Tuesday, September 27, 2022

To Do Tuesday for the Week of 9/27/2022

It's been months since I last did a To Do Tuesday post and linked up with Texas Quilt Gal.  Getting back to the sewing room for my 15 minutes a day is still a struggle for me. I'm out of the habit and it's just so easy to get side tracked with other things at the moment. Hopefully writing down a few To Do's will be a good motivator.  

To Do List for 9/27/2022

1.  Finish 2 grocery bags



Grad Girl's move to Texas back in August left her short a grocery bag as she used to shop with her roommate. I made them cloth grocery bags as gifts for Easter a couple of years ago.  Now her roommate was short one too.  So Grad Girl asked if I would make her a new one and one for her two roommates that are still in grad school in Stillwater.  My Guy has also been asking for cloth grocery bags as the plastic ones pile up and it's not easy to recycle them here.  So I pulled enough fabric combinations to make 6 bags.  The bags aren't just a pile of fabrics at this point, two just require final assembly.  The plan is to get those done this week.  

2. Pull fabrics for Meadow Mist Designs Melodic Mystery.


I'm hoping that starting a new project will help me get more enthused about being in the sewing room.  I've not started a new project since last November.  

3.  Finish backing for Unity



I have one backing panel cut, but still need one more large panel, plus a 10" strip to finish the backing.  

Even if I don't finish everything on the list, any progress will be good.  

Happy stitching and good luck with your To Do List.  

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Stitching Stuff: Week 37 of 2022


The last stitching stuff post was back in June, 14 weeks ago.  I really didn't intend for my break to last that long, especially not the break from my sewing room.  It's been a struggle to get back into my habit of heading to the sewing room for at least 15 minutes every day so my metrics really do look sad.  

  • 15 minute days/week = 3/7 days
  • 15 minute days/June = 9/30 days
  • 15 minute days/July = 0/31 days
  • 15 minute days/Aug = 10/31 days
  • 15 minute days/Sept  = 9/24 days
  • 15 minute days/2022 = 135/267 days

Now that I'm back to posting, I'm hoping that motivates me to do better at getting in my 15 minutes.  

The project that got me back into the sewing room in August was a request from Grad Girl to turn some of her finished embroidery pieces into pillows for her new apartment in Texas. 



I'm pretty sure this embroidery project has made at least one previous appearance on the blog.  The fabric is a long held peacock inspired pattern from my stash. 



I used an envelope pattern, messing with zippers just didn't appeal.  

The second pillow is Grad Girl's first non-kit. The pattern came from a magazine.  



She did such a good job picking the colors for the rainbow.  She made several trips to Hobby Lobby looking for just the right color combination.  The fabric for this one was a special purchase from the local quilt shop.  I was texting her pictures and this was what she chose.  



I'm really bad about keeping track of fabric lines, so I have no idea of manufacturer or what line it's from. It works really well with the rainbow stitching.  

It was fun turning Grad Girl's finished embroidery pieces into pillows.  I don't have a picture of them in use, but they currently reside in her living room.   

I've been gone for so long, I'm not sure anyone will link up, but here's Mr Linky if you want to catch everyone up on how much stitching time you managed to work in over the summer.  




1. maggie f
2. Frederique
3. Stitching Loving Nana :)
4. DonnaleeQ
5. Quilting Gail
6. Amanda

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Happy Autumn!!!!





I'm still not sure what happened to the summer, hard to believe it's already the first day of fall.  I've pretty much been AWOL from electronic media and my sewing room, but it was time for a break.  Between work and our busy family life this year, I was stressing myself out trying to do it all. It didn't help that my computer decided to give up it's electronic soul.  So I gave myself permission to read, binge watch Netflix, let my daughter educate me on KPOP artists and spend time with My Guy this summer.  

There's still a lot going on, but I've mostly gotten lined out on the new position at work, dealt with the Grad Girl's move to Texas, and was finally home long enough to order a new computer. I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone over the next few weeks.

Happy stitching!    

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Still Mostly Here

Just checking in to let everyone know I'm still here. However, my computer has decided it's done.  After several attempts to fix it, I'm going to have to get a new one. As has been typical recently my work life has complicated my sewing life. Add in we have had lots of family stuff going on this summer, its meant that I've not seen my sewing room since early June. I hope to be back to regular posting in August. 

Enjoy your summer, stay cool, and stitch on.  Thank you for all your concern and emails.  

Kate    

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

To Do Tuesday for the Week of 6/7/2022

The schedule has been mostly back to normal the last week. There have been a couple of late nights, not all because of my schedule. Even so, I've had a lot more time in the sewing room the last week than I was getting in April and May. That positively impacts the progress on the To Do List. 

To Do List for 5/31/2022

  • Unity: Press backing fabric, decide how to assemble - progress
  • Macaron Mystery: Start on first border ✔
  • Rhododendron: Make hourglass blocks as leaders and enders ✔
Two check marks and progress on the third, that's a good week. Especially considering that it's been taking me two weeks to make any progress on a to do list.  

This week's to do list will look pretty much the same as last week's. 

To Do List for 6/7/2022

Unity: Finish pressing backing fabric, cut panels, assemble



I have 12 yards of this backing fabric.  That's a lot to press and wrestle with at one time, so I decided to cut then press. It's just a lot easier to handle that way. Yes, I'll end up with more waste. The first panel produced a 5" strip that went into my scrappy strips. I'm OK with that.  The backing is going to be two 110" long, width of fabric strips joined together with a 10" strip in the middle to get the width needed.  Hopefully I'll get all the pressing and cutting done this week.  

Macaron Mystery: Continue adding borders



The first two border strips have been added to the sides. The top was remeasured last night, so I can cut the last two strips for the first border tonight.  

Rhododendron Mystery: Continue making hourglass blocks as leaders and enders.



I've got almost enough hourglass subunits to make the next B block. Progress has been slow, but with leaders and enders at least it's steady. 

That's my list for this week.  Linking up with the Texas Quilt Gal for To Do Tuesday.