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

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 : 4-22-2014

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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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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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