Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I've been busy!

I can use that as my excuse for not posting lately - really!  I have been busy - just look at what I've done...
First off, I forgot to post my Quilty 365 blocks for last week, so I'll start with them:
Some of the fabrics came from my stash, and a few will show up in one of my later photos.  These blocks are for Apr. 17-23.
Then, I spent a morning at a friend's house - a few of us gather there every second Monday morning to make cards.  It's a hobby I've been enjoying for about 11 years.  

I realized last week that I had completely run out of birthday cards, and I know that I'm going to need a few in the next week or two, so I managed to make these 2 (and a few others) that morning. Hubby and I have a wedding to attend in a few weeks, and what better wedding gift than a cuddle quilt?  I had to go shopping for some of these lovely prints, and I may have to get one or two more lime greens.  I'm not so sure that I'll be keeping the 2 grey and lime circle fabrics...  The quilt is a quick sew - large blocks, separated by Kona Snow sashing and grey cornerstones.

And finally, I have done some more significant sewing - these are just a few of the 12 Scrappy Trip-Around-the-World quilt blocks I've assembled in the last 2 days.
Now I'm off to run some errands - the fabric shop is calling my name!
I'm linking up to Oh Scrap!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Some scrappy fun!

I've been putting off a very important task - something I've needed to do for at least the past 6 months - cleaning out my sewing room.  My sewing space started off upstairs, then got moved to the basement - and I vowed to sort it out long before Christmas.  Well, I'm sure that you know what happened - nothing!  There were too many gifts to make, then quilting challenges came up... and it was always too easy to come up with an excuse to put it off.  But now I'm working on my Hands2Help quilts, and I needed a bigger space to work in - so I got some of my space cleaned out.  And guess what - I found a whole pile of sewn
 and cut up strips, ready to be reassembled into scrappy Trip Around the World blocks!  So I had to put everything else aside to make up a few blocks: 
But then reality struck, and I figured that I'd better get to work on what I really needed to put together - my Hands2Help quilts.  These quilts will be going to the Yukon Women's Transition Home, for the women and their children.  I had already sewn the individual blocks up for both the boy and the girl quilts; I had even auditioned a few layouts, but then I decided to make both quilts a little bigger.  I played around with different layouts, and finally decided on 2 different ones.  Here's the boy quilt top:
and the girl's quilt top: 

Finally, while I was on a roll, I decided that I should share my Quilty 365 blocks for this past week - the 

yellow one is today's block, celebrating that spring (and the sunshine!) seems to have finally arrived; the pink floral is for my dear friend Ila, who would have celebrated her birthday yesterday.
I'm going to link up to Sarah's Can I Get a Whoop-whoop, and also Leanne's Scraptastic Tuesday posts.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Orange and purple flowers...

I'm still plugging along on my various scrappy projects - the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge, and Quilty 365. You may remember that I didn't actually finish my purple Pieced Tulips for March's Rainbow Scrappy Challenge - but I've not only caught up with the purple blocks that I should have completed for last month, but I've leapt ahead and made all 5 blocks in April's chosen colour (orange)!
On top of all of that, I've still keeping up with my daily Quilty 365 (Dancing Plus) blocks.  I'm trying to make a few quilts for the Hands2Help quilt project, and I have 2 newer projects to make, sooner rather than later. One is a quilt for one of my son's best friends.  Mark, and the love of his life, Ashley, are getting married in about a month, so a quilt is definitely required.  I chose the pattern a few months ago, and I've been picking up fabric here and there, but the time has come to get that quilt assembled!  As well, the son of a very dear friend and his wife, are expecting their first baby early this summer - again, a perfect occasion for a quilt!
So far, only the Pieced Tulip blocks and the Quilty 365 blocks are ready to show - so, first are the five purple blocks from March:
Two of them were done in March (the lightest and the darkest blocks), but I finally made the other 3 blocks.

I was on a roll, and I decided that it would just make sense to carry on with the April blocks in orange!

And, while I had the orange fabric out, I cut a block for the Quilty 365 project - it's here with the blocks for the first 9 days of April.
Just in case you're thinking that I haven't done much the past few weeks, let me assure you that a lot of knitting has also been accomplished - nothing that I can share right now - but it's taken up some of my valuable "crafting" time.  I've also been spending a lot of time with my dad - he just turned 87 at the end of March, and needs a little extra attention... and I managed to spend a day looking after my favourite (and only!) grandson.
I'm planning to post two quilt tops that I've assembled for Hands2Help in the next day or two, so pop back in Tues. or Wed. to see what I've done for this wonderful charity project - or click on the button on my sidebar to check out what they need - maybe you can help them out too!
I'm off to link-up with So Scrappy - there are lots of lovely orange projects there!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

March recap

I thought that I'd learned my lesson about putting things off - I always seem to get caught on the last day of the month with something unfinished!
But, I've had lots of finishes for the month too - my Quilty 365 blocks and 2 of my five Pieced Tulip blocks for the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge.  I'll post the other 3 when I have a bit more time to get them completed.
The colour for March was purple, and I have 5 very different shades of purple for my tulips - but I only managed to finish the 2nd darkest one and the lightest one - have a look:
The black centers stand out really well in some of the blocks, but there's not a lot of contrast in some of the other ones.  That shouldn't be a problem for April - the colour is orange, so those blocks should really pop!
Next up is the last 11 Quilty 365 blocks.  This last week has seen 3 family birthdays to celebrate - a sister, a brother, and my dad.  The block in the bottom row with the dress shoes is for him; one of the black and white ones is for Good Friday - a dark day in many ways, yet with a hint of the brightness and joy to come!

And here are all of my March Quilty 365 blocks together:
I've managed to keep this up so far - 91 blocks - but, will I make it all the way to the end in December?  You'll have to stay tuned to find out!  I'll be linking up to Quilty Folk for all the March reveals.

Monday, March 21, 2016

My design wall Mon. Mar. 21, 2016

I haven't disappeared yet!  I totally missed blogging last week - long story - but I'm here again today.  I thought I'd share what's on my "design floor", my Quilty 365 blocks, and my newest project(s).
I'm going to start with my Quilty 365 blocks.  These Dancing Plus blocks are so much fun, and they're so easy to make!  I didn't post my blocks for Mar. 7-13, so I'll show them first, followed by last week's blocks:

You can see that I've pulled some purple fabrics for my Rainbow Scrappy Challenge blocks (I don't have any of them sewn up yet); I've also found some really fun fabrics, and I just HAD to include them - there are chocolates in the first week's pics, and these chickens from last week just make me happy!
Next up is the information that I'm going to be participating in Hands2Help again this year.  The charity that was chosen for Canadian quilters is the Yukon Women's Transition Home.  They need quilts for adult women and for boys and girls.  
Sarah posted about the quilts that were needed a few weeks ago, and I decided that the 2 kid's quilts that I had started a few weeks earlier would be perfect for this project.  I was in the process of purging some of my quilt books, and found one that I had set aside because it had 1 pattern in it that I wanted to make.  Somehow, it didn't make sense to hold on to the book for 1 quilt, so I pulled a few fabrics, cut some block segments, and sewed together 2 groups of blocks.  I've laid them out on my floor - one is a random layout; the other one is more controlled.  I'm not sure which layout works best, but it's obvious that I'm going to have to do a bit more cutting and sewing to finish these tops!  Here they are:

The quilts will each get at least one border, and then I'll be getting them layered, quilted and ready to go!  The first "progress" check-in is set for April 17th, so I'm hoping to have the tops assembled by then.  They should be ready to mail out by May 22nd, so, barring any drastic events between now and then, I should have them out the door by that date.  It's not too late to join up for this very worthy project - just click the link on my sidebar.
I'm going to link up to Judy's Design Wall post - there's lots of inspiration there!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

A new month begins...

And the blocks keep getting sewn up for Quilty 365!
Hubby and I had the opportunity to go to Toronto this past Thursday to see the Canadian Ripley Aquarium - what a beautiful experience!  I have no idea how many varieties of marine life they showcase there, but it's absolutely breath-taking!  We're already talking about going there again sometime.
So, to remember that day (not that I'd forget it any time soon!), I hunted up some very special fabric that I've had for years.  It was supposed to be for a child's quilt, but it was in my very early quilting days, and I didn't realize when I cut it that I'd have to be very careful, because it's a directional print.  Of course, I cut far too many horizontal pieces and not enough vertical pieces, so that project became one of my oldest WIPs.  So, if it's not going to work out for that particular pattern, no one's going to miss just a wee bit of the fabric - and here's the block that I made for Mar. 3rd:

I already shared my block for Monday as part of February's blocks, so there are only 6 to show for this week - and here they are together: 
The dark blue (top left corner) was the perfect representation for March 1st - snowy and blustery!  If the saying "In like a lion, out like a lamb" holds true, we may have a calm and warmer end to our month - I have my fingers crossed.
Finally, Kat of Kat and Cat Quilts is hosting a quilt block drive.  She started a charity (Covered in Love) to provide quilts for patients at the end of their lives.  Each month, she posts a block with instructions - quilters are then challenged to make the blocks, which she then assembles into quilts.  This month, she chose to have us make Grownup Eye-spy blocks.  I've got 9 ready to send to her - and I'm sharing two of them with you:
The blocks take about half an hour to make once the cutting is done - and I know she'd love to receive lots of blocks!
Next week Sunday is the kick-off for Hands2Help 2016 - I'm hoping to be involved with that charity event again.  The Canadian charity this year is Yukon Transition Home - so check in next weekend to see what I'm hoping to accomplish.
And, as always, I appreciate you reading what I'm up to!
I'm going to link up to Oh Scrap! and Scraptastic Tuesday over at she can quilt.

Monday, February 29, 2016

February 2016 wrap-up

It's Leap Day!  It only comes once every 4 years of course, but this year it's a little more special because I'm doing the Quilty 366 challenge!  One extra Dancing Plus blocks to make for this year...  and, of course, I had the PERFECT fabric to use for my block!  I've had this adorable Dick and Jane fabric for a few years, and only cut little bits off of it every once in a while - but today was one of those days!  Now you want to see it, don't you?  Here it is:
The Dick and Jane books were some of the first books I read, and I wish that I still had them (I'd be rich!).  
The other thing about it being the 29th today means that I need to show you all the blocks I made for the month - all 29 of them. 
This is going to be one VERY large quilt!
And, finally, I have my RSC '16 blocks done for February - the colour for the month was brown, with the addition of pink if desired - and I had a few browns with pink in them, so I figured that they had to be used.  Before I actually started making these blocks, I thought that using black for the centers would be a great choice, because there's no way that Angela would pick black for a month's colour - but some of the fabrics I chose don't work so well with black... oh well.  It can only get better, right?  (March's colour is purple!)

I'm off to link up at SoScrappy and QuiltyFolk.