll around BlogLand and I found something YOU might want to know about.  You may even want to join in:



My friend Kate from Life in Pieces is hosting a Linky Party on Sundays on during the 1st quarter of 2018.  The 15 Minute Challenge is all about encouraging us to get in the sewing room EVERY DAY!!!  

Kate is flexible on that 15 minute time frame.  YOU can allow more or less time as your goal (to accommodate your weekly schedule.)  How you track the time and what tasks you count is totally up to you.  Basically, she simply wants us to share how many days per week we meet our goal.  Read more about it at the link provided above, but I doubt she will accept blog hopping as a sewing or quilting task.  Just sayin'!!  :P

WEDNESDAY - At today's Sew-In @ Diane's, I spent a LOT of time ironing, as I warmed up for another round with Dad's Ties for Molly:



After dinner, I checked my phone and the weather app showed snow showers in our town.  What?!?!  Sure enough.  I looked outside and it was "snowing up a storm."  The cars, sidewalks and driveways were all covered... just since dinner and it's not even 8 PM!!!  Schools are closed because of THIS:




THURSDAY - Virtual Quilt Bee today.  See the previous entry for a reminder of why our regular meeting was canceled.  My Show and Tell for Virtual Bee was the progress I've made on the last 3 Trail Totes of my (what turned out to be) year-long bag project.  Today, I assembled linings...



... And attached them to bag bodies:


After dinner, I started the quilting on That 80's Quilt.  Swirls, as seen from the underside of the quilt:



FRIDAY - The thermometer didn't even make it to the freeing point (AGAIN!) today. It was a great day to wear my hand knit wool socks - complete with touches of  the Color of the Month:




SATURDAY - Well, we made it through the first week of 2018.  Whew!!  It's time for Angela's LINK PARTY.  Let's go see how the other RSC Quilters rang in the New Year and find out more about...



After releasing my post, I headed off to Art Bee.  I took along a UFO to work on during the meeting:



Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!