To-Do Tuesday #248 Weekly Update

Join us today for the 248th weekly To-Do Tuesday list and update. Linda hosts the To-Do Tuesday linky party and we thank you, Linda!

To-Do for the week of March 8th through 14th:

  1. Basketballs for Colt’s quilt √ Done
  2. Three sunflower blocks – √ Done
  3. Start Cottage/Home-Stars runner – √ Done
  4. No mas = stress-free

To Do #1

Yeah, baby! All of the basketballs are finished for Colt’s sports quilt. Not only did I finish those but I started on some baseballs to celebrate the MLB contract settlement this week. Not only does Spring bring daffodils and the beginning of trees budding out, but Opening Day as well. Having three Major League baseball teams nearby is pretty darn nifty. Back in the day, the Milwaukee Brewers were in the American League and went to the big dance in October. Those were some pretty darn exciting times for us as young adults. Wisconsin folks through a mean tailgate party . . . I’m just sayin’ from plenty of experience.

After drawing a rough outline to follow using a water-soluble pen, stitch #39 fit the bill for looking like a baseball stitch. A red 40-weight thread seems to be just enough to make the stitches pop. We now have one version of each of the five balls complete. Sue came up with the name Have A Ball for Colt’s quilt.

To-Do #2

One of the new projects we started was inspired by seeing a sunflower block on Mary’s website. Before starting, I reached out to Kristy Lea to ask her if it was okay to use her pattern to make a table runner to list it in our Etsy shop. All of the money is to be given to a vetted charity. My initial vision of making oodles and oodles of these has been toned down to living through making one. Since we started the week needing only 29 more wedge shapes for three sunflowers, are you wondering how many were made?!

Yeah. To say that I gave up on the PP version is partially true. I realized that we should use BLUE for the background, not green . . . so wedge one was discarded. Then we talked about an appliqué version but I really want the petals to be different. I took one set of the paper piecing papers and used them as a template for raw-edge appliqué. After painstakingly placing half of a flower carefully on the new blue background, I’m questioning my sanity. We’ll see how this project progresses from here. With the promise of a WHOLE week of nice weather (50s – 60s and sunshine), walking outside and enjoying the littles sounds like a big diversion.

To-Do #3

Last Saturday, we shared information about our 5th blogiversary which we celebrated on February 12th without any fanfare. There is still time to win one of the five quilting-inspired gifts we are giving away that matches the wood theme. All you need to do is leave a comment on that post! I also shared another new project that found its way into our sewing room, called Cottage/Home-Stars. It was initially going to be a sew-along but that idea was set aside. Instead, we’re making a table runner for Sue’s sister, Janice. (I know – she’s a table runner collector!)

Here are the first two cottages/homes out of the thirteen that will make up her neighborhood. We’ll be adding the friendship star above these homes as we thought that was rather fitting instead of a wonky star.

To-Do for the week of March 15th through 21st:

  1. Make more cottages/homes
  2. Work on a few more Have A Ball pieces
  3. Two is just enough to keep it stress-free!

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12 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    Love the Have A Ball name!!! He will be tickled Pink with his quilt. Good luck on your sunflower!

  2. The baseball looks very real. I smiled at your one sunflower just might be enough to work through. The one you have looks great, would make a great cushion cover, I think you call them pillows. Love your idea for the cottages runner.

  3. Have a Ball is progressing so well.. not sure which ball is my favourite? Colt will love it. Nice house blocks and the Sunflower is a beauty.

  4. Love the new name for Colt’s quilt, Roseanne! And the baseballs look great! We are celebrating the start of baseball here, too.

  5. Have a Ball is looking great! And that cottage table runner is a real temptation! (You can be such an enabler sometimes!) 🙂

  6. Rochelle Summers says:

    And there you are…filling up your dance card with projects again!! No rules on how to make that sunflower….we all apply the techniques that work. I admire your pluck and the fact that you admit to be challenged by this technique. I can’t hand applique to save my life…even before arthritis stepped in. You and Sue make such a great couple. The name of Cole’s quilt is right on! And those houses will look so nice . Looking forward to see the finished tablerunner. Have a great week and enjoy the sunshines.

  7. Kathleen McCormick says:

    You did a great job on the baseball. I love that your machine had the perfect stitch. Good luck with the sunflower table runner….and. the houses look perfect. Colt will certainly Have a Ball with his new quilt…soon enough!

  8. You go girl!! Look at you finishing those basketballs and moving ahead with the baseballs! Sue did a fantastic job naming this quilt. I think it’s perfect!! The sunflowers are pretty, but I think that outside diversion with the littles sounds awesome!! I love the cottage home table runner idea! And, who doesn’t like to collect table runners??! Looking forward to seeing the finish. Have a great and stress-free week!

  9. Wendy Tuma says:

    You have such fun projects in the works! I do love those baseball stitches. Like Vicki, I’m waiting to see your sunflower block, too! Your little houses are cute, too!

  10. Vicki in MN says:

    Anxiously awaiting to see the new sunflower block:) What a perfect stitch for the baseballs. You are moving right along with that quilt. Love the name!

  11. Mary says:

    Sorry the PP Sunflowers have given you so much grief. I think your plan B with applique is a great idea (for you!!!). Speaking of applique, your sports balls are looking great and I especially like the baseball since I’m an MLB fan. And your cottages are super cute!

  12. Linda says:

    The baseball stitching looks great, and I love Sue’s name – Have A Ball is perfect! Those little cottage houses are adorable. Good luck with the sunflower piecing. I do like the blue background.
    Thank you for linking up with To Do Tuesday! 🙂

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