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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

To Do Tuesday 1-11-22

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Welcome to To Do Tuesday! Come on in with your coffee or tea and find out what your blogging friends have been doing this past week. Last week there were 35 linkups posted! I learn so much from your posts, and not just about your projects. I love reading about your lives, your activities, your families, your recipes, your ups and downs, and I even get great reading suggestions and TV recommendations. What a supportive and kind group you are! 

My goal last week:
✅1. Work on Wedding Quilt. - picked out a new pattern, cut all the pieces, chain pieced a few blocks

I only had one goal last week, but . . . a couple of squirrels made their way into the sewing room. One is the pretty embroidery pattern above from Carina's Craftblog - I am blaming this on Patricia since I saw it mentioned on her blog - lol! And I also started another QAL, and it is one I did last year and loved - the Riley Blake Designs Block Challenge (see photo below). If you'd like to join in, you can find all the information you need by clicking the logo button in my sidebar.

Riley Blake Block Challenge - Daisy Chain block by Lori Holt. You can find the pattern here

The goals for this week:
1. Continue to work on Wedding Quilt
2. Finish borders for Santa Fe Trail flimsy
3. Reconsider 2021 Monthly Color Challenge blocks for a quilt

I will continue to post the link to Marsha's blog because of Inlinkz issues.

Now it's time for you to add your link below. If you schedule your posts ahead of time, the link opens at 12:01AM each Tuesday morning - at least that's when it opens when I remember to hit "Publish" on my post - lol! Be sure to check back after you link up and visit a few blogs!

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Monday, January 10, 2022

2022 Stay At Home Round Robin Center Block

Here is my center or "starting" block for the 2022 SAHRR! Last year I made a Christmas wall quilt, which you can read about here. The process is fun, with a different blogger providing prompts or suggestions each week for an added border. You can read more information by clicking the Stay At Home Round Robin button in my sidebar.

I chose an orphan Christmas block to be the center of my SAHRR quilt

This block is one I made in 2019, using a Moda pattern called Christmas Logs, and it was intended for a Christmas quilt I made that year.  I didn't fully read the instructions and missed the part where I was supposed to trim each unit of the log cabin as it was made. I ended up with a block that was larger than the other quilt blocks by three inches, measuring a whopping 15 inches square. So it became an orphan block until this morning! A girl can never have enough Christmas quilts, right?

I look forward to the first prompt next Monday! I am linking my post to Quilting Gail's linkup.
Tuesday, January 4, 2022

To Do Tuesday 1-4-22 - Happy 2022!

Welcome to the first To Do Tuesday in 2022! Our New Year's Eve PJ party was pretty tame, with us not being able to stay awake past 11:00 - lol! How are things going with you - have you made goals for 2022? I hope you will share with us by adding your post to the link party below. If you are new to this event, just click the logo above for more details.

Final blocks from 2021 Monthly Color Challenge hosted by Patterns by Jen

Here was my list of goals last week:
☑1. Wedding Quilt - cutting - I cut a few pieces then began to waffle about the pattern
✅2. Take down Christmas decorations - done last Tuesday, finished by 10:00am!
✅3. Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail - last block, layout, and post - done and posted here
✅4. Color Challenge layout and post - finished the block - no post but you can see the all the blocks in the photo above. These will likely become orphan blocks.

My goals this week:
1. Work on Wedding Quilt. 

The Wedding Quilt is a quilt for my great-nephew and his fiancée who are getting married this month. We have sent "regular" wedding gifts but I hope to complete a quilt for them by the end of the month. This will be my main focus in the sewing room for awhile. I'm still undecided on the "Sprinkling" pattern by Coriander Quilts, but I am using a layer cake of Vert Fusion by AGF against a background of Spotted Graphite by Zen Chic for Moda. The bride and groom like grays and sage-y greens, so I am hoping this will be to their liking. It will be different for sure!

Now it's time to share your stuff! Let us know what's going on in your world by adding your link below.

Because Inlinkz continues to have issues with Marsha's Spot, I will post her website for you to visit her blog. She may or may not have a post for To Do Tuesday, but here is her address just in case:

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Sunday, January 2, 2022

Pieces Of The Santa Fe Trail Flimsy

My first flimsy of 2022 is from the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail sew-along, hosted by Melva of Melva Love Scraps, who began this SAL in April. I joined in September, and you can read my first post about it right here. I enjoyed this SAL so much. Melva offered uniquely interesting block patterns with easy to follow instructions, and I loved reading the stories behind each block. She is considering another SAL for 2022, and I will certainly join in anything she starts!

I loved every single block and had fun choosing some of the vintage-y fabrics from my stash.

Melva has some very attractive layout options involving added borders, and I am mulling those, but for now this will become a UFO and a possible quilt for one of my nephews. Once I finish up I will post fabric and assembly details.

I am adding this post to the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail linkup hosted by Melva. Thanks for hosting this fun sew-along, Melva!
Tuesday, December 28, 2021

To Do Tuesday 12-28-21

Welcome to the last To Do Tuesday of 2021! I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas. Now, what are your plans for New Year's Eve?  It will be Party Town at our house - in our PJ's - haha! Let us know your plans and projects by joining the link party below.

Last week I had big dreams for my goals, but in reality a lot of time was spent in food prep for Christmas Eve brunch with our daughter and little grands. I thoroughly enjoyed myself in the kitchen, taking my time with homemade slider buns for the ham and my Granny Mitchell's sugar cookie recipe. Although my husband and daughter were both a little bit under the weather, we still had a great time together. The car racing tower was put together by Papaw and Everett, and it was the star of the day, along with sugar cookies!

Christmas Eve was a good day! 

Here is the list from last week:
1. Make progress on the Wedding Quilt
✅2. Spend Christmas Eve morning with our daughter and The Littles
✅3. Spend Christmas day at home or maybe we will go out to eat
4. Take down decorations and clean the house
5. Work on Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail - last block and layout
✅6. Make and post last Color Challenge block for 2021 - made the block but no post yet
✅7. Bind and do a post on Christmas wall quilt - done and posted here

We just relaxed after Christmas Eve and did a lot of reading (and eating!) This book was recommended by someone I follow on Instagram. Lots of twists and turns and a great read. Now I'm reading Firefly Season by Melanie Lageschulte, the 10th book in the Melinda Foster series. I love these "gentle reads".

If I can stop reading long enough, these are my goals for the coming week:
1. Wedding Quilt - cutting
2. Take down Christmas decorations
3. Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail - last block, layout, and post
4. Color Challenge layout and post

Now it's your turn! Can't wait to read what all of you have going on these last few days of 2021!

UPDATE: Inlinkz continues to have issues with the link for Marsha's blog, so I will provide it right here. Go give her some encouragement and blog love, since her daughter is in the hospital!

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Christmas Eve Wall Quilt

Here is a quilt for our wall that I'm calling Christmas Eve. There was no particular pattern, I just put blocks together with some pretty fabrics!

I used a gorgeous Hustle and Bustle layer cake from Fort Worth Fabric Studio and A Countryside Winter fabric from Bernie's now closed Needle and Foot Etsy shop.

I could also call it "Perfectly Imperfect" due to turning one of the red and white "bowties" into an hourglass. And in spite of being careful sewing the blocks together, I did not see it until I started taking photos of the finished quilt. In the famous (and wise) words of my Mom "It will never be noticed from a galloping horse."

I used a Christmas plaid from Joann's as the sashing

I love the little houses, red birds, and pine trees on the Countryside Winter fabric

The black sparkly snowflake binding is another great find from Joann's

More sparkly snowflakes on the back - yep, it's from Joann's

Meander quilting

Quilt Details
Pattern: My own design
Finished size: 40" x 40"

Front fabrics:
Hustle and Bustle layer cake by Basic Grey for Moda
A Countryside Winter in Cream Snowflake by Lewis and Irene

Sashing and cornerstones:
Christmas plaid fabric from Joann's
Holiday Lodge by Deb Stain for Moda

Sparkly light gray snowflake fabric from Joann's

Black metallic with snowflakes from Joann's

Superior Threads
Piecing: So Fine 50wt #503 Genoa Gray
Quilting: Fantastico 40wt #5170 Pixie Dust

And here is the Reason for the Season.
Merry Christmas!
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

To Do Tuesday Christmas Week 12-21-21

Well here we are with Christmas just 4 days away, whether we are ready or not! Join us for a linky party today and show us what you've got going on! Even if you have no goals other than to enjoy Christmas, we'd love to see your decorations or your projects or your neighborhood Christmas lights or your Christmas baking or your table decorations - everything is welcome. To add your post, just click on the link below.

Babysitting for the Littles while Mommy had an appointment - sweet times!

Goodies ready for delivery to City Hall and Police Department, the family drug store, and neighbors!

Over the weekend I made Danish kringle dough, Cathedral Windows candy, oatmeal white chocolate cookie dough, and snack mix. Yesterday morning everything got baked and packaged, and then we played Santa!

My goals last week:
✅1. Post about my SAHRR quilt, which is now a Christmas quilt - posted right here
✅2. Clean house for visiting SIL and nephew on Wednesday - we had a wonderful visit in our clean house!
✅3. Do a little babysitting on Thursday - See photo above 😄
✅4. Make a 36 x 36 Christmas wall quilt - Quilting is done, but it is 40 x 40, so hope it will fit!

Sneak peek at Christmas wall quilt

My goals this coming week:
1. Make progress on the Wedding Quilt
2. Spend Christmas Eve morning with our daughter and The Littles
3. Spend Christmas day at home or maybe we will go out to eat
4. Take down decorations and clean the house
5. Work on Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail - last block and layout
6. Make and post last Color Challenge block for 2021
7. Bind and do a post on Christmas wall quilt

Our daughter is bringing the little grands over for Christmas Eve brunch, then they will head back home (she is an hour away from us) for Christmas Eve services at her church. I'm so grateful for her good church family to support her during her divorce. We were planning to drive down to north of Houston (4-1/2 hours) to spend Christmas day and night with our son and family, but we decided not to make the trip and just stay home and relax. Christmas day will be exactly like our first Christmas - just the two of us!

What's going on at your house this week? Travel plans? Staying home in your pajamas? Just click the link below and share with us!  If you have any trouble adding your link or just need general instructions, please let me know - click the little envelope in the top right corner of this page and email me.

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

All Roads Lead Home At Christmas - SAHRR Quilt Finish

This quilt is the result of the Stay At Home Round Robin (SAHRR) hosted by Home Sewn By Us the first part of 2021. During this event, various bloggers suggested borders to add to an initial block of one's choosing.

I chose as my starting block the Lynx Star by Lucky Penny Quilts, and it is a block I made in November 2020 after being inspired by Pieceful Wendy's block. That is the original block in the photo above, and you can read about my process of completing it right here.

The round robin began in January, and every couple of weeks various bloggers posted a suggested border to add. I made it through Round 6 before the quilt size started getting larger than I had intended. I ended up taking off one of the borders I had added because of some flaring issues I had, but I am very happy with the final result. All the suggested borders were lovely, but my favorite was prompted by Chris at Chris Knits, who suggested piano keys!

I found a great panel in my stash for the backing, and I used the quote on it as my quilt name. I pieced it with a dark sparkly snowflake fabric I found at Joann's (see Roseanne, I like sparkly too!) and some of the red checked fabric from the front border. As much as I love the front, the back is my favorite part of the quilt - it's just so cozy!

My "signature" meander quilting (haven't mastered anything else yet!) was done with Longmire, the HQ Simply Sixteen. When we purchased Longmire, the store where we bought it gave me a generous store credit, which I recently applied to the purchase of the Quilt From the Back Kit! This will enable me to use an occasional pantograph for something different, while I (hopefully) master more free motion stitches.

I liked the panel selvage so much, I left it on!

We both love the back so much we decided we needed a Christmas quilt on our bed!

Quilt Details
Main Pattern: Lynx Star by Lucky Penny Quilts (pattern is under revision and is not available at this time)
Finished size: 45" x 49"

Front: Various Christmas fabrics from stash
Back: Holiday Lodge Panel by Deb Strain for Moda and sparkly dark print from Joann Fabrics
Binding: White and off-white sparkly snowflake print from Joann Fabrics

Superior Thread
Piecing: 50wt So Fine Genoa Gray #503
Quilting: 40wt Magnifico Shiver #2164

I hope all your roads lead home at Christmas!

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

To Do Tuesday 12-14-21

Welcome to To Do Tuesday! Eeeek, I can't believe it's so close to Christmas! How are you doing on your get-ready-for-Christmas list? Yesterday we finally got our decorations out and started decorating the house. My husband's sister and nephew are coming for a visit tomorrow, so we got it done just in the nick of time.

May I say a word about how much I enjoy To Do Tuesday? I read all your posts, where I laugh, cry, find inspiration, and always feel a connection with you as I get to know you through your blogs. I am very grateful to have that opportunity to experience the friendship and kindness you each offer each week, so thank you! If you are reading this post, then please join in the fun, whether it's for one day a year, or each week. You don't have to be a quilter, you can post about anything you'd like to share, and you are welcome to join us. Find more information by clicking on the To Do Tuesday in my sidebar.
Here is part of the Christmas decorating I did on Monday

Here is the list of my goals last week: 
✅1. Make photographs of my finished project and schedule my Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange post for Thursday December 9! Posted right here
❌2. Finish quilting Indian Corn - poor Indian Corn, still patiently waiting
❌3. Make new Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail block and post
✅4. Quilt and bind SAHRR and hang in entry hall - finished but put on our bed instead - looks great!
❌5. Cut pieces for a wedding quilt for my great-nephew
 My plans for the coming week:
1. Post about my SAHRR quilt, which is now a Christmas quilt
2. Clean house for visiting SIL and nephew on Wednesday
3. Do a little babysitting on Thursday
4. Make a 36 x 36 Christmas wall quilt

And now it's time for you to link up! Tell us what you've been up to and what you are planning for this coming week, and go visit other blogs to see lots of holiday goodness!

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop!
Come on in and have a cookie and some Irish coffee or hot cocoa..

It's time for Christmas carols and Ho-Ho-Ho and good cheer and jingle bells. And with that in mind, it's also time for the Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange! A big thank you to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt, who has hosted this fun event for several years. When I saw it mentioned by Pat at Life In The Scrapatch, I wanted to join in and Carol graciously agreed. Be sure to click on the links below to see other blogs participating for Christmas inspiration and cookie recipes. I'm sharing my recipe for Gingerdoodles below!

For those of you who are reading my blog for the first time, I want to invite you to come back for our weekly event - To Do Tuesday! We love to read about your tablescapes, cross stitch, embroidery, crochet, knitting, quilting, photography or anything that you would like to share. Click on the To Do Tuesday logo  or in my sidebar for more information!


Runner photo from the internet
For my project, I had planned to finish up a Christmas quilt I have in my UFO pile, but I decided instead on a runner for our entry table. I found a picture of a runner I liked on the internet and away I went!

I absolutely love log cabins, but I always have trouble sewing them together in the correct order. After a few stops and starts I made four blocks and joined them like the photo I had found, then added a border and a pointed edge. I wanted a runner that would drape softly, so I left out batting and fashioned a backing to fit. Some in the ditch quilting and a binding and it was a finish!
Here is a peek at the back

Quilting was mostly stitch in the ditch, some cross hatch, and a couple of decorative stitches
from my Janome, all done with variegated red and green thread
A perfect fit for our entry table - all ready for Irish coffee and hot cocoa

Runner Details
Pattern: My own design based on an internet photo
Finished size: 18" x 54"

Esprit de Noel by French General for Moda
My Christmas stash
Jo-Ann Fabrics
Mary Engelbreit Cranston Village

Superior Threads
Piecing - 50wt So Fine #402 Pearl
Quilting - King Tut #1002 Holly and Ivy (variegated)

And here is the best part of my post - cookies! Everyone has a favorite recipe for molasses or ginger cookies, and this one is mine. I updated a recipe I've used for years called Mrs. Ekoff's Molasses Cookies, and it is from our old church cookbook. I added ginger and rolled them in a sugar/cinnamon mixture, and now they are Gingerdoodles! They are buttery and chewy with slightly crisp edges and are fragrant with molasses and ginger. If you would like to make her original molasses cookies, you can read my original post about them on my old blog right here.

Makes about 26 cookies*
6 tablespoons Crisco Butter Flavor Shortening
6 tablespoons salted butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups unbleached flour
2 teaspoons soda
Scant 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Topping - mix together:
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cream shortening and butter until smooth, add sugar and mix until fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, and molasses and mix until light in color. Whisk together flour, soda, salt, and spices; add gradually to batter and mix well. Scoop and form into 1" or 1-1/2" balls*. Roll in cinnamon/sugar mixture and place 4-5 inches apart on baking pan prepared with parchment paper. Bake in 350 oven 8-10 minutes. Cool in pan until firm, then remove to wire rack or to mouth. ;)
* I weigh the scooped dough at 1 oz, and then roll into a 1-1/2 inch diameter ball. For that size I leave in the oven the full 10 minutes.
I am belatedly linking this post to Alycia's Finished or Not Friday!
 Be sure to visit these other blogs participating in the cookie exchange for December 9!