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 January 14th-January 20th:
- Finish my modified Stargazer quilt top. – √ Done
- Make the binding for my Medallion Lanterns quilt. – √ Done
- Get initial items selected for Instagram destash, write a short description, and price items.– √ Done
- Post my #2020FALQ1List on Instagram.– √ Done
I got my modified Stargazer quilt top done a little earlier than I anticipated thanks to an unexpected snow day on Friday. See my The Color Purple post for more details about this project. There are some amazing purple projects on Sarah Goer’s Show Me Something Purple linky party. Below is a pic of the finished quilt that pretty much looks the same as the previous week’s pic when I had laid out all the blocks (I guess that’s a good thing!) I promise to take a photo of the finished quilt outside (and not on my bed!).
The binding is done for my Medallion Lanterns quilt. I decided to take a picture of it with my new 2020 Kona Cotton Solids calendar in the background. I absolutely love the purple January quilt called Circle of Friends by Ariga Mahmoudlou who designed several other gorgeous quilts in the calendar. I especially like Waves and Night Stars. All three of these quilts use color gradient in such masterful ways. Check them out Here, and the pattern downloads are free (and it’s not required that you’ve purchased the calendar). I may have to make one or all of them!
I pulled some items to start de-stashing on Instagram. That Instagram account is @mringer_destash. I think there is a nice assortment including some Downton Abbey Egyptian collection, Hoffman Bali Crackers, Moda Black Tie Affair layer cakes, some jelly rolls, two fat quarter bundles, and one fat eighth bundle. I’ve priced and described all the items and have handed them over to my friend, Kristen, who is figuring out the shipping/handling costs, and then she’ll get the items photographed individually and posted.
Starting this year, Finish-A-Long, which has been hosted by quilting bloggers all over the world, is now being hosted on Instagram. All I had to do was post a photo of my handwritten list on my Instagram account (@mringer58) and use the tag #2020FALQ1list. This is definitely an easier format than writing a blog post, and I think a lot more people may end up participating. For me there is a downside in that many of my family and friends follow me on Instagram, so I really have to watch what I post on IG if what I’m writing about is a gift like the queen-size Medallion Lanterns quilt for Drew (note Item #4 below). I don’t think too many of them regularly read my blog posts (except my friend, Laura), so I tend to freely write about my ongoing projects on my blog (unless they’re for Laura!).
To-Do for the week of January 21st-January 27th
- Make one more tree block to donate to the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild in Australia who are collecting tree-themed blocks for families who have lost their homes from the Australian bushfires. See Bernie of Needle & Foot’s Bushfire Tree Blocks for Australia post for more information about this worthy cause and links to some tree block tutorials. Here is the tree block I made over the weekend using Kirsty of Bonjour Quilt’s cute Tree Quilt Block Tutorial.
- Quilt (very simply) eight Reel Time mug rugs and finish them using the “cheater binding” method. My niece messaged me the other day asking if I would be willing to make some mug rugs to go with the Zen Chic Reel Time placemats and table runner that I made for my sister three years ago, and of course I said I would. My scraps from that collection are limited, so I pieced eight simple four-patch units using just two fabrics in the collection. Below are four of the units placed on the black X fabric that will be the backing and “cheater” binding.
- Make 12 Solstice BOM Month 1 units. I am very excited to be participating in Rebecca Bryan’s 2020 Solstice Block of the Month Program, and I have chosen to make mine using the monochromatic colorway in a lovely ombre of blue. There will be six blue fabrics ranging from darkest to light, and I will be using a silver glimmer fabric for the nearly white color. Below are the four fabrics I’ll be using in Month 1: Dark (Kona Marine), Medium (Kona Astral), Medium Light (Kona Niagra), and Light (Kona Lake).