Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Make-A-List Monday - #1 - Get New Internet Service...

Hi, all!

Guess what?  It's Tuesday, Tax Day, and winter is back again in Middle Tennessee!  It was 82 degrees yesterday, and this morning we're having snow flurries.  The weather has been wreaking havoc with my internet service, so I'm sitting in Panera drinking a cinnamon latte and using theirs to write this post  But I did notice a great potential quilting pattern in the upholstery of the seat behind my computer screen!

So I guess it's not a total waste of time to be here.  You never know where you'll find inspiration, do you?

But now it's time (past time!) to get down to business and see how I did on last week's list

1.  Quilt and bind four quilts for current ministry requests.
Done!  In order below, these went to a woman diagnosed with a rare cancer immediately after giving birth, a breast cancer survivor now diagnosed with brain cancer, a mother of five Down's Syndrome children (four of them adopted) just diagnosed with breast cancer, and a woman who just lost her son to suicide.

2.  Make a quilt for a friend just diagnosed with breast cancer.
Done!  The weather wasn't good enough to take pics yesterday (rain and lots of wind to go with those 82 degree temps) but here's proof that it's done...

3.  Iron the interfacing onto the t-shirts (commission quilt).
Woohoo!!!  Done!!!  The hard part is over - now on to the piecing of the top!!

4.  Finish the Swoon blocks.
Have I told you how much I despise making these blocks?  I managed to get three more finished, for a total of six, and I have the seventh laid out ready to sew together this morning.  I'm hoping to knock out all three remaining blocks today so I can start putting the top together!

5.  Quilt the first granny square baby quilt.
I didn't get to this one.  Fortunately this baby isn't due until May!

6.  Pull yard sale items.
I did pull out some big items and sent them to my daughter's house but there's still plenty more to weed through!

7.  Keep up with any other ministry needs that arise.
Done!  The first quilt is going to a woman just diagnosed with colon cancer, and the second to a man with a brain tumor.

So even though I didn't get everything done, I'm happy with how last week's list went.  Here's what's on my plate for this week

1.  Finish the last three Swoon blocks.

2. Cut the sashing for the commission t-shirt quilt.

3.  Quilt the granny square baby quilt.

4.  Assemble the donated Celtic Solstice quilt top.

5.  Write a post for the Piece*Love*Quilt blog. 
(Hopefully in the next fifteen minutes!)

6.  Keep up with ministry needs as they arise. There aren't any on the list right now but that can change drastically in the course of a few minutes.  So I'll make hay while the sun shines on the other things on my list in the meantime!

7.  Pull more yard sale items for my daughter.

8.  If weather and time permits, 
work on a new planter in the front yard.

Okay, I think that's enough!  I've definitely got my work cut out for me today, and we'll see how the rest of the week goes after that.  

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



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hands2Help - Thank You For Your Quilty Hugs!

Hi, all!!

Today we're welcoming the first of our five guest bloggers for the Hands2Help Challenge!  I was so happy when Emily volunteered to do a guest post - hers was one of the first blogs I found way back when and I've always enjoyed keeping up with her.  She comes up with beautiful scrappy quilt designs that always make me smile.

If you haven't read her blog, Em's Scrapbagyou ought to check it out!  


I am so thankful to Sarah for once again choosing to have Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo be one of the donation destinations for all your generously made quilts.  I know they make a huge difference.  I hear over and over again the hope and love the recipients feel when they receive their quilty hug.  Let me share a recent thank you letter.

 Hi Ginger,
I have been following Happy Chemo since 2011. My family and I are huge supporters. This time last year my aunt on my husbands side lost the fight to cancer. However thank you to your beautiful blanket you gave her it is being passed along to one chemo patient after another. They absolutely love it and it has been such a healing blanket. I remember when our aunt opened up her gift she was so touched and blown away. It was so good to see her smile. And thank you for that.
Now a year later my grandfather is dying from cancer. My husband and I moved in with him and my grandma so I could be his caregiver. I never knew how hard it could be but at the same time so rewarding. It is so hard watching someone your love dying before you. He has exhausted all options. Cancer really does suck!
Anyway I just wanted to share my aunts story with you and about the traveling quilt.
Thank you so much for all you do and the smiles you create.
I appreciate it so much especially since I have lost someone so dearly to it and now taking care of my grandfather who is dying from it.
Thank you,

These letters warm my heart and I appreciate your generosity in helping to lighten the load of those suffering with this awful disease.  Keep those quilty hugs coming. They are so appreciated.


Thanks so much for reminding us why we are making these quilts, Emily!  It is wonderful to see the responses of people who receive them.  Just a small reminder, at least for me, of the real reason we quilt.

Remember too, that next week is our first check-in date!  I'll have a linky set up so you can link up your progress - or lack of it (and believe me, I'm right there with you!)  But I'm hearing about all kinds of quilting going on for the challenge, and this is your chance to share!  I hope you'll stop on by and link up - and it doesn't have to be a new post - if you've posted about your H2H quilt in the recent past, feel free to link up that post.  That will be next Sunday, April 20th!



Friday, April 11, 2014

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Quilty Hug for a Friend

Hi, all!

It's Friday again, and time to get your whoop whoop on!!  I don't know about you, but I'm certainly whooping about pretty spring weather and lovely blooming trees!! We got home from vacation to beautiful red buds and Bradford pear trees in bloom.  The daffodils are gone, but the trees are starting to leaf out, as you'll see in one of my pictures further on in the post.

It was just a bit windy today, to put it mildly - 35 to 50 mph wind gusts, which made for interesting pictures!  But thankfully, no storms - today is the fifth anniversary of a major tornado that hit about twenty miles from here.  So I can handle wind gusts!

I made this quilt for a friend at church who was just diagnosed with breast cancer...

Since I've "been there done that" I wanted to make this one myself from start to finish...

It still needs quilting but at least the flimsy is finished!  Hopefully I'll get it quilted this weekend. This quilt is made using the same block as Nathanael's Ladder, but laid out differently.  I really like the chevron look this one has.  It's made with scrappy pinks and pastels for the 4-patch blocks, and white and silver Kona cotton for the HSTs and borders.  

So that's my whoop whoop for the week! 


And now it's your turn!  

What's making you the happy dance about this week?

This was Emmy's birthday happy dance!
Share!  We want to dance along!

And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

Remember - it doesn't have to be a finish - 

Just something that makes you happy!!

The party will remain open until Sunday midnight.

Hope to see you there!



PS - Be sure to check in on Sunday - Emily from  Em's Scrap Bag will be our H2H guest blogger for the day! I can't wait to see what she's going to share with us!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Make-A-List Monday - Back In The Saddle Again!

Hi, all!

Well, vacation is over - but it was such a good one!  It was fun to vacation with the kids and grandkids, and Lilli declared it "the best vacation ever"!! But now it's time to get back to real life….

Last week's list was short….

1.  Piece the Jacob's Ladder top.

2.  Finish the Swoon blocks.
No, although I did actually start working on one - the components are ready, just need to put them together.  

3.  Piece the granny squares top.
Didn't get to this one at all.  Bummer.

4.  Get Friday's Whoop Whoop post and Sunday's Meet The Sponsors post written and in the queue.
But I did get both of these done and posted!   Whew!!

I'll have to do better on this week's list, though - lots of catching up to do!

1.  Quilt and bind four quilts for current ministry requests.

2.  Make a quilt for a friend just diagnosed with breast cancer.

3.  Iron the interfacing onto the t-shirts (commission quilt).

4.  Finish the Swoon blocks.

5.  Quilt the first granny square baby quilt.

6.  Pull yard sale items.

7.  Keep up with any other ministry needs that arise.

I keep thinking there's something more but whatever it is, it's eluding me! But if I can manage to get this much done, I'll be happy.  

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



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hands2Help - Meet The Sponsors!

Hi, all!

I hope you're enjoying the Challenge so far!  Maybe you've started on your quilts, maybe not - everyone works at a different pace - so it's all good!  Today we're going to meet the sponsors who have contributed some lovely things to thank all of you wonderful quilters for participating in the Challenge….

First, let's meet the corporate sponsors.  

You all should have already received a discount code from C&T Publishing

good from now until the end of 2014 on most of the items on their website.  If you haven't checked it out, be sure too! You can get a great deal on fabulous quilting books and other items!

Shannon at FabricsNQuilts is a longtime sponsor and supporter of the H2H Challenge, and this year she not only provided the signup giveaway item (a $35 gift certificate), but she is offering free shipping to all H2H participants for the duration of the Challenge, and giving another $35 gift certificate for the final giveaway!

Kathy over at Pink Chalk Fabrics is providing a $25 gift certificate to her lovely shop!

Julie at The Intrepid Thread is also providing a $25 gift certificate, which you can use to indulge yourself from her exciting selection of fabrics.

Judi Madsen at Green Fairy Quilts is offering a $30 gift certificate to her lovely shop!  Judi just started offering free shipping this year - how awesome is that?

The wonderful folks over at Quilt Dots will be chipping in with a giveaway item, but exactly what has yet to be determined.  Here's an example of what they sell, though - 
some great Dots designed by Megan Dougherty of The Bitchy Stitcher fame!

Craftsy is generously offering five gift certificates for a free on-line class!  Have you tried Craftsy yet?  It's awesome!

Fabricworm has sent some lovely fabric bundles from their amazing stock of addict-worthy fabric!

GenerationQ Magazine is offering some great back-issue bundles of their magazine. If you haven't seen this magazine, you should check it out - great articles, wonderful photography and awesome patterns!

Pam Nagle, who sells lots of great stuff through Instagram as @auntiepami, is offering eight spools of wonderful Aurifil thread.  It will spoil you rotten!

Kate Spain has sent some of her lovely fabrics, some of them out of print, in four fat quarter bundles.  She also sent some great Kate Spain goodies!!

Amy Smart, who blogs at Diary of a Quilter, has sent a lovely bundle of giveaway items, too.

And now, books and patterns…

Emily Bailey, who blogs over at Em's Scrap Bag, is donating some of her fabulous patterns!

Karrie Lyne Winters, of Freckled Whimsy fame, has started her own line of patterns, and is donating five sets of the winner's choice of two patterns!

Megan Dougherty, who blogs at The Bitchy Stitcher, is donating a signed copy of her new book, Quilting Isn't Funny.   I so want a copy of this for myself - just haven't ordered one yet!  Megan always makes me laugh….

Christina Cameli, from A Few Scraps, is donating a signed copy of her new book, First Steps To Free Motion Quilting.  I can testify that this is a fabulous book - great at teaching free motion quilting using small and useful projects!!

Annie Toy, well known for Annie's Ruby Slipperz, is donating some quilting books, too!  They'll be drop-shipped to the winners directly from Amazon.

And here's what your fellow participants have donated!

Kathy Schwabeland, who blogs over at Lime Green Is A Neutral Color, is donating a copy of Quilt Lovers Favorites from Better Homes & Gardens, a Trim The Tree II paper piecing pattern, and a Stained Glass quilt pattern.

Selina Kidney, who blogs at Selina Quilts, is donating charm packs of Little Black Dress, Juggling Summer, and Breezy Batiks.

Sharon Vrooman, who blogs at Vroomans Quilts, is donating jelly rolls of Wallflowers by Wyndham Fabrics and Enchanted by Free Spirit Fabric.

The fabulous P., who entertains us from her blog, The Way I Sew It, is donating a copy of her pattern, Thoroughly Modern Lily and a $25 gift certificate to Fabric.com.

Lisa Ruble is donating a fat quarter bundle.

Susan McAdams, who blogs at suemacseeds, is donating a $25 gift certificate to an on-line fabric store (where is still to be determined).

Karen Green is donating 100 I-spy charms, a spool of thread, and a flying geese ruler in a fabric basket that she made!

Kathleen Gansert, a/k/a KatieQ, who blogs at Katie's Salt Marsh Path, is  donating a jelly roll of Oink A Doodle Moo!

…but wait - - - there's more!

Marilyn Lewis, who blogs at North Hills Quilter, is donating long arm quilting services.

Sue Daurio, who blogs at Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures, is donating long arm quilting on up to a queen size quilt, choosing from a variety of quilting designs.


Such a great array of prizes from so many generous folks!  I'm still trying to round up a few more prizes - we've had a record turn out for the Challenge this year, with eighty participants so far!  If you've got something you'd like to donate, drop me a line at salliesue (at) clearwire (dot) net….

Be sure to show all our sponsors some love - they really come through when I contact them about the Hands2Help Challenge every year!!  And be sure to check back next week, when the fabulous Emily of Em's Scrap Bag will be our guest blogger!!



PS If you're just now finding out about the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge, there's still plenty of time to enter!  Just leave a comment with your email address (or email me directly at salliesue (at) clearwire (dot) net and we'll sign you up.  You can read more about the Challenge by clicking the Page tab at the top of the blog...

Friday, April 4, 2014

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? 2! And Giveaway Winners! And A Quilt Top!

Hi, all!

It's Friday again!  Are you ready to get your whoop whoop on?  I know I am - lots and lots to whoop about this week!  And I'm going to indulge myself a little bit and share my biggest whoop first, before announcing the giveaway winners

Remember this little face?

Day 1...

Day 30...

Her last day of being a baby...

Now a big girl - two years old!

She and her big sister love each other so much!  It's been a day with lots of giggles, donuts for breakfast, birthday cake for supper (an enormous meal in between at Lamberts, the home of "throwed rolls", so no one was hungry enough for dinner - but there's always room for birthday cake!)  Who knew that balloons on the floor could be so much fun?

Happy Birthday, Emmy!!


And now that I've indulged myself, let's see who the winners of the LED sewing machine lights are!! 

Little Miss Random has spoken, and she chose…..


Quilting Tangent said...
Following on bloglovin'.


pizzaeater said...
I am a fallow your blog.


Andrea said...
Since I live in the foothills of the Sierra's I'll say the beach!!! Ocean, lake or river.


Quiltingranny said...
Beach any day of the year even if it is snowing!
I am a follower!

Congratulations, folks!  I'll be contacting you by email sometime today - but if you don't hear from me by Friday noon, you may have been a no-reply blogger.  (There were a bunch of no-reply bloggers that entered this giveaway!)  If so, contact me directly at salliesue (at) clearwire (dot) net.  

If I can't reach any of the winners, and don't hear back from them, I'll put Little Miss Random to work again to choose some new ones.  So chime in if you won!!


And here's my other whoop whoop!

This is what I've been working on all week!  And I finally finished the top this afternoon, just in time to take a picture before the sun went down.

This quilt will be named "Nathanael's Ladder" and will be used as a fund raiser for our future grandson's adoption.  For those of you who are just hearing about this, my daughter and SIL are trying to adopt a Chinese toddler who is profoundly deaf (as is our youngest granddaughter).  We are thinking of raffling off several quilts to help raise the nearly $30,000 needed to bring Nathanael home.  Stay tuned for further details!

And now, something really really special.

The other day I was at my daughter's house, and she said, 

"Hey, take a look at this cute fabric I've had forever…"

and she brought out

two full, uncut yards of….

wait for it….

almost there…

Goldfish in Bags, from Heather Ross's
Lightning Bugs and Other Mysteries
(Long out of print!)

Oh. My. Gosh.

After I picked myself up off the floor..

And petted it for a while

I asked her if she had any idea what it was worth.

Not. A. Clue.

So I told her.

She now thinks she might be able to live without it.

Anyone interested?  She's trying to figure out the best way to sell it - fat quarters, half yards, full yards or 
one gorgeous, glorious, two yard abundance 
of Goldfish in Bags.
Or maybe a raffle - $5 for a chance to have it for yourself?

What do you think?  Interested?

I bet this could help bring Nathanael home!!

Whoop whoop!!


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 along with you!

Remember - it doesn't have to be a finish - 
just something that makes you happy!

The linky party will stay open until Sunday midnight - 

Hope to see you there!