Tuesday, June 18, 2024

To-Do-List Tuesday 6-18-24

Tuesday came fast this week! I haven't gotten a chance yet to go back and read everyone's to-do-list post from last week, but I will do that maybe over the weekend. Most of my list was done before I left for vacation, and it was intentionally short. Bottom line, it all got done! 

1) Quilt and bind t-shirt quilt. Yes.

2) Quilt two customer quilts. Yes.

I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but the second one was made from vintage tea towels. Very cool!
3) Pack for cruise. Yes. Now it's time to get all the laundry finished and put away!

I have several things I need to get done this week.

1) Make strip sets for guild workshop.
2) Finish sorting scrap fabrics.
3) Quilt two or three customer quilts.
4) A Quilting Life BOM.

There’s something else I need to work on, but I can’t seem to remember what it is. If I think of it later, I’ll add it to the list. In the meantime, I’m linking to Quilt Schmilt. Have a wonderful week everyone!

Monday, June 17, 2024

Back to Reality

I’m back in Victoria and back to real life. My cruise was great, and I was able to finish my summer challenge quilt top. Well, I think it’s finished….I may add a border to it. We had a conference room to sew in, and I took my 3/4 size machine.

Three of us drove to Galveston from Victoria.

Donna (in the middle) was my roommate. The other ladies in our group were from North Texas.

I actually did get off the ship in Costa Maya. Donna wanted to get some vanilla, and I walked over there with her.

Most of the time I was sewing, although I did take some time for a facial at the spa, and I went to the gym every morning and used the equipment or I walked about two miles on the top deck. The views are amazing, which makes the walking very enjoyable. And, the best part is I ate whatever I wanted and didn’t gain any weight.

Here’s the top I finished
I’m still thinking about borders. Oh, and here’s a picture of the room Donna and I shared.
Not big, but it was adequate. I’m ready to go again in January. 

Monday, June 10, 2024

This is a quick post before I leave for vacation. I am mostly packed and ready to leave. I will need to take the two Jagdterriers

to the vet to be boarded. I dropped Ruthie off with Nichole last night, but I really can’t expect anyone to keep these two. They are a full-time job, and they don’t like to be separated, so boarding is the best choice, even though it’s expensive. 

The good news is that the latest t-shirt quilt was picked up Saturday, and they were happy with it. 

The back had the extra shirt:

I put a lot of work into it, and I was happy to see it go to its rightful owner. Now I will need to start another one as soon as I return from vacation. 

The oldest granddaughter turned seventeen Friday, and the other grandparents hosted a party at their house for Kat and 11 of her friends.

Everything was so nice….the girls made flower crowns and posed for glamour shots (paternal grandfather is a good photographer). I actually left early so I don’t know what else they did, but I think everyone had a good time. 

I was busy all day Sunday trying to get my house clean so I didn’t have to come back to a messy house, and getting my clothes packed. I thought I was done and realized I hadn’t packed any underwear! At least I remembered before I left. The cruise I am going on is a quilting cruise where you take your own sewing machine and supplies and your own projects. I managed to get three different projects cut out to work on. I primarily want to do the scrappy trips which is the summer challenge at https://www.alittlefabricstore.com/, but I know myself, and I don’t like to only work on one thing. I will have an update when I get back.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

To-Do-List Tuesday 6-4-24

It's Tuesday again. There's nothing like a deadline to get me motivated. I only had four things on my list, but I am mostly finished on all of them.

1) Cut Sahara quilt. Yes. 

2) Finish the darn tee shirt quilt. Not finished, but I got the top pieced, and it's ready to quilt as soon as I get another one off the frame.

3) Put together a customer consignment quilt. Yes. 

4) Cut some strips for a Scrappy Trips quilt--this is my other cruise project. Yes.

I’m making a new list, but not a long one.

1) Quilt and bind t-shirt quilt.
2) Quilt two customer quilts.
3) Pack for cruise.

I leave Monday morning for my cruise, so there won’t be an update next week. I will drive to Galveston to board the Mariner of the Seas. The ports of call are Cozumel and Costa Maya. It’s not likely I’ll leave the ship as I have been to those ports multiple times, and port days are the best times to enjoy the pool and hot tub. I am still undecided though, so I am keeping an open mind.

Today I am linking to Quilt Schmilt, and I hope you all have a wonderful week!


Saturday, June 1, 2024

What I'm Working On

Happy June, blog friends. May hasn't been a very good month, and I'm glad to see it gone. I've been busy with all kinds of things. I finished piecing one of the commission quilts I was asked to do. 

It started as some random strips and squares with no pattern. The lady who started it was a one of my customers who passed away recently, and her niece brought me some UFO's to finish and quilt for the family. The only clue I had on this one were four large pieced squares: 
I had enough parts and pieces to get it to a useable size.....49" x 63". I wish I could make it a little bigger, but I need to reserve some fabric for the binding, so this is as big as it gets. I will put it line to be quilted.

Other than that, I made a jewelry pouch out of some scrap fabric.

This one is prototype.....not quite the way I want it. For the ties, I looked for some cording and couldn't find any, so I used ribbon. I think it would work better with cording or at least a narrower ribbon. It's cute though, and I will keep working until I get one that looks like I want it to. 

Today I need to finish that t-shirt quilt. It still needs borders. I have a leftover shirt, so I will need to piece the back in order to use the shirt on the back. Once that is done, I can get it on the frame and get it quilted.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

A New Project

The Yorktown quilt shop, A Little Fabric Store, announced a new summer challenge. 

Edit: Anyone can enter. It costs $10 to join in, and you have until Labor Day to send Sarah a picture of your quilt. You can find an entry form here: https://www.alittlefabricstore.com/, and you can pay by PayPal or credit card.

She’s calling it “Summer Trips”. It’s the Scrappy Trips pattern, which I have made a few times. It looks like I will be making another one. I already signed up for the challenge. I bought a couple of jelly rolls last week when I was in Yorktown that I will be using. 

There’s not quite enough strips in the jelly rolls to make the quilt as big as I want it, so I will sub in some extra strips. I have some batiks that should work.

I did the challenge last year, and this was my result:
It’s still not quilted. 

I have been working on the tee shirt quilt. I think I am getting close to finishing. At least I hope so. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

To-Do-List Tuesday 5-28-24

Mixed results this week with quilt guild preparation and a holiday affecting my sewing time. No complaints, though. I mainly got done what needed to be done.

1) Charity quilt project for quilt guild. Yes. 

2) Finish some scissor cases. Yes. I topstitched, and then sewed on buttons and snaps until my fingers were sore. 

3) Sampler store projects. Yes. Apron and some dishcloths done. 

4) Cut out Sahara quilt. No. 
5) Make some appliqu├ęs for cup towels. No. 

Now for a new week. I have two weeks until I leave for a vacation, so I need to make the most of my time. One of my items is to cut the Sahara quilt which I am planning to take to work during my cruise. It's another quilting cruise where we sew on our own projects. Kind of a quilting retreat at sea.

1) Cut Sahara quilt.
2) Finish the darn tee shirt quilt.
3) Put together a customer consignment quilt.
4) Cut some strips for a Scrappy Trips quilt--this is my other cruise project.

I think I am forgetting something.....I may think of it later and edit this post to include whatever it is. 

I am linking this to quilt schmilt. I hope you all have a wonderful week!