Friday, September 19, 2014

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Mixed Bag...

Hi, all!

Here it is, Friday again - are you ready to get your whoop whoop on?  I know I am, although it's been a strange week, with not much finishing and a whole lot of kitting….

Rita, the quilting queen, has been quilting about six to ten quilts a week on the mid-arm quilting frame at church.  Well, she has managed to quilt through all of the tops that we had bundled up with finished backs and binding - which meant I needed to go into overdrive!  So far I've put together six more sets of backs and bindings - that might keep her going through next week - and I've got about ten more ready to be sewn up.  I'm also working on binding some quilts that Debbie, another ministry member, quilted on her long arm at home.  

But I do have a few fun things to show you!  Last week I made these two cuties for my daughter…


They are made by a tutorial from Hamels Thread - you can find it by clicking here.  Super easy and fast - I can see I'll be making a lot more of these in the future!

I also got a wild hair and decided to make my own version of the Moda Love pattern that's been popping up on blogs lately...


Unfortunately, the other wild hair that I got was to straight line quilt this one in two colors on my Juki (table top machine) and it's so big, it's going to take a while!  But I love the way it's looking so far.  Hopefully I'll be able to show you the finished quilting next week.

In other news, we went to the AQS Quilt Show in Chattanooga last Saturday, and enjoyed seeing the beautiful quilts at this first AQS show in Chattanooga.  I didn't take too many pictures, but I do want to show you two special ones….


This quilt won for Best Modern Quilt.  I don't know the person who pieced it, but it was quilted by Judi Madsen of Green Fairy Quilts - and the quilting was absolutely wonderful.  It truly made the quilt! It made my heart happy to see Judi's work being recognized!


And then I saw this beauty - and realized I had seen it before!  Linda of Linda's Landscapes made this gorgeous quilt - and it's even more amazing in person.  Congratulations on making it into the show, Linda!!  You can see more about this quilt by clicking here….

And then I was so happy to see my friend Shannon, from FabricsNQuilts, had a booth at the show!  Here's a picture of me and Shannon…


and look at the two great signs I picked up in her booth!  I just love these!!


So that's what I'm whooping about this week - a really mixed bag of stuff!  

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And now it's your turn!  

What's got you whooping this week?


What's making you get your happy on?

Tell us - we want to whoop right along with you!!  

The linky party will stay open until Sunday midnight -

Hope to see you there!!

Hugs!

Sarah

Monday, September 15, 2014

Make-A-List Monday - I'm B-a-a-a-a-c-k!


Hi, all!

Well, I'm very glad to be back with a Make-A-List Monday post - I really missed having that list last week!  Instead I participated in the Around the World blog hop - a lot of fun but I should have made my list and posted it somewhere!  So let's see how I did on the list from two weeks ago...

1.  Quilt a top for a friend - another commission going towards the adoption fund!
Done!  This was a beautiful set of antique blocks my friend put together, and it was a joy to quilt!




2. Quilt and bind another quilt - another commission going towards the adoption fund! (I'm going to quilt that little boy all the way from China to here!)
Done!  This top was donated to me by Gayle to use to raise money to bring Nathanael home, and my friend here needed a quilt to take on a mission trip - a perfect fit!!


3.  Quilt and bind a couple more tops that were donated to raise funds for the adoption.  
Done!  In fact, here's all five of them ready to find their forever homes! I'll be doing a post on all of them soon...


4.  Finish some quilt tops that were sent for Hands2Help.
Done!  Aren't these gorgeous?  All KatieQ's work




5.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that arise!
Also done.  I'm not sure which of these came in two weeks ago, and which came in last week, so we'll just run down all of the ones that came in since my last update… and it's a bunch!!

This one went to a new baby boy…


This one went to an older woman with multiple myeloma...


This one went to a woman just diagnosed with endometrial cancer...


This one went to a man who started chemo and radiation last week...


This beautiful quilt made with embroidered blocks went to a preschool teacher who has multiple medical issues...


This quilt went to a man with stage 3 pancreatic cancer...


This quilt went to a woman with stomach cancer...


Here's another baby quilt, this time for a new baby girl...


This is a comfort quilt sent to a woman in New Orleans whose adult son was killed in a car accident...


This pretty quilt went to an elderly woman with multiple health issues...


This quilt went to a gentleman who has been waiting for a heart transplant.  They thought they had found cancer, but it turned out it was a false alarm!  God is good!!


This quilt went to a woman recently diagnosed with breast cancer...



This lady suffered a severe concussion in a bad car accident and has been having ongoing problems since then…


This quilt went to a little boy with myotonic dystrophy…


This quilt went to a young mother whose little boy is due this week...


And this one went to a new baby girl!


I quilted this one just this weekend - another baby quilt for a sweet baby girl!


And then there are several I forgot to get pictures of - one for a woman with cancer, one for a woman going through some serious emotional issues, and a pair of charm quilts for a set of twin boys due in the next week or so!  Whew!  And before anyone starts thinking I made all of these, believe me, this was a group effort - many hands pieced and quilted these beauties!  Twenty-two quilts - we may hit that 1000 mark yet!

OK - this has taken long enough, so let's move on to this week's list…

1.  Quilt the Moda Love top I put together over the weekend.

2.  Start cutting out pieces for a commission quilt.

3.  Start on a t-shirt commission quilt.

4. Cut strips for a bunch of kids' quilts for a homeless ministry.

5.  Keep up with quilt ministry needs as they arise.

I'm going to stop there - I'm sure there are other things I need to do, but can't think of them right now!  

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

Hugs!

Sarah

Friday, September 12, 2014

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? It Must Be Baby Season….

Hi, all!

Wow - it's Friday again! I woke up this morning with the realization that I had forgotten to write my Whoop Whoop post last night - which is why this is late.  Oh well - dinner with the grandgirls and my daughter and son-in-law just blew everything else out of my head, I guess!  But - - - - it's Friday, so let's whoop it  up!!

This week I have a couple of baby quilts to share with you.  I didn't piece either of these quilts, but I had a good time quilting them!

Here's the first one - Sail Away!



This quilt is made from a printed panel, with two additional borders on each side. 


I had a lot of fun with the quilting on this one - swirlies for clouds and wind in the sky, outline quilting and pebbles in the sails



Wavy lines in the water, boards on the boat


…and stars in the starry border!!

And the really cool thing about this quilt?  It's for a new member of our church,  a lady from Czechoslovakia who is new to the area, with few friends locally.  One of our Sunday school classes had a baby shower for her last night, and when she opened up this quilt, they found out that the sheets she had for her little boy's room have…  wait for it….

ANCHORS on them!!  Isn't that amazing?  God always knows just the right quilt to give to each person!


And this pretty shadowbox quilt was originally going to be a bed sized quilt, but when Donetta found out that a friend at church needed a baby quilt, she realized that the colors in this were perfect for that quilt.  So now instead of a UFO, she has a great baby quilt to her credit!!



Using the backing as inspiration for the quilting, I quilted spiraling vines all over this quilt - so feminine and pretty!!

Both of those quilts were given away as part of the quilt ministry. Lots of babies these days!

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In adoption news, the kids' dossier has made it to China, and they now have an LID - Logged In Date - of 9/2/14, so they are now eleven days into the waiting period for their LOA - Letter Of Acceptance!  Estimated wait time is 60-90 days.  Once they have that, all they'll be waiting for is their travel approval, and they can go #bringNathanaelhome!!!

Whoop whoop whoop!!!

And one more thing, just because it's cute - enjoy this little video, an ASL interpretation of Pharrell Williams' "Happy" produced by a team of Deaf campers and staff from Deaf Film Camp 2014 at Camp Mark Seven.


If that doesn't make you smile, I don't know what will!

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And now it's your turn!!

What are you whooping about this week?


What's got you dancing the happy dance?

Share - we want to dance right along with you!!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight - 

Hope to see you there!

Hugs!

Sarah