To-Do Tuesday 75 Weekly Progress Update

I am joining the weekly To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky Party hosted by my friend, Roseanne, at Home Sewn By Us.

To-Do for the week of Jan 12th- Jan 18th

  1. Make some Shoal tail pieces. √ Done
  2. Make 12th Rainbow Sashiko square. √ Done
  3. Work on another project using a quilt kit that has long been in my stash.√ Done

To-Do #1

I got a few triangle units done that will be used for the tail units for the shoal fish I’m making using indigo prints from my mom’s fabric stash from the 1990s. I’m drawing inspiration from Nicholas Ball’s Shoal Sew Along (#shoalsewalong) that started 1/4/21, but am not worrying about keeping up with the SAL. I want to take my time and really enjoy making these shoal fish. I’m liking how my mom’s fabrics look in contrast with the more modern but also subdued Kaleidoscope fabrics.

To-Do #2

I stitched two more rainbow Sashiko squares pictured below (grid marks not removed yet). I modified one out of The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook that is reminiscent of the quilt block, Card Trick. The second is Circular Seven Treasures. I have enough rainbow Sashiko squares to make a table topper (with nine squares) and four coasters, so I will be starting another small Sashiko project this coming week.

To-Do #3

I’ve had a quilt kit in my stash for over six years that I bought at Thread Bear (which used to be my local quilt store, but this past year it moved to Las Cruces, NM). I had just started quilting, and I was like a kid in a candy store, and when I saw the gorgeous Magic Carpet quilt hanging on their wall, I knew I wanted to make it someday. So I purchased the quilt kit (pattern by Vanilla Latte Quilts) and then scoured the internet to try find more of the gorgeous border fabric, Water Garden, by Andover, not knowing what I was going to use it for but I knew I really needed it! Fast forward six years, and I pulled out the quilt kit earlier in the month and decided I wanted to make the Magic Carpet quilt for my friend, Kathy, in California. I’ve been friends with Kathy for 40 plus years. I’ll share more about her down the road, but the first thing you need to know about Kathy is that she has a thing for frogs. When my bestie, Mary, and I were looking at the fabric in the quilt kit, she told me she thought it was perfect for Kathy, but it needed a frog fabric, and she was totally right. I found a cute Heather Ross frog fabric at the Etsy shop, Cluttered Cupboard, who really deserves a shout-out because I received the fabric I ordered in four days from Wisconsin to New Mexico. What I really like about this pattern is that it shows off larger prints and provides an opportunity to fussy cut numerous smaller squares. And this 54” X 64” quilt top sewed up fast especially with using a strip-sewing shortcut for the sashing/corner stones. I started it this past Monday and finished it on Sunday. The border fabric is cut on the bias with opposite diagonals. I ended up cutting the top and bottom borders from the fabric in the quilt kit, and after a brilliant suggestion by Mary, I cut the side borders using the opposite diagonal from the extra two-yards I tracked down after purchasing the quilt kit. I told Mary this violates a cardinal rule for quilters which is that we try never to cut into a treasured piece of fabric unless absolutely necessary. But in this case, I only had to piece together the long right border, and I have extra fabric to make gorgeous bias-cut borders on another quilt, possibly even using this pattern again.

Here’s a close-up of the cute frogs and the gorgeous border fabric:

To-Do for the week of Jan 19th-Jan 25th:

  1. Work on my Shoal Sew-Along project.
  2. Start another small Sashiko project featuring a beautiful Caribbean perle floss.
  3. Start cutting squares for the Meadowland quilt top I’m making for my nephew’s birthday this summer.

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To-Do Tuesday 74 Weekly Progress Update

I am joining the weekly To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky Party hosted by my friend, Roseanne, at Home Sewn By Us.

To-Do for the week of Jan 5th- Jan 11th

  1. Make an 11th Rainbow Sashiko square. √ Done
  2. Make more progress on Ombré Star quilt. √ Done
  3. Make the 6-inch January purple block for 2021 Monthly Color Challenge by Patterns by Jen. √ Done
  4. Pull fabric for Nicholas Ball’s Shoal Sew Along that started last week. √ Done

To-Do #1

This pattern is called Hanmari Tsugnagi (linked semicircles). It is from The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook by Susan Briscoe. I think of it as Moons & Butt Cheeks (get it? My sister would’ve gotten a kick out of this extremely informal description, but she also might’ve been a little fanny obsessed!). At any rate, I have this book on my Kindle on my iPad, and I like to take screenshots of the patterns and enlarge them to see the patterns and the suggested stitching paths more clearly. I drew a one inch grid (still not removed in the photo below) and then used Perfect Circles to draw the curves.

To-Do #2

I finished sewing my Ombré Star quilt top together on Saturday. It went fairly smoothly, though as with any HST quilt, some of my points refused to match nicely! I definitely recommend this Ombré Star pattern by Sam@Hunter’s Design Studio. It does take a fair amount of ombré fabric to the make the quilt top since there’s no background fabric.. Mine finished at 73” X 73”, and I used about 4 1/2 yards of ombré fabric. I’d recommend purchasing five yards to allow for some wiggle room.

To-Do #3

I got the 6-inch January purple block finished on Sunday for the 2021 Monthly Color Challenge by Patterns by Jen. It turned out fine, but the center probably would’ve looked a little sharper if I’d watched the video on how the trim the units before I made the block rather than after!

To-Do #4

Below is my fabric pull for the Shoal Sew-Along. Most of it is from my mom’s indigo prints from the 1990s. The solids on the right are some Alison Glass Kaleidoscope fabrics and some navy Sashiko fabric that I may use to stitch some shoal fish.

To-Do for the week of Jan 12th-Jan 18th:

  1. Make some Shoal tail pieces.
  2. Make a 12th Rainbow Sashiko square.
  3. Work on another project using a quilt kit that has long been in my stash.

Linking up to Home Sewn By Us: To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky #75 .

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To-Do Tuesday 73 Weekly Progress Update

I am joining the weekly To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky Party hosted by my friend, Roseanne, at Home Sewn By Us.

To-Do for the week of Dec 28th-Jan 4th:

  1. Make a 10th Rainbow Sashiko square. √ Done
  2. Write my Jan 2021 One Monthly Goal post. √ Done
  3. Finish binding the last Sunflower placemat for my friend, Amanda. √ Done

To-Do #1

This pattern is called Begonia. I really like the look of Sashiko with threads woven through the stitches. This is on a 1/4” grid. With a smaller grid, the design looks even more intricate.

To-Do #2

I got my Jan 2021 OMG post written and posted the first day of this brand new year. I’m really enjoying making this Ombré Star pattern. Sam describes it as another “so much easier than it looks” pattern, and so far I totally agree with that description. I’ve made all 64 HST blocks and have started sewing the blocks into rows. Below is a pic that shows some of the blocks on the right side of my design boards. The blocks that don’t have a piece of masking tape on them have more contrast and as such “more glow”. 

To-Do #3

I finished binding the last placemat for my friend Amanda’s housewarming gift and will be getting it in the mail to her soon. Here is a pic I snapped (literally—I had about two minutes to take the photo!) at my work’s conference room table with the six placemats and the table runner. These placemats and table runner have many of the same fabrics as the ones I made for my brother and sister-in-law for their  50th Wedding Anniversary Gift, but I really like how the tan grunge background fabric shows off the sunflower quilting in the photo below:

To-Do for the week of Jan 5th-Jan 11th:

  1. Make an 11th Rainbow Sashiko square.
  2. Make more progress on Ombré Star quilt.
  3. Make the 6-inch January purple block for 2021 Monthly Color Challenge by Patterns by Jen. I’ve decided to join in this year and plan to make the smaller size option in more muted colors rather than my typical go-to bright saturated color palette. 
  4. I’ve also decided to participate in Nicholas Ball’s Shoal Sew Along that started yesterday. I have his Inspiring Improv book, and the Shoal Project is one of my favorites in the book. The goal for this week is to pull fabrics for the sew-along.

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January 2021 OMG

My January 2021 One Monthly Goal is to make the quilt top for the quilt I plan to give my great-niece, Sophia, when she graduates from high school this summer. Sophia has requested a teal-colored quilt—which is definitely in my wheelhouse 🙂 and I’ve been saving a gorgeous teal ombré fabric for her graduation quilt. The pattern I have chosen is the Ombré Star by Sam@Hunter’s Design Studio. Below are four HST blocks that will make up the center diamond.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: Jan 2021 OMG.

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To-Do Tuesday 72 Weekly Progress Update

I am joining the weekly To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky Party hosted by my friend, Roseanne, at Home Sewn By Us.

To-Do for the week of Dec 22nd-Dec 28th:

  1. Finish my Cat & Birds quilt top and write my Dec 2020 OMG Finish post. √ Done
  2. Finish binding another sunflower placemat or two. √ Done
  3. Stitch my 9th Rainbow Sashiko square that I will be sewing into a small table topper after the first of the year.

To-Do #1

I finished my Cat & Birds quilt top before Christmas and got it into the mail to Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting a couple days later. Here’s the link to my December 2020 OMG Finish  post if you’d like more info about this project.

To-Do #2

I finished binding two more Sunflower placemats this past week. The pic below shows the back of the table runner that I finished binding a couple weeks ago. I thought I’d share some of my favorite binding tools this week. They are Aurafil 50 wt thread (for this project I’m using Medium Orange 5009 that matches nicely with the rust peppered cotton binding fabric), the tiny, super sharp Big Eye Quilting needles Size 10 (but I say “Big eye my a$$!” which is why I also use a needle threader), and in recent months I purchased a Knuckle ring from Kimonomomo’s Etsy shop that has little grooves that help push the needle through the quilting and binding layers. My favorite binding tip is to tie a single knot right by the eye of the needle which helps my needle from becoming unthreaded. It sometimes loosens anyway with the thread coming out of the needle but less frequently so.

To-Do #3

For my 9th rainbow Sashiko square, I decided to make another diamond design. As I did for my 8th Rainbow Sashiko Square, I drew a 1/2” by 1” grid on a blank indigo square and then added the diagonal lines across the rectangles that became my stitching lines. For this photo, I haven’t yet removed the grid or the unused diagonal lines:

To-Do for the week of Dec 29th-Jan 4th:

  1. Make a 10th Rainbow Sashiko square. I’ve decided to keep on making these squares as I’ve come across other patterns I want to try, and I’ll probably make the squares I don’t use in the table topper into coasters.
  2. Write my Jan 2021 One Monthly Goal post.
  3. Finish binding the last Sunflower placemat for my friend, Amanda.

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December 2020 OMG Finish

My December 2020 One Monthly Goal was to make the quilt top for the quilt I plan to give to my friend, Kristen’s baby girl who is due to make her appearance this spring. Kristen has requested a quilt with cats and birds featuring purple and teal colors. I have added in blue as a transition between purple and teal. The center of the quilt is the Geometric Cat, pattern by Kristy at Quiet Play. I used most of the colors from my Dimension in Dusk Quilt designed by Nydia Kehnle, though I substituted the baby-friendlier, Kona Caribbean, for the more subdued Kona Teal Blue.

The hummingbirds are from a panel that I like so much that I have at least one more in my stash besides the one I used in May for a different  Hummingbirds quilt. The five-inch inner borders each have a small sparrow flitting around in different directions and annoying the Geometric cat to be sure! From Mitzie@Jittery Wings , I downloaded the free Sparrow Quilt pattern and paper-pieced the smallest sparrows using purple, blue, and teal Kona solids. I cut the sparrows into 3.5” squares rather than the shape on the template. I rotated the squares to a diamond shape so the sparrows were angled at 45 degrees, and I then sewed setting corner triangles onto the diamonds to make them into 5 inch squares.

There is one more cat on the back of the quilt, but I will wait to share that cat until I get my quilt finished. I sent off the quilt top that measures 57” X 57” and backing this morning to Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting, so progress is definitely being made!

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: December 2020 OMG Finishes.

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To-Do Tuesday 71 Weekly Progress Update

I am joining the weekly To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky Party hosted by my friend, Roseanne, at Home Sewn By Us.

To-Do for the week of Dec 15th-Dec 21st:

  1. Make progress on my Cat and Birds quilt top. √ Done
  2. Finish binding another sunflower placemat or two. √ Done
  3. Stitch my last (for now) Rainbow Sashiko square that I will be sewing into a small table topper after the first of the year.
  4. Write my  2021 Planning Party post for the linky party hosted by Yvonne@ Quilting Jetgirl. √ Done

To-Do #1

I have made more progress on my Cat and Birds project. From Mitzie@Jittery Wings , I downloaded the free Sparrow Quilt pattern and paper-pieced the smallest sparrows using purple, blue, and teal Kona solids. I cut the sparrows into 3.5” squares rather than the shape on the template. I rotated the squares to a diamond shape so the sparrows were angled at 45 degrees, and I then sewed setting corner triangles onto the diamonds to make them into 5 inch squares.

To-Do #2

I finished binding two more Sunflower placemats this past week. I’ll wait to take a photo of any more until they are all finished. The table runner is also done, so I just have three more placemats to finish for my friend, Amanda’s housewarming gift.

To-Do #3

For my 8th rainbow Sashiko square, I drew a 1/2” by 1” grid on a blank indigo square using my favorite Clover Fine Marking Pen which took a little getting used to since the line it draws does not immediately show up but within a minute the line is clearly visible but just as important it is easily removed with a little water. Then I drew diagonal lines across the rectangles which became my stitching lines and when I was done I erased the 1/2” by 1” grid using a wetted pieced of cloth. I’ll take a photo of the grid next time. I apologize for the awful photo below. The square is on a piece of white paper, and I took the photo at my office. I didn’t think the lighting was so bad, but indeed it was!

 

To-Do #4

I always enjoy writing a goal-setting post for the coming year related to what I want to accomplish with my quilting hobby. This year I included stitching in my goals as I plan to continue doing Sashiko as well as participating in Wise Craft Handmade’s 2021 Snowflake Embroidery Block of the Month. See my 2021 Quilting/Stitching Goals post for more info about my 2021 goals.

To-Do for the week of Dec 22nd-Dec 28th

  1. Finish my Cat and Birds quilt top and write my December 2020 OMG Finish post.
  2. Finish binding another sunflower placemat or two.
  3. Make a 9th Rainbow Sashiko square (I decided I could fit one more square into my schedule since they’re pretty quick and so much dang fun to stitch!)

Linking up to Home Sewn By Us: To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky #72.

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2021 Quilting/Stitching Goals

I know I’m not the only one anxious to turn the calendar to 2021! I am joining the #2021Planning Party hosted by Yvonne@ Quilting Jetgirl. I’ve participated in these Planning Parties hosted by Yvonne for the past five years. (See my 2020, 2020 Mid Year Review2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016 posts for previous quilting-related goals). I really enjoy the opportunity to be more intentional about what I want to accomplish in the coming year. Generally I also include a look back at the previous year, but this year I wrote a separate 2020 Quilting/Stitching Recap post.

I have some general goals for the coming year related to quilting and stitching. As there are SO many amazing quilt patterns available that I want to make, I don’t feel the need to design my own from scratch, but I do enjoy modifying tutorials and patterns (after first purchasing them) to customize some of my projects. I also want to stretch my paper-piecing skills possibly with a Violet Craft Abstraction quilt. And then a 180 from the precision of paper-piecing, I also want to play with more improv projects.

QuiltCon Together 2021

I will be attending the virtual QuiltCon conference in February 2021 and have signed up for four workshops to increase my quilt design/modification and piecing skills. They are:

  • Sylvia Schaefer’s Rainbow Sun
  • Cheryl Brickey’s Serendipity Blocks in EQ8
  • Yvonne Fuch’s Quilt Design
  • Libs Elliott’s Y-Seams Not Cry-Seams

Block of the Month Programs

I have signed up for two BOMs. The first is Quiet Play Pattern Club 2021. Kristy is offering a great deal for people who sign up the 2021 pattern club. I’ve opted for the $6.75 monthly option. It includes some gorgeous paper-pieced blocks, surprise blocks from her archives, and the primary draw for me are the unique paper-pieced borders. I love the star border, and I’m sure I’ll use it in a future project.

I’ve also signed up for the 2021 Snowflake Embroidery BOM through Wise Craft Handmade. I can’t wait to learn more cool stitching/embroidery techniques from Blair Stocker! Follow the tag #wisecraftsnowflakebom this coming year for lots of stitching eye candy.

Sashiko

In addition to the stitching I will do with the Snowflake Embroidery BOM, I have several Sashiko projects to work on this year including a cool Jellyfish design that I think will look awesome in rainbow Sashiko thread!

Playful Color Quilt Guild

As a member of Rebecca Bryan’s Playful Color Quilt Guild, I have downloaded her amazing Murmuration pattern. I’ve been wanting to make this quilt for some time, and I plan to make the physical and mental space to finally make this improv quilt in 2021.

Bokeh Quilt-Along

I have decided to participate in Quilting Jetgirl’s Bokeh Quilt-Along because I want to increase my curved-piecing skills and may actually try to make some inset curved stars (though the traditional Drunkard’s Path curved pieces is a good fall back if I struggle with this technique). I’m still determining what color palette I will use. I’m considering branching out a little, but we’ll see!

Quilting Gifts for Special Occasions in 2021

  • A colorful Cat and Birds quilt for a friend’s baby due this Spring
  • A Teal Ombre High School graduation quilt for my great-niece Sophia
  • An ocean/sea life Meadowland quilt for my nephew Jack’s 50th birthday in July
  • An Ombre Lotus Blossom birthday quilt for a special and very spiritual woman

Miscellaneous

I am almost certain to make some holiday projects though I’ll leave that up in the air for now. I also plan to make more donation blocks and a donation quilt in 2021.

That’s about it for now. Happy New Year!

Linking up to Quilting Jetgirl’s 2020 Planning Party.

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To-Do Tuesday 70 Weekly Progress Update

I am joining the weekly To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky Party hosted by my friend, Roseanne, at Home Sewn By Us.

To-Do for the week of Dec 8th-Dec 14th:

  1. Make progress on my Cat and Birds quilt top. √ Done
  2. Make the binding for my friend, Amanda’s sunflower placemats and table runner. √ Done
  3. Make a lined drawstring bag using the pattern by Jeni@In Color Order. Nope

To-Do #1

This week I have focused on sewing borders around the eight hummingbird small panels that I’m using in the quilt top for Kristen’s baby. I haven’t gotten them all finished because I had to order some more Kona Dark Violet for the inner borders and Kona Regal for the outer borders. Below is one of the finished Hummingbird blocks:

To-Do #2

About a week ago I received the Sunflowers Placemats/Table Runner “Quilt” back from Sew Shabby Quilting for my friend, Amanda, and I started binding the placemats over the weekend. Below is one finished placemat:

To-Do #3

When Jeni Baker at In Color Order announced that she was going to host a Lined Drawstring Bag Sew-Along, I really wanted to join in especially since I have had the pattern for a few years. But I really have too much going on right now, and the paper gift bags I have on hand are fine for gift-giving this year, but hopefully I will make some next year. I even purchased her Lined Drawstring Expansion pattern that has some cool options like a drawstring backpack and adding a paper-pieced component. If you are interested in making one of Jeni’s lined drawstring bags, the original pattern and the expansion pattern are both reasonably priced in her shop, and she has generously made a Video Tutorial to accompany the pattern.

Bonus

I finished my seventh rainbow Sashiko square this past week. The pattern is called Asagao which I first saw in the Alison Glass July 2020 Stitch Club Journal. Because this pattern was initially really confusing to me (it’d definitely be easier with three distinct thread colors), I wanted some more detailed instructions and found this Tutorial by A Threaded Needle. This square is fraying terribly. I’ll put some Fray Check on it and sew close to the line around the block which is supposed to wash out.

To-Do for the week of Dec 15th-Dec 21st

  1. Make more progress on the Cat and Birds quilt top.
  2. Finish binding another sunflower placemat or two.
  3. Stitch my last (for now) Rainbow Sashiko square that I will be sewing into a small table topper after the first of the year.
  4. Write my  2021 Planning Party post for the linky party hosted by Yvonne@ Quilting Jetgirl.

Linking up to Home Sewn By Us: To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky #71.

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2020 Quilting/Stitching Recap

Generally I include a recap of the year in my Planning Party post for the annual linky party hosted by Yvonne@ Quilting Jetgirl. But this year it feels right to separate 2020 and 2021. Despite 2020 being such a strange and disturbing year, I accomplished many of the goals I set last December. My most important 2020 priority was to do my small part in making the world a better and more humane place, so first I would like to share about an awesome project I have been privileged to be a part of:

Summer Sampler Alumni Quilt

Sarah Harris @acorncornerquilts and I became acquainted in June when we both commented on a post by Yvonne@quiltingjetgirl regarding a black and white block that Yvonne had sewed as a contribution for a #summersamplerblm donation quilt. The purpose of this quilt was to bring attention to the Black Lives Matter movement. Sarah and I decided that we wanted to organize a separate block drive for black and white blocks made from the current or past Summer Samplers to honor the Black Lives Matter movement and to directly benefit the Social Justice Sewing Academy. SJSA enables youth activists to be seen and heard through the medium of fabric. Fourteen other makers contributed blocks to our #summersampleralumniquilt. I sewed the blocks into a quilt top and then sent it to Sarah to do the quilting (which she did a spectacular job of) and then her mum did the binding for the quilt. Plans are in the works for an online auction in January for @sjsacademy and their continued youth art, sewing, and activism. See Sarah’s Instagram post where all the makers who are on Instagram are tagged.

Photo used with Sarah Harris’ permission

Other 2020 Goals/Projects

Curved Piecing

I wanted to become more proficient with curved piecing this year. Early in the year I played with color value and texture in the Glimmers of Gold quilt for my friend, Karla, and in my Aviary quilt pictured below, I experimented with using an AccuQuilt Drunkard’s Path die and fussy cutting curved units.

Color/Solids/Triangles

I continued my love of Color/Solids/Triangles by finishing my 2019 Stargazer Block of the Month quilt, but I ended up modifying it to more predominately feature my favorite block (the Starbucks block) in the quilt.

Smaller Projects

As much as I like making quilts, it’s so satisfying to make smaller and quicker projects. I really enjoyed making an Improv Table Runner. I also made a set of Sunflower Placemats and Table Runner for my brother and sister-in-law’s 50th wedding anniversary gift. I love how the placemats and runner look pictured below on their dining room table:

Sashiko

When I started my first Sashiko coaster in June, I had no idea that this form of Japanese embroidery would become such an enjoyable and meditative pastime for me. Below is a photo of four Sashiko Coasters that I made as birthday gift for my niece, Mary Frances. The second photo below shows the backs of the coasters made from fabric in my mom’s stash from the 1990s.

Christmas

I’ll end this retrospective with quilts that celebrate my favorite holiday. I truly love making Christmas quilts and made four this year including  Merrily,  Snowy Forest, and  Turquoise Christmas Tree Panel quilts. But my favorite by far is Christmas North Stars that is currently on my bed along with some Christmas pillows made in past years.

Later this week I plan to share my 2021 Quilting/Stitching goals on Quilting Jetgirl’s 2020 Planning Party.

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