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November 30, 2021
To Do Tuesday For the Week of November 30 2021 from Life In Pieces

Being off work is really conductive to finding time to sew.  I checked off every item on my to do list for the week. 

To Do List for 11/23/2021

  • Cabins and Fans: Prep for quilting, pack for shipping
  • Macaron Mystery: Make flying geese for steps 4 and 5 ✔
  • Rhododendron Mystery: Start step 1 
  • Unity: Make flying geese for step 8 

It was a really productive week. I definitely needed a large dose of sanity stitching.  I'm hoping to keep up the momentum this week.  

To Do List for 11/30/2021

Cabins and Fans: Mail out for ...

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November 24, 2021
To Do Tuesday for Week of November 23rd from Life In Pieces

Last week was pretty much a bust for anything sewing room related. This week didn't get off to the best start.  We were saying good bye to family and on the road for a good part of Monday.  Odds and ends kept me out of the sewing room till late evening yesterday.  As you can probably guess, I didn't make a lot of progress on last week's To Do List. 

To Do List for 11/16/2021

  • Cabins and Fans: Finish quilt prep - progress
  • Macaron Mystery: Make more flying geese - no progress
  • Unity: Make more flying geese ...

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July 2, 2021
PHD Progress at the Half Way Point from Life In Pieces

Hard to believe it's already July 2021.  The last two months have passed really fast for me. My work-life balance was pretty much non-existent during that time.  Thankfully, things have improved and I have hopes of making more progress this month.  So hopefully next month's PHD report will look a lot better than this one.  

 I squeezed in one more finish at the end of June. 

Not a great showing for the half way point in the year. But that's all I had finished at the midpoint of 2020, but 5 more projects were completed before the ...

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December 21, 2020
Last Year's Mystery from Life In Pieces

My holiday vacation started last Friday and I've been enjoying the time off. There's been a fair amount of stitching going on over the long weekend. I'm still not caught up with Grassy Creek and likely won't be before Christmas.  A few pieces are cut out to start clue 3, but clue 4 isn't even printed out yet.  But I did finish the last stitch in the binding for last year's Bonnie Hunter mystery.  

Frolic, 2019 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
Started December 1, 2019; Finished December 20, 2020

Frolic is all finished and is ...

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June 23, 2020
To Do Tuesday for 6/23/2020 from Life In Pieces

A check of the calendar shows that this week's to do list will take me to the end of June. The year's just about half over, so I definitely need to get moving if I'm going to make some of my 2020 goals. Checking off a few more things from my to do lists would definitely be a move in the right direction.  Unfortunately, last week's to do list is a bit anemic when it comes to check marks. 

Weekly To Do list (06/16/2020)
Frolic: Finish sashing, assemble - progress
Unity: Step 3, make some ...

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June 17, 2020
Mid-Month PHD Progress from Life In Pieces

It's mid-month, so time to stop and reflect on the overall progress in the sewing room for the month.  I'm following along with Quilting Gail's PHD program for 2020.  

I'm not doing so well if you look at my stats for the year so far. 

Only two finishes, but thankfully only one new start.  So I've at least reduced the overall project total by one. Though it doesn't show up on the stat list, there has been some really good progress this year in addition to the two finishes. 

Mosaic Mystery is back from ...

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June 9, 2020
To Do Tuesday for 6/9/2020 from Life In Pieces

One week of June is in the bag, three weeks left till we hit midyear.  I'm preparing for mid year reviews at work, which always prompts me to take a look at where I'm at midyear on my stitching goals.  I'll do that at the end of the month, so I've got a few more weeks to work on my big goal for the year. 

So that will be the focus of my Tuesday To Do lists for June.  How did the first week go?  

Weekly To Do List for 06/02/2020

Frolic:  Assemble dark ...

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May 26, 2020
To Do List for 05/26/2020 from Life In Pieces

We had a really quiet Memorial Day weekend.  The four days off were nice. We hung out a lot. My Guy and the Scientist in Training played in the kitchen while I got to hang out in the sewing room.  Consequently last week's to do list was mostly completed.  

Weekly To Do List for 05/19/2020
Mosaic Mystery: Mail top and back
Frolic: Make 1 light blue block 
Unity: Finish step 2
Storm at Sea: Add 2" white 2.5" blue border 

Not a shabby sewing week.  When I pulled out the Storm at Sea top I found ...

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May 25, 2020
Back to Stormy Stitching from Life In Pieces

Hope you've been able to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend.  We didn't make any big plans for the weekend, spending most of it at home, doing this and that. I did get in a good afternoon of stitching yesterday, so there's a bit of progress here and there. 

Unity step 2 is almost finished. 

Unity, 2020 Bonnie Hunter Sew-In-Place Quilt Along

All the borders but the bottom square in a square border are sewn together.  I'm hoping to completely finish step 2 today.  

Now that Mosaic Mystery is off to be quilted, I can start working ...

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May 2, 2020
PHD Project Progress - End of April 2020 from Life In Pieces

The week just seemed to drag.  I'm very glad it's Saturday morning so I can just hang out and drink my coffee. Not sure what else is on the agenda for today, I'm hoping some significant time in the sewing room is at the top of the list. Though I think My Guy may have some other thoughts on that. 

As the calendar has turned from April to May, it's time to review how it's going on finishing my PHD in 2020 with Quilting Gail.  

The goal is to reduce the projects half done pile ...

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April 28, 2020
To Do List for 4/28/2020 from Life In Pieces

Hard to believe there are just three more days in April.  It's been a pretty productive month. The weekly to do lists have helped keep me on track. I've not checked everything off each week, but progress has been pretty steady.  Last week's progress was typical of the previous weeks. 

Weekly To Do List for 04/21/2020
Mosaic Mystery: Find fabric for and make backing
Frolic: Make 4-patches and sashing strips 
Winter Quilt Along: Finish binding 
Unity: Finish steps 1 and 2 - progress

So three out of four checked off is a really good week ...

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April 21, 2020
To Do List for 4/21/2020 from Life In Pieces

Even with stitching every evening, it's hard to make really significant progress on my projects if there's not much time in the sewing room over the weekend.  The yard work and associated recovery cut back the sewing room time this weekend, so there wasn't as much progress as there could have been. 

Weekly To Do List (04/14/2020)
Mosaic Mystery: Add fourth border  
Frolic: Make more 4 patches 
Winter Quilt Along: Attach binding, progress
Unity: Finish step 1, progress 

Checking off two out of four isn't too bad, and there was progress on all four ...

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April 20, 2020
Moving Right Along, But Nothing to Show from Life In Pieces

The weekend went way to fast. We did some much needed yard maintenance on Saturday.  Both of us paid for it on Sunday.  There is something to the fact we aren't as young as we used to be.  So between battle of the branches on Saturday and the Sunday morning retreat to the recliner with my heating pad, not much else got done. 

There has been progress on all the active projects, just not stuff that photographs well.  Mosaic Mystery needs one more border to be a finished flimsy. 

It would be nice to get Mosaic Mystery finished soon ...

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April 17, 2020
PHD In 2020 Update: Mid April from Life In Pieces

How is it already mid-April?  We've been working from home for pretty much a month now. We've got a routine, but I'm not a fan of working from home.  You'd think there would be some time savings with no commute, but I find it's harder to end the day on time.  

So my stitching time hasn't increased.  Add in making a few face masks for family and friends means that time for project sewing has actually been lower this month. But there has been some progress with the PHD program.  

Binding and label are ...

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March 31, 2020
To Do Tuesday: Finding a New Groove from Life In Pieces

We are slowly settling into the new normal of working from home.  I wouldn't want to do this long term, but we've figured out how to manage dueling video conferences, dropped networks and other computer glitches.  As all of that dust has settled, my quilty mojo has returned, I actually checked off everything on last week's to do list.  

Weekly To Do List (3/24/2020)
Twinkle Stars:  Print label, attach binding
Mosaic Mystery: Add third border 
Frolic: Make 2 dark blue blocks, start stitching rows 
Butterfly Embroidery: Work on for 15 minutes 

Last week was definitely ...

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March 24, 2020
To Do Tuesday from Life In Pieces

It's been very, very different the last week. I've been working from home since last Wednesday.  The Scientist in Training has been home for spring break.  It's been good to have her hanging out with us, though all of our shopping and family outings were canceled.  I've been AWOL from the blog and the sewing room for the last week.  It's been hard to adjust to the new normal.  After spending all day working on the computer and coping with the news, we've chosen to spend the evenings and last weekend together as a ...

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March 18, 2020
To Do Tuesday, A Day Late from Life In Pieces

As of this morning, My Guy and I are working from home for the next couple of weeks.  It's been a bit of a madhouse at work the last few days just trying to work out details and get people set up to work from home.  I'm very lucky to work someplace where working from home is feasible, not everyone has that option. Fingers crossed that the social distancing and associated sacrifices will slow down the virus and give the US a chance to get caught up on testing and develop more targeted strategies to mitigate the spread ...

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March 9, 2020
Bindings, Blocks and Borders from Life In Pieces

It was a slow week in the sewing room.  I forget just how much the flu can drag down your energy levels. The older I get, the longer it seems to take to bounce back after being unwell.  

Thankfully there was the energy  on Saturday and Sunday to hang out in the sewing room.  The first priority is to get the binding made for Twinkle Stars.  

 Twinkle Stars Tutorial by Angela Feldbush of Soscrappy

It's taking a bit longer than normal because I'm trying to match up the colors in the binding strips with the colors in the ...

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February 17, 2020
It's a Double Mystery from Life In Pieces

It was a laid back and relaxed weekend, which was really nice.  I had planned to take Friday off, but a few things at work conspired against me and I didn't get to take the day off.  That happens occasionally.  I'll get to take a day off later this month.  Even without the day off, there was still a good bit of stitching time this weekend.  I decided to make Sunday a nothing but sewing day as consolation for having to postpone my day off.  

Mosaic Mystery was up on the big design wall.  All the blocks have ...

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January 21, 2020
To Do Tuesday: #3 for 2020 from Life In Pieces

Winter has set in, at least for this week.  It's miserably cold, but at least it was sunny yesterday.  Speaking of cold, My Guy apparently has one. He's been feeling crappy since the weekend, now we know why.  Not the best start to a new week especially since last week wasn't particularly good for the to do list.  

Weekly To Do List (01/14/2020)
1. Twinkle Stars: de-thread Twinkle Stars and backing - progress
2. Frolic - Finish clues 3 and 5, progress on other clues - progress
3. Winter Quilt Along - Measure quilt, find backing

Only one check ...

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