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To-Do Tuesday 10-18-16 | Apples & Decorations

Stitch ALL The Things | The Slaughter House Bone Yard

Happy Tuesday! It’s time to check our lists and see where we are at. Do we have things we need to take off of our list, for now, as the holidays are approaching? Or do we need to kick it into high gear and add stuff to our list to be ready FOR the holidays? This time of year is a great time to stop and take inventory of what we’ve got going on and what we need to finish by the end of the year!

Stitch ALL The Things | The Drunken Dead

This past week my sewing plans were a bit derailed. While the Mister made the quickest trip to Oregon in the history of quick trips (2 days driving, 1 day there, 2 days driving back), the kids and I busied ourselves with weeding the yard and then putting up our Halloween decorations. I was late this year with that and almost skipped it, but the life-sized coffin that a friend gave me to use for my decor made me pull out the decorations. There was no way I could skip a year after having been given that! It’s awesome! Of course, all of that was done on 95+ degree days, so we were wiped out. We had gorgeous mid-80s weather the day before Mister left, but after that our reprieve from the heat went with him. As soon as he returned the weather cooled down a few degrees and it looks like we’re mid-80s to low 90’s for the next week. I can’t wait until Halloween gets here! The temps only go down after that day!

Stitch ALL The Things | Apple Pie Filling

When the Mister returned home he brought back a bunch of apples that his sister had picked for us from our tree at the Oregon house. To say I was overwhelmed with the amount of apples would be an understatement. I had never cooked with more than 6 apples at one time before in my life! I know nothing about canning, and didn’t even have an apple peeler/corer/slicer. Unless you count two teenage kids, and then I actually DID have a peeler and a corer! And they were fantastic at their job! We got through 2/3rds of the apples before I gave up on all things apple and asked a friend if she’d like the rest. Thank heavens she said YES!

Stitch ALL The Things | Making Apple Butter

We made enough filling for 4 deep dish apple pies, and 2 apple cobblers. I also chopped somewhere between 8 to 10 cups of apples for future apple-y dishes, and I filled my massive crockpot with a large amount of apple slices that became two quart-sized jars of Apple Butter. One ended up in the freezer while the other is in the fridge. I couldn’t remember the last time I had apple butter, but when I tasted this I was thrilled with how it turned out! DELISH!

Stitch ALL The Things | Finished Clue 7 Whacky Witches In Stitches

With our busy week the only thing I managed to get done was to finish the tiny amount of stitching that was left on Clue 7 of Whacky Witches in Stitches. I’ve started working on Clue 8 and I’m still hopeful I can finish this project by Halloween!

This week I am planning on starting a sewing project I can’t say much about yet. I just got the hardware in yesterday, so I can start cutting fabrics and begin fusing interfacing tomorrow. I also plan to continue to work on my Whacky Witches.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Continue Stitching on Whacky Witches
  • Work on secret project

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To-Do Tuesday 10-4-16 | Quilting the Alpine Quilt

Happy October! I am so excited that Fall is here! We actually don’t experience too much of a “Fall” season here. No trees full of leaves turning gorgeous shades of red, orange and yellow before falling. No crisp autumn air where you can see your breath in the morning. Nope. It’s pretty much just a warm month. But this year we’re about 10 degrees cooler than usual, and so the beginning of October feels more like the end of October and I am taking that wonderful feeling of it’s-cooling-down-now weather and enjoying the heck out of it! How about you? How is the weather where you are?

Stitch ALL The Things | Flying Geese Diamonds quilting

As far as my to-do list goes, I did finish quilting the Flying Geese Diamond quilt and managed to get the binding sewn onto the front only an hour before writing this. I had a lot of trouble quilting this one.

Stitch ALL The Things | Flying Geese Diamond Block

A lot of the quilting problems seemed to come from a combination of things. The different thicknesses on the quilt from the blocks was a big issues. The weight of the quilt was another. The strain of moving the quilt would pull on the needle and that resulted in a lot of thread shredding. It took me all week to get this quilt finished simply because of my frustration with the constant breakage.

Stitch ALL The Things | Juki TL2200 QVP foot

After quilting one half of the quilt, I decided to check and see if I could raise my foot a little higher to accommodate the various fabric thicknesses. This foot needs the space of the thickness of a credit card in between the foot and the quilt sandwich. I was surprised to find that I had an extra 1/16th to lift my foot up and that made all the difference in the world! I still had a couple of shredded thread breakages, but nothing like when I quilted the first half of the quilt.

Stitch ALL The Things | Alpine Fabric Red Stripe Binding

I had to take a picture of this binding. It is absolutely, amazingly, spectacularly, and wonderfully perfect for this quilt! For ANY Christmas themed quilt, actually. I am so in love with this binding that it made all of the quilting struggles melt away.

Stitch ALL The Things | Halloween Town Stitching

In other stitchy news, I completed the Halloween Town cross stitch pattern. I will make this into a throw pillow as soon as I’m done with the Christmas quilt. I also started working on my Wacky Witches in Stitches WIP again. This is going to be really cute when it’s finished!

Stitch ALL The Things | Wacky Witches in Stitches WIP

This week I will be focused on stitching down the binding on the Flying Geese Diamonds quilt. I also have to come up with a name for it. The Mister is leaving this coming Saturday to go to the Oregon house, so I also want to get the Christmas placemats, napkins, and coasters done this week and send those up with him.

What is on your list this week? Do you have any Fall sewing or Holiday sewing in your plans?

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Binding Flying Geese Diamonds Quilt
  • Make Placemats, Napkins & Coasters
  • Continue working on Wacky Witches WIP

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To-Do Tuesday 9-27-16 | Stitching ALL The Things

Happy Tuesday, my friends! It’s time to do our weekly check up on our to-do lists. This past week I rocked my list! I made the two replacement blocks needed for the Flying Geese Diamonds quilt, sewed the quilt top together, made the quilt backing, and basted it all together. BOOM! So happy to have accomplished all of that! Now I’m all set to get to quilting. Although I noticed when taking this picture that my quilting gloves are filthy. Time to put those babies on, squirt some Dawn dish washing liquid on them, and wash my “hands”. That’s the best way I know to get these gloves nice and clean!

Flying Geese Diamonds in Alpine fabric by Wilmington Prints

Part of the “ALL” in ‘Stitching ALL The Things’ happen to be cross stitching projects. I was really into cross stitching about two years ago. I was working on a couple of Halloween Stitch-Alongs, and ended up putting both aside at the same time. The first was Halloween Town by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. It started as a mystery Stitch-Along and I loved it until they released the third clue… Which happened to be a bakery. And almost the whole cross-stitchy community on Instagram went, “What the…??!!” I modified the third clue and created a cemetary instead. Then they released the fourth clue, the banner, and I was so underwhelmed by that time that I just stopped stitching. ALL of my cross stitching. Over the weekend I decided to find this WIP and get it finished. It’ll be done in time for Halloween… and only two years late! The other stitching project was Wacky Witches in Stitches by Clouds Factory. I absolutely loved that stitch-along, and I stopped because I messed up on the border. Not a bad mess-up, but enough to set it aside and “fix it later”. Later is now. As soon as I get Halloween Town finished, I will be getting back to work on Wacky Witches.

Halloween Town Cross Stitching WIP

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Quilt Flying Geese Diamonds Quilt
  • Bind Quilt
  • Finish Halloween Town cross stitching WIP
  • Get back to work on Wacky Witches cross stitching
What’s on your To-Do List this week?

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Where I Bake and Clean Instead of Sew | To-Do Tuesday 10-14-14

To Do Tuesday Button 200 x 200

I am a wonderful wife. So wonderful that I actually forgot to add my husband’s birthday prep and celebration to last week’s To-Do list. Go me! So I didn’t get too much sewing done this past week.  However, I did end up making a pretty bomb cake.

Mister originally asked for a Black Forest cake.  Then he remembered that I’m not fond of cherries.  That’s not relevant to the birthday person’s choice of cake in our house, but he decided that a dark chocolate cake with a strawberry filling and whipped cream frosting sounded better.  I used to make and decorate cakes, so I was up to the challenge.  Despite the fact that I sold all of my cake decorating supplies last year because everyone seemed to be done with homemade cakes, opting for Dairy Queen ice cream cakes the past four years. I think I managed quite well with my plastic spatula, a new set of cake pans, and a random star tip and frosting bag I had shoved in a drawer.

Mister's Birthday Cake

Mister’s Birthday Cake

Thank goodness for Allrecipes. I found a great recipe for strawberry filling.  I used this recipe to make the chocolate cake.  I decided to make the whipped cream frosting from this recipe. I also tried to make chocolate curls for the first time.  At first I refrigerated the chocolate, thinking that would keep it from melting when using a potato peeler to get the curls.  That just made chocolate shavings.  I used that to coat the sides of the cake. Then a facebook friend posted a recipe by The Pioneer Woman and less then ten minutes later I had chocolate curls! I will definitely be making them again.   Everyone in the family treated me like a rockstar that day.

I also managed to get the house deep cleaned this past week.  Why is it that the house never seems dirty and cleaning never seems more important than sewing until someone is coming over?  Well, at least that’s done until the Holidays and we were able to have a wonderful visit with Mister’s son and wife!

F Word Blocks and Eerie Quilt top

F Word Blocks and Eerie Quilt top

I did get in a bit of sewing in this week. I finished two F Word blocks. I paper pieced the Windmill block, but did not print the paper pieces out in mirror image.  So my block is actually the reverse of what it’s supposed to be.  Since it still looks fine the way it is, I will not be re-doing the block.  I like it!  I also made a Basket block, but since I’m not a fan of applique I chose not to add the handle.  I’m pretending it’s “modern” version of the Basket block.

I also finished assembling the Eerie quilt blocks into a top yesterday. I will be focusing on the quilt this week and plan on adding the borders and making the quilt back.  I am feeling too distracted by the quilt to focus on the Christmas gifts or the Sugar Block Club block.  No F Word blocks for this week either.

Whacky Witches in Stitches WIP

Whacky Witches in Stitches WIP

The evenings are normally reserved for stitching, but I haven’t made much progress on my Whacky Witches In Stitches this past week. Too tired. I’m just about finished with block 5 and block 8 was just released today. I’m a little behind so I’m not sure this will be finished by Halloween.  I sure am enjoying stitching it up though!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Add borders to Eerie & make backing Completed 10/18
  • Baste, Quilt & Bind Eerie Basted 10/19, started quilting 10/20

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