'24 Tuesday-To-Do Week #9: Why is it HOT?

Happy [almost] March!
Time to link up and report in.  When you're done here, hop on over
to Tuesday To Do and Sew & Tell to see what everyone else is up to.

It has been insanely warm here--hot even.  I don't understand,
and someone needs to make it stop.  Seriously.  It's currently
9pm and we have the windows open and the ceiling fan going.
In February.  When we should be having blizzards and such.
Ugh.  At least my step count is getting back to more normal
numbers with all the golf, gardening and other outdoorsy stuff.
(Averaged 10,612/day but prefer more like 12+K)

Onions can take pretty cold temps so after tilling some lovely
soft soil (that I take full credit for) I planted 250 of the little guys,
getting a nice start to the gardening.  Hubs has been busily
assembling my new, even-more-raised beds as his time allows.
I've also been chipping away at the yard work.  All of these
early starts are great but I suspect there is a freeze, or five,
yet to come that will nix the fruit crops along with all the
leaves and flowers that are happily going about their biz.

Onto my week in quilty things:

* * * Week 7 Priority * * *
1) Finish Blog Hop quilt project #1

 I easily finished the main part but then I had to add some
border action.  Except I ran out of my background fabric.  BUT,
all is well, more arrived and she's all done now.  She's getting
quilted today (unless I go golf!) but that's all I can share there.

2)  Work on border ideas for star quilt
Look, I just can't decide and since I've plowed through all of the
neutral scraps that are in this, maybe I'd better just not add one.
I moved on to piecing all of the geese so I'm good to go for getting
them into long border strips.  I made lots of extras to accommodate
 that would-be extra border though so hmmm, what about those?

Here's a little tip:
Trimming is not my favorite part, esp with all that fiddling to lay
pieces out just so.  I'm not known for my patience for one thing.
And when I drink a couple cups of coffee on an empty stomach,
(which is almost daily) my hands can get kinda shaky, ya know?

Not sure if this is a new idea to anyone but with small pieces,
I leave them chained (as in pic).  If you pull them lightly taut,
 they'll line right up and then you can trim 2 or 3 at once--I just
go with however many line up exactly with the ruler.  And zip,
you're done in no time.  Then you can slice those chain thread
"connections" quickly (but carefully!) with your rotary cutter,
repositioning the chain if needed to make that easier.
Mass piece-trimming goes so much faster this way.

Now here's an awesome tip I came across this week:
I enjoy sewing binding on by hand but I choose to machine bind
since it takes small fraction of the hand-sewing time.  Years ago
I came across a way of connecting that final seam that I thought
was pretty much the bees knees.  But last week Lisa Bongean
kinda rocked the whole bee hive by taking that up a solid notch.
I was getting ready to bind a quilt at the time so I tried it out and
yep! Pure honey.  Check out the Easiest Binding Ever vid here.

Enough on tips and helps.  Back to the things finished:

3) An older finish:  Gnome Quilt #2

Another recent accomplishment:  a second gnome quilt.
I actually counted it as a finish last year even though I was
waiting on binding fabric.   Well it's officially done, pics and all.
(A little concerned that the camera wasn't quite level for that pic.
Should I be?  That was even my second go at it. The quilt is straight!)

4) Hubs and I worked on my biz records:  not only is it ready for the
accountant/taxes, I finally settled on my system of keeping track
of it all.  I've felt so disorganized these two years but it really took
that long to learn exactly what and how I need to set things up.

Noteworthy:  I might be the only quilter out there whose hubs
knows to the penny how much I spend on fabric and supplies!
(For the record, he barely raised an eyebrow.  I'm actually more
concerned than he is!)

Lastly I organized my patterns (tossing some) into 2 binders.
And that's it.  There's not one thing out of place in my studio.
What else is there to do then but quilt?

* * * Week 9 Priority * * *
1) Finish Blog Hop quilt project #1
Just need to get it quilted, labeled and bound.
Oh, and take pics and write the post.

2) Finish scrappy stars top

3) Should I make another quilt for the blog hop?  Decide.

4) Finish charity quilt top 

5) Garden and yard work

Time to get rolling on these things so until next week,
happy quilting!


Linda said…
What a great post, full of tips and fun!
Yes on the heat, please bring back winter! Did you plant onion sets, and are your wine corks your row markers for the onions? What kind of onions? I saw some sets a couple weeks ago and probably should have snagged some. I like Texas Sweets. I don't have a lot of space though.
Can you hear the applause for "not one thing out of place in my studio"? Not much more satisfying than that. I like your cutting tip, and the end of binding video was very interesting, I'll give it a shot. I already do my corners very similar to hers, but I haven't seen joining done that way!
my husband never says anything when packages of fabric arrive in the house - I think he is glad I have something to do and don't sit in front of the tv all day like my retired sisters do. How some can sit in front of the tv all day is something I can't understand. I have never had luck planting onions I seem to only have luck with tomatoes and now strawberries - I sure hope my blueberries and blackberries do well this year. Warmer than average here too
Home Sewn By Us said…
Hi Cheree! This weather is nuts!! We're expecting snow tomorrow with wind chills in the single digits but right now it's 74! We went for a nice walk today but I'd prefer the cold and snow to this. Everyone is sick. WOWEE! 250 onion sets. I recall those days from my youth and not 250, either. I've got my VRD project together but won't get it quilted until next week. Hopefully! LOVE your idea of mass trimming. Brilliant. Just that little pull to make them taut - I can see how easy this would be. I'm going to try it next time, and I'll check out the binding video. Aren't you just extra helpful this week?!! You've not mentioned an Angela visit? What's up with that?? Have a great week! You've been setting the bar high for the rest of us to enjoy. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne
chrisknits said…
We have had some nice days, but nothing too warm. Hopefully our winter is done!!! Good luck with your weekly goals, you amaze me with what you accomplish!
Kate said…
It was hot and the wind yesterday/last night was insane. You've made good progress on lots of fronts. It will be cooler for the next couple of days so good stitching weather before we get back to nice walking weather over the weekend. Happy stitching this week.
Shelly said…
You are a busy busy gal! Makes my head spin! I love that you have not one thing out of place in your studio. I'm striving for that as I move into my new studio later this spring. Getting ready now by purging a lot of stuff and playing with floor layouts and storage ideas. I'm gonna go check out that binding vid. Thanks!
Carol Andrews said…
Cheree you do inspire me with your progress all week. Love the Gnome quilt and such great tips. Thank you for sharing and linking with To Do Tuesday. Hope this week cooled off for you. We’ve been getting lots of snow here, but since we had a really early thaw and our trees all started budding (then it hit deep freeze cold) the experts say we aren’t going to get any or barely any fruit this year. 😢 Carol https://quiltschmilt.ca/