To-Do Tuesday #32 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 March 17th-March 23rd:

  1. Start making paper-pieced units for three pillows to go with the Stargazer quilt I finished in February. – √ Done
  2. Make the first block for the 2020 Mini Series Sew Along with Giucy Guice and Alison Glass. – √ Done (Kinda)
  3. Do the Quilter’s Color Quest Seasons exercises. Nope
  4. Extra Credit: Finish two camping placemats for my friend, Sharon. – Nope

To-Do #1

I did paper piece 12 of the units I need for Mary’s pillows, eight of the triangle on the top, and four of the triangle on the bottom.

To-Do #2

I’ve been flip-flopping in my mind the color scheme I wanted to use for the 2020 Mini Series Sew Along. I first thought I would make all eight blocks in rainbow colors, and then I decided I would make a test block in rainbow colors but thought I would probably re-make the block in my favorite aqua-turquoise-teal color way and use that same color way in the other seven blocks. Um no. I honestly don’t have the patience nor the energy to make any more of these incredibly time consuming tiny blocks. I continue to work full-time at a mental health clinic, and as you can imagine, people are freaking out about the COVID-19 pandemic (and I’m not just talking about the clients!!!)  I’m finding that the news overload, constant change of plans (I most likely will not be visiting my family in California in June now), my stressed and constantly changing work environment, etc. is absolutely affecting what I want to do with my free time and what I find relaxing. Below is the test Criss Cross block I made in Kaleidoscope rainbow colors, and I plan to make it into a lovely mug rug for my office. Isn’t the llama ruler adorable that Mary brought me from Seattle, Washington earlier this month? Thankfully she did not also bring with her the corona virus, but the first two cases in Washington were diagnosed when she was there.

I absolutely love this Alison Glass’ Mini Series table runner (click on link to see it), and I really thought I would make one in my favorite color way using the mini series blocks, but I have re-considered that decision. Honestly, the deal breaker for me was tearing off the almost microscopic shreds of paper, mostly with a tweezer. And anyone who follows me regularly and knows how much I love paper piecing has never heard me complain about tearing off the paper. In a regular paper-pieced project, it’s almost therapeutic for me. I definitely have plenty of other projects to keep me busy, so I’m going to let this one go, at least for now. But I now have a table runner on the brain, so don’t be surprised to see me make one in the coming months but probably NOT with super tiny piecing.

To Do #3

Obviously we’re officially in the spring season, and the colors tend more toward pastels. Honestly, I don’t have a lot of pastel fabric, and I decided that I do indeed want to make more Bear Paw blocks, but mine will be in the bright, saturated colors that I love. So I opted not to do the seasons exercises in the Quilter’s Field Guide to Color.

To-Do #4

I just didn’t feeling like doing any quilting this week—maybe next week.

To-Do for the week of March 24th-March 30th

  1. Make more paper-pieced units for the Stargazer pillows this week.
  2. Cut backing fabric and send off  Vertices quilt top to be quilted. I will be donating this quilt for the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2020. I have chosen the Mercyful Quilts charity again. Please see my 2019 Mercyful Quilt to see the quilt I made last year for this very worthwhile charity.
  3. Quilt (very simply) my rainbow criss cross block and bind it with cheater binding.
  4. Extra credit: Maybe this week I will feel like quilting Sharon’s camping placemats. We’ll see. No pressure!

Linking up to Home Sewn By Us: To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky #33.

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3 Responses to To-Do Tuesday #32 Weekly Progress Update

  1. Linda Mincher says:

    I love that llama ruler! Good luck on your list this week.


  2. I’ll bet that at any other time than this season of COVID, you might enjoy that tiny piecing challenge. However, with the work you do, and the stress of life right now, who needs the stress of tearing off miniscule pieces of paper. So I think you’ve made a wise choice. I’ve opted to not join in on it or any other new QALs (so far). I just want to be able to relax and enjoy sewing. So I opted to update my blog instead – no stress there – haha!


  3. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Mary! ~Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Mary, happy birthday to you. And many more!~ Imagine that in my best singing voice! How darn cute is that llama ruler?!?!! That was nice of her to pick up for you – and even nicer that she didn’t catch or bring home the virus. Holy moly, that is one SMALL paper-pieced block. Those words in combination together would put me over the edge – small and PP. While the block is gorgeous, it will make a fabulous mug rug! Mary’s pillow triangle blocks look fab. {{Hugs}} and stay the course. I can’t even imagine how stressed you are feeling just from work, and then to add the news on top. Stay safe and healthy and spend time on things and with people you love. Thanks for linking up this week. ~smile~ Roseanne


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