30 November 2020

Tuesday To-Do #69

 Hello and happy December!


Checking in on last week:

1) Enjoy Thanksgiving:  it looks like there will
only be 4 of us which is just sad.
~ Done ~

Well, it turned out there were only three of us.  Our
son unknowingly came home from school with Covid
so we're in the middle of a quarantine.  We spent over
a week with him but both hubs and I have tested
negative, despite my having minor symptoms.
Is it allergies? A chest cold?  Should I test again?
I might go again but I have a yearly visit to
the doctor's coming up so I have a call in there
to see what they want me to do.
(If I can do it with lab work, why bother?)
All I know is that one minute I feel fine, and the
next...not so much.  I never "do sick" very well;
I generally don't stop for it but this time I am
trying to be good and take it easy.

2) Put up Christmas decor:  all of it
~ Done ~


Both trees are up, all the indoor and
outdoor lights and some miscellaneous decor
all around.  What this house needs are some
Christmas wall-hangings though.  Hmmm...
(The bulb under the tree is a deterrent
for the cats.  Think it'll work?)


I've actually done a good job minimizing our decor
over the last few years but now I feel like I'd like to
get some homemade things thrown into the mix but
that will likely have to wait till after the holidays.

3) Load September (November?) Glow
~ Done ~


Completely loaded up, pantograph on and marked.
I'm good to go here but it will depend on hubs'
meeting/work schedule if/when I get it quilted.

4) Start a new quilt
~ Done ~
Last week I was trying to decide:


I really wanted to do the above in blue/white or 
red/white but I also wanted something with trees. 


If you put in your opinion (thanks!) I decided on both,
of course.  I bought the Peppermint Pines pattern and
I printed out the snowflakes.  And when I went to pull
fabrics, I came across some red/white/gray holiday
fabrics that I've had set aside forever so...
squirrel!


I never could find the right quilt for these fabrics
which is why they've sat in a bin for several years.
I made up my mind that I was going to make
something with them now, no matter what, so
I went with some standard triangle trees.
Above is a small glimpse but I'm farther along.
I'll share the full pic next week.

Which brings me right on into my current to-do's.
I basically have only two weeks before things go all
full-throttle-Christmas around here; that is to say, the
cadet comes home from NY and the festivities begin.
So I need to step things up.  Fast.

To-Do's:

1) Quilt September Glow

2) Finish triangle tree quilt top

3) Get some cookie dough in the freezer
for quick holiday baking.  I'm thinking
at least several kinds.

4) Finish "project B" gift

And that's it folks.
I am really missing my morning coffee shop sessions
to get myself all together.  I'm just not as productive
without them, though I'm sure it's just because those
are the days I take the time to drink two cups of coffee
instead of just one.  But, anyhoo, I would really like to
get the loose ends tied up and the holiday cleaning
and menu-planning done over the next two weeks
so that when the family is all around, I can take part
in more of the fun instead of spending so much time
 in the kitchen and trying to do last-minute sewing.
After such a low-key Thanksgiving,
I'm feeling the serious Christmas spirit!

Happy quilting!

24 November 2020

To-Do Tuesday and Thanksgiving

Enough with the panic, people!
Because our freezer runneth over with garden
blessings, I waited till yesterday to grab a turkey
and you know what I found?  A few small 
Butterballs and some generic ones.  That's it.
I walked out with two 12lb-Butterballs
but honestly, the madness of it all!

Okay, how did I do last week?

1) Finish quilting the ombre:  Done


(Didn't bother with getting a good pic)
Oh where do I begin here?  Are some quilts just cursed
cursed from the moment you begin?  From the frustrating
jelly roll issues at the beginning right up to this weekend's
quilting, this quilt has just been a struggle.  Ombre was
going to be a gift but now...?  Standing back it's not so
bad but at a quilt-snuggle close-up, no way.
I do not like to pre-wash quilts before giving but that
will be my next step.  Maybe it won't look so bad.


Actually, now that I think about it, this may have
been the design I struggled with on my Meow quilt.
Note to self:  you gotta be warmed up and
really on your game for that pantograph.

2) Load up Sept. Glow, choose pantograph
Due to covid breaking out at work, the hubs is
working from our sunroom again so this might
be tricky.  It is my November OMGoal
so I'll have to work something out.

3) Continue with Christmas gift progress: done!


I'm really happy with how this turned out; I just wish it
looked as cheery in the picture as it does in real life.
The pennants to the right that are flipped over spell
out their last name, claiming their campground.
This should be a fun addition to a retro camper!


Here is a close-up for detail.
(Just pinking the edges made it go quickly!)

On my other project, I've made a lot of progress.
I just can't show it.  It's now over half-way done and
a finish by the end of this month is very do-able.

4) Figure out next quilt project:  two in mind


(free pattern)

They look like good seasonal fun so I'm starting to
think I might make both, but I sure have no idea what
I'll do with them.  I'm out of storage space for my quilts
so this really is becoming an issue but I know that I am
a much happier person when I have projects to focus on,
especially these days, so what's a quilter to do!?

In other news: 
The girls decided to ante up.
Out of 18 hens, I now have at least three laying
sporadically--now 5 eggs in this first week or so.
Check out the beautiful dark olive color in these!
 

Because they need lots of daylight for egg-production
I don't expect a huge amount this time of year.
A timed light in the coop adds a couple extra hours 
but I don't want to push them too much.  If they
were older, I'd probably not add light at all because
their bodies need the rest.


When I couldn't work on the longarm and couldn't
settle on a next project, I started doing random
things that I'd been avoiding, like finally replacing
the cover on my small table-top ironing board.
Clearly I let it get pretty gross.

 
I now have a clean matching set.
And a clean refrigerator and clean bathrooms
and clean floors...

Now, as I said, the hubs is home for two weeks.
One son is also here for the holiday and he is working
from home as well so I shall have just to hole up in my
sewing room--oh, darn.  But it's still hard to get much
done when the house is not "my own" so
I'm just going to guess at what I might get done:

1) Enjoy Thanksgiving:  it looks like there will
only be 4 of us which is just sad.

2) Put up Christmas decor:  all of it; and away
goes the fall decor right after Thanksgiving.

3) Load September (November?) Glow:
I should be able to get this much done at least.

4) Start a new quilt:
I've already been playing around.
I'll show more next week.  

Happy Thanksgiving to all who are here
in the States and happy quilting!

19 November 2020

I Like Thursday #7

 How nice it is to be gearing up for the holidays.
I gave in and put on some mild Christmas music
(ie Tim Janis, George Winston, Jon Schmidt on Spotify)
so I'm now in the mood for Thanksgiving!
Not sure how that works because I'm not about to
put any fall decor away till after Thanksgiving but
but somehow it just does the trick.
Maybe because it's cheery.

Besides beautiful music, here are some other
things I'm finding cheery today:


The girls are late but it is winter and low hours
 of daylight will affect their egg production. 
But FINALLY! 
An egg--and such a beautiful olive one.
I never can decide which color is my favorite...
so I'll just say all of them.
I like how I got the egg bowl out for this one. lone. egg.
As if instant, mass-production is going to happen now.
LOL.  A chicken-owner can hope!
We've missed real eggs!


We got our new shrubs planted.
I like the seasonal colors this one
is showing off sharing with us!

 

I like how my pumpkin quilt top turned out.


I love bleu cheese steak salad.


I don't like our warm weather right now but I am
liking that some of the herbs are still available.
I would much rather have cold and snow but
there is always an "up" side to things.


Some decorations never get old for a mom.
I made this when my kids were little and it comes out
every Thanksgiving.  This turkey is not only packed
with polyester stuffing, it's also full of happy memories.
Each button is for attaching a note of something
we're grateful for that year.
Btw, I came across this on Pinterest the other day
and it made me happy to see it's still being made!
but I thought I'd share them all.


I like getting Christmas gifts made!
This banner is for a brother and his wife who have a
retro camper that they are having a lot of fun with.
I'll have more on that next Tuesday.

Please go check out the other cheery posts
listed at Not Afraid of Color I Like Thursdays!

I'm sure I'll still post next Thursday but just in case:
Happy quilting and happy Thanksgiving!

17 November 2020

Another Thankful-November Tuesday To-Do


How's your November going?

I feel like Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away
but yikes!  It's next week.  I haven't made my
dinner plans but you know what?
I'm thinking...hmm....how about...turkey??
(Well, that was easy.)
Yeah, that's how it is for me this year.


Hubs always smokes the bird so that takes a
load off.  Maybe if I take some time today to
do a little planning I'll get more into the spirit.
Let's face it:  it has just been a weird year.

It has been a little busy around here so I missed
getting a post in last week.   But today I have a nice
amount of progress to show, including a completed
top that hasn't even graced my to-do list!
Here we go with the got-done's:

1) Make backing for September Glow:  done
The entire quilt sandwich is ready, next in line for the LA.

2) Start quilting the ombre lattice:  a little progress made


I pieced up the backing, got it loaded and have
started a little on the quilting.  I wasn't "feeling it"
so I walked away.  Hope to get a little done today.
I want to get to Glow pretty badly.

3) Work on Christmas gifts: progress made


On the pennant banner, I've gotten a lot done:
Fabric pulled; pennants and letters cut out;
batting (for weight/stability) cut out.  The letters are
sewn on so today the pennants will get sewn
together and onto the cord.  Should be a fast finish.

On "Project B" I have the main fabric pulled but
I'm still trying to decide on a theme.  This whole gift
might challenge me a little but I'm excited about it.

4) Work on squirrel projectdone
I found these little Petit Four fabric baskets on
out of my quilting zone very often but around the
holidays I like to play around with small projects.

I went with some ho-hum fabric on my trial one.


The only struggle I had with all of these was that
my machine is for quilting so I don't have that arm
to work on smaller projects.  I was too lazy to get my
old Bernina out (nice small arm on that one) but a
head's up to anyone who wants to make these.
It just made it a bit of a struggle to do the topstitching.


After that first one, I flew through the others.


It's nice to have these ready for filling with cookies
or some other treat for giving those little gifts
of Christmas cheer.

SO, about that finished top:
Remember the Hocus Pocus pattern, and that
I just had to make it in the Fig Tree Quilts 
"All Hallows Eve" fabrics...


Those fabrics are really fun to work with!  I have a few
"heads-up" things for anyone wanting to make this
by the way.  The first:  I don't know if all pre-cuts
are created equal but I was sadly low on the black
fabrics for this.  I have seen some other people's
quilts and noticed they've supplemented in a black or
two so the issue seems to be across the board cake.


Here's my finished top.
This brings me to my second "head's up."
The pattern calls for 3 1/2 yds of background fabric.
I only had 2 2/3yds of a fabric I really wanted to use 
(and move out) so I played fabric chicken and let me
tell you, it was no contest.  And frankly, if you wanted to
cut your borders and sashing (which are cut lengthwise)
first, you could probably cut everything else out from
the scrap of that and get by with, dare I say it,
2 yards?  Don't quote me on that.  All I know is
that I have plenty left over.

 

For some quick, mindless sewing, I sewed the
trimmings right into HST's.  I like to save these;
I just don't always get them sewn up so we'll see
if that gets me more motivated to do something
with them.  I think the issue here, though, is the
Halloween fabric:  I have almost a year before
that's relevant again!

On the fabric-buying front:


Two yards of the red, 7 of the ivory (for a background).
I thought for sure this was it for fabric purchases for
2020 but not quite...
MSQC had free shipping last week on the day I
finished up my pumpkin quilt so I grabbed one of the
fabrics for binding and to supplement the backing.
So, in full-disclosure, yes, I did buy yet more fabric.

The good news is that in the making of this quilt,
I emptied not one but two bolts--the ivory
background and the black border/backing.
But I declare now there will be no more 
likely be no more fabric purchases this year. 

Hey!  Have I mentioned that I finished all of the
outdoor fall clean-up work?  Even the windows!
Can I get an Amen?!?

For fun, I came across a super interesting
machine quilting department.  At around 7:20 into it
they pan over the racks of quilts they have waiting to
be quilted.  Um, wow!  They have 17 machines going
for up to 18 hours a day (2 shifts) and kick out
50 to 60 quilts a day!  The video is a little long but I
enjoyed listening to it while I was sewing.  As always,
I find their entire business fascinating.
I also might be a little jealous.

For next week:

1) Finish quilting the ombre

2) Load up Sept. Glow, choose pantograph

3) Continue with Christmas gift progress

4) Figure out next quilt project

Happy quilting!
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