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.

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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!


Completed Blocks

I’m actually surprised that I was able to get all of these blocks done this week! So glad to be caught up!!

I’m still challenging myself with the Sugar Block Club fabrics. I wasn’t sure whether I liked this one or not by the time I was done with it. After looking at it for a day or so, I’ve decided this block pretty much rocks. And those points!! Who did that?!?!

March Sugar Block Club

March Sugar Block Club

I finished the 4th block for the 2014 Skill Builder BOM. It looks a lot better in “real life”. The dark fabric is Kona Mulberry… A pretty plum color. It turns out almost black in the picture. In retrospect I probably should have used a lighter colored fabric in the churn dash block, but it will be okay like this.

Skill Builder 2014 Chevron Star/Churn Dash

Sorry for the blurry picture! Skill Builder 2014: Chevron Star/Churn Dash

This past week was our last two blocks for the Vintage Quilt Revival Block-Along. I am SO excited to get this top assembled! These blocks were so much fun to make. Using the Modern Solids fabrics really made these blocks pop!

VQR Exploding Star

VQR Exploding Star

VQR Geometric Star

VQR Geometric Star

Linking up with Sukie — Don’t Ya Know

Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along


Sunday Stash: Thrifty Treasures

Ya’ll, I have not been wanting to write any blog posts. I can write 450 bajillion words in a single blog post, but I’ve been too tired to even find the words the past few days.  I took pictures to link up to SEWjo Saturday yesterday.  I downloaded them to my computer and then promptly trashed them.  It just felt like too much work, you know?  Have you been there?  Maybe it’s just me.

Anyyyyywhooooo…. I was going to pass on doing today’s post too.  I just plopped down onto the sofa and figured I should probably check and see what I was supposed to write about.  So that I would not feel bad about not writing about it.  But when I saw what was scheduled for today, I immediately perked up.  I SO have the energy to talk about my fantabulous thrift store find… A serger!!

Singer 14U 44B Serger "Suzie"

Singer 14U 44B Serger
“Suzie”

Years ago I made some adorable lined dresses, (with tulle underskirts and Bolero jackets) for my girls.  I used my mom’s serger and was amazed at how professional the dresses looked. Knowing what a serger is capable of doing, and knowing I was going to delve into apparel sewing sometime this year, I have been keeping my eyes peeled for a serger.  I had one on my Amazon wish list, but was waiting for it to go down in price a bit (it has only gone up… of course). Every time Mister and I went into the thrift shops, I was always looking for a serger.  And I found one at Salvation Army.  For $35.  SERIOUSLY. Yay!

This one sews like a dream!  It is in such amazing condition it makes me wonder if it was really even used.  It had a light coating of dust, hardly any lint, and the cutting blades are nice and sharp.  It only had one needle, so I got a pack of 10 needles from WAWAK.  I also purchased Maxilock thread from them for $1.79 a spool (normally $4.59!).  I’ve had an opportunity to use the serger already… So I removed the old thread spools that came with it, oiled it, put the four charcoal spools on and got to work altering some seat covers for Mister’s truck.  I absolutely LOVE this machine!  I’ve named her “Suzie”.

Red's needles and threads Like... LITERALLY.

Red’s needles and threads
Like… LITERALLY.

I picked up a couple of sewing books from the thrift shop as well.  They were a $1.50 each. I am so thrilled with my thrift store purchases!

Thrift Store Finds

Thrift Store Finds

Linking up with the ever fabulous and always inspirational Molli Sparkles.

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