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 June 2nd-June 8th:
- Finish Month 2 of the Solstice BOM. √ Done
- Try a few sashiko stitches on a pre-printed coaster. √ Done
- Work on a secret Christmas quilting project. √ Done
I did indeed finish the 12 units for Solstice BOM Month 2. I trimmed them up using an equilateral triangle ruler. Some of them lined up perfectly and others not so much. I’m not sure how forgiving the quilt will be when sewing all the units together, but the good thing is I’m not planning for this quilt to be a gift, so it’s a good one to learn and practice other piecing skills. And I may end up re-making them. When I was reviewing the Month 2 lesson over the weekend, I noticed that there was a paper-piecing template for these units at the end of the lesson. I wish I had seen that before because I will definitely choose paper piecing over strip-piecing any day!
I bought a Sashiko coaster set awhile back to learn how to do this ancient Japanese embroidery technique. I spent a couple hours watching YouTube videos and finally decided I needed to dive in. I chose the simplest coaster design and was able to get one coaster stitched in less than an hour. It was a little stressful trying to get my stitches a consistent length, but I finally relaxed and chalked up my less-than-perfect stitches to the learning process. There seems to be a theme with To-Do #1 and #2, and it continues into the third item on my list.
I’ve made some progress on my secret Christmas quilting project, but Saturday was one of those days where everything I did went wrong. The project involves basic paper piecing, and I felt like I was back in the early days of paper piecing when I made every kind of error imaginable. I finally figured out that I was tired and just needed to relax, so I made myself stop working on the project while I read a book and took a little nap. I also had to consider how the current distressing events of the world have taken a toll (though I am heartened by so many people taking a stand against racism). By Sunday I felt like I was operating on most of my cylinders again. I can now share a little more about this project since Mary decided to send a sneak peak (see below) to her sister, Debra, who will be the recipient of this Christmas Tree quilt.
To-Do for the week of June 9th-June 15th:
- Work on Month 3 of the Solstice BOM.
- I want to do the stitching on another Sashiko coaster.
- Work some more on the mostly secret Christmas Tree quilting project.