To-Do Tuesday: 2-18-14

It’s that time again… Time to whip out a To-Do list of things you’d like to accomplish for the next seven days! How did you do last week? I did better than I expected. I completed my Riley Blake Challenge Quilt (FINALLY!!!), finished my February Modern InstaBee block, made the Week 3 Vintage Quilt Revival blocks, and fixed my SkillBuilder 2014 ruler block (the instructions had some piecing wrong). I was able to get my Sugar Block Club fabric for the February block cut, but did not have time to assemble it today. This past week was pretty busy, and I even agreed to take on an extra project for someone in the midst of all that I had to do. I found that my list was helpful in that, 1. It kept me from starting other blocks that weren’t on the list (oh-so-tempting); and, 2. I actually stuck with what was on my list, despite the urge to put the “ucky” thing off for another week (ripping apart my ruler block and fixing it). Here’s this week’s To-Do list:

  • Package and mail Bee block Done Feb 18th
  • Finish February Sugar Block Club Block Done Feb 18th
  • Make Week 4 and Week 5 Vintage Quilt Revival blocks Done Feb 23rd
  • Make Skillbuilder BOM 2014 Block #3 “Stitches”
  • Take pictures for upcoming “Sunday Stash” Posts Done Feb 18th
  • Wrap fabric piles onto Comic Book Boards Done Feb 19th
  • Quilt Skillbuilder BOM 2014 “Ruler” and “Spools” blocks
  • Write up Riley Blake Challenge blog post Done Feb 19th
  • Write up Sugar Block Club blog post
  • Make January Bag of the Month (put off until March)
  • Make February Bag of the Month (put off until March)

Now it’s your turn!  Write up your post and link up here! I can’t wait to read how you did with your list this past week, and what you have planned for the upcoming week! Rules:

  1. Link up your To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky (below).
  2. Try to visit at least one to two other blogs and leave a nice comment!
  3. Please feel free to grab the blog button to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday!

That’s it!  Now let’s get sewing… or whatever there is to do on your list!

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Sunday Stash #5

I’ve mentioned before that my favorite quilt shop is The Intrepid Thread.  I really do buy the majority of my fabrics from there… Julie is awesome and the shipping is quick.  And…No, this isn’t sponsored, this is simply my own opinion that I’m sharing.

I’ve made some purchases from Julie over the past two months that I haven’t talked about yet.  I’ve been spacing out the pictures of new fabrics added to the stash because I will have pretty long spells between buying fabrics.  This way I hope to be able to have a Sunday Stash picture every Sunday of the year!

This week I have Florence by Denyse Schmidt.  I know, I know… everyone has purchased Florence by now. I’m probably the last quilter on earth to have gotten my hands on some of this fabric.  I purchased these first four prints to have for bag making.  So I ordered one yard of each.  I am so in love with the plaid.


I decided to use the grey Medallion print as an inspiration for a fabric pull for another project, and then Julie had a sale.  So decided to pick up a few more Florence prints in half yards.  I love this fabric line SO much. These aren’t my usual colors that I’m attracted to, but for some reason I absolutely love them.  I’m thinking that means I’m growing in my quilting endeavors… choosing prints and colors that are out of my comfort zone.

WM Florence 2

When I purchased the last set of Florence prints, I also chose a few prints from Bonnie Christine’s Sweet As Honey line. I love how AGF fabric feels, and these prints are so fresh and beautiful. I bought one yard of each… I envision more bag making with this fabric.

WM Sweet as Honey

The bee hive print is a lot brighter than I expected.  Think coral in neon. Not my usual choice (neons), but it will make a fantastic lining or pocket.

WM Sweet as Honey bundle

And this bee.  THIS BEE. Oh. My.  I thought I would really like it looking at the picture online, but seeing it in person?  LOVE.  So much love.

WM Sweet as Honey Bee

I can’t wait to see the other Sunday Stash posts! I’m linking up with the ever fabulous and always inspirational, Molli Sparkles.


The Granddaughter’s Housewarming Present

Mister’s granddaughter, who I proudly claim as my granddaughter too (even though she’s actually old enough to be my daughter… Or rather, I’m young enough to be her mother. Nevermind, that’s probably a story for another day. Or not. Annnyyyyyywayyyyy). She turned 18 in November and graduated from high school shortly thereafter.  6 months early! This granddaughter is a highly motivated, independent and smart young woman. And she is taking charge of life and planning/organizing/living it well.

While we have enjoyed watching her grow up these past few years that she has lived near us, we recently had the privilege of being invited to her first “this is my own place” for a housewarming party.  And I immediately decided to make her a set of four placemats and napkins.

Placemats & Napkins

Placemats & Napkins

I only had about three days to decide on a pattern, buy fabric, and get everything made.  On Tuesday night I discovered Elizabeth Hartman’s Color Block Placemats + Napkins sew along on Sew Mama Sew.  On Wednesday we had errands to run, shopping to do, and appointments to attend to, so I all I was able to get done that day was a run to Hobby Lobby to pick up the fabrics, and then pre-wash and iron them that evening.

Hobby Lobby fabrics

Hobby Lobby fabrics

I am NOT a fan of the Hobby Lobby material.  But I did not have time to order any from my usual shops, so I had to make do.  They had some nice looking fabrics in colors that the granddaughter mentioned she liked (darker neutrals and neutrals), so I picked them up and hoped for the best.  I also found some Kona in the Sand color there, and added that to the bundle as well.  There is such an obvious difference in the quality of fabric that after I assembled the placemats I fused some Pellon SF101 to the back just to add some sturdiness to them.



The first day of sewing I was able to get all the fabrics cut, and the napkins done.  The second day I pieced the placemats, quilted them and completely finished the binding on two of them.  On the third day (the day of the party) I finished handsewing the binding to the back of the placemats.  I actually had about 4 hours to spare… which seems to be the norm for me. *sigh*  One day I’ll do better at planning ahead!

Quilting on the reverse side of the placemat.  Also, I remembered to add my personalized label!

Quilting on the reverse side of the placemat. Also, I remembered to add my personalized label!

I think the granddaughter liked the placemat/napkin set.  It looks fancier than I wanted, and I had to tell her that they were meant to be used. Hopefully she’ll use them! I actually like this pattern so much that I may make some for the house here.  I also may make them for some Christmas presents too.

Way to go, granddaughter!! We are so proud of you and so happy for you!

“Gramma C”


To-Do Tuesday: 2-11-14

To Do Tuesday button I’ve decided to start doing a blog post on every Tuesday that notes my current “To-Do” list.  I even made an image to go with each post.  I’m pretty proud of it, as simple as it is, given my mediocre skills with Gimp. As in, I have none. I have a main To-Do page that encompasses the major projects I am planning on getting done throughout the year.  That list is just not enough. I have felt a little overwhelmed recently with all the blocks and projects I am trying to get done every week and/or month.  The Riley Blake Challenge quilt (yes, I am STILL working on that) has really needed to be my sole focus for the past few weeks, but I have put a few other projects first. Since I am really getting serious about the RBC quilt, I am now behind on a few things.  In order to clear my mind of the constant nagging, I think a list here will help me get rid of the brain clutter and help me focus on the current project at hand. Here’s current list of To-Do’s for this week:

  • Finish Quilting Riley Blake Challenge Quilt Done Feb 12th
  • Bind, wash & enter RBC quilt on the finished entries post Done Feb 13th
  • Make Modern InstaBee block for bnpiper Done Feb 16th
  • Make Feb 4th Vintage Quilt Revival blocks Done Feb 17th
  • Fix Skillbuilder Ruler block Done Feb 17th
  • Make February Sugar Block Club block: Got pieces cut out and ready to sew
  • Make January Bag of the Month
  • Make February Bag of the Month

I was considering turning the above image into a coded button for sharing and making a linky party if anyone is interested in noting their To-Do’s every Tuesday along with me?  I am not a big blog, so I don’t have a big readership to give your blog more exposure… but it might be fun to have an accountability partner(s) of sorts?  Let me know if this sounds like something you’d be interested in.  Otherwise… Happy sewing and have fun getting your To-Do list crossed off!

On Edit: Since I’ve had one commenter interested in linking up (YAY!), I’ll go ahead and add a linky party!  So, I suppose I should add a rule, or two.


  1. Grab the blog button and add it to your To-Do Tuesday blog post.
  2. Add your link below to your To-Do Tuesday blog post.
  3. Visit at least one to two other blogs and leave a nice comment! (Hopefully I’ll get one or two other blogs to link up to make this rule possible…LOL)

That’s it!  Let’s have fun getting our to-do lists done! (Totally didn’t mean to rhyme that…) Linky below.

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