Happy Tuesday once again!
Join me, and the others over at Texas Quilt Gal's
Tuesday To-Do Link-Up, as we go over our progress
and share our plans for the week to come.
Gettin' right down to biz:
What did I get done over the last week?
1) Finish Grace/churn-dash top and back.
The backing is pretty creative with an orphan block
in the center and every last bit of that border fabric
but I'll have to show that once it's quilted because
it is folded and sitting in my Finished Tops pile.
2) Choose and start new quilt
The love-hate relationship with precuts continues!
The short of my latest issue is, I have once again fallen
for some layer cakes and jelly rolls and I'm determined
to use them. On the "hate" side of that relationship,
I spent hours trying to find a pattern that would work
and finally just went with the same one that I recently
made my grandson for Christmas. I'm calling it
Flying Geese, Bear Creek Quilts website
In keeping with my crazy mad smokin' sewing, I have
the top half already completed and by this afternoon
I'll have 30 blocks logged for February already.
This isn't specifically a layer cake pattern but I think it
works amazingly well with them--you've got those
large pieces to showcase the big prints and then the
geese give it that touch of quilty-complication, if you will.
I also think that with its lack of delicate piecing, it works
well for a man's quilt. I generally prefer more complicated
designs but these days but I also prefer not to have such
a stash of precuts! Plus, I want to offer variety in my shop.
"Rustic Journey" by Barnatex Fabrics
Notes for using a layer cake on this pattern:
You can get one big piece and five "geese" from 30
10x10's (with very little waste); the remaining geese can
be cut from the others but you'll still have some strays.
3) Start working on getting an inventory
of fabric and other supplies--SOME.
I haven't done a full-on "take stock" but as I pull out
any bolt, I measure and note the amount, and date,
on the end. Whenever I do set a day aside and do
my official inventory, this should help it go faster.
4) Make sure old LA is ready to go--ALMOST.
I loaded up a scrap "sandwich" and, after some
dialing in of the tension, it seems good to go. Still
would like to give it a little more action to make sure.
So, what's the plan for next week? More of the same!
1) Finish Winter Woodland top & piece backing
Once I get the rest of the rows together, a border in this
black will hopefully settle down the busyness a little.
Guessing this will all happen today because I'm
getting excited to start quilt top #7 already!
2) Choose next quilt and cut out
I have a working list of possibilities and it is long!
For fun, I'm sharing a couple front-runners but
really, up until that last minute when I begin
consulting the stash, I just never know!
Season to Taste by Jessica Dayon
A Season In Blue by Edyta Sitar
I've been eyeing this one for awhile but the book isn't
available through my Scribd app. I try not to collect too
many quilt books but...well...it's sitting in my Amazon
cart at the moment so we'll see.
I made 4 of the last 6 quilts from County Seat Quilts
(a shop hop splurge) and it was fun to work my way
through one book. Purchases that go unused nag
at me; purchases that get used a lot show me I made
a wise investment. Well, who doesn't like to feel wise?
I think it would be fun to choose a book to work
through maybe every year and because there are others
in Edyta's book that I'm up for, I'm mulling this one over.
3) Continue taking steps with inventory
Can I keep up this crazy mad smokin' sewing?
I'm not sure but if I need a break, I'll start counting
things: thread, pantographs, fabric amounts...
Eh. Sewing sounds more fun.