To-Do Tuesday #226 Weekly Update

Join us today for the 226th weekly To-Do Tuesday list and update. Gladys Taber wrote, “Contentment is a list with half of it crossed off.” This week and going forward, we are joining Linda who is hosting the To-Do Tuesday linky party.

To-Do for last week September 14th – 20th:

  1. Make the five stars for ballerina quilt – √ Done
  2. Get the final border on – PLEASE!! – √ Done

To-Do #1

Five stars . . . a stack o’ stars. Woohoo! The picture doesn’t capture just how pretty the solid Bella yellow is but it’s like a stick of butter. Not too light, not too dark . . . just perfect. I smile every time I look at it – it truly does shine. One thing to check off the to-do list out of two items is a “good thing.”

To-Do #2

The final borders . . . are they finished or not?? What do you think?? I had to put my big girl panties on and buckle down. If our September OMG is ever to near completion, these borders need to be done. Our first attempt wasn’t too successful . . . and neither was the second attempt. The three-starred border was about an inch too short. Then we remeasured and it was too long. How is that possible?? The stars are exactly 10.5″ – I checked. The quilt top is 85″ long – we triple-checked. The equation is 10.5 + 27.75 + 10.5 + 27.75 + 10.5 – 2 (for the four seams) = 85. We walked away . . . to calm down . . there may have been some muttering.

Then, out of desperation, we tried the first piece again. Magically, it worked. The third time’s the charm! We cut another section the same size and it also work. Why?? Who cares . . . both sides are on as are the narrower top and bottom borders. While there’s still a week+ for quilting, that may not happen – it’s too warm! The falling temperature due later this week may help, though.

A little Extra – because I’ve been a slacker lately

Sew! Last week, we received this gorgeous FQ bundle from Bernie at Foot and Needle and the Positivity QAL. Remember these?!

Once I opened the package I wanted to start a new project. Immediately. At nearly the same time, Katy and Deanna launched this new quilt-along called Two By Four QAL. Hmm. It’s the stars all in alignment, again. This is a meant-to-be QAL that we just had to join in. Last Sunday, after the littles went home, instead of sewing we did MATH again. Is a 20 FQ bundle enough to make a 60″ x 80″ quilt? Not quite. 22 would be perfect, assuming equal light and dark values. Now this project is going on the list for next week, although it will be an ongoing sew-at-my-leisure project. In theory anyway, because I’m not all that great at having projects hanging around for a long time. Sue is giving me the side-eye. Oh, really?!! Then why are all those quilts awaiting quilting?? Well . . . that’s a tale for another day. Not today. HAHA!

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September OMG

For Patty’s Elm Street Quilts OMG linky party for September, we will attempt to finish Addison’s ballerina quilt. Getting it all complete by the end of the month sounds like just about the time she will need to snuggle underneath a warmer, big girl quilt. Who can tell if this will make the deadline or not?!!

To-Do for the week of September 21st through 27th:

  1. Join the Two By Four QAL (a wee bit late) – start cutting
  2. Dare I say, quilt Addison’s ballerina project for an OMG finish?!!
  3. More applique on some seasonal table toppers

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16 Responses

  1. Addison’s quilt is closer to a finish! Hurray! Roseanne I can feel your pain with those borders. I had the same thing happen last week on a pattern test I was doing. It took me 5 times measuring, sewing, ripping and then measuring again, only to do it all over again, and again and again. Needless to say the quilt still doesn’t have the borders (which I was adding just to make the quilt larger because I wanted it to be larger). See you on the next post to see if you are getting the QAL caught up and if you finished the toppers. I’m still playing catch up on posts after my lost week last week.

  2. Gail Sheppard says:

    The ballerina quilt is getting better with each post!!! I’m glad that the borders finally worked for you. And the yellow? It’s perfect!!!!!

  3. Vicki in MN says:

    Starting a new project is always fun! You could use it as a leader ender. The Ballerinas are shining!! You will feel such relief to deliver it to your special little;)

  4. Mary says:

    Quilting math is definitely not my favorite thing, especially if I’m tired or frustrated. I love your stars and am so glad you finally figured out the borders. That fabric bundle is indeed gorgeous, and I love forward to seeing your progress with the Two by Four QAL project.

  5. Sherrie says:

    All your projects are awesome…even the new one you want to start…love fabric.
    I always see new projects I want to start. That’s what my post is about today,
    way toooo many projects. Have a great day!

  6. chrisknits says:

    It’s amazing how that math works, and then magically things come together! It will be adorable and Addison will love it!! Good luck on your list.

  7. The ballerina quilt is looking great, Roseanne! I feel your pain with the measuring – I’ve had the exact same thing happen. So glad it all worked out in the end! Happy finishing!

  8. Rochelle Summers says:

    Love that ballerina quilt and the stories that go with it. Yeah, those borders always give us a wakeup call just when we think we are on the home stretch. So glad you got them to behave! And the quilting will be lovely, I’m sure. I put a quilt back on my bed last night. When i drove home from the gym this morning my car thermometer said it was 39!! I had a hard time leaving that nice warm bed to go to the gym! But heck, you are out of yours much earlier than i am! Hope the QAL goes well and you have lots of fun!!

  9. Linda says:

    Oh I’m so glad you tried that 3rd time! “Butter” sounds like the best description ever for fabric. 😉 That is a gorgeous bundle, and yes I agree, some QALs are just meant to be.
    Thanks for linking up to the (late but still made it) To Do Tuesday!

  10. Whew! Glad it worked the third time! I thought maybe that only happened here! It’s precious!
    I’m going to check out the QAL, but have no intention of joining in! wink 😉 Good luck on this week’s list!

  11. Nann says:

    I’ve used that quote by Gladys Taber for years. (I recently joined Friends of Gladys Taber. Visiting Stillmeadow is on my bucket list.) I’ll look up the Two by Four QAL.

  12. One of my majors was Math in College (double majored)…ummm…Quilt Math is a whole different beast. I think it could qualify as a legitimate “New Math”.
    Ballerina quilt is such fun! I always like it when yellow ‘works’ in a quilt. As you know, it can be uncooperative!!!

  13. Wendy Tuma says:

    Ah quilting math.- fun, isn’t it? Are you going to do the small version of Two and Four, or the larger? I’m over here, doing the happy dance jig, because I’m actually keeping pace with a QAL. Imagine that. But then, I haven’t finished it yet and who knows when it will get quilted. I can’t wait to see your finished ballerina quilt, and more twirling from Addison 🙂

  14. Have fun with your new project, Roseanne! So glad that third time was the charm with the borders. Isn’t it crazy how that can happen sometimes? Have a great week.

  15. Yup…I’ve been eying that Two by Four QAL. But I’ve already got a squirrel, or two, to finish. Ha, ha! 🙂

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