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Monday, November 28, 2022

To Do Tuesday 11-29-22 . . . And Some News

Good morning and welcome to To Do Tuesday, where we share what is going on in our creative spaces. Last week there were 32 bloggers who linked up! If you are new to TDT, please click on the couple above for more information about how to join us. The linkup is at the end of this post.

First of all, some very sad news. Carolyn of Quarter Inch Capers by Carolyn lost her husband Bill on Thanksgiving Day. I was so sorry to read about this on her blog. She was OK with me announcing it here today. You can find her blog post right here, in case you want to express your condolences.

MY NEWS: I have been the To Do Tuesday "host" since September 2021. This has been a very rewarding role for me, because I have made so many new friends, and the squirrel-spiration is incredible! Lately I have found myself thinking frequently about stepping down to have more sewing time and less time spent online. When I feel "prompts" like that, I have learned to listen to myself. So with that in mind, my last day to host To Do Tuesday will be December 27, 2022. Let me know by December 26 if you would like to become the new TDT host so I can make the announcement. Also please contact others you think might be interested in hosting.

The "duties" consist of preparing a weekly post with a linkup to be published by late Monday or early Tuesday. There are no "rules" about visiting blogs, but I think every person who links up deserves a visit and a comment. I use Inlinkz as the host - a free platform for linkups, and creating a linkup is easy and fully described here on their website. If you prefer another platform, feel free to use it. If you have any questions, contact me using the Email Me form in my sidebar.

23 year old Brandon wearing 6 year old Delaney's pink backpack!

Fun times!

How was your holiday celebration last week? Ours was just delightful and went by SO fast. The food was plentiful and well eaten, and the kids enjoyed the ping-pong table and dartboard we put up in the garage. It rained most of the day, so we were unable to enjoy the back yard, but we played cards and watched football and snacked and nibbled right up until bed time!

Fabrics ready for Virtual Cookie Exchange project

Here was my list for last week:
✅1. Get ready for our son and family as well as our daughter and The Littles coming on Thanksgiving Day! - Everything was done and ready, and we had a wonderful time!
❌2. Work on Gail's Fall 2022 Scrappy Mystery SAL - I have fallen behind
✅3. Work on Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange project - Cut out and ready to put together
✅4. Evening needlework - I had something under my needle several nights
❌5. RBD quilt - The only "progress" is putting back the blocks that Toby pulls off the design board

Remember, the Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange starts next week!
Go to Carol's blog Just Let Me Quilt on December 5 and find the schedule

And here is the plan for this coming week - pretty much "rinse and repeat":
1. Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange project - My day is December 7!
2. Gail's Fall 2022 Scrappy Mystery project
3. RBD quilt
4. Evening needlework

Now it's time to share with us - link up your post and go visit some other blogs for your weekly inspiration. If you are having issues with accessing Marsha's Spot, copy this URL and paste it into your browser:

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter


  1. Oh my goodness poor Carolyn! Certainly sending prayers for her and her husband.
    I will give some thought to hosting. I admit I once wanted to but that was before taking my quilt business up several notches -- I find myself working online waaay more than I ever want to be. Keep us posted on this. And as always we are so grateful for all of the work you've done!

  2. You've been a great hostess of this link up Linda so thank you. I have managed to stay pretty faithful to it this year which pleases me as I tend to put my efforts into my book blog mostly. Thank you for how you visit and you are an inspiration in that department. I will certainly continue to visit. Your Thanksgiving celebration sounds really lovely and I love those plaids.

  3. Thank you so much, Linda for being the host of the link up party . I know it has taken a lot of time and hard work and we appreciate it so much. I completely understand your need to spend more time with family and time at the sewing machine. It is nice to wind down from online every now and then. It sounds like ya'll had a fabulous Thanksgiving. How fun for the kiddos to pull out the games. It sounds like a good time was had by all. Eeeh! I love your cookie exchange fabrics. Looking forward to seeing your project. Happy quilting.

  4. So glad to hear you had a wonderful time with family, sure it was a blessed Thanksgiven, Linda.
    Looking forward to seeing your entry for the Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange. Thanks so much for all you have done hosting To Do Tuesday, I understand your motives and considerations. Have a nice week.

  5. I can understand the linky party takes time you'd rather be using other ways. Looks like you had a lovely day with your family. Happy stitching!

  6. I think it's a very wise choice when you decide to listen to yourself. :)

  7. Thank you for being the hostess for To Do Tuesday, it's been a great motivator for me to keep up with projects each week. I host a regular linky party with not nearly as many participants, and it's a lot to keep up with. So thank you for keeping it going.

  8. I was so sorry to hear about Carolyn's husband - what a sad time for her. Thanks for letting us know. And thanks for being such a faithful To-Do Tuesday host, too! You've done a great job! I'm thinking about whether or not I could do it, so I'll message you separately about it. Looks like you had a lovely Thanksgiving! Looking forward to seeing what you made for the blog hop next week, too!

  9. Thank you for your time hosting the linky party!! I feel awful for Carolyn, a local friend lost her hubby unexpectedly earlier this month and she is really struggling. Your Thanksgiving time looks like it was a blast.

  10. I understand the need to spend less time online. And of course, you must listen to your inner voice. I hope you will continue to post blogs, because yours is one enjoy a lot!

  11. I understand about the time it takes hosting the weekly party. You have been a gracious host and will be missed.

  12. A virtual cookie exchange sounds less caloric to me haha!! can't wait to see what you come up with!

  13. I'm sure hosting a link takes a bit of time and that is why I have never volunteered to do it. You do what you need to do and I will certainly keep visiting you!

  14. It's crossed my mind a time or two that you might be thinking of stepping down from hosting TDT. It is always smart to listen to those inner nudges. Thank you so much for your time as TDT hostess! I hope you enjoy your time with new adventures!

  15. How traumatic! Poor Carolyn. And I certainly understand about stepping away from the linky party. I have run them before and they are work. I stepped away for much the same reason.


  16. I completely understand your wanting to give up being hostess. Sometimes, in order to focus our attentions elsewhere, we just have to let things go. You’ve done a wonderful job. I look forward to seeing your projects in the future. Pattie @ Olla-Podrida

  17. I can't believe Brandon was able to get that backpack on! Haha! Thanks for letting us know about Carolyn, so we can support her while she grieves. So terribly sad. Thanks for all the time you've spent hosting TDT. I was going to suggest Cheree, but I see she's already ahead of me :-)

  18. I stopped by Carolyn’s blog to catch up and offer my condolences. Thank you for sharing!
    Your desire to step down from TDT is quite understandable. Thank you for your incredibly steadfast and loving service to our quilting community!
    Brandon is so sweet to pose for that picture! Yes, indeed, your Thanksgiving Day looks like fun times!

  19. What a great host you have been. I hope someone steps forward. Thanks for sharing Carolyn's awful. The family gathering looks like a great time....children, grandchildren, cousins, much fun!

  20. Hi Linda! Oh, I am so sorry to hear about Carolyn's husband. Thank you for sharing the news. I am sad to learn that you are stepping away from To-Do hosting, but I can totally understand why. Life happens, and you have to listen to those alerts our body/heart/family/etc. are sending. You have done a fabulous job!! I am so thankful to count you among my blessings and online friend that I will hopefully meet one day. Sooner than later. How sweet is that picture of Brandon wearing Delaney's backpack. I can just HEAR the giggling that ensued. Spending time with family and enjoying it is just priceless. This was my best Thanksgiving celebration ever - I'm 64, so that's saying something! Ooh, your day is the 7th! I won't forget Pearl Harbor Day - I look forward to seeing your post. I had to skip the VCCE this year, which makes me a little sad. But life happens to all of us. Faith and family first - you have to take care of you. {{Hugs}} a whole bunch! I think someone will step up to takeover hosting. ~smile~ Roseanne

  21. Hi Linda: I am sad about the To Do Tuesday link up but totally understand. I considered stepping up for a heart beat and realized that with my hockey grandma duties, I couldn't be the awesome host that you are. Thank you so much for every encouraging word you leave. It really makes me feel like you are right here.

    I am so happy you had a great Thanksgiving with the littles and rest of the family. Too bad it rained but it sounds like you guys kept everyone busy despite the weather.

    Thank you for sharing the sad news about Carolyn. I am sure she appreciates your generous heart.

    I love love love your cookie exchange fabric. Good luck on all of your projects this week!

    1. Aw Peggy thank you for such kind words! That fabric was chosen by my daughter, and I am going to try "ragging" it this week - wish me luck. ;)

  22. I'm happy to get to know you too Marsha, and I plan to continue to follow you. No you don't have to pay on Inlinkz - it's a free account, if that's what you mean. But gosh I know you have your hands full right now so hosting would be tough! :)

  23. Your celebration looks wonderful! Can't wait to see your cookie exchange.

  24. Thank you, Linda, for all the work you put in the hosting To-Do Tuesday. This weekly linky party has helped me to be much more productive. Happy Holidays! BTW, that photo of Brandon with the backpack is priceless!

  25. Looks like a wonderful time with family.


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