Friday, December 19, 2014

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? This Year's Quilts Are In The Books!

Hi, all!

It's Friday again, and I am so happy to say that it's time for all of us to do some whooping - and today I have something to whoop about!!  The girls' annual quilts are done!

For those of you who may be new around here, I started quilting shortly after my granddaughter Lilli was born, and I decided that I would make her a quilt every Christmas.  That way when she grew up and moved out, she'd already have a stack of quilts for her house.  Well, as usually happens, along came another granddaughter, and I started making a quilt each year for her too!  Here are some of the quilts I've made them

Lilli, 2010

Lilli, 2011

Lilli, 2013

Emmy, when she was born.

Emmy, 2012

Emmy, 2013

Try as I might, I can't find pictures of two of Lilli's quilts!  Anyway, each year I try to find fabric that reminds me of what they were interested in that year.  I make labels for the quilts that tell them about that particular quilt and what they were like that year.  

Here are this year's quilts - first of all, Miss Lilli's!

Lilli chose her own focus fabric...

white unicorns on a purple field.  Because every princess needs a unicorn!

Here's a shot of the pieced back.

I found this cute ballerina print for the back.  Lilli likes to show me her ballet positions all the time (her cousin taught them to her!)

And take a look at the wonderful "I Love You" paper-pieced block that Terri made for Lilli's quilt!  It's hard to see, but the fingernails on the hand are sparkly - Lilli knew immediately it was made for her!  Thank you, Terri!

And here is Emmy's quilt - same pattern, but a different focus fabric and snowball corner color.  Amazing how different they look, isn't it?

Emmy's been all about boats this year - so I found some cute boat fabric for her focus fabric.

She's also been rather fond of horses since about mid-summer - so of course I had to have some of the Cotton & Steel Mustangs for the back!  And when I was cutting the pieces for her quilt back, I found the coolest thing on the Mustang selvage...

that fit Emmy so well it became part of her label!

And of course, Terri also made an "I Love You" paper-pieced block for Emmy's quilt, too.  This is one of Emmy's favorite ASL signs - she's finally learned how to do it herself, but when she does it, she says, "I you too!"

(Terri does the most amazing paper piecing - if you've never visited her blog before, you really should!)

So - - - can I get a Whoop Whoop?

And I wasn't the only one doing whoop-whoop worthy things this week - we've had a few at church, too!  I'd  better only show you one, though - the other is a Christmas present and I'd hate to inadvertently spoil a surprise.  I'll save that one for next week!

Meet Callie!  She's Rita The Quilting Queen's granddaughter, and the reason that Rita got started with us.  Callie was in our summer camp quilting class two years ago, and went home to her grandmother and told her she ought to come try it out!  That little quilt is Callie's fourth or fifth quilt, and it went to a new baby this week.  I think it's safe to say that Callie is the youngest active member of the quilt ministry!

So let's give Callie a big whoop whoop too!!


And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping this week?

Are you doing the happy dance?

Share - because it's more fun to dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight,
so I hope to see you there!



PS - Just in case you missed it, I'm having a 5-year, 800-post, 1000-quilt giveaway!  You can enter until 5 pm Wednesday, 12/24, so hop over to this blogpost and throw your hat in the ring!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

5 Years, 800 Posts, 1000 Quilts - Giveaway Time!!!

Hi, all!

Can you believe it?  Five years ago I started writing a blog, simply to chronicle my efforts to deal with a fabric stash that was becoming a (little) bit out of hand.  I had just begun quilting as a hobby, with no intention of doing anything with it other than that.  My first blogposts are so funny to go back and read - terrible pictures, usually only commented on by my niece (thanks, Heather!) but I kept at it.  

One of my very first quilts...

And one of our first ministry quilts!

We've watched my granddaughter Lilli grow up on the blog.  Here's her first appearance…

and here's a picture from yesterday, her seventh birthday!

We also met Emmalyn on the day she was born

and look how much she has grown!  (Isn't it funny how kids love to have their pictures made with the Old Navy mannequins?)

Five years and eight hundred and five posts later, I am seriously into quilting, working with a fabulous group of women and men and together we have made and given away more than one thousand quilts to people dealing with serious illness, emotional or spiritual trauma, new babies, and victims of natural disasters.  More than three quarters of the quilts we have given away have gone to people outside our church family, requested by the members of our church to show others God's love.  

I have come to know so many of you, who have joined in our work by donating your UFOs, blocks, fabric, and scraps. You have no idea how big a part of the quilt ministry you are - we are overwhelmed and encouraged every time we receive a box of donations!  

This quilt was made to commemorate giving away our 500th quilt last June.  It is made of hand blocks representing each of the people who have quilted, donated, or in any way participated in creating the quilts we had made.

I've also been honored to host the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge for four years now - and so many of you have joined with me in creating beautiful quilts to help brighten the lives of people in need.  I look forward to this event every year, and am humbled that so many of you do too!

Anyway - thank you so much for reading my humble little blog and encouraging me so much for all these years!  I appreciate each of you more than I can possibly say… and so I have a little something to give away to one lucky reader! (Please excuse the quality of the pictures - we haven't had sunshine here in about two weeks, I think!  With rain in the forecast for Thursday, I took the best light I could get!)

I'm calling this pretty little quilt "Peppermint Candy" - isn't it sweet?  It's backed with a great Christmas text print, too.  

So many of you have mentioned that you regret not having time to make a Christmas quilt, I thought it would make a nice little giveaway item!  

It measures about 45" x 54", and is made from all 100% cotton fabrics and Warm and White batting.  The quilting is lots of swirls and it's been washed, so it's all lovely soft and crinkly!

So how can you enter the giveaway?  Simple!  

Get one entry by simply leaving a comment on this post.  Let's make it fun - since the quilt is called "Peppermint Candy", tell me your all-time favorite candy in your comment!

Leave a second comment if you are an old or new follower for an additional entry!

That's it - no hoops to jump through!  You can enter the giveaway until about 5:00 PM CST on Wednesday, December 24th, and I'll draw a winner and announce it on Christmas morning!

Once again, thanks so much for being on this journey with me - it's been a fun, wild ride and I can't wait to see the next five years!!



Monday, December 15, 2014

Make-A-List Monday - The End Is In Sight!

Hi, all!

Is it Monday already?  Seems to me that the weeks go by a lot faster the closer you get to Christmas - how about you?  But I made good progress this week, so let's see how last week's list went.

1.  Put borders on the girls' quilts for Christmas.
2.  Make backs for those quilts.
3.  Quilt the girls' quilts.
Done! And here's my task for tonight - sewing on the label! I'll do the big reveal on these this coming Friday….

4.  Quilt at least two more quilts for the quilt ministry.
I didn't get to do these, unfortunately! 

5.  Start wrapping Christmas presents, and decide what else I need to shop for.
Oops!  Didn't get to this either!

6.  Keep up with all quilt ministry needs that arise.
We did manage to keep on top of all the quilt needs this week - here's what was given away since last week...

This quilt went to a woman who had heart surgery recently...

This quilt went to a gentleman who had back surgery...

This quilt went to an elderly woman who received some unsettling health news this week.

This one went to a woman who had shoulder surgery...

This adorable I-Spy went to a new baby boy!

This pretty charm quilt went to a new baby girl!

This quilt went to a man going through treatment for esophageal cancer...

And this quilt went to a lady in hospice.

We also gave away one more quilt - a beautiful batik top that was donated to us - but I packaged it up to mail before I took a picture and unfortunately it's winging its way to the North Pole right now - that's right - North Pole, Alaska!  It is going to a young woman who lost a baby and we hope it brightens up her long winter nights with its beautiful colors.

So, I guess I didn't do so well on my list - but since I finished the girls' quilts (except for the labels) that I'm counting it as a win!!  

And what's on the agenda for this week?  

1.  Hand-stitch the labels on the girls' Christmas quilts.

2.  Take great pictures of those quilts for Friday's blogpost!

3.  Work on a special surprise.

4.  Wrap Christmas presents and decide what else I need to get.

5.  Prepare lots of good food for a family get-together this Saturday morning!

6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that arise.

And that's enough for this week, I think!  I'm also planning a very special blogpost coming up soon - you won't want to miss it, so stay tuned!  

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