Monday, August 23, 2021

Make-A-List Monday - Getting Back To Normal!


Hi, all!

It's Monday, and I'm actually starting to feel my sew-jo coming back!  I made progress on some things last week, and it feels so good - and I actually want to work on more stuff this week.  So let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Finish the borders on the third memory quilt.
Done!  I love these three quilts and how each is similar, but not exactly alike.  

2.  Make the backs for those three quilts.
Done!  I didn't get a separate picture, but the backs are that blue fabric on the left side of this picture.

I had some leftover pieces from the shirts that I sewed together into a 7" wide strip of pieces.  I cut that strip into three sections 2.5" wide, then sewed it between lengths of backing fabric.  I made one REALLY  long back that I will load onto the frame all at once, allowing me to quilt all three quilts one after the other without having to reload the frame every time.  I've done this before with kids'
 quilts - should be interesting to see if it works well with larger ones!

3.  Make the back for Lilli's annual quilt.
Done - although I don't have a picture yet.  

4.  Start working on the half-square triangles for Nathanael's annual quilt.
And here's where my sew-jo started coming back!  I went from a pile of sewn squares... a pretty bunch of trimmed HSTs... a whole quilt laid out on the design wall!  I had hoped to get it sewn together today, but didn't have time.  With luck, that will happen tomorrow!

5.  Have a baking day/Spanish lesson day with Lilli.
Done!  This girl is growing up so fast - and I love spending time with her!

And look what we made!  (Actually she made them while I drilled her on the Spanish words for all the ingredients...)  I just had one while writing this post and they are still yummy, but almost gone.  Maybe we should make some more tomorrow!

It was a very good week!  Now if I can just keep that sew-jo in place, despite a very different situation this week.  All three grandkids have their annual doctor visits this week, each one on a different day, and I'm babysitting with the two who aren't going to the doctor that day for a few hours in the morning.  So less time than usual on the sewing machine, but I have other things I can work on while I'm there.  So here's what I'm hoping to get done this week...

1.  Assemble Nathanael's annual quilt top.

2.  Figure out why Jolene is skipping stitches, and quilt the top on the frame.

3.  Do some very cautious frog-stitching (rip-it, rip-it) on a vintage top to allow for some repair work.  (It takes a lot longer when you have to be really careful....)

4.  Put out fall decorations on the front porch and around the house.

5.  Start piecing Emmy's annual quilt.

I don't know if I'll be able to get to all of this, but it's a good place to start!

And a funny story - when I took out the vintage top to work on at my daughter's house this morning, Emmy asked me if I was working on "another quilt".  I told her "always" and that actually I had about five quilts in progress right now - the memory quilts, the one on the frame, Nathanael's quilt, her quilt, and one for her dad (oops, that's actually seven, eight counting the vintage top!)  She looked at me and very seriously said, "Nana, maybe you should just work on one at a time!"  But I explained to her that because I had been going through a time when I didn't really feel like sewing, but needed to, that having several projects going at once meant that I could switch off when I lost the will to work on the current project.  She just looked at me and shook her head!  But Lilli, my granddaughter who always has several books going at once, totally understood.  It's all a matter of perspective!

So now I really want to know - - - what are YOU working on this week?




  1. I can only say "WOW". That's some sewjo!
    I have to ask, do you take a row down (off the design wall) and sew row at a time? Then sew the rows together?
    And cookies, do we bake them for the littles or ourselves? Hmmm. I think I'll have a cookie and think about it...

  2. Love the HST asymmetrical Starburst!!!! That gets my mojo going!!!! Love the memory quilts!

  3. Your progress is so impressive...and inspiring. I'm curious, though: what's the story behind the annual quilts? I have 9 grands & don't think I could make quilts for each of them annually!

  4. Oh, so good to see you with so many projects going on! I really like the quilt in Point 4 of the done section---it is radiant!!!!

  5. Awesome projects on the go, Sarah! I'm working on unpacking boxes in my new studio. No sewing happening here!


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