Saturday, February 27, 2021

February One Monthly Goal Completed

Yesterday was a stay at home and sew day.  The first thing on my list was getting my February One Monthly Goal completed. 

The plan for this month was to get my version of Grassy Creek, the 2020 Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt, assembled.  That got done pretty early on during my sewing day. 

Grassy Creek, the 2020 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt

My deep red looks more brown than red in this photo.  I'm really happy with how my version came together. I had already decided not to add the borders from Bonnie's version. After playing in EQ a bit, I've worked out the borders I want to add. Fingers crossed Grassy Creek will be a finished flimsy in March.  

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for the February One Monthly Goal.     

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

To Do Tuesday for 02/23/2021

Hard to believe it's been a week and it's time for a new to do list.  With all the disruption to normal life my sense of time is a bit warped. After four days of working from home, it was getting hard to remember what day of the week it was.  I can't say there was more stitching time last week, but there was enough to check off most of my to do list. 

Weekly To Do List for 02/16/2021

  • Grassy Creek: Assemble rows and pieced borders - progress
  • Morewood Mystery: Continue to assemble Block B's
  • Unity: Make HSTs for clue 6 as leader and ender 

I didn't quite finish off getting Grassy Creek sewn together.  I was going to finish the last of the stitching last night, but the Scientist in Training called for a bit of a catch up as she hadn't called over the weekend due to homework overload. Even so,  two out of three, with significant progress on the third is a really good week. Here's the plan for this week. 

Weekly To Do List for 02/23/2021

Red, White and Blue Stars: Make binding, label, trim quilt, stitch to front. 

Red, White and Blue Stars, self designed

This project showed up in the mail yesterday.  Trudy did a beautiful job with the quilting. I'll show off more of that when I do the final glamour shots.  I'm going to use the red on white print that's in the sashing for the binding.  The plan is to trim the quilt, make the binding, print the label and get the binding sewn to the top of the quilt.  I'll probably be able to start hand stitching it to the back, but even though this is a small lap quilt, I'm not going to get that finished this week. 

Grassy Creek: Finish assembling top, decide on borders

Grassy Greek, the 2020 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt

All that is left is to sew the bottom pieced border to the top.  Adding borders comes next.  I've not made up my mind on what those borders will be at this point. I need to play in EQ a bit more to see what I can work out.  But I'm close to having a finished quilt top. 

Morewood Mystery: Continue assembling Block B's

Morewood Mystery by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs

I'm just about half way done with the Block B's.  RWB Stars and Grassy Creek are the priority projects for now, so there probably won't be a lot of progress on these blocks, but the goal is to just keep it moving.  Once Grassy Creek is off to be quilted, Morewood is my next focus project.  

Unity: Continue to make HSTs for step 6 as leaders and enders

Unity, 2020 Bonnie Hunter Sew-In-Place Quilt Along

Only three blocks for the second border strip are finished. I've got a lot of HSTs still to make to finish off the remaining three border strips. I've got a nice pile of HSTs to make blocks with now, so maybe the block assembly will speed up a bit. Still this is my leader and ender project, so just keeping it moving is the goal.  

That's the list for this week. I'm close to a finished project and a finished quilt top, with good progress on two other projects. So not a bad year so far.  Linking up with Chris Knits for this week's Tuesday to Do.  Good luck with your list for the week.  

Monday, February 22, 2021

The Other Mystery

Most of the snow had melted by yesterday afternoon. It was pretty while it lasted, but I certainly don't miss the bone chilling cold that came with the snow.  It was still mostly dreary weather this weekend, though we never got the rain that was forecast.  It was still good sewing room weather.  

Grassy Creek is still my focus project, but it's been the subject of my design wall post for the last couple of weeks.  So time to switch it up and highlight the other mystery quilt that's taken over the smaller design wall. 

Morewood Mystery by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs

Block B is still being assembled at the sewing machines.  I'm just one short of being half way done with that part of the mystery.  Morewood won't take as long to stitch together as Grassy Greek, the blocks are much bigger and there is no sashing.  So I'm hopeful of having two quilts ready for quilting before the end of first quarter.  

Linking up with Monday Making and Design Wall Monday.  Happy stitching this week. 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Stitching Time: Week 8 of 2021

What a week!  Major deep freeze here with lots of snow.  It wasn't usual winter weather, especially for this time of year. But it can and does get really cold here some winters, so Oklahoma is better prepared than Texas. We had power and heat during the worst of it. Hopefully that's the worst of the cold stuff for 2021.  

We worked from home most of the week.  My work day isn't any shorter, but I do get my commute time back when we don't go in to the office. But I do tend to work later when I'm home, so it tends to balance out. Still it was a good week as far as working in some stitching time each day. 
  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Feb = 20/20 days
  • 15 minute days/2021 = 49/51 days
  • Success rate = 96.08%
I've only missed two days of stitching time this year so far.  I'm making good progress on projects as a result of getting in at least a few minutes a day. So it's been a good year for me on the stitching front so far. You can link up at the bottom of the post to share how you've been doing on working in some play time with needle and thread. 

I posted back in January about the Scientist in Training deciding to give embroidery a try. She was looking for something to help her relax with when school gets to be too crazy.  School's been crazy, so she's been attempting to relax a lot.  Look at what she's been working on. 

The Scientist in Training's Embroidery Projects

She's been using YouTube videos to learn any new stitches needed to complete a kit. Though she wants me to help her figure out how to make the  tassels needed to finish off the gray, white and green project. But she's done such a good job on all of these while surviving year 4 of her chemistry program.  She's been getting in her 15 minutes most days, it's how she winds down so she can go to bed.  

That's it for me this week.  How was your stitchy week? 

1. Ivani
2. Julie in GA
3. maggie f
4. Chris in Canada
5. Marti
6. Chrisknits
7. karen
8. Meloney
9. Shasta @ High Road
10. Andree at Quilting & Learning
11. Sherrie
12. DawnyK
13. Amanda
14. Quilting Gail
15. DesertSky Quilting
16. Dq at Dreamworthyquilts
17. Carol Andrews

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

To Do Tuesday for 2/16/2021

It snowed more yesterday and stayed really cold. Pretty much the same as the rest of the midwest. We've been lucky so far to avoid the rolling black outs that have affected large areas of Texas. Offices are closed again today, so it will be another virtual office day.  I suspect the rolling black outs have more to do with the office closure then the state of the roads. 

Moving on to the the stitching stuff. It's time review last week's to do list and decide what's on this week's.  Chris of Chris Knits and Sews is taking over the hosting duties for the regular link up.  Thank you Chris.  And a big thank you to Roseanne and Sue of Home Sewn by Us for starting this weekly linky party.  Making a to do list has been a big help in keeping the focus on finishing off a few UFOs.  My to do list for last week looks much like the week before. 

Weekly To Do for 02/09/2021
  • Grassy Creek: Assemble blocks
  • Morewood Mystery: Continue making Block B 
  • Unity: Make HSTs for clue 6 as leader and enders 

Keeping my list short and focused means it wasn't too hard to check off three of three.  Focusing on just a few projects has been paying off in progress towards a finish, but it does make for rather dull to do lists as mine have stayed pretty much the same for the last few weeks.  Though it has forced me to get a bit creative with my sewing room photography so I'm not showing the exact same thing each week.  Here's this week's list.  

Weekly To Do for 02/16/2021

Grassy Creek: Assemble quilt top

Grassy Creek, the 2020 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt

Several of the rows are sewn together.  The top half of the quilt top is pinned together and sitting by the sewing machine. There is still one more row of blocks and one more sashing strip to stitch together.  Plus the pieced borders need to be sewn and then attached. But I think all of that is doable over the next week.   

Morewood Mystery: Continue making Block B's

Morewood Mystery by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs

I've only finished 3 of the Morewood Block B's so far. Construction of these blocks should speed up as Grassy Creek comes together. The fabric selection really works for this project, so big sigh of relief there.

Unity: Make HSTs for clue 6 as leaders and enders

Unity, 2020 Bonnie Hunter Sew-In-Place Quilt Along

Each block in Clue 7 needs 16 of these HSTs.  I chose a different block for this clue than Bonnie used, so I think I'm safe in sharing a the number of subunits needed. I've only got one border strip done, so still need a lot of these HSTs.  

That's the list for this week. Linking up with Chris Knits and Sews for her first linky party as hostess. If you haven't, you should definitely check out Chris's other posts, she always has some really cool projects in the works.