To-Do Tuesday 8-23-16 | Quilt Basting

Basted Churn Dash Quilt | Sweetwater Feed Co fabric line

This past week I accomplished most of the things on my To-Do list. I made the backing for my Churn Dash quilt, and basted the quilt together. It was a sluggish week for me work-wise though. I felt like I lost my sewing mojo and creative oomph halfway through the week. Not sure why or where it went, but I’m hoping to run into it again soon.

My Favorite Free Motion Quilting Books

Monday was an especially off-day. I felt like I was coming down with something and did nothing for the day. I intended to come up with a quilt plan for the Churn Dash quilt, but nothing is coming to mind. I pulled out some of my quilting books and went through them looking for ideas and inspiration. I sketched out the quilt, and started doodling over it hoping something creative would happen… but no. I was hoping for some specific quilting design plan, rather than an all-over design, but I may end up trying to learn a new all-over design other than all the swirls I have done recently.

Do you have any quilting suggestions? If so, I’d love to hear them!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Find my MIA Sewjo
  • Come up with a Quilting Plan
  • Quilt and Bind the churn dash quilt
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To-Do Tuesday 8-16-16 | Birthday Week!

What a week this has been! My birthday was on Sunday the 14th, but on Wednesday the 10th I found myself being massively surprised with a surprise party! My friends, who are like family to me, worked with Brad and the kids to really get me good. I can usually see surprises and/or presents coming, but not this time. I was had! Also, I should note that if you are a Pinterest user and have awesome friends like I do, there will be a Pinterest test. The theme of the party was All About Christine, and they went through all of my pins to decide on the menu for the evening. The fact that I had not pinned one vegetable was noted. Although, I did pin quite a few potato recipes, so that counts… right?!

Birthday lovelies

On Sunday I was spoiled rotten. No cooking, whatsoever! Breakfast at my favorite hole-in-the-wall diner, an afternoon showing of Suicide Squad, Pizza for dinner, and delicious cupcakes from a local cupcakery, Smallcakes. I had to share the amazing presents the Mister and the kids got for me (Yay for Amazon wish lists)! Mister picked out The Quilt Block Cookbook and the Round Up tool for me, Josh picked out The Ultimate Guide To Machine Quilting, and Callie found this adorable Les Amis print and a bunch of face masks (not pictured). They know me so well!!

Instant-Pot-Lux-60-500x600

One day before my birthday I added the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker to my Amazon wishlist for Christmas. I was blown away to find that the Mister had purchased it for my birthday the week before! I am super excited about this, but my first use of it was an epic fail. I tried cooking rice according to the book directions, but it was a gummy, mushy, ucky mess. SO GLAD I had Minute Rice in the pantry!! I have done some research and realized it either cooked too long, had too much water, or both. I hate to “play” with food to find what works right since that is so wasteful, but I am going to make another batch tomorrow and my fingers are crossed that will cook correctly. If you have a pressure cooker and some favorite recipes, I’d love it if you’d share!

Churn Dash Flimsy

I did get the Churn Dash quilt assembled and put the borders on. Up close I really love how it all works together, but it looks very soft and almost pastel because of the print used for the snowballed corners and the border. I have grown to love it though, and while it probably won’t work as I envisioned in the living room of the Oregon House, it will go great in the upstairs bedroom. I am excited to get this one done and start on another quilt with some of the new fabrics recently purchased. This week I will make the backing, baste the quilt and begin quilting. It would be awesome if I could finish the quilting by next week, but it’s hot here and I’m not sure how much quilting I will want to do in this heat.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Piece backing
  • Baste Quilt
  • Begin Quilting
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Finished or Not Friday | Churn Dash WIP

I am linking up for the first time with Busy Hands Quilts Finished {or Not} Friday. And this week I’m in the {or Not} category.

MSQC Churn Dash Pattern | WIP | Sweetwater Feed Co Fabric

I finished all of my Churn Dash blocks, decided on block placement, and started sewing the rows. I am not thrilled with the red fabric I chose to snowball the corners with. I am wishing now I would have chosen a darker red out of the bundle, but it’s done now. I may use a darker red thread in those diamond shapes when I quilt to give it some extra Oomph. The bottom two rows are finished and sewn together, with a third row finished and ready to be sewn to the bottom two. I usually sew from the bottom up because, as you can see, my “design wall” (batting hanging from the raw wooden shelving unit) isn’t very tall. I have to get those bottom blocks off the floor asap! I hope to have this top finished by later today or early Saturday afternoon.

Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts Finished {or Not} Friday.

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

To-Do Tuesday 8-9-16 | Back to Quilting

This week past week had a lot of crazy in it, a lot of “are you kidding me?!” in it, some school shopping for the kids, and belated birthday shopping for my youngest daughter. It was quite a mix of busy-ness, stress, and some fun. Most importantly, it had sewing in it!

Churn Dash Blocks

I was thrilled to work on the Churn Dash blocks I started sewing over the summer. I finished all 42 blocks, and then started snowballing the corners on Sunday. On Monday I finished sewing the 2.5″ squares on the corners, trimmed the seams to 1/4″ and started pressing them. Half of the blocks are completely finished and the other half still needs to be pressed. This coming week I’ll finish up the blocks, decide on a layout, and assemble them into a finished top. I hope to get the backing sewn as well, but I am not adding it to my list. If that gets finished it will be a bonus!

MSQC haul

I had another happy mail day this week and received another order from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. They had a daily special on their new thread they debuted, and I decided to pick some up to try out. Somehow my cart also ended up with the Winter 2016 issue of BLOCK Magazine, a jelly roll of Volume II Mama Said Sew (to go with my charm pack I got last week), a layer cake of First Crush by Sweetwater, and an Amanda Herring Desert Bloom 10″ stacker. I have no idea why the fabric fairy keeps adding these things to my online cart, but she seems to know that they’ll make great quilts for the Oregon House!

How was your week? Do you have any summer projects you’re working on?

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Churn Dash Blocks
  • Assemble Quilt top
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