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To-Do Tuesday 11-22-16 | A Little Bit Sidetracked

If you are in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving week!! I am sure everyone is going to be busy with holiday prep, so there may not be much to share on our To-Do lists this week. As for my list from last week, I do have a story to tell!

Since I had to wait for my glitter vinyl to arrive for finishing the Hippo Hobo bag, I decided to pull the fabrics for a bargello quilt I want to make my son, Josh, for Christmas. I chose Surf Song from Twist and Turn Bargello Quilts by Eileen Wright. Josh loves the ocean and it just seemed perfect. I haven’t made a bargello quilt before, but I knew I had a bunch of blues and greens in my Kona Cotton stash and I was excited at the possibility of making this for him for Christmas. But. BUT. I didn’t have quite enough fabrics. Then, the fabrics I did have weren’t wide enough because I purchased 1/2 yard pieces to grow my stash and 5/8’s is required for the pattern. Which meant I had to buy more fabrics. And that’s when the lightbulb moment happened.

Stitch ALL The Things | Surf Song Bargello Fabric Pull

Why am I buying and stashing all these fabrics for future projects that, when the time comes to make the new project, I end up having to buy more fabrics for? I have all of this beautiful fabric sitting on my shelves and I’m not making anything with them. My taste in fabrics have changed from when I first started quilting, so there are fabrics I don’t even like any more sitting in my stash. Some fabrics I bought just because it was on sale. Or I bought it because I saw it in a picture and it looked so pretty I wanted it right at that moment. People, this is RIDICULOUSNESS! A destash was in order, and right away. With this train of thought, the course of my entire week changed. I ordered my fabrics for the bargello quilt, and then began pulling bundles and bundles of fabric from my shelves to sell.

Stitch ALL The Things | Destash Prep

If you follow me on Instagram you probably noticed that picture. I set up a separate destash account on Instagram and got to work. Between Tuesday and Friday of last week I organized fabric into piles, came up with prices, took pictures, and prepared draft Instagram posts. On Saturday the destash began and all 88 pictures were uploaded within 30 minutes. The rest of the weekend was tallying purchases, double checking, triple checking, and quadruple checking them. Then sending out PayPal requests, double checking, triple checking, and quadruple checking those. Next up was printing out shipping labels and Monday was double/triple/quadruple checking everything again as I packaged up purchases for shipping. I made it to the post office 10 minutes before the cutoff for their first shipment of the day to Las Vegas. WOO HOO!

ALL The Packages

I’ve got to tell you, that was a pretty intense week of work. But I feel such relief at getting rid of excess and having a better plan of buying what I need when I need it, rather than just collecting fabric. Now I have to turn to Thanksgiving preparation which I completely forgot about with my week of destashing! How crazy is that? The Mister stepped up big time and braved the stores today while I was getting packages done, but we have another trip to make to finish up our shopping. After we get that done, my plan for the week is simply to enjoy my family time and to appreciate and be thankful for all of the many blessings in my life. And with that, I would like to thank each of you who reads this blog and links up when you are able. You all encourage and inspire me and I appreciate that you stop by week after week to share your finishes, your works in progress, your successes, and your not-so-successful projects. This is a wonderful community and I am grateful to be a part of it!

thanksgiving

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Be Thankful

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To-Do Tuesday 9-20-16 | Working on the Flying Geese Diamond Quilt

Happy Tuesday! How are you all coming along with your to-do lists? I am so happy to say that I think my Sewjo is back in full force! We have had a very busy week over here (including an ecstatic newly licensed 16 year old driver in the house), and I still managed to get all of the blocks made for the Flying Geese Diamond Quilt I am sewing up with the Alpine fabric I’ve been itching to play with.

Flying Geese Diamond Quilt blocks

Well… All of the blocks are made, but as you can see I goofed. There were two white tone-on-tone prints in the line and I didn’t want to use those prints with the white background. So I did some Christine Quilty Math and came up with needing two extra red blocks to complete the quilt. Ah… Yeah. But, no. My Christine Quilty Math lived up to its reputation of always being wrong. I ordered extra yardage to make placemats with, and I believe I’ll have enough of the grey with red ornaments print to make two grey blocks. Thank goodness. I am going to take two of the extra red blocks, and the two 10″ white tone-on-tone prints and make a pillow cover with them. Also, I just threw these blocks up onto the “design wall” pretty quickly, and I can see there is some rearranging that needs to be done. But yay for getting all (mostly) of the blocks done!

Flying Geese Diamond Block Seam

I did want to make some comments about this block. I really love how it looks, but i would not recommend using 10″ precuts for it. They are not always cut square, or even at a full 10″. The pinking on the edges is about an 1/8″ deep, and that can really make it difficult to have full seam allowances when your block is already a tiny bit short, as you can see in the picture above. This block also has 6 layers of fabric at the center seam allowance. It makes it a bit thick, but I had no problem sewing it. I think it will be fine to quilt over as well, but I did press all of those seams open because of the bulk.

This week I will finish up the block layout, add two borders (I hate borders, but this quilt needs them), sew the backing yardage together and baste the quilt.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Make two grey blocks
  • Decide on layout and assemble quilt top
  • Sew backing
  • Baste quilt
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To-Do Tuesday 9-13-16 | Time to Bind

Quilt Binding

Yay! I did it! I finished the quilting on the Churn Dash quilt and I couldn’t be more excited. I completely drug my feet getting this quilt done, and I can’t explain why other than I really did seem to lose my energy for this quilt halfway through. I do love the way the quilting turned out on it. Although, the quilting took more time to accomplish than I expected as I had to be very careful not to quilt myself into a corner. I ended up having to stop after finishing each flower swirl motif and plan where the next motif was going to be. I am so happy to be done with the quilting on this one. I sewed the binding to the front and have hand stitched down approximately 1/3 of the binding to the back. Two more evenings of stitching that and I’ll be done. I’m excited to have a Friday Finish post this week!

secret-project

The picture above is a sneak peak of a quick secret project. I promised a friend an easy tutorial for a guest post. I spent Monday sewing and taking photos of the process, and hope to get the tutorial written and pictures edited and uploaded on Tuesday and sent to my friend by Wednesday.

Alpine Fabric by Pink Chandelier

In anticipation of getting started on my Christmas quilt, I pulled out my stack of Alpine fabrics. I can’t wait to get to work on this next quilt!! What have you been up to? Are you getting ready to start any holiday sewing?

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Write guest post
  • Finish stitching Churn Dash binding
  • Start Christmas Quilt
  • Write Finished Friday post
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To-Do Tuesday 8-2-16 | Back In Arizona

Hello, Friends! The Mister and I are back in Arizona safe and sound, and more than a little bit wilty with all this heat. This week is actually cooler, but there are tons of clouds around and that means moisture which means it’s NOT a dry heat. Blech!

OOP Tula Pink Prince Charming

OOP Tula Pink Prince Charming

We’ve settled in a bit since returning, and that means I can get back to sewing things! The Mister and I went to a new quilt shop in town that opened the week after we left for summer. I was impressed with how big their store was. They have a huge selection of fabrics there, and not just quilting cottons either. I love that they carry modern fabrics too! I didn’t really need anything, but found a cute print for a potential bag and, as I started up to the checkout, an out of print Tula Pink fabric caught my eye. It was from her Prince Charming line! And then I found another print from the line. I almost squealed like a little girl, but saved that for after I got into the car. I asked if they had more Tula, but they didn’t. I am so fortunate I found some of this fabric! They are just blenders from the line, but still! So excited!

Destash Haul

Destash Haul

Monday was an incredible Happy Mail day. I received my order from @oneygirldestash_ on Instagram. She had some great prices on great fabrics.
I had not seen the Paint print by Carrie Bloomston of Such Designs for Windham Fabrics before and I thought it would make a fantastic backing fabric. I also got some Newsprint 108″ Wideback by Carrie Bloomston, a charm pack of Volume II by Sweetwater for Moda, and a charm pack of Coral – Queen Of The Sea by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda. I also snagged a fat quarter blender from Tula Pink’s Hushabye line. Included in the package was a fantastic little goodie bag that had a pattern, some 2.5″ squares, and a seam ripper. How awesome is that?! Love shopping her destashes!

Alpine Fabric Line

The mail delivery included even MORE happy mail and this package was from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. I am OVER THE MOON about this new Alpine line by Pink Chandelier for Wilmington Prints. I discovered the line when I received the emailed newsletter from the Missouri Star Quilt Company about a week and a half ago. Not only did I fall head over heels for the fabrics, I also immediately loved the MSQC Flying Geese Diamonds tutorial that showcases this fabric line. I bought everything needed to make the quilt (the Bella Solids layer cake is not shown), with a few minor changes. I purchased the red snowflake print for the border instead of a solid, the Cardinals (holy schmolies, I love those cardinals!) for the backing, and the red stripe for the binding. Because I LOVE a great striped binding! I also bought extra fabric to make reversible quilted placemats (the grey ornaments on one side and the cardinals on the other), and extra of the red stripe fabric to make napkins.

Alpine Multi-Panel Image Credit: Missouri Star Quilt Company

Alpine Multi-Panel Image Credit: Missouri Star Quilt Company

While browsing the line, I noticed this adorable panel. I took a picture of my panel, but it turned out awful so I used the picture from MSQC to really show how cute this is. These deer are too sweet and the cardinals on their backs are just perfect. This whole line matches the living room in the Oregon house perfectly, and I am excited to start making a Christmas quilt for the house and Christmas themed placemats, napkins, and even coasters.

I am chomping at the bit to get working on these Christmas projects, but I need to finish the Churn Dash quilt I started over the summer. So this week I’ll be doing that and getting the kids’ school shopping done. This is our last week of summer and we are going to enjoy it!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work on Churn Dash Quilt
  • School Shopping for Kids
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