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To-Do Tuesday 1-5-16 | Happy New Year!

Projects I want to finish in 2016

Projects I want to finish in 2016

2016 is here and I. Am. Ready! I have been having a blast making plans with my Quilter’s Planner and figuring out how and when to accomplish my sewing goals for this year. I filled out the Projects At-A-Glance page with all of my intended projects for the year. With the exception of June and July, I have one quilt to finish and two bags to make each month. I modifed May so that I only have one bag to finish in that month. During the summer I plan on piecing four quilts that I’ve had on my Want-To-Do list for a while, so I’ll have those tops done and ready to quilt after summer. I will be busy this year, but I’m confident that I have not set unrealistic goals.

Cover for my Quilter's Planner

Cover for my Quilter’s Planner

Since last week’s post I’ve accomplished two big things. The first was to make a cover for my Quilter’s Planner. It’s a free pattern designed by Amanda K of What The Bobbin, modified by Stephanie of Late Night Quilter (developer of the planner) and given to those who have ordered the planner.

Inside of Quilter's Planner Cover

Inside of Quilter’s Planner Cover

I chose to use Essex Linen as the “binding” of the cover, and Maker by Art Gallery Fabrics as the main exterior and lining print. The exterior zipper pocket lining and the interior sleeves are made from the Multi Plaid print in Carnelian from Denyse Schmidt’s Florence line. The pockets on the sleeves are Essex Linen. The pattern was very easy to make. I decided to go the extra mile and top stitch all the way around the edge of the cover, rather than just the top and bottom center like the pattern instructed. I figured my new industrial machine could handle it. Wrong. I am not sure if my stitch length was set too small or if my expectation of what this machine can power through was a little too high. Maybe both. But expecting it to stitch easily through zipper ends that have been doubled over in the seam edge of the cover may have been too much. I played with my machine the next day and put it through some paces and it sewed fine. So I’m thinking I pushed it a little too hard. Oops!

Improv Backing for Grungy Windows Quilt

Improv Backing for Grungy Windows Quilt

My second accomplishment for the week was to finish my Grungy Windows quilt backing! I am so thrilled to have that done! It is much bolder than I envisioned, but I think once the quilt is finished the boldness of the back and all of the white on the front will help balance the quilt out. That’s what I’m telling myself anyway. (Right now it looks like I did a patchwork of polyester clothes from 1976…)
Sugar-Block-Club-Button-200

I should admit that I had decided (notice the past tense there??!) against participating in any Block Of The Months or Quilt-Alongs this year. And then I found an email in my inbox from Amy of Stitchery Dickory Dock where she announced her FREE Sugar Block Club 3.0. So… yeah. I’ll be doing that this year. I love Amy’s BOM’s and I’ve done the previous two Sugar Block Clubs. I didn’t want to miss this one! To make it easy on myself, I’ve chosen to use my half yard Cotton + Steel Mochi collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale for this quilt. It’s going to be fantastic!

Have you thought about what you want to accomplish in 2016?
Are you joining any Block Of The Month, Quilt Along or Sew Alongs this year?

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Baste Grungy Windows
  • Quilt Grungy Windows and sew binding to front; start handstitching to back

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To-Do Tuesday 10-13-15 | Quilt Backing Progress

Backing for Grungy WIndows Quilt top.

Backing for Grungy WIndows Quilt top.

Good morning!!  I didn’t finish my quilt backing this past week, but I did make it a little bigger.  I have about another third to add to the bottom portion and then I’m done.  In that bottom third I’m adding a row of the grunge disappearing 9-patch blocks all bordered in Kona snow.  I think that will help bring it all together and match it to the Grungy Windows quilt top.

The to-do list will be the same as last week, since I didn’t get much work done.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Backing for Grungy Windows quilt top
  • Baste Grungy Windows top, batting & backing together
  • Continue with the c25k program. Do the best you can and be satisfied with that!!!

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Rules:

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To-Do Tuesday 10-6-15 | Modern Insta Bee Quilt

Happy Tuesday!! I finally managed to get a post done by Monday evening. Amazing, right? Actually, it really IS amazing because I got caught up watching Tula Pink‘s video series on QNNTV.com. There are 6 of 12 videos posted and I watched episodes four through six tonight. I am blown away by her as a person and as a designer. I was a Tula fan before watching these videos, and after watching them I’m a Tula fan FOR LIFE.

2014 Modern InstaBee Blocks assembled into a top!

2014 Modern InstaBee Blocks assembled into a top!

This past week I got my 2014 Modern Insta Bee Blocks put together. I chose the May Block, Come Together, from Modern Bee — 13 Quilts to Make With Friends by Lindsay Conner. I am thrilled with how the top came out. Not so thrilled with the quality of some of the blocks I received. My blocks were supposed to be 20.5″ unfinished, but I ended up having to trim all of them down to the lowest trimmed block size which was 20″. Not a problem for me with this particular block design, thank goodness!

Grungy Windows Quilt Backing in progress

Grungy Windows Quilt Backing in progress

I started working on a quilt backing for my Grungy Windows quilt. Because the front has a lot of white on it, I decided to go fun, funky, and improv on the back. I grabbed some Kona solids from the shelf, and just started cutting them into big pieces. I put them up on the batting hung on my shelf (my make-do “design wall”) and then started sewing the pieces together. I have part of the top half of the backing done. I will work on finishing the backing this week.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Backing for Grungy Windows quilt top
  • Baste Grungy Windows top, batting & backing together
  • Continue with the c25k program. Do the best you can and be satisfied with that!!!

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. You can link up Instagram photos now! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
  4. You do not have to follow my blog to participate, but if you do decide to follow me… thank you! I appreciate it!
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