Tuesday, November 28, 2023

To Do List for the Week of 11/28/2023

I'm still in recovery mode from Thanksgiving. We spent the holiday in Texas with Grad Girl. We had a lot of fun, but that drive back is just long.  We didn't get back till early evening yesterday.  At least this trip, My Guy and I could share the driving duties.  Even so, it's a long day in the car. 

Because of the holiday and our trip, last week's to do list was really simple.  

To Do List for 11/14/2023

1. Butterfly Medallion: Take a few stitches ✔

2. Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday ✔

Keeping it simple was the right thing to do.  I enjoyed the hand stitching and the family time.  This week's to do list is definitely going to be longer.  It's really too long, so I've got some hard decisions to make this week of what to put back in the project box for a bit.

To Do List for 11/28/2023

1. Indigo Way (Bonnie Hunter): Start on clues 1 and 2

The fabrics this time were really easy to pick. I'm sticking with Bonnie's color palette this year.  The white is a recent Connecting Threads purchase, the two blues and the red have been in the stash for awhile.  The red has a copyright date of 2002 on it.  The navy with the moon and stars probably dates from about the same time.  Since we were in Texas for the holiday, I've not started on clue 1 yet. That will change today.  Clue 2 will be out Friday, so I have some making up to do.  Thankfully, I'll start with just half the number of pieces, fingers crossed I can keep up  that way. 

2. Malted Mystery (Meadow Mist Designs):  Finish clue 5

I've finished one set of HSTs and have started on the second set.  Clue 6 will come out next week. I've got a lot to do before then.  

3. Scrappy Butterflies (self designed): Sew back together

All the panels are cut, they just need to be sewn together.  Once I've finished that, I'm going to set this one aside till after Christmas.  All it will need is the final prep before it goes out for quilting. Fingers crossed this one will be my first finish in 2024. 

4. Rhododendron Mystery (Bonnie Hunter): Work on pieced borders


I've started stitching the flying geese together, but have a long way to go on those.  My thought is to just keep this one moving. If I can finish the pieced border, then it can come off the design wall.  

5. Wild and Goosey (Bonnie Hunter): Finish the orange blocks in progress

I'll finish the 2 orange blocks that are in progress. Then Wild and Goosey will get put away for at least December.  The plan is to bring it back as my 2024 RSC project. 

6.  Chilhowie Mystery (Bonnie Hunter):  Leaders and enders project

I'll keep chipping away at this one for a bit yet. Hopefully I can finish all the blocks during this year's BH mystery. 

7. Fabric organization: Cut/sort scraps and press fabrics

I've made a good start on cleaning up the sewing room. Fingers crossed I can keep it up this month. 

That's my list for this week. It's definitely ambitious. Linking up with The Quilt Schmilt: For the Love of Fabric for To Do Tuesday.  

Monday, November 27, 2023

A Change of Pace

For those in the US, I hope you had a wonderful holiday and that everyone else had a wonderful weekend.  We ate a lot last week.  Both Grad Girl and My Guy are incredible cooks. I did my part with chocolate pie, pistachio salad and brownies, all family favorites. I really need to get with my exercise program over the next few weeks so I can endure a repeat round of feasting at Christmas.  

I did get some time in the sewing room before leaving it for holiday prep and hanging out time with Grad Girl.  But I don't have much to show for it. I didn't sew for several days and then spent most of the weekend working on my long term embroidery panel.  

I finished off butterfly #4 and made a start on the next set of vines in the block one down from the butterfly.  I've been working on this butterfly since before October of 2021, so it was definitely past time to get this part of the embroidery finished. At some point the plan is make this piece into a quilt.   

I can't show what Grad Girl was working on becuase she's doing Christmas presents, but she finished off her previous embroidery project just before the Thanksgiving holiday. 

This is one where she traced the design and came up with her own stitches.  It's really cool looking.  I think the plan for this one is to frame it for display in her apartment.  

That's all I have to show for my time with needle and thread this week. Linking up with Monday Design Wall, Patchwork & Quilts, and Slow Stitching Sunday.  

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Stitching Stuff: Week 46 of 2023

Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is over and we are into the Christmas season already. With it being a holiday week, I tempered my expectations of getting in much stitching time. However, Grad Girl and I did manage a few sitting and stitching sessions over the holiday weekend. 

  • 15 minute days/week = 4/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Nov = 20/25 days
  • 15 minute days/2023 = 278/329 days
  • Success rate = 84.5%

At least I stitched more days than I didn't this week.  I'm still over my 75% stitching goal for the year, so I'm going to be happy with my efforts.  

In spite of the holiday, I did manage to get in just a bit of sewing room clean up, though not as much as I'd been doing. I actually made a little progress with the #1 scrap bag.  

The top photo is before, the bottom is after. Hard to tell there is much difference, but the fabrics at the top of the bag are different now.  

Some fabric also disappeared from the to be pressed bin.

After four weeks I'm about half way through the bin.  It's harder going now that I've taken care of all the fat quarters. The yardage that was pressed included one 3 yard, one 4 yard and one 8 yard length of fabric.  Dealing with anything longer than 4 yards is tough when it comes to pressing and then folding.  The 8 yard length took a good hour to finish.  I'd so much rather sew, but it will be nice the next time I go looking for a dark background to have that black fabric pressed and ready to use. 

Did you get any stitching time in over the holiday?  

1. Gretchen
2. maggie f
3. Julie in GA
4. Karen
5. Frédérique
6. DonnaleeQ
7. katie z.
8. Quilting Gail
9. Andrée at Quilting & Learning
10. Bonnie in Va
11. Deb in Canada

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

To Do List for the Week of 11/20/2023

I'm really not ready for it to be Thanksgiving.  But now it's just a few days away.  Maybe that's what motivated me this week, I definitely made a dent in my rather long to do list. 


To Do List for the Week of 11/14/2023

1. Malted Mystery: Finish clue 4, start clue 5 ✔

2. Scrappy Butterflies: Prep fabrics, design back, cut back 

3. Rhododendron: Finish sewing sashing and blocks, start borders 

4.  Wild and Goosey: Make 2 orange blocks 

5.  Chilhowie : Leaders and enders project 

6.  Fabric organization: Cut/sort scraps, press yardage 

Very surprised to check off the entire list from last week.  Projects are definitely moving along. Though it may be slower going from here on out due to commitments during this holiday season.  My plan is to just enjoy whatever time I have in the sewing room and be happy with any progress. 

We'll have lots of family stuff going on the next few days so this week's list is going to be pretty simple. 

To Do List for the Week of 11/20/2023

1.  Butterfly Medallion: Take a few stitches. 

I've not worked on this since Christmas last year.  If I can find a good place to sit and stitch while we are visiting maybe I can make some good progress on this panel.  

2.  Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with my family

So it's a really simple list for next week.  But some weeks you just need simple. I'm sure next week's list will be just as long, if not longer, than last week's list. Linking up with The Quilt Schmilt: For the Love of Fabric for To Do Tuesday. For those in the US, have a very Happy Thanksgiving!   

Monday, November 20, 2023

Just Moving Along

It was wet, rainy and cold on Sunday. So I responded accordingly and spent pretty much the whole day in my sewing room.  I managed to move a few projects along.  The center of the 2021 Bonnie Hunter Mystery, Rhododenron, is assembled and up on the design wall. 

I'm happy with how it's come together so far. I've also been working on the flying geese for the pieced border this week and almost have enough to start that border. But before I get to that, I need to trim up the center and add a narrow white border to float the blocks.  I'll have some time to work on this before the holiday, but I likely won't get all of that done.  I had hoped for this to be a finished quilt top before this year's Bonnie Hunter mystery came out.  That won't happen, but hopefully I'll be able to finish this up early next year and get if off my UFO list.  

I also managed to finish up clue 4 for the Malted Mystery (Meadow Mist Designs)


I'm liking my fabric choices so far.  Clue 5 is in the works. Fingers crossed I have it finished by the time clue 6 comes out in December.  

Linking up with Monday Design Wall and Patchwork & Quilts this week.  

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Stitching Stuff: Week 45 of 2023

Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is this Thursday.  At this point I'm not ready. Lots to do between now and then.  Likely my stitching time will suffer a bit this week. It's a good thing this last week was really good. 

  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Nov = 16/18 days
  • 15 minute days/2023 = 274/322 days
  • Success reate = 85.09%

My goal for this year is to stitch 15 minutes at least 75% of the days.  Thankfully I'm well over that so have some room if stitching just doesn't work out during the upcoming week.  

One of my other goals for 2023 was to get my sewing room better organized, particularly my scraps and yardage.  I made good progress on that over the last week.  The working scrap bin was empty this week, so I was able to concentrate on scrap drawer #1.  

It was empty by the end of my clean up time on Saturday.  At the very bottom at the back there were scraps from a quilt started in 2003. So I'm glad to have those all cut to size and stored in my bins. Up next is scrap bag #1.

This bag is about 11" tall and is overstuffed with scraps.  Hopefully I can make some good progress here before the end of the year.  I have another, taller bag of scraps and a second, larger drawer of scraps left to work through.  I have my work cut out for me.  

The other goal is to get my fabric better organized.  First step to that is to press all the fabrics that have been pre-washed.  

It's hard to judge progress from the picture. What got pressed?  Two 4 yard pieces, one 6 yard piece, 4 half yard cuts plus 6 fat quarters.  I really hate pressing the large fabric cuts, which is why this bin got so full. It does feel really nice to have those all pressed and ready to use when I need them.  In case you are wondering, I've been spending my Saturday and Sunday mornings working on the scrap cutting and fabric pressing.  Sometimes it's just an hour, sometimes it's 3 hours.  I'm hoping to keep this up through the end of the year and just see how far I can get.  

How did you do at getting in some stitching or organization time this week?  

1. Gretchen
2. maggie f
3. Julie in GA
4. Karen
5. Quilting Gail
6. katie z.
7. Bonnie in Va
8. Melisa- Pinker n' Punkin Quilting
9. Frédérique

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Saturday, November 18, 2023

Weeks 91 and 92 Photo Challenge: Old Photo Recreated and Uniform(s)

It's been almost a month since the last photo challenge post. So this post is going to be a bit long and photo heavy.  

Everyone has been busy, Grad Girl especially.  She was trying to finish up a NSF grant proposal then went right into preparation for her chemistry department seminar.  All three of us struggled with getting a photo for the Week 91 challenge. 

So many of our photos are of trips and family stuff, it was just difficult to recreate something each of us was happy with. With Grad Girl being so far from home and away from all her friends, she really struggled to find something she could recreate. But we each finally came up with a strategy and produced a photo. It just took us longer than a week.  

At first we agreed on 2 weeks to meet this challenge as none of us got anywhere the first week. Thankfully week 2, I was visiting Grad Girl and was able to recreate one of my favorite photos. 

Apporxiately 2001: Scaredy and a very young Grad Girl 

Grad Girl is probably about 2 in this photo .  The cat is Scaredy, one of my mother's cats. Yes, she came by her name quite honestly. It was unusual for her to be anywhere but under the bed when we visited. So this was a precious photo in more ways than one.  Here's the recreation. 

Kate: Grad Girl and Queenie

Queenie wasn't being very cooperative with the photo shoot, so this was the best we could manage.  But I'm pretty happy with how it worked out.  

My Guy and I talked about a lot of options to recreate some of our couple photos from when we were in grad school, but none of those panned out. so he went with a truely historical recreation. 

Source: https://theclio.com/tour/2186/5

This is the old train depot in town (built in 1909). We live in a community with a lot of history. If you've seen the recent movie "Flowers of the Killer Moon", the town featured in those events is only a 30 minute drive from us. And like our community, owes it's start to the oil industry.   

Here's the modern take on the building. 

My Guy: The Old Depot


The depot isn't active now, except for Christmas when some years they run a holiday express out of it.  

Grad Girl really struggled with this challenge. I searched the photo albums and finally found one where I'd put all the photos she'd taken when she was little. We had a lot of long drives from Texas to Missouri and Oklahoma for holiday visits. It wasn't unusual for one of us to hand her a camera and let her play with it from the back seat to keep her entertained until our next stop.  She was infamous for photos of the backs of our heads, close up selfies (before selfies were even a thing) or as shown below, her shoes. 

Grad Girl: Sometime between 2002 and 2004

Now that she's pretty much on her own, her recreation was taken from the front seat. 

Grad Girl: Shoes in the Front Seat

You can definitly tell she's grown a bit and finally graduated from velcro fastenings.  

Week 92's card was  a more mundane and definitely easier subject.  But it was one that was open to some intrepretation. 

I went very conventional with my approach.  Though I had to raid Grad Girls closet to come up with my subject matter.  

Kate: #3

Grad Girl played competitive Volleyball for 4 or 5 years.  She kept #3 the entire time she played.  An ACL tear in her sophomore year of highschool ended her competitive activities.

My guy went with an alternate meaning of the word uniform, as in "remaining the same in all cases".

My Guy: Uni-form Not Identical

I really like his approach.  At first I thought he'd taken this at night, but then I realized where it was and I know he took it just after noon.  It's a really cool photo.  

Grad Girl's uniform is a bit unconventional as well, though the subject of her feet is consistent with last week's photo. 

Grad Girl: It's All About the Socks

These kitty cat socks are her go to "uniform" when she has to give a big presentation. She wore them for her chemistry department presentation.  I believe these were a gift from one of her friends.  Her comment was "Cause they are fun and comfortable. No one needs to know about the socks."

If you've made it this far, thank you for sticking it out.  The subject for next week is much more mundane than recent challenge cards. 

Should be fun to see how we all approach this one.  

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

To Do List for the Week of 11/14/2023

The weeks always seem to go so quickly as we get closer to the end of the year.  Last week seems to have just sped by somehow.  My ambitious to do list for the week was definitely too long.  

To Do List for the Week of 11/07/2023

1.  Macaron Mystery: Finish hand stitching the binding ✔
2.  Malted Mystery: Finish clue 4, start clue 5 -  progress
3.  Indigo Way: Decide on fabrics for mystery ✔
4.  Scrappy Butterflies: Find backing fabric ✔
5.  Rhododendron Mystery: Finish block/sashing assembly - progress
6.  Wild and Goosey: Make 2 orange blocks - progress
7.   Chilhowie: Continue as leader and ender project ✔

I was able to check off over half the items and made progress on the rest. That's still a pretty good week.  This week's list will be shorter.  

To Do List for the Week of 11/14/2023

1. Malted Mystery (Meadow Mist Designs): Finish clue 4, start clue 5

All that's left to finish of clue 4 is one more set of flying geese.  I've made a start on those.  I've downloaded clue 5, but haven't printed it yet, so I need to do that as well.  

2. Scrappy Butterflies (self-designed): Prep fabrics, design back, cut back. 

Based on a few trials in EQ, I'll need about 6 yards of fabric to back this quilt.  I'm trying to use up stash, particularly older stash that hasn't found it's way into quilts yet.  Both of the blue bonnet prints were purchased when we lived in Texas, so that makes them at least 17 years old.  I'm going to use the stripe as sashing, framing etc between the two.  I have some thoughts on how to arrange the fabrics on the back, but I need to play around in EQ to get my measurements correct.  

3. Rhododendron Mystery (Bonnie Hunter): Finish sewing sashing and blocks together, start on borders.

Just two seams left, long ones, but still just two and the center will be assembled.  I have a plan for the borders.  As the borders will be pieced, I doubt they get finished this week. But any progress would be good.  

4. Wild and Goosey (Bonnie Hunter): Make 2 orange blocks

About 1.5 blocks is what I manage each week.  That's progress, so I'm good with that.  Not sure what the plan is for this project next year.  There are some other oldies and goodies I'd like to work on, so we'll see if this one ends up back in the project box for 2024.  

5.  Chilhowie (Bonnie Hunter): Leaders and enders project

6.  Fabric organization: Cut/sort scraps, press yardage

One of my goals for 2023 was to get the sewing room better organized.  I hadn't done much on that this year until a couple of weeks ago.  There were 2 full drawers, plus 2 large bags of scraps that needed to be cut, sorted and stored.  I've made good progress on one of the scrap drawers. It was completely full at the beginning of the year.  I'm also working to clean up the fabric closet a bit. Part of that is pressing out the fabrics I've prewashed.  I have a big stack of those.  

This week's list is shorter, by one.  Oh well.  If I make progress on most of them I'll be happy.  linking up with The Quilt Schmilt: For the Love of Fabric for To Do Tuesday

Monday, November 13, 2023

Another Finish, Finally

The plan was to finish one quilt a month starting in September. Due to vacation, I got behind in October.  Even so, I'm still happy to have the Macaron Mystery (Meadow Mist Designs) quilt finished. 

My version is a little different than Cheryl's (Meadow Mist Designs), I wasn't a fan of the partial blocks, so those were left out.  I finished the binding Saturday afternoon. 

The plan was to use the red for the binding, but there wasn't enough left from the quilt top. But the black and white print works pretty well. 

My practice has been to name my version of a quilt. The first step in deciding on a name is usually a Google search for any flower names that match my color scheme.  Usually that returns something for me to work with, for this project, that took me down a bit of a rabbit hole.  At the bottom, was this term "aposematic".  Again per Google: 

Aposematic: (of coloration or markings) serving to warn or repel predators. (of an animal) having aposematic coloration or markings. 

The next search was for examples of aposematic color schemes. Red, black, yellow, or very bright colors (such as those yellow, blue, or orange poison frogs from the Amazon rain forest).  Combinations of red and black were another example given.  For whatever reason the word just stuck in my head. The quilt does have a pretty striking color scheme, though I certainly hope that doesn't warn someone away. Well, maybe if you are taking a nap under it you'd want to warn someone away.  At any rate here's the quilt label. 

This quilt is destined to be a graduation gift, probably for Grad Girl's research group mentor who will be graduating in the spring.  If not for her, then it may go to one of her other friends later.  

Linking up with my normal Monday linky parties,  Design Wall Monday and Patchwork & Quilts.  Also linking up with Meadow Mist Designs, Favorite Finish for November.  

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Stitching Stuff: Week 44 of 2023


Almost halfway through November?  I'm definitely not ready for that, but as I can't change anything about that, I'm just hoping to keep going with the flow.  That was pretty much what happened with my stitching time this week. 

  • 15 minute days/week = 6/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Nov = 9/11 days
  • 15 minute days/2023 = 267/315 days
  • Success rate = 84.76%

I missed one day last week. That was my travel day back from Texas. I got in so late and was just too tired to stitch on anything.  But otherwise it was a good week in the sewing room.  I did mange work in one morning of sewing room clean up.  The scrap bin accumulated a few odds and ends from some donation blocks and the trimming up of a quilt sandwich.  

Those scraps were dealt with pretty quickly and sorted into the scrap boxes.  So I'm starting the week with an empty scrap bin.  We'll see how long it stays empty. 

The fabric to be ironed pile also went down a bit. 

It's hard to really judge how much progress there was. It amounted to 4 or 5 fat quarters, 2 half yard pieces, 1-1 yard piece and a wide backing fabric.  The wide backing fabric took awhile to press and fold. But now it's ready if the right quilt comes up.  I had purchased this wide backing for another project, but by the time the top was finished, I had misplaced it.  Now that it's pressed, I've made a special place for it in the fabric closet.  Hopefully that means I can find it when I need it next time.  

So how did you do at working in either stitching time or clean up time? Maybe you managed both?  

1. Frédérique
2. maggie f
3. Karen
4. Julie in GA
5. DonnaleeQ
6. Shasta @ High Road Quilter
7. Andrée at Quilting & Learning
8. katie z.
9. Melisa- Pinker n' Punkin Quilting

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

To Do List for the Week of 11/07/2023

It's a long drive from Southern Texas to Northern Oklahoma.  I got home early evening on Monday.  It was a very nice girl's weekend. But now it's time to catch up on a few things.  I'm behind on blog reading and replying to comments, fingers crossed that catching up isn't that hard to do.  Getting back to the sewing room is on my list for today too.  I have a long to do list for this week. Before getting to that, I should review last week's much shorter list. 

To Do List for 10/31/2023

1. Macaron Mystery: Finish label, binding, stitch on - progress

2. Melodic Mystery: Send out for quilting ✔ 

3. Chilhowie: Continue as leader and enders 

Two out of three isn't bad considering there was just one day of sewing room time before leaving for Texas.  There was some hand stitching while I was visiting, but not a lot. We were busy girls.  

This week's list is much longer to make up for the very short list last week. 

To Do List for 11/07/2023

1.  Macaron Mystery (Meadow Mist Designs): Finish hand stitching binding to back

I was able to get the better part of one side stitched and turned one corner while in Texas.  It shouldn't be too difficult to finish it up this week. 

2. Malted Mystery (Meadow Mist Designs): Finish clue 4, start clue 5

3. Indigo Way (Bonnie Hunter): Decide on fabrics for mystery

4. Scrappy Butterflies (self-designed): Find backing fabric

5. Rhododendron Mystery (Bonnie Hunter): Finish sewing blocks and sashing together

6. Wild and Goosey (Bonnie Hunter): Make 2 orange blocks

7. Chilhowie (Bonnie Hunter): Continue as leader and ender project

It's a long list for this week and I doubt I get to all of them. If not, then there is always next week.  Linking up with The Quilt Schmilt: For the Love of Fabric for To Do Tuesday

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Stitching Stuff: Week 43 of 2023


I'm sorry this post is just a little late.  I spent the day in Houston with Grad Girl and we didn't get back till late, so I slept in a bit today.  Thankfully with time change it's not up as late as it would have been.  

My stitching time has been a bit curtailed since I've been traveling, but I've had some hand stitching to work on in the evenings.  I did well at working that in up until yesterday. 

  • 15 minute days/week = 6/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Oct = 23/31 days
  • 15 minute days/Nov = 3/4 days
  • 15 minute days/2023 = 261/308 days
  • Success rate = 84.74%

My goal was to stitch at least 75% of the days this year. I'm on track with a bit of buffer as stitching time will be harder to find during the holidays. 

One of my goals for this year was to clean up the sewing room, part of that means getting a handle on all my scraps and fabric yardage storage.  I did pretty well with this goal at the beginning of the year, but it's been put aside in favor of stitching most weeks. My plan is to make some progress on this before the end of the year.  I started with my scrap bin.

It's now empty. Well it was empty until I trimmed up the Macaron Mystery quilt so I could bind it. This is my "working scrap bin".  The plan is to empty it each week.  We'll see how that works.  I have a scrap drawer that was so full, I couldn't close it. I've worked on emptying it the last few years and after the last scrap trimming session, you could actually see the bottom at the front of it. 

I finally tackled my washed and to be ironed yardage tub. It's been at the overflow stage for most of the year.  

It's hard to tell I made any progress, but the overflow is at least not as likely to topple over if I bump it.  So still lots of work to do on both fronts. The plan is to chip away on both fronts for the rest of the year. 

So how did your week go on the stitching front?  

1. maggie f
2. Karen
3. Frédérique
4. Julie in GA
5. DonnaleeQ
6. Melisa- Pinker n' Punkin Quilting
7. Jennifer in Indy
8. Quilting Gail
9. Deb in Canada
10. Stitching Loving Nana
11. Andrée at Quilting & Learning
12. Carol Andrews

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

October Wrap Up: PDH in 2023

Another month gone, just two months left in the year.  It's time to review how well I'm doing on moving a few UFOs to finished and link up with Quilting Gail for the October PHD update.  At this point,  my PHD report isn't very impressive.    

There are no changes in my PHD report, but I have made good progress on several projects in October, even with a week and half vacation thrown in there. 

The oldest UFO on my quilt plan, Scrappy Butterflies (self designed), is now a finished quilt top. 

The plan for November is to find backing fabric and hopefully have this one ready to send out for quilting before Thanksgiving.  We'll see if that happens.  

All the yellow blocks have been finished for Wild and Goosey (Bonnie Hunter). 

November is typically quilt construction time during the Rainbow Scrap Challenge year.  With all the yellow blocks finished, I'm going to move onto orange and see how many of those I can make in November.  

Macaron Mystery (Meadow Mist Designs) is moving towards a finish. 

Trudy finished the quilting and sent the quilt back last week.  I finished the label and the binding earlier this week.  The binding was sewn to the front last night. The plan for this week is to finish hand stitching down the binding the quilt this week. So there should be an updated PHD report for November.  

Bonnie Hunter's 2021 mystery quilt, Rhododendron, came back on the active list in October. The last time there was any progress on this project was in January of this year.  

It's probably optimistic that this will be a finished quilt top by the end of the month as it will have one pieced border, so it will take longer to finish up.  But I'm happy to at least have the blocks out of the project box and mostly assembled.   

Melodic Mystery (Meadow Mist Designs) should be a finished quilt by the end of the year. It was sent out for quilting on Tuesday.  

Hopefully Trudy can work her magic and have it back to me before Thanksgiving. Then I can get it prepped and work on the binding during the holiday while we are visiting with family.   

Chilhowie, last year's Bonnie Hunter mystery, is still my leaders and enders projects.  

The subunits for block 8 were finished, but no assembly happened this month.  Block 8 should be done before the end of the month.  Then it will be on to block 9.  I had hoped Chihowie would be to the  finished quilt top stage before this year's Bonnie Hunter Mystery comes out, but obviously that's not happening. I'll keep working on this one for now and just see where it ends up. 

Malted Mystery is this year's Meadow Mist Designs quilt along.  

Clue 3 is finished.  All but the last 2 sets of flying geese blocks are finished on clue 4.  I'm probably going to be a bit behind when clue 5 comes out on Thursday.  Fingers crossed I can get caught up before clue 6 comes out in December.  

Looking at the accumulated progress across projects for the year, it doesn't look too bad.  

My goal for the year has been progress and as much as I might wish for more, it really has been a good year on that front.  Over the course of this year I seem to have found a project mix that works for me. Fingers crossed it keeps working as we move into the holiday season when most of us have lots of other distractions.