Weekly Planning

Last week I hosted To-Do Tuesday for Christine at Stitch All the Things. This was good for me as it gave me a reason to organize my thoughts and make a plan for what I would accomplish that week. List making tends to keep me on task and it worked well last week. I didn’t put very much on the list because my first priority was to finish up the vintage quilt for my guest bed. That took a bit of time but I did finish it. I also finished item two, cut out the second Washi dress I wanted to make and number three, select a book for the Fall Book Share (which I am loving and will tell you about soon). Done and done!

This week, I have ambitious plans.

  1. Finish painting the deck railings for the upper deck of our house. The caps on the railings are forever exposed to cold winters and very warm summers. The wood is constantly contracting and expanding so the paint doesn’t hold well.  I am currently scraping, priming and painting them. Just the caps though. Not each picket because that would take about 907 years and I don’t have the patience. This is an early morning job though because it gets really warm out there after about 10:00 am.
  2. Continue working on my Mighty Lucky Quilting Club challenge for July. This month the challenge was developed by Cheryl Arkinson who is a very talented quilter. I am enjoying this month’s challenge. To be honest, I have been really disappointed with most of the previous month’s challenges. But this one is fun. She talks about creating with only one fabric, using a directional print or large focus fabric. Here is where I am so far.IMG_6836If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a post about this. I love where it is headed. Putting all of these blocks together creates an effect that is almost dizzying. Remember the vintage pink striped pillow cases from two weeks ago? This is the same fabric and I will make a throw pillow with this. A modern project to put on my vintage bed. I think it will finish at 21″ square – I can’t remember for sure. My quandry is the same as usual, how do I quilt this? I am at a loss. I want to retain the effect of the stripes, but how? I would really appreciate ideas on this one.
  3. Finish and take photos of the second Washi dress – I’m almost there.
  4. Prep a project for hand stitching. We are going to spend a few days on the coast soon and I want to have something to bring along. I started last night. Remember the Row By Row project I bought in Maine? The two outer blocks are traditional log cabin and I have those about half way there. The center block is a wool applique and I want to work on it during our trip. All that I need to do is finish cutting the shapes and fusing them in place.
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5. Finally, if there is time, and there might not be, I picked the fabrics for the quilt I am going to make for my nephew’s wedding gift. I didn’t have all of the solids that I need so I took advantage of a sale over at Green Fairy Quilts, Judi Madsen’s online shop, and ordered some Kona solids. But I definitely have enough here to start cutting. It is all set up on the dining room table so I can do a bit of cutting here and there. I am pretty excited about this project. This is the first one that I designed myself, using the Quiltography app. (If you are unfamiliar, see this post.)IMG_6839

That is more than enough for this week. Wish me luck and then tell me what is on your list. Also, if you have a second, take another look at my dizzy stripes and tell me how you would quilt it.

Linking to Let’s Bee Social and To-do Tuesday – find the links at the top of the page, under Link Ups.

18 thoughts on “Weekly Planning

  1. Wendy

    I have no idea on the quilting for your stripes, but I really like where you’re going with the quilt. What fun! I’ve not heard of the Mighty Lucky, but I may have to sign up next year. Looks like a good way to learn some new techniques. Can’t wait to see what you’re up to with the wedding quilt!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thanks Wendy. I am also debating cutting some small-ish squares and making a border by changing the direction of the stripe with each square. I need to cut a few and see what that looks like. Have a nice day!!

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  2. Jan Ochterbeck

    Visiting from Sew Fresh Quilts… Good luck with your weekly goals. I really like your striped project, especially the part where you’ve matched the stripes into a spiral. Well done! Since this will be a pillow and it’s all straight lines, some curvy allover quilting like a small meander would be my choice.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Jan: Thanks for stopping by. I just keep staring at those stripes and wondering what to do with them!! I vacillate between curves or echoing the flow of the lines. Then, to make it worse, I wonder about hand quilting it with some perle cotton and using big stitches. It is crazy!!

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  3. Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

    I really like how the upper right hand quadrant ended up looking like a spiral. For the quilting of that quadrant, I would chose to follow the pink line and go in a square spiral following the line around the block. For the upper left and lower right, a quilting technique like Tish (http://www.tishnwonderland.com/) just used on her Rainbow Rose QAL would work great following the white lines in the upper left and pink lines in the lower right. Etc. Etc. I hope that helps?!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you, yes- this is really helpful. I will pop over to Tish’s page to check out her project. I appreciate it Yvonne!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thanks. I cut the prints last night so that is done. I am hoping the new solids come in the mail today. I don’t want to cut solids until I can see them all next to each other.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Definitely. There is always something to work on. I did a bit of cutting last night halfway watching tv at the same time. ?

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  4. Christine Slaughter

    I am in love with how that block is turning out. Those stripes lining up so perfectly… swoon!! I completely agree with Yvonne about quilting the block. I was going to say the same thing, but not as well. Since she explained what I was thinking better than I could have, I will just leave it there. Have a great week!!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      I am happy with it overall. The part that I am stuck on is one block looks like a spiral but on the other one, the lines don’t continue on. The squares echo each other but don’t connect. Therein lies the problem!?’

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  5. Kate Heads

    You are so busy Bernie. Your throw pillow is going to be stunning, no matter how you quilt it. I’m looking forward to seeing the new dress. 🙂

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you for your vote of confidence! I am going to try some hand quilting and see how it looks. Hope all is well Kate!

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  6. Jayne

    Your week is full!! I hope you can make some progress! I love seeing your Challenge piece, one fabric seems so impossible in my mind! But this shows me there are options and it can be done!

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      1. Bernie Post author

        I agree Rachel. So I am going to prep it and quilt it over the weekend. I am looking forward to this finish. 🙂

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Oh my gosh Jayne! After seeing what you have done with fabric, I wouldn’t think anything is impossible for you. I love your work. 🙂

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