To-Do Tuesday 95 Weekly Progress Update

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

To-Do for the week of June 1st-7th:

  1. Bind my modified Meadowland (Whale Tales) quilt. √Done
  2. Get caught up with Tech Know Quilters intro to Easy Draw lessons. √Done
  3. Cut 2.5” and 4.5” strips for the Positivity Quilt Along hosted by Sew Preeti Quilts. √Done

To-Do #1

I’ve had my quilted Whale Tales Modified Meadowland quilt back for a couple months from Jessica@ Sugar Mill Quilts whom I have gotten to know through Instagram. I really like the quilting pattern that she suggested which looks like ocean waves. This 64” X 64” throw is for my nephew Jack who will celebrate his 50th birthday in July. I will be able to give it to him in person when I visit California early next month. Jack is a surfer and loves the ocean, so I thought a quilt using the Whale Tales fabric collection by Katherine Quinn would be perfect for him. The binding is grey Cloud 9 Shadow Cirrus solid which I also used in the quilt. It is favorite fabric of mine because of the texture it adds, though like any shot cotton, it does tend to fray.

I sewed this quilt in rows rather than blocks to accommodate the 8.5” fussy-cut squares featuring some wonderful ocean images. The orangey-brown fabric that frames the octopus below is Kona Cedar. I really like how it complements the feature fabrics in the quilt top. 

The backing fabric is a Cotton+Steel Octopus print that I’ve had in my stash for a few years.

To-Do #2

I finished the 13 lessons that were included in Kari Schell’s Tech Know Quilters Intro to Easy Draw module. Below is a quilt I drafted in EQ8 using Kari’s instructions that I may make someday using Giucy Giuce’s fabrics.

To-Do #3

I’m starting to cut fabrics a little early for the Positivity QAL, so I can get most of the blocks sewed before my trip to CA. I used my Accuquilt strip cutter to cut the 2.5” colorful Kaleidoscope strips as well as the 2.5” Charcoal background strips. I wished I had a strip cutter to cut the twenty-two 4.5” background strips, but I got those done the old fashioned way. No pic—you’ll have to trust me on this!!!

To-Do for the week of June 8th-14th:

  1. Make two blocks for the Covered in Love May-June Block Drive. Tammy is guest hosting this block drive, and she has chosen a really easy block with a 5” center (our choice—think I-Spy for Grown-ups) and 3.5” borders in colors of sea and sand (which can include the colors yellow, cream, and gold).
  2. Stitch two Sashiko rainbow squares that will be made into mug rugs for my cousin, Sally, and her daughter, Kenzie, who I will see when visit California next month. They both are sewists and quilters who enjoy hand-crafted items.

  3. Subcut 2.5” and 4.5” squares and 2.5” X 6.5” rectangles for the Positivity Quilt Along hosted by Sew Preeti Quilts.

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June 2021 OMG

My June 2021 One Monthly Goal is to make 24 blocks for the Positivity Sew Along hosted by Sew Preeti Quilts. I’m thrilled to make another Mercyful quilt that will go to the Palliative Care Unit at Mercy Hospital in Sacramento, California that gives quilts to their terminally ill patients to bring some measure of comfort to the person and their family as they go through the difficult process of dying. The family then keeps the quilt in the memory of the person who passed away.

Preeti has some amazing Layouts (my favorite is #12), but I’m needing to keep it simple as I’m extra busy these days and also will be going to California early next month to celebrate my brother, Bill’s 75th birthday. I’m using seven different Alison Glass Kaleidoscope fabrics to make my gender neutral version of Positivity. The background is Charcoal, and the fabrics for the pluses are pictured below from left to right: Cobalt, Turtle, Tiger, Pencil, Hope, and Mermaid (even the names of the fabrics are gender neutral except for Mermaid!)

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To-Do Tuesday 94 Weekly Progress Update

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

To-Do for the week of May 25th-31st:

  1. Take a photo of Ombré Star. √Done
  2. Finish my Two Cranes Sashiko project and write my May 2021 OMG Finish post. √Done
  3. Attach a hanging sleeve to my Planner Quilt. √Done

To-Do #1

I had hoped to get outside to take a photo of Ombré Star, but life has been extra busy these days, so I opted for a photo on my full-size bed. It is definitely a nice size quilt at 72” square. I really love the Simple Stars quilting done by Sew Shabby Quilting.

To-Do #2

I finished my Two Cranes Sashiko project and wrote about it in my May 2021 One Monthly Goal Finish post.

To-Do #3

I got the hanging sleeve attached to my Planner Quilt and here it is hanging on the wall above my bed. I deliberately did not include the quilt on my bed since it doesn’t look good with the Planner Quilt! I think a coordinating Ombré quilt for my bed is in my future but definitely not this year! For now that Planner Quilt is acting as a curtain on the small window in my back room.

To-Do for the week of June 1st-7th:

  1. Get caught up with Tech Know Quilters intro to Easy Draw lessons.
  2. Bind my modified Meadowland (Whale Tales) quilt.
  3. Cut 2.5” and 4.5” strips for the Positivity Quilt Along hosted by Sew Preeti Quilts.

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2021 Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge

This is my third year participating in the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge. My donation quilt is a Color Jolt throw-size quilt that measures 51” X 67”. I was too late to participate in the Quilt-Along last fall, but I appreciated all the good information that Kate with SparkleStash.com included in her QAL posts. This was a fun and relatively quick quilt to make, and I was able to use Hoffman Volcano 10-inch squares in my stash along with Kona Teal Blue for sashing and borders. Cara@Sew Colorado Quilting did such a nice job of quilting it with a simple edge-to-edge quilting pattern called lightning.

I am donating my H2H quilt to Covered in Love. Over the past couple years I’ve made some donation blocks for this wonderful hospice program in Texas but this is the first quilt I’ve donated to them. It is my hope that it lifts the spirits of its recipient.

Linking up to 2021 Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge.

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May 2021 OMG Finish

My May 2021 One Monthly Goal was to do the sashiko stitching on the Two Cranes pre-printed Sashiko pattern. Last month I started stitching it with a variegated orange Perle thread but didn’t like how washed-out the lighter sections of the thread looked. I ordered some Wonderfil Eleganza in a several yellow and orange colors, and ended up using a color called Pencil. I still haven’t rinsed off the pre-printed marks in the pic below:

The design measures about 11.5” square. I will be giving it unfinished to my brother in July for his 75th birthday and will find out how he would like me to finish it. I could have it framed for him. I could made it the center of a lap quilt or it could be a mini wall hanging. It also would make a nice pillow. Stay tuned for an update in mid-July regarding what he decides 🙂

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To-Do Tuesday 93 Weekly Progress Update

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

To-Do for the week of May 18th-24th:

  1. Bind my Ombré Star quilt that is for my great-niece, Sophia’s high school graduation in June. √Done
  2. Work on my Watercolor quilt. √Done
  3. Continue to work on my Two Cranes Sashiko project. √Done

To-Do #1

I finished binding Sophia’s quilt on Sunday but did not have time to take a full photo of this quilt. I took a quick pic that shows the binding, the quilting (Simple Stars by Sew Shabby Quilting) and the backing fabric (Jennifer Sampou’s Chalk and Charcoal Wide-Capri).

To-Do #2

I did work a little more on my Watercolor project but ran into a snag when I tried to make the mirror image units. I’m thinking it is likely that I missed out on some important information when I took Audrey’s class on May 16th. Since I will be able to retake the class in the future, I’ve decided to put this project away until I retake the class.

To-Do #3

I made more headway on my Two Cranes Sashiko project and should be able to finish it this coming week.

Quilt Recipients Update:

I have a few pics to share with you of recent recipients of my quilts. First up is my amazing great-niece Rachel with her mini quilt that arrived on her graduation day:

Next is sweet Baby Lucy on her Cat & Birds quilt:

And finally here is a photo of adorable  Baby Harper on her Ombré Quilt:

To-Do for the week of May 25th-31st:

  1. Take a photo of Ombré Star.
  2. Finish my Two Cranes Sashiko project and write my May 2021 OMG Finish post.
  3. Attach a hanging sleeve to my Planner Quilt.

Linking up to Chris Knits: To-Do Tuesday.

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My Hometown Hero

I am joining Sarah@Confessions Of A Fabric Addict who has hosted Hands2Help for the last 10 years. This is my third year of participating in this comfort quilt challenge where quilts are made for worthwhile charities (such as those who distribute quilts to hospice patients, people undergoing chemotherapy, and children in the foster care system). Last year Sarah added an option to make a quilt for a deserving individual recipient, and I made a quilt for my longtime friend, Jeanne Wilkins, for the Hands2Help 2020 Caregivers Quilt Initiative. Please see my 50 Years of Friendship Quilt post to learn more about my amazing friend and the quilt I made for her. This year Sarah has included another individual recipient category and that is for Hometown Heroes who have made a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic. I decided to make a quilt for my friend, Kathy Bibinoff, who I met over 40 years ago in my hometown (the suburbs of Sacramento, CA).

Kathy is one of the strongest people I know. She’s definitely been through horrendous adversity but is still able to maintain a positive attitude. Kathy is a 10-year cancer survivor.  She met her husband, Mike, shortly after her own cancer went into remission, and they had a lovely romance that culminated in a happy and supportive marriage. Sadly Mike passed away from cancer in 2019. This past August, Kathy’s mother, Millie, died of Alzheimer’s disease at age 90. Kathy was so devoted to her mom and when I visited the Sacramento area in 2016, I was able to see how loving and patient she was with Millie.

Below are a couple photos of Kathy and her husband, Mike.

And here are some pics of Kathy with Millie. I especially like the second one with their heads together.

Kathy is also an awesome mother. Her 27-year-old daughter, Rachel, graduated from Montana State in Bozeman with a Biological engineering degree. Rachel lives in Manhattan, NY, and works for Nacco. She often goes into hospitals and tests water exiting the hospital for contaminants. Here is a lovely photo of Rachel:

Like so many teachers, this past year was particularly challenging due to teaching remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, which was basically twice the amount of work. Kathy is in her 34th year of teaching. She teaches 7th and 8th grade math and Algebra 1 as her primary classes.  She also teaches an art elective that introduces drawing, pottery and mixed media. Kathy has always gone the extra mile with her students. After receiving my quilt, Kathy was inspired to write a math project where she asked her students to make a quilt square they liked with black and neon paper. They then were asked to calculate the area of each shape added and then the percent the neon shapes took of the black space. How cool is that!?! (But please don’t ask me to do that!) Below is a pic of her students black and neon paper quilt squares:

Kathy is also devoted to her dogs. Here is a pic of the quilt I made for her with Mandy and Rocco.

If you’d like to read more about the quilt I made for Kathy, please see To-Do #3 of this post. I retitled this quilt, Pond, after Frédérique made a comment about this post and referred to it as my Pond quilt. That sounds much better to me than Magic Carpet.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know my good friend and hometown hero, Kathy. I’m so happy to recognize her and all she has overcome and accomplished.

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To-Do Tuesday 92 Weekly Progress Update

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

To-Do for the week of May 11th-17th:

  1. Bind my ombré Planner Quilt. √ Done
  2. Prep for and take Audrey Esarey’s online Watercolor Quilt Workshop on May 16th. √ Done
  3. Work on my Two Cranes Sashiko project. √ Done

To-Do #1

I decided to make a scrappy binding for my Planner Quilt with leftover ombré fabric. I really like how it looks and only had one join on a mitered corner, but it wasn’t too bulky and sewed up fine. I did take it to work but didn’t like how it looked on the loveseat in my office, but it sure looks nice outside next to our Amish wagon planter that has a load of petunias. But the perspective is off in the photo as the quilt only measures 34.5” across and is 32” long. I will probably sew a hanging sleeve on it and hang it above my bed when I put my Blithe quilt back on it. 

To-Do #2

No one who has read my blog for long would be surprised that I chose to include gradations of teal in my Watercolor class quilt, but the yellow-to-brown half might even shock some folks! I was very excited to take this class that combines color gradation with curves. Unfortunately I had a family emergency and could only partially participate in the class. Audrey is going to graciously allow me to take the class again at a later date. I’m pretty sure I picked up on the broad strokes of the class but am sure I missed some of the nuances. Things have calmed down a bit, and I’ve been able to cut most of the pieces and have started to sew a few together. I hope to share some of my sewing progress next week.

To-Do #3

I made good headway on my Two Cranes Sashiko project and was able to get one crane completely stitched. I like how the pencil yellow thread contrasts again the dark blue background. 

To-Do for the week of May 18th-25th:

  1. Bind my Ombré Star quilt that is for my great-niece, Sophia’s high school graduation in June.
  2. Work on my Watercolor quilt.
  3. Continue to work on my Two Cranes Sashiko project.

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To-Do Tuesday 91 Weekly Progress Update

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

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

  1. Bind ombré baby quilt for Baby Harper. √ Done
  2. Take a photo of Triple Stars mini quilt. √ Done
  3. Do some organization of my quilting space. √ Done
  4. Spend some time with EQ8. √ Done

To-Do #1

I got the ombré baby quilt bound for my friend Kara’s baby who is named Harper Rose. I really love how the Chevron Stars quilting motif used by Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting adds some dimension to the quilt. This quilt measures 34.5” by 39”. Maybe it can be used as a stroller quilt?

To-Do #2

I finally took a photo of Triple Stars. It is hanging on the wall in my bedroom/quilting studio, and I am enjoying how the berry and cerise contrast with the coal grey background on this 24” square mini quilt.

To-Do #3

I did a lot of organizing of the quilting side of my room which included clearing out all the fabric and scraps that were shoved into the mesh compartments of the shelve below and stacks of fabric on top of bird shelf runner. And miraculously, it is still cleared out, but probably not for long!

To-Do #4

I continue to enjoy learning more about and growing my EQ8 skills and have completed the first month of Tech Know Quilters where I have learned about the tools to work with fabrics and colors. I imported many of Giucy Giuce’s fabrics into an EQ8 project and plan to design a quilt with them and actually make the quilt down the road since I have many of his fabrics in my stash.

To-Do for the week of May 11th-17th:

  1. Bind my Planner quilt.
  2. Prep for and take Audrey Esarey’s online Watercolor Quilt Workshop on May 16th. I am very excited to take this class that combines color gradation with curves.
  3. Work on my Two Cranes Sashiko project.

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To-Do Tuesday 90 Weekly Progress Update

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

To-Do for the week of April 27th-May 3rd:

  1. Quilt and bind my Triple Stars Mini Quilt. √ Done
  2. Bind my Blakely-esque Sunset Quilt. √ Done
  3. Finish my current paper-pieced project that celebrates the accomplishment of one of my family members. √ Done

To-Do #1

I quilted Triple Stars with diagonal lines and then machine stitched the binding down on both sides. It sure is quicker than hand-stitching the binding and for a project that I’m going to keep where the back faces a wall, I don’t feel like the binding has be perfect. I haven’t taken a photo of it yet. I had hoped to get one on Monday, but it was a dreary, rainy day—though in the Southwest, we like dreary, rainy days as we are going to be in drought-like conditions again if we don’t get more moisture.

To-Do #2

I asked Jessica at @sugarmillquilts to do the longarm quilting for me for my Blakely-esque  Sunset quilt because she offers a quick turn-around and does lovely quilting. We put this 55” square quilt on the lounger in living room, and the cats have given it a Paws Up. Below is a photo of Weebles enjoying the new quilt.

To-Do #3

My great-niece, Rachel, who lives in Michigan is getting her RN on May 14th. I decided to make her a 14” x 18.5” mini to celebrate this awesome accomplishment. I found a paper-pieced vintage nurse pattern on Etsy. Most of this pattern went together easily though there were two Y-seams required that weren’t mentioned in the pattern description and the instructions for the red cross on the bodice were confusing and I ended up needing to fudge that part to make it work. I also did some simple embroidery on Nurse Rachel’s face. The quilting is also simple. I used a white Chaco liner to mark the straight quilting lines on the purple fabric but decided to try using a Hera marker for the quilting lines on the dress which worked really well. Below is a pic of the front of the quilt and the second photo is the back of the quilt made with a cute Nurse fabric I found on Etsy.

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

  1. Bind ombré baby quilt for Baby Harper.
  2. Take a photo of Triple Stars mini quilt.
  3. Do some organization of my quilting space.
  4. Spend some time with EQ8.

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