WHOOMP There IT Is! #10

As some of you know I am a member of the Quilters Anonymous chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild.  Tonight was our Christmas party and I had such a wonderful time.

This is where I sat. Our hostess did a magnificent job of decorating the table.

And she gave us all a bunch of goodies too!

It was a potluck party and there was a ton of yummy food however I was so concerned w/getting as much of that yummy food in my belly as quickly as possible, that I forgot to take a pic.

We played a gift exchange game. Whoever wanted to participate had to bring something handmade by them. This is what I made for the exchange. A pin cushion, thread/scrap catcher. I hope the recipient loves it as much as I love mine.

We sat in a giant circle and someone read a story over the microphone.  Whenever we heard the word “left”, we passed the gift we were holding to the left, and when we heard the word “right”, we passed the gift we were holding to the right.  It was a hoot! Then we went around the circle to show our gifts and tell who made them.  

I got this adorable tote bag with Christmas colored mustaches on it. It’s lined w/my favorite color and w/the same exact fabric I used to line a bag I made for myself!

Here’s a pic of all my goodies together.

Are you having any fun this holiday season?

Now it’s your time to share about whatever you want.

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WHOOMP There IT Is! #6

Hello and welcome to week #6 of WHOOMP There IT Is! 
I can’t believe I haven’t opened my giant roll of batting.  It’s been standing in the same corner of my bedroom for about 3 weeks now. I’ll cut into you soon enough Hobbs, I promise. 😉
Besides the custom quilt order I’m working on at home, I’ve been going every Thursday to my instructor’s house to work on the Christmas gift paper piecing project.  She’s a lovely woman from Quilters Anonymous, our chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild. Anyway, It’s all pinned up on her design wall. She’s been such a dear, coordinating my numbered fabrics w/the respective paper pieces. She gets several sets together and lines them up for me, so when I finish one, the next one is there ready and waiting. Yesterday was my 3rd week and I believe the 20″ square top will be completed in the next 2 Thursdays.  It’s been such a pleasure visiting in her home and getting to know her and her husband.

I actually have quite a few things to do “by Christmas”; three other quilts, eight pillowcases and hopefully several (2 dozen or so) simple sewn gifts for friends. On my honor, I will try not to add another thing to my “by Christmas” list!

I’ve already been thinking about my resolutions for the new year.  However, losing weight or exercising more have not even crossed my mind.  A more important resolution to me, is to do one project at a time.  I need to test and see just how productive I’ll be. I’m thinking it will probably be about the same, but w/much less stress and anxiety.  Who’s with me? (side note: I wasn’t sure if I should’ve used who’s or whose. Grammar Check says “no writing errors were found” either way…so I guess they are both acceptable??) 
Back to the subject of paper piecing though, I’m really falling for it!  I thought I was going to hate it but it’s quite amazing.  I love how the Christmas gift project is coming along, but I wanted to have something to show and share this week. Since I’m halfway finished w/the top of the custom order, I decided to use what I’ve learned paper piecing and do a small solo project. I stitched up these 2 blocks the other night; cups of tea. After I add embroidery floss to the tea bag tags, they shall become a pair of mug rugs.  The pattern is one of several free patterns, by Maartje of Quilt in Amsterdam . Thank you Maartje! 
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A Quilted Passion

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WHOOMP There IT Is! #4

I went batting shopping last Saturday. I was glad I brought along my grandson & nephew.  I don’t think I could’ve managed this giant roll of batting by myself. Together they carried it to the car. Neither could’ve carried it alone, but they each had to show the other and myself, just how strong they are.  If getting it to the car was challenging, getting it in the car was even more so! But we did it…and I’m happy to say I now have batting! Lots of it! I got this giant 30yd x 96″ roll of Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting for $122 + tax at Mulqueen in Glendale, AZ.

Even though I now have batting, I still spent the week working on smaller projects.  I finished a project for the gift exchange at our annual Quilters Anonymous Christmas Party which will be on December 3rd.  If I remember, I’ll show a picture after the party.

 I also made something that’s been on my list for a long while…a quilters-helper apron. I had the idea to turn the butt-side of a pair of jeans into a half apron. I wish I could say it was an original idea…but after making mine, I looked on Pinterest and found that a bunch of peeps had already beat me to it! hahaha.

The 1st thing I did was cut out the entire front side of a pair shorts, salvaging the waistband…as this is what I’ll use to fasten/tie the apron.

One could use the original pockets if they are big enough for one’s needs. Mine weren’t so I removed them and made plans to add larger ones. But first, I had to figure out what do do w/the butt-seam thingie.

I decided to lay it flat to one side and stitch it down.  I think I’ve seen it done like this on some denim skirts made from jeans.

Originally I thought about hemming the edges but quickly changed my mind and left them raw to fray instead.  I added trim to the bottom but didn’t like how it would look on the sides, so I just did some straight stitching in red to add some color.  Like I said earlier, I wanted bigger pockets…though I’ve discovered a wider pocket is better than a deeper one. Anyway, I made generous pockets and decorated them before I sewed them on…again leaving the edges raw to fray.

I liked it so much I made a 2nd one. They will definitely come in handy when I work at kids camp next year!

And then I made simple Trick-or-Treat bags for the grands.

Oh, I almost forgot one more thing! I finally made something w/minky! I used it to back this simple strip quilt. I did not use batting and I did a very simple pull/roll over binding.

 I’m certain the little boy who gets it will love the cuddly softness of it.

That’s about all I have for you this week.  Now it’s your turn. Show me something good! =)

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