To-Do Tuesday 5-24-16 | Last Week of School

I have no pictures to share this week. It was a really crazy week, with an unexpected family emergency in the middle of it. I still managed to give the house a deep cleaning and, on Saturday night, after cleaning the kitchen and baking and cleaning up again (repeat two more times in that same day) I used my Christine skills and broke the kitchen disposal. And I broke it GOOD. The Mister and I tried to repair it, but a small, forgotten zesting tool became so wedged in the disposal when I flipped the switched to turn it on that it sheared off the bolt holding the plate down. This all occurred at about 9:00 PM, right in the middle of my making cinnamon roll dough for Sunday morning breakfast. The mess in my kitchen (after repeatedly cleaning it up that day) was indescribably disappointing. But, the Mister came to my rescue and he had a brand new disposal installed the next morning, just in time to have a fresh-from-the-oven cinnamon roll and a cup of coffee. And I got back on track with my cleaning and packing!

This week we are focused on getting the last of our packing into the motorhome and the kids are focused on passing their Finals and packing for their summer. Their last day of school is Thursday and we’re all anxious to get on with our summer plans!

How did your week go?
What projects are you working on this week?

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish loading up and travel safely!

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
  4. You do not have to follow my blog to participate, but if you do decide to follow me… thank you! I appreciate it!
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To-Do Tuesday 5-17-16 | Summer Schedule

Batik Stepping Stones

I completed the final sewing item on my list last night when I finished sewing the binding to the back of my batik Stepping Stones quilt. I will write more about that quilt in a Finished Friday post that will go up this week.

Thank you to everyone who responded about guest hosting To-Do Tuesday over the summer during the months of June and July. I really appreciate the help, and I think it will be a lot of fun to visit other blogs and see what everyone else has been working on.

Here’s the June and July schedule of bloggers:

June 7th: Sarah of Georgia Girl Quilts
June 14th: Myra of Busy Hands Quilts
June 21st: Here – Stitch All The Things
June 28th: Amy of Swimming in a Sea Of Estrogen
July 5th: Here- Stitch All The Things
July 12th: Bernie of Needle and Foot
July 19th: Myra of Busy Hands Quilts
July 26th: Amy of Swimming in a Sea Of Estrogen

I will be sure and put up a post each Tuesday making sure we all visit the right blog to link up our posts. Thanks again for the help everyone; I am excited to see the projects we work on over the summer!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Prepare for trip.

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
  4. You do not have to follow my blog to participate, but if you do decide to follow me… thank you! I appreciate it!
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Finished Friday | Heartfelt

When Jennifer Fulton, The Inquiring Quilter, said she was going to be doing a Quilt Along with her Stepping Stones pattern back in February, I said COUNT.ME.IN. I had a friend’s birthday coming up and I wanted to make a quilt for her, so the timing couldn’t have been better. (I actually made two quilts during the QAL, but next week I will talk about quilt #2.)

Pink Stepping Stones Finished

One of my dearest and bestest friends (after Mister, of course), is Ana. She is a wonderful woman I met after moving to Lake Havasu City and I started working at Walmart. She made the job SO FUN (and believe-you-me that is EVERYTHING when you’re working THAT job), and she taught me a lot when I started working in the Money Center and then again at the Customer Service counter. I left Walmart about a year later, and the only thing I missed after leaving was Ana.

Fast forward four years. We kept in touch through Facebook and bumping into each other at church and around town, but one morning while I was lazing about and still in my pajamas I got a phone call from Ana. She wanted to know if I would come work with her and her mom in the Lab at a local dermatologist’s office. Mister and I had some discussion about it, and two hours later I told her yes. To make a long story VERY short, I no longer work at the dermatology office but my time spent working with Ana and her mom were the absolute best of my entire working life. We three were an amazing team and I learned a lot from the two of them.

Pink Stepping Stones Quilt Backing

As far as this quilt goes, Ana LOVES pink. I asked her mom if there were any colors other than pink I could put into a quilt for her and the response went something like, “Pink, pink, pink, and more pink.” I think I covered it with this quilt. I pulled all of the pink solids and prints from my stash and chose the best that worked well together. I had more solids than prints at first, but then raided my Tula stash to help fill out the prints.

Pink Stepping Stones Label

It took me about a month to find the right backing for this quilt. I stumbled across a print, Heartfelt Hearts & Words by Peg Conley for Clothworks, on Fabric.com one evening and knew it was the perfect backing for my friend. It has the sweetest quotes all over it. The sentiments describe how I feel about her, so I took my inspiration for the title of this quilt from the fabric and named it “Heartfelt”. I also made a label and had it printed on an 8″ swatch by Spoonflower. I’ve already had devastating results printing my own, so I leave that to the professionals now.

Pink Stepping Stones Binding

I also found the right binding while shopping for the backing. I love a good stripey binding, and the varying pinks in the Summer Song 2 Stripe in Pink print were perfect! I really think it puts a nice frame around all the pinks in the quilt.

Pink Stepping Stones Quilting

Since I was making two quilts at the same time and running up against a hard date to get the quilt to Ana, I chose to do an all-over swirls design for the quilting. I still have a ways to go on making my swirls pretty, but some turned out spectacularly well and others were “thank goodness my friend loves me so she won’t care” bad. I quilted this on my sit-down quilting machine, the Juki TL-2200 QVP-S. This machine absolutely loves Aurifil 40 weight thread and I had zero thread breaks with this quilt. I LOVE when everything flows smoothly, especially when I’m on a time-crunch!

Pink Stepping Stones Quilt

Pink Stepping Stones Quilt

I gave the quilt to my friend last Friday, a few days before her birthday, and I think she loves it. Happy Birthday, Sassafrass! I luvses you FOREVER! And for those of you who like quilt stats:

“Heartfelt”

Finished size
69″ x 80.5″
Pattern
Stepping Stones by Jennifer Fulton
Fabric
Various fabrics including Kona Cotton solids, Tula PInk, and Art Gallery Fabrics (Top)
Heartfelt Hearts & Words by Peg Conley for Clothworks (Backing)
Summer Song 2 Stripe in Pink by Zoe Pearn for Riley Blake Fabrics (Binding)
Batting
Warm & Natural
Thread
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt 2530
Quilted with Aurifil 40 wt 2425
Binding stitched with Aurifil 40 wt 2530
Quilting
Free-motion all over swirls
Finished
May 5, 2016

Linking up with:
TGIFF hosted by Quokka Quilts
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts


To-Do Tuesday 5-10-16 | Wrapping Things Up

I am finally approaching the light at the end of the tunnel with my projects.

Pink Stepping Stones Quilt

Pink Stepping Stones Quilt

I finished the Pink Stepping Stones quilt on Thursday night. Just in time to take pictures on Friday morning and give it to my friend as a present on Friday evening. Whew! I’ll write all about it in a Finished Friday post later this week.

Time to bind!

Time to bind!

I also quilted the Batik Stepping Stones quilt and sewed the binding to the front. I will be hand stitching the binding down to the back during the evenings this week and will hope to have that finished and off to it’s recipient sometime next week.

Quilting Supplies

Last week I said I would talk a little about why I was feverishly trying to get all of these projects done. This is the time of year where Mister and I prep for our summer. We’ve arranged for house sitters (Special thanks to my friends for helping out this year; You know who you are!!), and now we are spending the next couple of weeks scrubbing down the house and packing up the motorhome. We have an extra-exciting summer planned as we are in the middle of purchasing the most adorable little house in the Pacific Northwest. I have hardly been able to contain my excitement over this! Everything is going smoothly so far, and I’ve been making lots of decorating plans the past month. I have fabrics picked out for two quilts that I’d like to get done while I’m up there to help make it a bit more homey. I’m going for a farmhouse theme à la Chip & Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper and Magnolia Market, so I plan on making a quilt out of my Feed Company by Sweetwater fabric. I think it will be perfect!

I will continue on with To-Do Tuesday over the summer, although my posts won’t always be sewing related. I do have a question for you though… Would those of you who have linked up a couple of times or more be interested in hosting a To-Do Tuesday? I thought it might be helpful to me during some of our travel times when I don’t have much internet access and fun for some of you to take a turn hosting. It won’t be hard at all. I will provide you with the linky code to insert into your post, and I will be sure to have a corresponding post directing people to your blog to link up. You won’t have to post the rules, because they’ll already be posted here. All I ask is that you post the To-Do Tuesday image with a link back to my blog. That’s it! If anyone is interested in hosting, please email me directly at christine@stitchallthethings.com and let me know if you’d only like to host once, or if you might like hosting twice.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Binding on Batik Quilt
  • Write Finished Friday Post

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
  4. You do not have to follow my blog to participate, but if you do decide to follow me… thank you! I appreciate it!
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