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.