Hello, and Happy Tuesday friends! If you are in the States, I expect many of you are busy preparing for the upcoming holiday feast. I will be having the linkup live this week and next, but I hope you will be enjoying time with those special to you, and working on your projects only if you feel like doing so!
On last week’s list I had noted that I wanted to finish the Sturgis quilt, and start the Bargello quilt. I checked both of those off of my list. I also ended up making two 17″ square pillow forms, and made two 16″ quilted pillow covers from the Sturgis quilt fabrics. When I showed the pillows to Mister, he LOVED them! He seems super pleased with his finished quilt and pillows, and that is always what I hope for when I give someone a quilt. I hope to have a Finished Friday post by this Friday or next.
My son saw the finished quilt for Mister and, once again, pointed out–in a rather sad and pouty voice–that he was the only one in the family who still didn’t have a quilt. He doesn’t know that the Bargello quilt is for him! He requested an ocean-themed quilt; specifically Poseiden’s Trident, but I have never appliqued and am too terrified to attempt something like that for his quilt. Instead, I found the Surf Song quilt pattern from the book Twist and Turn Bargello Quilts by Eileen Wright. I think he’ll like this quilt, especially as he is a soon-to-be Navy man (by this time next year, anyway).
I started pressing and cutting the strips today. This quilt is 96″ x 99″, but I’d like to keep his an XL Twin size in case he can have a quilt with him in A School (after boot camp). So I am omitting one of the 24 colors, and will not be adding all of the called for rows. I am aiming for a 76″ x 94″ finish. A bit bigger than an XL-Twin, but that should work fine anyway. I’m trying really hard to stay organized, since this is my first time making a bargello quilt. Post it notes are everywhere, and I’m stapling fabric snippets to a piece of paper to make a fabric map. Hopefully I won’t lose track of what I’m doing when sewing everything together!
I didn’t get as much stitching done as I expected this past week. I spent most evenings hand sewing the quilt binding down, so I just put the Merry Xmas project to the side. I did finish The Gentleman and added the family pet, Mr. Bones, to the piece. Hoping for a finish this week!
It will be a quiet Thanksgiving for the Mister and I, as the kids will spend the holiday this year with their dad. That still means I will be preparing a full holiday meal for us because we love leftovers! There’s just no pressure to have it on the table by a certain time, and I love that! Also? Cooking and spending the whole day in your comfy clothes (aka Jammies)… AWESOME!! I am thankful for all of you who share what you are working on with me every week. I love seeing all of your progress, and the diversity of projects is wonderful… You all inspire me to keep crafting and creating and I appreciate that very much! Many good wishes to you all for a week filled with lots of food, fun, laughter, and blessings!
This week’s To-Do list:
- Finish cutting out bargello strips, and start sewing the stripsets.
- Keep working on Merry Xmas stitching
- Enjoy Thanksgiving!
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