Tuesday, May 26, 2020

What To Do, What To Do...

Here we are with another week staring me in the face...  

As I consider what I said I would do last week on Tuesday To-Do compared to what I actually did,  I didn't get everything checked off the list.  BUT, there was so much more that was done than what I listed...  Does that count for anything??? ('cuz I really think it should!)

❧Pattern writing for the Pieces From The Past Sew Along - Goal of 5 more patterns I have four patterns written and ready for testing... almost there!

❧Begin the king-sized commissioned quilt - 11 log cabins & two silhouette blocks  Done!

❧Order photos from 2018 so I can continue catching up with our photo albums  As I sit here writing this, I sheepishly confess... I did not even start to gather/collect the digital photos for this project.

I have a good reason for it though!  A girlfriend came for an overnight visit and we had plenty of good fun.  She did my nails (a very rare occasion for me) as we sipped some wine...

And we made some mini barn quilts and we chatted and laughed the entire time.  I stayed up past my bedtime and she was up much earlier than her usual routine to make the most out of our time together. 

You may recognize this pattern... it is the Lost Goslin' block (#2 in the Pieces sew along).

Funny story about the purple... Julie LOVES purple.  My paint selections were somewhat limited to whatever colors we had left over from other house projects and I did not have any purple... but I had pink and I had blue.  So I mixed my own purple paint.  And when it wasn't purple-y enough I decided to add red food coloring!  Haha!  I figured, "what do I have to lose?"  It worked and Julie finally approved the lavender color.

So as I look forward and the plans and goals for the week...

❧  Finalize the post for the next block and letter release of the Pieces From The Past Sew Along.  Have you missed the first six blocks?  You can still join the fun.  Just follow the link above and you will find a schedule of the sew along and links for all of the blocks that have been released.

❧  Piece three Sunflower star blocks for the commissioned quilt, along with four of the southwest style 6-1/2" blocks and two 12"x24" tree blocks

❧  I could move the order pictures to this slot, but I honestly don't think it will get done...  So I think I will plan to get two more block patterns written for the sew along.

Sometimes we just have to be realistic, right?

What do you do to motivate yourself to take on a job or task that you thought was a good idea, but lost the drive to complete it?

Leave a comment... I'd love to hear from you!

Quilt happy!


   Melva Loves Scraps - Home of the Pieces From The Past Sew Along
that features vintage Kansas City Star quilt blocks!

Linking with:

What I Made Monday at Pretty Piney
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
To Do Tuesday at Home Sewn By Us
Colour & Inspiration at Clever Chameleon Quilting
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter


  1. Good morning, Melva! Oh absolutely doing other stuff counts towards your to-do list! Well, what color are your nails?? I'm thrilled to hear you had fun with your girlfriend. Laughter, chatting, and wine is important in these trying times. Good for you for getting your customer quilt blocks done. That's a big job. That was using your noggin for making the purple paint - the barn quilts turned out great. Where did you hang yours? This next Pieces block gave me some gray hair when testing it so I'm looking forward to conquering it this time! Who wants to have a block get the best of them?! Realistic lists are nice but thankfully there is no penalty for straying from the list or even completely ignoring it. Thanks for linking up today. ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. It's wonderful to have a friend come visit you! I like your solution for making purple, too. Who knew food coloring would work with paint? Now we all know! You're holding up pretty well and getting things done, but I am not. I would like to know what others are doing to get motivated. Just having projects to finish isn't doing it here! I believe a tsetse fly might have drifted over from Africa and given me sleeping sickness! LOL

  3. My motivation might come from any number of things. A need to get it done by...! To get it to quit nagging me so I can get something else done! Seeing all that those who blog get done while I just placidly continue reading more and more quilt blogs...!

  4. And you say you didn't get anything done on your to-do list? It sure looks like to me!

  5. I think it's fine to move things down the list when other things crop up. I do that plenty, but periodically take myself in hand and work on one of those projects I've put off. I did that this month, with my half square triangle leftovers, and the feeling of accomplishment was so motivating! (And now there are very few HST's left, and they are large enough that I may be able to use them in a quilt block yet this summer. :) Thank you so much for sharing these letters and blocks. I am excited to get started on this quilt, though it may July before I do!

  6. Your sleepover with your friend sounds amazing. You are teaching the Chameleon colour tricks this week... food colouring of all things!! lol Thanks for sharing at the Chameleon's Colour & Inspiration party.

  7. You did get a lot done and yes it counts! Love the barn quilts. You were very innovative in mixing colors.