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

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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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