To-Do Tuesday #249 Weekly Update

Join us today for the 249th 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 15th through 21st:

  1. Make more cottages/homes for table runner √ Done
  2. Balls for Have A Ball quilt√ Done
  3. Play outside instead of sewing = stress-free

Announcing the winners from our 5th blogiversary giveaway which closed on Sunday:

  • Wooden buttons (with a heart in the center!) – Diann
  • Needle holder – Linda
  • Pin holder with a wooden base – Rochelle
  • Seam roller with a wooden roller – Kathleen
  • Birch trees on a green background – one yard piece – Melva

To Do #1

We started the little squirrel project called Cottage/Home-Stars for Sue’s sister, Janice. I know – she’s a table runner collector and I thought we had made every one she ever wanted! Anyhoo . . . she built her own custom neighborhood of sorts, but selecting the Buggy Barn Basics charm pack fabrics she wanted for each home. We are following the Cottage Stars tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company and we’ll call our version Home-Stars since we’re making a few modifications.

Sue and I took control of the background fabric which is a Grunge-ish blue-grey unnamed fabric (there’s no name on the selvage). The original tutorial called for the houses to finish at 4″ x 5.5″ but we elected to add an extra .5″ above the door to have our Home-Star block finish at 4″ x 6″. Janice needs the runner to finish at 49″ x 17″ so we overestimated the number of homes to allow for shrinkage.

To-Do #2

The Have A Ball quilt for Colt has its model done for each of the five balls we are including. While it is difficult to see in the design wall photo, the basketball is on a white background with yellow dots and the golf ball has a light-gray with multi-colored dots. Gotta love those polka dots – at least I do, very much!

We have all of the footballs, basketballs, and baseballs complete with just 8 more to go between soccer and golf balls. I’m thinking I can power through all of them next weekend!


After dithering about for two weeks with the inspiration from this sunflower block, I finally got it all together. While a table runner reflecting three sunflower blocks would be fabulous, it was not meant to be. At least not one made by us. Spending many hours fiddling around with one single sunflower and giving myself a time-out to think about my actions, here is the result.

The sunflower has been made into a simple door hanging and it is now adorning our front door. A donation has been made to support the Ukraine people and Etsy has no listing for a snazzy table runner featuring sunflowers. Maybe next time!

To-Do for the week of March 22nd through 28th:

  1. Finish the last 8 ball blocks
  2. Whip up a few more houses
  3. Two is just enough to keep it stress-free!

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12 Responses

  1. Joyce says:

    The balls are amazingly realistic! Count the sunflower a win. On your front door is a warm show of support.

  2. Great project list this week Roseanne. Your Sunflower door decor is a perfect way to show your support for Ukraine.

  3. I love how you are just having 2 “To Do”s so that it remains stress free!
    The houses look great! So do the balls … the sunflower looks just fine! You’ve been busy!
    Happy Quilting! 🙂

  4. A wall hanging of the sunflower was a great idea and the donation for the Ukraine awesome. Love all those sport balls. I don’t worry too much about dots but I know lots of quilters really love them. Loving your little cottages, they look perfect. All the best for this week.

  5. Mary says:

    Your sunflower door hanging is just lovely! Sometimes a donation is the best choice to make!

  6. I love the homes for the table runner! And I love all the balls that are to be in Colt’s quilt! The “big 3” are my faves – football, baseball and basketball!! I can totally understand why you chose to make a door hanger and not a table runner. That sunflower block does look like it might be somewhat of a pain! LOL Have a great stress-free week working on your goals.

  7. Chrisknits says:

    Stress-free sounds lovely right about now! Enjoy your makes and life, its the balance that matters.

  8. Rochelle Summers says:

    I think you had a great week. The sunflower door hanging is lovely and since it is supposed to be “no stress” you made the right choice!! All those different balls for Colt’s quilt are coming along great. Only 8 left?! You have been very persistent. I’ve been looking at a tutorial Missy (from MSQ) has for a beach house wall hanging using charms. I’ll let you know if I do it. And thank you for the pin holder. I can use it! Have a great day.

  9. Kathleen McCormick says:

    You are doing great on Colt’s quilt. The dots must be just perfect. And, that house table runner came together so fast! I love the sunflower on the door, it is a great solution for a troublesome block! Oh, and thanks for that seam roller….now I will have one in Maine!

  10. Is that the elusive Sue on the floor? Do you have a lot of friends who think that just because you are a quilter that you can whip up anything for them or hem their pants or sew up tears in their shirts? 😀 Well those little houses are adorable, and so are the balls! Your sunflower turned out just beautiful.
    Thank you for linking up with To Do Tuesday!

  11. The houses are so fun, Roseanne! I don’t think you can ever have too many tablerunners, so I’m sure you’re not done making them for Janice. Good going on the ball quilt, too. It’s going to be cute!

  12. Wendy Tuma says:

    Your projects are all looking good. I’m sorry the sunflower was such a hassle, but the one you finished looks good! I’ve had a few of those patterns, too, in the past. The houses are looking great!

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