To Do Tuesday 8-22-17 | Bag Orders & Mystery Halloween Town

Hello, friends! We’ve been running on full speed over here. I feel like I’m barely catching my breath before the next busy day comes along. But progress is being made on my to-do list, and that makes me happy!

Along with my To-Do list, we’ve been busy with the kids and their life-plans. My son wants to join the Navy when he graduates in May, so we’ve been talking to recruiters and getting him ready for the process and early sign-up. He may be disqualified for any military service due to his astigmatism, so we’d like to find out as soon as possible if that is to be the case. That way he can start planning for college rather than the military. I also attended college orientation for my daughter who is a Junior in high school. She will be taking the Certified Nursing Course concurrently with high school. So, some busy life stuff with the kids this week!

I completed one order of custom sized project bags. These fabrics were a lot of fun to make bags with!

I just finished the second order on Monday. I haven’t reached my efficient sewing levels yet, as these bags seem to be taking me longer than usual to make. I will get back into the groove soon, I’m sure, it’s just taking time with some of the various appointments mixed in.

Stitch ALL The Things | Ships Manor Mystery Halloween Town Progress

I’ve been making a small bit of progress on my Ship’s Manor Mystery Halloween Town SAL. There are only two clues left to be released, so I am trying to catch up by the next release date on September 7th.

This week I have an order for three bag sets to make, and then I will start on my large shop order which will take about two and a half to three weeks. I better find my efficient sewing skills soon!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Complete three bag set order.
  • Begin shop order.

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To-Do Tuesday 8-15-17 | Blue RK Blocks

Happy Tuesday friends! A quick post this week since we’ve been so busy lately.
Stitch ALL The Things | Blue RK Blocks

Last week I talked about making Blue RK Blocks (using Heritage Threads’ tutorial found HERE)to send to Craftycop/Jessica on Instagram. These blocks are to be made into quilts for the families of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. I mentioned last week that two quilts were, very sadly, already dedicated to two families. Unfortunately, I was wrong. There was a third officer (chronologically, the second officer) who was killed in the line of duty while on a domestic call. New York State Trooper Joel Davis. I was able to make some blocks this weekend and put them in the mail today to Jessica. Right now her goal is to get enough blocks to make 50 quilts to have on hand and ready for families. Her last count was at 1,235 blocks, just 25 blocks shy of 30 quilts. I hope we end up with enough blocks for 50 quilts, while at the same time that I hope those quilts stay on a shelf collecting dust. Tragically, that’s just not the world we live in. If you’d like to receive more information on this, direct message Jessica on Instagram.

Stitch ALL The Things | Project Bag Stitching Set

Christmas Village

Last week’s bag making wasn’t as productive as I hoped. I made and sent off a Christmas Village bag and Grime guard (I forgot to save a picture of it, but it’s pretty much the same as pictured above). I also cut everything out for three more bags. I’m running a bit behind, due to kid appointments and such, but hopefully can make up some time this week. I’ve got 8 bags to get sewn, we’ll see how well I do with that.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Complete three bag orders.

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To-Do Tuesday 8-7-17 | Back to life…

…Back to reality. Soul II Soul’s lyrics have been playing over and over in my head. Time to get back to work around here!

This week I’ve contacted all of the people who requested bags before I left for the summer, and scheduled all of my sewing onto the calendar. I’ve already pulled fabrics for the various bags, and my once-clean sewing room is already looking like a mess. I’ll be working on these until mid-September, and hopefully after that I can get started on the quilts I want to complete before Christmas.

I did finish my travel cross stitch WIP on the way home from Oregon: I Cross Stitch by Clouds Factory. I stitched it 2 over 2 on antique white jobelan. I changed the red and grey from the called for colors to 498 and 318, respectively. I wanted to get another chart picked out for my travel wip, but after going through my kitted charts I couldn’t make a decision. I have time to figure it out, though. Too many fun charts to stitch, and too little time! I haven’t stitched on anything else since we returned home. Instead, I’ve been incorporating my summer thrift shop finds into my stash and kitting up new charts. Sometimes that’s just as much fun as the stitching!

This week I will be working on making the bags. I’ve scheduled my weekends to be free of all sewing, except for this coming weekend. Last week I hinted at talking about a very important project, and this weekend I will be finally working on that project. If you are on Instagram and follow Crafty Cop (Jessica), you may have seen her organizing a blue Raspberry Kiss block drive using Heritage Threads’ tutorial. She started this as a way to honor our fallen heroes who were lost in the line of duty by making a quilt for their family. She called just for blocks, but the response has been tremendous! Last I saw she has received just over a thousand blocks. She has also had people send in backing, batting, binding, thread, and even money for postage. She has had people volunteer to piece, quilt, and bind the entire quilt, and others who have volunteered to piece and send the quilt off to their local quilters. She has had long arm quilters offer to do the quilting. Even still, others have offered up prizes to help encourage people to make more blocks to send for quilts. I am absolutely amazed by the outpouring of support. I wasn’t able to make anything until we returned home, so now that I’m back I will be getting blocks made and a package of other things put together and sent to Jessica. She has made a point to let us know that she is arranging to have the quilts presented personally by the fallen officer’s local departments (obviously law enforcement and their families are necessarily suspicious of packages sent to them by strangers). Sadly, two of the quilts are already spoken for, as the loss of Officer Miosotis Familia started this movement, and the second quilt will be going to the family of Lieutenant Aaron Allan of Southport, Indiana who was killed in the line of duty on July 27th. I have tremendous respect for our law enforcement officers and I am feeling so sad, and honored at the same time, to be able to participate in this. If you are interested in getting more information, or participating in this, please direct message Jessica/craftycop on Instagram.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Complete two bag orders.
  • Start third bag order.
  • Make Blue RK blocks, package everything up and mail.

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To-Do Tuesday 8-1-17 | July Summary

Happy Tuesday, friends! I am writing this post on Friday since we will be very busy on Sunday and Monday preparing to head back to Arizona. We actually stayed a week later here than we usually do, since the kids are older now and school shopping isn’t as big of a production as it used to be. We will pick them up from their dad on the 5th, two days before school starts. It was nice having the extra week here, but we are definitely gearing up to get out of vacation mode and back to a schedule!

Stitch ALL The Things | Ghostly Encounters

This past week I finished Ghostly Encounters by Stitches Through Time. I really seem to be drawn towards Halloween type charts lately. This was a fun, quick chart to stitch, with only three colors, and only one of those three being a specialty floss. The chart calls for a small amount of beading, and actually came with the called for beads. That was fantastic, because the only extra thing I needed to order, besides the fabric, was the Weeks Dye Works floss.

Stitch ALL The Things | Ghostly Encounters Close Up

This was stitched two strands of floss over two threads on 32 count linen in Ale by Picture This Plus. Going from stitching on 26 count linen to 32 count linen was interesting, and it took me about an hour to get my tension right. I absolutely love the way the sides of the border and the center chandelier post look like the vertebrae of a spine. I also love those two skulls. My absolutely favorite part, though, are those beads. I haven’t beaded much, so I didn’t really understand the difference between clear beads and silver lined beads. Let me tell you, if you want a bit of glow, use silver lined beads. No matter which direction you look at this piece from, whether it’s in a well-lit area or dim, the candles look like they’re glowing and the eyes on the skulls, raven, and spiders glow in the same way. It’s a fantastic effect, and I love learning new things when stitching!

Stitch ALL The Things | Ghostly Encounters Hoop Booty

Of course, I have to show off the back… I love a neat back! I don’t always accomplish it, but when I worry that any threads drawn across the back may show through to the front I make sure to end off and start the next motif fresh. I plan to finish this off as a flat fold using Vonna Pfeiffer’s tutorial. She also has a step-by-step youtube video of the process. I’ll be fully finishing this one off sometime in the next month or so.

Stitch ALL The Things | July 2017 SFS Report

One thing I started participating in is Stitch From Stash. I signed up at the beginning of the year for Part A (January to June), but failed so miserably in the first month I didn’t even try the rest of the months. I decided to sign up again for Part B, but this time putting a serious effort into it. I signed up with a $15/month budget. All expenses for stitching come out of this budget, except for some tools (needles, hoops, qsnaps, scroll frames, & stands) and framing costs. Shipping costs do not count against the budget either. Any finishes add credit to the budget. Since we just finished the month of July, I wanted to be publicly accountable for whether I’m managing my budget well or not. This month I spent more than I intended (two charts, the Just CrossStitch Halloween issue, and all of those thrift shop finds), but I had enough finishes (Sleepy Hollow, Ghoul Tidings, and Ghostly Encounters) that it just covered all those expenses! Whew! Thank goodness for my stitching time this past month!

This week we’ll be traveling home and preparing to get the kids. I may or may not have some sewing time, and there’s something very special I want to participate in that I will talk about next week. This post is already overly long, and I want to give that project it’s proper due. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I most likely will not be responding promptly to comments or visiting your blogs due to our plans for next week, but I will try and get to them before the following week’s post!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Safe Travels
  • Acclimate to the bake-your-face-off heat
  • Possibly make some blocks for special project

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