Weekly Recap & To Do Tuesday #122

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday Link Party which is the first of my parties.

I’m hoping you all had a Happy New Year, found time to be with family and are starting the year off happy, healthy and finding time to play with fabric.

My week went well and I managed to get away to the studio. I wasn’t able to get away as early as I would have liked so I did run in to some rain, sleet and snow, but it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. 😉

I stopped in at Divine Sew to pick up a quilt which is a quilty hug for D. I couldn’t very well quilt it in front of her so Kerstin was doing the work on this one for me. While I was there I got to see some of her latest work. She does beautiful quilts, and loves to do the embroidery and appliqué. The longarm side of her business is thriving. While I was there I got to see several of her recent finishes for her customers. Her custom quilting is exemplary.

Last goals:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting, EPP projects and leader/ender projects. Some progress 😁

2. When I get back to the studio next, make the time to quilt my version of A Roll of the Dice which is on the frame and get the commission quilt quilted. Just managed to get a quilt back on the frame. The furnace man had come to do a service on the furnace and had moved the longarm frame so it was out of level. I realized this will happen each time he comes because of the location of the furnace so my first two days at the studio were spent dismantling the frame, rearranging furniture and then setting up the frame and getting it levelled again. 😓

3. Finish my second Heading North quilt, designed by Sandra of MMM Quilts. No progress.

Just need to put on the borders once I make the blocks I need to modify Sandra’s pattern since I have a specific sized quilt with these colours required for Christmas. 😉

4. Finish my project for Shades of Blue being hosted by Carla of Creatin’ in the Sticks. Some progress but no sneak peeks available! 😉

5. Start on my project for I’m Kinda Sweet on You Blog Hop once I decide what to do. Decision made and sewing has begun! 😉

6. Keep working on my Dresden blocks and Double Wedding Ring quilt in between my other projects. I found the background fabric I was looking for so I’m making progress. 😉

7. Do not allow Sam or any of her squirrel friends to distract me any more this week. 🐿💕🐿

This week’s goals:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting, EPP projects and leader/ender projects.

2. When I get back to the studio make quilting my Roll of the Dice quilt the priority and get the binding put on.

3. Finish my second Heading North quilt, designed by Sandra of MMM Quilts.

4. Finish my project for Shades of Blue being hosted by Carla of Creatin’ in the Sticks.

5. Finish my project for I’m Kinda Sweet on You Blog Hop hosted by Joan from MooseStash Quilting.

6. Keep working on my Dresden blocks and Double Wedding Ring quilt in between my other projects. 😉

7. Do not allow Sam or any of her squirrel friends to distract me at all this week. 🐿💕🐿

Stitchin’ Time

Kate from Life in Pieces hosts a weekly linky party to help us keep to our goals of stitching every day.

I’m trying for at least 30 minutes a day this year, but also am allowing myself the guiltless days when real life was too busy, emotional or just trying. It’s been a year so far and it doesn’t seem as if life will allow me to get back to my peaceful days of fondling fabric, at least not quite yet.

  • January 31/31
  • February 28/28
  • March 26/31
  • April 6/30
  • May 13/31
  • June 25/30
  • July 28/31
  • August 24/31
  • September 17/30
  • October 11/31
  • November 13/30
  • December 26/31
  • this week 5/7
  • Previous Total 242/358
  • Total: 247/365
  • Percentage = 67.67 %

I am satisfied with the projects and quilting time I had this year. I can only hope 2023 will be better for us all 🤗

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report

I like to link with Donna @ QuiltPaintCreate to keep track of fabric in and out of my stash.

  • Fabric previous balance: -1.75 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 7 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: -8.75 Yards. I succeeded! 👊🏻

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards this year. I haven’t managed to actually figure out how much fabric I really have in my stash so it just seems reasonable to keep working from stash. I am doing a happy dance since I did manage to reduce my stash. I only bought fabric as I needed it for a project and the balance now fits in just one cupboard including my backing fabrics. My precuts and scrap saver system now fits in my three little drawer units. 😁

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

PHD in 2022

Quilting Gail is hosting her PHD in 2023 Challenge again this year.

No PHD for me this year, but 2023 will be better. 😉

I’m back on the road heading home tomorrow. I’ll write another post on my goings on at the studio once I’m home.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my post. Your comments make my day and I do reply to each one. 😉 Carol

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In closing I would like to send my thanks to all of you who have joined me this past year and wish you all a very Happy New Year filled with good health, lots of time with family and friends, much laughter and sew much time to be creative and prosperous. 🤗 Carol

Published by Carol Andrews

I have been fondling fabric and creating things with fabric and fiber for as long as I can remember. My children had homemade clothes, blankets, canning and quilts most of their lives. Now I create goodies to share! Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoy making them! When I am not creating with fiber or fabric I keep busy with Dear Heart, kids, grandkids, great grandkids.

20 thoughts on “Weekly Recap & To Do Tuesday #122

  1. You must get used to driving in icy conditions! That is a big frame to have to level. Do you actually have to put a level on it and crawl around? I like the little at what looks like an embroidery project. Enjoy your week, and thanks again for taking on To Do Tuesday!!

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    1. Hi Linda. The frame fits king size quilts so yes it is large. To take it apart I have to crawl under to undo the screws and balance it on my back. Then move everything, reverse the process and then get out the level. It’s a job since the little bald guy isn’t there to help, but why I needed to do it! Yes that is my first ever embroidery project (Woo Hoo another first in 2022; EPP, hand quilting and embroidery 😳). So far I’m having so much fun responding to comments in between travelling and now I’ll get to go see everyone else’s link up posts. 😉

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      1. Maybe we need to text you our comments then you can do the “talk to text” responses – lol!
        I like the format you used on your link page – having the TDT guidelines at the top of it is really nice!

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  2. Congrats on all the check marks on your to do list. You did well with the stitching time, managing to stitch more days than not. So that’s a win. I’m hoping 2023 is much better on all fronts for all of us.

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  3. You’ve had another good week of getting things done, despite having to travel to do some of it. Glad you were able to get some time on the longarm, although I’m sure the rearranging, etc was more than you anticipated.

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    1. Hi Wendy. I hadn’t realized how much of a job taking apart the frame, rearranging everything, and the setting the frame up and levelling it was going to be without my little bald buddy helping. It was fun to actually use it, but still have cleaning and organizing to do in the longarm room next trip. It was a great week though. 😉

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  4. You have a lot going on this year already! How far do you have to travel to the studio.? I’m also interested in your PHD templates. So neat and tidy! Thanks for hosting To-Do Tuesday. I like having a place to be accountable!

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    1. Hi Judy. Thank you for your lovely comment. My studio is 5 hours drive (on a good day) over mountain roads and across a ferry. I usually love the drive. The PHD template can be found on Quilting Gail’s website. I’ll write a blog post about it tomorrow with a link to her site to get it. I love her template. 😉


  5. Hi again! Wow! That’s a big job to dismantle, move and reassemble the longarm. Having had some experience with leveling the longarm, you have my sympathy. Geez. It was certainly time well spent, though. You surely don’t want to have to go through that whenever the furnace needs to be serviced. You did a great job working from your stash in 2022! Woohoo! Good luck with this week’s list. Do you sew the binding on with the longarm? Just curious. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Hi Roseanne. It was an especially big job since my little bald buddy isn’t there to help anymore, but it really does work so much better! I don’t do my binding on the longarm. I square up the quilt, use my dsm to sew it on the front and hand stitch to the back. 😁

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