24 March 2020

Still Doing Those Tuesday To-Do's

How's everyone holding up?

So far only two counties in Kansas are enforcing
the full stay-at-home order but we're pretty set here
and would be fine if it came.

I love to spend my mornings at coffee shops when I can--
an indulgence I began allowing myself once the kids
grew up.  Of the two closest places, one has closed and
the other, in a very small suburb, remains open--so far.
I feel compelled to help them out.
Small businesses are really getting hurt.

I'm an early-riser so I usually get the shop to myself for
a good hour, though DS was with me in above pic.
I feel pretty safe but I've cut way back and may
stop completely.  It's a very small inconvenience 
but I miss it greatly.  With no distractions, I do my
spiritual reading and journaling.  After that, I read blogs,
write, work out my schedule and menu, and so on.
Somehow that just doesn't happen very well at all when
I'm home.  And their internet speed is so much faster!
On my last visit, I downloaded plenty of audio books to
listen to while I sew.  With both boys online for school,
I just stay off the home internet during the day but,
again, in light of all else, it's really not a big deal.  

The rain has this gardener still very frustrated but
being stuck inside isn't exactly a big deal either.
I spent most of National Quilting Day in the sewing
room getting lots done on my son's quilt...which brings
me finally around to the dones of last week's to-do's.

1) Irish chain quilt

Against my better judgement, I re-tried a thread I haven't
had good luck with.  Of course that set off tension issues
left and right.  I'm not about to say that I think that I have
it all fixed because I know from experience that saying
things like that will jinx it horribly.
For now, I'll just say things are moving along and feel
free to add my machine's tension into your prayers;
my tension too if you're feeling especially sorry for me.

2) Son's America quilt
This is where I have been putting most of my focus
especially since my son is home.  It'd be nice
to get this done and on his bed very soon.

They're not all pictured but I have 14 of 20 blocks
completed.  I'm a little concerned about borders as
I'm not sure I have what I want/need.

3)  Knitting on cable scarf
The goal was just progress.  I made very little
but that's still progress so it counts, though I'm not
bothering with a pic--it looks pretty much the same.

4) Gardening
 I can't control the weather.   However, I did get
a lot of outdoor cleanup done so I'm feeling good enough
even if I'm lamenting the fact that my potatoes and onions
still are not in, not to mention carrots, lettuces, radishes...
It's supposed to rain again tonight so, in desperation,
I covered a large spot with a tarp and some plastic
once used for my forced-spring "greenhouses" which
I won't get into now but I wish I'd done it this year!

5) Farmer's Wife Blocks
Somehow I forgot to put this on the list but I got
three whole blocks made so I'm super happy here.

And these were all fun.

I now have a total of 30 blocks made.

After the last few weeks' poor showings--and I know
I'm not alone in being plenty distracted--it feels good to
be getting back at it.  How many of us are turning
even more to our crafts and hobbies?

Next week's To-do's

1) Irish Chain:  Just keep going!
And no crying.  There's no crying in quilting.
Or killing.

2) America quilt:  Sew all blocks together;
look into border options and maybe get them on.

3) Cable scarf:  just make more progress.

4) Farmer's Wife quilt blocks:  at least one but more is better.

5) Whatever gardening the weather will allow.

Looking ahead:

I have two quilts that I really want to start once
I get the other two completed, even though
I'm certain I should just focus on the garden.

First, this Bundle of Joy QAL starts tomorrow.
I see so many fun options in this!
I have vowed to not buy more fabric but I can't seem
to find any collection I like for it within my stash.
I'm going to give it one more go and if I still come
up with nothing, it's just going to go on the back burner.
I'll just have to keep my eyes open for a time; doing it
on my own will be fun, too--just not as fun as a QAL.

I have the metallic confetti jelly roll and the background
fabric for this--I just need 2 yds of solid black and hubs
has already agreed to stop by the LQS if I call ahead
and get some ordered up.
(Does this technically count as buying fabric
under these circumstances?  Just 2 yds, just
a solid, I already have everything else...). 

I'm pretty ready to pull the trigger on this one
because I just keep coming back to it.  I have no
plans for it--maybe I'll just let my daughters draw for it.
Actually, I really love that confetti fabric so making
a second quilt would be great--of course this
would require fabric purchasing so that would
be farther down the road...
the "Make Lots of Room In My Stash" Road.
Strange name for a street.  You should see the
big sign they had to make for it.

Stay in, stay safe and happy quilting!

Today linking up to:


Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Cheree! So many good things in your post and so many giggles. That would be one BIG sign, the "Make Lots of Room In My Stash" Road. They might have to go with MLoRIMS Rd - everyone would wonder how to pronounce it . . . I love, Love, LOVE the Ombre Lattice quilt. Holy moly. I think I have that jelly roll, too. You know, it's being saved for something special and you may have just shown me that special project. LOVE! Bundle of Joy is cute too. I can't help but wonder how many blocks there are in the Farmer's Wife blocks? Your son's quilt is coming along fabulously as is the quilting on the Irish Chain quilt. Annoying about the thread. I will send good tension vibes to you and your machine. No killing (!!) or crying in quilting allowed. Thanks for linking up this week. ~smile~ Roseanne

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

My husband and I like to spend a little time in our local Starbucks most mornings, too, and we are also missing that - a small thing, but just part of our routine that we miss. Your son's quilt is going to be beautiful! Wishing you lots of progress on all projects!

Joyful Quilter said...

Grrrr, my Juki doesn't like variegated threads doesn't make any difference what the brand is. Hope you continue to make progress on your Irish Chain quilting. Love your Farmer's Wife blocks. I vote for the Ombre Lattice quilt, looks like it would be fun to make.

Rebecca Grace said...

Your quilt blog is called The Morning Latte?! How have I not found you before today, Oh Kindred Spirit!! Our county just went under a mandatory Stay-at-Home order, so I'm feeling your pain. My son is home from college (since they kicked the kids out of the dorms and moved to online classes) so he is back picking up shifts at our grocery store, and I've been driving him there and picking him up (because grocery store employees are considered Essential Workers and I'm allowed to drive an Essential Worker to their job) -- but really I am doing this because there is a STARBUCKS inside the grocery store where this mama can still get her latte fix even if I have no groceries to shop for that day...

Your Americana quilt is looking beautiful and timeless in the fabrics you've chosen. I love it. Now, what kind of longarm do you have and which thread is giving you such terrible trouble? Are you using the same thread in the needle and bobbin? I have been in your shoes, cried those tears, and had those murderous thoughts of hefting the longarm out the window after hours of precious quilting time have been lost to tension tantrums... It's a good thing the beast weighs so much; the best I can do it throw a cone of misbehaving thread at the wall to let off a little steam!

Kate said...

You've got some beautiful projects in the works. Good luck with this week's to do list. Work sent us home and asked us to start social distancing about five days before the community started that process. It does make for some very different routines. At least our favorite coffee shop as a drive through so I can still get my weekly latte. Stay safe.

Raewyn said...

hehe now I know why your blog got its particular name! Making lists is so motivating - ticking things off feels great - and you're making good progress on your projects. I feel your pain not finding the exact right fabrics in your stash for a QAL. It sounds like you are doing a good job of keeping yourself safe. It's interesting to hear how different countries are reacting to this pandemic - let's hope we all get out of it sooner rather than later.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Support your local quilt shop! You have lots to keep you busy. I'm having a hard time just getting anything done. I know I'm not the only one.

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