Saturday, December 16, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC17 - Week 50

Welcome to Week 50 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  The year 2017 is rapidly coming to a close.  I'm trying to pack as much sewing into each week as humanly possible.

Here's how I did with this week's quest...

SUNDAY - I slept late, did some laundry, and caught up on some of my favorite blogs.  I also quilted that sweet little aqua mug rug that I made last week:


I also quilted up a test piece for a new-to-me quilted bucket pattern:


MONDAY - Knit Group was on today's agenda.  That was followed by a sewing session with Needleb.  Yes, ANOTHER!!!  We have to pack in all the days that we can before job situation changes occur.  

I made a Quilted Yarn Bowl using (an adaptation of) THIS Little Quilted Bucket pattern by Christina Cameli:

I used a couple of pink fabric scraps from my stash and one from my friend's scrap stash, too.  Thanks, B!!  It turned out SEW cute:

Once that was done, I concentrated on finishing an outstanding Mug Rug Swap:

As a last ditch effort to catch up on my RSC sewing from November, I laid out my Scrap Jar Stars:

In Light BROWN...

As well as Dark BROWN:

Earlier this afternoon, I did some cutting and marking for Clue #3 of my On Flamingo Lake mystery quilt.  Notice the marking tool:

I sewed some, too!  When I got home, I posted about it and linked up with the other Mystery Quilters working on Bonnie Hunter's On Ringo Lake.  Lots of variation to be seen!

TUESDAY - It's a FREE day!!!  I spent it working on Christmas presents for my Knit Group.  Tonight is Girls Night Out, Holiday Edition.  We typically exchange gifts.  Handmade, yarny, or otherwise.  This year I've got a variety of items from yarn purchased at SAFF to a sweater purchased when shopping with the recipient to...

A quilted mug rug made this morning:

Along with a(nother) quilted "yarn bowl."  This one is purple and took multiple tries to complete:

I was a little disappointed when this was done.  The print seemed bolder before quilting.  :o((

That's OK... Beth LOVED it!!  :o))

WEDNESDAY - I spent the WHOLE day in the studio happily doing elf work.  Elf work?  Yes, elf work.  You know... making all the toys for good little knitters.  Here's today's model:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict posted about her 2018 Scrap Challenge:

THURSDAY - Weekly Quilt Group was follow with more elf sewing.  Here's what I accomplished today...

... and a bonus "yarn bowl", too:

FRIDAY - Sweater Class was this morning.  I didn't get very far, as this was our gift exchange day...

Marie was so excited that she could hardly contain herself:

Cindy was pleased to see her snowman placemats:

As much as she loved them, she loved the fact that she will be able to use the llama side all year long:

Nicole was near tears as she opened her gift:

Pink was PERFECT for her:

I received a "Joyful" travel mug (LOVE it!!) from Cindy:

Both Marie...

... And Nicole already put their quilted "yarn bowls" to work:

When I got home, I got a fair amount of elf sewing done, too.  (I should have since I stayed up so late!)  Sorry, but you still have to wait to see what else I've been up to.

SATURDAY - This week was a blur.  Each day blended into the next and somehow, we have arrived at LINK PARTY day for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!  I'm looking forward to seeing who has been in a finishing mood this week.  You may want to check it out, too.  There's always SEW much to see.

I also linked up with Amanda @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Mystery Monday Link-Up! On Ringo Lake! Part 3!!



I did some cutting on Friday, soon after the clue release:

Unfortunately, I ran out of time before I was able to do any Mystery sewing.  You see, SNOW was falling from the sky!!!  It's a fairly rare occasion in my part of North Carolina, so I was anxious to get home where I could bundle up in my quilts.

I did manage to cut out a few units...TODAY... Link-Up Day:

Of course, I "double sewed" the diagonals:

Here are my completed (untrimmed) units:

Let's not forget those beautiful Bonus Triangles:

Until next time...
Be Mysterious!!!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC17 - Week 49

Welcome to Week 49 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  It was another fun filled week in Joyful Quilter Land.  If you've been following along, you know the routine.  Busy, busy, busy!

SUNDAY - I enjoyed a day of sewing.  This time with a friend.  Helena hasn't been over in AGES!!  She came armed with a (left-handed) rotary cutter and a willingness to help on one of my (many) projects.  Thanks, Helena!  It was wonderful to spend the day with you.

HERE is what I got done - placemat bindings:

After her kids called her away, I kept working.  These white, off-white, and cream scrap bits kept me busy until dinner:

When dinner was done, I went to work on the 2nd clue of On Ringo Lake.  A bit of the flamingo fabric made its way into this week's components.  Here are some tiny leftovers:

MONDAY - Off to Knit Group first thing in the morning.  I'm not exactly sure WHERE the afternoon went!!

TUESDAY - FREE DAY!!!  I used it to... run off to a Sew-In at D's house.  What a FUN day!  I started with the makings of a LIGHT Neutral basket and did some organic wavy line quilting:

And, after stitching it up, I chose a binding to apply:

It was finished AT Diane's with one of DIANE'S scraps, the binding fabric, that I had been saving for just the right project:

Then, I moved on to a Mug Rug that I need to finish soon:

I probably SHOULD have worked on pockets and snaps for the last few Trail Totes!  Instead, I opted to clean up another pile of scraps from the cutting table by making the template for ANOTHER scrap basket - to house MORE scraps:

Funny, how much it looks like the mug rug!  (In my defense, the scraps are SEW pretty and my Teal/Turquoise/Aqua basket is overflowing.)  You see?  I'm actually performing community service.  All for the good of the sewing room!!!  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.  :P

WEDNESDAY - This week's Help-A-Friend Day.  When I was done for the day, I took myself up to the sewing room for some late afternoon fun.  The results?  A basket and options for binding:

In the end, I opted to use 3 out of the 4 choices shown above.  I saved the lightest selection for another time.  ETA... the majority of these scraps came from Katie and a couple other blog friends (you know who you are) who bailed me out when I was extending my Rainbow Strings quilt earlier this year.  Thanks again, friends, for sharing!!!

THURSDAY - Weekly Quilt Group was back on schedule for this week.  You should have SEEN all the cool stuff the travelers got at Pineapple Fabrics!!  They got to see all the fun stuff I've been making and when I got home, I started right in on MORE SCRAPS...  You know?  Working toward wrapping up this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  As if I could just whip out this quilt!! 


I was able work on cutting squares for my BROWN Scrap Jar Stars and also for my RSC15 Alternate Blocks:

The remaining stack of scraps called to me:


I started matching up bits and running them through the sewing machine.  I figured that pressing them could be one of the jobs that I take care of at Needleb's the next time I'm there.

FRIDAY - A morning of knitting (Sweater Class) and I can hardly believe that I ended up sewing all afternoon, at Needleb's house.  I took advantage of the time by...

Finishing my Aqua scrap basket:

I included a fun surprise on the interior:

Trimming up (a portion) of my BROWN, as well as, my BLACK scrap s for yet MORE baskets.  These were thought about, but not made in November:

I worked on the components for my BROWN Scrap Jar Stars (the background pieces at the top of the photo below) that I never got to in November and Clue #3 (the peachy/coral fabric strips) of the On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville:

Funny thing!  I didn't even remember that it was Clue Release Day.

SATURDAY - Well, we have arrived at another LINK PARTY day!  Go check out which RSC Quilters have jumped on the finishing train.  There are sure to be lots of inspirational posts!

I'll be along later.  Right now, I'm headed off to my Monthly Quilt Bee meeting which is followed by our Holiday Potluck.  Yum!!

On Sunday, I will be joining Cynthia for Oh Scrap!
Linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts, too.

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Mail Call Monday - The Case of the Unexpected Squishy

Welcome to another edition of Mail Call Monday!!  I got a squishy in last week's mail.  The package contained a gift from a friend.  It was TOTALLY unexpected!

We converse regularly on Ravelry.  We did a handmade swap earlier this year.  However, we don't normally exchange Holiday gifts.  That's why the arrival of this package was such a surprise:

What did you get, Joyful???


Not just ANY earrings... YARN EARRINGS!!!  (I'm a knitter, too.)

They are TOO cute:

LOOK!!!  They match/coordinate perfectly with one of my favorite quilted jackets:

Thanks B!!  They are just like the ones that I saw at SAFF, only these are MORE special because they came from YOU!!!

Until next time...
Good things come in small packages!!!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Mystery Monday... Sunday... Link-up! On Ringo Lake! Part 2!!

Welcome to Part TWO of the On Ringo Lake Mystery!!  Each week for the next several weeks, I will be posting about my encounter with an ongoing mystery.  The quilting mystery called On Ringo Lake by Bonnie Hunter.


I have to tell you, after browsing the other participants blog posts, I was sorely tempted to change my color combo!!  Especially, since I don't really like using Bonnie's colors for the Mystery.  I prefer to change things up and embrace the spirit of the mystery quilt to really make it my own.  Oh, well... not this time - I started with Bonnie's colors, so I'm using Bonnie's colors.  However, I do have something in mind for next year's Mystery (providing that Bonnie continues the tradition.)

Sorry for the shadowy late night pictures.  It was a busy day!  I was lucky to get this set of units done:

I started with the flamingo fabric for those of you who were wondering if I would still be using it.  (I was considering a change to my color selections.)  As you can see, the answer is yes.  I may not use MUCH of it, but it's in there!  :o))

Visit the On Ringo Lake Mystery SUNDAY Link-up HERE!!

Hey!  Bonnie's schedule changed.  It's not illegal!!!  :P

Until next time...
Be Mysterious!!!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC17 - Week 48

Welcome to Week 48 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  It's transition week over at So Scrappy.  We're not changing to a new Color of the Month.  We're moving into finishing mode.

Those RSC Quilters who have completed all of the blocks required for their chosen pattern are busy assembling, quilting, and binding this year's RSC projects.  Slower participants, myself included, are working on finishing up their blocks or planning to carry over this year's projects into next year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

For now, let's just take a look at how my week progressed...

SUNDAY - Bag Day at Neebleb's!!  Our friend CK wanted to try a Trail Tote, so I brought along my Circle Bag to finish.  The exterior has been done for ages, but the interior needed a snap and a pocket:

After those tasks were complete, I was able to model it:

BLACK and white Circle Bag in honor of the last week of DARK month at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!

MONDAY - Mystery Monday Link-Up at Quiltville!!  Here's a preview of what you'll see in that POST:

TUESDAY - I got a little happy with piecing my DARK scraps:

Check out my Tidy Up Tuesday post to see what became of them.

WEDNESDAY - It was Help-A-Friend Day in Joyful Quilterland.  Part of that time looked like this:

You might notice that I decided to push the season with some cheery claret colored nails:

THURSDAY - Sew Day at Needleb's!  This pile of fabric strips...

... Was transformed into placemat binding and applied:

I also worked on a couple of secret sewing projects...


And TWO:


You are obviously going to have to wait for a while to get a better look at those.  The recipients both read my blog on occasion and I don't want to spoil the surprise.  The photo above really doesn't give ANY indication of what the pieces will become!

FRIDAY - Pineapple Explosion!!  Er... Pineapple Upside Down Cake?  No, wait!!  A road trip to Pineapple Fabrics... foiled by my negative reaction to yesterday's flu shot.  :o((

It's OK, though.  Needleb said that she bought enough for both of us!!  I wonder what she got me???  Wait a minute!  I guess that's not what she meant by that, was it?!  LOL

Once I was up and about... well, sitting up in bed... I remembered that Bonnie (Hunter) released Part 2 of the On Ringo Lake Mystery today.  Watch for Monday's POST to see my progress.  Better still... Join in the FUN!

SATURDAY - It's LINK PARTY day over at So Scrappy!!  I'm happy to report that I did manage to get 2 of my 4 RSC blocks in BROWN sewn up during this past week:

The Scrap Jar Stars will have to wait.  However, I'm hoping that they won't have to wait beyond next week.  We'll see how it goes.

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!