Tuesday, May 28, 2024

To Do List for the Week of 5/28/2024

Hard to believe there are only a few more days left in May. In another month, we'll be half way through the year. Looking at where I'm at with my goals, I'm pretty happy with most everything except for finishes.  So I'm going to gear up on that front for a bit and see if I can make something happen there.  There were things on last week's to do list that helped with the finishing goals.

To Do List for 05/21/2024

1. 2023 SAHRR: Prep top for quilting ✔

2. Guild BOM: Finish May block ✔

3. Kate's Choice: Continue making blocks ✔

4. Wild and Goosey: Continue making purple blocks ✔

5. Indigo Way: Continue as leaders and enders ✔

A completed to do list is always a good feeling.  Fingers crossed I can do as well on this week's list. 

To Do List for 05/28/2024

1. 2023 SAHRR (Quilting Gail): Package and mail out for quilting

The backing and top have been pressed and de-threaded.  I just need to pull the batting and find a box for shipping.  This should go out out to Trudy before the end of the week. 

2. Kate's (Grandmother's) Choice: Continue making blocks

Prepping a quilt top takes a lot of time, so not as many blocks were added to the design wall for this project.  

3. Wild and Goosey (Bonnie Hunter): Continue making purple blocks, make blue blocks for June.  

4. 2024 SAHRR (Quilting Gail): Cut and assemble backing

This year's SAHRR was made with Halloween fabrics.  The spooky house, cat and pumpkins was in the stash and should make a really fun back. I don't have quite enough for the whole back, so I'll use the orange print to border it.  The plan is to get this project ready to ship out for quilting by the time the 2023 SAHRR comes back from the quilter.  

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

I'm still assembling the component parts for the last 4 setting triangles.  I'm hoping that June is the month quilt assembly can start.  

That's my list for this week. Linking up with The Quilt Schmilt for To Do Tuesday

Monday, May 27, 2024

The Design Wall and the Cutting Table

Wishing those in the United States a very happy Memorial Day.  We didn't make any special plans for the weekend, which is probably for the best as the weather here and in the surrounding states hasn't resulted in the best holiday for many. The worst storms in Oklahoma stayed south of us, all we got was some very heavy rain.  But we were tuned into the local weather coverage for quite a while Saturday night, way past our normal bedtime.  

There's been a bit of progress on the Kate's (Grandmother's) Choice blocks.

Three blocks have been added to the design wall.  Plus the next three blocks have been selected.  

The plan is to paper piece those as I'm limited on some of the fabrics, so I'm trying to get the blocks in one go.  

Most of my weekend was spent at the cutting table rather than the sewing machine.


The 2023 SAHRR is 75% pressed and de-threaded.  Normally If I use a non-white background I'm not too worried about the de-threading, but the gray background unraveled badly and there were several areas of just knots on the back which would make quilting more difficult. 


You can see from what's been removed that gray loose threads are the biggest issue.  I did discover that it's much harder to stand for long periods of time after my knee surgery.  I've had to tackle the clean up in hour intervals with a bit of sit down in between.  I'm hoping to finish the prep later today.  

Linking up with the Design Wall Monday and Patchwork & Quilts at Quilts https://quiltingpatch.blogspot.com/2024/05/link-party-patchwork-quilts-207.html linky parties. (Not sure what's going on with Blogger, adding links is being very non-cooperative this morning).  

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Stitching Stuff: Week 21 of 2024


It's been an uneventful week. I was definitely ready for one of those. I'm back to my regular routine a month after knee surgery.  I'm very appreciative of that development.  I made some good headway on getting caught up on housework and some sewing room chores.  It was another good week on the stitching time front. 


  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/May = 25/25 days
  • 15 minute days/2024 =146/146 days
  • Success rate =  100%

My typical sewing time per day is at least an hour, usually it ends up being anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, depending on what else I have going on.  All that stitching time means it's been a good year on moving projects to at least the finished quilt top stage.  Prepping quilts for quilting is not one of my favorite things, so I tend to slow down on that step. So I'll need to push on that front to get projects moved to finished.  

I did more stash organization this week. The "in-progress" scrap bin is empty again. 

I'm going to try to keep this bin empty for the rest of the year. I'm sure once the beginning of the year projects start up, it will get full again. 

Now that small bin was empty, I resumed processing the scraps in big bag #1. Not a lot of progress, but every little bit helps.  

It's hard to tell, but the bag is maybe half full versus three quarters full when I stopped scrap processing in mid December of last year. 

The to be pressed bin is looking much more empty. 

All the orange fat quarters/half yards have been pressed.  So that side of the bin is empty, plus the black and the Halloween background fabric are also pressed, folded and put away.  Still a lot of fabric to press, but the bin is almost half empty.  That's good progress in just a few weeks.  

So have you been making progress on stitching projects or has sewing room decluttering taken over your spring stitching time?  

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

To Do List for the Week of 5/21/2024

I'm just about back to normal, at least on my activities.  Though I'm easing back into my work outs, especially the bicycle time.  There was lots of sewing room time last week, so there was good progress on last week's to do list.  

To Do List for 5/14/2024

1. 2023 SAHRR: Prep back for quilting ✔
2. Guild BOM: Finish May block - progress
3. Grandmother's Choice: Assemble star block, choose next block✔ 
4. Wild and Goosey: Make purple blocks ✔
5. Indigo Way: Continue as leaders and enders ✔

It definitely was a productive week.  This week should be good as well. Other than a Guild meeting tonight and my weekly coffee with friends, nothing else going on this week. 

To Do List for 5/21/2024

1. 2023 SAHRR: Prep quilt top for quilting

The backing is all pressed and de-threaded.  The backing is the easy part, the quilt top will require a lot more effort. 

2. Guild BOM: Finish May block

Still have the top and bottom of this round of borders to assemble and add. Then there is one more border of the green/blue fabric.  Should be easy enough to finish before the Guild meeting tonight. 

3. Grandmother's Choice: Continue making blocks

I may need to stop a bit and rethink my strategy. I was going for light and dark blocks, but I'm not liking how those are going together up n the design wall. I have the next round of blocks chosen, but haven't finalized the fabric selections yet. 

4. Wild and Goosey: Continue making purple blocks

I had to raid the scrap bin for a few more light and dark purples to keep up the variety in the scraps.  It's been working well to work on a couple of blocks at a time.  It won't get finished this year, but there's a good chance of having enough done this year that it can be finished up next year.  

5. Indigo Way: Continue as leaders and enders

Just 4 more partial B blocks are needed to finish up the setting triangles.  I've got all the subunits for the HSTs made, they just need to be stitched together. But then I have the square in a square and triangle in a square components to make.  It would be nice to have this one ready to assemble by the end of June.  

That's my list for this week.  Linking up with The Quilt Schmilt for To Do Tuesday.  

Monday, May 20, 2024

The Second Oldest UFO

Storms rolled through overnight.  There was some impressive, rattle the windows thunder along with them. The storm didn't keep us up all night, but it wasn't the most restful night of sleep I've had.  

The knee is doing so much better. But I may have pushed my luck yesterday. I spent several hours yesterday morning on sewing room organization, then pressed and de-threaded the backing for the 2023 SAHRR, so I was on my feet a lot. My knee was very thankful when I settled down at the sewing machine in the late afternoon.  The main project was to sew up the next few blocks for the Grandmother's Choice sampler (Barbara Brackman).  By dinner time there were three new blocks up on the wall, one more almost finished and plans for 2 more. 

This project probably needs a new name because I'm not making any more of Barbara's blocks.  I decided to pull blocks from this book.

 And yes this book also uses the templates that I struggle with.  So I'm redrafting the blocks in EQ so I can use rotary cutting and if necessary, paper piecing.  This is my second oldest UFO.  So I'd just like to finish it and get the fabrics out of the stash.  However that happens is fine with me. So maybe this should be renamed Kate's Choice?

Grad Girl was cleaning her apartment this weekend and sent me this picture. 

Grad Girl has started rotating the quilts she keeps on her bed and on the couch.  Queenie found the quilt that's been on the couch pretty much the whole time that Grad Girl has had her.  Apparently it's a favorite as Queenie has been taking her afternoon naps in the closet on top of it rather than her normal spot on the couch. So I apparently have a Queenie approved quilt, that's a nice feeling. 

Linking up with Design Wall Monday and Patchwork & Quilts.