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To-Do Tuesday 1-10-17 | Project Bags On The Brain

Happy Tuesday! How is everyone settling into the new year? Have you chosen any projects you want to get done this year? I love watching what you all make throughout the year, and I’m glad you share it here with us!

Stitch ALL The Things | Acacia Project Bag Set

This past week my sole focus was, once again, the Project Bags. I finished up my two orders and sent them off. The feedback I received was awesome! I worked with two fantastic customers to come up with these bags and I love them! If you know Tula, you know the Acacia Raccoon print is rare and hard to find. I had enough in my stash to make this one bag, but that is no longer available. Because, yes, I’m hoarding my last half yard!

Stitch ALL The Things | Elizabeth Project Bag Set

Tula Pink’s Elizabeth line is fantastic for these bags. The 16th Century Selfie print is AWESOME and works perfectly to show through the vinyl front. And that Chain Mail print? Bomb. That’s all I have to say about that!

Stitch ALL The Things | Fox Nap Project Bag Set

The Fox Nap print from Tula Pink’s Chipper line was a big hit, and I’ve made three bags from that fabric. It’s just too cute!

Stitch ALL The Things | Project Bags

Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of the finished bags for the second order, so I don’t have the “pretty” pictures I like to take once an item is finished. However, I did grab a status update picture for my customer of her three bags where two were finished and one was a WIP. So at least there is some record of the bags made!

Stitch ALL The Things | Slytherin Project Bag

I started Danielle/Stitcherista’s Slytherin bag today. I was so close to being done, but dinner time was headed my way and I had to stop to feed the hungry people in the house. That will be finished first thing in the morning and then I start work on a new customer’s bag. Yes! I have another customer! Yay! I am so excited!! Selling the bags in the shop isn’t going to work out quite like the shop or I had hoped for. I don’t see that as a negative thing, and I need to share that the shop owner is an amazing woman and I am so appreciative for her help and encouragement. I believe I am headed in the right direction though, and I am hopeful I can get an Etsy shop up and running within two weeks. I will have some time this week and next to get some bags sewn for it. I’ll share the link here when it’s done!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Project Bag commission
  • Set up Etsy shop
  • Sew bags for Etsy shop

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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 12-13-16 | Two New Starts

TWELVE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!! Happy Tuesday! I thought I’d just give your heart a tiny jolt and remind you to get your tushies in gear and finish up your Holiday shopping! 😉

This past weekend I got all of my holiday cooking done and all packages were shipped off today. I made pure vanilla with my Instant Pot, baked 106 cookies, and made 110 chocolate peanut clusters. I’d just like to say that I am so thankful that USPS lets us print shipping labels at home. The line at the post office was out the door! The Mister and I went in the “Out” and, under the critical eye of every person standing in line who is determined to let NO ONE (us!) cut in front of them, we walked up to the counter where everyone drops off postage-paid packages, dropped our packages off, and sauntered back out of the Out door. Can I confess my feeling of delight at not having to wait? DELIGHTED. (And here I was wondering why karma kept getting me. Attitude much?!)

Stitch ALL The Things | Motorcycle Quilt

Enough of food, on to stitchy stuff! I started working on the Mister’s motorcycle quilt. This was a kit I picked up at Fabric Junction Quilt Shop in Sturgis, SD. The pattern is Mahjongg by Anne Wiens of Sweetgrass Creative Designs. This quilt is coming together really quickly. I have all of the different blocks sewn up, I just need to sew them all together and put the borders on. I put it up on the design wall so the Mister could see what the top was going to look like. Not a great picture, but it’ll do for now!

As far as cross stitching goes, the Burlesque Zombie Portrait is going a bit slower than I expected. I think I’m used to getting stuff done quickly, so this is a good lesson in patience (and, no, God, that is not a request for more lessons in patience!). I am still having fun stitching this one and I am super excited to get to the subject of the portrait!

Stitch ALL The Things | Stitchrovia I Love You So Much

My second new start was Stitchrovia’s I Love You So Very Much pattern. This was my first time stitching on 32 count fabric. I spent Saturday evening trying to grid the fabric. The glitter on the fabric, as well as the super small holes, were a nightmare. It took me two hours just to grid the perimeter and by the time I got to the end I was one cross stitch square short. I was so frustrated. The Mister suggested I just stitch from the middle, and without gridlines. My brain sort of locked up at the thought of that, but as that is how stitchers usually stitch anyway, I decided to give it a go. This progress is from one night of stitching, about two and a half hours worth. It was slow going for me, but my left eye didn’t get all twitchy and I only had to rip out 5 stitches!

I was going to talk about my plans for 2017 and to Stitch from Stash, but I’ve decided to make that a separate post. I should have that up within a week or so.

I hope your holiday season is going well and you are able to take time to savor it!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish piecing quilt top, make backing

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To-Do Tuesday 7-19-16 | Busy Hands Quilts

This week To-Do Tuesday is being hosted by Myra of Busy Hands Quilts. Make sure you head over HERE to link up your posts this week. Also, check out some of Myra’s latest posts. She has started a new Finished or Not Friday linky party that I am excited to start linking up with. She also recently released her Brick Cottage Lane {2} pattern. I love it (and already have it in my pattern library)!!

Kitchen Curtain

I know I promised finished pictures of the house last week, but I wasn’t as ready as I thought. This is our last week here in the house for the summer, so I absolutely will have pictures next week. I did manage to have time to get my sewing machine out of the motor home to make a valance curtain for the kitchen window. I used the Church Cookbook print from the Feed Company line by Sweetwater. I adore all of the little recipes on this curtain, and what better place for it than in the kitchen?! I probably should have put some accent fabric on it to make it pop, but I didn’t want to cover up the recipes.

Those jars!!!

Those jars!!!

Jill, Brad’s daughter in law and one of my favorite people on the whole earth, gave me these vintage Bell mason jars that her dad had at his house. I have to admit to swooning a bit over them. Vintage blue? Glass lids? Ah, yes. And… still swooning.

Reversible placemats made with Feed Company by Sweetwater fabric

Reversible placemats made with Feed Company by Sweetwater fabric

Since I went to all the trouble to pull the sewing machine out, I also decided to make placemats and napkins. I used the Quick & Simple Reversible Placemat Tutorial by Whipstitch to make these. I used the cream and red Labels print from Feed Company by Sweetwater for one side and the Church Cookbook print for the other side.

Placemat Church Cookbook Print

I also made napkins to go along with the placemats out of the red Farmers Plaid print from the Feed Company line. I used the the Make Your Own Cloth Napkins tutorial from Skip To My Lou and chose the mitered corner method. And, seriously, those corners turned out amazeballs!! Brad walked up to me at one point and I told him that he didn’t know it, but he should be totally impressed with what was happening because mitered corners aren’t exactly easy. I love these napkins!

Mitered corner napkins

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Pack up to go home.

Don’t forget to head over to Busy Hands Quilts to link up your To-Do Tuesday post this week.

Next week will be our last guest hosted To-Do Tuesday post for the summer and we will be linking up with Amy of Swimming in a Sea Of Estrogen.

The To-Do Tuesday Summer Schedule:

June 7th: Sarah of Georgia Girl Quilts
June 14th: Myra of Busy Hands Quilts
June 21st: Stitch All The Things
June 28th: Amy of Swimming in a Sea Of Estrogen
July 5th: Stitch All The Things
July 12th: Bernie of Needle and Foot
July 19th: Myra of Busy Hands Quilts
July 26th: Amy of Swimming in a Sea Of Estrogen