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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10 thoughts on “To-Do Tuesday 11-21-17 | Happy Thanksgiving!”
Love your cushions to go with the quilt or pillows I think you call them. I want to do some but like you with the applique haven’t ventured there yet. The Bargello quilt looks perfect for your son.
My husband calls them cushions and I call them pillows, but they’re really the same thing! I’m sorry I forgot to add the linky, it’s there now!
The Sturgis quilt and pillows look great! What a fabulous finish with a few extras thrown in for good measure. The bargello quilt looks very ocean-y! I always think that pattern looks so impressive and difficult – it’s just of those WOW pieces when it’s finished. I wish you and DH a very Happy Thanksgiving! Quiet is really nice, and I’m making a turkey, etc. on Friday just for the leftovers. ~smile~ Roseanne
Thank you!! I saw that bargello on pinterest and had to hunt it down. I was really hesitant to choose this one at first, as they seem so intimidating to me. But this book really helps give great hints/tips/techniques for piecing these so that the strips aren’t wavy, and how to keep everything organized. If I follow the instructions properly, this should turn out nicely! Thank you for the heads up email too, I completely spaced on getting the link for the linky party last night. Ugh!! It’s good to go now, thanks to you!
Hi Christine, you sure got lots done this week! Isn’t it great when the recipients of our quilts really love and appreciate them? I’m sure that you son will love his too. Good luck with the bargello. I’ve never done one either. They are very intimidating. Can’t wait to see how it works out and how it went! Love the Christmas dog. Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you so much! It does make me really happy when the quilts are received with joy. I am trying hard to keep organized with the bargello. Fingers crossed I will keep it up and enjoy the process at the same time! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!
Your Mister’s quilt turned out so awesome! I bet he’s thrilled to have it! I am fascinated with bargello quilts, but I am too intimidated to try one. Your son’s will be gorgeous – such pretty, vibrant colors!
Thank you! He is really enjoying the quilt and the pillow; I finished it at exactly the right time of year!
Love the extra touch of the pillows! So neat that Mister is happy with the quilt and pillows. And that is so neat that your son wants you to make a quilt for him! Not all quilters have that – family who want quilts! I’m happy to say all my family do want quilts. Makes it extra satisfying to make a quilt for a loved one. Your bargello will be great, and your son so happy! Just keep organized and you will be surprised how easily it goes together! It is intimidating at first – all those strips, all that sewing and recutting, but actually you will soon see it is an easy quilt to make! Enjoy your slow paced, quiet Thanksgiving at home! We are having family & friends in and looking forward to it! Cooking starts Wednesday!
Thank you, Sharon! Brad is really enjoying his quilt and the pillows, he has commented on both almost every single night! I really am grateful that my family members do want quilts. I just need to get to sewing more of them, because I have a lot more people to make quilts first! Thank you for your assurance about the bargello. I am really nervous about it, but it does seem that organization is absolutely key. I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend with your family and friends!!