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To-Do Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022

Another week speeds on by! I’m still hoping to get caught up on Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden, pattern by Katja Marek. But, alas, I’m actually falling more behind. I started several weeks late waiting for supplies to arrive. The quilt along is on Week 33 and I’m just on Week 22. Oh well! I do enjoy my evenings of EPP even if it will take longer than a year to complete the quilt.

Here’s how my sewing and quilting week progressed -

To-Do Tuesday, August 9, 2022

  1. EPP Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden, attach week 20 to quilt. ✔️
  2. EPP – start week 21 ✔️
  3. Wednesday, meet with DIL to cut backing and batting for mug rugs. And maybe some heart shapes for pillows. ✔️
  4. Meet with quilt friends Friday for a sewing day. Take EPP. With a full day to sew, I’m hoping to get to week 22 and maybe even 23 of Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden! ✔️
  5. Stitch “Gene” on to bag. ✔️

Progress made this week -

1. Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Weeks 1 – 20 all attached!

2. Week 21

Stitched and ready to attach to Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden.

3. Mug Rug kits all made and packed for a future sewing day.

My DIL and I cut batting, backing, half hexies, and used precut hexies for 43 kits for Mug Rugs. These will be sewn up later in the Fall by ladies at our church to gift to school teachers at Christmas.

We also cut out 39 pairs of hearts for pillows that will go to a local hospital. Some one has to sew these up and stuff will poly fill! Wink wink!

Update! DIL came over Monday and made great progress on sewing heart pillows together!

4. Sewing day with quilty friends. Apparently I get more handwork completed at home than while visiting with friends!

Some stitching did happen on Week 22 of Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden. But I didn’t get to Week 23!

5.  Canvas Bag

“Gene” stitched up nicely on the canvas bag. My machine didn’t have any problems stitching through the heavy straps.

Other quilting that happened -

With two of the four clothing quilts for a grieving family actually quilted, I got busy with making flange bindings and got one quilt bound.

I made a flange binding using 1 1/2″ strips of orange for the binding, and 2″ strips for the flange.

Binding strips sewn together and pressed, ready to sew on to quilt.

Binding is sewn on to the back of the quilt and then flipped to the front. Machine stitch in the ditch between the flange and binding through all layers of binding and quilt. Photo above is showing part of the quilt top with simple meandering quilting with an occasional sea shell, and flange binding.

This photo is showing front of quilt with flange binding and the back where it looks like a regular binding. The ditch stitching between flange and binding shows up as straight line stitching on the back. I’m pleased with how the binding turned out. The flange is looking black in the photos, it is really a mottled dark blue fabric.

I just got word that one of the recipients of the clothing quilts is in town this week. Perfect timing to gift a finished quilt!

To-Do Tuesday, August 16, 2022

  1. EPP Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden, attach week 21 to quilt.
  2. EPP – continue week 22
  3. Wednesday – meeting with church friends to finish some heart pillows.
  4. Friday – friend graciously allowing me to return to use her longarm and quilt the last two clothing quilts.
  5. Maybe work on a PUP – Previously Unfinished Project! Isn’t that a cute acronym? Coined by a quilting friend. I’ve not heard anyone else use it. So I’ll give her credit. Hello Ruth! I like it better than UFO.

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

To-Do Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022

Another week has flown by. It sure has been a hot and muggy one here in NE Indiana. I’m continuing with handwork in the evenings doing English Paper Piecing (EPP). Plus, that’s when I turn the AC down to try to get our bedroom on the second floor to cool off for the night.

Here’s what happened in my quilting world this past week -

To-Do Tuesday, August 2, 2022

  1. EPP Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden, attach week 19 to quilt. ✔️
  2. EPP – start week 20 ✔️
  3. Wednesday quilting day with friends, I’m taking the EPP project to work on, oh and cutting out “Gene” on friend’s accuquilt cutter since that didn’t happen last week. ✔️
  4. Charity quilts, need sandwiched and being quilting. ✗
  5. Meet up with friends to start quilting clothing quilts this Friday. ✔️
1. Week 19 of Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Week 19 attached to the growing quilt.

2. Week 20 of Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Week 20 all stitched and ready to attach to quilt.

3. ”Gene” cut on friend’s accuquilt cutter

“Gene” cut and fused in place. Next up,  stitch around the letters.

4.  Charity quilts, need sandwiched – didn’t happen.

5.  Quilting clothing quilts

Two of the four are quilted with large meandering and an occasional shell. These two are now waiting for binding.

I added in an unplanned project this week. I’ll be getting together with some gals from our church some time in the Fall to sew together 40 mug rugs to gift to school teachers. My DIL and I cut and kitted 40 some hexie mug rug kits.

I had three sets of Moda Honey Comb precuts, which are hexagon shapes, prefect for quick mug rugs. I’ll be looking through my stash for backing and I’m sure I have enough batting scraps for the mug rugs. Other gals from church will contribute too. Honestly, I’m just happy to be using up what I have on hand which helps clean out the sewing room! Anyone with me on that?!

To-Do Tuesday, August 9, 2022

  1. EPP Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden, attach week 20 to quilt.
  2. EPP – start week 21
  3. Wednesday, meet with DIL to cut backing and batting for mug rugs. And maybe some heart shapes for pillows.
  4. Meet with quilt friends Friday for a sewing day. Take EPP. With a full day to sew, I’m hoping to get to week 22 and maybe even 23 of Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden!
  5. Stitch “Gene” on to bag.
That’s it for another week.
Linking to To-Do Tuesday hosted by Linda of Texas Quilt Gal.

 

 

To-Do Tuesday February 22, 2022

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022

Now that I’m sitting down to write a post, I see that I have accomplished some quilting this week. I had a two day headache and wasn’t ‘braining’ well. Oh those severe changes in weather do bring on those headaches. Blah. After tempts in the teens, we swung up to 50F and all the snow melted. Now we are back down in the 20F and expecting more snow.

Anyway, here is what I did sewing wise this week.

To-Do Tuesday February 15, 2022

  1. Continue piecing Nebula background  ✔️
  2. Keep hand stitching EPP Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden ✔️
  3. Granny’s Garden ✔️

1. Continue piecing Nebula background

Piecing is coming along and I’m playing with the layout. My design wall is not big enough to hold a queen size quilt! Top pieced triangles are folded under. I have more background pieced, but not pinned in place.

Poor photo, showing the original layout with no background. I’m liking the open star in the first photo.

Finishing background is my One Monthly Goal for February, so that is priority now. Get ‘er done!

2. EPP Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Week 3 complete. 1/2″ hexies.

Week 4 progress.

Where I’m heading. Weeks one – three lay out with bits of week four in progress. I work on this for an hour or two in the evening while watching tv or a movie. The quilt along is on week 8, I’m slowing catching up.

3.Granny’s Garden

This is the second block for Granny’s Garden almost ready for machine stitching.

I still need to organize the pieces for the next 40 blocks to streamline production. Each of the 42 blocks will have flowers appliquéd to the cream background circle. I’m thinking of prepping all the backgrounds first. Then they will be ready for each flower. I started by prepping the flower pieces, switching to the background might get me to seeing more finished blocks!

To-Do Tuesday February 22, 2022

  1. End of month is coming 5 days! Have to finish background pieces for Nebula, my OMG.
  2. Hand stitching EPP Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden, finish week 4.
  3. Granny’s Garden, prep background circles if I finish Nebula background.

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

To-Do Tuesday February 8, 2022

Tuesday, February 8th, 2022

Last week the snow arrived! About 7 inches at my house, but more like 12 inched a half hour north at my daughter’s house. Last night we received just a dusting more. I do love snow!

Here is the progress I made in quilting this past week.

To-Do Tuesday February 1, 2022

  1. Continue piecing Nebula background  ✔️ cutting & some sewing
  2. Slow stitching EPP Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden ✔️
  3. I started prepping another quilt last year to make this year – before I jumped onto the Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden wagon. I’d like to see if I could do one block a week for this 42 block Granny’s Garden quilt by Lori Holt. ✔️

1. Nebula – last year’s BOM. I’m working on the background.

Pieces cut and stitched. Slow going, but moving ahead.

2. EPP Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Week One completed

Week Two completed

Week Three progress.

These are 1/2″ hexies. I’m behind, but supplies did not arrive until about week two. And I’ve not attached Week One & Two together. I’ll get there eventually!

3. Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Block One of 42. Progress! I am rethinking the construction. Instead of doing one block a week, I might prep all the back ground circles first. Then stems and leaves. Otherwise I’m doing a lot of thread switching for each different fabric color. And yes, I know I could use invisible thread, just not going there … yet.

I’ve selected two labor intensive quilts for this year!  My goal for this week will be the same as last week. Progress on the three quilts.

To-Do Tuesday February 8, 2022

  1. Continue piecing Nebula background
  2. Keep hand stitching EPP Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden
  3. Grandmother’s Flower Garden

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

One Monthly Goal – January 2022 Finish!

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022

Finally gifted! A quilt I started in August 2020 and put in time out, or was it ME that went into time out?!

Here is where I left the quilt in December. Pieced and put together with a quilt-as-you-go method, I still needed to add sashing over the seam between the Clam Shells and appliqué vines.

Above shows the seams that need to be covered with sashing. And the mitered seams at the corners to be covered with leaves.

Sashing sewn over the inner seams.

Prepping leaves to cover the mitered seam corners.

Leaves appliquéd in place. Quilt is ready for binding.

Happy dance! I completed quilt! This is on my bed. It will look much prettier on their bed with a Amish made head board. But I don’t have a picture to share of that, so this will do!

The quilt is a Sue Pelland pattern, on the cover of her Hearts and More Book. I enlarged the quilt to 99 1/2″ x 107″ to fit a queen size bed. All appliqué is turned, not raw edge, center Drunkard’s Path blocks are pieced, not appliqué. I used Pauline Rogers’ Quilt As You Go method. The center was pieced and quilted, then the vines where appliquéd and quilted, and attached to the center. Then the clams were appliquéd on background, quilted, and then attached to quilt. Doing this method I could quilt each section on my Janome machine having smaller sections to quilt instead of fighting the queen size quilt as one whole piece.

This was my first time to do the quilt-as-you-go method to construct a large quilt. I like how this quilt turned out and will consider doing a large quilt in this method again.

Oh, and if you are wondering about the time out I mentioned in the beginning of this post, let me explain. When I got to the part of sandwiching the Clam Shell sections to the backing fabric, I miss calculated and cut the fabric with not an inch to spare. Then I sandwiched the wrong size back to a Clam Shell front. Ripped it all out and then attached the back to another wrong front! Gah! At that point I had to set the quilt aside and wait for a clear head to rip it apart again and hopefully get the sections paired together correctly on the third try. It sat for several months before I was willing to pull it out and complete it. And of course once I did pull it out and get going on it again, all went well. So, yes it was me in the time out!

Linking to One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty of Elm Street Quilts.

 

To-Do Tuesday January 18, 2022

Thursday, January 20th, 2022

Oops! I forgot to post on Tuesday and now it is Thursday! My sewing group was canceled for today – Covid again. The hostess of our gathering has been exposed to Covid and her husband tested positive. We moved the meeting to my house, and one friend had planned on coming, but her daughter went into labor, so she is happily at the hospital with her this morning! That all said, I’ll take time to write my belated post this morning.

So what have I been up to stitching and quilting wise?

To-Do Tuesday January 11, 2022

  1. Finish quilt for son & DIL! Only have the binding to complete and then launder!  ✔️
  2. Quilt and maybe bind Hungry Caterpillar quilt. I’ll share its story next week.  ✔️
  3. Prep fabric for EPP project I hope to work on through out this year.  ✔️

1.  I DID finish the quilt for my son and his lovely wife! They just celebrated their 3rd anniversary yesterday!

I started this quilt August of 2020. I used a quilt-as-you-go method. Meaning I first pieced the center, sandwiched and quilted it. Then I appliquéd the four vine sections, sandwiched and quilted. Then attached the vine sections to the center. Then four sections of appliquéd clam shells, sandwiched and quilted were attached to the quilt. Doing the quilt is sections made it possible for me to quilt each smaller section my domestic machine.

Not the best photo. I hope to get a better one with the quilt on their bed.

2. I’m currently working on getting the Hungry Caterpillar quilted.

This quilt was created by my daughter more than 10 years ago. She never finished it and gave it to me to finish. The Women’s Ministry group at my church is putting together a basket to donate to the local rescue mission’s auction coming up this Spring. Someone suggested a children’s quilt and I said I thought I had the perfect quilt to build on. Also added to the basket will be pillows, pillow case, Hungry Caterpillar book, and hopefully a stuffy. I have the outer border to quilt, and binding to attach.

3. I think I’m crazy to start another project before finishing last year’s BOM. I’m so slow at English Paper Piecing.

Prepping 1/2″ hexies!

Stitching progress in the evenings. I’m following along with Katja Quilt Shop Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden. The flowers will make a wreath. Go take a look at her quilt along! The pattern is written for 1″ hexies to make  a 82″ quilt. Doing 1/2″ hexies should give me about a 42″ wall hanging. I’m only on week one, and this is week three of the quilt along. I was waiting for supplies to arrive in the mail. I might switch to machine piecing if I continue to fall behind. But this handwork is supposed to be relaxing, right!?

To-Do Tuesday January 18, 2022

  1. Finish Hungry Caterpillar quilt
  2. Start piecing background for last year’s BOM – Nebula
  3. Work towards catching up with EPP

I’ve been asked to sew together a t-shirt quilt top. But have not received the t-shirts or fabric yet. And I have the appliqué quilt Granny’s Garden started, but currently on the shelf. I want to finish the BOM  Nebula by Jaybird Quilts then I can go full steam ahead on Granny’s Garden and the EPP quilt.

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

 

To Do Tuesday January 11, 2022

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

I sneaked in a project this week that was not on my list.

This is a 10″ square mug rug birthday gift for a quilting friend I will be seeing Saturday. I used This & That Bitty Barn Block January pattern. It was a fun little quilt to put together.

To-Do Tuesday January 4, 2022

  1. Continue working on the quilt for my son and DIL. Next steps: sashing added over seams, and appliqué added to mitered corners. Binding, but I don’t think I’ll get that far this week. ✔️
  2. Continue prep for Granny’s Garden. ✗
  3. Sewing Thursday with friends. Work on charity quilt. ✗

1. I’m full steam ahead on the quilt for my son and DIL! Sashing completed, leaves appliquéd over mitered corner seams, label made & attached to back, and binding underway!

You can seen the sashing between the appliqué flowers and clam shells. And Leaves are appliquéd in place over the mitered corner seam. Finishing this quilt is my One Monthly Goal. I hope to have the binding completed today!

2. I didn’t touch Granny’s Garden quilt this week.

3. Sewing with friends was canceled as Covid continues to lurk in every corner. The host’s husband was exposed to Covid, so we all played it safe and stayed home. THAT helped me make progress on my son & DIL’s quilt!

To-Do Tuesday January 11, 2022

  1. Finish quilt for son & DIL! Only have the binding to complete and then launder!
  2. Quilt and maybe bind Hungry Caterpillar quilt. I’ll share its story next week.
  3. Prep fabric for EPP project I hope to work on through out this year.

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

What are you working on this week?

To-Do Tuesday January 4, 2022!

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

Happy New Year Friends!

Just last night January 3rd, most of my family was able to get together to celebrate our 2021 Christmas. One guest had tested positive for Covid the Thursday before Christmas, and since 6 of us had been around this person, we decided to postpone until we could be sure of negative Covid test results. I didn’t take any pictures, but my adult children did. Anyway, we had a lovely time of sharing in food, games, conversation, and gift giving. All Glory to our God and Savior!

So how did my quilting goals go this past week?

To-Do Tuesday December 28, 2021

  1. Sew Clam Shell border on to quilt. ✔️
  2. Prep pieces for Granny’s Garden.  ✔️
  3. Celebrate Christmas!  ✔️

1. Clam Shell border has been attached to quilt!

I’m doing this quilt-as-you-go. Which means I have quilted each section before attaching them together.

The seams where sections are attached will be covered with the sashing I made, and shown in above photo. I used Pauline Roger’s  1 1/8″ Sashing Tool with strips cut at 2 1/4″ wide.

2. Prepping Granny’s Garden a Lori Holt pattern.

Prepping means cutting out pieces for the 42 blocks. I’ve cut for the first 21 blocks and am going back and prepping circles for appliqué. I ordered Lori Holt’s interfacing that will be used for stitching the flower petals and leaves. It just arrived yesterday. Here’s hoping I like her technique for appliqué!

I slipped in finishing this felted cactus pin cushion and gifted to a friend for a belated Christmas 2021.

To-Do Tuesday January 4, 2022

  1. Continue working on the quilt for my son and DIL. Next steps: sashing added over seams, and appliqué added to mitered corners. Binding, but I don’t think I’ll get that far this week.
  2. Continue prep for Granny’s Garden.
  3. Sewing Thursday with friends. Work on charity quilt.

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

 

One Monthly Goal – January 2022

Sunday, January 2nd, 2022

Happy New Year!

I pulled out a UFO to finish in January.

I started this quilt August of 2020.

Got to get it finished and gifted to my son and daughter-in-love!

It needs sashing, some appliqué, and binding. Queen size!

Linking to One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty of Elm Street Quilts.

 

 

To-Do Tuesday December 21, 2021

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

Oops! I missed a week, but I have been sewing! And not all items on my To-Do list.

First up, gifts for a friend -

This is for a friend currently in a nursing care facility. She has a large stuffed polar bear that is her ‘child’ who is named Bingo. She informed me that Bingo wants a Christmas gift from me. And since I need to also give her a gift, I decided on making a Christmas Stocking with a polar bear appliqué. I’ll pick up a few little items for the stocking before visiting her.

Bingo the Polar Bear gets a kerchief with a polar bear appliqué to tie around his neck. I hope my friend will be tickled with her gifts.

Next up is a gift for a friend visiting from Arizona.

She is a seamstress, needle worker,  and quilter. I saw this Cactus pincushion on Missouri Star Quilts last year, and thought of my AZ friend. I will also gift her a tea towel designed by Fancy That Design House for Moda. I love Stephanie’s Song Book fabric line. I’ve bought several pieces from two quilt shops and hope to create a quilt from the line in 2022.

Another project I’m working on is my December Goal – I’m doing Helen Godden’s Christmas Countdown. Each day December 1 – 24 Helen shares a free motion quilting design to complete her drawing of a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

The first 15 days were filling in the leaves. Days 16-21 focused on the Partridge. Only tree, pear, and background remain to complete!

To-Do Tuesday December 7th

  1. Clam Shell Quilting! Since I pulled this UFO out, I’m determined to finish it this year! ✔️
  2. Work on coasters for my daughter.  ✔️
  3. Wool Applique? I have to be in the right frame of mind to work on it.  ✗

So how did I do on my To-Do Tuesday December 7th list?

1. Clam Shell Quilting. I have one border completed and started on the second! I’m not sure this will be finished this year, but at least I’m making progress. I’ll share a photo once this quilt is finished.

2. Work on coasters for my daughter. Finished and delivered as she invited us over for dinner last Sunday. But I forgot to take a photo!

3. No progress was made on the wool appliqué. Oh well! But I’m pleased with the last minutes gifts I did make these past two weeks.

To-Do Tuesday December 21st

  1. I’ll be working on the Clam Shell borders.
  2. Gift wrapping and stocking stuffing!
  3. Hubs and I celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary on the 23rd!
  4. Christmas with family at my son’s house!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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