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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 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 3-3-15 | Making Progress

Happy Tuesday (actually, Monday evening, but still…Happy Day to you)!!

It felt wonderful to be able to cross things off my list this past week. I finished my Spiderman themed Urban Churn Dash Quilt top and came up with a name for it: Radioactive Consequences. I’m getting really excited about this quilt.

"Radioactive Consequences"

“Radioactive Consequences”

I also finished the quilt back for it, and it turned out better than I imagined. This week my sole focus is going to be this quilt. I plan on basting the quilt tomorrow and then I’ll be ready to start quilting on Friday. I hope to have it bound by next Tuesday so that I can have it in the mail by Wednesday in time for my nephew’s birthday.

Radioactive Consequences Quilt Back

Radioactive Consequences Quilt Back

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Baste the Spiderman quilt Done 3/3
  • Quilt the quilt Done 3/8
  • Bind the quilt

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To-Do Tuesday | Thanksgiving week

How was your week? Did you meet any of your goals?

I was able to complete two more Sew Together Bags for Christmas presents. That’s a total of four finished bags and I have six left to sew. I’m getting closer!

I am loving that red stitching!

I love this bag!

I posted my secret sewing yesterday, the Tudor Bag that I pattern tested for Sara of Sew Sweetness. I can not seem to stop telling everyone how much I love this bag. Including you. I LOVE THIS BAG.

I received all the blocks that the Southwest Individual bee made for the MQG Charity quilt. We are finalizing our decision on the layout and I’m hoping to start assembling the top on Friday. Monday, December 1st is still my planned mailing date.

Before getting on with the list, I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Assemble MQG Charity Quilt Top 11/30
  • Enjoy Thanksgiving with my family! (Note to self: Don’t burn the pie crust!!!) SUCCESS!
  • Mail MQG Top by Monday, Dec. 1st. Mailed 12/1

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To Do Tuesday Button 200 x 200

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  4. You do not have to follow my blog to participate, but if you do decide to follow me… thank you!  I appreciate it!

What is your week looking like? Is there a particular goal you are looking to complete in the short term? In the long term?

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