What I busy week!! I have a few Christmas things to do or nights that some of the kids were home and I didn’t get much extra time to get things done. Things moved along…but nothing got finished.
Wait. I did finish something…this…
Last week I finished a different pincushion. This week I finished this one. I did the stitching the week before and this week, I made it into the pillow. I stuffed it with sawdust again. I love using it. I don’t love the mess but the mess is worth it!
It’s a Primitive Gatherings pattern.
I worked a bit on Holy Toledo. I had high plans of moving the project to a completed center but alas. It didn’t happen. I did get a lot more of the block finished.
I’m taking that as progress. I knew I was going to be busy this week so I got up 20 minutes earlier four of the days and worked on sewing these units together.
By Saturday morning I had plenty to do about 25 blocks, plus more for extra blocks that aren’t quite so far along.
I spent time early Saturday morning sewing the completed segment to the rest of the block.
I also worked on the quilt I need for the New Year’s Eve wedding. I don’t have much done on it at all. My longarm was broken and Craig and I had a bugger of a time trying to get it fixed so I decided why work on that quilt if the longarm wasn’t fixed anyway…right??
I do have much of it cut out so that’s a start…right? I also have some strips sewn but not too much. I am hoping over naptime this week I can get a little more done. Kelli talked about coming one day and helping me hammer it out.
The quilt I am making is a design I put together. As I was making it I thought I could convert the pattern and make it smaller, tweaking the design a bit to make it be able to be made from one jelly roll.
That lead me down a rabbit hole and I started looking at advanced fabric lines from Moda. I liked this…
That lead me to look at more advanced lines and that lead me to designing yet another quilt and ordered fabric for it from Moda. It’s an advance release. It isn’t due out until March. I’m really liking the quilt and really liking the fabric. The quilt takes one layer cake and one charm pack…plus background yardage.
At this point, I am not sure where the pattern will be published. I haven’t submitted it anywhere. I can’t decide if I want to sell it as a pattern or see if a magazine wants it. This is something that is so hard for me to decide.
Oh my, I’m “doing too much” as Karl would say. What I just wrote about was three different quilts…but wait, there is more.
One of my childcare moms wants a “cheater quilt” for her son for Christmas. My longarm was broken so I ignored trying to get the top together. Guess what I’m going to be doing this week?? It shouldn’t be too hard but it is still going to take quite a bit of time.
I had kids here on Wednesday. They were playing at the table and I sat down with my Spider Web String blocks and before I knew it, they wanted to pull papers off the back too. So I let them…
Then I had one want to lay them out for a quilt…
Then they laid out more and more. They had so much “making stars”. She thought the red part in the middle was the stars.
They had a good time. We didn’t finish getting the papers off. I ended up finishing one evening rather than cross-stitching.
I promised a “Sew with Jo” video once I started sewing the blocks together. I shot that on Saturday…
This one is a little longer. It wasn’t my intention. I started chatting…and didn’t quit. Feedback from several viewers said they like these to be between 50-70 minutes so they can actually get out a project and sew with me so that’s what I’ve been aiming for.
I’m just thrilled that you all have liked these and have been sewing along or stitching along with me. I appreciate all of you who have been commenting on the video and liking them. It really gives me a boost to want to do more.
I did shoot a new machine quilting motif video too…I’m hoping Kalissa can edit that this week and I can share it with you.
Can you believe I shared FIVE projects with you that all are vying for attention?? I’ll be having a busy week in the sewing department…at least that is the goal. I really think cross-stitching is going to have to go on the back burner at least for the week.
I also have some quilty Christmas presents I’m finishing up. I’ll share those with you after Christmas…Good luck on your last-minute push to finish up and Christmas projects you might be trying to finish!!