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To-Do Tuesday 7-21-15 | Headed Home

It’s time for the Mister and me to head back to reality. Sunday was our last full day in Salem, and we dropped by my sister and brother in law’s home for a nice visit. We absolutely love spending time with them and it was a great day. It made it hard for me to want to get back to the motorhome and finish getting it ready for travel.

Fresh Picked Wild Oregon Blackberries

Fresh Picked Wild Oregon Blackberries

Before we got to work readying the coach for travel, Brad and I went out to one of the wild blackberry bushes at the Elks (where we’ve been staying) and picked some of the ripened blackberries there. The blackberries usually don’t ripen for another month or so, but this year the unusually warm temperatures had some of the berries ready for picking. We picked enough to make a cobbler, but since we’re going to be very focused on a healthier lifestyle and losing weight when we get back home I’ll most likely be using the berries in smoothies.

The only way to travel... Coffee in my Badass Quilter's Society travel mug!

The only way to travel… Coffee in my Badass Quilter’s Society travel mug!

We left Salem on Monday morning, and as of this writing are parked at Kla-Mo-Ya Casino in Chiloquin, Oregon. We should reach Lake Havasu by Thursday. We’d appreciate prayers/good thoughts and wishes as we travel. There have been some rather bad weather and fires in the west as of late and we’re hoping to avoid that on our way home.

There are no quilty/sewing photos to share this week. I’ll try to take a better photo of the completed Paradiso top for next week, now that it has all of its borders.

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Travel Safely
  • Unload the motorhome and settle back in at home

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To-Do Tuesday June 9, 2016 | Northwest bound

This Tuesday marks day 18 days of travel for the Mister and I. We have spent only 4 of the 18 days not on the road, so we are ready to be in Mister’s hometown of Salem, Oregon and settled down for the rest of our summer. Mister is tired, having driven over 3300 miles as of Monday afternoon, with about 400 more to go to get us to Salem.

All of the work on the motorhome went well in Iowa, and we left there earlier than expected. We’ve been Northwest bound since leaving the shop there. After leaving Iowa, and headed towards Sturgis, we spent one night in Mitchell, SD. There is a cute shop there called The Pin Cushion. I found some fantastic Timeless Treasures retro fabric depicting newspaper print with hysterical sewing/quilting headlines and articles. That is destined to become a bag! I also purchased a half yard print from Bari J’s Petal and Plume line. Somehow a FQ bundle of Crackle by Kathy Schmitz for Moda also made it into my bag. Strange how that happened. I’d never seen that fabric before, but I loved the colors and the printed texture on the fabric is fantastic. It was destined to be mine! I also bought a yard of a print called Wordplay by Michele D’Amore. I found this at another nearby fabric shop, but didn’t snap a picture of the shop so I have forgotten the name. I do, however, remember another customer who glared at me the entire time I was shopping there. She even purposely blocked my path in an aisle and stared me down. I have no idea what that was about, but I politely said excuse me and stared back at her until she moved so I could pass by. I guess I didn’t look quilter-ish enough for her, and I refused to turn and go another way because I certainly wasn’t going to accept her bad behavior!

Fabric Junction in Sturgis, SD

Fabric Junction in Sturgis, SD

We spent one of those four non-travel days in Sturgis, South Dakota. It is a beautiful town, and they are super busy getting ready for their 75th anniversary. It’s going to be a big year for them, and they expect over a million people this year! Mister lived in Sturgis for a couple years, doing the snowbird thing to Arizona. We’ve talked a lot about moving back there to do the snowbird thing ourselves once my kids have grown up and left the nest. I love the area, but it does put us a bit far away from family. Most likely we’ll end up snowbirding from Salem, OR, where I’ll be close to his family (I’ve claimed them as mine now… they can’t escape me!). While visiting Sturgis, I did find one quilt shop. They had lots of great fabrics, including a quilt kit with Sturgis motorcycle fabric. I snatched that baby up! When Mister saw it he asked, with some trepidation, if the quilt was going elsewhere. I told him NO WAY!! This one is ours. He’s been greatly pleased about that ever since. I think he’s anxious for this quilt to be finished quickly so he can claim it as his own!

Sturgis Quilt Kit created by Fabric Junction

Sturgis Quilt Kit created by Fabric Junction

Along with visiting the quilt shop in Sturgis, I spent the day catching up on laundry and making three more of my 2014 Sugar Block Club blocks. I was rather upset, because my paper piece patterns for August weren’t printed correctly. The first thing I check before printing paper piece patterns is to make sure it prints at 100% with no scaling, but some setting must have been off because when I got the four pieces of the block ready to assemble, they were 6.25” instead of 6.5”. Rather than redoing them, I set my machine for a very small stitch length and used a 1/8” seam allowance. I will have to remember to adust that block for another 1/8” seam allowance when I assemble all the blocks. I don’t like doing that, but I didn’t have an option to print more pattern pieces at the time, and I didn’t want to waste the fabric. I have one block left that is paper pieced (November), but when I checked my printed pattern I noticed it wasn’t printed properly either. Ugh! I did manage to mess up one of the other blocks too (October). The windmill center of the block was actually supposed to be four spools. But when I put the HST’s together I sewed the two different prints together, rather than the same print. So when I cut them in half, each side of the spool was a different color. ACK!! I decided to just keep it as it was, and made a pinwheel with the grey fabrics and had the red triangles as accents. I think it was a happy mistake! No F Word blocks this week. After the paper piecing fiasco, and messing up my blocks, I was just done with sewing this week.

We are currently in Liberty Lake, WA where the motorhome is getting a lube/oil/filter servicing. I’m hoping to visit a few of the quilt shops here, and then we are headed for Oregon and our “home away from home”. We are excited to see our family! I’m not sure if any sewing will get done this week, but if so I may try and finish my Sugar Block Club blocks and get two F Word blocks done.

I hope you are all having a great summer… I am also anxious to get back to WiFi so I can catch up with all of your blogs. I’m draining my data pretty fast, so I am attempting to conserve as much as possible to get me through the month. Have a great week, everyone!!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Print Sugar Block paper piecing NOT TO SCALE!!
  • Finish SBC blocks
  • Two F Word blocks

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To-Do Tuesday 5-5-15 | Binding The Iron Man Quilt

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!! I’ve enjoyed some enchiladas, accompanied by some yummy Dos Equis. I should have had a margarita and may still a little later!

Time to leave the heat behind for summer...

Time to leave the heat behind for summer…

You may have noticed I skipped my To-Do Tuesday post last week. This time of year is particularly busy for the Mister and I, as we are preparing to high-tail it out of Arizona and away from the heat for the summer. I’ve been busy trying to get the Iron Man quilt completed before we leave. I’m really behind on helping get the house and motor home ready since I’m also working part-time this year. So the past couple of weeks I have just put my head down and focused on completing the quilt so I could free up my days off.

Time to bind!

Time to bind!

I completed the quilting on Sunday and sewed the binding to the front. I’m spending the evenings hand-stitching the binding to the back. I’m not in a big rush as it’s not due until June 14th. My goal was to get it shipped by the third week in May and I’m well ahead of schedule and now able to help Mister get everything ready to go.

I was considering putting the To-Do Tuesday posts on hold over the summer again, but since I’m bringing quilting projects to work on over the summer I’ve decided to keep the posts going. I’m bringing Maye, my Singer Featherweight along, and will only be working on making quilt tops. Sarah, of Georgia Girl Quilts, and I will be starting our F Word blocks up again. Woo Hoo! I’ll be finishing my 2014 Sugar Block Club blocks too. I also have a few other pre-cuts I’d like to turn into quick quilt tops. So I should be busy enough to keep To-Do Tuesday going!

How have your projects been coming along? Do you have plans for the summer? I can’t wait to read about them! Speaking of, I’m hoping to catch up on blog reading over the summer too!!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish binding Iron Man quilt
  • Take pictures of quilt for later blog post
  • Go over prep lists
  • Assemble fabric and supplies for summer

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