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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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To-Do Tuesday: 3-18-14

Happy Day-After-St.-Patty’s-Day-I-Hope-The-Hangover-Isn’t-Too-Bad-Day! Also, it’s To-Do Tuesday… Already!!!

It seems like this last week just flew by for me. All of the days/weeks are like that lately. I only managed to get a couple of things accomplished, as we ended up spending our days running lots of errands and handling “life” stuff. However, I’m very pleased with what I managed to get done!

March Modern InstaBee Block with borders

March Modern InstaBee Block with borders

I managed to get my “copy” of the March Insta-Bee block done. I added borders to it, because it’s a 12.5″ unfinished block and February’s block was 15.5″ unfinished. I actually had to do the borders twice, because my math was 1/4″ off all the way around. Naturally. One of these days I’ll figure out the quilt maths without wanting to bang my head against the table.

Bye Bye Love Bag

I also completed one of the Bag of The Month Club bags I’ve had on my to-do list since the beginning of the To-Do list. I figured I could whip this puppy up in a day or two. Wrong. I always forget that the starching, ironing, cutting, and fusing interfacing always seems to take forever. Actually, it feels like that’s about 2/3rds of the work in bag-making. It took me two days to get that done (along with all the errand/life stuff), another day to sew, and yet another day to fix an error or two. But I am so pleased with the bag, I don’t even care that the majority of my sewing this week was all about the bag!

Here’s this week’s list… Which means pretty much moving lots of stuff from last week to this week:

  • Make Josh’s dentist appointment. (Don’t forget to arrange for orthodontist to remove wire before and replace after.)
  • Make Week 8 & Week 9 Vintage Quilt Revival Blocks Done Mar 22nd
  • Make March Sugar Block Club Block
  • Finish embroidering blocks for secret quilt
  • Write up How-To Make a Quilt for friend (if any of you know of a great blog tutorial for this, please leave it in the comments for me… no sense repeating the same thing!)Thank you to Quilt Paradigm for directing me to a beginner quilting series!
  • Write Sunday Stash Post Done Mar 22nd
  • 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!