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 November 5th-November 11th:
- Quilt and finish the Blue Indigo HST pillow. – √ Done
- Quilt and finish my Penguin Party Pillow. – √ Done
- Make two Quatrefoil blocks. – √ Done
- Make two Covered in Love blocks. – √ Done
- Start binding my Dimension in Dusk Quilt. – √ Done
Any of you who regularly read my blog posts know that the actual quilting of quilting projects is not my favorite task, so I opted for super simple quilting of the Blue Indigo HST pillow for my niece. I stitched in the ditch on all the straight seams but left the diagonal seams alone. The second photo below is the back of the pillow where I pieced a total of 8 HSTs along with some dark blue fabric from my stash to make the envelope backing. Please see last week’s To-Do Tuesday #12 post for information about this project that my mom started many years ago. I know my niece will treasure this collaboration between her grandmother and me with birds in the fabric that will always remind her of her mom.
I (more or less) straight-line quilted my Penguin Party Pillow. It’s one step up in difficulty from Stitch-in-the-Ditch quilting, but I really like the look of straight-line quilting. I adore the print that I used for envelope backing in the second photo below.
The Quatrefoil Bee Hive block has a special place in my heart. It is the first block that I sewed in January 2016 for our January Queen Bee when I joined the Bee Hive as a newbie quilter and was super nervous about sewing for other quilters. Later that month I sewed a Terra Australis Quatrefoil block for my Terra Australis Sampler Quilt. In August 2016 when I was the Queen Bee, I chose it as my block for the swarm to make mostly because of the lovely secondary pattern created when the blocks are sewn together. Below is a photo of that finished quilt that I absolutely love and cherish.
I also used the Quatrefoil block to surround paper-pieced French bulldogs in my French Bulldog Quilts. So when our IG Honeybees 2019 November Queen Bee, Rachel, chose the Quatrefoil block, I was very pleased. This will be the last Bee Hive block that I will make as I will not be participating again next year, and it feels fitting to close out this chapter with this favorite block. Below are the two Quatrefoil blocks that I made this past week:
Even though I generally love bright colors, I do the like the subdued Holiday Tones palette chosen by Kat for the Covered in Love November/December blocks. These blocks were very fast to make, and I’m thinking of making a quilt sometime with the 6.5, 4.5, and 2.5” squares to feature the many cat fabrics in my stash.
I received my Dimension in Dusk quilt back from My Long Arm Quilting Service on Thursday. I machine-stitched the binding on the front on Sunday and have gotten 3/4 of the binding hand-stitched on the back. Here’s a little sneak peak that shows the Time Warp quilting pattern which I think looks works perfectly with this quilt.
To-Do for the week of November 12th through November 18th
- Finish binding Dimension in Dusk.
- Start binding my Lumen quilt which should arrive back from Sew Shabby Quilting in the next day or two.
- I actually pieced two penguins earlier this month. In the coming week, I hope to quilt the second Penguin Party Pillow for my friend, Alicia, who would like to display her pillow year round. I have found a perfect turquoise diagonal check fabric to back her pillow.
Linking up to Home Sewn by Us: To-Do Tuesday Linky #14.
Hi Mary! You rocked last week’s list!! I just ADORE the pillow for your niece. WOWEE – those fabrics look great together. I am 100% certain your niece will cherish this multigenerational pillow. And the penguin with his cute little red nose. How sweet is he?! Who is this pillow for? I’ll bet they are going to just love it as well. Your quatrefoil quilt is gorgeous and your blocks for Rachel turned out great. Those fabrics you chose are fab – I’m so shocked to see turquoise/teal. HAHA! OOH-LA-LA . . . look at the quilting on Dimension in Dusk!! Holy moly – I can’t wait for the full reveal. Those colors are so delicious. Thanks for linking up my friend. ~smile~ Roseanne
You are working on so many neat projects – enjoyed seeing them all! The quatrefoil block is great – I love the one you made in the turquoises. The penguin pillow is great, too – and that backing fabric is so perfect! Have a great quilty week!
Oh yay! A slam dunk on all your ‘to-dos’ DONE!
That indigo pillow is fabulous…I forget the stunning qualities of that ‘ancient’ colorway. And for me, quilting is all about the connections – which this pillow beautifully represents.
Seeing your trefoil quilt alongside of Roseanne’s blocks on her post is one of those things I love about quilting, too – how such a simple thing as changing the colorway makes it all appear different.
And your choice of the Warp Quilting pattern on your Dimension in Dusk Quilt is one I’ll have to file away as it seems it could be a good all-purpose go-to. Of course, purples are my fav, so maybe I’m a bit biased on this one!