To-Do Tuesday 125 Weekly Progress Update 1-4-22

To-Do for the week of 12/28/21-1/3/22:

  1. Bind my Blakely Family Sew-Along Quilt.√Done
  2. Write my January 2022 One Monthly Goal post. √Done
  3. Get templates printed and start cutting fabric for my temperature quilts and my Quilt Your Life project. √Done

To-Do #1

In March 2021 I saw that Meghan with Then Came June came out with a new pattern named after her new niece, Blakely. (Read the back story in her post Blakely – the Namesake One.) I sent an email about this quilt to my Aunt Lois, her daughter, Sally, and Sally’s daughter, McKenzie, who are quilters and who are all Blakely descendants like me. Aunt Lois who now 91 is the youngest of the Blakely fifteen children and is the only one still alive. We decided to do a Blakely Family Sew-Along over several weeks in September and October 2021. Lois, Sally, McKenzie and her son who is learning to sew as well as one of Lois’ granddaughters, Josie, and I all participated and sent emails, Instagram posts, and texts with photos to cheer each other on.

You may remember that I had a few glitches with this quilt project including mixing up the narrow sashing strips (the ones within the blocks are 1.25″, and the ones that separate the blocks are 1.5″) and after sewing the quilt top together finding a hole in one of the long vertical sashing strips that had to be removed, cut again (thankfully I had extra fabric), and sewn back together again. It was worth it in the end because I ended up with a quilt that has a very special family connection for me.

Cara with Sew Colorado Quilting did a wonderful job quilting pansies using a 30 wt grey ombré thread which she went out and bought just for this project. I really like how well the flowers show up on the white-on-white leaf fabric with the heavier thread.


I used a beautiful Hoffman Floral Onyx Gray Panel for the quilt back:


I love the label that my cousin, Sally, machine embroidered and sent me to attach to my finished Blakely quilt.


Sally also sent me this great photo of quilt tops finished by Aunt Lois, Sally, McKenzie, and her 11-year-old son. They are pictured from right to left:


To-Do #2

I wrote about turning old Treasure Hunt blocks into a 2022 Donation Quilt here:


To-Do #3

I got the flying geese made for 1/1/22 for my New Mexico, California, and Washington temperature quilts. They look pretty meager on their own, so I’ll share a pic next week of the units for Week 1 of these temperature quilts.

To-Do for the week of Jan 4th-10th:

  1. Paper piece Week 1 of my Peloton project.
  2. Make flying geese for Jan 2-7 for my NM, CA, and WA temperature quilts.
  3. Make progress with a project that I will share about later this month.

Linking up with Texas Quilt Gal: To-Do Tuesday

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10 Responses to To-Do Tuesday 125 Weekly Progress Update 1-4-22

  1. Your Blakely quilt is gorgeous! I loved the story of the name on Then Came June’s blog, and it is so neat that you were able to get the others in your family on board with making a family name quilt. Your colors are fantastic, and wow on the panel on the back! Love the picture of all the quilts and their makers, that is priceless. Where was the photo taken?
    The Treasure Hunt blocks look great together.
    Thank you for sharing with To Do Tuesday.


  2. The Morning Latte says:

    Such beautiful projects! I love that pic of everyone holding their version of the same quilt. Looks like so much fun–would love to do something like that some day!


  3. What fun to do a family sew along. I love all the Blakely quilts, but yours is flat out gorgeous. The backing, too, is perfect. What a great finish! I’ll be watching those temp quilts progress; I’m intrigued!


  4. Oh wow, what a special quilt along to have done with family. I love that you have a photo of all the other quilts that were made together!


  5. I love the Blakely quilts, Mary! What fun to do a family sew-along! Your string blocks are looking great, too. Good luck with your list this week!


  6. chrisknits says:

    What a great collection of quilts!!! They are just wonderful.


  7. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Mary! The Like button just isn’t enough for this post. I adore the Blakely quilts and the makers peeking out from their version. Just fabulous. Gosh, that dahlia on the back is fab, too. I would never think to do that . . . but now I will! You did great this past week on your to-do’s, didn’t you?!! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne


  8. Rebecca Grace says:

    I LOVE that your family did a Blakely quilt sewalong, Mary! You are so lucky to have so many quilters in your family! They all look fantastic, and I love the idea of using that Dream Big floral panel as your backing. And you know I am in love with your Treasure Hunt blocks, too. Have a wonderful week!


  9. Lois Scott says:

    Hi Mary,
    Beautiful quilting design and lovely backing.
    Wonderful idea for family sew along.
    Beautiful messages about family quilting history.
    Your Mom would be so very proud of your quilting.
    Much love,
    Auntie Lois


  10. What a great photo of your SAL!!! Aunt Lois sewed one quilt top herself, at age 91?!! 👏👏👏


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