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Eerie Progress | To Do Tuesday 10-21-14

Before I get to the post, I just wanted to note that the Inlinkz Linky will now let you link up your Instagram pictures! So feel free to link your Instagram picture with To-Do Tuesday. If you’re working on a project that is on your list, if you want to take a picture of your list, if you are taking a selfie at the nearest office supply store where you are buying paper to write a list… link up!

Finished quilt top

Finished quilt top

This past week I managed to finish the Eerie quilt top and make a backing for it. I basted the quilt on Sunday using Sharon Schamber’s thread basting method. I started quilting it yesterday, but didn’t get very far. I’m hoping to get the quilting finished and the binding sewn to the front no later than Wednesday.

Getting my quilt on!

Getting my quilt on!

I’m hoping to get back to sewing the Sew Together Bags this week too. Christmas seems to be racing towards me, so I need to get on track with those.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish quilting Eerie quilt. Finished the crosshatch quilting on the blocks, still quilting the borders.
  • Bind Eerie quilt
  • Continue sewing Christmas gifts

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TGIFF: A Moxie Finish!

Moxie quilt

If you have read my last few posts, you might have noticed that I have mentioned Sarah, of Georgia Girl Quilts, quite a few times. We became fast friends after connecting over conversations about the Brother PQ1500S sewing machine. Which we both have and (I think I can safely speak for Sarah when I say), we both LOVE.

Sarah and I are quilty twins.  One way we know this is that we both absolutely love Tula Pink‘s fabric. When Tula’s Foxfield line came out along with the free Moxie quilt pattern we immediately wanted to make the quilt.  So we decided to sew it “together”, although we live many many MANY miles apart. Unfortunately, this pattern and fabric release came out right before summer vacation, so I asked her to wait until August to sew our quilts. Since she is such an awesome friend, she agreed to wait.

This quilt sews up super quick, even with the curves…which are easy!! I wanted to make the quilt a bit bigger than it’s original finished size (50″ x 59″), so I told Sarah I was thinking of adding a border.  Since we are quilty twins, it was no surprise to me when she said that she was also thinking of adding a border. I am pretty sure we both had our quilts completely finished about four weeks after starting them.  That’s a pretty good turn around for me!  If you’d like to see Sarah’s quilt, you can find her post HERE.

I made the quilt as shown in Tula’s pattern.  I didn’t really do anything original, other than to add a 5″ patchwork border all around.  So my finished quilt measures 60″ x 69″.  I used my favorite thread, Aurifil, in the creation of this quilt.  I used my standard choice of #2021 in 50wt for piecing, and for the quilting I went with a color out the the Tula Pink collection, #4670 in 50wt.

Quilting Closeup

Quilting Closeup

I chose to do free motion quilting, using Tula’s original Moxie quilt that was quilted by Angela Walters as my inspiration.  I was really scared to take the leap and quilt it this way, but knew that if I didn’t start somewhere I would always be too scared to free motion quilt.  I practiced the designs on small quilt “sandwiches” until I felt comfortable enough with the movement and only then did I start on my quilt.  I figured the quilt would be like a massive practice sandwich… and it certainly was!

While making this quilt I decided that it would be a gift for my niece, Jaci. Her birthday is a little over a month away and what little girl would not love a Tula Pink quilt?!  This is the first time I’ve had a quilt done months in advance of gifting it.  I’m super glad I won’t be rushing to get this finished.

Moxie Quilt Label

Moxie Quilt Label

Jaci and her cousin (my other niece), Kaiya, are the best of friends. That’s important to note because they like to have the exact. same. things. Thankfully I always order an abundance of Tula fabric, so I have enough for another Moxie quilt.  While I will never be able to make a quilt that is exactly the same as another, I will get it all mostly the same.  The border will be slightly different, and the backing and binding will be from other prints in the line.  I figure that way the girls will know at a glance which quilt is theirs, yet they’ll have the “same thing”.

I had a lot of fun sewing up this quilt along with Sarah.  Big thanks to her for waiting until after summer to sew this pattern with me!  I’m linking up with Laura of Quokka Quilts for Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday.


Tuesday : Sew Wonderful!

What a spectacular week!!!

I finished the secret quilt, and I can’t say much about it here now. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll already know what it looks like (from afar-ish). Don’t worry, I took lots of pictures and will be blogging about it in a week or two!

Also, Mister and I celebrated our third Anniversary this past week. I’ve been hinting at a stitching project that has kept me busy every evening, and if you’ve seen my Instagram feed you’ll know that I was working on one of his Anniversary presents. A Love Heart cross stitch pattern from CrossStitcher magazine’s May 2014 issue. This chart can now be found as a digital download at Stitchrovia’s Etsy Shop.

A Cross Stitched gift for Mister

A Cross Stitched gift for Mister

This was my first time cross stitching, and I absolutely love it! I was planning on doing Quilty Stitches over the summer as a way to keep me from going through withdrawals from sewing and quilting. I sort of stumbled across the Love Heart pattern about a month ago when I was looking for other possible patterns I might want to do. So glad I dove into this and got it done. Mister absolutely loves it! Stitched on 14 count white aida, two threads over 1 square. I converted the floss colors from the pinks in the chart to these blues. I used DMC #3756, #3765, and #3766. I kept the same grey that was called for in the chart, DMC #318.

For our anniversary Mister completely surprised me with a Singer 221 Featherweight he found on eBay. He knew I have really been wanting one… I have been looking high and low for one at a reasonable (to me) price. I told him about a month or two ago that I was done looking. I decided that if it was meant to be for me to have a Featherweight, then I would run across it when the time was right. Apparently he took up my mission, and jauntily plopped one in front of me on the morning of our Anniversary while I was making coffee. Not sure if you heard a “squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee” wherever you live on the morning of May 7th. If you did… Uh… Yeah. That was me.

An anniversary present from Mister. He's a keeper!

An anniversary present from Mister. He’s a keeper!

She’s a really great little machine. I was having a hard time naming her. “Helen” kept coming to mind, but I wasn’t really crazy about that. I looked up popular girl names from 1948 (my machine’s birth date), but didn’t find any I liked. I just felt there needed to be a story behind the naming. While lamenting my dilemma, Mister gently asked, “Do you think you would consider my Aunt Maye’s name?” His Aunt Maye meant the world to him. He loved her dearly, and we’re both sad that I never had the chance to meet her. I told him that “Maye” was the PERFECT name! The machine was from Mister, born the same year as Mister, and is named for his favorite Aunt. Perfect!

[Side note: I named my Brother PQ1500S Nouvelle machine “Ellie”. So now I have two machines that when you put both names together are “Ellie Maye”. I can not help but snort-laugh at that.]

Meet Maye! She makes my fabric look pretty!

Meet Maye! She makes my fabric look pretty!

Maye runs GREAT. She’s got pin scratches, and a some scrapes and dings in the paint. Some wearing on the decal, but not much. Whoever had her before put a crapload of new grease onto old grease though, so that was a PITA to clean up. Sometimes she wouldn’t start unless you turned the balance wheel. So I bought her a new belt and now she whizzes right along. We oiled her, lubricated the motor, got a new felt pad (stinky!!), and today I washed her (according to David McCallum’s The Featherweight 221 and I book), and gave her a waxing. She looks so pretty, and runs beautifully. LOVE. HER.

Not only did I have the excitement of a quilt finish this week, along with a spectacular anniversary, I completed all of my pre-summer sewing as of Sunday! I mailed out the May, June, and July Modern InstaBee blocks yesterday (Monday). I am so thankful for understanding hive-mates who were willing to decide on their block and fabric colors months early so that I could get their block out to them before my summer commitments arrived (as I would not have access to my sewing machines). Now that worry is no longer a stress for me! *Whew*

May Modern InstaBee Block

May Modern InstaBee Block

June Modern InstaBee Block

June Modern InstaBee Block

July Modern InstaBee Block

July Modern InstaBee Block

I also got a little unexpected sewing in this week. I bought the awesome “Holy Shit Balls Sewing’s Awesome” zippered pouch from Form & Fabric. It’s a huge pouch, but it wasn’t tall enough to hold my large Q-snap hoop. Since I am using this pouch for my cross stitch supplies, I bought some black vinyl from Hobby Lobby and added a 3.5″ finished bottom to it. I even pulled out my serger (whose name happens to be Speedy Gonzales) to make all the edges nice inside. It’s WAY cool.

I LOVE this pouch. LOVE. LURVE. SUPERLOVE.

I LOVE this pouch. LOVE. LURVE. SUPERLOVE.

This is going to be my last To-Do Tuesday post until August. I’ll be taking a break for the summer months, but I still will be writing blog posts throughout the summer. Feel free to keep using the To-Do Tuesday icon if you would like to! I’ll definitely be keeping up with your happenings when I get back to my regular blog reading in two weeks!

I’ve been in such a crunch lately to get things accomplished that I have not had time to devote to blog writing or reading blogs. I have spent minimal time interacting with anyone via Instagram. I feel a bit selfish with my Instagram-post-and-run habit of late. I will get back to my normal interactions in about two weeks! The one thing I love about quilty/sewing people is they totally understand when you have to duck and get. stuff. done.

This weeks list:

  • SPRING CLEANING! Totally late, and SO much to do. I’ll have shriveled “comet-fingers” for the next 5 days and smell like a combination of bleach and lemon furniture polish
  • Celebrate oldest daughter’s 18th birthday and High School graduation.
  • Make fall Doctor appointments for me and youngest two kids.
  • Do NOT forget Ortho Appt. for Kid #2!!

After Summer List:

  • Make Tula Pink’s Moxie Quilt along with Sarah of Georgia Girl Quilts
  • Make the Skillbuilder Scrap Jar & Pincushion blocks. Quilt.
  • Design VQR Quilt back
  • Continue working on the How-To/Tips page for the Brother PQ-1500S
  • Make the April Sugar Block Club block
  • Make the May Sugar Block Club block
  • Make February Bag of the Month
  • Make March Bag of the Month
  • Make April Bag of the Month
  • Make the Go-Go Bag for Callie
  • Decide on Christmas sewing gift list and make a plan for completing projects by mid-November.

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Completed Blocks

I’m actually surprised that I was able to get all of these blocks done this week! So glad to be caught up!!

I’m still challenging myself with the Sugar Block Club fabrics. I wasn’t sure whether I liked this one or not by the time I was done with it. After looking at it for a day or so, I’ve decided this block pretty much rocks. And those points!! Who did that?!?!

March Sugar Block Club

March Sugar Block Club

I finished the 4th block for the 2014 Skill Builder BOM. It looks a lot better in “real life”. The dark fabric is Kona Mulberry… A pretty plum color. It turns out almost black in the picture. In retrospect I probably should have used a lighter colored fabric in the churn dash block, but it will be okay like this.

Skill Builder 2014 Chevron Star/Churn Dash

Sorry for the blurry picture! Skill Builder 2014: Chevron Star/Churn Dash

This past week was our last two blocks for the Vintage Quilt Revival Block-Along. I am SO excited to get this top assembled! These blocks were so much fun to make. Using the Modern Solids fabrics really made these blocks pop!

VQR Exploding Star

VQR Exploding Star

VQR Geometric Star

VQR Geometric Star

Linking up with Sukie — Don’t Ya Know

Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along