Monday, September 1, 2014

Make-A-List Monday - Bring On Fall!!!

Hi, all!

Well, Labor Day has come and almost gone - which means fall and quilting season are upon us!!  Not that I don't quilt during the summer, but it seems more fun somehow in the fall and winter  what do you think?  Nancy's Labor Day weekend craft show was a success - between the quilt raffle and her sales, she raised another $875 dollars for the adoption fund.  Congratulations to Missy Shay, who had the lucky raffle entry and won this quilt!!

I'm very happy to say that my list last week went pretty well - here's the rundown...

1.  Finish the chevron table runner for Nancy's display table.   
Done!  It came out really nicely too - all ten feet of it!  

I did straight line quilting on this one, to echo the chevron lines.  It looks great on the back, too!  I figure this can be used for a table runner, or maybe a king size bed runner, now that Nancy has finished with it.  

2.  Make a bunch of yo-yo's for Nancy to use in making hair pins to sell at the show. Here's her inspiration...
Done!  But I forgot to get pictures of her finished product...

3.  Quilt a top for a friend.
Done!  This one was fun…

I just love the way the quilting looks on the back! I'm really thankful my friend asked me to quilt these beautiful antique Dresden plates for her - I hope she likes it as much as I do!!

4.  Take care of the girls while Nancy works the show!
Done!  We had a lot of fun - went out to eat, watched the new "Bears" movie from Disney, played lots and lots, and Lilli and her Papa started putting an airplane model together!  Lilli picked out the paint colors - pink and hot pink!  We even went out to the craft fair for a while, where the girls had a blue raspberry ice - can you tell?

5.  Reorganize the fabric at church by color.  It's gotten really jumbled up and needs a complete re-do.  
Done!  Three members of our group (thanks, Rita, Pat, and Rhonda!) met me up there last Tuesday and we pulled all the fabric off the shelves, sorted it out by color, refolded it when necessary, and re-shelved it.  Whew!  But I forgot to take any pictures - something I'll remedy Wednesday night.  It looks great!

6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that arise.
Done!  This quilt went to a man just diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer...

This one went to a woman who had a pretty serious abdominal surgery and faces a long recovery…

This one went to a man recently diagnosed with colon cancer...

And this pretty little quilt went to a new baby girl!!
(love those baby quilts!)

So all in all, a pretty good week.  Busy for me with non-ministry things, so I'm really grateful for all the hard work that the other folks in the ministry have been doing!  It's wonderful to have reached a stage where we are ahead of the game for a change…

And now, here's what I'll be working on this week…

1.  Quilt a top for a friend - another commission going towards the adoption fund!

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!)

3.  Quilt and bind a couple more tops that were donated to raise funds for the adoption.  

4.  Finish some quilt tops that were sent for Hands2Help.

5.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that arise!

Looks like I'll be keeping Jolene busy this week, that's for sure!  But now, the question is….

What are YOU working on this week?



Friday, August 29, 2014

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Another Chance to Take Home a Quilt!!

Hi, all!

Time flies when you're having fun, doesn't it?  And here it is, Friday again! Are you ready to share what you've been working on?  We're ready to give out some whoop whoops!!  So let's get started!!


I shared this quilt last week, but since then I've taken some much better pictures….

This postage stamp quilt is made of 1,225 two-inch squares of Modern Roses by Moda, in a totally random arrangement of the colors and prints.  After washing, it measures 68" square.

Such gorgeous colors!  Salmon, teal, yellow, beige, gray and white.  I love that it's low volume, yet not quite low volume.  Just enough color to make my heart happy!

The back is a tone on tone, with a strip of the 2" squares running from top to bottom.

A shot of the back with the sun shining through it - such a glow!  You can also see the quilting well in this picture - I did it in what I like to call "girly swirlies" - a random spiral pattern that looks like paisley in spots.  

Isn't it beautiful with the sun shining on it?  

As you have probably read here in the past few weeks, my daughter Nancy has a booth in a local craft show this weekend, working on raising funds for the adoption of our Chinese grandson, Nathanael.  As part of her efforts this weekend, she is raffling off this quilt - and she's asked me to open up the raffle on my blog, too!  So if you want a chance at another pretty quilt, this is it!

Here's the skinny on how to participate…

The raffle runs from Friday, August 29th through Sunday, August 31st at 4 pm CST.

Entries in the raffle are only $1 each.  
You can enter as many times as you want!
We appreciate your support more than you know!

You can make a tax-deductible donation to their adoption fund by clicking here or on the picture in the top right sidebar.  Be sure to leave a message with your full name so we can contact you if you win!

BUT - if you make your donation on their site using PayPal, please email me at salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com and let me know how much you donated!  This is a quick raffle, ending Sunday at 4:00 pm CST, and PayPal donations don't show up right away.  We don't want to miss entering you in the raffle because we don't know about your donation in time! 

If you prefer, and don't want or need the tax deduction, you can make a donation directly to Nancy's PayPal account as a "friends and family" payment by going into your PayPal account, clicking "Send & Request", and then choosing "Send Money to Friends and Family".  Nancy's email is cornwell.nancy (at) gmail (dot) com.  Put your name and email address in the comment section on the second screen so we can reach you if you win!  If your donation comes from your PayPal balance or bank account (rather than a credit card) there are no fees attached to a payment of this type, either to you or to Nancy.



And on the adoption front, we've got a big whoop whoop!!

The kids are officially…

D T C!!

For those of you (like me) who are uninitiated in the terminology of the adoption process, that means Dossier To China.  Their package of documents (the dossier) has been sent to China (with an enormous check) and will now be translated and then reviewed by the Chinese government!  That's a big step closer to bringing Nathanael home!!

Whoop whoop!!!


And now it's your turn!

What are you whooping about this week?

Not our little boy, but cute all the same!

What's got you dancing the happy dance??

Share with us - we want to dance with you!!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight
(but the raffle is only open until Sunday 4 pm CST)

Hope to see you there!!



PS - for those of you who are in the Middle Tennessee area, the Burlap & Berries Barn Sale Market is being held at 7941 Couchville Pike in Mount Juliet, TN.  The hours are Friday, 8/29 from 4 pm to 7 pm, Saturday, 8/30 from 10am to 4 pm, and Sunday, 8/31 from noon to 4 pm.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Make-A-List Monday - Gearing Up For a Barn Sale!

Hi, all!

Summer is almost over - can you believe it?  Labor Day is almost here, and the lazy days of summer will be behind us. But there's still time for one last blast!  My daughter is participating in a Barn Sale this weekend, and I'm working on some things for her related to that.  It'll be a great way to end the summer!  

But first, let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Finish up the quilt for my daughter to raffle at the craft show!
Done!  It came out really pretty - low volume, but rather modern…

She'll be raffling this quilt off at the sale over the weekend.  I'll be listing it on the blog, too, so if you want to take a chance on winning it, tune in on Friday!!

2.  Send off the quilt estimate.

3.  Unpack and process fourteen boxes of fabric donations received this week. (WOW!)
We started this - it was a lot of fabric, and we've only made it through about half of it.  We should get it finished tomorrow!

4.  Quilt at least two quilts for the quilt ministry.
I didn't quilt any for the ministry this week (thanks to Rita, who has quilted a bunch!) but I did quilt three quilts for Nancy to auction off for the adoption fund.  Pictures soon!

5.  Start cutting out the girls' annual quilts.
Nope.  Didn't get to this, at all!

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

The first three quilts above are going to the directors of orphanages in Africa when our mission team goes there in a few weeks.

These two quilts went to a mother (top) and daughter (bottom).  Mom has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and is a single parent to her 7-year old daughter.  We thought both could use a good quilt-y hug!

This quilt went to a fairly young man who had a stroke.  They are unable to find the cause of the stroke, and his family is having to deal with many financial problems as a result of his illness.

And this quilt went to a lovely older woman who has been diagnosed with untreatable cancer.

A good week, even if I didn't get everything done that I wanted to get to!  As you may have seen in my Friday post, we had a pretty major storm on Wednesday, and lost a lot of trees in the yard.  Saturday morning a whole bunch of people from our church came over with chain saws and lots of energy, and we spent Saturday morning cleaning up the yard and cutting up the trees.  Needless to say, Saturday afternoon I wasn't good for much!  

This week, as I said, I'm helping my daughter get ready for her barn sale.  So that's going to be the biggest part of my week this week.  Here's the list!

1.  Finish the chevron table runner for Nancy's display table.   Here's what it looks like so far…  only 22 more rows to go!

2.  Make a bunch of yo-yo's for Nancy to use in making hair pins to sell at the show. Here's her inspiration...

3.  Quilt a top for a friend - sort of a commission, because the money for this one will go to the adoption fund.

4.  Take care of the girls while Nancy works the show!

5.  Reorganize the fabric at church by color.  It's gotten really jumbled up and needs a complete re-do.  

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

I think that's going to have to be it for this week - that table runner has 432 half square triangles in it and it's taking a lot longer to put together than I thought it would!  So now I'm off to make some yo-yo's…  and my question is…

What are YOU working on this week?