To-Do Tuesday 105 Weekly Progress Update

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

To-Do for the week of Aug 10th-16th:

  1. Cut the rest of the petals to be appliquéd on my Lotus Blossom quilt and start appliquéing them. Partially done
  2. Make more ombré triangles for my  Ombré Lotus project. √Done
  3. If time allows, start my EQ8 Foundation Blocks lessons. √Done

To-Do #1

I got the other five petals cut out to appliqué on my Lotus Bloom quilt, but I did not start appliquéing them. I did, however, come up with a better way to add the quarter-inch seam allowance that I will need when I start to needle turn these petals to attach them to the Lotus Bloom quilt. I used one of the curved acrylic templates that I purchased from Jen Carlton Bailly, and I incrementally moved the curved template as I was cutting and kept lining it up with the curve of the petal.

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To-Do #2

I have spent most of my free time this past week working on my Ombré Lotus project. Last week I shared that I decided to paper-piece the units for this quilt top. My main reason for doing that was the instruction in the pattern to cut down the jelly roll strips from 2.5″ to 2.25″. I just didn’t want to do that. So I made the choice to use my jelly roll strips without trimming them down on an 8-inch paper template which is a bit bigger than the pattern template. I found I was just a little short on fabric (if the jelly roll strips were even another inch or two longer, I would’ve been fine), so I purchased another Fairy Dust jelly roll knowing that I will use the leftovers for another quilt this year. I got all the triangles made by Friday and on Saturday I started sewing them together. It took me awhile to figure out the best way to match the odd angles so the seams lined up, and using a basting stitch first before sewing the regular-stitch seam is advisable even though I don’t always follow my own advice! Below is a pic of the first two rows without the background strips that will be added to make the quilt top bigger.

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To-Do #3

I spent some time on the first lesson of EQ8 Foundation Blocks. My heart wasn’t really in it. Hopefully fairly soon I will give more focus and time to increasing my EQ8 paper-piecing drafting skills as I really like the precision of paper piecing. Many of my favorite quilt designers primarily design paper-pieced patterns. Juliet of The Tartankiwi is particularly talented, and once again she tantalized me to purchase another one of her amazing patterns, Sleigh Ride, and she is hosting a Sleigh Ride Sew-Along. Her schedule won’t work for me as I have other quilting commitments. But I will be following the SAL and hope to make a table runner for the holidays later this year.

To-Do for the week of Aug 17th-23rd:

  1. Start appliquéing the petals on my Lotus Blossom quilt.
  2. Bind my Positivity quilt.
  3. Make more progress on my Ombré Lotus project.

Linking up to Chris Knits: To-Do Tuesday.

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5 Responses to To-Do Tuesday 105 Weekly Progress Update

  1. Rebecca Grace says:

    Love your “hack” for adding that curved seam allowance for rotary cutting. And your ombre lotus project is looking amazing so far!

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  2. chrisknits says:

    Looks like you were 100% for the week! Way to go. Thanks for linking up with To-Do and good luck with next week’s goals.

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  3. Shoot – if I’d have been closer, I could’ve given you some of my left over Fairy Dust! I’m really liking the peeks I’m seeing of that project!

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  4. Your Ombre Lotus is looking wonderful, Mary! I wouldn’t want to trim 1/4 inch off a jelly roll strip either – so tedious. I hope the paper-piecing continues to work!

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  5. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Mary! That is a brilliant idea for easily adding a seam allowance to your paper piecing templates. Your Ombre Lotus project is coming along SO well. I just adore that fabric. I’m pretty darn sure I purchased a quilt kit just because of the fabric collection – hopefully, I also like the quilt pattern and actually make it some day soon. OL is going to be a fabulous quilt! Finally, not that I need any temptations but I just HAVE to check out the Sleigh Ride pattern and sew along. I love the sound of it so thanks for sharing the link – but PP?!! I know EQ8 can be frustrating but once it clicks you’ll be a whiz at designing anything you want. I didn’t understand the PP dynamic at first – you have to extend the lines to the edges to anchor them. Good luck on your sewing this week! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

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