Happy To-Do Tuesday! I usually like to get this posted by Monday evening, but I spent a very relaxing day with the Mister and decided to postpone blogging until today. Plus, I needed to take pictures and it was too late for good lighting yesterday. I really should put “stop procrastinating” on my list.
This is my honest craft room. I do not do well sewing with a mess surrounding me, and the past few days I’ve just been pulling fabric and tossing it on the day bed (the place where Mister is supposedly able to “rest” while I sew… but has actually become my WIP table). I’ve got my Urban Churn Dash block pieces on the ironing board/mini cutting mat to trim. My actual cutting table is also my sewing table, so I really can’t afford to have a messy room, since it truly inhibits my sewing. Today I’ll be putting away the fabric pulls and straightening everything up so that the only project that’s out is the Urban Churn Dash WIP.
I did get some fabric in this week. I absolutely love Folk Song by Anna Maria Horner, and couldn’t resist the line. I’d like to make a traditional quilt with this one. Possibly just a plain ol’ churn dash quilt, although I’ve a feeling it won’t be “plain” by the time I’m done with it.
I’ve also been ordering half yard pieces of various dark reds and golds to see which would be best for an Iron Man themed quilt. I tried some Timeless Treasures Bias Sketch and it was far too bright. So I ordered some Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons and some Robert Kaufman Quilters Linen. The Quilters Linen pieces I ordered were exactly the colors I was looking for. I was hoping I would like the shot cottons, but I can not stand them. The fabric feels thin and is stretchy. The weave seams a bit loose, and I can literally see my hand through the fabric. I just realized that Fabric.com has a hassle-free, free 30 day return policy, and I am going to use it. I am actually a little shocked at how much I disliked the KF Shot Cottons. Perhaps my expectation of how they would feel was wrong, since I expected a stiffer quilting cotton. I thought they would be more like Alyssa Haight Carlton’s Modern Solids II, and in no way are they similar. Have you used these particular shot cottons before? Did they seem different or the same as I described?
This week I’m hoping to get the pieces for the Urban Churn Dash blocks trimmed and get the blocks (and hopefully the top) assembled. I always struggle with my Flying Geese blocks, so this time I sewed with my needle to one side of the marked line. Big mistake, since my points are right at the top of the block. All of them ended up the same way, so I’m leaving them like they are. I don’t have enough fabric to redo them, so the points will just have to be cut off. I don’t think it will be a major deal once the quilt is done, since all the blocks will have the same look to them.
I also need to write three blog posts, and the next two days are work days. I’m usually not motivated to do much after work, other than feed the family and relax. I’m hoping to not feel so tired this week and get these done and posted. I really did not mean to stop blogging other than once a week after starting work, so I’m going to have to get a lot better about it than I have been!
This week’s To-Do list:
- Finish trimming and assemble Urban Churn Dash blocks
- Write Tula Pink post
- Write mini-quilts post
- Write Moxie 2 Quilt post
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