To-Do Tuesday 102 Weekly Progress Update

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To-Do for the week of July 20th-26th:

  1. Make a Fancy Forest Hazel Hedgehog block.√Done
  2. Finish my Storm at Sea quilt top. √Done
  3. Work on my 2021 Mid Year Check-in post. √Done

To-Do #1

I made two Hazel Hedgehogs for my modified Fancy Forest quilt that I am making as part of the Quilted Connections 1st Annual Spectacular Summer Sew-Along.

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To-Do #2

I finished my Storm at Sea wall hanging and wrote about it in my July 2021 One Monthly Goal post.

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To-Do #3

I did work on a mid-year check-in post and probably put in about 1.5 hours writing it and I’m not even halfway done. Because I still have a lot going on in both my personal and work life, I’ve decided that I will skip the mid-year check-in and will use what I’ve written in a full 2021 recap post in December. I do have a question for you folks who use the Word Press platform. Is there a way to link a photo in a post with a previous blog post?

To-Do for the week of July 27th-Aug 3rd:

  1. Make a third Fancy Forest Hazel Hedgehog block and get my modified Fancy Forest quilt top put together.
  2. Finish the Two Cranes Sashiko pillow for my brother.
  3. Make a mug rug with Kaleidoscope fabrics for a work colleague.

Linking up to Chris Knits: To-Do Tuesday.

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July 2021 OMG Finish

My July 2021 One Monthly Goal was to make a 30″ square Storm at Sea wall hanging. Last month I took a David Sirota ‘s Storm at Sea: No More Tears Paper Piecing workshop through the online Vermont Quilt Festival. I finished the quilt top early in the week so decided to get it quilted and bound over the weekend. Dave recommended doing simple quilting that accentuates the illusion of curves in the quilt, and that’s exactly what I did with a decent amount of success. Here’s a pic of it in my garden sitting amongst green bean plants:

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And here’s an inside pic:

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Although I don’t see me making another Storm at Sea quilt anytime soon, I have the feeling that I might make another one down the road.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: July 2021 OMG Finishes.

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To-Do Tuesday 101 Weekly Progress Update

I am joining the weekly To-Do Tuesday Linky Party hosted by Chris at ChrisKnits

To-Do for the week of July 13th-19th:

  1. Finish my Positivity quilt top. √Done
  2. Make two Fancy Forest Thistle Flower blocks. √Done
  3. Work on my Storm at Sea quilt project. √Done

To-Do #1

This past week I finished my quilt top for the Positivity Sew Along hosted by Sew Preeti Quilts and Needle and Thread. I used Alison Glass Kaleidoscope fabrics with a Charcoal background which can look like two different fabrics depending upon whether it was cut straight grain or cross grain. I randomly rotated the squares and rectangles of the Charcoal fabric to give the background more interest and texture. The pluses are Cobalt, Turtle, Tiger, Pencil, Hope, and Mermaid Kaleidoscope fabrics. I’m very happy to be able to give another Mercyful quilt to the Palliative Care Unit at Mercy Hospital in Sacramento, California. The dedicated personnel in this unit coordinate giving quilts to their terminally ill patients to bring some measure of comfort to the person and their family as they go through the difficult process of dying. The family then keeps the quilt in the memory of the person who passed away.

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To-Do #2

Here are my two Thistle blocks for my modified Fancy Forest quilt that I am making as part of the Quilted Connections 1st Annual Spectacular Summer Sew-Along.

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To-Do #3

I finished making all the units for my Storm at Sea project and have started sewing the units together. I hope to share a pic of the completed quilt top next week.

To-Do for the week of July 20th-July 26th:

  1. Make a Fancy Forest Hazel Hedgehog block.
  2. Finish my Storm at Sea quilt top.
  3. Work on my 2021 Mid Year Check-in post. This linky party is hosted through Yvonne@Quilting Jetgirl.

Linking up to Chris Knits: To-Do Tuesday and the Positivity QAL Link up #2 hosted by Needle and Foot.

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To-Do Tuesday 100 Weekly Progress Update

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To-Do for the week of July 6th-12th:

  1. Stitch one more grey Sashiko square with Caribbean floss. √Done
  2. Share photo of my fourth Fancy Fox. √Done
  3. Spend a little more time with EQ8. √Done

To-Do #1

I was able to get one more Sashiko square stitched while visiting with my family. The pic below nicely shows the color of the variegated Caribbean floss, but the background cloth looks beige rather than grey which bothers me but not enough to take another pic! Taking photos of my sewing and stitching is still NOT a favorite thing to do! But it is nice to have them to document the journey and to share with others.

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To-Do #2

Here is the fourth and final fox for my modified Fancy Forest quilt that I am making as part of the Quilted Connections 1st Annual Spectacular Summer Sew-Along. I actually finished making this fox before I left for my vacation for California.

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To-Do #3

During a little downtime on my trip, I played some more with EQ8 and drafted another wonky star that I might use in a future Christmas project.

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Sashiko Recipient Update:

Here is a pic of my brother, Bill, with his Two Cranes Sashiko, that I made for his 75th birthday present. He was thrilled with it and asked me to make a pillow for him with it. I had a wonderful time in California especially at the Giants ball game with Bill and Sharon (see second pic below), but we were a little chilly, and I’m sure glad Sharon gave me the cozy moss green sweater to wear!

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To-Do for the week of July 13th-July 19th:

  1. Make two Fancy Forest Thistle Flower blocks.
  2. Finish my Positivity quilt top.
  3. Work on my Storm at Sea quilt project.

Linking up to Chris Knits: To-Do Tuesday.

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To-Do Tuesday 99 Weekly Progress Update

I am joining the weekly To-Do Tuesday Linky Party hosted by Chris at ChrisKnits

To-Do for the week of June 28th-July 5th:

  1. Make another Fancy Fox block. √Done
  2. Start another rainbow Sashiko project on my trip to California. √Done
  3. Stitch a grey Sashiko square with beautiful variegated turquoise floss on my trip. √Done
  4. Spend a little time with EQ8. √Done

To-Do #1

Here is the third fox for my modified Fancy Forest quilt that I am making as part of the Quilted Connections 1st Annual Spectacular Summer Sew-Along. I really enjoy making these cute foxes by Elizabeth Hartman. They are quick and so satisfying to make.

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To-Do #2

I did start another Rainbow Sashiko project but got very little done on it, so not worth a photo. I’ll share more about it down the road.

To-Do #3

On the flight to California, I stitched a pre-patterned Sashiko square with a beautiful hand-dyed variegated perle floss in Caribbean color. This pattern is simple pluses which reminded me of all the cool Positivity quilts being made through the Positivity QAL. I was a little nervous carrying on my Sashiko needles, but they made it through Security just fine, and I substituted child safety scissors for embroidery scissors which definitely don’t cut as sharply but worked just fine.

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To-Do #4

While at the airport waiting for my flight to California, I played with EQ8 and drafted a wonky star that I might use in a future Christmas project.

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Quilt Recipients Update:

I was able to give my Whale Tales quilt in person to my nephew, Jack, and he absolutely loved it:

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And here is a pic of Jack with his daughter, Sophia, holding her high school graduation Ombre Star quilt, which she also was thrilled with:

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To-Do for the week of July 6th-July 12th:

  1. Stitch one more grey Sashiko square with Caribbean floss.
  2. Share photo of my fourth Fancy Fox.
  3. Spend a little more time with EQ8.

Linking up to Chris Knits: To-Do Tuesday.

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July 2021 OMG

My July 2021 One Monthly Goal is to make a 30″ square Storm at Sea wall hanging. Last month I took a David Sirota ‘s Storm at Sea: No More Tears Paper Piecing workshop through the online Vermont Quilt Festival. I’ve wanted to make a Storm at Seas quilt for several years, and it was fun to learn another paper piecing method that does not involve ripping papers from the finished blocks. Dave’s method is similar to freezer paper piecing, but templates are printed on vellum paper rather than freezer paper. It was also super cool to learn his tip for matching points that involves using dental floss. Check out his How to Match Perfect Points video. I’ve sewn some units together for a portion of 30″ square wall-hanging:

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I’m still in the process of making the units to complete the quilt top. Here’s what I’ve paper-pieced so far:

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Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: July 2021 OMG.

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To-Do Tuesday 98 Weekly Progress Update

I am joining the weekly To-Do Tuesday Linky Party hosted by Chris at ChrisKnits

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

  1. Quilt minimally and bind rainbow Sashiko squares to make into mug rugs for my cousins. √Done
  2. Make another Fancy Fox block. √Done
  3. Work on Positivity quilt. √Done
  4. Make more Storm at Sea units. √Done

To-Do #1

I did indeed minimally quilt these Sashiko rainbow squares for my cousins echoing the Sashiko stitching with dark blue thread that blends really with the Sashiko cloth. Both the back (second photo below) and the binding are Andover rainbow fabrics that complement the rainbow thread. The 4.5″ square minis just make me happy!

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To-Do #2

And speaking of happy, here’s another cheerful Fancy Fox (pattern by Elizabeth Hartman).

 

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To-Do #3

I have finished making all my Positivity blocks and have sewn them into rows. I’ll put this project aside until after I return from my vacation.

To-Do #4

I also made more Storm at Sea units this past week. I plan to make a Storm at Sea wall hanging for my One Monthly Goal in July.

To-Do for the week of June 29th-July 5th:

  1. Make another Fancy Fox block.
  2. Start another rainbow Sashiko project on my trip to California.
  3. I also may stitch a grey Sashiko square with beautiful variegated turquoise floss on my trip.
  4. Lastly I hope to spend a little time with EQ8 in the next week.

Linking up to Chris Knits: To-Do Tuesday.

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June 2021 OMG Finish

My June 2021 One Monthly Goal was to make 24 blocks for the Positivity Sew Along hosted by Sew Preeti Quilts. I’m thrilled to make another Mercyful quilt that will go to the Palliative Care Unit at Mercy Hospital in Sacramento, California that gives quilts to their terminally ill patients to bring some measure of comfort to the person and their family as they go through the difficult process of dying. The family then keeps the quilt in the memory of the person who passed away.

I have chosen the simplest layout due to time constraints, but the seven different Alison Glass Kaleidoscope fabrics give some visual and textural interest. The background is Charcoal, and the fabrics for the pluses are Cobalt, Turtle, Tiger, Pencil, Hope, and Mermaid.

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Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: June 2021 OMG Finishes. I am also linking up with the  Positivity QAL Progress Link-Up hosted by Bernie at Needle and Foot.

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To-Do Tuesday 97 Weekly Progress Update

I am joining the weekly To-Do Tuesday Linky Party hosted by Chris at ChrisKnits

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

  1. Make one Fancy Fox block. √Done
  2. Take two workshops through the online Vermont Quilt Festival. They were Storm at Seas: No More Tears Paper Piecing with David Sirota and Vintage Quilt Revival with Giuseppe Ribaudo (AKA Giucy Giuce). √Done

  3. Make more Positivity blocks. √Done

To-Do #1

On Friday I made my first Fancy Fox block for the Quilted Connections 1st Annual Spectacular Summer Sew-Along. This sew-along is to make Elizabeth Hartman quilts and other projects of our own choice and share at least one block per week. I made some Fancy Foxes five years ago that I eventually sewed into a modified Fancy Forest quilt for my sister-in-law Sharon (see second photo below). I’m making another version of this modified quilt, so get ready to see a lot of Elizabeth Hartman’s cute animals and a couple whimsical thistle flowers in the next couple months.

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To-Do #2

I really enjoyed the two workshops I took through the Vermont Quilt Festival. I’ve wanted to make a Storm at Seas quilt for several years, and it was fun to learn another paper piecing method that does not involve ripping papers from the finished blocks. Dave’s method is similar to freezer paper piecing, but templates are printed on vellum paper rather than freezer paper. It was also super cool to learn his tip for matching points that involves using dental floss. Check out his How to Match Perfect Points video. I’ve sewn some units together for a portion of 30″ square wall-hanging:

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Vintage Quilt Revival was a process-oriented workshop that incorporated modern design features while maintaining and appreciating elements of traditional quilting. The quilt I plan to redesign is a quilt made for me by my mom in the 1980s. While it is not my current quilting ascetic, there are many aspects of this quilt that I think are striking. The number one feature I want to include in my rendition of my mom’s quilt is the repeating diagonal stripe.

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To-Do #3

I made more Positivity blocks this past week and will share a pic of them in my June 2021 OMG post later this week.

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

  1. Quilt minimally and bind rainbow Sashiko squares to make into mug rugs for my cousins.
  2. Make another Fancy Fox block.
  3. Work on Positivity quilt.
  4. Make more Storm at Sea units.

Linking up to Chris Knits: To-Do Tuesday.

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To-Do Tuesday 96 Weekly Progress Update

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

  1. Make two blocks for the Covered in Love May-June Block Drive. √Done
  2. Stitch two Sashiko rainbow squares. √Done

  3. Subcut 2.5” and 4.5” squares and 2.5” X 6.5” rectangles for the Positivity Quilt Along hosted by Sew Preeti Quilts. √Done

To-Do #1

These two blocks for the Covered in Love May-June Block Drive were quick and easy to make. Tammy is guest hosting this block drive, and she has chosen a really easy block with a 5” center (our choice—think I-Spy for Grown-ups) and 3.5” borders in colors of sea and sand (which can include the colors yellow, cream, and gold). The centers I used were from my recent Whale Tales projects, but any 5” square can be used for these blocks.

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To-Do #2

Many of you will recognize these two Sashiko squares stitched with rainbow thread. This is the second time I’ve stitched these two patterns, and they are two of my favorite Sashiko patterns with their modern look and ease of stitching. These will be made into mug rugs for my cousin, Sally, and her daughter, Kenzie, who I will see when visit California next month. They both are sewists and quilters who enjoy hand-crafted items.

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To-Do #3

Early in the week I got the sub-cutting done for my Positivity quilt so decided to start sewing blocks together. I’m using Alison Glass Kaleidoscope fabrics, and the three blocks below are made using Mermaid, Tiger, and Turtle with a Charcoal background. These blocks lend themselves to being chain-pieced, so it doesn’t take long to finish a batch of them. I found I didn’t even need to pin when sewing until I was sewing the three block “columns” together. The colors of these Kaleidoscope fabrics are so rich which makes sewing these simple blocks together a joy.

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

  1. Make one Fancy Fox block for the Quilted Connections 1st Annual Spectacular Summer Sew-Along. This sew-along is to make Elizabeth Hartman quilts and other projects of our own choice and share at least one block per week.

  2. Take two workshops through the online Vermont Quilt Festival. The first on June 17th is called Storm at Seas No Tears Paper Piecing with David Sirota. The second, Vintage Quilt Revival, is a two-day class (June 18th & 20th) with Giuseppe Ribaudo better known to the quilting community as Giucy Giuce. I’m really excited to learn how to deconstruct the elements of a vintage quilt and turn it into something new.

  3. Make more Positivity blocks.

Linking up to Chris Knits: To-Do Tuesday.

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