To-Do Tuesday #6 Weekly Progress Update

I am joining the weekly To-Do Tuesday Linky Party hosted by my friend, Roseanne, at Home Sewn By Us. I find goal-setting to be extremely helpful to get more accomplished, and since I’m always trying to get one more project done, I’m all for a little extra push and/or encouragement.

To-Do for the week of Sept 17th-Sept 23rd:

  1. Cut charcoal background fabric for Lumen quilt. – √ Done
  2. Start sewing quadrants for Lumen quilt. √ Done

To-Do #1

When I was a new quilter, I never cut more than two layers at a time. Now I have a 60mm rotary cutter specifically for cutting through multiple layers and frequently cut through six layers of fabric to speed up the cutting process. For the 16 Lumen blocks I cut 128 triangles and 64 kite-shaped pieces. I like to use the pattern to create cutting templates, and I always oversize my pieces which I find increases my accuracy. By the way, the charcoal fabric peaking out underneath the templates in the photo below looks really dark. The Kaleidoscope Charcoal fabric really is a medium grey color which is more apparent in To-Do #2.

To-Do #2

I was able to get the quadrants paper pieced for the first four blocks which will be Row 1 of my quilt top. The shot below really does not capture the vibrancy of the bright Kaleidoscope fabrics nor the awesome texture of the charcoal background. Hopefully I can do a better job taking a photo of the quilt top that I hope to finish in October.

To-Do for the week of Sept 24th through September 30th

  1. Roseanne is going to be our queen bee in October for the Bee Hive swarm, IG HoneyBees 2019, and she has chosen the Ripples block designed by Angie of Gnome Angel. I really love this block and am excited that Angie has recently published an updated Ripples Pattern that includes both 12” blocks and 24” blocks. Roseanne has sent charm squares to all IG HoneyBees members that we will trim to 4 1/2” squares for the centers of the Ripple blocks. In the next day or two I will be pulling some coordinating grey, red, green, and black fabrics to make two super cute Christmas Ripple blocks.
  2. Go to the EQ Academy in Perrysburg, Ohio. I was given the Electric Quilt 8 software for my birthday this year and have had some success learning the program on my own, but I always learn better when taking classes in person. I can’t wait to take both Cheryl and Jenny’s classes later this week. I will also be visiting my family in Michigan on this trip.

Linking up to Home Sewn by Us: To-Do Tuesday Linky #7.

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3 Responses to To-Do Tuesday #6 Weekly Progress Update

  1. Jocelyn Thurston says:

    I love how this block turned out. Thanks for sharing the details. You do fabulous stitching!


  2. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Mary! First of all, I don’t usually respond directly from your website but your Header photo of your beautiful quilt is so lovely and inspiring. That is SO COOL that you can cut six layers at once, especially since you need 128 and 64 pieces of each shape. Your row one looks fabulous and that’s with a photo that doesn’t do it justice – I can only imagine how fabulous it is in person. That is going to be spectacular when it’s finished. Finally, the Ripples blocks – I have to get going on them. EEK! Even more finally and importantly, have a fantastic time at EQ8 classes. I know you will learn a lot and come home stoked to get going with those new skills right away. {{Hugs}} Safe travels and thank you for linking up. ~smile~ Roseanne


  3. That lumens quilt is going to be a stunner.


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