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To-Do Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022

Clothing being cut into squares and aprons.  It seems that is just about all I’m working on lately. I’m happy to report that the four clothing quilts are finally taking shape.

Before I share those, let’s see what else happened this past week.

To-Do Tuesday, June 21, 2022

  1. Finish Week 16 of Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden, and start Week 17. ✔️
  2. Finish quilting and bind whole cloth table runner. ✗
  3. Friday meeting with a friend to make headway on the 4 clothing quilts.  ✔️
  4. Back to shirts to aprons from Dad’s shirts.  ✗

First off, I didn’t get as much accomplished as I would have liked because I came down with a bad headache last Tuesday night and it worked it’s way into a full fledged migraine. I really have no idea what brings them on. I’ve blessedly had so few this year, so this one took me by surprise.  After recovering from that, I did get busy.

1. Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Week one – sixteen all stitched together. Week 16 was all but finished so I did get it attached to the growing quilt.

Week Seventeen coming together.

2. Whole cloth table runner

I did some playing yesterday on the table runner. I decided I wanted to quilt in the background and am attempting a half inch grid. Slow going! Not perfect, ripping out did happen.

3.  Four clothing quilts

This is the big project that I want completed! Friday my friend and I met up to work on the four quilts for a grieving family. Their mother had passed and we were asked to make quilts from her clothes. One request from the family was for all the quilts to be identical. That meant cutting squares from all the clothing divisible by 4. Here is what we came up with after measuring and figuring out the largest squares we could use was 6 1/2″ cut, 6″ finished.

As is, the quilts will measure 54″ x 60″ which I think is fine for a memorial quilt. That is being debated as my friend wants to add a border using a sea shell print if one can be found. Another request from the family was for the back to have a sunset or sea shore panel on the back because the mother loved the beach and sea shells. I’m just thrilled to have the four quilts to this stage. Shopping has to happen for the back, and an embroidery is planned for the large rose print center.

4. Aprons

Working on them today! Photo next week.

And this week I plan -

  1. Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden, work on week 17.
  2. 4 clothing quilts – Friday meeting with another friend to add the embroidery.
  3. Shirts to aprons from my Dad’s shirt for my grand nieces and nephews.
  4. Maybe get back to the whole cloth table runner.

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

 

 

 

To-Do Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022

True confession time.

Organizing and cleaning my sewing room has left me with a few surprises. Who can raise their hand in agreement with that?!

Here’s what I found.

- 18 quilt tops waiting for quilting. I thought I had 13!

- 12 projects started, all at various stages. Why do I do this?

- 6 projects planned with pattern, fabrics, misc parts neatly packed and waiting for my attention. I must stop going to quilt shows and quilt shops where I am tempted with all the new things!

- Numerous projects earmarked to make for charity. Also in various stages.

- Rulers that need patterns, and patterns that need rulers. I was able to pair some rulers to patterns for future projects. Ha ha! Like I need any future projects!

I’m kind of mad at myself for letting this happen. Tops not quilted, projects not completed. Now that I’ve seen just how much I have going on in my sewing room, it is time to get serious about completing  these quilts!

Will there be new projects to tempt me and add to my list? Most likely! But if I’m finishing some projects, I won’t feel too bad about starting something new. Oh! And those ‘new’ projects I already purchased? Those would be fun to get into! At least that is what I’m telling myself.

Did I do anything on my weekly To-Do list?

To-Do Tuesday, June 14, 2022

  1. Work on Week 16 of Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden.  ✔️
  2. Sew aprons made from my dad’s shirts. ✔️
  3. Work on nephew’s t-shirt quilt if there is any time left  ✗
  4. Play! template quilt quilting  ✗
Here’s my progress -
1. Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden
Week 16 almost complete. 1/2″ EPP
2. Dad’s shirts to aprons. I have all the pieces cut, and three aprons completed.
And then with all the organizing, I decided to work on a UFO. It’s a whole cloth  table runner.
There are four of these circles to quilt with the grid in the center. I’m free motion quilting each one differently.
Second design.
Third design. One more to go, and then binding.
I also found this already quilting whole cloth table runner that only needed the binding to complete it.
This is quilted with a blue variegated King Tut thread. And binding is a blue Stonehenge print.
Closeup of center.
Another closeup.
Gifted to my son and DIL. She loves blues!

That’s all the stitching this week. Organizing takes time!

To-Do Tuesday, June 21, 2022

  1. Finish Week 16 of Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden, and start Week 17.
  2. Finish quilting and bind whole cloth table runner.
  3. Friday meeting with a friend to make headway on the 4 clothing quilts.
  4. Back to shirts to aprons from Dad’s shirts.
Now that my organizing is complete, it’s back to regular quilting, stitching & sewing.
I hope you have all had a good week.
Linking to To-Do-Tuesday hosted by Linda of Texas Quilt Gal.

 

To-Do Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Wednesday, June 15th, 2022

Oh my goodness. I can’t get photos to load. I have no idea what is going on. So this post has only one photo and it is a repeat from my last post. I’ll be asking one of my kiddos for help.

No new photos aside, here is how my week has gone.

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. ✔️

How did I do this past week?

1. Week 15 of Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Week 15 all stitched and attached to the growing quilt. But no photo.

2. Prep Week 16 EPP- prepped and stitching up just fine – again no photo.

3. Buy a steam iron that gets hot hot hot! I settled on a Chi recommended by Cheree. The Target near me had two in stock. So I got over there and bought one Thursday so I could have it for fusing all the fusible wed to clothing and t-shirts on Friday. And guess what? No photos.

4. Host quilting group & work on 4 clothing quilts. We had a good time, everyone brings along their own projects to work on & a bag lunch. Hostess provides a treat. I made a vanilla cake and topped it with fresh strawberries and whipping cream.

My friend and I worked on cutting and fusing the rest of the clothing for 4 quilts for a grieving family. There are three sweaters I’d like to omit from the quilts. Maybe we will make pillows with them for the family. And again, no photos.

To-Do Tuesday, June 14, 2022

  1. Work on Week 16 of Homage to Grandmother’s Flower Garden.
  2. Sew aprons made from my dad’s shirts.
  3. Work on nephew’s t-shirt quilt if there is any time left
  4. Play! template quilt quilting
We are having an unusual week of hot and humid weather. In the 90′s all week. Monday night we had high winds of 98 mph with a wild thunder storm pass through our area. We lost our power for 17 hours. I’m so thankful to get it back. I’m praying for those who are still waiting with estimated time for some as late as Thursday 11pm before power is restored.

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 17, 2022

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Ugh. Allergies are so much worse this week. I’ve heard other people are suffering more than usual too with allergies. I love all the spring flowers blooming but this is getting ridiculous!  Sore throat started Sunday night and I woke up with out a voice Monday morning. And then a friend I was with Friday tells me she tested positive for Covid. I also tested positive this morning. So Bummed. I’m taking Mucinex per doctor’s suggestion since my symptoms are rather mild. My friend and I are fully vaccinated! Maybe that helps with keeping the case mild.

Lady Slippers blooming in our backyard. The little bit of purple is in the right upper corner is Jacob’s Ladder.

Before all the headache and sore throat hit I did have a successful week of stitching and quilting.

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.  ✔️

1. English Paper Piecing

Here is week 12. No leaves this week. The leaves are a bit of a challenge for me.

And here is weeks 1-12 almost attached.

2. Baby quilt with Minky back.

I don’t know why I procrastinated so long on finishing this quilt. I didn’t have any problems quilting it using a walking foot. I do like how it turned out, Stitched-in-the-Ditch. Quilting and binding this quilt was my One Monthly Goal for May.

3. Shopping and quilting with my quilting group – The new location of Quilts n Gifts in Bluffton, Indiana is bigger and better. Owner Mary has over 6000 bolts of fabric and all the goodies to go with the fabric. I bought Sew Lazy cotton fusible interfacing for the clothing quilts a friend and I are making for a grieving family. We used up all we bought and have to purchase more. I really like this product better than the Pellon I’ve used for other clothing & t-shirt quilts. It’s more pricey but I think it is worth the extra expense as it is easier to use. When ironed with steam it stays adhered to the clothing.

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

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

 

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.