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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

To Do Tuesday 6-21-22


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Gingham table runner #1 flimsy 

A scrappier version of gingham table runner #2 - pieces on design board

The Wedding Quilt flimsy

Accuquilt Go Cutter! It was my birthday week, and it was on sale, so yay!

Last week I had these simple goals:
✔1. Finish sewing flimsy and sandwich The Wedding Quilt - I finished the flimsy but no sandwiching yet. I need to choose a backing!
✔2. Finish my "Squirrel" - I did finish the flimsy of the gingham table runner and started another one
✅3. Time for whatever suits my fancy - I played with my new toy - the Accuquilt Go Fabric Cutter!

Yes I took the plunge and bought an Accuquilt Go! Cutter after several weeks of admiring the beautiful cut pieces and blocks on Karen's blog, Quilts....Etc.  Karen was a wealth of information and a stellar advertisement for Accuquilt, and I bought the cutter through the affiliate link on her website. I was so impressed with all the resources available on the Accuquilt website, and after some research, I decided to apply to join the affiliate program. I was accepted and my link is in the sidebar!

I experimented with the cutter this past week and already want several of the dies available. Dies (see picture below) provide a faster, safer, and more accurate way of cutting fabric without using a rotary cutter and ruler. Using the Go! cutter also reduces hand and arm strain, which is a big plus for me.

This is the "die" that was included with the cutter.
It produces 2-1/2 inch and 4-1/2 inch squares and the pieces for a 2-1/2 inch HST

Place pieces of fabric (up to six layers) on the die then cover with the cutting mat.

Turn the crank to send it all through the cutter

After going through the cutter, remove the mat to reveal perfectly cut pieces with very little wasted fabric. Those little triangles are ready to sew together for HSTs without marking or trimming!

So what is on tap for next week?
1. Purchase backing for The Wedding Quilt
2. Start cutting on Ruby Star Society Sewalong quilt (see my sidebar for more info) and do a post. My fabric for this project should arrive this week
3. Continue sewing on gingham table runners and do a post
4. Keep playing with Accuquilt Go!

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Monday, June 20, 2022

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I love to read in the afternoons with a glass of white zin!

Today I've decided to join Kathryn at The Book Date for It's Monday! What Are You Reading? This is a linky to share what you have been reading as well as your plans for future reading.



Many years ago I read a series of mysteries by Tony Hillerman about Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police. These books are set in the beautiful southwestern US, an area I have visited many times, so I love reading about this beloved locale. Hillerman lives in New Mexico and writes with a familiar hand about Indian culture and customs, landscapes, and landmarks.


Recently a TV series called Skinwalkers: The Navajo Mysteries premiered with the first episode Dark Winds. I was not enthused about the casting and screenwriting, and we decided not to pay for AMC Plus, so I am rereading the books instead.


Original book cover of The Blessing Way

I started with the first book in the series, The Blessing Way, which was published in 1970. There are no cell phones, Google, or online databases for detective work in this book, and although this first book is not as good as the later books in the series, Navajo witches, Anasazi pueblos, petroglyphs, and flawed characters keep it interesting. I had forgotten how much I love these books and am really looking forward to a new journey through this series!

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

To Do Tuesday 6-14-22

Welcome to another edition of To Do Tuesday! If you are a new visitor and have no idea what To Do Tuesday is all about, click on the couple above to find out more. Then come back and link up your post to share your goals for the week. I love Soma's idea to call it a "play-list" instead of a to-do list!

Progress on The Wedding Quilt - pardon all the wrinkles! 

Last week my goals were:
✔1. Get wedding quilt flimsy finished and decided on backing - Great progress and will finish sewing rows together today
❌2. Start on Pieces of the Garden for this month, then do the blocks for last month - I have decided to put this project aside for awhile
✅3. Doctor appointments - Done
✅4. Think about a layout for RBD blocks. Although I like the layout suggested by Riley Blake Design, I just don't want to make any more blocks for it. I might do big sashing or solid blocks of fabric in between the blocks - Done, and have decided to go ahead and use the RBD layout with lighter fabrics.

Squirrel in progress . . .

Here is my "play-list" for this coming week:
1. Finish sewing flimsy and sandwich The Wedding Quilt
2. Finish my "Squirrel" (I'm happily blaming Diann)
3. Time for whatever suits my fancy

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

Sunday Happenngs

Our grandson's new digs!

Yesterday our son, DIL, and one granddaughter (another granddaughter had to work) drove up from The Woodlands, north of Houston, to move our grandson to Dallas. Brandon is 23 and has a great job in Houston that allows him to work from home. Dallas is about 3 hours from where he has lived all his life, so this is a big step for him. Of course we are thrilled to have our first grandchild only 65 miles from us! He is leasing a 3-bedroom townhome with two of his friends, and he will be much closer to his girlfriend who lives in Oklahoma! My husband and I drove down to tour his townhome, which is in a gated community in a trendy area near downtown Dallas. 

Here we are with our daughter, the two Littles, our DIL, and granddaughter in front, and our son and grandson in the back. We had just stuffed our faces with burgers and margaritas!



Today is a play day in the sewing room. I was forced to pause in the middle of working on The Wedding Quilt to invite a squirrel into my space. It is the fault of Diann from Little Penguin Quilts, who posted about this adorable table runner, and I could not resist. I plan to finish it this week and use it on our dining room table.


I have half of the rows sewn together for The Wedding Quilt. I need to hurry up and finish because my quilt assistant Toby keeps pulling the squares off the design wall then rearranging them up on the floor.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!
Tuesday, June 7, 2022

To Do Tuesday 6-7-22

Sorry I'm late this morning!! Welcome to the first To Do Tuesday of June. Hard to believe isn't it? I hope you are enjoying you week and will share with us by linking up with us at the end of this post. To Do Tuesday is a place to share our goals but we also welcome posts about events in your life or projects or just something you want to post about! The linky is open on Tuesdays at 12:01AM and closes on Mondays at 11:59PM.

This past week we ran errands, did some gardening, finally had a bit of rain and relief from the low 90s and wind, and babysat Everett while our daughter ran a few errands.

Riley Blake Design challenge final blocks

My goals last week:
✅1. Finish layout for The Wedding Quilt - I hope to do a post about it this week! - Done and posted here, although I've already changed the layout again - lol!
2. Catch up on Pieces in the Garden for last month - Did not do
✅3. Finish RBD blocks - Done and pictured above. Instead of doing the last block (called A Single Blossom), I repeated the Sundial block 
 
This week I hope to accomplish:
1. Get wedding quilt flimsy finished and decided on backing.
2. Start on Pieces of the Garden for this month, then do the blocks for last month
3. Doctor appointments
4. Think about a layout for RBD blocks. Although I like the layout suggested by Riley Blake Design, I just don't want to make any more blocks for it. I might do big sashing or solid blocks of fabric in between the blocks.

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Saturday, June 4, 2022

The Wedding Quilt - Change of Direction

The bride's inspiration for colors

The Wedding Quilt for my great nephew and his new bride was originally going to be made in the Exploding Heart pattern. Pieces were cut and labeled, and then they sat there, patiently waiting to be made into little blocks. A few blocks were made, but I just wasn't feeling it. After a great deal of thought, the decision was made for a simple layout. And that is what is happening this week!

I already had 5-1/2 inch pieces cut from a variety of fabrics purchased for the quilt plus coordinating fabrics from my stash. I looked in several of my books for pattern inspiration and found one from A Life With Quilts by Melanie Traylor. I am using the photo in the book as a visual guide only.

I am using a variety of grays, creams, text prints, and soft sage-y greens

Since my cataract surgeries are not scheduled until July, I hope to get this baby finished this month!

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

To Do Tuesday 5-31-22

It's the last day of May and time for To Do Tuesday! I hope all of you had a nice Memorial Day weekend. If you are new here, just click on the relaxed couple pictured above and read all about it. We share our posts by clicking on the link below - all creative minds are welcome! And if you don't think you are creative, join in anyway - you never know who you will inspire along the way!

A big thank you to all who have commented, comforted, and encouraged me about cataract surgery. The consultation was last Friday, and the doctor answered all my questions. My surgeries are scheduled for July 6 and July 20. In the meantime I can wear my contacts again - yay! After 30 years of wearing contacts, I was a big whiner about having to wear 5-year old nerdy glasses on my nose!

Here were the goals for last week:
❌1. RBD blocks
✅2. Cataract consultation on Friday - Done!
❌3. Get started on Pieces in the Garden row #4
✅4. Make a decision on the Wedding Quilt - I may change the pattern! - Done - after seeking advice from family, I am going with a simpler design

Our daughter brought the Littles over on Sunday for some of our favorite snacks.
Afterwards, we headed to town to get ice cream. Fun times!

Besides the usual errands and appointments, I'm looking forward to some sewing goals this week:
1. Finish layout for The Wedding Quilt - I hope to do a post about it this week!
2. Catch up on Pieces in the Garden for last month
3. Finish RBD blocks

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

To Do Tuesday 05-24-22

Welcome to To Do Tuesday for this 22nd day of May! I don't know about you, but my May is flying by. We have had "record heat" for May that finally got a break last Friday night in the form of a cool front, when the temperature dropped from 82 to 62 in about 30 minutes. These past few days have been more May-like - what a relief!

A house we loved, but it wasn't meant to be!

We have been distracted for the past month or so by flirting with the idea of selling our house. The market is crazy good in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has extended to include our area 60 miles north of Dallas. Houses in our little town are selling pretty quickly, and two houses on our neighborhood have commanded surprisingly good prices. We have been looking and had our eye on one house in particular in a larger town about 15 miles west of us (and 15 miles closer to our daughter!) We submitted a verbal contingency offer on Friday, but the sellers accepted another offer after showings over the weekend. We are disappointed but philosophical and will decide soon whether or not to put our house on the market.

I've been battling a head cold since Monday, and finally my sore throat turned into laryngitis, which has been quite interesting. Add that to house distractions, and no sewing was done. I did enjoy a few brief moments picking out fabric for the final two RBD blocks

So here were the goals for last week:
✅1. Drive to meet our daughter and babysit little Everett while she has lunch with a friend on Wednesday - Our daughter had a lovely lunch while we took Ev to Whataburger - we had a great time!
✅2. Doctor appointments Tuesday and Thursday - Done, plus house hunting
❌3. Do as much sewing as I can squeeze in. I won't be able to wear my contacts starting Friday in order to prep for a cataract evaluation the following Friday. I can wear my glasses but they are 5 years old and not very effective. Nope.

Goals for the coming week:
1. RBD blocks
2. Cataract consultation on Friday
3. Get started on Pieces in the Garden row #4
4. Make a decision on the Wedding Quilt - I may change the pattern!
 
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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

To Do Tuesday 5-17-22

Welcome to To Do Tuesday, and here we are in mid-May already! Is your month going as planned, or are you falling behind like I am? We invite you to share with us by clicking on the link below and add your post to the 25+ bloggers who link up each week - we would love to see what you have to share! If you need more information, just click on the lazy couple above.

Laney and Everett anticipating their Funfetti cupcakes!

Here were the goals for last week:
✅1. Wedding Quilt - get blocks sewn together - Progress - I put a few of the little blocks together
❌2. RBD block challenge #15 - No progress - printed the pattern and that was it
❌3. Work on Pieces in the Garden block #4 - No progress yet
✅4. Garden activity -  Done - I put cages around the biggest tomato plants and planted green beans and impatiens
✅5. A belated birthday party for our two Littles, who are coming to visit with our daughter Saturday - Had burgers, deviled eggs, and chips and cupcakes and had a great time!
 

I won this beautiful fat quarter bundle by liking a post by @LisaSwensonRuble on Instagram!
It is the Judy's Bloom collection by Eleanor Burns from Benartex

My goals for this coming week:
1. Drive to meet our daughter and babysit little Everett while she has lunch with a friend on Wednesday.
2. Doctor appointments Tuesday and Thursday.
3. Do as much sewing as I can squeeze in. I won't be able to wear my contacts starting Friday in order to prep for a cataract evaluation the following Friday. I can wear my glasses but they are 5 years old and not very effective.

My left eye has been needing cataract surgery since last summer, but only in the few months has my eyesight truly deteriorated. I often catch myself hunched over the sewing machine, and ripping apart mistakes is a daily activity. It even messes with my concentration. I'm not looking forward to surgery, but I've heard that it is pain-free and very beneficial, so I'm counting on a successful procedure!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

To Do Tuesday 5-10-22

It's that time again - today is To Do Tuesday! You are invited to link up a post where you may share your weekly goals, events in your life, ongoing or new projects, or show off your progress and finishes. Please add your post to the link at the bottom of this post, then grab a cuppa to go visit some great blogs! The link opens on Tuesdays at 12:01AM and closes on Mondays at 11:59PM

I kept my goals simple last week:
✅1. Work on Wedding Quilt - Progress was made - I had to reorganize the pieces for the blocks, and some of the labels were missing. My kitty assistants are suspected.
✅2. Access Passport To Quilting - I saved a few patterns and enjoyed visiting the websites.

RBD challenge block #14 "Mosaic Butterfly" pattern by Jennifer Long of Bee Sew Inspired

I did finish the Riley Blake Designs challenge block, which I forgot to put on my list. I had a few missteps but they will not be seen from a galloping horse, and I like the final result. There are only two more blocks to go! Other than that, we had appointments last week and yesterday and worked in the yard a few times, so the sewing room was not visited too often.

Here are my goals for the coming week:
1. Wedding Quilt - get blocks sewn together
2. RBD block challenge #15 - pattern comes out today
4. Garden activity -  I have plants growing in our veggie garden and our first marble sized tomato!
5. A belated birthday party for our two Littles, who are coming to visit with our daughter Saturday.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

To Do Tuesday 5-3-22

Welcome to To Do Tuesday on this first Tuesday in May! If you are new to To Do Tuesday, this is the day we share our accomplishments from the past week and look forward to new goals for the next. Click on the busy couple above for more information and please join us!

I encourage you to visit the links below where you will find so much inspiration and friendliness. Thank you all for being so faithful to link up each week. Your posts inspire me and encourage me more than you'll ever know!

Last week my husband began the procedure for teeth implants. His appointment was supposed to start at 10:00AM, but then his surgery was delayed until 1:30 due to miscommunication about his heart issues. He had six teeth implants placed, and he did very well with no problems. We ended up finally getting home around 6:00PM. He has been a pretty good patient, but the temporary dentures are quite uncomfortable. Hopefully he can get those adjusted this week. Now we wait about 6 months for his implants to heal before final placement.



Top row: Bow blocks; Middle row: Friendship Stars; Bottom row: Bachelor blocks

I had prepped the final four Bachelor blocks so that I could finish them up after his surgery and post them on the monthly linkup on Melva Loves Scraps, but due to the surgery delay I did not make the deadline, Melva posted my progress anyway (thank you Melva!). Over the weekend in a flurry of chain piecing, I finished the blocks, and the photo above is the completed row as well as the other two rows. The next row is "Hours" and that pattern block is found right here.

Here were my goals from last week:
❌1. Get busy on the Wedding Quilt - Nothing!
❌2. Do some squirrel sewing - Not even squirrels entered the sewing room!
❌3. Finish quilting Indian Corn (See above - this is a quilt I wanted to have finished for Thanksgiving last year and ran out of gold thread before I finished quilting it!) - Nada - I've put it back in the closet
✅4. Finish Pieces In The Garden blocks and do a post - Done - photo above


Have you heard about Passport To Quilting? It's a 5-day event hosted by 20+ designers who are offering a free "bundle" of patterns to participants and will offer shop discounts. Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter is one of the designers, and you can read all about it on her post right here, or click the logo above to be taken straight to registration.

I'm keeping it simple for the coming week:
1. Work on Wedding Quilt
2. Access Passport To Quilting

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