To-Do Tuesday 62 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.

I’m posting two days early because I wanted to share about the online Wavelength workshop on October 24th being done by the super talented Rebecca Bryan. Spaces may be limited, so I wanted to let people know about this awesome opportunity for an incredible price. See the end of this post for details.

To-Do for the week of Oct 13th-Oct 19th:

  1. Start working again on my Solstice quilt. √ Done
  2. Take another Sashiko class through the Pacific International Quilt Festival. √ Done
  3. Write a post about my other secret Christmas quilt. √ Done

To-Do #1

I finished my Solstice Month 7 units which form the inner star in the pic below. The second photo shows a close-up of one of the units (Solstice pattern by Rebecca Bryan). I’ve decided that rather than finishing up the quilt that I would like to make a hexagon table topper (and use the other units in an improv project down the road). I know Roseanne has made a few hexagon table toppers. I’m wondering how difficult it is to bind a hexagon-shaped piece. Hopefully Roseanne and anyone else with experience binding this shape will share a helpful hint or two.


To-Do #2

I really enjoyed the Hitomezashi Sashiko class on Oct 16th with Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby (@shibaguyz on Instagram). Even on Zoom, these guys are very engaging, and the three-hour class flew by. I particularly liked learning the rice stitch. A kit was provided as part of registering for the class which included a few different materials to stitch on. One of them was a 5” square of quilting cotton that has a quarter-inch grid on it. We used it to learn how to do the rice stitch which involves offset running stitches, crosses, and diagonal stitches. Shannon and Jason shared so much valuable information, and they have a Sashiko book coming out in December that I definitely plan to buy. They suggest using a double width of Aurafil 12 wt thread (also provided with the kit). I like the look, though I can see some separation of threads in my practice piece below. Perhaps with more consistent stitching that won’t happen too often (and maybe a little less puckering!) I liked doing this rice stitch so much that I finished this practice piece Saturday morning just to reinforce the learning even though it will just stay in my Sashiko supplies as an example.

To-Do #3

I waited to write the post about the Merrily quilt below until it was delivered to Mary’s sister, Kathy. Please see my Merrily Christmas Quilt Finished and Finally Delivered post for details and all the angst Mary and I went through until Kathy received her quilt. The  second pic below is the quilt back.

To-Do for the week of Oct 20th-Oct 26th:

  1. Make a Fiddlesticks block for the Kat & Cat Quilts Covered in Love Sept-Oct block drive. I’ve started making strip sets with leftover batik scraps.
  2. Finish my Dahlia Sashiko project.
  3. Take Rebecca Bryan’s Wavelength mini-workshop on Oct 24th on Zoom. The workshop is only $37, and participants get a digital version of her Modern Rainbow Quilts which is one of my all-time favorite quilting books. Wavelength is the cover quilt photo. I’ve wanted to make her rainbow version of Wavelength ever since I bought the book from Rebecca at the Stash Books booth at QuiltCon in 2016, but I’m also tempted to make one with an array of blue/green fabrics. I probably won’t even start making this project quite yet, but I definitely want to see some of Rebecca’s tips. You can see a mini version in blue/green fabrics as well as the full-size rainbow version in this Post. If you’re interested, you can sign up for this workshop Here.

Linking up to Home Sewn By Us: To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky #63.

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5 Responses to To-Do Tuesday 62 Weekly Progress Update

  1. Your solstice star is gorgeous! I was surprised at how easy it is to bind odd angles — I used this tutorial by Julie Herman when I made one her patterns in a class.
    Good luck…can’t wait to see your finished project ♥


  2. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Mary! I didn’t do anything special when binding the few hexagon toppers we’ve made. I attached the strips like usual, and the corners were nice and crisp like usual. I didn’t even use bias cut fabric or anything. Your hexagon Solstice topper looks FABULOUS. It is really cool looking and the individual piece you shared really rocks. It looks way, way, way too hard for me to ever attempt! I’m glad you enjoyed the Sashiko course. Just curious – do they not recommend something to keep your fabric taunt, like a hoop for cross stitch? Modern Rainbow in blues/greens sounds right up your alley! Or just aquas and teals. Thanks for sharing the link! And thanks in advance for linking up on Tuesday. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne


  3. Your Blue-star Block is awesome…. They all are.


  4. Oh, Solstice as a table topper will be stunning. Like Roseanne said, you don’t have to do anything different when binding it. Just turn the corner like you do with a square quilt. The Sashiko looks so pretty – I’ll have to try a double width of 12 wt – interesting idea. You have some fun projects coming up!


  5. The Solstice tabletopper is beautiful! I haven’t bound anything that shape either, so I was interested to see what people said about it, too. I also have that Modern Rainbow book, but haven’t looked at it in awhile. I’ll enjoy seeing what you decide on after your class!


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