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To-Do Tuesday 7-9-19 | Back to Sewing

Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! We are slowly making our way to getting into a routine. After getting the room set up, I saw on the Sew Sweetness Pattern Testers FB group that a new pattern was available to test. I decided that this would be a good way to get started sewing. Unfortunately we’ve had a lot of things going on so it’s been a lot of stopping and starting on this pattern over the past week. The pattern comes in three different sizes, and I cut out fabrics to sew all three. I finally got the largest bag finished on Sunday, and started the medium size on Monday. Tuesday has us out for a special lunch at mid-day, so I know I will be having a late start sewing in the afternoon. I was hoping to be able to finish both the medium and small by Tuesday, but it’s just not going to happen. Looks like a Wednesday finish for me, then photos and tester notes will be sent to Sara Lawson. The deadline is the 15th, so at least I’m not cutting it too close!


I can’t show pictures of the bag I’m testing, but I can show the fabrics I’ve chosen to make the bags out of. I decided on Tula Prints from three different lines: Elizabeth, Fox Field, and Chipper.

Fox Field

Although they are from different lines, the similar colorways should make for a cute bag set. The pattern is due to release later this month, so you all won’t have to wait too long to see these bags. I have to say, I love this pattern and I think the bag will come in super handy. I can’t wait to get these sewn up and my pictures taken so I can start using them!


As far as stitching goes, I did get more of the dress done on the Lady of the Flag by Mirabilia. I am starting my one-week rotation back up, so this is all the stitching I will get done on her this time around. Next time I should be able to start working on some of the flag.

This week’s stitching WIP I will be working on Away We Ride by Blackbird Designs.

This week my plan is to finish the bags for the pattern testing and get my pictures taken and notes sent by Wednesday evening. I also need to get some project bags sewn, so if I could get two or three done by the end of this week I will be very happy!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Sewing: Finish Sew Sweetness bag pattern testing
  • Stitching: Away We Ride

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6 thoughts on “To-Do Tuesday 7-9-19 | Back to Sewing

  1. Hi Christine! Oh, I love that Mirabilia pattern. My SIL originally taught me to cross stitch back in the 90s and then we opened a cross stitch shop. My aunt made all the Lavender and Lace angels as well as many of the Mirabilia patterns. I cannot help but think of her when I see any of these patterns. This will be just beautiful when it’s finished. You’ve got a great start on Away We Ride. ~smile~ Roseanne


    1. Hi Roseanne! This is the first time I’ve tried a Miribilia pattern! It’s HUGE, but it’s so going to be worth it. I’ve seen so many other stitchers work on the L&L patterns and Miribilias and I am always so in love with the work. Your aunt stitched all of the angels?! WOW! That is some intense stitching! I love that you had a cross stitch shop for a time. I know when I share the projects that you know the amount of work that goes into them! Most crafters do, but it’s always extra nice when you have someone who was involved in cross stitch comment as well! Hugs to you and Sue! I hope this week is one of recovery for you both!


  2. I love those Tula Pink fabrics! She is so fabulous with her color combinations, too. I’m looking forward to seeing those bags. But meanwhile, I’m curious — what’s your “one week rotation” all about?


    1. Hi, Rebecca! I really do love Tula’s fabrics and how well she manages the colors. Not to mention that most all of her fabric lines end up matching each other as well. The one week rotation simply means that I will work on one stitching WIP a week, and then “rotate” to the next WIP for the next week. I have about 8 WIPs in a current rotation. So each WIP will get worked on for one week during an 8 week period. I didn’t know anything about “rotations” until joining the cross stitch community. Some stitchers work their WIPs in a rotation, others are “monogamous” stitchers, and then there are those who just stitch on whatever project they feel like stitching on. I was the latter kind of stitcher for a long time, but I ended up with a lot of WIPs after a while. I decided to try a rotation to see if I like working like this or not. The jury is still out for me. I like to get things finished, but then I get bored when I work on a project for too long. It may be better for me to just start working on smaller projects and get finishes more quickly… but where’s the fun in that?! LOL!!


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