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To-Do Tuesday 11-6-17 | Ready for Quilting

Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! It’s that time again where we see how we did last week with our goals, and plan what we want to accomplish for the week ahead. On last week’s list I had two tasks: filling the last of the bag orders and pulling fabrics for the Bargello quilt. Both of those tasks were checked off as complete!

The last of the bag orders were finished and mailed off this past week. I loved all of the fabrics I used to make these bags. I have always been fascinated by the Gorjuss girls and I loved the print used for the Gorjuss bag. I also made an Americana bag for one customer, and another customer asked for an Air Force bag (as her father served in the Air Force), and a fall themed bag. It’s easier to sew when you love the fabrics you sew with…and these were all great!

Stitch ALL The Things | Santa's Village Top Row Progress

As far as stitching goes, I finished Mrs. Claus’ Cookie Shop in the Santa’s Village series by Country Cottage Needleworks. The top row is finished, and I love it! I haven’t stitched the cookie button on it yet, and won’t until the entire series is stitched since this project is on a scroll frame. Four houses down, and eight to go!

After I finished the Cookie Shop, I wanted to start a chart I’ve had in my stash for just over a year. I am absolutely over the moon (pun intended!) with the Prairie Moon Crypt Club charts. I only became aware of these charts in the last year, so I missed out on getting them before they became Out Of Print and VERY hard to find. I was able to find three of them for not-quite outrageous prices (but very close to that), and now that the holiday season is coming up on us I decided to get the Merry XMas chart done before Christmas. I started stitching this on 32 count crystal Nocturne Lugana by Picture This Plus. I quickly remembered why I hate the crystal fabric from them… I can’t see the holes! I don’t know how they process the fabric to get the glitter, but it seems like whatever it does seals up the holes on the fabric. I found another 32 count evenweave by Fabric Flair in Smokey Blue that matches the flosses nicely and re-started stitching. I plan to work on this one until it’s finished. I have to note that the model in the picture of the chart shows the dress as being white, but the called for floss is pink. I was surprised at that, but I love the pink enough to keep it, rather than change it to a white. The fact that these flosses are Crescent Colors Belle Soie helped that decision. There was no way I was going to pay for another white floss to replace the pink I had already purchased for this chart!

Stitch ALL The Things | Sturgis Quilt Top

This week I will be working on the Sturgis quilt. I need to press it, get it basted, quilt it, and hopefully have it bound and finished by next Tuesday. I was meaning to take this weekend off resting and relaxing, but the Mister got his annual “we have too much crap and things must be cleaned and purged” feeling going on. There was no way I could sit on the couch spending the day stitching while he was working, so I decided to tackle the sewing room and clean, purge, and re-organize it. I had this on my list to do AFTER completing my holiday sewing, but now seemed as good as time as any. I worked all day on Sunday and Monday in the hobby room, and it looks so much better now. I also found that I had already pulled all of the fabrics for the Bargello quilt, they were sitting in a neat pile under a messy pile of fabric scraps. Oops. At least that task was quickly checked of my list! I really should have taken before and after pictures of the room, but it was a shameful mess and there’s no way I wanted anyone to see that! At least now I won’t be moving piles of stuff from one place to the next while I switch over to quilting. Everything now has a place, and is in its place. Oh the joy to be working in a clean and organized room!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Press, Baste, Quilt, and Bind Sturgis quilt
  • Work on Merry Xmas stitching

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To-Do Tuesday 9-12-17 | Santa’s Village Update

Hello and Happy Tuesday, friends! This past week I kept up with my goals of having 16 bags done by Friday for the large shop order, and three more bags sewn by Monday. I confess to having hand-stitched closed the linings of the 16 bags on Saturday. I wasn’t stuck out in the sewing room though, and since I enjoy hand-stitching so much, it was a very relaxing Saturday. I am not waiting until the end of this week to stitch the linings closed for the last half of the bags. I will be stitching them in the evenings so that I can take pictures of this order by Saturday and have it packaged and ready to mail before Monday.

Stitch ALL The Things | North Pole Post Office

This week my evening stitching time was spent working on the North Pole Post Office from Santa’s Village. I just love the letters hanging from the line. Such a cute chart! So far I’ve finished three of the twelve charts from the series. There are three rows of four houses and I will be stitching one house per month. Which means the top row will be finished in October. Here’s the progress so far…

Stitch ALL The Things | Progress on Santa's Village

This week I will be finishing up the large bag order, and back to work on Ship’s Manor Mystery Halloween Town cross stitch WIP. The sixth clue was released on the 6th, so I want to get that done before I fall behind again.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Continue working on shop order.
  • Stitch Clue 6 of Mystery Halloween Town

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To-Do Tuesday 9-5-17 | Happy Labor Day

Stitch ALL The Things | Live Love Life Project Bag

Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends. I hope you had an enjoyable holiday weekend! We had a busy week here. It didn’t really occur to me that it was a holiday weekend, so we had no plans to do anything special. I did finish the bag order I started last Monday. I’ve made this bag before and had just enough fabric left for one more order. The fabric is Rhapsody Chatter by AdornIt. Super cute, and fun, print!

Stitch ALL The Things | Project Bags In Progress

I also started working on the big shop order. I cut all of the fabric pieces out, all of the interfacing, and got almost everything fused. I ran out of black glitter vinyl, so I couldn’t finish fusing the fleece onto the exteriors of those bags. The vinyl should be arriving in the mail on Tuesday, so the short delay isn’t putting me behind at all. Thank goodness!

Stitch ALL The Things | 222K

The Mister asked me to go on a quick day trip with him up to Flagstaff to do some horse-trading with sewing machines. He had a Singer 24-9 cobbler treadle machine, and several other vintage machines, and a lovely woman was willing to trade her 222K Singer for them. I took Friday off from sewing bags and we ran up there (I made up for the “day off” by sewing on Saturday. Yep…another Saturday working. The LAST ONE! *I hope*). Meeting people you chat with online can be a bit nerve-wracking, but when we met this woman it felt as if we’d been friends for years. Later that evening I was trying to come up with a name for this beauty of a machine. It occurred to me that the previous owner’s name would be absolutely perfect. And so the 222K has been named Mel! She’ll be a good sister to the 221 Featherweight I have named Maye. Mel and Maye. I just love it!

Stitch ALL The Things | Poinsettia Place

As far as cross stitching this week, I finished Poinsettia Place, the second house in the Santa’s Village series by Country Cottage Needleworks. Each chart within the series has a Just Another Button Company button on it, and this one is the cardinal on the roof. I won’t be sewing the buttons on until the entire village is done, but I do like to take a picture of what it will look like once they are sewn on. After I finished this chart I immediately start the third chart, North Pole Post Office. I should be finished with that one by next week!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Continue working on shop order.
  • Stitch North Pole Post Office.

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To-Do Tuesday 3-14-17 | Santa’s Village

Hello, friends! A quick post tonight. I couldn’t take pictures of the bags I’ve made this week, but I made sure to take one of one of my cross stitching WIPs. Santa’s Village is the WIP I work on over the weekends. I love this one so much. I finished Santa’s House and Santa, with the exception of the berries on the wreath and Santa’s eyes. I tried so hard to do french knots, which I’m really good at, but since these were one-strand knots they kept slipping to the back of the fabric. So frustrating. The after re-doing them 5 times the Mister suggested that I use beads. That’s a pretty common substitution in cross stitch. I didn’t want to give up, but decided I was wasting too much time and there are quite a few more french knots called for throughout the pattern. So I ordered some Delica beads. Once I get this piece on some 24″ scroll rods I ordered for it, I’ll put the beads on. Ignore the wavy top border on this, the tension on my Q-Snap is wonky.

Stitch ALL The Things | Santa's Village Cross Stitch WIP

This week I have two more bags to make and then we will be getting ready for a quick trip to Oregon for Spring Break. It will be really busy, so I may not have much progress to show next week. When I get back I’d really like to make a handbag out of some amazing fabric I picked up. I also plan to finish Mister’s quilt and start on the Bargello. I really need to schedule more quilting time into my days, and since the year is already a quarter of the way gone, I don’t want to delay. Summer time comes really quickly and that will take away more time. So no more putting off the quilting!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish commissions
  • Prep for trip

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