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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.

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up your To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky (below). The link up is open all week!
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That’s it! Now let’s get sewing… or whatever there is to do on your list!

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Sew Much Accomplished! | To Do Tuesday: 5-6-2014

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All of my hard work and [mostly] ignoring social media has paid off!  I finished Mister’s anniversary needlework last night… which was one day before my deadline!  I actually finished quilting the secret quilt and sewed the binding onto the front.  Now I am trying to find some uninterrupted time to hand sew the binding to the back.  I expect to have it done no later than Friday.  Then I can wash it, take pictures and wrap it up a whole week earlier than it’s due.  That’s, like, MAJOR progress on getting a present done before a deadline for me.

I have exactly 17 days left to be prepped for summer.  So this week I’ll also be working on my last two sewing deadlines: the May and June Bee blocks.  I already have fabrics picked out, so I just need to starch/iron, cut & sew them up. After those are finished, the rest of my work centers around a very late spring cleaning and helping Mister with any remaining auto work that needs to be completed.

Hopefully now that I have my evening needlework project completed, I can spend a little time catching up on my blog reading! Hoping you’ve all been well!

This weeks list:

  • Finish binding secret quilt. Wash, dry and take pictures Done 5/8
  • Make May Bee block Done 5/9
  • Make June Bee block Done 5/11
  • Mail all Bee blocks  Done 5/12

After Summer List:

  • 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.

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up your To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky (below). The link up is open all week!
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment!
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That’s it! Now let’s get sewing… or whatever there is to do on your list!

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To Do Tuesday : 4-29-2014

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I’ve been keeping my head down and working hard on my goals!  I was able to get quite a bit of work done on the Mister’s Anniversary present, and I’m feeling a bit of relief that I will actually finish it by the deadline!

The secret quilt has been a different story altogether.  I finally got the backing sewn together, and yesterday prepped all the pieces to be basted together.  That’s when Mister pointed out that while I thought I had 6 blocks across and down, I actually had 5 across and 6 down.  I had a moment of panic when I realized I designed and sewed my backing based on my bad math skills, but it turned out that I simply had to cut about 14″ off one side.  Which sucked, because it meant I unnecessarily added a 13″ white stripe to make sure the quilt was wide enough to begin with.  Ugh.  The backing looks okay, I just REALLY need to start quadruple checking myself.

After a series of absolutely ridiculous mistakes yesterday, I finally got the quilt set up for thread basting, and basted one row before I had to put it away.  I may get another row basted today, but then the rest of the day will be busy with appointments.  Hopefully tomorrow I will finish basting it and start quilting by Thursday.

This weeks list:

  • Finish basting quilt and start quilting by Thursday Done 5/2. 
  • Finish July Bee Block Done 4/30
  • Do at least 3 hours of needlework per day Done and completed anniversary present

To-Do as time allows (before May 22nd):

  • Complete May and June Bee Blocks

After Summer List:

  • Make the Skillbuilder Scrap Jar & Pincushion blocks
  • 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 February Bag of the Month
  • Make March Bag of the Month
  • Make April Bag of the Month
  • Make the Go-Go Bag for Callie

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That’s it! Now let’s get sewing… or whatever there is to do on your list!

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To Do Tuesday : 4-22-2014

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It’s another Tuesday already?! Ack!  Sorry this post is up a bit late.  I was fighting off illness all weekend, and then yesterday it caught up with me.  I ended up sitting on the couch working on Mister’s anniversary gift all day and completely forgot about getting this post done.

This past week, I assembled the secret quilt top, and then designed a quilt back for it this week.  I realized I had not embroidered a label for the back, so a couple of my evenings were spent getting that done.  I got all of the pieces for my back starched, ironed and cut out.  I started assembling it and about 80% of the way through realized that I made an error on my graph paper and the pieced half of the quilt back was four inches off.  I ended up ripping out 86″ of stitching, and ran out of time on Saturday to fix it.  Sunday I was feeling poorly, and with our Easter activities I just never got back to fixing the back of the quilt.

I am down to just 30 days before I am out of sewing time for the summer.  So most of my list is relegated to “after summer” status.  I feel like I am in crunch time, because I have this quilt to finish, Mister’s project must be completed by May 6th (the day before our anniversary), and I HAVE to get my May and June Bee blocks mailed out in May.  And I don’t even know what my May and June Bee mates want for their blocks…  Yikes!  Not to mention I have a lot of deep cleaning and preparation to do for the house before our summer plans get going. I’m stressing just writing this!

Anyway, the list will be short for the next few weeks, as I focus only on those projects that must get done.

This weeks list:

  • Finish making backing for secret quilt  Done 4-23
  • Baste quilt and quilt it
  • Do at least 3 hours of needlework per day Yep!

To-Do as time allows (before May 22nd):

  • Complete May and June Bee Blocks
  • Make the Go-Go Bag for Callie before she leaves for summer vacation
  • Make Megan a Camera Bag before she moves out

After Summer List:

  • Make the Skillbuilder Scrap Jar & Pincushion blocks
  • Design VQR Quilt back
  • Get the May, June, & July InstaBee blocks done and mailed before May 20th
  • Continue working on the How-To/Tips page for the Brother PQ-1500S
  • Make the April Sugar Block Club block
  • Make February Bag of the Month
  • Make March Bag of the Month
  • Make April Bag of the Month

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up your To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky (below). The link up is open all week!
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment!
  3. Please feel free to grab the blog button to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday!

That’s it! Now let’s get sewing… or whatever there is to do on your list!

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