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To-Do Tuesday 1-31-17 | Cross Stitching Update

Hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! I am actually going to talk about something other than Project Bags. What??!!! Well, kind of. I did end up completing 9 bags, as you can see in the Gallery below. Big thanks to Amy and Dyani for their orders! The one thing I will say about the bags is that I plan on setting up a page for just Project Bag pictures. Since this is becoming a real thing, I need to have images of them all in one place to refer potential customers to. One of these days I will catch up and have some bags in stock to sell!

My evenings have been spent cross stitching. It has really helped me relax after some super busy days. A few weeks ago I said I would talk about my current WIPs, but didn’t really get around to it. I thought this week’s post would be a good time to write about them, since all of my recent posts have been centered around the Project bags and I think ya’ll would enjoy me talking about something different.

The Burlesque Zombie Portrait from the book Twisted Stitches is my oldest WIP. I started this in 2014 and stopped stitching on it for about a year, picking it up in October of 2016. This is my progress from October of 2016 to January 13, 2017. I work on her the first two weeks of the month, Monday (if I have time after blog writing) through Friday.

I did get the Glendon Place Sleepy Hollow chart, fabric, and specialty threads for Christmas. Yay! I had most of the rest of the DMC floss in my stash. I work on this chart the third week of the month, Monday through Friday. I got so excited working on this chart that I actually bumped my weekend WIP and stitched on this for one weekend instead. Super love this one!

Stitch ALL The Things | Ship's Manor Mystery Town SAL

The fourth week of the month is spent working on the new Ship’s Manor Mystery Town Stitch Along. The first month’s release was the landscape for the mystery town. I am trying to get the landscape around the first building done so that when that is released I can start right in with stitching it. Which means I bumped my weekend WIP for a second time! I am planning on spending the rest of Monday night and Tuesday night stitching it so that I can be ready for the next installment.

My weekend WIP, that I’ve bumped for two weekends in a row, is I Love You So Very Much by Stitchrovia. I really do want to get this one finished, but it does seem the easiest to bump from my rotation.

Care Taker is my BAP (Big Ass Project) that I work on the 5th of every month. This is a very large chart and this is my progress from January 5th. It doesn’t seem like much, but that’s about three hours of work. And I have to frog it all and restart it. It wasn’t until today when I went to take a picture of it that I realized I started on the long side of the fabric, rather than the short side. UGH! So part of my day on February 5th will be be taking all of those out and redoing them. I am so looking forward to that. Not.

Finally, my last WIP is I Cross Stitch by Clouds Factory. I only work on this one when we travel. It’s a lot easier for me to stitch on white aida when I’m in the car and I don’t need my magnifier LED light for this one.
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Those are a lot of WIPs for me, but I am looking to see where I can add in Santa’s Village from Country Cottage Needleworks. I just got all of the patterns and the JABC buttons for it, and I have the fabric and specialty flosses coming from 123Stitch. I am so loving this one, and I can’t wait to start it! So much to stitch, so little time!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work on two Project Bag commissions
  • Create Project Bag page

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To-Do Tuesday 12-20-16 | 2017 Plans

Stitch ALL The Things | Motorcycle Quilt Top

This week I seemed to have a bit of sewing A.D.D. going on. I finished Mister’s quilt top, got the backing cut to size, and cut and ironed the batting. I was all set to baste everything together, but then another project started screaming my name. Normally I can focus on getting one project finished and then working on the next one… but not this time.

Stitch ALL The Things | Beauties and Brains Project Bag

About a month ago I found the Projects Bag pattern on the ByAnnie website. I loved the vinyl front on this bag and knew it would be a fantastic way to organize my cross stitching WIPs. I spied the pattern sitting on my to-do project pile several days ago and had to make one up right away. I used my Alexander Henry Beauties and Brains yardage to make this one, along with Kona Cotton in Aloe and Art Gallery Fabrics Oval Elements in Licorice. I made the extra large bag, so this baby is 16.5″ x 16.5″. Which is perfect for one of my big cross stitching projects in 2017. And that is the perfect segue into my plans for 2017!

Stitch ALL The Things | 2017 Cross Stitch Plans

In 2017 I would really like to make progress with my quilting, bag making, and cross stitch plans. To do this, I came up with a schedule that I think might work. I plan on doing all of my sewing during the day before dinner, and cross stitching in the evenings after dinner. I normally focus on one cross stitch WIP at a time, but I’d like to try doing the rotation thing that I have seen a lot of stitchers do. This year I want to complete my Burlesque Zombie Portrait, so I will keep that in rotation for the first two weeks of the month, Tuesday through Friday. I am super, duper, DUPERTY-DUPER hopeful that Santa is going to put a Sleepy Hollow by Glendon Place chart and supplies under the tree for Mrs. Santa for Christmas and, if so, that will be on the rotation for the third week of the month, Tuesday through Friday. If that’s not under the tree (whimper, whine, whine), then I will work on my Care Taker chart (the zombie nurse) for that week. The fourth week of the month, and any extra days left in the month after that, I will be working on two stitch alongs. The first is Ship’s Manor’s Mystery Town 2017, and the second is from the January 2017 issue of Cross Stitch Collection, Stitch The Seasons. It’s the houses picture in the collage above. The whole chart is in that issue, but I will be stitching only one house per month. I signed up for the Full Coverage on The Fifth event on Stitch Maynia, which means the piece I will work on for that day, is Care Taker (zombie nurse) and I intend to use the whole day/evening to stitch, if it’s possible. No stitching on Mondays, since that is blog writing night. On the weekend evenings, Saturday and Sunday, I will be working on various smaller stitching projects and will post pictures of them as I go along.

Stitch All The Things | 2017 New Quilt Plans

As far as quilting and bag making go, I am dedicating two or three weeks per month to quilting, depending on whether I am going to quilt one of my four already sewn quilt tops, or if I am starting a brand new quilt. I have four new quilts I want to make in 2017. The Bargello quilt for Josh (not pictured), Triple Barnstar by Stitchery Dickory Dock, Pow-Wow Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew, and Shimmer Quilt Pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew. I may try to fit one or two more quilts in for the year, but I am not counting on any quilting during the months of May through July.

For the remaining one to two weeks of the month I will work on a sewing related project. I have 8 bags that I’d like to make this year. Swoon’s Sadie (currently only available through the Bag Of The Month Club, but will be released on Swoon’s website in January), Charlotte City Tote, and Nora Doctor Bag. Sew Sweetness’ Appaloosa bag and Coalition bag (again, part of the Bag of The Month club, release will be in January). Blue Calla’s Boronia Bowler Bag, Emmaline Bags Necessary Clutch Wallet, and another Hippo Hobo Bag.

The last sewing related thing I’d like to accomplish in 2017 is to start sewing apparel again. I want to start small, so my plan is to make the v-neck t-shirt from Craftsy’s Sewing With Knits Class. I’d also like to get a firm grasp of my serger, so I recently bought the Beginner Serger sewing class on Craftsy when it was on sale for $10. I always seem to have trouble getting my serged edges to look right, and I’m hopeful this will help me understand how the serger works and to adjust the tension properly.

Well! That was a rather long post, but it adequately sums up my stitchy plans for 2017. I feel like I have a good combination of bag making/sewing, quilting, and cross stitching planned. I didn’t mention it earlier, but during the summer I will most likely focus on cross stitching. I’ll still bring my sewing machine with me when we go to Oregon, just in case! Do you have specific goals or plans for the new year? If you write it as a separate post, feel free to link that post up as well!

This coming week I intend to make three more project bags and baste the Mister’s quilt. I am not sure that I will get to quilting it over Christmas, but we’ll see.

I wish you Happy Holidays and/or Merry Christmas!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Complete three Project Bags
  • Baste Quilt

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To-Do Tuesday 10-11-16 | A Week of Finishes

Happy Tuesday, friends! It’s time to check our lists and plan for the next week! I am happy to say that I’ve got a couple of finishes to share, and some progress on my cross stitching.

Stitch ALL The Things | The Alpine Quilt

I was thrilled to have finished The Alpine Quilt this past week. After finishing it, I had one day to take pictures and get a Finished Friday post written before the Mister left for Oregon. Since we are in the desert and Fir trees aren’t in abundance, I actually considered taking my quilt and helper kids to some of the stores in town that had their Christmas Decorations up to take a picture. Can you even imagine walking into your local Walmart and seeing some crazy woman trying to take pictures of a quilt near the fake Christmas trees??! It was a crazy moment in my head, for sure. Then I came to my senses and remembered the tree that the town decorates every year for Christmas. As soon as the kids came home from school I shoved them, and the quilt, into the car and headed to the park to take the picture. We won’t talk about the frustration of trying to stay out of the sun, but not stay in the too shady area and then me unknowingly standing on top of a fire ant hill while trying to direct the kids. Did you know that most Arizonans wear flip-flops year round? Sigh. Let’s just end this by saying that I put on quite a frantic display in the middle of town, and that I was able to at least get one successful picture.

I also finished the reversible placemats and the napkins. I wasn’t too thrilled with the ornament side of the placemat, but I absolutely loved the cardinals side of it. And the striped napkins? LOOOOOVE!!

Easy Bind Mug Rugs | Stitch ALL The Things

In case you missed it, my friend, Theresa of The Fig Farm, also posted my guest post tutorial on Easy-Bind Mug Rugs this weekend. If you missed it, you can read the tutorial HERE. I absolutely loved these Halloween-themed mug rugs and they are super quick to make!

Stitch ALL The Things | Whacky Witches in Stitches

Lastly, I have made some progress on my Whacky Witches in Stitches cross stitching. I wanted to get a bit more done on this, but my evenings ended up being much busier than anticipated. Still, I just love this witch and I am very close to being done with this clue.

This week I am going to work on the Christmas Mug Rugs for the Oregon house and think about what project I want to do next. I may have some secret sewing in my future as well.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Make Mug Rugs for Oregon House
  • Continue working on Wacky Witches WIP

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To-Do Tuesday 10-4-16 | Quilting the Alpine Quilt

Happy October! I am so excited that Fall is here! We actually don’t experience too much of a “Fall” season here. No trees full of leaves turning gorgeous shades of red, orange and yellow before falling. No crisp autumn air where you can see your breath in the morning. Nope. It’s pretty much just a warm month. But this year we’re about 10 degrees cooler than usual, and so the beginning of October feels more like the end of October and I am taking that wonderful feeling of it’s-cooling-down-now weather and enjoying the heck out of it! How about you? How is the weather where you are?

Stitch ALL The Things | Flying Geese Diamonds quilting

As far as my to-do list goes, I did finish quilting the Flying Geese Diamond quilt and managed to get the binding sewn onto the front only an hour before writing this. I had a lot of trouble quilting this one.

Stitch ALL The Things | Flying Geese Diamond Block

A lot of the quilting problems seemed to come from a combination of things. The different thicknesses on the quilt from the blocks was a big issues. The weight of the quilt was another. The strain of moving the quilt would pull on the needle and that resulted in a lot of thread shredding. It took me all week to get this quilt finished simply because of my frustration with the constant breakage.

Stitch ALL The Things | Juki TL2200 QVP foot

After quilting one half of the quilt, I decided to check and see if I could raise my foot a little higher to accommodate the various fabric thicknesses. This foot needs the space of the thickness of a credit card in between the foot and the quilt sandwich. I was surprised to find that I had an extra 1/16th to lift my foot up and that made all the difference in the world! I still had a couple of shredded thread breakages, but nothing like when I quilted the first half of the quilt.

Stitch ALL The Things | Alpine Fabric Red Stripe Binding

I had to take a picture of this binding. It is absolutely, amazingly, spectacularly, and wonderfully perfect for this quilt! For ANY Christmas themed quilt, actually. I am so in love with this binding that it made all of the quilting struggles melt away.

Stitch ALL The Things | Halloween Town Stitching

In other stitchy news, I completed the Halloween Town cross stitch pattern. I will make this into a throw pillow as soon as I’m done with the Christmas quilt. I also started working on my Wacky Witches in Stitches WIP again. This is going to be really cute when it’s finished!

Stitch ALL The Things | Wacky Witches in Stitches WIP

This week I will be focused on stitching down the binding on the Flying Geese Diamonds quilt. I also have to come up with a name for it. The Mister is leaving this coming Saturday to go to the Oregon house, so I also want to get the Christmas placemats, napkins, and coasters done this week and send those up with him.

What is on your list this week? Do you have any Fall sewing or Holiday sewing in your plans?

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Binding Flying Geese Diamonds Quilt
  • Make Placemats, Napkins & Coasters
  • Continue working on Wacky Witches WIP

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