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To-Do Tuesday 2-24-15 | Best Laid Plans

Well. I had plans to get stuff done this past week. I had three blog posts to write, and a quilt top to finish. I’d like to say I crossed all that off my list. What I did manage to accomplish was nurse the entire family through a sick weekend. Blech!

The Mister became sick with the flu and that kept him down and feverish for about 6 days (he’s still recovering). My daughter caught the same thing, but thankfully seems to be much better tonight. My son and I both became ill with what seemed to be the beginnings of the flu, but we ended up with head colds. It is a huge understatement to say that I was sending up massive amounts of prayer and good thoughts that I would only be sick with a cold?! There is nothing worse than being sick and having to care for everyone else too. I ended up resting for two hours, doing rounds to see how the kids were doing, give meds and feed people and then go rest so I could do it all over again.

By Sunday I was feeling okay-ish enough to sit at the sewing machine and try to make progress on the Urban Churn Dash blocks. Sadly, I didn’t even enjoy the sewing. I just couldn’t let the whole weekend pass without doing something on this quilt. I’m running out of time… again! (Pretty sure that should be my quilty motto.) I managed to finish four of the blue blocks and got all 5 red blocks almost completely done. I need to only sew one more row onto the blocks and they’re all finished. Hoping to get this top assembled this coming week and would love to get the backing sewn and the whole thing basted. Asking too much? Possibly, if we’re going by the last few months’ progress on quilts.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Assemble Urban Churn Dash quilt and make backing. Baste if there’s time. Done 3/1
  • Write Tula Pink post. Done 2/28
  • Write mini-quilts post.
  • Write Moxie 2 Quilt post Done 2/28

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To-Do Tuesday | 9-15-2014

To Do Tuesday Button 200 x 200

To Do Tuesday is back! Yay!  What do you think of the new button? I think it looks so much better than the last one!

Before I go on with this post, I just want to note that I have a giveaway bundle of texty fabric goodness going on until Wednesday night.  To enter, just leave a comment on THIS post.  Winner will be announced on Thursday. Moving on…

I have desperately needed to manage my to-do list since returning from summer vacation. It has been so overwhelming to have all of these projects going on in the back of my mind. Especially since I have had no accountability for getting them done.

Sarah, of Georgia Girl Quilts, has inspired me to start managing my many projects by assigning a day during the week to work on them. That way I will feel like progress is being made with all of my WIPs, rather than pushing a project off to the side in favor of focusing only on one thing.

To catch up, here’s a few things I have been working on:

Whacky Witches Cross Stitch Sampler | F-Word Blocks | Cutting ALL The Scraps

Whacky Witches Cross Stitch Sampler | F-Word Blocks | Cutting ALL The Scraps

Over the summer I bought an Eerie charm pack and just received a matching Jelly Roll I bought from Instagram’s #thegreatfabricdestash. I found a super easy tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company for making a quilt using just one charm pack and one jelly roll, so I guess I’ll be adding “Make a Halloween Quilt” to my to-do list!

Eerie by Basic Grey for Moda

Eerie by BASICGREY for Moda

Here is my schedule for managing projects:

  • Monday: Work on blog post. Free Sew day (right now = cutting scraps)
  • Tuesday: F-Word blocks
  • Wednesday: BOM or Bee blocks
  • Thursday: Current shorter term quilt project (right now = Rosalie Quilt)
  • Friday – Sunday: Christmas gifts
  • Evenings: work on Whacky Witches in Stitches cross stitching

This really seems to be a schedule I can work with.  The days are flexible enough that I can run errands and take care of house stuff with the Mister, while at the same time allowing me to make progress on my WIPs.

Here is this weeks To-Do list:

  • Continue working on cutting scraps into 10″, 5″, 3.5″ or 2.5″ squares.Completed 9/20
  • Make two F-Word blocks Completed 9/18
  • Sugar Block Club – May Block “Joy” Completed 9/19
  • Start Rosalie Quilt
  • Fabric pulls & start sewing Christmas gifts Completed 9/22

 

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Tuesday : Sew Wonderful!

What a spectacular week!!!

I finished the secret quilt, and I can’t say much about it here now. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll already know what it looks like (from afar-ish). Don’t worry, I took lots of pictures and will be blogging about it in a week or two!

Also, Mister and I celebrated our third Anniversary this past week. I’ve been hinting at a stitching project that has kept me busy every evening, and if you’ve seen my Instagram feed you’ll know that I was working on one of his Anniversary presents. A Love Heart cross stitch pattern from CrossStitcher magazine’s May 2014 issue. This chart can now be found as a digital download at Stitchrovia’s Etsy Shop.

A Cross Stitched gift for Mister

A Cross Stitched gift for Mister

This was my first time cross stitching, and I absolutely love it! I was planning on doing Quilty Stitches over the summer as a way to keep me from going through withdrawals from sewing and quilting. I sort of stumbled across the Love Heart pattern about a month ago when I was looking for other possible patterns I might want to do. So glad I dove into this and got it done. Mister absolutely loves it! Stitched on 14 count white aida, two threads over 1 square. I converted the floss colors from the pinks in the chart to these blues. I used DMC #3756, #3765, and #3766. I kept the same grey that was called for in the chart, DMC #318.

For our anniversary Mister completely surprised me with a Singer 221 Featherweight he found on eBay. He knew I have really been wanting one… I have been looking high and low for one at a reasonable (to me) price. I told him about a month or two ago that I was done looking. I decided that if it was meant to be for me to have a Featherweight, then I would run across it when the time was right. Apparently he took up my mission, and jauntily plopped one in front of me on the morning of our Anniversary while I was making coffee. Not sure if you heard a “squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee” wherever you live on the morning of May 7th. If you did… Uh… Yeah. That was me.

An anniversary present from Mister. He's a keeper!

An anniversary present from Mister. He’s a keeper!

She’s a really great little machine. I was having a hard time naming her. “Helen” kept coming to mind, but I wasn’t really crazy about that. I looked up popular girl names from 1948 (my machine’s birth date), but didn’t find any I liked. I just felt there needed to be a story behind the naming. While lamenting my dilemma, Mister gently asked, “Do you think you would consider my Aunt Maye’s name?” His Aunt Maye meant the world to him. He loved her dearly, and we’re both sad that I never had the chance to meet her. I told him that “Maye” was the PERFECT name! The machine was from Mister, born the same year as Mister, and is named for his favorite Aunt. Perfect!

[Side note: I named my Brother PQ1500S Nouvelle machine “Ellie”. So now I have two machines that when you put both names together are “Ellie Maye”. I can not help but snort-laugh at that.]

Meet Maye! She makes my fabric look pretty!

Meet Maye! She makes my fabric look pretty!

Maye runs GREAT. She’s got pin scratches, and a some scrapes and dings in the paint. Some wearing on the decal, but not much. Whoever had her before put a crapload of new grease onto old grease though, so that was a PITA to clean up. Sometimes she wouldn’t start unless you turned the balance wheel. So I bought her a new belt and now she whizzes right along. We oiled her, lubricated the motor, got a new felt pad (stinky!!), and today I washed her (according to David McCallum’s The Featherweight 221 and I book), and gave her a waxing. She looks so pretty, and runs beautifully. LOVE. HER.

Not only did I have the excitement of a quilt finish this week, along with a spectacular anniversary, I completed all of my pre-summer sewing as of Sunday! I mailed out the May, June, and July Modern InstaBee blocks yesterday (Monday). I am so thankful for understanding hive-mates who were willing to decide on their block and fabric colors months early so that I could get their block out to them before my summer commitments arrived (as I would not have access to my sewing machines). Now that worry is no longer a stress for me! *Whew*

May Modern InstaBee Block

May Modern InstaBee Block

June Modern InstaBee Block

June Modern InstaBee Block

July Modern InstaBee Block

July Modern InstaBee Block

I also got a little unexpected sewing in this week. I bought the awesome “Holy Shit Balls Sewing’s Awesome” zippered pouch from Form & Fabric. It’s a huge pouch, but it wasn’t tall enough to hold my large Q-snap hoop. Since I am using this pouch for my cross stitch supplies, I bought some black vinyl from Hobby Lobby and added a 3.5″ finished bottom to it. I even pulled out my serger (whose name happens to be Speedy Gonzales) to make all the edges nice inside. It’s WAY cool.

I LOVE this pouch. LOVE. LURVE. SUPERLOVE.

I LOVE this pouch. LOVE. LURVE. SUPERLOVE.

This is going to be my last To-Do Tuesday post until August. I’ll be taking a break for the summer months, but I still will be writing blog posts throughout the summer. Feel free to keep using the To-Do Tuesday icon if you would like to! I’ll definitely be keeping up with your happenings when I get back to my regular blog reading in two weeks!

I’ve been in such a crunch lately to get things accomplished that I have not had time to devote to blog writing or reading blogs. I have spent minimal time interacting with anyone via Instagram. I feel a bit selfish with my Instagram-post-and-run habit of late. I will get back to my normal interactions in about two weeks! The one thing I love about quilty/sewing people is they totally understand when you have to duck and get. stuff. done.

This weeks list:

  • SPRING CLEANING! Totally late, and SO much to do. I’ll have shriveled “comet-fingers” for the next 5 days and smell like a combination of bleach and lemon furniture polish
  • Celebrate oldest daughter’s 18th birthday and High School graduation.
  • Make fall Doctor appointments for me and youngest two kids.
  • Do NOT forget Ortho Appt. for Kid #2!!

After Summer List:

  • Make Tula Pink’s Moxie Quilt along with Sarah of Georgia Girl Quilts
  • Make the Skillbuilder Scrap Jar & Pincushion blocks. Quilt.
  • Design VQR Quilt back
  • Continue working on the How-To/Tips page for the Brother PQ-1500S
  • Make the April Sugar Block Club block
  • Make the May Sugar Block Club block
  • Make February Bag of the Month
  • Make March Bag of the Month
  • Make April Bag of the Month
  • Make the Go-Go Bag for Callie
  • Decide on Christmas sewing gift list and make a plan for completing projects by mid-November.

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That’s it! Now let’s get sewing… or whatever there is to do on your list!

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Sew Much Accomplished! | To Do Tuesday: 5-6-2014

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All of my hard work and [mostly] ignoring social media has paid off!  I finished Mister’s anniversary needlework last night… which was one day before my deadline!  I actually finished quilting the secret quilt and sewed the binding onto the front.  Now I am trying to find some uninterrupted time to hand sew the binding to the back.  I expect to have it done no later than Friday.  Then I can wash it, take pictures and wrap it up a whole week earlier than it’s due.  That’s, like, MAJOR progress on getting a present done before a deadline for me.

I have exactly 17 days left to be prepped for summer.  So this week I’ll also be working on my last two sewing deadlines: the May and June Bee blocks.  I already have fabrics picked out, so I just need to starch/iron, cut & sew them up. After those are finished, the rest of my work centers around a very late spring cleaning and helping Mister with any remaining auto work that needs to be completed.

Hopefully now that I have my evening needlework project completed, I can spend a little time catching up on my blog reading! Hoping you’ve all been well!

This weeks list:

  • Finish binding secret quilt. Wash, dry and take pictures Done 5/8
  • Make May Bee block Done 5/9
  • Make June Bee block Done 5/11
  • Mail all Bee blocks  Done 5/12

After Summer List:

  • Make the Skillbuilder Scrap Jar & Pincushion blocks. Quilt.
  • Design VQR Quilt back
  • Continue working on the How-To/Tips page for the Brother PQ-1500S
  • Make the April Sugar Block Club block
  • Make the May Sugar Block Club block
  • Make February Bag of the Month
  • Make March Bag of the Month
  • Make April Bag of the Month
  • Make the Go-Go Bag for Callie
  • Decide on Christmas sewing gift list and make a plan for completing projects by mid-November.

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

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  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment!
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That’s it! Now let’s get sewing… or whatever there is to do on your list!

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