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To-Do Tuesday 10-6-15 | Modern Insta Bee Quilt

Happy Tuesday!! I finally managed to get a post done by Monday evening. Amazing, right? Actually, it really IS amazing because I got caught up watching Tula Pink‘s video series on QNNTV.com. There are 6 of 12 videos posted and I watched episodes four through six tonight. I am blown away by her as a person and as a designer. I was a Tula fan before watching these videos, and after watching them I’m a Tula fan FOR LIFE.

2014 Modern InstaBee Blocks assembled into a top!

2014 Modern InstaBee Blocks assembled into a top!

This past week I got my 2014 Modern Insta Bee Blocks put together. I chose the May Block, Come Together, from Modern Bee — 13 Quilts to Make With Friends by Lindsay Conner. I am thrilled with how the top came out. Not so thrilled with the quality of some of the blocks I received. My blocks were supposed to be 20.5″ unfinished, but I ended up having to trim all of them down to the lowest trimmed block size which was 20″. Not a problem for me with this particular block design, thank goodness!

Grungy Windows Quilt Backing in progress

Grungy Windows Quilt Backing in progress

I started working on a quilt backing for my Grungy Windows quilt. Because the front has a lot of white on it, I decided to go fun, funky, and improv on the back. I grabbed some Kona solids from the shelf, and just started cutting them into big pieces. I put them up on the batting hung on my shelf (my make-do “design wall”) and then started sewing the pieces together. I have part of the top half of the backing done. I will work on finishing the backing this week.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Backing for Grungy Windows quilt top
  • Baste Grungy Windows top, batting & backing together
  • Continue with the c25k program. Do the best you can and be satisfied with that!!!

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To-Do Tuesday 9-29-15 | Up and At ‘Em!

Some progress was made in the sewing room this weekend! Woo to the Hoo!!

New Ironing Board Cover

New Ironing Board Cover

There was some beautiful Kona Snow sitting on my cutting table that needed to be starched, pressed and cut so I could finish my Grungy Windows quilt top. There was a great big pressing board that had stains from previous pressings and starch remains all over it. I did not want to put my white fabric on that, so I found this tutorial and made myself an ironing board cover. Start to finish it was only about an hour and a half to make. And THEN I pressed my fabric and finished my Grungy Windows quilt top!

Grungy Windows Quilt Top, Twin Size

Grungy Windows Quilt Top, Twin Size

Instead of a throw size it is now a twin size quilt, measuring 63″ x 84″. Very happy with how it looks. Now to quilt it! I hope to get a backing made for it this weekend. I also have my 2014 Modern InstaBee blocks that need to be trimmed and sewn into a top. I’d like to get that assembled this weekend too.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Make Backing for Grungy Windows quilt top
  • Sew InstaBee Blocks into a quilt top.
  • Continue with the c25k program. Do the best you can and be satisfied with that!!!

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To-Do Tuesday 7-14-15 | Paradiso Quilt Top

Good afternoon! I’m a little late posting today. The Mister and I had a busy day in Portland, Oregon yesterday, so I didn’t get the post written last night like I should have.

The sign may seem unassuming, but this place is off the charts amazing.

The sign may seem unassuming, but this place is off the charts amazing.

Yesterday I reconnected with a cousin I haven’t talked to in about
18 to 20 years. It was Mister’s first time meeting someone on my side of the family too. We had a great time, and are looking forward to visiting my cousin again next year when we come back to Oregon. I also visited Fabric Depot for the first time. Whoa! That place!!! It’s huge. No lie. I even met an Instagram friend there and if you follow me on Instagram you can see my post over there. The Mister whisked me out of there before I even scratched the surface of the place. He knew I also wanted to visit IKEA, and we didn’t have a lot of time. I really should have saved IKEA for another day as we ran through that place with my mouth hanging wide open in shock and wonder.

So-bad-but-so-good donuts

So-bad-but-so-good donuts

After our 20 minute dash through IKEA, we headed straight for VooDoo Donuts. This place has been on my bucket list of places to go to for a couple years. We bought sinfully delicious donuts here that I can’t even write about without gaining 5 pounds. Mister and I probably gained 15 pounds each just standing in line. The donuts are delicious and after we get back home we are both going on serious diets.

Paradiso Top.  Still need to add the borders

Paradiso Top. Still need to add the borders

Even with last week being very busy I did get my Paradiso flimsy top put together. I still have borders to add to this quilt. I also have borders to add to my Sugar Block Club quilt top. The Mister and I are planning on heading home in less than a week, so I’m not sure that I can get both quilt tops finished. If I do, then I will have completed four quilt tops this summer! That’s quite an accomplishment for me! I’ll be busy quilting them all after we return to Havasu.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Make Borders and Finish Paradiso top
  • Make Borders and Finish Sugar Block Club top

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To Do Tuesday 7-7-15 | Finished Quilt top and a Tutorial

This last week has been a very productive week for me! I finished the Aurifil 2013 Designer of the month quilt top. All of the fabric in this quilt top was left over from a Fat Quarter Shop’s Among The Stars BOM subscription. Every month they shipped fabric to complete two blocks. They shipped so much fabric I was able to get another complete quilt top out of it!! Love that!

Aurifil 2013 Designer of the Month quilt top

Aurifil 2013 Designer of the Month quilt top

I also wrote up and posted a tutorial for the Grungy Windows quilt. I really love how this top turned out. It’s an easy quilt to figure out, and doesn’t really require a tutorial, but what I liked most was being able to show how to make it with pre-cuts. I tend to keep buying pre-cuts even after promising myself I will never buy another pre-cut again. Sigh…

Grungy Windows

Grungy Windows

As far as making my Paradiso square in a square quilt, I’ve only gotten so far as to sort my charms and jelly roll strips and then cut the jelly roll strips into 5″ and 9″ lengths for sewing onto the charm squares. Hopefully this week I will get the blocks finished and sewn into a quilt top. I’ll be using the extra jelly roll pieces to make strip sets for a border when the quilt is done.

Sorting Paradiso charms and Jelly rolls into potential blocks

Sorting Paradiso charms and Jelly rolls into potential blocks

Ready to sew.

Ready to sew.

I still have not written the blog post for my nephew’s Iron Man quilt. So I am aiming to get that done and posted as a Friday Finish post.

The fabric I ordered to finish the border for the 2014 Sugar Block Club quilt came in this week, so finishing that border is also on my list.

Hope you are all enjoying your summer! Happy sewing!!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Make Paradiso quilt blocks and assemble into a top.
  • Write a Friday Finish blog post
  • Make border for the Sugar Block Club quilt top

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