Category Archives: Quilting

To-Do Tuesday 1-9-18 | Josh & Surf Song

Hello, friends! Is it just me or did the first week of the year just fly by? I hope the rest of the year won’t feel the same way!

Stitch ALL The Things | Josh & Surf Song

Last week I had on my list that I wanted to finish binding Josh’s quilt before he returned home. There was an emergency that required us to pick up the kids a day early, so I didn’t get to have it ready for his return. I did have it finished two days later though, and he absolutely loves it!

Stitch ALL The Things | Surf Song

I asked him to take a picture with his quilt, and he couldn’t stop smiling. Normally he is really annoyed with me when I take pictures of him, and more so when I ask him to hold a quilt for me. He can’t stand the quilt pictures. There’s no denying he didn’t mind it today with that big smile on his face. Haha!

This coming week I’ll be working on the final commission that I committed to doing in November. Once this order is complete I will have some time to go through my quilt tops and UFO’s and see what I want to finish, as well as decide if I want to make any new quilts this year (the answer is yes, definitely yes), and what quilt patterns those may be. I forgot to write a Finish Friday post for the Sturgis Quilt, so I have that on my list as well as one for the Surf Song quilt. I also had some secret holiday sewing I did, and I have a Finish Friday post planned for that as well. It’s nice to not have so many deadlines that I can plan on writing extra posts this year, besides the To-Do Tuesday posts!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Bag order
  • Figure out 2018 plans.
  • Finish Friday post

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

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
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To-Do Tuesday 12-19-17 | Happy Holidaze

Hello, friends and Happy Tuesday! I have been busy working on the Surf Song quilt and have not done much else but focus on that since last week. I had to take a few hours on Saturday to write my menu and grocery lists for Christmas and the Mister has gone shopping for us to purchase all of the needed items so I could continue working. I also had to make some more of the Christmas Cookie Bark recipe as everyone here gobbled up the small amount I had left after sending off packages to family members the week prior. Thankfully it’s a VERY easy recipe to whip up!

Stitch ALL The Things | Surf Song Progress

I’m a little over 75% of the way done assembling the Surf Song quilt top. It will not be finished by Christmas. I was hoping to get at least the top done so I could wrap that as a gift, but I may be able to even get it quilted. I won’t have the binding on it by Christmas, but at least now I know it will be put together enough to wrap as a present for Josh.

This is going to be my last To-Do Tuesday post for 2017. I’ve decided that I won’t be posting next week, as I will have all of my kids here for Christmas and will be very focused on them. Since I normally write posts on Monday evenings, I definitely won’t have time for that on Christmas day. My next link up post will be January 2nd. So I will take the opportunity now to wish you Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and a very Happy New Year!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work on Surf Song quilt as much as I can
  • Celebrate Christmas!

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To-Do Tuesday 11-21-17 | Happy Thanksgiving!

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!

Stitch ALL The Things | Sturgis Quilt & Throw Pillows

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.

Stitch ALL The Things | Surf Song Bargello Fabric Pull

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).

Stitch ALL The Things | Cutting Surf Song Strips

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!

Stitch ALL The Things | Merry Xmas 11-19 Progress

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!

Photo Credit: simplylivingbyfaith

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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Rules:

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To-Do Tuesday 11-14-17

Happy Tuesday, friends! Another week has passed and we’re checking our lists from last week and preparing new lists for this week. On my list last week was pressing the backing, batting, and quilt top; basting, quilting, and binding it. I also had working on my Merry Xmas cross stitching progress. Let’s see how I did…

Stitch ALL The Things | Sturgis Quilting Progress

Well, I pressed all the parts of the quilt sandwich, I basted it, and I quilted the big squares of the motorcycle print. I went with a sort of maltese cross design, but it didn’t turn out very well. I looked up the last time I free-motion quilted and it was my Christmas quilt from last year… that I finished in September of 2016. So it has been 14 months since I last did free-motion quilting. To say I am rusty and need to re-learn to keep my foot pedal speed equal with my pushing the quilt around is an understatement. Of epic proportions. Thankfully the Mister is not expecting a perfect quilt and is happy with whatever comes of my reacquainting myself with my sit-down longarm machine. He told me it didn’t matter if the lines were straight enough, since I was going to wash it and it would shrink and get that scrunchy old quilt look I love anyway. Love that man! I still have filler quilting to do around the blocks, and I will work on that this coming week.

Stitch ALL The Things | Prairie Moon Merry Xmas Progress Day 9

As far as my cross stitching, I’ve made some decent progress on it that I am happy about. I’m not sure how much longer it will take me to finish this, but I think maybe a week and a half at the most. I’m loving the creepy Christmas feel this one has. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, to be sure, but it’s definitely mine!

Speaking of Christmas, have you started your holiday crafting? Will you be making gifts this year or shopping for gifts? This year will be a combination of both for me. I am excited to see what you all have been working on!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish quilting and bind the Sturgis quilt.
  • Keep working on Merry Xmas stitching

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Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
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