Sunday, April 14, 2024

Stitching Stuff: Week 15 of 2024


I'm a bit late posting this morning. I'm a bit dragged out from all the travel.  We spent all of last week in Texas. The big draw was the eclipse on Monday, but we stayed a few extra days to spend some time with Grad Girl.  I shared one of my photos earlier this week. My Guy used his DSLR and a filter.  Here are some of his shots. 










As you can see in the photos, the cloud cover cleared just before totality, but was back before the eclipse ended.  

As we were on the road all of last week, my stitching time was all hand stitching.  Some mornings I only had time to stitch one full length of thread, but that still met my 15 minutes goal. 

  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Apr = 13/13 days
  • 15 minute days/2024 = 104/104 days
  • Success rate = 100%
So I'm still at 100%.  We'll see if I can keep it up through Friday when I have surgery.  It's been pretty motivating to see if I can keep the 100% through April.  

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


Tuesday, April 9, 2024

To Do Tuesday for the Week of 4/9/2024

The big thing that wasn't on my to do list for last week was to watch the eclipse. We ventured down to Texas so we could see totality.  My Guy had the special filters and such for his camera, I didn't get that motivated. Even so,  I did get a cool photo during totality.  




We'd had mostly cloudy skies all morning, but we got lucky and the sun was in a clear patch for almost all of totality.  This photo was taken with my cell phone with no filters.  My Guy had his DSLR set up with a tripod and special filters. He's not looked at his photos yet, but I'll post a few sometime this week once he's had a chance to sort through them.  I'm sure the got a few cool ones.  

Since we did travel for the eclipse, I didn't get as much done on my to do list as I had hoped. 


To Do List for 4/2/2024

1. 2023 SAHRR: Fabric requirements, start assembly - progress

2. Rhododendron: Work on last 2 borders ✔

3. Wild and Goosey: Work on purple blocks ✔

4. Indigo Way: Continue as leaders and enders ✔


Even though I didn't get as much done as I wanted, three check marks and progress on the fourth is still a good week.  

The plan for this week will need to take some travel time into consideration.  But I'll still have sewing room time after we get home to move a few things forward.  


To Do List for 4/9/2024


1. Butterfly Medallion:  Continue to embroider while on the road. 



I've made some good headway on the next butterfly.  There should be a bit more progress before we get home.  

2.  2023 SAHRR (Quilting Gail): Cut fabric, assemble backing

I worked out the fabric requirements and cutting measurements, but didn't get any farther. I doubt this gets sent out before I have surgery.  I've got a number of things that have to be done before I'm out of commission for a few weeks, so sewing room time is likely to be limited.  

3.  Rhododendron (Bonnie Hunter): Finish last border

The next to last border is attached and I'm working on sewing together the strips for the last border.  

4. Wild and Goosey (Bonnie Hunter): Continue making purple blocks

I won't get as many made this month as last month, but any progress will cut down on what has to be made to finish this up next year.  

5. Indigo Way (Bonnie Hunter):  Continue as leaders and enders

Still working on making the component for the remaining blocks.  

I'm to to the point that whatever I can get done before surgery gets done. What doesn't will have to wait till I'm mobile again. Fingers crossed that doesn't take too long to happen. 

Linking up with The Quilt Schmilt: For the Love of Fabric for To Do Tuesday

Monday, April 8, 2024

Eclipsing

 



No stitching to show off today.  We're eclipsing. Fingers crossed we get some clearing around noon so we can enjoy the show. If not, I'm going to have one very disappointed My Guy. 

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Stitching Stuff: Week 14 of 2024


It was a busy week on the non-quilting front.  The biggest accomplishment outside of the sewing room was getting our taxes completed and sent off.  For once we finished early, normally I'm scrambling to get it sent in the day it's due. 

Even though it was a busy week, sewing room time wasn't too hard to find. 

  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Mar = 31/31 days
  • 15 minute days/Apr = 6/6 days
  • 15 minute days/2024 = 97/97 days
  • Success rate = 100%
So far so good on finding time to stitch each day this year.  It will be a challenge to maintain that with what else is on the schedule later this month.  My goal is 70%, but it's been fun to challenge myself.  Stitching every day has paid off, there has been good progress on a number of fronts.  

How are you doing at working in stitching to your schedule this year?  


1. Julie in GA
2. Gretchen's Little Corner
3. Karen
4. DonnaleeQ
5. Frédérique
6. Bonnie in Va
7. Amanda
8. Deb in Canada
9. Andrée at Quilting & Learning
10. Dq at Dreamworthyquilts

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

2024 Quilting Ambitions 1st Quarter Check In

With the end of March comes the end of the first quarter of 2024.  Hard to believe we've hit that milestone already.  It's a good time to check how well I'm doing at meeting my ambitions for 2024.  Quilting Jetgirl has a first quarter linky party to remind us to do just that.  




Here's where I'm at with my ambitions for 2024. 

1. Make Quilts. My ambition wasn't just to finish quilts, I also wanted to focus on making progress with all the quilts on my quilt plan for this year.  

Here's what my progress metric looked like at the beginning of the year. 




Here's what it looked at at the end of March. 




One finished quilt, three others moved to finished quilt tops, and the all the blocks finished on another project. I'm definitely on track with this ambition for 2024.  Fingers crossed I can work those quilt tops into finished quilts before the end of the year.  

2. Learn to quilt.  No progress on this goal as yet.  I was focused on the quilt alongs during the first quarter.  I'm hoping to get moving on this ambition once I've recovered from knee surgery.  

3. 15 Minutes to Stitch (Stitching Stuff).  My one stated ambition was to stitch 15 minutes a day at least 75% of the time. I'm at 100% currently.  That won't last, especially since I have knee surgery in a couple of weeks.  I'll have to switch to hand work for a bit, but I've got some room to drop and still meet my goal of 75%.  




I finally figured out a graph that can help track my success/failure with my 15 minute stitching time.  My worst year for getting in my stitching time was 2014, my best year was 2018. We'll see how comparing my current progress with the worst and best performance works for 2024.    

The other ambition, which wasn't clearly stated at the beginning of the year, is to have the linky party posted each week.  So far I'm at 13 linky parties for 13 weeks.

4. Stash Organization. I've not done much on this front. As I said earlier, my focus for first quarter has been on the quilt alongs.  No progress at all on my scraps, in fact I've gone backwards with my scrap bin where I put all my "in progress scraps". 




So I have some trimming to do there to get it back to empty. 

The "to be pressed tub" is full again. I washed a lot of Halloween fabrics for potential use in the SAHRR, so those all got added to the tub. So it's back to completely full status. 



The only place that I've made progress is the fabric closet. Earlier this year I ordered some wire cubes to extend the wire rack at the back of the closet.  




All the fabrics that were just piled on top of the rack have been moved into empty drawers in Grad Girl's room. That fabric will all need to be repressed and folded to conform to the other yardage in the closet.  I still have some wire cubes left, I'm hoping to clean up the right side of the closet and use them there to further expand the fabric storage.  We'll see how that works.  

In summery, ambitions #1 and #3 are going well.  I've got work to do on ambitions #2 and #4.  Knee surgery will definitely impact second quarter progress, but hopefully not too badly.   

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

March 2024 PHD Report

First quarter is over and we are already a few days into the 2nd quarter of 2024.  Since March is over, it's time to look my progress towards a PHD and link up with P Designs USA for the March PHD report. This month the report shows a finish for the first time this year. 



 

Still a long way to go to reach PHD status. But it's nice having the first finish in March versus waiting till September. 




A Flutter was sent for quilting in February.  This quilt was started in 2013, it was my second Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt.  It took almost 11 years to finish it, but I'm very happy with how it turned out. It was worth the wait. There is no pattern for this quilt. The butterfly blocks were paper pieced using a block found in Electric Quilt and the setting is a modified Irish Chain worked out in EQ.  I've loved these blocks since I started them, so this quilt is staying with me.  

Just one finish, no starts, but lots of progress on other projects in March. 



Purple was the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for March. I need a lot more purple blocks for my version of Wild and Goosey (Bonnie Hunter). The RSC color for April is yellow. I have all the yellow blocks I need for my version of the quilt, so I'm going to keep making purple blocks in April.  



Rhododendron (Bonnie Hunter) is back on the active list, barely.  I was able to get the next to last border strips cut and assembled, but only two actually sewn to the quilt. Still that counts as good progress.  This one is close to being a finished quilt top.  Fingers crossed I can make that happen before my knee surgery later this month. 



Malted Mystery (Meadow Mist Designs) is now a finished quilt top.  It's the last of my "deadline" sewing till the next mystery starts up in July.  It was a fun mystery and one of my favorites in terms of the final design. Now to find a backing fabric for it, prep it and send it out for quilting. Hopefully that will happen before the end of the year.  



Indigo Way (Bonnie Hunter) is my current leaders and enders project. All the A blocks are finished. All that's left is to make the one B block and the 4 setting triangles.  I've had to go back and make the subunits for those blocks.  It's going to be slow going for the next bit. Even so, I'm happy with how much progress I've made on Indigo.  Usually it takes me quite a bit longer to be this close to quilt assembly.




The Just Two Charm Pack Quilts quilt along (Meadow Mist Designs) ended in early March.  My version of Betty became a quilt top just before the quilt parade ended (I was the last one to link up).  This was such a fun project. My blue and purple 2.5" strip bin isn't quite as full as it was. A few odds and ends from the stash got used up too.  There are a couple of other quilts I'd like to make from this book.  I need to finish a few more UFOs before I start anymore scrappy quilts.  



 

The 2024 Stay at Home Round Robin (Quilting Gail) ended this month too.  I finished border 6 in barely enough time to link up with the quilt parade.  I was the last one to link up for the parade. (See a theme emerging here?)  I'm so thrilled with how this year's SAHRR worked out.  Now to figure out the backing and get it send out for quilting.  Fingers crossed it gets finished before Halloween this year.  




The April block for this year's guild BOM needs to be finished, but I was caught up as of the end of March.  I'm wishing now that I'd gone with a lighter gray, the one I picked is way too dark.  Fingers crossed it works out OK.  There's not much of it in the quilt, so hopefully it won't look too bad.  

One finished quilt and three finished quilt tops isn't bad for the end of third month of 2024.  My progress tracker shows longer bars in a few places. 




What I manage to get done in the next couple of weeks will determine what the  report looks like at the end of April.  I'll have surgery on my knee later this month. That's probably going to curtail my progress for a few weeks. Fingers crossed that I'm back in shape and ready to go for May.  

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

To Do Tuesday for the Week of April 2, 2024

It's definitely spring in Oklahoma. We spent about half an hour in the storm shelter last night in response to tornado warnings.  The news is reporting damage in one of the smaller towns to the south and east of us. We experienced some pretty strong winds and a bit of hail, but we never lost power. Still I'll have to do a walk around to check for lost shingles, the winds did get pretty high.  

The storms meant no evening stitching, which meant I didn't quite get to everything on my to do list for last week.  


To Do List for 3/26/2024

1. Malted Mystery: Finish quilt top ✔ 

2. 2023 SAHRR: Assemble quilt back - no progress

3. Rhododendron: Add next to last border - progress

4. Wild and Goosey: Make purple blocks ✔

5. Indigo Way: Continue as leaders and enders ✔


I didn't get to everything on the list, but still made good progress on several projects.  We've got a lot going on this next week, so I'm not sure how much stitching time I'm going to get in.  We have plans for the eclipse (My Guy has a minor in astronomy, so of course we have a plan for that event). So I'm not going to be very ambitious with next week's list. 


To Do List for 4/2/2024

1. 2023 SAHRR (Quilting Gail): Work out fabric requirements, start assembly




The backing fabric has been selected, but I'm not sure I have enough. So I may need to find additional fabrics and figure out an assembly plan. The goal is have this one ready to send out for quilting before I have surgery.  

2. Rhododendron (Bonnie Hunter): Work on last 2 borders




I made a good start on the second to last border.  I need to measure again before cutting the top and bottom strips. Then just one more border to add.  Very close to a finished quilt top. 

3. Wild and Goosey (Bonnie Hunter): Continue making purple blocks




Seven blocks were finished in March.  The RSC color for April is yellow, but I have all the yellow blocks needed for the planned layout. So I'll stick with purple for one more month as many more blocks of this color are needed.  

4. Indigo Way (Bonnie Hunter): Continue as leaders and enders

All the block A blocks are finished.  I've had to cut more parts for the block B and the 4 setting triangles that are left to make. So there's a good deal of subparts that have to assembled before I can make the rest of the blocks.

Now that all the quilt alongs are over, I'm back to a much more manageable to do list.  Hopefully that means a few more finishes before the end of the year.  Linking up with The Quilt Schmilt: For the Love of Fabric for To Do Tuesday.   

Monday, April 1, 2024

Another Mystery Comes to an End

Did you have a family celebration for Easter?  We didn't this year, we mostly just hung out at home for the weekend.  I spent the afternoon in the sewing room working to finish the last border for the Malted Mystery (Meadow Mist Designs).  



 

The dark blue used in the border looks black, it's just hard to photograph it accurately under the lighting conditions in my sewing room.  This is one of my favorite Meadow Mist Designs mystery designs from Cheryl.  It kept me guessing. I wondered where we going to use those blocks in the last border.   

This is my third finished quilt top for the year.  The mystery started in July of last year, with the last clue posted in March.  This may be the first time I've actually finished assembling a mystery quilt the month the clue was issued. Being retired definitely has improved my ability to keep up.  

Malted Mystery is my last "deadline" project. The plan for the next few months is to concentrate on finishing off the five quilt tops that are now hanging in the closet. Several of those will be going out for quilting, but there are two I want to try quilting myself.  I'll be linking up with the Malted Mystery quilt parade. Also linking up with Design Wall Monday and Patchwork & Quilts.   

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Stitching Stuff: Week 13 of 2024


Do you have Easter Egg hunts planned for today?  That was such a big deal with my mother in law when she was alive.  The grand kids always looked forward too the hunt after lunch.  Now our chick is way to big for egg hunts, but she still really likes those marshmallow bunnies and chicks.

As far as the stitching week, I managed to make it to the sewing room every day. 


  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Mar = 30/30 days
  • 15 minute days/2024 = 90/90 days
  • Success rate = 100%

Some days this week I just barely managed to work in my 15 minutes. The ranchers burn the fields this time of year here in Oklahoma and several days the smoke in the air was just overwhelming.  Those days it's hard to feel much like stitching.  The field burning should end soon, thankfully.  

How did you do this week at working in some stitching time?  


1. maggie f
2. Julie in GA
3. DonnaleeQ
4. Quilting Gail
5. Janice
6. Bonnie in Va
7. DawnyK
8. Frédérique
9. Dq at Dreamworthyquilts

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Friday, March 29, 2024

First Finish for 2024: A Flutter

I've been trying to shift my perspective to appreciate progress at least as much as finishes. I'm still working on making that shift.  But the truth is, the goal for every project is to get it finished. This one has been on the "to be finished list" for quite awhile.  

The blocks were started as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge sponsored by SoScrappy (Angela has done an amazing job of keeping this going for so many years).  My first post on this project presented this mock up as my RSC project for 2013.




The first block wasn't actually started until 03/26/2013.  I started with a trial block and then made the first one for the quilt.  The second block wasn't finished until January of 2014.  The last block was finished in March of 2015.  Then the blocks sat waiting for me to decide on a setting.  Finally in July of 2021 the final look was decided and I got busy on construction.  So almost 11 years from the construction of the first block, Scrappy Butterflies became the finished quilt, A Flutter, on 3/18/2024.




I'm happy with how it came together, maybe not so much with how long it took. But I do love it. It's currently on my couch and I've already snuggled under it a few times.  

Trudy quilted big swirls to look like wind. 




The same blue as the final border was used as the binding. The label was also framed in that blue fabric.  I didn't have enough of the blue/white stripe for the backing, so I added in a strip of a blue bonnet fabric that's been in the stash for awhile. 




A Flutter was my 4th oldest UFO. It definitely feels good to get this one off the UFO list and onto my couch were I can enjoy all the colors.  

Linking up with Finished or Not Friday over at Alycia Quilts and with Favorite Finish over at Quilting JetGirl.  

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

To Do Tuesday For the Week of 3/26/2024

It was a good week.  I've gotten a handle on the leg issues, physical therapy and anti-inflammatories are keeping the pain at bay. I do have to be careful on the stairs, getting in and out of the car and changing direction when walking.  But that's not been too hard to manage.  So I was able to spend a lot of time in the sewing room, which means really good progress on last week's to do list. 


To Do List for 3/19/2024

1.  Stay at Home Round Robin: Finish border # 6 ✔

2.  Guild BOM: Finish March block 

3.  Malted Mystery: Finish Feb, start Mar clues 

4.  Wild and Goosey: Make purple blocks 

5.  Indigo Way: Continue making blocks as leaders and enders 


For the first time in several weeks, all the to do list is checked off. Definitely a good week.  

The first quarter of 2024 has been dedicated to three quilt alongs with deadlines.  Two of those are quilt tops now and the focus UFO is also finished.  That creates a couple of slots on the in progress list.  Rather than finish off the two new quilt tops, I'm going to pull out some older projects and work on moving those to finished first.    


To Do List for 3/26/2024

1. Malted Mystery (Meadow Mist Designs): Finish quilt top




The February clue is finally finished and the March clue has been started.  Just three more pieced border strips and a final border of the dark blue is all that is left to do.  I should be able to get that finished this week.  

2. 2023 SAHRR (Quilting Gail): Assemble quilt back




I considered finishing this year's SAHRR first, but last year's already has backing fabric selected. I need to think on options for this year's quilt top.  I'd like to get this one finished before Father's Day as this quilt is intended for My Guy.  

3. Rhododendron (Bonnie Hunter): Add next to last border




This quilt just needs two borders and it will be a finished quilt top. Once that's done it can go hang in the closet till I figure out a backing fabric.  

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




There's been good progress with the purple blocks this month.  I'm hoping to finish a total of 8 before it's time to switch colors for April. 

5. Indigo Way (Bonnie Hunter): Continue making blocks as leaders and enders




Almost finished with the last two A blocks.  Just one full B block and  four setting pieced B setting triangles left to make after that.  

This is the last to do list for March, next week's list will be the first one for April.  I'm hoping to focus on finishes for the next few weeks. We'll see how that goes.  Linking up with The Quilt Schmilt: For the Love of Fabric for To Do Tuesday

Sunday, March 24, 2024

The 2024 SAHRR Quilt Top

I don't usually post twice in one day, but today is the last day to link up with the quilt parade for the 2024 Stay At Home Round Robin over at Quilting Gail's.  The last border strip was added late yesterday afternoon. Last year I didn't finish the 2023 SAHRR quilt top till June. I'm very happy to have a finished quilt top before the end of March this year. 

The prompt for border #6 was a letter or a number.  I decided to go with an hourglass block, which looks like the letter X.  



 

My end blocks for each row are partial hourglass blocks, but they look like V's. So two letters represented in that last border.  

I'm really happy with how this year's SAHRR worked out. 




The intent was to make an orange and black quilt for Grad Girl (Oklahoma State school colors), but that ended up becoming a Halloween quilt. She's thrilled with the outcome, that's the most important point. I also made a small dent in my Halloween fabrics.  The finished quilt top is 66" x 69".  So a nice cuddle on the couch size.  The inspiration for the quilt center is Queenie, Grad Girl's kitty cat. 




Now I need to raid the stash for a backing fabric and I'll need to get Grad Girl's input on a name.  The plan is to finish it up before Halloween so she can enjoy it sooner rather than later.  

Linking up with the SAHRR Quilt Parade, Patchwork & Quilts and Design Wall Monday.  

Stitching Stuff: Week 12 of 2024


It looks like spring outside, but it was still pretty nippy on Saturday.  We have another cool front and a chance of storms this evening. It's definitely spring in Oklahoma.  It's been windy and smokey, which means it's just more fun to stay in and play in the sewing room. Which I mostly did this week as my stitching time shows. 


  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Mar =23/23 days
  • 15 minute days/2024 = 83/83 days
  • Success rate = 100%

I've done well at getting in my stitching time this year.  Some days it's still hard to climb the stairs, but I usually make it to the sewing room for at least an hour each day.  All the sewing time is paying off, though it's not obvious on the blog as yet.  

How are you doing with your spring stitching?  


1. maggie f
2. Gretchen
3. Julie in GA
4. Deb in Canada
5. Frédérique
6. Quilting Gail
7. Andrée
8. Amanda
9. DonnaleeQ
10. Celine @ Espritpatch

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Saturday, March 23, 2024

Week 107 Photo Challenge: Statue(s)

This week's photo challenge had both My Guy and I debating if a trip to Tulsa was necessary as we weren't sure there were many of these in town. 



We did make the trip to Tulsa, but I found my image in town on one of my rambles.  


Kate: Where the Buffalo Roam?


Oklahoma is one of the places where the buffalo used to roam. So it's not surprising that our community decided to put bison statues all over town.  This one is called "Tree of Life", it's in front of the Presbyterian Church downtown. As this street isn't really one of my habi-trails when I'm downtown, I hadn't really looked at it. It definitely has a lot of painted detail on it. I loved all the birds.  You can read more about the bison and see photos of several of the other bison statues here.  

My Guy decided Tulsa offered better opportunities and found his photo at Woodard Park.  


My Guy: Contemplation


There is a small sculpture garden in one corner of the park.  The tulips, azaleas, and dogwoods were blooming.  He took lots of photos of those in addition to the statues.  This one captured both. 

Grad Girl would have been in a good location for statues if she was home last week, but she was in New Orleans for a conference.


Grad Girl: Sun Baked

 


She had lots of options there as well.  This was her favorite from the trip.  I'm not sure where she took this one.  They certainly don't make buildings like this anymore.  

I pulled this week's card from the deck.  




My Guy definitely has an advantage this week. This is one of his specialties, he has the lens for it. I'm sure I can come up with something. Hopefully we will have a few days where I can get out and walk. It's supposed to be a wet week here.   

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

To Do List for the Week of 3/19/2024

It was a good week on the progress front, not such a great week for getting things checked off the to do list. 


To Do List for 3/12/2024

1. Stay at Home Round Robin: Finish border #6 - progress

2. Scrappy Butterflies: Finish binding ✔

3. Guild BOM: Fix February block, make March block - progress

4. Malted Mystery: Finish Feb clue, start March clue - no progress

5. Wild and Goosey: Continue making purple blocks ✔

6. Indigo Way: Continue as leaders and enders ✔


Three check marks out of six, with progress on two others really isn't a bad week. I've really got too many items on my list. Hopefully my time constrained items will be finished soon and I can go back to a much shorter list. 


To Do List for 3/19/2024

1. Stay at Home Round Robin (Quilting Gail): Finish border #6




Just one more pieced border to assemble, but I need to make the square in a square corner stones before the last two borders will be ready to attach.  The final parade linky party over at Quilting Gail's will close this weekend. The plan is to get the last border on before that ends.  

2. Guild BOM: Finish the March block




I fixed the piecing error in the February block, cut all the pieces and started assembly for the March block.  If I work on it today, it should be ready for the guild meeting tonight. 

3.  Malted Mystery (Meadow Mist Designs): Finish February clue, start on March clue. 




I've really stalled on this project the last few weeks.  It's the one project I just haven't gotten too. The final quilt parade is open for this quilt along and I'd like to finish the top before that closes.   

4. Wild and Goosey (Bonnie Hunter): Continue making purple blocks

I've finished 4 blocks so far this month and have 2 more in the works.  I'll need a lot more purple to finish this quilt, but any progress is good.  

5. Indigo Way (Bonnie Hunter): Continue as leaders and enders




I cut enough fabric to make half the blocks. To get a 4 by 5 setting, I need 2 more A blocks, plus more B blocks and partial B blocks for the setting triangles.  I just need two hourglass blocks to finish off the A blocks.  I need to paper piece 6 or so square in a square blocks to finish the B blocks, plus more of the triangle in a square and the corner components.  So still quite a bit more to do there.  

So that's my list for the week.  I doubt everything will get checked off, but progress counts too.  Linking up with The Quilt Schmilt: For the Love of Fabric for To Do Tuesday