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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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To-Do Tuesday | 10-7-14

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This past week I have been feeling like I’ve had a cold coming on and it’s made me feel pretty blah. Thankfully, the sewing seemed a bit easy this week.

The two The F Word blocks that Sarah and I worked on this week were Autumn Tints and Windblown Square. See what I mean about easy sewing this week?! Nice!

I opted to work on my Eerie quilt rather than get more of the Sew Together Bags cut out. Like I said, I needed easy sewing this week and trying to figure out what fabrics I wanted to use on the different parts of the Sew Together Bag did not sound like easy work to me. So I got all of the Eerie blocks finished, I cut out the strips for an inner border and an outer border (the dark fabric), and started piecing my left over jelly rolls strips into strip sets and subcutting them into 3″ strips. That will be the middle border between the two darker ones.

I did get the June Sugar Block Club finished this week. I also felt well enough yesterday to finish one of the two Sew Together Bags I had halfway done, and started working on finishing the second one. These came together nicely enough that I should be able to get the others done assembly line style now that I know the process.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Make two F-Word blocks Completed 10/7
  • Sugar Block Club – July Block “Serve”
  • Assemble Eerie quilt top Blocks sewn together, still need to add borders 10/13
  • Christmas gifts: Finish purple/teal Sew Together Bag. Cut out remaining fabric pulls and interfacing pattern pieces

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To Do Tuesday | 9-30-14

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This past week ended up being busier than I expected.  Mister had a need for a webpage here on the website, so the day I had planned for sewing up the June Sugar Block Club block I ended up on the computer updating the website. Since I’m four months behind on the SBC blocks, one more week isn’t going to matter!

I did manage to start working on my Eerie Halloween quilt. Working with a jelly roll and a charm pack from one fabric line means no-brainer sewing and, with the little time I’ve had to work on this, I am enjoying it immensely.

Eerie blocks

Eerie blocks

I also completed two F Word Blocks.  I paper pieced the Wood Lily block, and boy was that tedious.  I also happened to use the same colors in my block as Sarah used in hers, with the exception of the background.  Oops!  I Single White Female her a lot, but this time it was an accident.

Attic Windows & Wood Lily

Attic Windows & Wood Lily

This weekend was spent working on Christmas presents.  I’m making 10 Sew Together bags, so I did a bunch of fabric pulls and was able to get 4 sets cut out.  Two of them that were pictured in the previous To Do Tuesday post are partially sewn.  I am just waiting on my new labels to arrive so that I can finish them.

Here is this weeks To-Do list:

  • Make two F-Word blocks. Completed 9/30
  • Sugar Block Club – June Block “Teach”. Completed 10/1
  • Continue sewing Eerie Halloween Quilt. Completed 10/4
  • Christmas gifts: Cut out remaining fabric pulls and interfacing pattern pieces. I didn’t cut out the rest of the bags, but I did finish one of the bags I had halfway done.

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the 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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To Do Tuesday | 9-23-14

To Do Tuesday Button 200 x 200 How did you do with your To-Do list last week?  I was able to cross off all items except for one. You can see my current F Word blocks and last weeks Sugar Block Club on THIS post. I changed my mind and chose not to start the Rosalie quilt pattern using Indelible fabrics.  I really wanted to get all of my scraps cut and put away so they were no longer taking up space.  I’ve also decided that I’d like to get the Eerie Halloween quilt done before starting the Rosalie quilt.  I just might be able to have a Halloween quilt ready to snuggle under by Halloween! As far as the Christmas gift sewing that was on my list, I am testing out the Sew Together Bag pattern.  I was inspired by a print from Valori Wells’ Cocoon line and so I chose purple, teal, black, grey and cream squares out of my freshly cut scraps to make a patchwork piece for the outside of the bag.  I’ve not gotten very far with it, I’m hoping to finish it this coming weekend.

Sew Together Bag WIP

Sew Together Bag WIP

I also managed to finish the second block in the Clouds Factory Whacky Witches in Stitches stitch-along.  I am loving this Halloween sampler a little more than before with every block that is released.

Whacky Witches Stitch-Along WIP

Whacky Witches Stitch-Along WIP

Here is this weeks To-Do list:

  • Make two F-Word blocks. Completed 9/24
  • Sugar Block Club – June Block “Teach”
  • Start Eerie Halloween Quilt. Started 9/25, completed 6 blocks
  • Continue working on Christmas gifts. Completed all fabric pulls; Partially sewed 2 of 10 gifts and cut out 4 more pattern sets

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the 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 near the top of the page in the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday!
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