To-Do Tuesday 103 Weekly Progress Update

I am joining the weekly To-Do Tuesday Linky Party that is usually hosted by Chris at ChrisKnits

To-Do for the week of July 27th-Aug 2nd:

  1. Make a third Fancy Forest Hazel Hedgehog block and get my modified Fancy Forest quilt top put together. √Done
  2. Finish the Two Cranes Sashiko pillow for my brother. √Done
  3. Make a mug rug with Kaleidoscope fabrics for a work colleague. √Done

To-Do #1

I did get my last hedgehog made in blue and turquoise for my modified Fancy Forest quilt and sewed the quilt top together. I’m going to wait to do a full reveal until after I get this quilted (yes, myself, as opposed to sending it out!!!) I am going to try using Hobbs fusible batting for this 28″ X 42″ wall hanging, which is on order from Amazon. Have any of you tried using this fusible batting? I generally baste my mini quilts with Elmer’s purple glue sticks, but this wall hanging is a little too big for glue stick basting.

I would have no problem with paying for long-arm quilting or even the extra time to wait to get the quilt back from the long-armer, but if I do simple wavy quilting, I can control where the quilting goes, and I’d rather not have the eyes and nose of the hedgehogs and possibly the foxes show any quilting.

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To-Do #2

For quilting my brother’s Two Cranes Sashiko pillow, I decided to use fusible black interfacing rather than batting because I was concerned that white batting would show through the loose weave of the indigo Sashiko cloth. I do have some black batting, but it’s buried in my shed, and I just didn’t have it in me to pull out lots of bins to access this batting. Because interfacing is much thinner than batting, I actually quilted the pillow front using a regular presser foot instead of my walking foot. I decided to quilt two lines around the perimeter of the design and then quilted around each crane and called it good. The quilting with a dark blue thread is almost invisible on purpose as I didn’t want it to compete with the Sashiko stitching.

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The fabric for the back is called Dance Steps in Maize, and there is still some available at Bernie’s Needle and Foot Etsy shop. I think the bird tracks look perfect with the Two Cranes design.

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To-Do #3

I designed the mug rug for my colleague at work using an EQ8 square-in-a-square-in-a-square block (see mock up in second pic below). When I sewed the block, I was able to use the eyedropper option in the color design tab that showed me each color in my mock-up. I used every single fabric in my mock-up for my actual block except I changed the grey from Pepper to Charcoal.

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To-Do for the week of Aug 3rd-Aug 9th:

  1. Cut some petals to be appliquéd on my Lotus Blossom quilt.
  2. Make some ombré triangles for a new ombré quilt project that I will share about next week.
  3. Start hand-quilting my Dahlia Sashiko project.

Linking up to Melva Loves Scraps: To-Do Tuesday.

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7 Responses to To-Do Tuesday 103 Weekly Progress Update

  1. I have some of that maize fabric, it’s very cool. Looks great for the pillow. I have a Sashiko (not the cranes!) project I’m working on, and I’ve been pondering how to quilt it, so this was helpful to read. You’ve had a good week!

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  2. That Maize is just perfect! The quilting really is invisible. I clicked on your Dahlia link and it is gorgeous.

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  3. The pillow turned out so beautifully; the maize fabric compliments your sashiko thread color beautifully!

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  4. I love your Two Cranes Sashiko pillow. I definitely need to explore that technique because I don’t remember seeing it before. Thanks for sharing the photo.

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  5. Your brother’s pillow is gorgeous — the maize fabric was the perfect choice! Your mug rug inspired me to make a few with my scraps — Enjoy your weekend!

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  6. chrisknits says:

    What a great week you had!! Love the small project, love those colors.

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