To-Do Tuesday Linky #34 & Weekly Progress Update
Join us for the 34th linky party post and the 154th edition of the weekly to-do list. Thanks to everyone who linked up with us last week. “Contentment is a list with half of it crossed off,” wrote Gladys Taber.
To-Do for the week of March 24th through 30th:
- T-shirts trimmed to size and interfacing cut – √ done
- Layout the hexies for a baby quilt – √ done
- Pick out fabrics for the Russian Sunflower block – √ done
Sue and I started working a bit on the t-shirt quilt for our great-niece, Sydney. She gave us a bunch of t-shirts from her gymnastics and swimming programs. As a winner of a number of medals in this final year of her high-school swim team, the season came to an abrupt stop thanks to COVID-19. It remains to be seen if there will be a prom or even a graduation ceremony. After noting each size, Sue diligently measured and cut apart the t-shirts. I offered to trim the interfacing (June Tailor) to the sizes she specified and then we took turns ironing it to the 40-odd t-shirt backs.
This is our fourth t-shirt quilt and we have actually learned a few things since the first one. First of all, we cut the interfacing one inch SMALLER than the t-shirt block size even though June recommends one inch larger. Save yourself the headache of ironing the interfacing to the ironing board cover, and the seams don’t stretch anyway. Additionally, we now use a spray bottle to wet the pressing cloth instead of trips to the sink. It’s much easier and neater with the spray bottle!
We are making a hexagon-shaped baby quilt for Sue’s boss. They are expecting the baby in June, right near Sue’s birthday and we do not know the gender. I have been slow to warm up to the hexagon craze but when they requested something using this shape we jumped right in. Since I was doing the sewing, I wanted to pick a pattern with no y-seams.
Here are the first three rows of the quilt. I apologize for the crappy photo but it seems it’s been raining or cloudy even day of our confinement. The hexagons are fairly good-sized at eight-inches before seam allowances. We have thirteen rows laid out for me to sew and then we’ll decide if we like the size before moving forward. I shared the link above to the free tutorial I used for this pattern.
It turns out I had the wrong name for this week’s block release from Melva and her sew-along called Pieces From the Past. The Flower Garden block was released last Thursday and it turns out we didn’t need to select fabric for it. We drew a block instead, that Melva shared in her post, that requires embroidery. Sue selected some DMC threads to match our fabric bundle.
With any luck, we’ll have this slow stitched for next week. Be sure you take a moment to read the wonderful piece of history in the letter Melva shares this week – who knew anything about sugar beets?!! I just thought they were regular beets and that our country ate a lot of them.
Thank you to Patty’s at Elm Street Quilts and her linky party. This project is complete – I’ve linked up to Patty’s party. Here are Baaaddi and Quackers, the fun, friendly, colorful placemats for our littles.
To-Do for the week of March 31st through April 6th:
Finally! An end to March – this has been a very long month.
- Slow stitch The Flower Garden block
- Layout the t-shirts for Sydney’s quilt
- Figure out an April OMG
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