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To-Do Tuesday 6-23-15 | Starting a New Quilt…

…before finishing the previous one. Because that’s what we quilter’s do! I was all set to finish the border for the 2014 Sugar Block Club quilt, and I cut most of the squares for it. I didn’t have enough of two of the prints, so I had to order them. They won’t be here for about a week and a half, so I had to put finishing that quilt on hold.

I did manage to make two more F Word Quilt blocks. Wild Rose & square and Big Dipper. The colors never come out quite right in the pictures. Those yellows are supposed to be the same color. It’s Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements in Honey. That’s what I get for taking pictures of my finished blocks at different times of the day!

Half-finished Grungy Windows blocks

Half-finished Grungy Windows blocks

I’ve been excited to make something with my two Grunge charm packs and a Kona Snow Jelly roll. I was going to make a simple square in a square (a Grunge square inside white), but decided to have a little more fun. I made a nine patch block with the Grunge charms and cut it into four squares. I decided to border the cut nine patch blocks with the Kona Snow jelly roll strips. I only have the blocks half way done. I keep looking at them and thinking they look a little like stained glass windows. So I’m calling this my Grungy Windows quilt. Hopefully I’ll have a flimsy finish by Thursday! How has your summer been? Have you been able to meet any of your goals? Sewing or otherwise? Or are you just enjoying the beautiful weather?! (That’s a worthy goal too!)

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Grungy Windows flimsy top.
  • Start Paradiso square in a square quilt.

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To-Do Tuesday 5-12-15 | Summer prep

Summer is so close! I’ve been doing the usual cleaning in what is going to be our home away from home. You can see the dogs (one on the couch and one laying on the dash in front of the windshield) are busy helping me too.

Good cleaning job, Mom! We'd appreciate you taking the vacuum monster out of here now.

Good cleaning job, Mom! We’d appreciate you taking the vacuum monster out of here now.

I finished the Iron Man quilt and only have to run the lint roller over it and get those pictures taken. I plan to mail it by next Thurday. Woot-Woot for a quilt finish!! I will write up my blogpost and show more pictures of the quilt after my nephew gets it for his birthday.

Another Quilt Finished!

Another Quilt Finished!

I’ve been busy trying to plan my quilt projects over the summer. I am bringing a few other projects in case I finish all the quilt tops I currently have planned. I found an Elisa’s Backporch Circle Dance pattern with 3.5″ and 7″ crazy curves templates that I bought last summer at a yard sale for $1 (A DOLLAR!!) and I decided that would be a perfect quilt for my Anna Maria Horner Dowry FQ bundle. I also decided to use my Cotton + Steel | Mochi by Rashida Coleman-Hale half yard bundle and make the Tula Pink Snowglobes pattern with it. My fingers are crossed I’ll actually get to these quilts over the summer!

Quilt projects galore!

Quilt projects galore!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finalize sewing projects and pack them up.
  • Take pictures of Iron Man quilt for a later blog post.
  • Deep clean house & prep it for the house sitter.
  • Take kids shopping for summer clothes.

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To-Do Tuesday | 2014 Wrap up | 2015 Sewing Plans

I didn’t mean to stop doing To-Do Tuesdays, much less go almost an entire month without blogging, but the holiday craziness and the new job just got the best of me.

My 2014 was fairly productive. Not as many quilts made as I had planned, but I did do a variety of projects.

Quilts:


The Vintage Quilt Revival top has only been pieced, not quilted yet. The MQG Southwest Individual Charity Quilt top blocks were created by members of our bee, I only sewed the blocks together into a quilt top.

Other Projects:


As I was going through my pictures I realized why I didn’t finish as many quilts as I intended. I was busy sewing other things! I made a set of Leaf hot pads, 10 Sew Together Bags (2 not shown), 6 boxy pouches (1 not shown), 2 purses, a stitched anniversary present for Mister, and a napkin and placemat set. In retrospect, I’m rather happy with my 2014 stitching!

My plans for 2015 are fairly simple. Absolutely no Block-Of-The-Months or Quilt-Alongs no matter how tempting they are to join. I have two BOM’s for 2014 that I still need to finish. I also have 4 quilts I must make; two for my nephews and two for my own children. Yep, it’s true that two of my three kids do not have quilts yet. I must rectify that this year!

I also participated in the Modern InstaBee 2014 last year, and I need to put together my blocks and make that into a quilt. I’d like to get my Vintage Quilt Revival quilted this year too.

I will be continuing to work on my F Word Quilt blocks along with Sarah of Georgia Girl Quilts. As I have time I want to finish my 2014 Sugar Block Club quilt and my 2014 Skill Builder quilt.

My other plan for this year is to join up with Leasa over at Project: Leasa for #SewMyStash2015. I have several fabric collections that I haven’t cut into yet (Hello Indelible!!) and I’d like to make something with them before I become a fabric collector.

That covers my 2014 wrap-up as well as my plans for 2015. As far as To-Do Tuesday goes, I’m currently working on my second Moxie quilt. The top was finished two days ago and I just finished piecing the back today. I work Tuesday through THursday this week, which means no sewing for me until Friday. Then I’ll have five days to get the quilt basted, quilted, bound and washed. I must ship this by the 13th so it will get to my niece in time for her birthday. So that is going to be my sole focus this week!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Moxie Quilt
  • Write To-Do Tuesday post ahead of time
  • Start South Beach Diet and stick with it! Get Healthy!!

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Tuesday : Sew Wonderful!

What a spectacular week!!!

I finished the secret quilt, and I can’t say much about it here now. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll already know what it looks like (from afar-ish). Don’t worry, I took lots of pictures and will be blogging about it in a week or two!

Also, Mister and I celebrated our third Anniversary this past week. I’ve been hinting at a stitching project that has kept me busy every evening, and if you’ve seen my Instagram feed you’ll know that I was working on one of his Anniversary presents. A Love Heart cross stitch pattern from CrossStitcher magazine’s May 2014 issue. This chart can now be found as a digital download at Stitchrovia’s Etsy Shop.

A Cross Stitched gift for Mister

A Cross Stitched gift for Mister

This was my first time cross stitching, and I absolutely love it! I was planning on doing Quilty Stitches over the summer as a way to keep me from going through withdrawals from sewing and quilting. I sort of stumbled across the Love Heart pattern about a month ago when I was looking for other possible patterns I might want to do. So glad I dove into this and got it done. Mister absolutely loves it! Stitched on 14 count white aida, two threads over 1 square. I converted the floss colors from the pinks in the chart to these blues. I used DMC #3756, #3765, and #3766. I kept the same grey that was called for in the chart, DMC #318.

For our anniversary Mister completely surprised me with a Singer 221 Featherweight he found on eBay. He knew I have really been wanting one… I have been looking high and low for one at a reasonable (to me) price. I told him about a month or two ago that I was done looking. I decided that if it was meant to be for me to have a Featherweight, then I would run across it when the time was right. Apparently he took up my mission, and jauntily plopped one in front of me on the morning of our Anniversary while I was making coffee. Not sure if you heard a “squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee” wherever you live on the morning of May 7th. If you did… Uh… Yeah. That was me.

An anniversary present from Mister. He's a keeper!

An anniversary present from Mister. He’s a keeper!

She’s a really great little machine. I was having a hard time naming her. “Helen” kept coming to mind, but I wasn’t really crazy about that. I looked up popular girl names from 1948 (my machine’s birth date), but didn’t find any I liked. I just felt there needed to be a story behind the naming. While lamenting my dilemma, Mister gently asked, “Do you think you would consider my Aunt Maye’s name?” His Aunt Maye meant the world to him. He loved her dearly, and we’re both sad that I never had the chance to meet her. I told him that “Maye” was the PERFECT name! The machine was from Mister, born the same year as Mister, and is named for his favorite Aunt. Perfect!

[Side note: I named my Brother PQ1500S Nouvelle machine “Ellie”. So now I have two machines that when you put both names together are “Ellie Maye”. I can not help but snort-laugh at that.]

Meet Maye! She makes my fabric look pretty!

Meet Maye! She makes my fabric look pretty!

Maye runs GREAT. She’s got pin scratches, and a some scrapes and dings in the paint. Some wearing on the decal, but not much. Whoever had her before put a crapload of new grease onto old grease though, so that was a PITA to clean up. Sometimes she wouldn’t start unless you turned the balance wheel. So I bought her a new belt and now she whizzes right along. We oiled her, lubricated the motor, got a new felt pad (stinky!!), and today I washed her (according to David McCallum’s The Featherweight 221 and I book), and gave her a waxing. She looks so pretty, and runs beautifully. LOVE. HER.

Not only did I have the excitement of a quilt finish this week, along with a spectacular anniversary, I completed all of my pre-summer sewing as of Sunday! I mailed out the May, June, and July Modern InstaBee blocks yesterday (Monday). I am so thankful for understanding hive-mates who were willing to decide on their block and fabric colors months early so that I could get their block out to them before my summer commitments arrived (as I would not have access to my sewing machines). Now that worry is no longer a stress for me! *Whew*

May Modern InstaBee Block

May Modern InstaBee Block

June Modern InstaBee Block

June Modern InstaBee Block

July Modern InstaBee Block

July Modern InstaBee Block

I also got a little unexpected sewing in this week. I bought the awesome “Holy Shit Balls Sewing’s Awesome” zippered pouch from Form & Fabric. It’s a huge pouch, but it wasn’t tall enough to hold my large Q-snap hoop. Since I am using this pouch for my cross stitch supplies, I bought some black vinyl from Hobby Lobby and added a 3.5″ finished bottom to it. I even pulled out my serger (whose name happens to be Speedy Gonzales) to make all the edges nice inside. It’s WAY cool.

I LOVE this pouch. LOVE. LURVE. SUPERLOVE.

I LOVE this pouch. LOVE. LURVE. SUPERLOVE.

This is going to be my last To-Do Tuesday post until August. I’ll be taking a break for the summer months, but I still will be writing blog posts throughout the summer. Feel free to keep using the To-Do Tuesday icon if you would like to! I’ll definitely be keeping up with your happenings when I get back to my regular blog reading in two weeks!

I’ve been in such a crunch lately to get things accomplished that I have not had time to devote to blog writing or reading blogs. I have spent minimal time interacting with anyone via Instagram. I feel a bit selfish with my Instagram-post-and-run habit of late. I will get back to my normal interactions in about two weeks! The one thing I love about quilty/sewing people is they totally understand when you have to duck and get. stuff. done.

This weeks list:

  • SPRING CLEANING! Totally late, and SO much to do. I’ll have shriveled “comet-fingers” for the next 5 days and smell like a combination of bleach and lemon furniture polish
  • Celebrate oldest daughter’s 18th birthday and High School graduation.
  • Make fall Doctor appointments for me and youngest two kids.
  • Do NOT forget Ortho Appt. for Kid #2!!

After Summer List:

  • Make Tula Pink’s Moxie Quilt along with Sarah of Georgia Girl Quilts
  • Make the Skillbuilder Scrap Jar & Pincushion blocks. Quilt.
  • Design VQR Quilt back
  • Continue working on the How-To/Tips page for the Brother PQ-1500S
  • Make the April Sugar Block Club block
  • Make the May Sugar Block Club block
  • Make February Bag of the Month
  • Make March Bag of the Month
  • Make April Bag of the Month
  • Make the Go-Go Bag for Callie
  • Decide on Christmas sewing gift list and make a plan for completing projects by mid-November.

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  1. Link up your To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky (below). The link up is open all week!
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That’s it! Now let’s get sewing… or whatever there is to do on your list!

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