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To-Do Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Wednesday, June 8th, 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.

June 2022 One Monthly Goal

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022

T-Shirt Quilts! This month I need to focus on making a t-shirt quilt for my nephew.

Shirts cut front from back.

I bought a new to me woven fusible. I hope I like it! I’ll try it out today and if I do like it, I’ll order a bolt as I have several t-shirt & clothing quilts to make this summer.

One Monthly Goal for June – Piece a t-shirt quilt top!

Linking to OMG hosted by Patty of Elm Street Quilts.

To-Do Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Tuesday, May 31st, 2022

What a week! Besides missing a trip to visit friends and attend a graduation party, with too much coughing and getting over the Covid sore throat, the week went pretty well. When I sat down to write this post, I realized I did way more quilting & sewing than I thought!

To-Do Tuesday, May 24, 2022

  1. Finish Week 13 of EPP for Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden ✔️
  2. Prep Week 14 EPP ✔️
  3. Keep cutting up t-shirts. Buy the fusible I need for the quilt. ✔️
  4. Stitch more shirts to aprons. ✔️
  5. Get rid of this bug! ➞ Hope so! Retested negative for Covid!

1. Finished Week 13 of Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Once again I forgot to take a photo of the week’s rosettes before attaching it to the growing quilt. But Week 13 is completed and attached.

2. Prep Week 14 EPP

Week 14 not only prepped but sewn together and …

attached to the ever growing quilt. Weeks 1 – 14!

3. Prepping t-shirts for fusible.

T-Shirts cut up and woven fusible purchased. I’ve not used this fusible before, so hope it works well. The LQS will order a bolt for me if I like it!

4. Shirts to Aprons

One of Dad’s two Hawaiian shirts turned into an apron. With a pocket front and center.

5. Get over Covid – I tested negative! So that’s a plus! But I have a lingering cough that I’m so looking forward to getting over! Sore throat is a thing of the past too.

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I actually got back to template quilting with the Sew Steady Class The Next Steps Template Quilting with Donelle McAdams. Here are four blocks from Lesson three.

Finished, this block will be 12″ x 6″. Straight line quilting with the rulers I used. An appliqué will go on this block. I’ll get to that later.

12″ when finished HST pieced block with Orange Peel quilting using the curved edge of ruler shown.

12″ finished whole-clothe block using the Spin-D-Flex Feather 7.5″ template, 1/2″ circle, 4″ arc templates. Fanciest block in this set of lessons.

Friendship Star with straight line quilting.

Looking through my photos, I didn’t take any of Lesson 2! Guess I’ll go back and do that. All the blocks will be sewn together using the Quilt-As-You-Go method.

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.

Linking to Linda’s To-Do Tuesday over at Texas Quilt Gal.

One Monthly Goal – May 2022 Finish

Monday, May 30th, 2022

My May goal was to finish a baby quilt to gift to my nephew’s little baby girl.

I stitched in the ditch using Janome’s walking foot.

The back is a textured Minky fabric, which I was kind of afraid to use. But, it turned out great! No problems at all with SITD quilting!

Quilted and bound!

Ready to wrap and ship!

One OMG for May is completed!

Linking to Patty’s One Monthly Goal Link-up.

To-Do Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

This crazy Sore Throat is lingering on from Covid. Good thing, Hubs continues to test negative even though he has an ongoing cough. We are supposed to be visiting friends in Knoxville, TN this weekend, but canceled that trip. Our friends say they will come visit us later in June. That will be fantastic!

Did I get anything accomplished this past week?

To-Do Tuesday, May 17, 2022

  1. Prepping week 13 EPP for Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden ✔️
  2. That might be all I get done as I don’t know how I’ll be feeling with this Covid virus.
  3. but …
  4. Work on Lesson 3 of The Next Steps Template Quilting ✗
  5. Experiment with Terial Magic liquid stabilizer – make a pillow from a t-shirt ✗

1. The only quilting I did this week was hand stitching English Paper Pieced hexies.

Week 13 of Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden still needs a few stitches to be completed. Then it’s ready to attach to the slowly growing quilt.

Oh! I did accomplish a few other things. I pulled out some of my Dad’s shirts and started cutting them up to turn into aprons.

Here is the first of the aprons. Since I’m starting with medium size shirts, they will end up being aprons for Dad’s 17 great grandchildren. I want my 7 year old granddaughter to try this one on, but since I had Covid this past week, family are all staying clear from me! So soon, soon we will be back to normal and family visits. I might add pockets, I’ll see what granddaughter thinks once she tries it on. The oldest grands are 8 yrs old, so I think this well work for all 17 kiddos.

I also started cutting into t-shirts for a quilt for a nephew. Besides those little bits of crafting, I spent a lot of time lounging with library books and walking in our backyard.

Here’s a small garden tour for you -

Hubs is all about native plants. Here is a woodland area. Columbine are doing well this year.

This week the cultivated Iris are opening up. Here are three of my favorites -

Michigan Pride

Rustler

Purple Pepper

What do I hope to accomplish sewing wise this week?

To-Do Tuesday, May 24, 2022

  1. Finish Week 13 of EPP for Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden
  2. Prep Week 14 EPP
  3. Keep cutting up t-shirts. Buy the fusible I need for the quilt.
  4. Stitch more shirts to aprons.
  5. Get rid of this bug!

What do you have planned for this week? Take a look at To-Do Tuesday Link up hosted by Linda of Texas Quilt Gal for all the craftiness happening around the web.

To-Do Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

Allergy Season! I’m feeling it today.

Here’s what happened this past week in my sewing room.

To-Do Tuesday, May 3 – 10, 2022

  1. EPP attach Week 10 to the quilt, prep Week 11. ✔️
  2. Baby quilt  ✔️
  3. I’ve been given my Dad’s shirts to make memory items for family. Pillows? Aprons? I want to make two each to send to my siblings and then they can see if their adult children would like either. That’s the plan for now. I hope to have these four completed and mailed for Father’s Day.  ✗

1. English Paper Piecing

Weeks one through ten of Homage To Grandmother’s Flower Garden. I’m using 1/2″ paper hexies. The flowers are left over Fossil Fern fabrics from a quilt I made for the grand daughter.

Week 11 is almost ready to attach to the rest of the quilt.

2. Baby quilt for my new great niece.

I’m currently stitching-in-the-ditch. I’m using a textured Shannon Minky fabric on the back.

The quilting is going surprising well with using a walking foot. I’m thinking about quilting a flower in the center of the four blocks.

3. I’ve not gotten in to the bag of Dad’s shirts yet. At least I’m thinking of the possibilities. One little step at a time.

What will be on my to-do list for this week?

To-Do Tuesday, May 10, 2022

  1. Keep plugging along on the EPP.
  2. Finish the Minky backed baby quilt.
  3. Meeting with my quilting group Friday – two of us will work on memory clothing quilts for a mutual friend’s family. But first we are meeting at a newly relocated quilt shop. I hear it is bigger and better. Quilts n Gifts in Bluffton, IN.
I’m dropping working on Dad’s shirts this week. But will keep ideas percolating on the back burner.
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Has anyone use Terial Magic on fabric for their quilts, or on clothing for quilts? I’d like to hear about anyone’s experience with it. Here is a link.
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Happy Stitching and Piecing this week!
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Linking to To-Do Tuesday hosted by Linda of Texas Quilt Gal. Go take a look at what other quilters and crafters are working on! And thank you Linda for hosting the link-up!

 

One Monthly Goal – May 2022

Friday, May 6th, 2022

I’ve totally spaced my April OMG finish. I finished the quilt I made from a panel, pieced, quilted, and bound, and donated. I only took one photo showing the beginning of the quilting! Don’t know where my brain was on that one! Since I used circle templates for the first time for the quilting, you would think I’d take several photos. Nope.

Here’s the one photo -

Geo Zoo panel, Sew Steady circle templates.

For May, I’d like to finish a baby quilt that is sandwiched and ready for quilting.

I’m using textured Minky on the back. Another first for me. I’m hoping the quilting will go well. The binding will be a green Mode Grunge.

Goal for May – quilt, bind and mail quilt to my new little niece.

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

To-Do Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022

This week was filled with things not on my quilting list! But all is well!

To-Do Tuesday April 26th

  1. Week 10 (and beyond?) of EPP Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden ✔️
  2. Quilt & bind baby quilt ✗
  3. Lesson One of Next Steps template quilting course with Donelle McAdams✔️

1. EPP continues!

This is week 10 for Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden. Oh! Oops! I sewed one leaf in the wrong place. It’s ripped out and ready to go where it belongs. I was hoping to have week 10 attached to the main quilt by now. It’s not. Yet I’m still finding stitching EPP relaxing in the evenings.

2. I didn’t touch the baby quilt. Something else popped up. While my grandson was building spool towers last week, my DIL commented on the disarray of my fabric.

And she was right! It’s a mess. In the above photo you can see scraps & leftovers from finished quilts. As I finish a quilt, the fabric has just been thrown onto these two shelves. Then when I need a bit of something I dig through the mess.

My DIL offered to help organize! Not just criticize! We took all the fabric scraps to my guest bedroom and sorted by color. Then I bought baskets for storage.

End result?

Fabric neatly folded and place in these baskets by color family. The baskets will be easy to grab to find just what I need for smaller projects. I might end up cutting some of the fabric into squares to sew together for charity quilts. That will be in the future as I have several UFOs that will be turned into charity quilts first.

And while I was being bitten by the organizing bug, I tackled this book shelf too.

I didn’t get a before photo. Just imagine where all the baskets are a disarray of quilty things. Top basket is wool projects. On next shelf the basket is holding sandwiched fat quarter size and smaller pieces for FMQ & template quilting practice. The basket on the middle shelf holds small projects I might get to one day. Bottom two baskets hold specialty fabrics & kits.

Trust me, it looks so much better and I’m feeling so much better about the clean up too! Thanks to my DIL for that one little comment.

Of course there are other areas of my sewing room that need tackling, but this is it for now. As I cleaned, my pile of projects to finish for charities grew! I’ll enjoy the process of reducing that pile. I should have taken a before and after photo of that pile as it went from neat to a mess!

3. Next Steps template quilting

I’m finding template quilting so relaxing! Who knew!

Here are three blocks quilted. The 12″ pieced block and elongated block are quilted with Sew Steady 6″ Spiral Template. The 12″ solid block is quilted with a straight ruler.

Photoed are the ruler, Spiral Template, and a spacing gauge used during quilting.

Close-up of quilting on pieced block. I’m using Fancy That Design’s Song Book fabric line. The background is by Benartex. I’m using Superior Threads King Tut 40 weight variegated thread Color 985 for quilting.

To-Do Tuesday, May 3, 2022

  1. EPP attach Week 10 to the quilt and prep Week 11.
  2. Baby quilt
  3. I’ve been given my Dad’s shirts to make memory items for family. Pillows? Aprons? I want to make two each to send to my siblings and then they can see if their adult children would like either. That’s the plan for now. I hope to have these four completed and mailed for Father’s Day.

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

 

What Happened to To-Do Tuesday March 29?

Thursday, April 7th, 2022

Wow! Can plans change quickly!

What is up for To-Do Tuesday March 22?

  1. Focus on Nebula! ✗
  2. Get guest bedroom set up. New sheets, new curtains. Rearrange some furniture. ✗
  3. Continue growing Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden. ✔️

My Dad passed on one week ago today. I’ll not repeat the details, you can read about Dad here and here if you are so inclined. My husband and I traveled from IN to PA to be with him. I took along the EPP, and did make some progress on it in the evenings.

Lawrence (Larry) G. Loper

December 17, 1926 – March 31, 2022

1. Nebula – not touched for obvious reasons, three more seams and it will be a top!

2. I still need to make headway on setting up a guest bedroom, but our friends who had planned on visiting this weekend had their own crisis, and are not traveling for our visit. We are all hoping a visit will still happen in the near future.

3. EPP Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Week 7 minus leaves that go in those odd holes. I’m using 1/2″ hexies.

Weeks 1 – 7 again minus the leaves. I’ll get to those this week. I didn’t take leaf templates with me when I traveled to be with my Dad.

Week 8 progress.

This week I’ll focus on the missing leaves. And continue working on Week 8 of Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden.

To-Do Tuesday April 5th

  1. EPP continues on Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden.
  2. Three more seams to finish piecing Nebula.

It’s Thursday, so I think I’ll keep that list short.

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

One Monthly Goal – April 2022

Thursday, April 7th, 2022

I didn’t finish my March OMG. I traveled to be with my Dad and extended family for the last week of Dad’s life. Sadly we had to place him in Hospice Care due to diabetic complications. Monday, April 4th, we had a wonderful celebration of his 95 years of life. 60 of which he lived as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. We laid his earthly body to rest next to my Mom who passed on 4 years earlier.

I saved a few flowers from one of the bouquets sent to the funeral. When I arrived home, added Daffodils blooming from my garden.

Strange, isn’t it, how life continues on uninterrupted all around us when a loved one passes on?

That said, on to my April OMG.

I do plan on finishing my March OMG, but for April I’m listing a top I want to finish for charity.

This is a panel called Geo Zoo. I cut apart the animal blocks and rearranged them. Then added a black border and then the wave coordinating print as the outer border. Not sure how I’ll quilt it.

Goal is to quilt and bind and donate.

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