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To-Do Tuesday 2-13-18 | Halloween Town Pillow Finish

Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! This recent week was an interesting challenge for us here at home. Our washing machine decided to reject our demands upon it to clean our clothes. The Mister is a Mr. Fix-It, so after some internet research, taking the machine completely apart and discovering the problem, we ended up buying a new washing machine. And while I can reduce all of that activity to one sentence, it took much longer to do! Thankfully it happened on a visitation weekend for the kids to be with their dad, and I had just finished my two loads of laundry, so no one was inconvenienced by the small amount of down time (or in the way). I am so very grateful for a husband that is able to fix any of our issues so quickly. I am truly blessed!

Stitch ALL The Things | Halloween Town Pillow

Even with that chaos, I managed to get the a throw pillow finished from a cross stitch piece. And… I have a confession of sorts. I have debated sharing this here, on my mostly-quilting related blog, but I finally decided to go ahead and tell you all that I have a YouTube Channel that is focused on my cross stitching. If you’re not a part of the cross stitch community on social media, this may seem really strange to you. Some stitchers make what they call Flosstube vidoes. They are Youtube videos that focus on cross stitching, and some cross stitchers will also share updates on their lives, their families, and/or their other hobbies. I have been watching these videos for about a year, but just started making my own videos about a month ago. I have thoroughly enjoyed making them and participating in the Flosstube community. This pillow I made was done specifically for a tutorial to show some cross stitchers how to make a throw pillow, (for those who have no sewing experience). Anyway, it’s kind of interesting to see the person behind the name, and I thought I’d let you know about those videos in case you wanted to meet the person behind the blog! In my first video I do drop an F-Bomb, and I do mention that I have a potty mouth… But I have tried very hard to edit out any bad language and NOT use that language on any of my other videos. I have the time noted of the F Bomb in the comment section of my first video, so there are no surprises and you can avoid it, if you choose to watch it. Those videos do take up some time, which is why it seems like I’m not getting much done during the week… I am, I just have been a little shy about sharing what I was doing with you who ready my blog.

Stitch ALL The Things | Flosstube

This week I plan to get the Paradiso quilt sandwich basted, and hopefully start quilting it! I also need to finish one more house on my Santa’s Village piece, because I am going to have an epic new cross stitching start to share with you next week. It’s a Chatelaine pattern and I am over the moon excited about it! I wish you all a wonderful week!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Baste Paradiso Quilt
  • Work on the next house in Santa’s Village

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To-Do Tuesday 2-6-18 | Finishing All The Things

Stitch ALL The Things | Cross Stitch Finishes

Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! Another week has passed and I am getting my Sewjo back! Woo Hoo!! I decided to get off my duff and finally get some of my cross stitching pieces fully finished off. I had plans to make mounted flat folds out of two of them, frame four, and make pillows out of three of them. I didn’t get all of them finished, but I did get quite a few pieces done and I’m thrilled with the results!

Stitch ALL The Things | Stitchrovia I Love You So Very Much

Out of the pieces I wanted framed, I only finished two. I couldn’t find the right size frames at Hobby Lobby for two of them, so I will have to order frames online. I did find the perfect frame for the I Love You So Very Much piece (pattern by Stitchrovia). I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to get everything straight in the frame, but it was a lot easier to do than I thought! I cut a piece of acid-free foam core the same size as the glass in the frame, used some Alene’s Tacky Glue to spray the foam core, and then placed a piece of batting on the glue side and trimmed it down to the edges of the foam core. Then I placed the stitched piece on top and used pins to keep it in place while I flipped it over and placed some Stitchery tape down. Then I just pulled the fabric around and pressed it onto the tape. It held everything perfectly in place! I popped it into the frame, put the backing on and called it done. I didn’t put the glass back in, so I will have to be careful to keep it from getting dusty. Especially living in Arizona!

Stitch ALL The Things | Mushrooms Grow In Poop

The second framed piece was a cross stitch chart I started and finished this week. I wanted to join a Mushroom stitch along that was happening over on Instagram, but I don’t exactly like mushrooms. I saw this chart on Etsy and I knew it would be perfect for me! It was a fun quick stitch, and I found the frame at Hobby Lobby when I was looking for supplies for my other finishes. I prepared this one the same way as I did with the I Love You piece, except the foam core was way too thick to fit it all in the frame when I was done. I should have seen that coming! I pulled it all apart (pulling that fabric up from the Stitchery Tape was not easy… that stuff is sticky!), and used acid-free mat board instead. It was a tight fit putting the backing in the frame, but I was able to get it on!

I finished two of the three pillows. I want to do a video tutorial for my Flosstube channel on how to make the third pillow for fellow cross stitchers, so I plan on sewing that pillow this coming week. I had some trouble with the trim on the Halloween Town pillow. I was trying to get the pom-poms to not overlap in the corners, and so I trimmed them at the very ends. BIG mistake! All of my corners were completely empty. I should have known that was going to happen, but my brain just didn’t see that far ahead. There was no way I was going to rip it all out and sew it over again, so I decided to make tassels out of floss and sew them on. I love it better this way!!

For two of the pieces I decided I wanted to do them as mounted flat-folds. I figure I can set them up anywhere around the house during Halloween time this way. I just don’t have room to frame everything. I used a tutorial that Vonna Pfeiffer, The Twisted Stitcher, filmed and made these while watching her video. The stitched pieces are a little wonky here and there, but I’m really happy with how they all turned out!

Whew! That was a lot of crafting this past week, and I feel so happy to have been able to create as I wanted too… And also to have some cross stitch pieces Fully Finished Off (FFO’d)! This week I have one more pillow to make, I need to research a place to buy frames from at a reasonable price, and I would like to get one of my finished quilt tops basted and ready to quilt! Yep, I’m ready to get some quilty finishes done too! I hope you all have had a wonderful week. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been crafting!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Sew Pillow/Tutorial
  • Research Frames online
  • Get Paradiso Quilt Top basted and ready to quilt

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To-Do Tuesday 10-31-17 | A Sleepy Hollow Halloween

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Framed by Rensel Studios

Image from Rensel Studios

Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year, though you wouldn’t know it by looking at my house this year. I was just too tired to take out the decorations. However, I did receive Sleepy Hollow back from Jill Rensel and Crew and that more than made up for the lack of other decorations!

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Frame Choice

Image from Rensel Studios

Working with Jill and Amber was amazing. Their process was very easy, and after I picked out the mats and frame I liked best from the set of three options they sent me, I left the rest up to them… Including their special art work touches. I have to say, I actually requested a different frame than this one, but once I saw the skulls and the spiderwebs on this frame, along with the bone border, I knew this was the frame for this piece. The mats are a black suede, Night Sky tapestry, and Trail Brown regular mat. The flames look like they are chalked on, and they are just amazing. The whole piece framed ended up being 24″ wide by 30″ tall. I absolutely love it, and have it hanging in the living room. This piece is going to be hung year-round. No way am I putting this away after Halloween is over. I should note, these pictures just do NOT do this piece justice, it really needs to be seen in real life.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Framed by Rensel Studio Upper Right Corner

I wanted to show the close up of the flames art work done by Rensel Studio. Above is the upper right corner

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Framed by Rensel Studios Lower Left Corrner

The lower left corner. Absolutely amazing!

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Framed by Rensel Studios Size Comparison

To give an idea of the size of the skulls, I placed a quarter on the frame. This frame was bigger than I expected, but it’s perfect and I love it!

I finally finished the final Hyacinth Bag and sent the set of three off to my cousin. She ordered them from me for Christmas presents for her girls, I hope they (and she!) love them! Now that those are done, I have started on the last few orders I received last week. I finished an order on Monday for a set of 5 grime guards. I happened to make this same set a month or so ago for another customer. I love these fabrics, and they really do make great holiday themed grime guards!

Stitch ALL The Things | Grime Guard Set

This week I pulled out Santa’s Village to try and get back in the stitching mood. It definitely worked! This picture is three days’ progress on Mrs. Claus’ Cookie Shop. I should have this house finished in three more days, and then the top row of Santa’s Village is done! That will be four houses down, and eight to go. I just love stitching on this one, and especially now that the holidays are coming up!

Stitch ALL The Things | Mrs. Claus' Cookie Shop Progress

This week I will be finishing the last three bag orders before I start my quilting and holiday sewing. Did you read that?! This is the LAST WEEK for bags this year!! I am ready to get going on my quilts! Woo Hoo!!

I can’t wait to see what you’ve all been working on this week. I appreciate you all linking up every week with me and helping me stay focused on my list and my goals for the week. It’s always a joy to see what you all are working on, and your goals for the week!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work last four commissioned orders
  • Pull Fabrics for Bargello Quilt

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To-Do Tuesday 10-24-17 | Hitting The Wall

Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! How did you do with your projects last week? I have to admit, I hit the wall creatively and really struggled with getting my stuff done.

Stitch ALL The Things | Kitty Hyacinth Bag

I didn’t do any cross stitching at all, I just spent the evenings feeling a bit zoned out and tired. I managed to finish one Hyacinth Bag (better picture to come when all three bags are finished), but forced myself to work on the weekends. I didn’t feel like I was taking time away from Mister, as I barely spent two and a half days in the sewing room during the work week. Instead, we ended up running errands and I gave myself permission to rest a bit from the bag making. These Hyacinth Bags weren’t on a hard deadline, so I felt a little breathing room was okay. Especially because I didn’t have any other upcoming bag orders, other than my own intention to make extra bags to sell this week. Big mistake!

Stitch ALL The Things | Beauty & Brains Project Bag

The Mister and I decided to take a rare nap on Wednesday, and as we were drifting off to sleep I told him of my plans to stop taking commissioned orders by November 1st, as I really needed to schedule time to get my Christmas sewing done. I told him I had not received orders for two weeks via the website, so it was probably a good time to remove the order form from the web page and put up a notice that commissions would not be taken until after January 2018. He agreed, and when we woke up from our nap an hour later I found that I had two orders. I received two more that evening, and one more a day later. I had to laugh at that! I changed my plans from sewing extra bags to put up for sale, to finishing these last commissioned orders. I finished one of them, a zip top project bag in the Beauty and Brains print from Alexander Henry, on Monday. I love this bag! The rest of the orders should take me until November 1st, possibly the 2nd, to finish. Then it’s just me and my quilts and other handmade Christmas gifts. I. Can’t. Wait.

Do you have any sewing plans for the holiday season? Please comment below… I’m excited to read about them!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work last four commissioned orders
  • Finish last Hyacinth Bag

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Rules:

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  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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