To-Do Tuesday #36 & 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.

Walk Challenge Update:

My goal is 10,500 steps a day, and *20-30 minutes of yoga. How did I do last week?

  • 1/28 = 11,746*
  • 1/29 = 11,825*
  • 1/30 = 11,741*
  • 1/31 = 10,646*
  • 2/1 = 11,362*
  • 2/2 = 12,663*
  • 2/3 = 11,448*

Coming Up:

I am excited to announce that we will be a participant in the 2024 Villa Rosa Designs blog hop in March. Running from March 14 – 21, it’s called Fast & More Fun Blog Hop. VRD has all of its designs on a postcard and costs only $2. Such a deal! We’ll be making something special from the new designs being released just for the hop. Will we make a table runner, a 5″ charm square quilt, a 10″ square quilt (or 2.5″ strip quilt), a panel quilt, or a fat quarter quilt? Or multiple projects, maybe . . . more will be revealed.

To-Do for last week:

  1. Sew the HRT squares into a quilt top – dropping this off the list for now
  2. Continue with the appliqueing project for Andrea
  3. Two limit list for a stress-free week

To-Do #1

Only 2 days have had sunshine here in the SE corner of Wisconsin in January excluding yesterday. Expand the count to include December and the count didn’t improve much. Two out of 48 days. What the hail? Yesterday was one of those days, and we enjoyed the heck out of it. The HRT project is being relegated to the pause pile for now.

Instead, let’s talk about mushrooms as a change of topic. Did you know that “mushrooms” are trending? I do not see the charm in adding mushrooms to my decor. It’s a fungus, people. Fungus. That’s a brown pillow on the futon featuring mushrooms, in case you can’t see them. Now, Sue had this funky mushroom bank back in high school, circa the late 70s. We may still have it around somewhere, perhaps in a box in the garage. Why a mushroom with a mouse hiding underneath it was considered a good idea, I cannot say. But it was the 70s. Hippies, Woodstock, Nixon, Watergate . . . that may explain why it was in vogue. By the way, “retro” is also trending so the bank would fit right in!

To-Do #2

We rock if I do say so myself. Replicating a pattern that we made back in the 1990s without the actual pattern is one thing. But doing it when the block measurements do not match or equate to 5 7/8″ is another. We decided to standardize the block size to 6″ finished with skinny sashing that finishes at 1/2″. We also decided to throw caution to the wind and add a 1/2″ finished border all around and 2.5″ squares as the final touch.

The project might have gone south at that point. Alas, it did not! I sewed the 11 squares together for each side and attached them without issue. After that, I sewed 13 squares together. Again, no issues sewing the top and bottom to the center. Well, as I said . . . we rock (and I’m modest, too). Now it will be quilted the next time we fit it into Carol’s longarm schedule. All of this fabric came from our newly organized stash. The 2.5″ squares from my nifty tote which stores stacks of them. Woohoo! We’re happy with how it turned out and will be quilting it on Wednesday. Barring any unknown complications, that is.

What To-Do Next Week?

  1. Back to the applique project for Nicole – Halloween runner and a surprise
  2. Only one – no stress (and it allows for extra squirrels that may have invaded)

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10 Responses

  1. I like mushrooms, but as far as decorating…uhm no!! LOL I do love Sue’s bank though! Yep, those 70s were different times! Your sunbonnet quilt is awesome! Looking forward to seeing how you quilt it! Thanks for linking up with Monday Musings!!

  2. Cheree Hull says:

    Ah ha ha! I think mushrooms are cute but not decor-worthy. I’ll stick to putting them in my food. A little funny: I take dried mushrooms (from the Asian market) and powder them up–learned this from a chef for adding a little extra flavor to things. So I keep a jar of it in my pantry and have labeled it “Magical Mushroom Powder.” That’s always good for conversation!
    You’re totally shaming me on the Walk the Walk. Keep the shaming going though. It’s helpful! I’m back at it this week.

  3. I would-be much into using mushrooms for decorating either, but that little quilt for Andrea is adorable! So fun to have something for everyone in the family on it. She’s going to love that, Roseanne!

  4. It’s good to relegate something to later. Love that quilt top for Nicole, very creative. By the way I love the mouse under the mushroom, so cute!!

  5. Laura says:

    Retirement agrees with you! You sound chipper in this post…maybe it is the mushrooms! I like mushrooms myself. I admit that once upon a time I took closeup photos of several varieties and have had them on display ever since. I am actually in the process of going through my family photos to replace the mushroom ones. 🙂
    The Sue and Sam quilt is super cute! Keep on rockin’!

  6. Rochelle Summers says:

    I like your style. Sideline those Rectangles seems like the right call. And the Sue and Sam quilt looks so good. Congrats for sticking through the border process. We have been fortunate this year with sunshine and a much warmer winter. But yesterday, it was 12 inches of snow!! Now, about mushrooms. I have a cookie jar that has a mushroom top (broken off and in a drawer waiting for years to be glued back on). It was my sister’s and she gave it to me when my bear jar broke. We laugh at it when she visits. I’ve seen a lot of mushroom kiche for decorating and I just laugh. I’m looking forward to seeing what the Villa Rosa hop will bring. I met Pat a long time ago and I think she quilted a couple of my quilts. I hope you have a wonderful week and maybe tackle a squirrel. Hugs my friend.

  7. Kate says:

    Looking forward to seeing what you do for the Villa Rosa quilt along. The Sunbonnet Sue/Sam quilt is really sweet. So glad you got the pieced border to work out. Enjoy your low stress stitching this week.

  8. Vicki in MN says:

    Yes I just heard Mushrooms are trending! A blast from the past for sure, I made ceramic mushroom canisters for my first apartment in ’77. Good work on the little quilt:)

  9. Kathleen McCormick says:

    You and Sue do rock – the fabulous top is just one piece of evidence that it is true! That mushroom is a hoot and certainly looks like whoever painted it had a few before finishing it. What a riot. I remember my mother laughing about things coming back…and it all does. Good luck with your week!

  10. Wendy Tuma says:

    Quilt math! Ack! But you are making it work! I need to remember to chatter about the Villa Rosa Hop in my posts! Happy Monday!

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