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:
- Start making paper-pieced units for three pillows to go with the Stargazer quilt I finished in February. – √ Done
- Make the first block for the 2020 Mini Series Sew Along with Giucy Guice and Alison Glass. – √ Done (Kinda)
- Do the Quilter’s Color Quest Seasons exercises. Nope
- Extra Credit: Finish two camping placemats for my friend, Sharon. – Nope
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.
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.
I just didn’t feeling like doing any quilting this week—maybe next week.
To-Do for the week of March 24th-March 30th
- Make more paper-pieced units for the Stargazer pillows this week.
- 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.
- Quilt (very simply) my rainbow criss cross block and bind it with cheater binding.
- Extra credit: Maybe this week I will feel like quilting Sharon’s camping placemats. We’ll see. No pressure!