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To Do Tuesday 6-6-17 | The Finish That Wasn’t

Hello, friends! The Mister just kindly reminded me that it was Monday evening and asked if I had written my blog post for Tuesday. Um…Nope! Time always seems to go by so quickly when we are here, and I lose track of the days without having the kids’ schedule to follow. At least he was paying attention, so I won’t be scrambling in the morning to get something written and posted. Thank you, Mister!

Stitch ALL The Things | I Cross Stitch

While we were traveling to Oregon I spent the time in the car working on my I Cross Stitch So I Don’t Kill People WIP. I wasn’t quite finished by the time we made it to Salem, but was having such fun that I decided to spend a few extra nights working on it so I could have a finish. I happened to pack another kitted chart for travel in case I made good progress on this one, so I didn’t feel bad about pushing to a finish. On the last evening of working on this, I was so close to being done when I realized that the entire right hand side was off by one stitch to the right, and one stitch too high. I started the top corner round motif wrong, so the rest was off too.

Stitch ALL The Things | I Cross Stitch

I was so mad that I just put all of my stitching away for two days. I finally quit pouting, grabbed my embroidery scissors and started snipping all of the little X’s. Yes, I used scissors despite the rule of “take out your stitching using the same tool with which you stitched it”. I was careful with the scissors and, quite frankly, too irritated at having to rip everything out to be bothered with patiently and gently pulling all of the threads back out with my needle. After having cleaned up the fabric from loose threads and fluff, I folded it and put it away. At this point I have at least two days worth of stitching left on it, and that will fill my travel days back home at the end of summer.

Stitch ALL The Things | Ships Manor Mystery Halloween Town SAL

After putting away I Cross Stitch, I pulled out my Ship’s Manor Halloween Mystery Town Stitch Along (SAL). Parts 1 and 2 had been released, and I have been working on this one trying to catch up before part 3 releases on the 7th. I was hoping to get the house finished before writing this post, but my fingers weren’t nimble enough to accomplish that. I am still happy that I’ve got maybe an hour’s worth of stitching left and then this will be ready for Part 3. I don’t think I’ll start the third part right away though, as I have been itching to get back to work on Sleepy Hollow. I’ve just got the border and the quote left to do on that one, but it’s going to take some time since the border is quite detailed and has beading on it as well.

That’s it for my stitching this week. As far as the house goes, I’ve been chasing Daddy Long Legs down, and we’ve been cleaning up the flower beds here and trimming up the raspberry bushes. This week I’ll be digging out the ridiculous Calla Lillies (that I can NOT stand AT ALL) in the hopes that eventually, someday, maybe, they’ll go away. I hope you are all enjoying the beginning of summer time! I can’t wait to read what ya’ll have been up to!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Catch up on Ship’s Manor SAL
  • Dig up the Calla Lillies

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To-Do Tuesday 2-7-17 | February

Stitch ALL The Things | Halloween Potion Bottles

Happy Tuesday, friends! Not too much to write about this week. Last week was busy with some traveling and my grandmother’s memorial service. The trip to my hometown and back was really quick and I brought a cold back with me. Blech! I did have time to sew a fun Halloween themed bag before I left, and then when I returned I made two grime guards and another Tula Pink bag that was ordered before I left for my trip.

Stitch ALL The Things | Project Bag Tula Pink Astrea

This week I have a twelve bag order and a single bag order that I am currently helping a customer decide which fabrics to use. So a busy week ahead! I hope you all have a great week, and I can’t wait to see what you are working on!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work on Project Bag commissions
  • Create Project Bag page

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To-Do Tuesday 10-18-16 | Apples & Decorations

Stitch ALL The Things | The Slaughter House Bone Yard

Happy Tuesday! It’s time to check our lists and see where we are at. Do we have things we need to take off of our list, for now, as the holidays are approaching? Or do we need to kick it into high gear and add stuff to our list to be ready FOR the holidays? This time of year is a great time to stop and take inventory of what we’ve got going on and what we need to finish by the end of the year!

Stitch ALL The Things | The Drunken Dead

This past week my sewing plans were a bit derailed. While the Mister made the quickest trip to Oregon in the history of quick trips (2 days driving, 1 day there, 2 days driving back), the kids and I busied ourselves with weeding the yard and then putting up our Halloween decorations. I was late this year with that and almost skipped it, but the life-sized coffin that a friend gave me to use for my decor made me pull out the decorations. There was no way I could skip a year after having been given that! It’s awesome! Of course, all of that was done on 95+ degree days, so we were wiped out. We had gorgeous mid-80s weather the day before Mister left, but after that our reprieve from the heat went with him. As soon as he returned the weather cooled down a few degrees and it looks like we’re mid-80s to low 90’s for the next week. I can’t wait until Halloween gets here! The temps only go down after that day!

Stitch ALL The Things | Apple Pie Filling

When the Mister returned home he brought back a bunch of apples that his sister had picked for us from our tree at the Oregon house. To say I was overwhelmed with the amount of apples would be an understatement. I had never cooked with more than 6 apples at one time before in my life! I know nothing about canning, and didn’t even have an apple peeler/corer/slicer. Unless you count two teenage kids, and then I actually DID have a peeler and a corer! And they were fantastic at their job! We got through 2/3rds of the apples before I gave up on all things apple and asked a friend if she’d like the rest. Thank heavens she said YES!

Stitch ALL The Things | Making Apple Butter

We made enough filling for 4 deep dish apple pies, and 2 apple cobblers. I also chopped somewhere between 8 to 10 cups of apples for future apple-y dishes, and I filled my massive crockpot with a large amount of apple slices that became two quart-sized jars of Apple Butter. One ended up in the freezer while the other is in the fridge. I couldn’t remember the last time I had apple butter, but when I tasted this I was thrilled with how it turned out! DELISH!

Stitch ALL The Things | Finished Clue 7 Whacky Witches In Stitches

With our busy week the only thing I managed to get done was to finish the tiny amount of stitching that was left on Clue 7 of Whacky Witches in Stitches. I’ve started working on Clue 8 and I’m still hopeful I can finish this project by Halloween!

This week I am planning on starting a sewing project I can’t say much about yet. I just got the hardware in yesterday, so I can start cutting fabrics and begin fusing interfacing tomorrow. I also plan to continue to work on my Whacky Witches.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Continue Stitching on Whacky Witches
  • Work on secret project

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Eerie Halloween Quilt | TGIFF

A Finished Quilt!

A Finished Quilt!

What a relief to have finished this quilt before Halloween!  Granted, it was just the evening before, but still… I did it!

I wanted to post this Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday post last Friday on Halloween, but the wind was pretty bad last weekend and I could not get decent pictures.  I went a little crazy with the pictures this time, because Halloween decorations were up and I don’t usually have a good place and/or props to take pictures of my quilts.  So this was fun for me!

George (left) and Fred (right) love the quilt!

George (left) and Fred (right) love the quilt! Yes, I’ve named my spiders!

This quilt started as a splurge on a charm pack of Moda’s Eerie fabric line at Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest in Salem, OR when we were visiting there during the summer.  I wasn’t exactly sure what I would do with it until I saw a jelly roll of Eerie on Instagram as part of #thegreatfabricdestash for $25 shipped and realized that the charm pack and the jelly roll would make a quick and easy quilt.  I knew Missouri Star Quilt Co had a YouTube tutorial on using the two together, and I used that as my basic pattern and idea for the border.

Front of Eerie Quilt

Front of Eerie Quilt

This quilt top came together very quickly.  There are no points to match until you start piecing the rows together.  I pieced the quilt top and back on Maye, my Singer Featherweight 221.  The blocks finished at 8″ square.  I added three borders.  The first and third border were made from the Eerie print Haunted Forest in the Toil & Trouble colorway. I used leftover Jelly roll pieces to make the middle scrappy border.  Each border finished at 2.5″. I used 50wt Aurifil thread in Grey, #2605 to piece the front and back.  All the quilting was done with 40 wt. Aurifil in Black #2692.

Back of Eerie Quilt

Back of Eerie Quilt

The back of the quilt was made using Moda’s Moonlight Manor fabric line in the Happy Halloween Words print in Midnight. As usual, I did not order enough fabric, so I added a 4.5″ tall strip of the left over jelly roll strip sets I made for the scrappy border on the front. I also added another print that I ordered on whim (just the week before I made the back) from Quilter’s Square. It’s Gone Haunting in purple by Clothworks. The purple and orange in the print wasn’t a perfect match, but it was good enough. I used the scrappy Jelly Roll strip as my quilt label and embroidered the information directly on the back.

Quilt 'Label'

Quilt ‘Label’

I chose to do crosshatch quilting over the blocks.  At first I quilted the lines really wide, basically an “X” over each block.  When I was finished I realized it needed more lines.  I used my new seam guide with my walking foot and ended up with lines 3″ apart.  It looks so much better.

Crosshatch quilting

Crosshatch quilting

I quilted straight lines half an inch apart in the first and third borders. In the scrappy border I decided to mimic the crosshatch quilting and made an “X” in each square.  I really love how that turned out!

Borders Quilting

Borders Quilting

The entire quilt finished at 63″ x 71″.  I decided to use Kona in Kumquat for the binding.  I wanted to go with a tonal print, but just didn’t have the right hue in my stash.  I also have a lot of different orange Kona half yards in my stash, and I don’t use too much orange in my sewing projects, so this was a good way to make use of the fabric.

If I'm next, I certainly want this quilt with me.  George too.

If I’m next, I certainly want this quilt with me. George too.

I’m linking up with Quokka Quilts for TGIFF

And here’s a gratuitous picture of the Eerie Quilt. Because Tom, Dick & Harry would be sorely displeased if I excluded them… And of course George is always photobombing.

Tom, Dick, & Harry approve.  Of course, George does too.

Tom, Dick, & Harry approve. Of course, George does too.