Tuesday, November 15, 2022

To Do Tuesday for the Week of 11/15/2022

We are halfway through November. The weather has turned cold, so you'd think I'd be able to wrap my head around the fact that Thanksgiving is next week and December starts the week after that.  I'm definitely not ready to contemplate Christmas, so I'm going to avoid and think about stitching stuff like last week's To Do List. 

To Do List for Week of 11/8/2022 

1. Unity: Prep backing for quilting ✔

2. Macaron Mystery: Find backing fabric 

3. Melodic Mystery: Work on clues 2 and 3 

4. Rhododendron Mystery: Work on blocks as leaders/enders 

Completing four out of four hasn't happened in a while.  With the holiday coming up I may not do as well this week, but any progress would be good.  

To Do List for Week of 11/15/2022

1. Unity: Prep quilt top for quilting

Unity's back is a mess. Since I used black and a light back ground, the black threads will really need to be cleaned up.  Unity is a big quilt, I'm not looking forward to this activity. Hopefully I'll bite the bullet and get it done over the weekend.  But more than likely, I'll end up putting it off for a few weeks as this is my very least favorite part of a quilting project. 

2.  Macaron Mystery: Order backing fabric

This quilt needs 5 yards of fabric and I don't have enough black and white prints to pull a backing together.  I've found a fabric on sale that will work, I just need to order it.  

3. Melodic Mystery: Work on clues 2 and 3

All that's left to finish on clue 2 is the Sawtooth star blocks. The third of four is under construction.  I should be able to finish the last two off this week. That will just leave me the flying geese from clue 3 to finish up before the end of the month.  

4. Chilhowie Mystery: Decide on fabric palette

I'll be playing along with Bonnie Hunter's 2022 mystery quilt along.  I'm not sure if I'm going to stick with her color palette or if I'm going to change it up. It depends on what I find in the stash. 

5. Rhododendron Mystery: Continue making blocks A and B as leaders/enders

This is one of two block A's that need to be completed.  I still need four block B's.  It's very unlikely that I'll have all of the block B's finished before this year's Bonnie Hunter mystery kicks off. It won't be the first time that my leader and ender for this year's mystery is last year's mystery.  

That's my list for this week.  Other than prepping Unity for quilting, it's very doable.  Linking up with Texas Quilt Gal for To Do Tuesday


Carolyn said...

Good job on your to-do list completions! Progress is good. I have stopped doing mystery quilts as it created a lot of UFO’s, but I still enjoy seeing what other quilters create from the mysteries.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I try to do the clean up as I press blocks and sew them into rows - it makes it into a much smaller job in the end.

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Kate! Denial always works well for me. Seriously, it is snowing so hard outside right this minute that I can't see the street. How can Thanksgiving BE next week already. Egad. Four for four - look at you checking of the list!! Unity thread clipping would be put off by me - but you can dig and find that motivation. Just think how happy you'll be when that task is behind you?!! Finally, I love the fabrics you chose for block A. Purple and yellow look great together. Good luck with this week's list. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

Bonnie said...

Yea for checking off all of last week's goals list. Excellent job. The best way to do onerous jobs is in small bites. Maybe fold the quilt in 4ths and tackle only that. You are making better progress on Melodic Mystery than I am. By the way, I 'thought' T-Day was two weeks away. OOPS! Thanks for the update on that. 😂😂

Sara said...

You're doing great on all of those projects. I've used a lint roller on my quilts to pick up loose threads, then I can go back to snip the ones that aren't loose.

Linda said...

Haha I like your idea of "avoid and think about stitching stuff". I'm not ready for the holidays - I love the lead up to them but they just go by way too fast. Love your blocks. Good luck with cleaning up the back of your quilt. Thank you for sharing your goodies with To Do Tuesday!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

You have a great list!!! Enjoy!

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

I don't think any of us particularly enjoy preparing our quilt tops after they are pieced. It's right up there with actually basting a quilt as my least looked forward thing to do. Congratulations on completing all of your goals from last week and whatever you accomplish this week I hope it brings you joy and satisfaction.

Michelle said...

Cleaning up the dark threads is not a fun job. Maybe just devote 10 minutes a day to it? Love the purple and yellow block.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Cleaning up the back is no one's favorite job, but you're the queen of it! I always think of you when I'm doing that job - What Would Kate Do? I love that Rhododendron mystery block - pretty colors!

Ivani said...

Great progress on all fronts. Cleaning up the back is not fun but can be make a little by little each day. Have a great week and good luck with your list for this week.

Sharon Kwilter said...

Wow, you do a lot of mysteries. I really love your color scheme for Bonnie's Rhododendron Trail; I wish I had been brave enough to change my pink to purple but it was my first mystery ever. I'm just happy I got it finished before this year's.

Sharon - IN said...

We do always have to think about those dark threads showing up through the lighter fabrics. I like Sara's idea of a lint roller for the loose threads. AND you have three mystery quilts going at the same time?! That's amazing! But good work on using one as a lender/ender. Love the variety of fabrics you are using.

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

I agree clean up on a quilt is one of my least favorites as well, but once that is done you can get to the fun part of quilting. You have been staying so busy.

Kim said...

Much better to think upon all things stitching than to contemplate Christmas preparations. All those black, loose threads do sound a pain. You certainly have a lot of quilty loveliness happening.