The Party’s Over

Last week I got an Account Expiration Notification email from InLinkz,  saying my subscription would soon expire.  I was surprised to learn it had already been a year since I started my WHOOOMP There IT Is Linky Party! The notice said my options were to extend my account (pay) to create image linkups or use for free as a text-only linkup.  I opted for neither, and so the party has come to an end.

 And to be honest, I’m not sad about it. I enjoyed hosting the linky, which started out as a weekly party, and later became a monthly one, but something about me and deadlines…  After experiencing both sides; host and linky-upper, I like being the linky-upper better.

Alas, a huge thank you to all who linked up and partied w/me along the way.

Moving right along…

I had a fairly productive month and have a few things to share w/you today to prove it.

One night I was jonesing for a finish. It felt like it had been forever since I’d finished a quilt.  I needed to make one and I needed to make it fast! I dug out some blocks that were given to me. Originally there were seven and they measured approximately 16″ x 19″. I used six of them to make this scrappy little number.  I used the quick turn/envelope/birthing method (no binding), and a combo of stitch-in-the-ditch and other straight line quilting.  And Tada! I got my fix!

I had used the 7th block a few months ago to make a pillow for Moe. This is usually where he is when I’m sewing.

This is Zebrina. A fun applique quilt from Heidi Pridemore of The Whimsical Workshop.  My grandson says Zebra’s are only supposed to be black and white not “grey”. He was not impressed w/mine. She’s not grey though, She’s made w/Sarah Watts’ Shibuya in linen, from the Tokyo Train Ride collection.

I just have to add some quilting to the sky, and then she’ll be hanging on the wall in my sewing room.

Oh! I also finished Scrappy Litter Blox a pattern by Lillyella. I pattern tested this before it was released in the June Stash Builder Box.

The Scrappy Litter Blox  pattern will soon be available directly from Lillyella.

And here it is in crinkly splendor after warshing and drying. I used a lot of Alison Glass’ Sun Prints in this quilt.  I even got fancy and did FMQ meandering in the borders!

By the way, Stash Builder Box has been nominated for a Brassy award, which could mean $10,000 for their business if they are one of the winners. They have a great quilty box subscription program, and 20% of the proceeds go towards providing quilts for children in need.  They also have great ways for others to join in the giving – you can apply to be an Ambassador and help promote the program, or you can sign up to be a HeartBuilder and actually help create the quilts that are given out!  Go to www.voteforsbb.com to vote – you can vote once per day from now until Sunday, 10/9.
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My last finish is from my UFO Challenge 2016 list.  It’s a wall hanging for my grand-daughter and has been a wip for 1-2 years.

It’ll make the perfect gift for her 6th birthday next month as it has 6 tulips on it. I wish I could say that was the plan all along, but it’s simply coincidence.

The pattern is called Tiny Tulips by Quilting in the Rain. I won the pink fabric I used for the tulips from a QITR giveaway on IG! I got a little fancy w/the quilting on this one too. Anytime I say I did “fancy quilting”, I mean I did FMQ in the form of meandering or a back & forth I learned in an Angela Walter’s Craftsy Class. I also did my fave Faux Piped Binding.

That’s all I’ve got today for finishes.  But I do want to mention that I’m super duper excited Katy of KatyQuilts will be spending several months in AZ!  I have all kinds of sew days and such planned for us. She’s a talented and prolific quilter/blogger who inspires me immensely. Thanks Katy!

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WHOOMP There IT Is! #30 – It’s Been A While

Long time, no see. I’ve missed you. I honestly can’t believe it’s been almost a month. When I decided to start doing my WHOOMP There IT Is! linky party 1x/mo (first Fridays), I didn’t intend to only blog 1x/mo!  But that’s about where I am. I do plan to blog at least twice a month though.

The month flew by and even though I had a few finishes, I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished much. Maybe because the last couple of quilts were very simple patterns? Who knows. Truth be told, I’ve been in some kind of mood lately and I really hope it passes soon because I don’t like feeling this way.

I finished the commission for 2 baby quilts. A friend/coworker ordered a quilt for each of her grandsons who will both be turning a year old in August. She got the quilts on Tuesday and is very pleased and excited to present them in August.

And here’s my other finish.

When I get to the end of a piece of fabric, 7″ or less, I usually strip it down into strings ranging from 2.5″ – 1″.  Well one day, a long, long time ago, I got a wild hair and decided to sew all my 1″ strings together (in jellyroll race fashion) and this is what it yielded. Too thin to be a lap quilt, and too wide to be a table runner, I’m calling it a bed runner. It sat as a flimsy until last month when #4 was chosen in our UFO Challenge 2016, and now it’s finished!

One last thing I want to share before the party is a pattern test I’m working on. It’s a pattern called Scrappy Litter Blox by Lillyella. The pattern will be included in the June Stash Builder Box.  I usually like to get all the cutting out of the way first, but not this time. I had to put at least one block together to show you.

I’ve quite a bit more cutting to do but the block goes together rather quickly.  I’ll finish cutting tonight and hopefully get most of the quilt together this weekend. And speaking of this weekend, it’s supposed to get upwards of 117° here in Phoenix! So yeah, I’ll be indoors ALL weekend stitchin’!

Eeek! It’s going to be a long summer. =( Maybe I can come visit one of you this summer. Anywhere is cooler than here!

So what have you been stitchin’ on?  I’d love to see it!

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Lord; teach me Your paths. 
Guide me in Your truth and teach me, 
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WHOOMP There IT Is! #29 – Change

Hi Y’all! I hope today finds you in good spirits and feeling inspired, if not productive.

When I first introduced WHOOMP There IT Is!I said I’d re-evaluate after 3 mos of hosting to decide if I’d continue w/the weekly linky party.  It’s quite the commitment and I wasn’t sure I was up for it.  Three months came and went in January and “re-evaluating” the linky party wasn’t a part of it.  However, I have been thinking about it quite a bit lately and I’ve come to a decision.   The party will go on, but it’s changing from a weekly party to a monthly party.  The new party day will be the 1st Friday of every month.  So, welcome to my first monthly, WHOOMP There IT Is! linky party!

Moving right along…

I haven’t been super productive lately, but I did manage to finish the tops of the commission quilts I’m working on; an alternating 4-patch and a disappearing 9-patch.

In other unproductive news…

The number chosen for April in the UFO Challenge 2016 was #3.  My #3 project is this 12″ square paper-pieced rooster block.  I didn’t work on it at all during the month but I was planning to get it done for show & tell at our monthly QA meeting. No problem, it’s one 12″ square! So yesterday afternoon, 3 1/2 hrs before the meeting, I finally started.  I cut out all the paper pieces and got my fabrics in order and then I hit a wall.  I totally forgot how to start!  After finishing Gossamer, I thought for sure paper-piecing was ingrained in my brain for life, but I was wrong and I had nothing for show and tell. I guess paper piecing is a “use it or lose it” thing for me.  I’m very thankful Sue is giving me a refresher course next week.

Rooster

This month’s Challenge # is 4.  My # 4 project is this small flimsy made w/1″ strings sewn together in Jelly Roll Race fashion.  It will become a bed runner or lap quilt for a friend and I will not wait until the last minute to get started on it!

Other happenings…

I ordered these adorable wooden buttons and tags from All This Wood on Etsy.  They have fantastic customer service, super fast shipping and quality workmanship. ‘Twas a great experience!

I’m super excited about winning this amazing 1/2yd bundle (middle stack) of Alison Glass’s Sun Print collection on the Fat Quarter Shop’s Instagram giveaway last week. Yay me!  If you like giveaways, Instagram is the place to be!

And one more thing before the linky…

I’m the only one in my immediate family who never needed glasses.  Though I’ve always been proud of my 20/20 vision, I have worn glasses purely as an accessory because I like the way I look in them. And it’s a good thing too, because thanks to presbyopia, I now need to wear them for reading and working on the computer. Today I came to grips w/this old age eye crap and bought my first pair of readers. Now I just have to remember to take them off when I’m not reading or working.

Okay, that’s enough about me.  Pray tell what’s been going on in your neck of the woods.

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