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?



Friday, August 22, 2014

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Close Call, and a Quilt….

Hi, all!

It's Friday again - are you ready to get your whoop-whoop on?  I am - it's been an eventful week, and I've even got a finish!!

So first of all, the close call. Summer weather in Middle Tennessee can be up and down - the heat and humidity can cause afternoon thunderstorms, but we usually have some warning when severe thunderstorms are heading our way.

Yesterday morning, the weatherman said there was a 10% chance of rain, and the temperature would be in the low 90's.  Nothing to worry about, right?  Well, about 3 pm I started hearing thunder in the distance.  Didn't think much of it, because Jolene is on a UPS to protect her electronics and my computer wasn't plugged in. Then a few minutes later I started hearing things slam against the back of the house, and the power went out.  Looked outside and the wind was blowing sideways ferociously!  Grabbed my computer and purse, ran downstairs and kicked the dog out of the one safe spot in my house during a tornado (my bedroom closet) and called my daughter to see if there was a tornado warning for my area.  She said there was only a severe thunderstorm warning. Well, there was definitely a severe thunderstorm going on!  The sound of the wind started dying down a few minutes later, so I went to look out my bedroom window….

…and here's what I saw!  That tree sits about eight feet from my bedroom window on the bottom floor, and my studio window on the upper floor!

Here's a couple of shots from this morning…

And a picture of the giant oak in my neighbor's yard that is now laying in my back yard!

We're very thankful that none of the trees that came down hit the house, but it's going to be a lot of work cleaning up the mess.  Fortunately, there's a lot of guys with chain saws at my church who love a good excuse to chop things up!  And there's plenty of excuse at my place - about six trees came down…..


I do love a "stained glass" shot!

But now on to the quilt!  This quilt will be raffled off by my daughter at the upcoming Burlap & Berries Barn Sale here in Mount Juliet on Labor Day weekend.  All proceeds will go to her adoption account to help #bringNathanaelhome!

It's a 2" postage stamp quilt, measuring about 70" square.  
The fabric is Modern Roses by Stephanie Ryan for Moda.

The back is a tone-on-tone cream with more of the 2" squares to break up the expanse of cream. 

Quilted in what I like to call "girly swirlies"..

It has great texture!!

And someone will be taking it home on Sunday, August 31st!

We'll probably open up the raffle participation to this blog and Facebook, too - so stay tuned for more information!


That's what I'm whooping about this week!

What's making you smile?

What's making you dance the happy dance?

Share - we want to dance right along with you!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight
so there's plenty of time to join in.

Hope to see you there!



Monday, August 18, 2014

Make-A-List Monday - Whew!!

Hi, all!

Whew!  I made it through last week and this week looks to be much more relaxed. Woohoo!!  I was so busy last week I didn't even look at my list - so I was really happy to see how much stuff got done!  Let's see how it went...

1.  Make the quilt for my doctor's wife.
Done and delivered!  I was very happy with the way this turned out and I hope it will be a comfort to her….

I used my collection of grunge solids...

And did straight line quilting.  Love the texture!

2.  Finish an antique top for a friend's father-in-law.
Done!  I think this turned out well.  I was a little worried about the age of the flimsy, but it held up through quilting and washing!

3.  Work on the quilt for my daughter to raffle at the craft show.
Accomplished!  In fact, the top is almost finished - here's what it looked like this morning… and I hope to have it completely assembled by tomorrow morning early.

4. Write up an estimate for a commission quilt.
Almost finished!  I need to check over my math and write a cover letter to go with it, then it's done!

5.  Help my niece finish some quilts to take with her to Canada (she's moving to Calgary for five years to work on her PhD)
Done!  We finished this quilt…

and this quilt...

and this one!

She should be set now for those cold winters in Canada!

6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that arise.
Done, although I didn't do so well getting pictures!  Here are the ones I did take pictures of...

This one went as a comfort quilt to a woman who has suffered some major losses in the past few months...

This one went to a new baby boy...

This one went to a man suffering from Alzheimers...

And this one went to a woman just diagnosed with breast cancer.

We also did a quilt for a woman with MS and cancer throughout her body, but as I said, it went in the mail before I took a picture!

I'm so grateful that Rita, the orphan block queen, has also decided that she likes to quilt - she's been working at church during the week quilting 5-8 quilts a week all summer!  That means that we have a great stock of finished quilts, which makes it much quicker to get a quilt in someone's hands.  It's a good feeling!

And now, here's what's on my plate for this week

1.  Finish up the quilt for my daughter to raffle at the craft show!

2.  Send off the quilt estimate.

3.  Unpack and process fourteen boxes of fabric donations received this week. (WOW!)

4.  Quilt at least two quilts for the quilt ministry.

5.  Start cutting out the girls' annual quilts.

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

It feels strange not to have an overload of things that need to be done!  But I'm going to enjoy it while I can!!  

I'm also enjoying spending serious time with this little cutie

who is very serious about her pancakes in the morning.  Butter is a side dish, not a condiment!  She's become very independent - she wants to walk up and down my stairs all by herself!  Not that she gets to - when you live in a 140 year old house, the stairs are challenging at best.  We've had a couple of long discussions about that… handholding is mandatory!  But it's lots of fun to watch her grow and change every day…

OK - so that's what I'm working on this week.  And now the question is - - - what are YOU working on this week?