To-Do Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Family vacation time! Last Friday, June 3 – Tuesday, 7th my family took vacation time to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park in Michigan. What a lovely time we had hiking, kayaking, touring, campfire s’mores and walking along Lake Michigan.

One of our many hikes. Four of my five adult offspring and their fams, my Hub is middle back row, I’m right front row.

Our Grands enjoyed every minute of their camping trip!

10 of us kayaking down Crystal River! Hubs and I have canoed many times, but this was our first time in kayaks. Fun! Loved the clear river!

One the way home, stopping at a gas station in Cadillac, I thought to search for a quilt shop. There was one 2 1/2 miles from our location! So off Hubs and I went to find Northern Hearth Quilting & Sewing Center!

Hubs took this photo to send to our family while I shopped. We all headed home at different times and days. The joke is Mom always has to find a quilt shop! And Ha ha! I did!

A few of the goodies I purchased. (on top of my hexie travel box)

What a wonderful vacation. Hubs says we should go back in the Fall to see all the maple leaves turning. I’m game for that!

Here’s my to-do list from last week -

To-Do Tuesday, May 31, 2022

  1. Prep and piece week 15 of Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden  ✔️
  2. Test out fusible I bought on a few t-shirts. ✔️
  3. Photo Lesson 2 of The Next Steps Template Quilting, blocks & templates. ✔️

Here’s what I did accomplish this past week.

1. EPP

Week 15 stitched and ready to add to Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden. I took several weeks of EPP to prep, but really did not work on hand stitching as much as I hoped. I ended up at the kids campfire each night. Then went back to my cabin to read before going to bed. Yes, the kids all camped – at walk-in tent only campsites. Hubs and I were about 2 miles away in an AirBnB cabin hosted by Twin Birch Resorts. We both loved the cabin and just might get up there again some Fall.

2. Test fusible.  I did this and it will work. BUT it is taking forever with my iron. It just does not get hot enough to melt the glue. I’m researching to buy an iron that gets hotter than the Panasonic Cordless that I own. It needs to be a steam iron that gets hot enough to melt the glue on fusible webbing and adheres to clothing and t-shirts.

Fellow Quilters, what brand steam iron do you recommend?

3. Photo Lesson 2 of The Next Steps Template Quilting

Block 1. Nine Patch using Spin-E-Flex template. It clear and hard to see on the block. Can you find it?

Block 2. Circles and straight lines.

Block 3. Whole-cloth with Spin-E-Flex. Here you can see the template.

Block 4. Using the outer edge of a circle template.

Here’s my to-do list for this week -

To-Do Tuesday, June 7, 2022

  1. Attach Week 15 of Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden
  2. Prep Week 16 EPP
  3. Buy a steam iron that gets hot hot hot!
  4. Host my quilting group Friday the 10th and work on quilts for grieving family with one of my friends in the group.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday hosted by Linda of Texas Quilt Gal.


3 Responses to “To-Do Tuesday, June 7, 2022”

  1. Linda Says:

    Your family trip looks like so much fun. I would stay at a cabin instead of camping but there was a time we would have camped! Glad you found a quilt shop and kept the family joke going – lol!
    I used to have a Panasonic Cordless and absolutely loved it for the cordless part, but it didn’t get hot enough. I ended up with an Oliso, which gets plenty hot, and I love the auto-lift on it, but I’ve never used the steam part. I do miss the cordless aspect.
    Thank you for sharing with us at To Do Tuesday!

  2. Linda Says:

    I forgot to say, your template quilting looks amazing!

  3. Cheree Hull Says:

    Enjoying watching you go thru the ruler work! I think I need to lock myself in my room and just practice, practice, practice!
    Iron is a four letter word! I can’t see spending the $ on it when they just break. After MANY years of cursing, I am currently a big fan of the Chi iron. About $65 at Target, has LOTS of steam holes for the price (nothing else compares there) and a 30-minute auto shut-off which is a must for those of us who sew. (I also love Rowenta irons but they no longer make an iron without auto shut-off.). I’ve considered the Oliso but since a friend’s makes an annoying squeak every time it goes up and down and frankly, I’m not convinced the thing won’t break like the rest of them. If someone could prove it to me, I’d be in.

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