Hello and welcome to another round of
Tuesday To Do where we get motivated by joining
Texas Quilt Gal's link-up, make our lists and then
get things done!
It's a gorgeous fall morning out there. Whenever the
windows are open, I'm motivated to clean house,
But I'm also motivated to clean up the garden, and
I'm more motivated to play golf. And to sew!
Fall is a crazy busy time around here but it's all so
enjoyable when the weather is so nice!
If last week is an indicator of how I'll manage to
get it all done, then I think I'll be okay!
Last week's list
1) Keep working on Snow Day
With just a few blocks completed last Tuesday, I took this
and ran with it. Once the main portion was done, I went
for big and added a 5" border bringing it up to 76 x 89.
It's always good to make the best use of 90" batting!
(Just a side note there, I scored a great deal on my usual
brand of white batting; I added in a roll of the natural
as well and now I'm stocked up for a good long time.)
Speaking of being stocked up, my stash provided a
fantastic backing. I'm not sure how well it shows in
this pic but it goes wonderfully.
I also have the binding ready so it won't be
long before this one joins the others in my shop.
2) Start pulling fabrics for Why Knot?
I tried twice to pull fabrics for this but for some reason,
I just wasn't feeling it--which is crazy because I was so
excited to do it! But I've learned that I can't force these
things so I switched gears and I've started on another
fall quilt that I'll share here in a bit. Hopefully, I can
figure a good "feel" for those knots very soon though
because fall is already off and running!
3) Make four pillows (8") from embroidery projects
A request from a friend and a surprise for her
daughter so no pics can be posted for now.
Not done: I have a lots of time to do this but
I'd still like to finish it asap.
4) Finish those pics and listings.
I apologize if you've had enough of these but because
I finally got the full pics of my last three finishes, I'm
doing one last quick run through of them all. Below
are just a few of what I used on my listings.
This first one is WP Stars IV.
I struggled with the right lighting on both WP full-quilt
pics but the true tan color shows in the rest of the pics.
Next up is the bigger of the two, WP Stars III.
I love using my son's extra hat for a prop but here it was
doing double-duty and holding the quilt down in the wind.
A back view.
...and another close up of the quilting design.
And now for Once in a Blue Pumpkin!
The flowers are a bit distracting from the quilt but
it still makes for a pretty pic so I went with it.
I love how the quilt design shows on this one!
At this point, I was already feeling great about my week
but when I was trying hard to pull fabric for the garlic
knots, I came across what I guess I should call a UFO.
Some of you will remember this top from last fall,
Hudson Valley Palisades.
I have a lot of favorites but I really think this one is
easily in the top 3, maybe even 1?
The original pattern was in reds and whites but I worked
hard to turn it into one that showed all the glorious
colors we see on highway up to West Point in the fall.
So you can imagine how upset I was when I realized,
very late into the quilting, that there was something
all wrong with my old machine.
Randomly, all over the back of my quilt.
I'd already had some serious issues sewing my
granddaughter's quilt and this was the last straw.
Right here I decided I was done with that machine.
I would be getting a new one--one I could depend on!
Meanwhile, I had a whole quilt that had these issues
spotted all over the back. There was no way I could
sell what I thought was going to be my best listing yet.
Outside of ripping the entire thing out, I couldn't think
of a way to fix it so I finally shoved it into my closet.
It was too painful to look at it.
Last week I was thinking I should just bind it off and
keep it for myself so when I came across it on a few
days ago, I did exactly that. A bonus finish!
In the end, I got a new long arm and sewing studio,
and I get to keep my favorite quilt so I guess things
didn't turn out all bad.
(And I just realized I didn't get a finish pic so we'll
have to re-visit that next week, along with a few
other things I didn't get time to snap pics of!)
I think it turned out to be a great week overall.
I also slipped in two rounds of golf, performed the
very thorough fall coop clean-up and started
tackling the garden fall clean-up as well.
1) Quilt and finish Snow Day
2) Finish cutting out latest fall quilt.
This one is going to be very scrappy. The pattern
calls for 3 charm packs but I dug into my scraps
and stash and have these cut out so far.
(Black = points; ivory = background and backing)