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February 23, 2021
To Do Tuesday for 02/23/2021 from Life In Pieces

Hard to believe it's been a week and it's time for a new to do list.  With all the disruption to normal life my sense of time is a bit warped. After four days of working from home, it was getting hard to remember what day of the week it was.  I can't say there was more stitching time last week, but there was enough to check off most of my to do list. 

Weekly To Do List for 02/16/2021

  • Grassy Creek: Assemble rows and pieced borders - progress
  • Morewood Mystery: Continue to assemble Block B ...

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February 22, 2021
The Other Mystery from Life In Pieces

Most of the snow had melted by yesterday afternoon. It was pretty while it lasted, but I certainly don't miss the bone chilling cold that came with the snow.  It was still mostly dreary weather this weekend, though we never got the rain that was forecast.  It was still good sewing room weather.  

Grassy Creek is still my focus project, but it's been the subject of my design wall post for the last couple of weeks.  So time to switch it up and highlight the other mystery quilt that's taken over the smaller design wall. 

Morewood Mystery ...

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February 16, 2021
To Do Tuesday for 2/16/2021 from Life In Pieces

It snowed more yesterday and stayed really cold. Pretty much the same as the rest of the midwest. We've been lucky so far to avoid the rolling black outs that have affected large areas of Texas. Offices are closed again today, so it will be another virtual office day.  I suspect the rolling black outs have more to do with the office closure then the state of the roads. 


Moving on to the the stitching stuff. It's time review last week's to do list and decide what's on this week's.  Chris of Chris Knits and ...

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February 9, 2021
To Do Tuesday for 2/9/2021 from Life In Pieces

The freezing drizzle stopped over night, but it's still very, very slick. Offices are closed again today, probably because the parking lots are pretty much ice skating rinks.  Even though offices are closed, I'm still expected to work from home virtually, so I'm still limited to stitching this evening after work.  I'm OK with that and just thankful I don't have to get out in the cold today.  

The To Do List from last week included only three items. All three are in the block making stage, which for the Bonnie Hunter mystery projects can ...

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February 4, 2021
PHD in 2021: January Progress from Life In Pieces

The goal this year, like last year, is to work down the UFO list a bit.  Also like last year, I'm playing along with Quilting's Gail PHD in 2021 as one of my motivators.  


My plan is to finish the UFOs while limiting new starts.  I've done really well on not starting anything new, but not so hot on finishing anything as yet.  



But there has been really good progress on the four projects highlighted in blue in my tracking chart. 

Red, White and Blue Stars

Red, White and Blue Stars (Picnic Stars) started the year as ...

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February 2, 2021
To Do Tuesday For 2/2/2021 from Life In Pieces

Hard to believe that January is over and it's time to put together the first to do list for February.  The cold and windy weather has made the sewing room an attractive place to hang out the last couple of weeks. So the to do list for last week has a lot of check marks on it.  

Weekly To Do List for 1/26/2021

  • Morewood Mystery: Finish making the A Blocks
  • Grassy Creek: Continue to make blocks and sashing 
  • Unity: Make HSTS for Clue 6 as leader and ender 

Last week's list was short, but that meant ...

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February 1, 2021
More Making Mysteries from Life In Pieces

The weather continues to be cold, dreary and windy.  It's been really easy to just hang out in the sewing room when I'm not at work.  Consequently both design walls are currently covered with blocks.  

Morewood Mystery by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs

All the Block A's for Morewoord Mystery are up on the small design wall.  That finishes off the January clue.  I really like the colors/fabrics in these blocks.  The February clue will be out on Thursday, so I'll be ready to make a start on it next weekend.  

Grassy Creek is up ...

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January 26, 2021
To Do Tuesday for 01/26/2021 from Life In Pieces

The weather has been mostly dreary and cold the last week, which makes it easy to get into the sewing room. More time in the sewing room usually translates to a lot of check marks on the to do list. 


Weekly To Do List for 01/19/2021
  • Red, White and Blue Stars: Package and mail
  • Grassy Creek: Continue to make blocks and sashing 
  • Morewood Mystery: Continue making Block A 
  • Unity: Make HSTs for clue 6 as leader and ender 
Four for four is definitely a good week. Even better it's easy to see the progress when I look ...

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January 19, 2021
To Do Tuesday for 1/19/2021 from Life In Pieces

It's been cold and windy in my part of the world.  Great stay in your sewing room weather. I'd prefer to do that, but I still have to work to support my fabric habit. Even with a few longer work days last week, the to do list didn't get neglected.  


Weekly To Do List for 1/12/2021
  • Red, White & Blue Stars: Clean up and press quilt top
  • Grassy Creek: Continue to make subunits, blocks 
  • Morewood Mystery: Continue making block A 
  • Unity: Continue making HSTs for clue 6 
Four for four, so definitely not a bad week ...

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January 12, 2021
To Do Tuesday for 01/12/2021 from Life In Pieces

What a difference a week can make. Back to work last week was really, really tiring. Consequently, spending time in the sewing room was more than I could do a couple of nights last week. The To Do List didn't suffer too badly thankfully. 

Weekly To Do List for 01/05/2021

  • RWB Stars: Prep back and front for quilting - Progress
  • Grassy Creek:  Start Clue 7, continue to work on other clues
  • Morewood Mystery: Start on the January clue 
  • Unity: Continue to work on clues 6 and 7 
Three out of four, with progress on the fourth is a ...

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January 5, 2021
To Do Tuesday for Week of 01/05/2021 from Life In Pieces

The last week was really good on the stitching front.  There was lots of time to hang out in the sewing room and get things done. There was really good progress on last week's To Do List. 

Weekly To Do List For 12/29/2020

  • Daisy Chain: Finish binding 
  • Grassy Creek: Start clue 5 and 6, work on older clues 
  • Unity: Continue to work on clues 6 and 7 
  • Red, White and Blue Stars: Make Backing 

It's a really good week that includes a quilt finish and finishing a backing for another.  A great end to 2020 and ...

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December 15, 2020
To Do Tuesday for the Week of 12/15/2020 from Life In Pieces

December is half over.  Already?  That doesn't seem possible.  So rather than dwell on that,  I'm going to concentrate on the last and the next To Do Lists. 

Weekly To Do List for 12/08/2020

  • Frolic: Start hand stitching the binding
  • Morewood Mystery:  Work on the December clue 
  • Grassy Creek: Start Clue 2 
  • Unity: Make flying geese 

Last week's list was all about just keeping projects moving. Since I knew I wouldn't have as much time to stitch as usual, the list was kept pretty easy.  That made it easy to check off all four ...

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Mostly Mysteries and a Little Snow from Life In Pieces

We got snow yesterday! 


It was just a couple of inches, but it was pretty while it was coming down. 



This will probably be the end of the roses till next spring. 

On the stitching front, there's not much to show.  Frolic is still in the binding stage, I hope to have that finished for next Monday's post.  Unity is still up on the big design wall and there's been some progress on the second flying geese border, but nothing photo worthy. 

The rest of my sewing time has been split between the Morewood Mystery from Meadow ...

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December 8, 2020
To Do Tuesday for the Week of December 8, 2020 from Life In Pieces

Life has been a bit hectic since Thanksgiving, with work bordering on being completely insane. Consequently sewing and computer time has been at a premium the last week. I missed last week's To Do Tuesday because I just didn't have time to post, thankfully things calmed down by the weekend and I did get in some really good stitching time, else my to do list would have looked really pitiful.

Weekly To Do List for 11/24/2020

  • Red, White and Blue Stars: Continue with borders
  • Unity: Add next border, make flying geeese 
  • Grassy Creek: Start on Clue ...

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November 11, 2020
To Do Tuesday for the Week of 11/10/2020 from Life In Pieces

Last week was one of those weeks.  It was hard to focus on much and even the sewing room was not enough of a distraction.  This week is going to be better, just busy. My meeting calendar is pretty packed for the next 2 weeks.  Even with the distractions last week, there was still some good progress on the To Do List.  

To Do List for 11/2/2020

  • Christmas Mystery Quilt:  bind
  • Daisy Chain: Find a backing fabric
  • Red, White &Blue Stars: Add first border - progress
  • Unity: Finish Step 4, start step 5
Definitely a good week on the ...

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October 27, 2020
To Do Tuesday for the Week of 10/27/2020 from Life In Pieces

Just a few days left in October. November will definitely be underway when we make out next week's list. But I should focus on the here and now to come up with this week's list. Before doing that, I should take a quick detour to look at the progress on last week's to do list. 

Weekly To Do List for 10/20/2020

  • Frolic: Prep for quilting and mail - progress
  • Red, White & Blue Stars: finish sashing the blocks
  • Morewood Mystery: Continue to make October's blocks
  • Unity: Make more HSTS and blocks for clue 4
It wasn ...

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October 20, 2020
To Do Tuesday for the Week of 10/20/2020 from Life In Pieces

There are only 10 weeks left in 2020.  Just 10 more to do lists left for the year, just 10 weeks to make progress on this year's goals. The weeks always seem to go faster this time of year. So it's definitely time to decide on the priorities for the rest of the year.  Before looking ahead to this next week, how did week 11 eleven go? 

Weekly To Do List for 10/13/2020

  • Red, White and Blue Stars: Continue sashing blocks
  • Morewood Mystery: Work on October blocks 
  • Unity: Make HSTs and blocks for Step 4 
  • Strom ...

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October 13, 2020
To Do Tuesday for Week of 10/13/2020 from Life In Pieces

The first day back at work after a week of vacation is always hectic and full.  I was glad to see the end of the work day.  It's going to be a long week, with lots to catch up on. That may affect how much time I have to work on the to do list this week. Even with the away time last week, it wasn't too hard work through last week's to dos. 

Weekly To Do List for 10/6/2020

  • Red, White, Blue Stars: Continue sashing blocks
  • Moreword Mystery: Start October blocks
  • Unity: Make HSTs ...

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October 6, 2020
To Do Tuesday for Week of 10/6/2020 from Life In Pieces

Even with a nothing but stitching day over the weekend, I didn't get to everything on last week's to do list.  So it's not just having the time to stitch, but the priority you put on each project.  Checking off three out of the four is still a pretty good week.  

Weekly To Do List for 9/29/2020

  • Storm at Sea: Make binding
  • Red, White & Blue Stars: begin sashing blocks
  • Unity: Make HSTs and blocks for Step 4
  • Morewood Mystery: Start October clue - no progress
I really wanted to get the binding stitched onto Storm at ...

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October 3, 2020
Stitching Along from Life In Pieces

 I was definitely ready for Saturday to get here.  The plan is for a nothing but stitching day to celebrate the end of the work week and the beginning of October.  Just three months left in 2020. Though I will be glad to see the end of this year, there's not much time left to finish my 2020 PHD. 


There is an update to my tracking spreadsheet, but it's not a new check mark in the finished column.  



The Morewood Mystery quilt September clue had me cutting into the fabric to make last months blocks.  I count a ...

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