Tuesday, February 18, 2020

To Do Tuesday #7 of 2020

It was a really good week on the "To Do List" front.  Last week's list shows three check marks.  

Weekly To Do List (02/11/2020)
1. Winter Quilt Along: Package and ship out for quilting
2. Frolic:  Make six half blocks - progress
3. Wild and Goosey:  Make an orange block 
4. Mosaic Mystery:  Finish sewing blocks and rows together 

The quarter blocks for Frolic weren't on the to do list for this week, but it just seemed smart to roll those in with the half block construction as they use left over bits from the blocks.  So progress was good, those blocks are slow going from an assembly stand point.  

I'm on the road this week, so it seems wise to go with an abbreviated "To Do List."  

Weekly To Do List (02/18/2020)
1.  Work in a few stitches on the Medallion Butterfly project.

This is where I left off last time.  If there's any down time this trip, I'll start stitching on the grape leaves in the corner.  

2.  Decide on border treatment for the Mosaic Mystery Quilt.  Usually borders are designed by creating a mock up in EQ and then playing around with the different options.  I'm hoping to use the Butterfly print as the border.

I'm not sure there is enough of it left of this pretty after the piecing was finished. The other option is to use the purple with the gold paisley pattern.

But I'm afraid the purple will be too dark.  So I'll load the fabrics into EQ and see what I can work out. 

3.  Frolic:  Finish the setting triangles (5 half blocks).  That should be doable over the weekend.  

Hopefully I'll be able to check off at least one thing from the list this week.  Linking up with Home Sewn By Us for the To Do List Tuesday.    

Monday, February 17, 2020

It's a Double Mystery

It was a laid back and relaxed weekend, which was really nice.  I had planned to take Friday off, but a few things at work conspired against me and I didn't get to take the day off.  That happens occasionally.  I'll get to take a day off later this month.  Even without the day off, there was still a good bit of stitching time this weekend.  I decided to make Sunday a nothing but sewing day as consolation for having to postpone my day off.  

Mosaic Mystery was up on the big design wall.  All the blocks have been seen together, so the quilt center is assembled. 

 Mosaic Mystery Quilt
from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs

Now to figure out what I'm going to do about the borders. 

Since Mosaic Mystery could be pulled off the design wall and folded till it's time for borders, I moved the Frolic blocks over to the big design wall.  

Frolic, 2019 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt

All the corner blocks (quarter blocks) got made this week. I only finished a couple of the half blocks (setting triangles).  The sashing strips are being stitched as my leaders and enders project.  So though it may not look like it, there's actually a lot of progress on this project.  I'm really hoping to get this Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt finished this year.  Of the seven BH mysteries I've started only three are finished quilts.  So it would be nice to keep this one off the UFO list.  But boy all those bits and pieces take time to stitch up.  

That's it for me this week.  Linking up with the typical Monday show and tell posts.  Monday Making over at Love Laugh Quilt. And Monday Design Wall at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.  You should definitely check out both blogs.  

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Week 7 of 2020: Just Stitching Stuff

It was bitterly cold much of the week.  It was really hard to get dressed and walk out to the car just to go to work.  Some weeks it would be so nice to be able to just stay home in the warm sewing room.  One of these days I'll retire and not have to head out in the cold for work. That's not happening anytime soon since the Scientist in Training is planning to go to grad school.  No matter I suppose, it was still a good week in the sewing room.   How did your stitchy week work out?  

I managed to find time every day to do something stitchy.  A few days it really was just 15 minutes, but those little intervals do add up over time.  

15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
15 minute days/February = 14/15 days
15 minute days/2020 = 43/46 days
Success rate = 93.48%

I have a business trip next week and since I'll be checking a bag, my embroidery is going to tag along.  Not sure I'll have much time to work on it as I'm traveling with someone that I've not worked with before.  There are likely some long days next week, but I'll have it just in case there's a bit of down time in the evenings.  

How did your stitchy week work out?  

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

To Do Tuesday #6 for 2020

Monday's always seem to drag, so I'm glad that's it's Tuesday and one day closer to Friday.  Looking back over the last week, it was a good one on the stitching front, the To Do List from last week has a few check marks.

Weekly To Do List (02/04/2020)
1. Winter Quilt Along:  prep top and backing for quilting
2.  Frolic: Make six half blocks - progress
3. Wild and Goosey:  Make an orange block 

So two out of three checked off, with progress made on the third one.  Definitely a good week in the sewing room.  

So what's the plan for next week?  I'll be short a day as there is a business trip starting next Monday.  But I'll have Friday off with a bit of time to play in the sewing room.   

Weekly To Do List 02/11/2020
1. Winter Quilt Along: package and ship out for quilting

 Quiltygirl Winter Quilt Along

I finished cleaning up the quilt top last night.  I had to order batting as I was completely out of full sized battings.  That should be here Wednesday, so it should go out by Friday.   

2. Frolic:  Make the remaining seven half squares

Frolic, 2019 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
I only finished two half blocks this week, but my focus was on getting Winter Quilt Along ready for quilting so it's not unexpected that there wasn't more progress here.  I'm doing all the half blocks first because there are left over pieces that can be used to make a full block. So it just seems to make sense to get those done first.  Or at least cut out and grouped, so I can use the left overs in the corner blocks or full blocks.  

3.  Wild and Goosey: Make one orange block. 

4.  Mosaic Mystery: Finish Sewing blocks and rows together.

Mosaic Mystery Quilt from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs

The quilt top is partially assembled. This will be the next project to get moved to finished. Mosaic Mystery was started in 2019, but the mystery didn't finish till after the first of the year.  It's not on my UFO or PHD list.  But it just makes sense to keep moving on it rather than boxing it up at this point. A finish is a finish even if it's not on the list.

That's my list for next week. I won't check off all the items, but I'll make progress on all of them which feels just as good at the end of the week.  Linking up with To Do Tuesday over at Home Sewn by Us.  

Monday, February 10, 2020

A Bit of This and That from the Sewing Room

A day of sunshine, a day of rain made up the weekend. It was nice to have the sunshine on Saturday while we were hanging out with the Scientist in Training.  Since there were no plans for Sunday, a rainy day was just perfect for hanging out in the sewing room.  

I came home from Tulsa with a nasty headache on Saturday, so I didn't get much done in the sewing room.  That left Sunday to make some progress on the to do list and get the Winter Quilt Along backing and top prepped for quilting. 

The back is all pressed, dethreaded and ready for packing up.  I didn't quite get that far with the top. 

Quiltygirl Winter Quilt Along
Alycia Quilts

The first 6 rows have been pressed and dethreaded, so 6 rows left.  Cleaning up the back of this one is going so much faster than Twinkle Stars did.  Hopefully I'll be able to finish off the prep work tonight and get it packaged for quilting and to the post office before the end of the week. 
That's it for forward progress on the stitching front last week.  Twinkle Stars is on it's way back from being quilted, so I'm hoping there is time to get it bound before the month ends.  I'll be off on another business trip next Monday, but that will leave me the about a week to get the binding done before the end of the month.  Linking up with Monday Making and Design Wall Monday.  

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Week 6 of 2020: Stitching Stuff

It was a stressful week.  This year seems to be the year for the unplanned and unexpected, at work anyway.  So I was ready for the weekend.  We met up with the Scientist in Training for lunch on Saturday and had a great afternoon hanging out and catching up.  

One downside of a stressful week is the late evenings. I had one of those last week.  I ended up reading for what was left of the evening to clear my head before going to bed.  So it wasn't a perfect week, but that's going to happen occasionally.  Even so, it wasn't a bad week on the stitching front. 

15 minute days/week = 6/7 days
15 minute days/February =  7/8 days
15 minute days/2020 = 36/39 days
Success rate = 92.31%

Hopefully this week will be a bit calmer at work.  I'll be out of the office on Friday.  Hopefully my Valentine will take me out for nice lunch and then I can stitch for good bit of the afternoon. 

How did your stitchy week work out? 

1. Chrisknits
2. Shasta @ High Road
3. karen
4. Marti
5. Meloney
6. di
7. DawnyK
8. Loulee (Manxgirl)
9. Amanda
10. Deana
11. Christina's Handicrafts

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

To Do Tuesday #5 for 2020 and the February OMG

I'm not a fan of cold weather, so I'm ready for spring. But I'm not ready for it to be February already.  Didn't we just celebrate New Years?  Since it is February and a new week, it's time to put some thought into this month's One Monthly Goal,

and come up with week #5's To Do List.  Before lining out a new list I should look at what got checked off last week's list.   

Weekly To Do List (01/28/2020)
1. Twinkle Stars: Finish clean up, press, package and mail
2. Frolic: Make 9 blocks from bits and pieces - progress
3. Wild and Goosey Blocks: make green and orange blocks 
4. Winter Quilt Along:  Piece backing 

So it was a pretty good week, I checked off three of the 4 items and made really good progress on the last item.  I was glad to get Twinkle Stars out the door, I'm sure everyone was tired of seeing it on the list each week.  

So what's the plan for this week? 

Weekly To Do List (02/04/2020)
1. Winter Quilt Along:  Clean up the backing fabric.  

I have a two tone backing. The white print was used on Twinkle stars, the light blue on Vintage Dresses.  The backing should go pretty fast and since we have plans to meet up with the Scientist in Training on Saturday, that's as much as I'm probably going to get done on this project this week. 

2.  Frolic:  Finish assembly of the last two half blocks I have sub-parts made for.

To make more blocks, I need to make more sub-units.  The planned layout requires six more half blocks and 11 whole blocks.  I'm going to work on finishing off the half blocks this week.   

3.  Make at least one orange, Wild and Goosey block. 

That's a pretty doable To Do List for next week.  The February One Monthly Goal is to get Winter Quilt Along prepped and shipped out for quilting.  That should be doable even though February is a short month.  

Linking up with the One Monthly Goal and the Tuesday To Do List.  

Monday, February 3, 2020

Odds n Ends Stitching

It's always hard to head back to work after a nice weekend.  It was a good weekend for stitching time, especially since I had Friday off work.  So what's going on in the sewing room?  Twinkle Stars is on it's way to Trudy for quilting.  Hoping that project will be my first finish before the end of February. 

In keeping the focus on my word for 2020, Finish, I've already moved on to the next easiest finish, the Winter Quilt Along project.  The back is pieced. The next step is to prep the top and back for quilting. 

Up on the big design wall is Mosaic Mystery.  

Mosaic Mystery Quilt
from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs

This has been my leader and ender project for the last couple of weeks.  The top two and bottom two rows have been paired up and stitched. Progress has been slow, but steady. I'm hoping to have this project to finished flimsy stage by the end of the month.  

Up on the smaller design wall is Frolic. 

Frolic, 2019 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt

I'm really happy with how my fabrics worked out. I'm not making the full sized quilt, I'm going with just 18 full sized blocks That should make a good throw sized quilt.  

So really good progress on several projects last month.  Hopefully I can keep that up in February.  Linking up with Monday Making and Design Wall Monday.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Week 5 of 2020: Stitching Stuff

Yeah for three day weekends!  The company I work for allows us one day off each month if we agree to work an 8.5 hour day.  I took my monthly day off on Friday.  It was nice to have a day to rest, relax, and recharge after a busy month of performance reviews, goal setting and business travel. Even better, I got to spend most of my day in the sewing room, so I made up for my missed stitching time earlier in the week when I was in New Orleans. How did your stitching plans go for the week?  

This was my first week in 2020 where I couldn't fit in some stitching time every day. 

15 minute days/week = 5/7 days
15 minute days/January = 29/31 days
15 minute days/2020 = 30/32 days
Success rate = 93.75%

My goal for 2020 is to maintain a success rate of 85%, so I'm doing well on that front.  It's just unrealistic and requires major contortions on my part to try to maintain a 90% success rate when I'm working full time.  The point with the 15 minutes to stitch is to get me to the sewing room even when I feel too tired.  If I can get myself up the stairs, typically I can find the energy to take a few stitches in something and keep my projects moving.  

I didn't set any firm goals on stash management this year. There didn't seem to be any point as I typically can't help myself when it comes to buying fabric, with the end result I fail spectacularly with any planned fabric diet.  My focus is on using up fabric (new or stash). Since some weeks are really slow on stash usage, I'll just report monthly totals this year.  

January fabric out = 6.73 yards

The quilt back for Twinkle Stars was a good part of that total, but the Mosaic Mystery and Frolic blocks are included in that total as well.  Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the stash report this week. 

You can link up below and share how your efforts to find some stitchy time each week went. 

1. Julie in GA
2. Shasta @ High Road Quilter
3. Chrisknits
4. Meloney
5. karen
6. Marti
7. maggie f
8. di
9. Quilting Gail
10. DawnyK
11. katie z.
12. Jennifer in Indy
13. Amanda
14. Loulee (Manxgirl)
15. Deana
16. Christina's Handicrafts

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

January Report on PHDs and UFO Challenges

My focus for 2020 is to 

up some UFOs and WIPs. My project list currently sits at 26, I'd like to whittle that down to some number below 20 before the end of the year.  To help keep me motivated, I'm playing along with Quilting Gail's PHD program,

plus both Dreamworthy Quilts and American Patchwork and Quilting's Facebook 2020 UFO challenges.  

So the PHD update is easy, there's no change from the first of January. 

Which that's not a bad thing. There are no finishes, but there's no new starts so far this year either. So I'm at least neutral as of the end of January.  

Though there aren't any finishes, there has still been progress on a few UFO/WIPs that are on the challenge lists. 

Twinkle Stars has gone from needing borders to being sent out for quilting.  
Twinkle Stars
Tutorial by Angela Feldbush of Soscrappy
Hopefully Twinkle Stars will show up as a finish by the end of February. 

Another project on the list, The Winter Quilt Along, went from sewn together rows to a finished quilt top. 

Quiltygirl Winter Quilt Along by Alycia Quilts

The backing fabric has been picked out, it just needs to be cut and assembled. This project should finish up not too long after Twinkle Stars is finished. Fingers crossed that by the end of February, there will be two finishes off the UFO list.  

That's the progress for January.  Linking up with the January PHD report over at Quilting Gail's and with Dreamworthy Quilts for the Monthly UFO Challenge.   

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: Channeling the 60s?

For the first time in the seven years that I've played along with the Rainbow scrap challenge there is no new project to start in January.  Since 2012, I've started nine RSC projects and only four of them are finished projects.  In sticking with my word "Finish" for 2020, I'm going to focus my efforts there this year.  So the plan is to make some progress on the Wild and Goosey blocks that were started as last year's project.  

The green and orange combo in the photo brought to mind images of the green shag carpet and mod looking orange chairs from the 60's (thankfully we had hard wood floors in those days, I never liked the green shaggy stuff at grandma's house).  Sorry for the history detour, back to the Wild and Goosey blocks.  These blocks are little, but with 13 pieces in each 3.5" block, they aren't a quick assembly. This may end being a multi year project, it's going to take a lot of these little blocks to get even a throw sized quilt. 

Linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and Oh Scrap.  

Friday, January 31, 2020

Just In Time January OMG

January has gone way to quickly this year. Normally the month drags, not this year.  Due to compressed schedules for completing yearly reviews and unplanned projects that resulted in some business travel, my month didn't look like I thought it would on January 1st when I set my one monthly goal. 

The plan was to get Twinkle Stars from unfinished top

Twinkle Stars
Tutorial by Angela Feldbush of Soscrappy

to finished quilt top with backing and ready to send out for quilting.  So today after one more hour of clean up, the quilt top was folded up and added to the box with the batting and backing.  

We stopped at the post office on our way back from lunch. Fingers crossed that the top comes back ready for binding in two to three weeks.  So the January One Monthly Goal is complete just in time for the end of the month.  Hopefully, February's OMG won't be such a close call.  

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for the January OMG Finish.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

To Do Tuesday #4 for 2020

I'm in New Orleans on a work assignment, but I should be headed home tomorrow.  Being on the road took a couple of days out of my normal sewing week, but I did manage to get in some good effort last weekend, so there was progress and a few check marks on last week's list. 

Weekly To Do List (01/21/2020)
Twinkle Stars:  Clean up the back of the quilt top, press - progress
Frolic: Make 9 blocks - progress
Wild and Goosey Blocks: Make green blocks for RSC

I have Friday off this week, which I'm hoping means another good afternoon of stitching time before the weekend.  So here's the list for this week. 

Weekly To Do List (01/28/2019)
1. Twinkle Stars: Finish clean up, press, package and mail
There are still rows and the bottom border left to clean up.  

That's all the threads that have snipped off so far.   

2.  Frolic: Make 9 blocks
This was the to do item that didn't have as much progress as I would have liked last week. Hopefully with Twinkle Stars out the door, I'll have more time to get these blocks made. 

3.  Wild and Goosey:  Make green and orange blocks

Angela noted last Saturday that orange was going to be the color for February.  So I'll finish off the green blocks and make a start on the orange blocks. 

4.  Winter Quilt Along: Piece backing 

The backing fabric is left overs from other quilt backs.  I need to work out a lay out using these two.  A striped backing maybe?  

Good luck with your to do lists.  Linking up with Home Sewn by Us for To Do Tuesday.  

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Progress on the Not So Fun Stuff

The weekly progress post is going up a bit early this week. I have to be on my way to the airport by 5 AM in the morning, so there won't be time to write a post before I have to hit the road.  

Not much change on the design wall this week. Though I got in my 15 minutes each evening, that's about all the time I managed to work in, so not much progress on the sewing front.  The weekend afternoons were mainly dedicated to getting Twinkle Stars ready for quilting. 

This was as far as I'd gotten when we left for church Saturday evening. The top border and 4 rows of blocks had been de-threaded. 

By Sunday dinner time all that was left was the last two rows of blocks and the bottom border.  I'll pick up here when I get back into the sewing room later this week.  I should still make my OMG of getting this out the door for quilting, thankfully Friday is a day off.  

Linking up with Monday Making.  

Week 4 of 2020: Stitching Stuff

I was definitely ready for a weekend.  The work week seemed really long. Why? Maybe because of the winter weather, maybe because My Guy was sick or maybe it was because it was week full of meetings.  I definitely needed some sanity stitching this week!  

A few evenings all I managed was 15 minutes, but that's the goal.  

15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
15 minute days/January = 25/25 days
15 minute days/2020 = 25/25 days
Success rate = 100%

I'm off to a good start on my stitching time goals for 2020.  Unfortunately, I've got a business trip starting on Monday.  I'll miss a couple of days of stitching.  My success rate goal for 2020 is 85%, which was a good choice. I've got business trips in February and at least two more in March.  Hopefully the travel will slow down once I get to second quarter.  

How are you doing at working in a bit of stitching time each day? 

1. karen
2. Marti
3. Julie in GA
4. Meloney
5. Jocelyn and Those Pesky Dresden Circles :)
6. Chrisknits
7. Loulee (Manxgirl)
8. DawnyK
9. Amanda
10. Rachel
11. Carol Andrews
12. Shasta @ High Road Quilter
13. Angie in SoCal
14. Quilting Gail
15. Quilting & Learning - What a Combo!
16. Deana

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

To Do Tuesday: #3 for 2020

Winter has set in, at least for this week.  It's miserably cold, but at least it was sunny yesterday.  Speaking of cold, My Guy apparently has one. He's been feeling crappy since the weekend, now we know why.  Not the best start to a new week especially since last week wasn't particularly good for the to do list.  

Weekly To Do List (01/14/2020)
1. Twinkle Stars: de-thread Twinkle Stars and backing - progress
2. Frolic - Finish clues 3 and 5, progress on other clues - progress
3. Winter Quilt Along - Measure quilt, find backing

Only one check mark, but there was good progress on the other two.  The backing for Twinkle Stars is cleaned up, pressed and packaged for shipping.  Bonnie released the reveal last Friday for Frolic. I didn't finish any more clues, but did finish three blocks from the bits and pieces I had finished.  

So what to put on the list for this week?  

Weekly To Do List (01/21/2020)
1.  Twinkle Stars - de-thread and press Twinkle Stars top
That's going to take a few hours, so I won't start that till next weekend.  The goal is to get it sent out for quilting before the end of the month, that's still doable. 

2.  Frolic

There are enough clues made to make 9 more blocks.  So I'll stitch those blocks together this week and then decide how many more I need to make for a complete quilt.  

3.  Wild and Goosey blocks

The plan is to make a few green blocks to go along with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for January.  These are slow going and aren't really amenable to chain piecing, so I'll take an evening or two and make what I can.  The point is to keep the project moving along.  

So that's my list this week.  Good luck with your own lists.  Linking up with Home Sewn by Us for weekly To Do List linky party.  

Monday, January 20, 2020

Bits and Pieces of Progress

It was a sunny, but cold weekend.  The Scientist in Training was home for a couple of days as she had appointments in town and she's out of school today.  We hung out and chilled most of the weekend. This is probably the last time she'll be home till spring break, so we opted to do a lot of family stuff this weekend.  I did get in a bit of stitching, but not as much as I normally do on the weekends.  

The first priority was to get Twinkle Stars sent out for quilting. I did get the backing all cleaned up, pressed and packaged up. 

I didn't even get started on the finished quilt top. That's on tap for next weekend.  It will take a lot of time to be sure there are no dark threads on the back that will show through that white background.  So it's hard to clean up the back and the quilt top all in one weekend.  

The other reason for the delay in Twinkle Stars is that Bonnie Hunter revealed the setting for all our Frolic bits and pieces on Friday.  Of course I had to stitch up a few blocks to see how my fabrics worked out. 

Frolic: The 2019 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt

I'm really happy with the final block and setting, though I may change out the black in the sashing strips for that very light blue in the center.  But it will be awhile before I get to that point. The blocks aren't hard, but they do take a bit of time to stitch up. I'll finish up all the blocks then make a decision on all those setting details.   

That was pretty much all my stitching efforts for the weekend.  Linking up with Monday Making and Design Wall Monday.  

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Week 3 of 2020: Stitching Stuff

It was a cold and wet week. Now it's sunny, but still cold and windy.  Winter has finally set in for a visit and I'm definitely feeling it's already over stayed it's welcome.  On the other hand the cold weather makes it easier to get in those 15 minutes of stitching each day because I certainly didn't want to be out and about doing much of anything else. 

So far January has been a good month on the stitchy front. 

15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
15 minute days/January = 18/18 days
15 minute days/2020 = 18/18 days
Success rate = 100% 

I'll be able to maintain the 100% success rate for another week, but then I have a business trip.  It's not likely I'll have time for stitching while I'm on the road, which is OK.  I'll have a day off when I'm back, so I'll make up the lost effort then.  

How successful were you at fitting in a bit of stitching time this week?  

1. Chrisknits
2. Julie in GA
3. karen
4. Marti
5. di
6. Meloney
7. Loulee (Manxgirl)
8. Amanda
9. Shasta @ High Road Quilter
10. Quilting Gail
11. DawnyK
12. Rachel
13. Deana
14. DesertSky Quilting
15. Christina's Handicrafts

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Mid - January 2020 PHD Report

It's been a quick moving month. It's already mid-month and time to check in over at Quilting Gail's with progress on earning my PHD (projects half done) in quilt finishes for 2020.  

Amazingly, there's been some good progress on a few projects. 

1.  Twinkle Stars - The narrow color border was finished by the end of 2019.  The final border is on now, so it's a finished flimsy.

The back is pieced too. 

So good progress on this project, though it likely won't come of the the UFO list till February.  

2.  Winter Quilt Along - Is now a finished flimsy.

Quiltgirl Winter Quilt Along

After measuring the quilt and determining how much fabric was needed, the backing fabrics have been selected. 

I don't have enough left of the top fabric, which is left over backing fabric from the Twinkle Star quilt. But combined with the bottom fabric, left over backing from Vintage Dresses, there will be enough to back this quilt. 

3.  Frolic - Clues 1 and 2 are done, clues 3 and 5 are close to done, with good progress on clues 4, 6, 7 and 8.

Frolic, 2019 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt

Frolic isn't on the PHD list at the moment, but that could change. It would be good to finish it this year.  

4.  Mosaic Mystery - Was just a stack of blocks at the end of December. Now it's up on the design wall with the top row assembled, bottom row in progress. 

Mosaic Mystery Quilt
from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs

Another mystery quilt along carried over from last year that's not on the PHD list. It may get added at some point. It's my current leader and ender project.  

So not bad progress for the first few days of 2020.  But there's no measurable project progress according to the PHD tracking tool.  

At least there aren't any new starts so far this year.  That has to count for something. 

Linking up with Quilting Gail for the mid-month PHD check in.  

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

To Do Tuesday: #2 for 2020

Usually the first month of the year seems to pass by slowly. That's not been the case this year, the month is speeding by, tomorrow is mid month already.  But even with the quickly passing days, the to do list fared pretty well.  

Weekly To Do List (01/07/2020)
1.  Twinkly Stars - Find and piece backing
2. Frolic - Finish Clue 3, progress on Clue 4,5, 6 and 7, Start Clue 8  - progress
3. Mosaic Mystery - Start assembling rows as leaders and enders 

Last week ended with check marks on two of the three items, and good progress on the third.  So it was a productive week. Keeping the to do list short and focused is paying off. 

So what's the plan for this week?   

Weekly To Do List (01/14/2020)
1. Clean off loose threads from Twinkle Stars and backing, press and package for shipment. Not one of my favorite quilting activities, so I tend to stall on this step.  

2.  Frolic - Finish Clue 3 and 5, progress on 4, 6, 7 and 8, start clue 9. 

Hopefully I can finally finish off all those HSTs for clue 3 and clue 5.  I'm over half way there on both clues.  

3.  Winter Quilt Along - Measure quilt and find a backing fabric.  

There's about 4 yards left of this fabric after making the backing for Twinkle Stars. I'm hoping there's enough left to use on this quilt.

That's my plan for this second full week of January.  Linking up with Home Sewn by Us for To Do Tuesday.   

Monday, January 13, 2020

Making Progress on the Stitching Stuff

The weekend started off with the potential for severe weather. We did get a lot of rain, then we got snow, which was mostly melted by Sunday afternoon.  Still it was a great weekend to stay home.  Which we mostly did, till the Scientist in Training had to head back to college Sunday afternoon.  But she'll be back on Friday since they don't have school next Monday. 

I did find my way into the sewing room for some extended stitching time over the weekend.  The backing for Twinkle Stars is now all stitched together.

It needs the stray threads cleaned off and a good pressing before it can be folded up for shipping.

There was also a good amount of progress on Friday's Clue 8 of the Frolic Mystery Quilt along. 

Frolic, 2019 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt

I've got a few sets of that clue made, so if we Clue 9 includes a block, I should be able to make at least a couple of blocks. Hopefully, I'll get more made before the next clue comes out on Friday. 

I also started a new leader and ender project this week, assembling the rows of the Mosaic Mystery quilt. 

 Mosaic Mystery Quilt
from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs

All the blocks are up on the design wall. Since I took this picture the first row has been sewn together and I've made a good start on getting the last row stitched together.  

All in all a productive week.  I'm hoping this week is as good.  Linking up with Monday Making and Monday Design Wall posts.