To-Do Tuesday 62 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.

I’m posting two days early because I wanted to share about the online Wavelength workshop on October 24th being done by the super talented Rebecca Bryan. Spaces may be limited, so I wanted to let people know about this awesome opportunity for an incredible price. See the end of this post for details.

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

  1. Start working again on my Solstice quilt. √ Done
  2. Take another Sashiko class through the Pacific International Quilt Festival. √ Done
  3. Write a post about my other secret Christmas quilt. √ Done

To-Do #1

I finished my Solstice Month 7 units which form the inner star in the pic below. The second photo shows a close-up of one of the units (Solstice pattern by Rebecca Bryan). I’ve decided that rather than finishing up the quilt that I would like to make a hexagon table topper (and use the other units in an improv project down the road). I know Roseanne has made a few hexagon table toppers. I’m wondering how difficult it is to bind a hexagon-shaped piece. Hopefully Roseanne and anyone else with experience binding this shape will share a helpful hint or two.

 

To-Do #2

I really enjoyed the Hitomezashi Sashiko class on Oct 16th with Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby (@shibaguyz on Instagram). Even on Zoom, these guys are very engaging, and the three-hour class flew by. I particularly liked learning the rice stitch. A kit was provided as part of registering for the class which included a few different materials to stitch on. One of them was a 5” square of quilting cotton that has a quarter-inch grid on it. We used it to learn how to do the rice stitch which involves offset running stitches, crosses, and diagonal stitches. Shannon and Jason shared so much valuable information, and they have a Sashiko book coming out in December that I definitely plan to buy. They suggest using a double width of Aurafil 12 wt thread (also provided with the kit). I like the look, though I can see some separation of threads in my practice piece below. Perhaps with more consistent stitching that won’t happen too often (and maybe a little less puckering!) I liked doing this rice stitch so much that I finished this practice piece Saturday morning just to reinforce the learning even though it will just stay in my Sashiko supplies as an example.

To-Do #3

I waited to write the post about the Merrily quilt below until it was delivered to Mary’s sister, Kathy. Please see my Merrily Christmas Quilt Finished and Finally Delivered post for details and all the angst Mary and I went through until Kathy received her quilt. The  second pic below is the quilt back.

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

  1. Make a Fiddlesticks block for the Kat & Cat Quilts Covered in Love Sept-Oct block drive. I’ve started making strip sets with leftover batik scraps.
  2. Finish my Dahlia Sashiko project.
  3. Take Rebecca Bryan’s Wavelength mini-workshop on Oct 24th on Zoom. The workshop is only $37, and participants get a digital version of her Modern Rainbow Quilts which is one of my all-time favorite quilting books. Wavelength is the cover quilt photo. I’ve wanted to make her rainbow version of Wavelength ever since I bought the book from Rebecca at the Stash Books booth at QuiltCon in 2016, but I’m also tempted to make one with an array of blue/green fabrics. I probably won’t even start making this project quite yet, but I definitely want to see some of Rebecca’s tips. You can see a mini version in blue/green fabrics as well as the full-size rainbow version in this Post. If you’re interested, you can sign up for this workshop Here.

Linking up to Home Sewn By Us: To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky #63.

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Merrily Christmas Quilt Finished and Finally Delivered!

In the past few months Mary and I made Christmas quilts for her sisters, Debra, and Kathy. Unfortunately there were unexpected problems with both of the quilts. I wrote about the problems with Debra’s quilt that involved some color bleeding in my Snowy Forest Quilt post.

With Kathy’s quilt, the problem didn’t start until we sent the package off on October 5th. We kept getting tracking messages that the package was “in transit” and would arrive late. Mary finally talked to a real human being on Oct 9th, and all the USPS employee could tell her was that it had made it as far as Albuquerque. After the holiday weekend, it resurfaced in California on Oct 13th and was finally delivered on Oct 14th, and we were able to watch Kathy open the package on FaceTime. What a relief! We sure were worried.

A couple years ago I purchased two Gingiber Merrily panels along with a pattern with the plan to make a quilt some day. This summer Mary and I decided that Kathy (whose daughter died last year of a stroke and who is raising her grandsons) could use this joyful quilt.

Here are photos of the front and back of the quilt that measures 60.5” X 66” (quilted by Sew Shabby Quilting):

This won’t be the last Christmas quilt that I’ll be blogging about this year. Who else has some Christmas projects in the works?

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To-Do Tuesday 61 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 Oct 6th-Oct 12th:

  1. Make more Sunflower blocks.  √ Done
  2. Write a post about my two secret Christmas quilts. √ Partially Done

To-Do #1

I have finished making my Sunflower blocks. I made 12 that are being made into placemats and four that are being sewn together for a table runner. I will share a pic of all 16 blocks when I write my Oct 2020 OMG Finish post at the end of the month. Below is a pic of one of the 14.5” square blocks in the Sunflower table runner on my new Lori Holt mini design board.

To-Do #2

I decided to blog individually about the Christmas quilts I have recently finished. I shared about the problems I had after washing the quilt pictured below in my Snowy Forest Quilt post.

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

  1. Take another Sashiko class through the Pacific International Quilt Festival. I’m taking the Hitomezashi Sashiko class on Oct 16th with Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby which I am really looking forward to.
  2. Start working again on my Solstice quilt.
  3. Write a post about my other secret Christmas quilt.

Linking up to Home Sewn By Us: To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky #62.

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Snowy Forest Quilt Finished and Delivered

Because we knew that 2020 was going to be a busy quilt-making year, Mary and I started a Christmas quilt for her sister, Debra, back in June. A few years ago I purchased a Dashwood Studio Christmas panel that uses some of the non-traditional Christmas colors I’m drawn to: turquoise, blue, and grey along with a touch of gold on a white background. We decided to design a quilt for Debra around this panel and some Christmas tree blocks. In January I had made some paper-pieced tree blocks to donate for quilts for a family in Maine who had lost their father in a tragic way. Debra had seen photos of these blocks on my Instagram feed and had expressed that she would love a quilt with some of these paper-pieced trees. Mary and I found some complementary fabrics on Etsy including a glittery white snowflake fabric for background and several metallic fabrics for the trees. The trunks of the trees and the binding are made from a lovely grey wood fabric. 

The 50.5” quilt went together fairly easily. We didn’t have a problem with it until we washed it and had significant color bleed from the turquoise colored backing fabric even though we used color catchers and washed with Synthrapol dye-catching detergent. The white glitter snowflake fabric on the front wasn’t affected because it has a slightly plastic feel to it from the glitter which obviously repelled the dye. The two panels picked up most of the color bleed, and a little bit  of the white quilting thread also picked up some dye, but it’s not super obvious.

I really do like the turquoise tree panel that we used for the back of Debra’s quilt. But I will never use it again with any white fabric! I have one more in my stash, and I have also used the panel for what I call my Turquoise Christmas Tree Cheater quilt which I will share about in a future post.

Here’s a pic I took before we washed the 50.5” square quilt where the background of the snowy forest panels is still white:

Debra has received her quilt, and she says she loves the panels with the blueish background. I would have much preferred they had stayed the original color, but I’m just glad that the backing fabric wasn’t red. I don’t think pink would have gone at all with the color scheme!

Debra’s quilt is the first of a few Christmas projects I’ll be sharing about this fall. What about you? Do you have any Christmas projects in the works?

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October 2020 OMG

My October 2020 One Monthly Goal is to make a total of 15 more Sunflower blocks that mostly use batik fabrics. I’ve made one block so far using a tutorial from Sandy Star Designs that she shared for the Fall into a Quilt Along in 2018. I plan to make 11 more of these blocks using different batik fabrics and will sew rectangles to each side from the green fabric to make them into placemats.

The other four blocks are from the Soak up the Sun pattern in Sew Kind of Wonderful Mini Wonderful Curves. I plan to make a table runner with four curved pieced Sunflowers.

The placemats and table runner are for my brother, Bill, and sister-in-law, Sharon, who will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in December. I do plan to keep two of the placemats for myself!

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: October 2020 One Monthly Goal.

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To-Do Tuesday 60 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 Sept 29th-Oct 5th:

  1. Write my October 2020 OMG post and share about a new project.  √ Done
  2. Bind my Dachshunds quilt.√ Done

To-Do #1

I’ve started the perfect Fall project. I’m making Sunflower blocks that I will make into placemats and a table runner. I shared a little more about this project in my October 2020 OMG post. Below is a pic of the six Sunflower blocks I’ve made so far along with strips of fabric I’ve been using for the blocks.

To-Do #2

I did finish binding the Dachshunds quilt. I had a hard time getting a good outside shot of it, so I’ve also include a pic of it on my bed that really shows off the Scribble quilting motif.

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

  1. Make more Sunflower blocks.
  2. Write a post about my two secret Christmas quilts.

Linking up to Home Sewn By Us: To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky #61.

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September 2020 OMG Finish

My September 2020 One Monthly Goal was to make the quilt top for a Christmas version of the Small North Stars Quilt (pattern by Elizabeth Hartman). I really enjoyed making this quilt top and actually plan to make two more small North Stars quilts next year. For this version, I made Lucille the Seal in turquoise fabrics, Olive & Oswald Otter block in blue fabrics, Willa Walrus in green fabrics, and Patty Polar Bear in red fabrics. I’ll be putting this quilt top in the mail tomorrow to Sew Shabby Quilting for Melissa to work her quilty magic.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: Sept 2020 OMG Finishes Link-up.

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To-Do Tuesday #58 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 Sept 15th-Sept 21st:

  1. Make the Walrus block and possibly the Polar Bear block for my North Stars quilt top.  √ Done
  2. Finish the big flower on my Dahlia Sashiko project and take a photo of it. √ Done but no photo
  3. Take Ebony Love’s Sashiko class at the Fall into Sewing 2020 Retreat.  √ Done

To-Do #1

I got both the Walrus and Polar Bear blocks made for my North Stars quilt this past week. This project has been so much fun to make, and I already want to make two more small quilts next year!

To-Do #2

I did finish the big flower on my Dahlia Sashiko project but have decided to wait to share a photo until I finish this project.

To-Do #3

I enjoyed Ebony’s Sashiko class on the online Fall into Sewing 2020 Retreat. She had some helpful information to share. I especially liked her demonstration on how she ties off thread ends looping through existing stitches on the back in a figure 8 motion.

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

  1. Finish my North Stars quilt top and write my Sept 2020 OMG Finish post.
  2. Make more progress on my Dahlia Sashiko project.

Linking up with Home Sewn By Us: To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky #59 .

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To-Do Tuesday #57 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 Sept 8-Sept 14th:

  1. Make the Otters block for my North Stars quilt top.  √ Done
  2. Work on my Dahlia Sashiko project. √ Done

To-Do #1

I’m having so much fun making the blocks for my North Stars quilt. Unfortunately in my photo below, the otters’ bodies look really brown where in reality they are grey with some  brownish overtones (I can’t even say what color grey it is as I looked at both my Kona and Bella color cards and couldn’t find an exact match—the closest is Kona Coal). I hope to get an outside shot of the quilt top when it is finished.

To-Do #2

I’ve continued to make progress with my Dahlia Sashiko project. I’m really enjoying practicing this ancient Japanese embroidery skill, and I will get a chance to learn more about it when I take Ebony Love’s Sashiko class this weekend through the online Fall into Sewing 2020 through Retreatfromhome.com. What enticed me to sign up for Ebony’s class are these wonderful Modern Sashiko Coasters on her Instagram page.

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

  1. I’ve already started sewing the Walrus block for my North Stars quilt top. I’m using green fabrics for this block. If I finish this block this week, I may start on the last block which is a polar bear block in red and white fabrics.
  2. Finish the big flower on my Dahlia Sashiko project and take a photo of the progress thus far.
  3. Take Ebony’s Sashiko class this weekend and maybe stop by another class or two in the Fall into Sewing 2020 Retreat.

Linking up with Home Sewn By Us: To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky #58.

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