To-Do Tuesday #18 & Monday Musing

Two of our friends host a weekly linky party. Brenda at Songbird Designs has a Monday linky party called Monday Musings. Our friend Carol at Quilt Schmidt hosts To-Do Tuesday with a linky party as well. We will share our weekly updates on both of their websites.

Yikes! Mondays roll around quickly these days. A three-day weekend is nice but I almost forgot to write a post for the linky parties. I’m out of the habit but trying to get back into the routine that I’ve missed! Happy Labor Day to our USA friends!

To-Do for last week:

  1. Photograph and list some items in our Etsy shop
  2. Make a game plan for going forward
  3. Two limit list for a stress-free week

To-Do #1

Last week, I shared that Sue and I went through our pile of finishes (!!) and made a separate pile of things to list.

I managed to get 10 items listed last week Saturday but those were the smaller, easier items. Now I had to start digging through these items for some baby quilts or other smallish completions. How to stage them is always an issue for me! These are two that I had forgotten about. The first one was a pattern test and I am over the moon happy with how it turned out. The second quilt was our first quilt-along. I’m still amazed at how many friends joined in and our blog was only a few months old. Maybe it’s time for me to host another QAL – no-stress, of course.

  • Up From Here quilt finished

I did it, I did it, oh yes indeed, I did it. There are a whole 16 items listed now. Barely a dent, but it’s a start. My friend, Karla, reached out and recommended eRank. It’s a free website that gives tips on how to improve your Etsy rank on searches. Some of my listings are rated at a “D”. Yikes! Okay, it’s a learning process and I am slowly going back to correct some of their suggestions.

To-Do #2

On “The Master List” have been four of these Halloween panels. They were quite a labor-intensive process that Sue thoroughly enjoyed. First, the design had to be traced on the fabric . . . which required a new fancy lightbox. Then, all the embroidery stitching was done by hand with fancy threads, too. After that, heavy coloring was completed with crayons only to use a process to melt it in place. The final process was to finish it into a fairly large wall hanging or quilt. We stopped prior to that last step. Who wants a quilt of Halloween witches? Who wants a big ‘ole wall hanging of witches and where would it hang? We don’t even LIKE Halloween . . .

So, it went into the “think about it pile” for a while. Amazingly enough, we did think about it! Four table runners seemed to be the best option. They could be listed in our Etsy shop if we ever got them quilted. But first . . . we need an appropriate backing for them. So you can see a hint of the backing fabric as well as a much better photograph of two of the panels on the longarm. I managed to sew a binding on all four pieces but I’m still hand sewing them down.

We even used a nifty panto called Pumpkin Patch for quilting them but more on that later. I suspect some of these are not destined for our Etsy shop . . . Bye for now!

What To-Do Next Week?

  1. Finish two penguin toppers, or a Dr. Seuss quilt top, or a journal cover?
  2. Sew the binding on two snowman toppers?
  3. Maybe nothing – no stress!

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9 Responses

  1. Great to see you had fun with your list from last week! I love that cross and star quilt. Great project for a quilt along! I’m with you – not a fan of the happenings of halloween, but I do enjoy making quilts with the colors of halloween! If I make them they are funny…not spooky! LOL Glad you got things listed in the Etsy shop. I think those four table runners would probably sell pretty quickly on there. Thanks for sharing with us on Monday Musings!

  2. Chrisknits says:

    All such wonderful finishes and projects you’ve got going. And those littles are getting too big! Yippee for another one to add to your fun.

  3. Cheree Hull says:

    That’s a lot of things to get listed! I do love Halloween but mostly for the pumpkins, black cats and bats–and of course just because it’s in the fall. I am NOT a fan of witches or skeletons or any other truly creepy thing. I guess I just like a pretty Halloween! LOL. (ok, bats aren’t pretty but I’ve always loved them–that makes me really weird but they’re cool animals!). Keep up the great work!

  4. Kathlen McCormick says:

    Its so nice to see you back. Love the table runner idea! I just finished my sale and am thinking about Etsy…or Square allows me to have a site that I could have people link to, will figure that out in the fullness of time. The embroidered halloween panels will make perfect tablerunners! Look forward to seeing them.

  5. Staging quilts for photographs is always challenging, I think! Good for you and Sue for working on that Etsy shop, and good luck on the sales!

  6. Judy says:

    So fun to find you here again! I’ve been in a bit of a slump, so my reading and commenting on posts has been sporadic ! I’ve had fun catching up! I had a friend doing those Halloween Witch stitches. They are a LOT of work! Table runners will be a fun finish “,

  7. Vicki in MN says:

    You had a busy week, and good for you getting things listed:) Hope you have a another successful week. I bet those halloween panels sell, people really like decorating for it.

  8. Rochelle Summers says:

    So good to see your progress. I love the black crosses and the stars quilt. The quilting is great and the colors sparkle. I did wonder what happened to those panels that Sue had been working on. It’s nice to see they are being completed. And if they don’t go on Etsy, it means someone loved them enough to be gifted with them! So even though you had just two items listed for this week, it sounds like there was a lot of behind-the scenes work involved. Good idea to keep that list short!! Take care, my friend.

  9. Mary says:

    I love those embroidered Halloween panels, and I’d love to buy one of the runners. I look forward to seeing them finished. And yes, I’m a fan of Halloween!

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