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To-Do Tuesday 8-15-17 | Blue RK Blocks

Happy Tuesday friends! A quick post this week since we’ve been so busy lately.
Stitch ALL The Things | Blue RK Blocks

Last week I talked about making Blue RK Blocks (using Heritage Threads’ tutorial found HERE)to send to Craftycop/Jessica on Instagram. These blocks are to be made into quilts for the families of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. I mentioned last week that two quilts were, very sadly, already dedicated to two families. Unfortunately, I was wrong. There was a third officer (chronologically, the second officer) who was killed in the line of duty while on a domestic call. New York State Trooper Joel Davis. I was able to make some blocks this weekend and put them in the mail today to Jessica. Right now her goal is to get enough blocks to make 50 quilts to have on hand and ready for families. Her last count was at 1,235 blocks, just 25 blocks shy of 30 quilts. I hope we end up with enough blocks for 50 quilts, while at the same time that I hope those quilts stay on a shelf collecting dust. Tragically, that’s just not the world we live in. If you’d like to receive more information on this, direct message Jessica on Instagram.

Stitch ALL The Things | Project Bag Stitching Set

Christmas Village

Last week’s bag making wasn’t as productive as I hoped. I made and sent off a Christmas Village bag and Grime guard (I forgot to save a picture of it, but it’s pretty much the same as pictured above). I also cut everything out for three more bags. I’m running a bit behind, due to kid appointments and such, but hopefully can make up some time this week. I’ve got 8 bags to get sewn, we’ll see how well I do with that.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Complete three bag orders.

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To-Do Tuesday 8-7-17 | Back to life…

…Back to reality. Soul II Soul’s lyrics have been playing over and over in my head. Time to get back to work around here!

This week I’ve contacted all of the people who requested bags before I left for the summer, and scheduled all of my sewing onto the calendar. I’ve already pulled fabrics for the various bags, and my once-clean sewing room is already looking like a mess. I’ll be working on these until mid-September, and hopefully after that I can get started on the quilts I want to complete before Christmas.

I did finish my travel cross stitch WIP on the way home from Oregon: I Cross Stitch by Clouds Factory. I stitched it 2 over 2 on antique white jobelan. I changed the red and grey from the called for colors to 498 and 318, respectively. I wanted to get another chart picked out for my travel wip, but after going through my kitted charts I couldn’t make a decision. I have time to figure it out, though. Too many fun charts to stitch, and too little time! I haven’t stitched on anything else since we returned home. Instead, I’ve been incorporating my summer thrift shop finds into my stash and kitting up new charts. Sometimes that’s just as much fun as the stitching!

This week I will be working on making the bags. I’ve scheduled my weekends to be free of all sewing, except for this coming weekend. Last week I hinted at talking about a very important project, and this weekend I will be finally working on that project. If you are on Instagram and follow Crafty Cop (Jessica), you may have seen her organizing a blue Raspberry Kiss block drive using Heritage Threads’ tutorial. She started this as a way to honor our fallen heroes who were lost in the line of duty by making a quilt for their family. She called just for blocks, but the response has been tremendous! Last I saw she has received just over a thousand blocks. She has also had people send in backing, batting, binding, thread, and even money for postage. She has had people volunteer to piece, quilt, and bind the entire quilt, and others who have volunteered to piece and send the quilt off to their local quilters. She has had long arm quilters offer to do the quilting. Even still, others have offered up prizes to help encourage people to make more blocks to send for quilts. I am absolutely amazed by the outpouring of support. I wasn’t able to make anything until we returned home, so now that I’m back I will be getting blocks made and a package of other things put together and sent to Jessica. She has made a point to let us know that she is arranging to have the quilts presented personally by the fallen officer’s local departments (obviously law enforcement and their families are necessarily suspicious of packages sent to them by strangers). Sadly, two of the quilts are already spoken for, as the loss of Officer Miosotis Familia started this movement, and the second quilt will be going to the family of Lieutenant Aaron Allan of Southport, Indiana who was killed in the line of duty on July 27th. I have tremendous respect for our law enforcement officers and I am feeling so sad, and honored at the same time, to be able to participate in this. If you are interested in getting more information, or participating in this, please direct message Jessica/craftycop on Instagram.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Complete two bag orders.
  • Start third bag order.
  • Make Blue RK blocks, package everything up and mail.

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Rules:

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To-Do Tuesday 7-18-17 | Ghoul Tidings & Thrifting Fabrics

Hello, friends! It’s another To-Do Tuesday! Last week’s list consisted of a new cross stitching start, Ghoul Tidings by Plum Street Samplers, and continuing to work on the Master bedroom. We are not having much luck finding the furniture we want at reasonable prices, so this may be something we push off until next summer. I’m leaving it on the list, as we are always on the lookout for furniture to finish up this room.

Stitch ALL The Things | Ghoul Tidings WIP

As far as my cross stitching start, I made a lot of progress! This is for the Salem Not Forgotten stitch along that was started on Facebook and Instagram by some stitchy friends. This SAL is to remember those who were persecuted and killed in the Salem Witch Trials in 1692, as this year is the 325th anniversary. We could choose any piece that referenced that time period, Salem, and/or witches (hopefully incorporating the date within the piece). I chose Ghoul Tidings because I had the digital copy of the 2013 Halloween issue of Just Cross Stitch on my computer and–as this chart was in that issue–I had a chart I could use right away and not have to pay for. I only have two words, the date, another small pumpkin motif and my signature left to do and then this WIP is done. Except for fully finishing it off, which I will do when we get back to Arizona. I am hoping I will have time to finish this tonight, Monday, after I write this post. The lighting won’t be good enough to include a picture of this finish in this week’s post, so it will be in next Tuesday’s post.

Stitch AlL The Things | Goodwill Fabric Find Bag 2

On one of our trips out thrifting, we stopped at a Goodwill in West Salem that had someone’s donated fabric stash. The fabrics were bundled into bags that were $5 each. I picked three bags that I thought had good novelty prints for future bags. Some of the fabrics were JoAnns fabrics, and some were quilt shop fabrics. I thought the Country Blessings print (pictured above) was really cute. There’s a yard of the Country Blessings print, a yard of a great coordinating print (bottom right, but it doesn’t look great in the picture), and a few other half yard pieces.

Stitch AlL The Things | Goodwill Fabric Find Bag 3

I loved the coffee print and the musical prints in this bag. There was one yard each!

Stitch AlL The Things | Goodwill Fabric Find Bag 1

The last bag contained ten 9″ half square triangles made from Riley Blake’s Cottage Garden and what looks like Kona cotton in white. There was also a charm pack of some fabric line that I feel like I should know the name of, but I haven’t got a clue. If you know the name, would you please it in the comments? This also has a 4 yard cut of what feels like Moda Bella fabric, some other charm squares, a little HST made from Grunge, and some 7″ pastel plaid squares. The best part was the quilt as you go piece. I’m not sure what I will do with that, but I just might make a little project bag for me with it!

This week the Mister and I will still hunt for treasures at the thrift stores and furniture stores. I will also have another new cross stitch start. It’s not a large one, so I expect it will be done in a week.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • New cross stitch start
  • Continue working on master bedroom

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To-Do Tuesday 7-11-17 | A Sleepy Hollow Finish

Hello friends, and happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day and were able to check an item or two off of your lists.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow

This past week was a whirlwind for the Mister and I. We spent most days trying to hunt down furniture for the bedroom, with not too much luck. The evenings were spent working hard on Sleepy Hollow to get that finished. I completed it Sunday evening! I have to admit to actually getting a bit teary eyed over it. I loved stitching it, but it was a little sad putting the final stitches in it and knowing it was done.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman

This project introduced me to stitching with silk (the moon is stitched with Caron Waterlilies in Lemon n Lime), metallics (Kreinik), and beading. I was a bit nervous about using the metallics and doing the beading, but quickly got the hang of it. One minor change I made was to switch the stallion’s eye from DMC 304 to red Kreinik. It gave it a great fiery sparkle. I also loved how the Kreinik sparkles on on the stirrup, the saddle, and the bottom of the cape. That stuff is fantastic!

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Beading and Metallics

The border around the scene felt like it took as long to stitch as the scene itself. Eash completed skull, bat, or jack-o-lantern felt like a mini-finish though, so it didn’t feel too tedious. I will note that there is a whole lot of back stitching in this pattern, so if you don’t like backstitching, this is not the chart for you! The chart labels it as a “generous amount of backstitching”. Um… yeah. Most definitely.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Signature

I finished the chart with my signature in the bottom right corner of the scene. It’s a long signature, but I think it’s extremely important to sign and date your work for future generations. So long as those future generations do not donate that hard work to Goodwill.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Hoop Butt

I’m also incredibly proud of the back of the work, also known as the “hoop butt” or “hoop booty”. I made a real effort to keep it as neat as possible. I knew that I would be sending this piece to Jill Rensel for framing, and I wanted to make sure thread tails wouldn’t pop and that there were no threads run across the back that would show through to the front after being stretched and framed. I will post a picture when I get this back. It should be around 12 weeks or so.

This was a super fun stitch. I loved everything about it! For those who like stats:

Chart: Sleepy Hollow by Glendon Place
Fabric: 17″ x 26″ 28 count Lugana in Haunted by Picture This Plus
Finished Stitched Size: 12″ x 17.5″
Stitched: 2 strands over 2 threads
Flosses: Called for DMC and Caron Waterlilies in Lemon n Lime
Started: January 16, 2017
Finished: July 9, 2017
Total Stitching Days: 69

This week’s To-Do list:

  • New cross stitch start – Ghoul Tidings by Plum Street Samplers
  • Continue working on master bedroom

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Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
  4. You do not have to follow my blog to participate, but if you do decide to follow me… thank you! I appreciate it!
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