WiP: on Thursday

Well, if I would have gotten to this yesterday, I would have linked up with Works in Progress Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.

As it is, I’m still not fully back in to my routine being home and I’m too late on this post for the link up.  Which means I miss out on the sharing aspect of linking my post, but I still thought I would let you, my two followers (on of whom is my mother), know what I’m up to.

My “To Do” List is growing back to it’s more normal (for me) size of around a dozen items, and here’s what is on my list this week.

1.  Road Trip Quilt Along Tutorial
1a. Montana for tomorrow
1b. Colorado for next week

2. Gathered clutches.  I have 4 already ordered and I would like to make several more to put in my future shop.
3.  Speaking of which, I actually started making some Luna Bags: the Essential Tote for this  very purpose.  I ordered my product labels (finally!) and I’m really excited to get them in a few weeks.

Insides of the Essential Tote

 4.  I joined a hoopie swap, and I’ve finished the paper pieced base of my design.  I hope to add some hand stitching, but admittedly, I’m a teensy bit scared since I’ve never done embroidery before and I think that’s holding me back.  Time to the bull by the horns.  Or the thread by the needle.  Or something.
 5.  Speaking of handwork, I finally chose a binding for my rainbow double staircase quilt.  It’s sewing on the front, and now I have to hand stitch to the back.  I originally thought I would go with read, but I had the binding all made and ready to go, and then when I put it against the quilt, I decided I didn’t like it afterall.
 6.  Be Free Bees free form quilt robin additions.  This is the last month for this project, and I will have two quilts to add to this month.  One is already here, and the other should be arriving next week.

7.  Draw sting soccer back.  Sierra will start soccer this fall and she will need a draw string bag for her shoes and water bottle and extra shirt and what not.  She picked a green soccer monkey fabric that should arrive any day.

8.  I actually have something for myself on the list (gasp!).  And it’s PINK (double gasp!).  I hope to make a skirt out of this super fun Crazy Daisy print.  Fun!
 Two tutorials that I would like to complete, but are on the back burner right now:

9.  Equilateral triangle hexagon quilt block tutorial

10.  Kid’s play oven mitt tutorial

WiP Wednesday: Vacation edition

Hey there!  I didn’t post my works in progress last week.  The only work in progress I was working on was helping my sister get ready for her wedding.

So here I am, my second of eight weeks away from home and I still manage to have half a dozen projects “in the works.”  No idea how that happened!  In the past, I’ve posted The List (the “to do” list) from the last week and talked about what I was able to complete.  The List is on hold until I return, however, here’s what I have been working on.

Be Free Bees Quilts for May and June

The Be Free Bees is my online free form quilt robin.  Each month, we get a new quilt to add to and then we pass it on.  These are actually finishes rather than in progress right now.  I sent out May’s quilt a little late, had a mix up with the mailing of June’s, but it arrived and I was quickly inspired and after a trip to the fabric store, I went right to work.

Road Trip Quilt Along

I’m working on the tutorial for this week’s block: Pennsylvania.  And I would like to get Ohio made and the tutorial written for next week as well since we will be camping next week and I don’t know if I will have internet access.

Be a {modern} swapper angel blocks

In another Flickr group, Be a {modern} swapper, a group member stopped communicating so the group leaders asked for volunteers to make “angel blocks.”  Basically what that means is that I make two blocks for someone who was supposed to receive them from them from the missing person, but I don’t receive any in return.  The recipient requested blocks with triangles.

Penguin and Purple mug rug

My cousin requested a mug rug for a friend as part of wedding shower present.  We picked out fabric when she was here for my sister’s wedding.  It arrived today.

WIP: Hooray for progress!

I must admit, I’m feeling a little bit like a rock star right now because not only did I FINISH THREE MEI TAIS this week, they are all in the mail!!  Okay, two are in the mail, the third belongs to a local friend and she is coming to pick it up tomorrow because she wants to have it for her trip she’s taking this weekend.

Yay progress!  And I was hoping to have my Work in Progress Wednesday post up, you know, sometime before there were only minutes of Wednesday left, but it just didn’t happen.  We went to Richmond today to meet up with some very dear friends, and then it was dinner time by the time we got home, and then Jason headed off to a Chemistry review session and I had playtime and then way-too-late-bedtime with the kiddos.

After only working on one project last week, it feels good to have made a little progress elsewhere this week.  Here is what the “To List” was looking like last week and what I’ve accomplished:

1.  Three mei tais.  DONE!  While these were all in various states of construction, the fact that I finished them all within the week is really quite amazing.  I wanted them all finished and on their way to their new homes before we leave this weekend, so I call that a big SUCCESS!  Amanda’s was the biggest success, as only the straps were cut out as of last Wednesday.  

1a.  for Emily done!
1b.  for Kim done!
1c.  for Amanda done!

I want to show you these finished baby carriers, but I don’t want to inundate you with three posts full of mei tais in a row, so I will likely show you these finishes once a week for the next few weeks (also: auto correct really wants to change the word “mei” to “men”).

2.  Be Free Bees May quilt for Bernie.  Some progress.  I was off to a really great and early start with this quilt, but then I sort of stagnated.  After I had designed my addition and picked out fabrics, Bernie sort of fell off the digital grid.  She was no longer posting in our Flickr group, she hadn’t sent along the quilt she was supposed to send out for May and we hadn’t heard if she had received the one that was sent to her.  She just sort of disappeared from the interwebs with quilts from two members of our free form robin group.  As a result, I guess I didn’t want to put time in to a project for someone who was no longer playing.  Bernie has since resurfaced, and I’m working hard to finish this up.  I will probably be a few days late in mailing since the deadline is tomorrow!
(I really need a new ironing board cover.)

3.  Tote bags.  No progress.  Not an immediate priority.
4.  Gathered clutches.  No progress.  Though, I now have specific order for 4 gathered clutches, so those are on The List.

5.  Design and order woven labels.  No progress.  No idea why I haven’t made this happen yet.

6.  Skill Builder Sampler blocks.  Some progress.  

6a.  Apple core block.  Done!  But I didn’t take a picture of it.
6b.  Equilateral triangle block.  Some progress.  All the triangles are cut out, I just have to put them together.
6c.  Cactus flower block.  No progress.
6d.  Hexagon flower block.  No progress.

I finished one, but there’s a new one posted on Leila’s blog: the mini lone star.  Add that to the list!  This is a 36 block sampler, and the mini lone star is #33.  I can’t believe we’re almost finished!  Cross one off, add another to the list!

7.  Double staircase rainbow quilt for A Girl in Paradise guest post.  No progress.  I still need to do the binding.  The tutorial for the block posted on A Girl in Paradise Monday and I added some additional pictures of the finished quilt.  I love it!!  I want to make it before we leave and then I might be able to do the hand-stitching in the car if my potential carsickness stays away.

8.  Charm square blog hop project.  No progress.

9.  Road Trip Quilt Along.  Some progress.  

9a. Virginia (June 1st).  Some progress.  All the pieces are cut out.  Tutorial is supposed to go up Friday, so I hope to make this block tomorrow.
9b. Maryland (June 8th)
9c. Pennsylvania (June 15th)

 

So, here’s The List as it stands now: 

1.  Be Free Bees May quilt for Bernie.
2.  Tote bags.  On hold until August.
3.  Gathered clutches.  Four orders + additional
4.  Design and order woven labels.
5.  Skill Builder Sampler blocks

5a.  Equilateral triangle block
5b.  Cactus flower block
5c.  Hexagon flower block
5d.  Mini lone star block

6.  Binding for double staircase rainbow quilt.
7.  Charm square blog hop project.  June 6th deadline.
8.  Road Trip Quilt Along

8a. Virginia (June 1st)
8b. Maryland (June 8th)
8c. Pennsylvania (June 15th)

WIP Wednesday: One quilt focus

Usually, when I show you my works in progress, I post the list from last week so I can tell you about what I’ve been working on this week.  I’m not going to bother.  This week, I worked on one quilt only.  It’s my Double Staircase baby quilt for the guest post I’m doing Monday for Building Blocks with Friends on A Girl in Paradise.

Anyway, I am so, so excited about the tutorial I’m doing and the quilt that will be finished to go along with it!  The top is all put together, I pieced the back (I think I like it as much as the front!), it’s basted (note to self: must stop basting with straight pins.  Somebody save me!!) and I am right now in the process of quilting it.  See, it’s still in my machine when I took these photos!

The other project I worked on was also for something I’m doing with another blogger (many others, actually!).  Beth at Plum and June is hosting a Let’s Get Acquainted Blog Hop this summer that started this week!

The hop started this week and features new bloggers who started their blogs in 2011 or 2012.  My date on the hop is June 7th, but this week you can check out Kelsey and Erin, who each posted project yesterday, as well as Nik and Alyssa, who will be featured tomorrow.

Beth suggested we use novelty prints in our projects for the hops, so I pulled some fabrics with birds and owls.

I’ve got some charm squares cut for my project and tutorial.  It should be fun.

Here’s the “To Do” list:

1.  Three mei tais.

1a.  for Emily
1b.  for Kim
1c.  for Amanda

2.  Be Free Bees May quilt for Bernie.
3.  Tote bags
4.  Gathered clutches
5.  Design and order woven labels.
6.  Skill Builder Sampler blocks

6a.  Apple core block
6b.  Equilateral triangle block
6c.  Cactus flower block
6d.  Hexagon flower block

7.  Double staircase rainbow quilt for A Girl in Paradise guest post.
8.  Charm square blog hop project
9.  Road Trip Quilt Along

9a. Virginia (June 1st)
9b. Maryland (June 8th)
9c. Pennsylvania (June 15th)

 

WIP Wednesday: short sewing week

My cousin stayed with us this week.  She flew in Thursday and Thursday night she hung out with me while we watched New Girl, drank tea, and sewed together some pieces for the little quilt I’m working on.

Friday and Saturday we were camping (wonderful!) and Sunday was recovering from our triathlon the day before, more New Girl and hanging with the cousin, but without the sewing this time.  This means that I only had half of my usual possible sewing days this week.  Still, I managed to get a few things done here and there.

1.  Three mei tais.  No progress.  

1a.  for Emily
1b.  for Kim
1c.  for Amanda

2.  Be Free Bees May quilt for Bernie.  No progress.  And, Bernie, it seems, has disappeared.  I’m actually a little bit concerned for her, even though I’ve never met her in real life.  We have a mailing deadline of the last day of the month, and Bernie didn’t send on her quilt at the end of April.  We haven’t seen her in our Flickr group since the middle of April, and she now has two of our group member’s projects in her possession: the one that was mailed to her (confirmed delivered May 3) and the one she should have mailed on.  I’m a little bit at a loss about what to do about this, since I’m technically the “group leader.”  I’ve tried looking up her phone number to no avail.  Any suggestions?

3.  Tote bags.  No progress.

4.  Gathered clutches.  Progress!  I told my friend Lorae ages and ages ago that I would make her a clutch.  I finished it this week, as well as another one for her mother.  Several others are cut out.  Yay.  

5.  Design and order woven labels.  No progress.  This should be an easy task.  I just need to DO IT already.  This week.

6.  Skill Builder Sampler blocks.  No progress.  But I’m adding another one.

6a.  Apple core block
6b.  Equilateral triangle block
6c.  Cactus flower block

7.  Double staircase rainbow quilt for A Girl in Paradise guest post.  Progress.  The rows for all nine blocks are complete and the borders are sewn together.

Back burner:
*Warm colors dresden plate: what to do with this?
*Rainbow/color wheel dresden wall hanging.

So, some progress, but no finishes.  The list remains the same.

1.  Three mei tais.

1a.  for Emily
1b.  for Kim
1c.  for Amanda

2.  Be Free Bees May quilt for Bernie.
3.  Tote bags
4.  Gathered clutches
5.  Design and order woven labels.
6.  Skill Builder Sampler blocks

6a.  Apple core block
6b.  Equilateral triangle block
6c.  Cactus flower block
6d.  Hexagon flower block

7.  Double staircase rainbow quilt for A Girl in Paradise guest post.

Back burner:
*Warm colors dresden plate: what to do with this?
*Rainbow/color wheel dresden wall hanging.

Works in Progress Wednesday

Time for an update on what we’ve done around here this week!  For more inspiration, head on over to Freshly Pieced to see what others have been working on.

Here’s the “to do” list from last week:

1.  Three mei tais.  No progress.  After finishing two mei tais last week, I put them aside for this past week.

2.  Be Free Bees May quilt for Bernie.  Some progress.  Actually, a lot of progress.  No actually sewing progress, but I’ve decided what I’m going to do, created a paper piecing template and pulled fabrics.  I hope to post about that process in the next day or two.
3.  Tote bags.  No progress.  I think I have a mental hurdle to get around in terms of producing things to sell.  Must do some self-analysis and figure this out.

4.  Gathered clutches.  Minimal progress.  I’m happy I made something happen here, but it’s hardly worth posting about.  I completed wrist straps for three clutches and added a pocket to the interior lining piece of two.
5.  Double staircase block in yellow-orange-green.  DONE!  

This finish actually surprises me as this block wasn’t really in the forefront of my mind.  However, Ann of A Girl in Paradise posted on Twitter that she was looking for people to share a quilt block tutorial for a series she’s doing on her blog called Building Blocks with Friends.  Since Double Staircase is an original, designed-by-me block and I have not yet published a tutorial, it was perfect for this series.  I believe my date to guest on her blog is Monday, May 28th.

But now I’ve added an item to The List because I want to finish a baby quilt made of this block using some of the color wheel charm squares before I send the tutorial to Ann.  It’s perfect, actually.  This is just the inspiration I need to put together my idea of combining Double Staircase with the rainbow charms.  In fact, I already mentioned that I wanted to do that.  Go look.  It’s right there in the 4th paragraph!
6.  Design and order woven labels.  No progress.

7.  Warm colors dresden plate: what to do with this?  No progress.
8.  Rainbow/color wheel dresden wall hanging.  No progress.

In fact, I’m officially moving those two dresden plates off The List to the back burner until something inspires me to create something with them.

9.  Skill Builder Sampler blocks

9a.  Apple core block
9b.  Equilateral triangle block

10.   Kim’s May blocks for Bee a {modern} swapper.  DONE!  I think I finished them the day after I posted The List last week and then put them in the mail.  Kim already has them.  I can’t wait to see the quilt she makes with her bee blocks!
11.  Bookcase block for Manda.  DONE!  So cute.  I really enjoyed making this block, and I’m tempted to do one more.
 And hey!  Here’s something that never happens: I added an item to the “to do” list and crossed it off within the week, so you never saw it here.  Imagine that!  Less than a week to conceptualize a project, create it, and finish it!  Wow!  I decided to make a couple last minute Mother’s Day gifts for my mom and mother-in-law.  I’ll tell you more after they’ve received them.

 Here’s what I’ve got on The List now:

1.  Three mei tais.

1a.  for Emily
1b.  for Kim
1c.  for Amanda

2.  Be Free Bees May quilt for Bernie.
3.  Tote bags
4.  Gathered clutches
5.  Design and order woven labels.
6.  Skill Builder Sampler blocks

6a.  Apple core block
6b.  Equilateral triangle block
6c.  Cactus flower block

7.  Double staircase rainbow baby quilt

Back burner:
*Warm colors dresden plate: what to do with this?
*Rainbow/color wheel dresden wall hanging.

Looks like my list got a lot shorter than it actually did, since I took those two items off that were not finishes, but rather just not priorities right now.

Works in Progress Wednesday: Wow! The list got shorter!

I actually achieved some finishes this week and I haven’t added anything new to the list.  You know what that means: the “to do” list actually got shorter this week.  Wow!

Here’s the “to do” list from last week:

1.  Five mei tais.  GREAT progress.  I finished TWO mei tais this week.  I already told you about the one with the Tina Givens Opal Owl print.  I also finished up a giraffe print one for my friend Hilary.  It has a totally adorable giraffe appliqué (giraffeliqué!  Ha!) on the sleeping hood.  I’ll show you the whole thing in the next couple days.
 2.  Mail Thea’s Be Free Bees quilt.  DONE!  And I forgot that I AM adding one thing to the “to do” list.  I received the Be Free Bees quilt that I will be working on for May.  I’ve already started planning.

3.  Curtain tie backs.  DONE.  Like I mentioned, it was a fairly straight forward project, I just had to make it a priority.  I ended up making a tutorial for the tie backs, so maybe someone else will get some use out of that little project.
 4.  Tote bags.  No progress.  These bags just can’t seem to make it to the top of the list!!

5.  Gathered clutches.  Minimal progress.  I’ve got all the pieces cut out for three of them.  I hope to have a few finished to show you next week!  We’ll see how it plays out, I do have mei tais to work on, and they take up considerable time.

6.  Double staircase block in yellow-orange-green.  I’d love to do another tutorial.  No progress.  

7.  Start the process of ordering woven labels for my products.  Progress-ish.  I’ve been playing around with the label design in Photoshop, and I’m pretty sure I know where I will order them from.

8.  Warm colors dresden plate.  No progress.  I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do with this little guy.  Make a wall hanging?  Put it on a bag?  Center piece of a baby quilt?  What do you think?

9.  Rainbow/color wheel dresden wall hanging.  No progress.  No surprise.  This is a project specifically for me and I tend to not put things directly for me (it’s all for me, in a way, since I love the process) on the back burner, unless something motivates me to finish them.  (like the winter table runner and the Festival of Half Square Triangles.)

10.  I realized that I was several weeks behind on the Skill Builder Sampler blocks.  I have three to complete in order to catch up again.

10a.  tumbler block: DONE.
10b. apple core block
10c. equilateral triangles block

11.  Kim‘s May blocks for the Bee a {modern} swapper group.  Some progress.  Actually, quite a bit of progress.  I only have to do 2, but Kim is using them to make quilts for Soldier’s Angels, and since it for such a good cause, I figured I send her a couple extras.  Plus, they’re quite fun to make!  Three are finished, and one more is in the works.

 12.  Book case block for Manda.  No progress.  I have the design, which I showed you last week, but I needed Kona white to really do anything with it.  That’s here now, so perhaps I’ll find some time to work on this later this week.

That leaves the “To Do” list looking like this:

1.  Three mei tais.
2.  Be Free Bees May quilt for Bernie.
3.  Tote bags
4.  Gathered clutches
5.  Double staircase block in yellow-orange-green.
6.  Design and order woven labels.
7.  Warm colors dresden plate: what to do with this?
8.  Rainbow/color wheel dresden wall hanging.
9.  Skill Builder Sampler blocks

9a.  Apple core block
9b.  Equilateral triangle block

10.   Kim’s May blocks for Bee a {modern} swapper
11.  Bookcase block for Manda.

Hmm, I guess my list is really only one item shorter than last week, but it feels like I accomplished a lot because of those two mei tai finishes, plus all the progress on Kim’s blocks.  Those finishes just didn’t result in anything being actually crossed off the list (perhaps I should make each mei tai a separate item!).

WiP Wednesday: progress here and there

I’ve only been regularly linking at Works in Progress Wednesday for a few weeks at Freshly Pieced, and I’m not sure yet whether I love it or hate it.

On the one hand, it’s great to have a specific day each week to look at what I’ve accomplished in my sewing world that week.  On the other hand, it also means that I must look at what I didn’t accomplish.  Eep!  That second list is WAY longer.  Ha!

Here’s what was on my sewing “to do” list last week:

1.  Five mei tais.  Some progress.  I am *thisclose* to finishing the first one; I just need to run the waist band through my sewing machine (six times).  I cut out the appliqué I’m doing on the hood of the second one.  The others are waiting in the wings for the next step.

2.  Be Free Bees April quilt.  DONE!  I suppose “mail it” remains on the “to do” list.
3.  Curtain tie backs.  No progress.  Nothing new to report.  I simply haven’t moved this to the top of the list.

4.  Winter HST table runner.  DONE!  I am so thrilled to have this table runner finished {uh, just in time for summer??  No matter, I’ll look forward to using it when winter comes ’round again}.  I didn’t win any prized in the Festival of Half Square Triangles, but finally finishing this project (for me) is prize enough.
5.  Tote bags.  I would love to get the top borders on these and the inside linings cut out.  No progress.  Fail.

6.  Gathered clutches.  Perhaps this is the week I will get some sewing done for the hypothetical/potential/future business??  Minimal progress.  And we’re talking *very* minimal, as in, I pulled out some fabric combinations to make several gathered clutches, but didn’t actually cut or sew anything on them.

7.  Double staircase block in yellow-orange-green.  I’d love to do another tutorial.  No progress.

8.  Order business cards.  DONE!  I hope they arrive soon so I can show you.  I’m so excited to cross this off my list.

9.  Start the process of ordering woven labels for my products.  No progress.

10.  Warm colors 3.5-inch dresden wedges.  Some progress.  The dresden wedges are constructed and the plate is sewn together.  I didn’t make the seam allowances wide enough at the bottom, so I ended up adding a couple extra wedges.
11.  Rainbow/color wheel dresden wall hanging.  Some progress.  I doubt I’ll get much further on this one or the other dresden because the easy part is done and up until now, it just involved sticking the pieces through my machine at end of sewing something else.  The next step for both of these has to me a more deliberate effort for the specific dresden project.

 

Okay, so after crossing just a couple things off my “to do” list, here’s what it currently looks like:

1.  Five mei tais.
2.  Mail Thea’s Be Free Bees quilt.
3.  Curtain tie backs.
4.  Tote bags.
5.  Gathered clutches.
6.  Double staircase block in yellow-orange-green.  I’d love to do another tutorial.
7.  Start the process of ordering woven labels for my products.
8.  Warm colors 3.5-inch dresden wedges.
9.  I also mentioned that I pulled some of the charms from the rainbow charm swap for a dresden plate to hang in my sewing room.  They are cut out and I began constructing them.

As per usual, crossing a couple items off my list does not mean the list got shorter.  Ha!  That would make too much sense!

10.  I realized that I was several weeks behind on the Skill Builder Sampler blocks.  I have three to complete in order to catch up again.

10a.  tumbler block
10b. apple core block
10c. equilateral triangles block

11.  Kim‘s May blocks for the Bee a {modern} swapper group.  She wants large (18 inch finished, rather than the standard 12 inch) wonky star blocks in a patriotic color scheme.  I’ve pulled fabric for this project, but I really need some white (it’s ordered and on the way).
12.  Book case block for Manda.  I agreed to make one of her book case blocks in exchange for her making one of my tree blocks in the same Flickr group as above.  I’ve started planning, but haven’t gotten further than that.  Need white for this one, too.

WIP Wednesday: more computer, less sewing computer

Goodness!  Wednesday already.  Time for a works in progress link-up at Freshly Pieced.

This week I became completely obsessed with choosing a font for my tagline.  As a result, a good chunk of my “me time,” which would normally be spent sewing, was instead spent on dafont.com and fontsquirrel.com and various other sources looking at fonts.  Then there was the process of pulling them up in Photoshop and auditioning them with my logo.  Phew!  So, less sewing computer, more actual computer this week.

So, I’ll review my list from last week to see where I am …

1.  Five mei tais.  Some progress.
Okay.  So, one of these is nearly finished; I just need to add the waist strap.
 Three others are completely cut out and the straps are constructed.  This is big because the straps, while arguably the most important part of the carrier, are also the least fun to make.  They are tedious to construct and when they are finished, I still have to put the whole carrier together, so no instant gratification from those seams.

2.  Be Free Bees April quilt.  No progress.  Blah.  I really need to figure out what’s up with this project because it has a solid deadline of the end of the month.  If I don’t finish and mail it by then, I’m holding up the next round of the quilt.

3.  Curtain tie backs.  No progress.  Like I mentioned last week, this won’t be a particularly difficult project, I just have to make it a priority.  I should probably ask my friend if she has a specific deadline so I don’t keep putting it off.

4.  Winter half square triangle table runner.  Some progress.  When I learned of the Festival of Half Square Triangles at Canoe Ridge Creations, I thought it would be the perfect motivation to finally finish this table runner that I had planned to finish in January.  Well, some how I completely missed that the link up for the Festival Half Square Triangles started Monday.  Ack!!  I have three (3!) days to finish this if I want to link up.  Even if I don’t meet the deadline, though, I have made progress on this project and I’m happy about that.  The back is done and today and made my “quilt sandwich.”  All that’s left is quilting and binding.
5.  Tote bags.  I would love to get the top borders on these and the inside linings cut out.  No progress.

6.  Gathered clutches.  I must finish one.  I must!  I also want to cut out the pieces for a few more.  No progress.

7.  I pulled the fabric for one more of the “double staircase” blocks I did for the 4×5 Bee.  I’d love to do another tutorial.  No progress.

8.  While only peripherally related, I am almost finished designing my business cards for my blog/not-yet-in-existence-business.  I need to finish that up and get them ordered.  Design = DONE.  Must order them.

9.  In a similar vein, I would like to start the process of ordering woven labels for my products.  No progress.  

So, there’s been a little progress this week, but no finishes.  The works in progress/to do list remains nearly the same as last week.

1.  Five mei tais.
2.  Be Free Bees April quilt.
3.  Curtain tie backs.
4.  Winter HST table runner.
5.  Tote bags.  I would love to get the top borders on these and the inside linings cut out.
6.  Gathered clutches.  Perhaps this is the week I will get some sewing done for the hypothetical/potential/future business??
7.  Double staircase block in yellow-orange-green.  I’d love to do another tutorial.
8.  Order business cards.
9.  Start the process of ordering woven labels for my products.

But of course the list got longer.  At the end of a seam, rather than pulling my thread and clipping it, I try to just run another little something through the machine.  I waste less thread that way and begin making little patchwork things that way.  This week, I was sticking dresden wedges through at the end of seams.

10.  Warm colors 3.5-inch dresden wedges.
11.  I also mentioned that I pulled some of the charms from the rainbow charm swap for a dresden plate to hang in my sewing room.  They are cut out and I began constructing them.
(looking at that photo, my ironing board cover is really gross.  I will not be adding “ironing board cover” to my list, though.  Not yet, anyway.)

Happy mail

I cannot tell you how happy I was when I went to the post office yesterday and found this package in the mail.  I knew it instantly because *I* had addressed it way back in March when I packed up my 5 yards of neatly cut red-orange charm squares and sent them off to Utah with that self-addressed stamped envelope tucked in next to them.

I didn’t even make it home before I ripped open the package just to take a peek.  And, oh! They are beautiful, these 280 little 5-inch squares of fabric in every color of the rainbow and more!

I cannot imagine all the work that went into the sorting and stuffing of 280 charm squares multiplied by 56!!  I am eternally grateful to Kati of from the blue chair, who organized the 5 yard color wheel charm swap, assigned the colors to the participants and then took care of collecting and sorting 280 yards of fabric and putting 56 packages of rainbows back in the mail to their new happy owners.  WOW!

My head is already spinning with all the lovely things I could make with these treasures.  I think I would really like to make a whole quilt out of my double staircase block.  It would be awesome in rainbow colors.  I wonder if I should radiate from the center outward in the rainbow colors, or start in one corner and have the rainbow sweep across the quilt from corner to corner??

This is a project for some undermined time in the future.  But!  Since I cannot possibly wait that long to play with these pretties, I’ve already pulled 16 for a dresden plate wall hanging.  It’s about time I actually have some fabric art in my sewing room!