Friday, March 27, 2015

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Finally Finished... And Another Start!

Hi, all!

It's Friday again, and spring has fled from Middle Tennessee - but it's still time to get our whoop whoop on! Are you ready?  

I'm sure you feel like you've seen this quilt in progress forever... but I'm so happy to say it's finally finished!

The pattern is To The Point by Cluck Cluck Sew.  

The fabrics are a mix of Cotton & Steel, Doe, some Connecting Threads basics, and Kona snow for the background.  My daughter hand picked each fabric for this quilt!

It has scrappy binding made up of the leftover bits of fabric from the triangles.

The backing is another Kona fabric, I think indigo, but I can't swear to that, along with some leftover half rectangle triangle blocks from the front.  The quilting, done with white Glide, really shows up nicely on the back!  I did straight line quilting 1/4 inch inside the white triangles on my tabletop machine, then loaded it onto the quilt frame to do the random meander on all the white triangles.  The borders are also straight line quilted, forming a grid in each corner.

And here it is in place on Nathanael's bed!  The time is getting close for him to come home - the Article 5 letter, which was the last document needed by the Chinese government before issuing the travel approval, was delivered to them Thursday morning!  So we should know for sure when they will be going sometime in the next two weeks....

And another work in progress this week...

This pretty top!  Next week I should be able to show it to you completely finished.  I can't wait!

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?


And now it's your turn!  

What have you been working on 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!!



PS - don't forget to stop by on Sunday and link up your favorite quilting tip, quilt tutorial, or yummy recipe! I just found a great new tip I can't wait to share!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Make-A-List, the Tuesday Version!

Hi, all!

Welcome to Make-A-List, the Tuesday version!  Unfortunately, I fell asleep last night while writing this post, so it just had to wait until this morning to be finished and posted.  Springtime is so tiring!  All those cleaning urges...  it's hard work to resist them!!

Let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Finish preparing for and host the bunco night fundraiser.
Done!  It went well, and I'm happy to say that it should be the last fundraiser we have to do.  It's getting very close to time to go get that little boy!

2.  Spray baste and quilt Nathanael's quilt.
Not only basted and quilted, but completely finished and on his bed!  Isn't it gorgeous?  More pics on Friday...

3.  Order fabric for Emmy's new bed quilt.
I haven't managed to do this yet - some problems working out the fabric requirements for what my daughter wants - but hopefully this week!

4.  Start cutting out the commission quilt.
Not only cut out, but the center is sewn together!

5.  Contact all the folks who signed up for H2H.
Done - whew!!!  By the way, if you're reading this and you haven't sent me your address yet, please drop me at line at salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com!!  And there's still time to join in the fun, for those of you who have been sitting on the side of the pool trying to decide if you want to get your feet wet this year....  ;-)

6.  ........... taxes.................  ;-(
Done!  Since I was late with this post anyway, I decided to do them this morning so I could mark this as completed!!  Woohoo!!!

7.  Keep up with any ministry needs that arise.
Done!  Here are the quilts we gave away this week...

This quilt went to a gentleman undergoing some major health issues....

This quilt went to a high school student who suffered a brain bleed and is presently in a coma in the hospital...

This quilt went to a gentleman who was just diagnosed with colon cancer...

This quilt went to a woman who had her leg amputated...

This quilt went to a wheelchair-bound woman who was just diagnosed with cancer and will be at a local hospital for quite a while for treatment...

And this quilt went to a young woman who just had her third brain surgery in a month.

Whew!  Busy week!

OK, so not too bad - especially since I held my week over until Tuesday morning!  (So glad those taxes are out of the way for another year!)  Let's see what's on tap for this week...

1.  Finish the commission quilt top, and quilt it if the backing fabric arrives in time.

2.  Make a pillow top as an upcoming blog hop sample.

3.  Order the fabric for Emmy's quilt.

4.  Clean up the guest room so it's ready for two little girls to stay with Nana and Papa while their parents are in China (soon soon soon!)

5.  Assemble two coat racks we bought at IKEA.

6.  Set up an office space for my husband to use at home (since I stole his man cave when I got my long arm!)

7.  Finish a beautiful antique crazy quilt for a photographer friend of mine.

8.  Quilt at least one quilt for the ministry.

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

Wow, that's really a mixed bag!  Plenty to keep me busy, though...

And just to keep it real, I want to share a "fail" that happened this week...

I started with this pretty block - nice straight edges, right?

But after quilting - not so straight!  So disappointing - but I'll just turn it into a pillow for my own sofa and pretend I don't see it!  And it's back to the drawing board for this project.....

OK!  So now, the question is...  what are YOU working on this week?



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Hands2Help - Sign-up Giveaway Winner!

Hi, all!

Wow!  I am absolutely blown away by the response so far to the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2015!!  Already, 60 people have signed up!  At least six of them are from Canada, which is great considering we only had one Canadian last year.  One is from the UK, a first for the Challenge.  And the rest of you cover the US, from the northeast to Florida, Texas to California to the northwest!  I love seeing how this Challenge involves quilters from all over the world - it just goes to show that quilters care!

And so many of you did such wonderful blog posts to help promote the Challenge!  I absolutely love reading about why you join the Challenge each year - it makes my heart happy!  

Now I know you are just dying to know who won the sign-up giveaway.  But first, let's give a shout out to our sponsor for this particular phase of the Challenge - Fabrics N Quilts!  

Shannon runs a lovely on-line shop with a wide array of fabrics, notions, books - pretty much anything you might need for quilting!  And if you have the good luck to go to a show where she has a booth, she carries some really neat gift items, too.  Her brick-and-mortar shop has long been on my list of places I'd like to visit - it's located fairly close to me, but too far away to try to visit with a toddler in tow.  Someday, though!  She also has a featured called the Deal of the Day - which is currently a bunch of quilt patterns for only $2!  

Shannon is providing a $35 gift certificate for the winner of the sign-up giveaway!  And now it's time to let you know who that is...

Congratulations, Linda Swanekamp!!

Linda, I'll hook you up with Shannon via e-mail so watch for it!

And just a reminder, for all the rest of you - Shannon is offering free shipping to all the Hands2Help participants for the duration of the Challenge.  The code is in the email I sent out to each of you.

Now, a little housekeeping - if for some reason you didn't receive an email from me with the calendar and coupon codes, please email me at  And if you haven't sent me your snail mail address, please send that to me now!

And if you missed the initial sign-up period, don't worry - there's still time to get in on the action!  And there will be more giveaways at the end of the Challenge - so join in the fun!  Just leave a comment here and I'll get you on the list.  And I've just been made aware this week that sometimes WordPress bloggers have a hard time leaving comments, so if you are having that problem, feel free to email me directly at

Are you looking forward to the next couple of months?  I know I am!  I can't wait to see the wonderful quilts you all create, and hear what our guest bloggers have to share with us. But next week is for you - there will be a linky party where you can share your favorite quilting tip, quilt tutorial, or recipe for something tasty!  You don't have to write a new post if you don't want to - you can link to an old post, or even to someone else's post!  If you don't link to your own post, though, put your name in the description of the link so we'll know who it's from.

So now, to paraphrase what my youngest granddaughter Emmy says....