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To Do Tuesday & Weekly Update: 4-15-2014

Happy Tuesday!!

I’ve been quiet on the blog lately, save for these Tuesday posts.  I have a couple of pretty big deadlines headed my way, and I have been spending a lot of my time preparing for them.   We have a daughter graduating from high school in about 40 days and I have been busy making her present.  We’ve been preparing a new-to-us truck for being towed behind the coach (with our motorcycles in the truckbed) for our summer plans. The towing base plates have been installed, and we’ve figured out that we actually can fit the two Magna’s in the back of the pickup bed.  Right now we’re just waiting for the drive-shaft disconnect we’ve ordered to arrive and then we’ll install that on the truck.

Mister’s and my 3rd wedding anniversary is coming up shortly, and he is a huge fan of special handmade gifts.  He is the sentimental/romantical sort.  So I’ve decided to make a special gift for Mister, using a craft I’ve never done before.  In a short time frame.  BECAUSE THAT’S HOW I ROLL.  Seriously.  That’s how I learned to embroider… making a gift for him.  That’s why I learned to quilt… to make a gift for my daughter. So why wouldn’t I choose to learn another craft I’ve never done before and give myself a short window to do it in?  Doesn’t everyone do things that way?  I mean, how else do you learn new hobbies? In my world this is the ONLY way to learn something new. Under pressure. And a lot of it.

A secret project for Mister!

A secret project for Mister!

Having said that, I probably won’t be posting much save for these To-Do Tuesday posts and updates from the previous week’s post.  I am either at the sewing machine or helping Mister with auto work during the day and doing hand/needle work all evening.  If you’re on Instagram, I post a lot on there and that’s pretty much my “bloggy” platform when I don’t have time to type.  So if you’d like to see what I’m up to go check out my IG feed.  Except for Mister. Stay away… there are spoilers there!

I managed to get almost everything done on last week’s list.  I was able to get the Vintage Quilt Revival top put together quickly.  I LOVE it!  It ended up being 88″ x 71″ and the kids had a difficult time holding it up for a picture. I had to set it aside, and I have not had time to design a back for it yet.  I’ll end up using my leftover scraps and FQ’s for the back and I have a vague idea of what I want that to look like.

A finished quilt top!

A finished quilt top!

I got the April InstaBee block sewn and mailed it off today. I also completed a block for myself, for my “souvenier” InstaBee quilt.

April's InstaBee Block

April’s InstaBee Block

I finished embroidering the blocks for the secret quilt several days ago.  However when I started to put them together with the print fabrics to make giant 9-patch blocks, I realized that the pre-cuts I embroidered on were not 10″ square.  Since the edges were pinked, I did not want to try and fudge the blocks in.  My remedy was to find a fabric that matched the color in the embroidered quote, cut the blocks down to 9″ and put a .5″ border around the block. They look SO much better that way! Doing that put me a bit behind on my work, and I just managed to finish the huge 9-patch blocks for the secret quilt today. I’ll be cutting them tomorrow and assembling the top. Can’t wait to show you all what that will look like finished!

There are seven 9-patch blocks there!

That’s seven 9-patch blocks in a pile!

This weeks list:

  • Cut 9-patch blocks and assemble secret quilt top
  • Design and make backing for secret quilt
  • Order more batting
  • Baste quilt & start quilting
  • Do at least 3 hours of hand needlework per day

To-Do as time allows:

  • Make the Go-Go Bag for Callie before she leaves for summer vacation
  • 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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To Do Tuesday: 4-7-2014

Happy Tuesday! I hope you’ve all had an amazing week! I’m posting this a few hours early so that I can link up with Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday.

I was pretty happy to have completed the majority of my list this past week. I moved one item from the “Do when time allows” list to “This weeks list”. I’ve been meaning to make a mini-quilt as a Thank You gift and I simply could not delay sending it out any longer. So I changed my list around to make that a priority.

Mini Disco Quilt

Mini Disco Quilt

This was my first mini-quilt, and I absolutely loved making it!  I used Jaybird Quilts Mini Hex N More rule and with the Mini-Disco pattern. The fabric used was left over scraps of Modern Solids that I used to make the Vintage Quilt Revival blocks. I used Aurifil 50 wt. #2605 for piecing (not pictured), Aurifil 50 wt variegated thread #4648 for quilting, and Aurifil 50 wt #5005 for binding. The backing was my favorite part of the “fairyland” print by DeLeon Design Group for Alexander Henry. The quilt is currently on the way to its intended recipient.I surely hope she likes it!

Love this Alexander Henry "fairyland" fabric!

Love this Alexander Henry “fairyland” fabric!

The Skill Builder Chevron Star/Churn Dash block was quilted early in the week, and then I got to work on the mini-quilt.  By Sunday I was able to get all of the Vintage Quilt Revival sashing and corner stone blocks cut out, and decided on a layout. The pattern does not call for an outer border, but I thought a border in the same fabric, and the same size, as the sashing pieces would really make the blocks look nice. I cut that border out, and right now I have about three-quarters of the quilt top assembled. I should have the top completed by tomorrow. Yay!

VQR final layout, except switched the top left purple cornerstone with the bottom red cornerstone after taking this picture.

VQR final layout, except switched the top left purple cornerstone with the bottom red cornerstone after taking this picture.

Now, on to the lists…

This weeks list:

  • Finish assembling the VQR top, and including borders Done Apr 8th
  • Finish embroidering the last block for secret quilt Done Apr 10th
  • Make the 9-patch blocks for secret quilt Done Apr 14th
  • Make the April Modern Bee Block Done Apr 10th
  • Design the VQR quilt back

Do these when time allows:

  • 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 to this post 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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To Do Tuesday: 4-1-2014

Happy Tuesday! I’m not a big fan of trickery… so there’s no April Fool’s joke laying in wait for you. Just call me Ms. Fuddy-Duddy!

I surprised myself by completing all of the blocks on my list this past week. I didn’t think I was going to accomplish much of anything, since I spent several days helping Mister with more auto work. Turns out I powered out four blocks in three days’ time… and that was with totally messing up all the paper pieces on one block and having to redo them all! I’m really pleased with what was accomplished.

4-1-collage

I also ended up doing a bit more prep work on the secret quilt than I anticipated. I realized I did not have even half of the fabric needed to complete it, so I raided my stash. I was tempted to try and find more of the original fabric I had purchased (Verona by Riley Blake), and I even found a FQ bundle on Etsy. However, I am really trying to sew with only my stash, and of course part of quilting is mixing and matching fabrics! I had a half yard bundle of Bonjour Mon Ami, and selected several pieces from that line to coordinate with the Verona fabric. I posted a picture of them together on Instagram to see if I was thinking right about combining the two lines. I received a resounding YES from quite a few people. One day was spent starching and ironing all the fabrics and then cutting out all of the pieces needed for the quilt. I only have two 10″ squares left to embroider quotes on and I can start assembling the quilt! So excited to get to work on this project. This quilt is THE reason I started quilting! I’ll be able to share pictures and tell the story behind it in the middle of May.

picmonkey-collage

This weeks list:

  • Cut out sashing strips and cornerstones for Vintage Quilt Revival blocks and assemble quilt top Got the pieces cut out and the quilt top about 3/4 of the way assembled.
  • Quilt Skill Builder Churn Dash/Chevron Star block Done Apr 1st
  • Make Mini Quilt to be gifted Done Apr 5th
  • Finish embroidering last two blocks for secret quilt Finished one block, halfway through the last block

Do these when time allows:

  • Continue working on the How-To/Tips page for the Brother PQ-1500S
  • Make February Bag of the Month
  • Make March Bag of the Month

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up to this post 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!


To-Do Tuesday: 3-25-14

Happy Tuesday!!

It may seem odd that I have my weekly To-Do list start on Tuesday. I actually chose Tuesday because I like alliterations. Seriously. Although, when Sunday evening comes around and I didn’t get as much done over the weekend as I hoped to, I’m always happy that I have “an extra day”. Weird, but it works for me!

Helping Mister with some auto work

Helping Mister with some auto work

Speaking of getting stuff done… I didn’t. Well, not as much as I hoped to. Our weeks are pretty interesting around here, with lots of errands to run and some recent automobile projects. I’ll be sewing along on a project, and when Mister calls out for help I come running to his aid. I love being able to help him out, so I don’t mind dropping what I’m doing to provide an assist. Which means that at any given moment during the day I could be up to my elbows in dirt/sawdust/grease or fabric/starch/thread. And most days I end up with a combination of thread and dirt all over my clothes!

March Sugar Block Club Ready to sew pinwheels and paper pieces

March Sugar Block Club
Ready to sew pinwheels and paper pieces

I did manage to finish week 8 and week 9 vintage quilt revival blocks, four total. I also got my Sugar Block Club March block pieces cut out and the the HST’s sewn. Now for this week’s list…

  • Finish up the March Sugar Block Club Block Done Mar 28th
  • Week 10 Vintage Quilt Revival Blocks Done Mar 29th
  • Make Skill Builder Chevron Star & Churn Dash Block Done Mar 30th
  • Finish embroidering blocks for secret quiltCompleted 2 and have 2 left to do
  • Continue working on the How-To/Tips page for the Brother PQ-1500S
  • Make February Bag of the Month
  • Make March Bag of the Month

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up to this post 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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