Works in Progress: A good week!

Hey there!  I’m feeling pretty good about what I was able to accomplish in the sewing room this week.  The List is really not much shorter and I didn’t get around to cleaning as I had hoped, but I still managed to make a real progress on some projects.

Here’s what was on The List last week:

1.  Road Trip Quilt Along Tutorial
1a. Kansas for Friday.  Finished.  The tutorial is posted here.
1b. Missouri for next week.  No progress.  I still have today and tomorrow to work on this to have it posted by Friday.

2. Gathered clutches.  Finished (Round 1).  I have finished 7 of these.  Four of them are in the hands of their new owners, and three will be in my Etsy shop when it opens in October.  I’m leaving this item on the list because I would like to make more.
3.  Luna Bags: the Essential Tote.  No progress.  Things With Deadlines have taken precedence this week.

4.  Hoopie swap project.  Some progress.  I’m very close to finishing this project.  This week, I learned the raised fishbone stitch and added some leaves next to the flowers I had already made.  This is supposed to be in the mail to my swap partner by Friday, so it’s going to get some extra time over the next couple days.
5.  Binding for my rainbow double staircase quilt.  Finished.  Hooray!  I had checked this little quilt completely off my list, but now I think I might need to add a few more lines of quilting.  In Katie’s interview with Angela Walters (quilting expert), Angela indicated that denser quilting is better on something like a baby quilt that’s going to get a lot of love and washing.
6.  Be Free Bees free form quilt robin additions.
6a. For Thea.  Progress.  I had been struggling with this one because this is the last round for the Free Form Robin and Karen added some borders in the last round that finished it very nicely.  I didn’t really want to mess with that, so I ultimately decided to fill in some negative space with appliquéd circles and a little hand stitching.
6b.  For Jenny.  No progress.  I want to finish Thea’s first.  But I have a plan.  And that’s a good start.

7.  Skirt for myself.  Some progress.  I have the pieces cut out.  I actually did something for a project for myself.  Score!  I have to finish this week, though, if I want to wear it to the faculty party Tuesday (and I do!).
ADDING:

8.  Clean the sewing room.  It’s getting disasterous to the point where it’s difficult to work efficiently in there.  Yikes!  No progress.  I really have trouble making cleaning a priority when I could be using that time for other things.  The sewing room is still in a state of “Yikes!”

Two tutorials that I would like to complete, but are on the back burner right now:  No progress.  Still on the back burner.
9.  Equilateral triangle hexagon quilt block tutorial
10.  Kid’s play oven mitt tutorial

I also finished a project that wasn’t on The List.  My husband got a digital writing pad to use in his Chemistry classes and he requested a padded sleeve to protect it when he takes it from home to school and back.  It has a velcro closer and the flap includes a small zipper pocket where he can store the cord and stylus.
And that leaves The List looking like this:

1.  Road Trip Quilt Along Tutorial
1a. Missouri for Friday
1b. Kentucky for next week
2. Gathered clutches.
3.  Luna Bags: the Essential Tote
4.  Hoopie swap project.
5.  Be Free Bees free form quilt robin additions.
5a. For Thea.
5b.  For Jenny.
6.  Skirt for myself.
7.  Clean the sewing room.

Two tutorials that I would like to complete, but are on the back burner right now:
8.  Equilateral triangle hexagon quilt block tutorial
9.  Kid’s play oven mitt tutorial

You can head on over to Freshly Pieced and check out what others have in the works in their sewing rooms this week!

Road Trip Quilt Along: Rocky Road to Kansas

I was getting ready to show you how to make a template for the Rocky Road to Kansas block, when I noticed the template for my Iowa Star, slightly crumpled, lying on the floor near by (like I said, my sewing room is in desperate need of a good cleaning!)

As it turns out, Rocky Road to Kansas is almost exactly the same template as the Iowa Star.  The only difference is that the Iowa Star star points feature a large triangle composed of 4 smaller triangles, and the star points in Rocky Road to Kansas are string pieced.  If you made a freezer paper template for the Iowa Star, and you still have it, you can reuse it here.  If you need to make another, you can review the directions for making the template for the Iowa Star.  Just don’t add the lines to divided the large triangle.

I mentioned the star points for this block are string pieced, so this is a great chance to use up some of the scraps you’ve accumulated making some of the other blocks.  I used 7-9 strips for each of the 4 sections of the block, depending on the width of the strips.

Let’s start by putting together our strip pieces.  You’ll need 30-35 strips of fabric that are 5-6 inches in length and 1 to 1-3/4 inches in width.  Different widths are better, so trim up some of your scraps to make that happen.

Arrange 7-9 strips in a manner that looks appealing to you and sew them together along the length.  You’ll want the finished piece to be 5 inches x 7.5 inches.  Press seams open.

Repeat this 3 more times so that you have a total of 4 strip pieced sections of fabric.

Cutting directions for Rocky Road to Kansas

In addition to the (4) strip pieced sections for the star points you just created, you will also need:

(8) 4 inch x 7.5 inch rectangles [background fabric]

(2) 4 inch squares, cut on the diagonal to make 4 triangles

Constructing the block

Begin by placing your template on one of the strip pieced sections, with the waxy side of the freezer paper against the wrong side of the fabric.  The center triangle of the template should be fully on the fabric.  Press.

Fold back the template along one of the lines between the center triangle and the background.  Trim the fabric to 1/4 inch beyond the fold.

Line up one of the rectangles of background fabric along the edge you just cut.  Flip the piece so the paper is up again.  Sew the two pieces of fabric together, allowing the needle as close to the fold in the paper as possible, without piercing the paper.  (I didn’t include a photo of this since we’ve done this method of paper piecing before.  If you need a review, check out the photos in the Maryland tutorial.)  Unfold the paper and press the fabric open.

Repeat for the other side.  Fold the paper back along the line between the triangle and the background fabric.  Trim the strip pieced section to 1/4 inch beyond the fold.  Line up a rectangle of background fabric along the edge you just trimmed.  Sew as close to the fold as possible without piercing the paper.  Iron the section open.

Now all we have left is the triangle that will be center of the block.  Fold the paper template back along the final line between the base of the large triangle and the center section of the block.  Trim to 1/4 inch beyond the fold.

Line up one of the center triangles with the edge you just cut.  Sew very close to the fold, and then unfold the paper and iron the piece open.

Trim the section to 6.5 inches.

Repeat 3 more times to make 4 section of the block.  Sew together.  Trim to 12.5 inches.  Rocky Road to Kansas!

Here’s Kansas with her buddy, Iowa.  Only 3 blocks to go.  How are you doing?

Works in Progress: A Finish!

I must admit, these weekly works in progress checks are a great way for me to keep track of what I’ve been doing, what I want to be doing, and what I’m not doing.  Ha!

Here’s what The List looked like last week:

1.  Road Trip Quilt Along Tutorial
1a. Colorado.  Finished.  I posted the tutorial last Friday.  I really enjoyed that block.  Lost of fun with half square triangles.
1b. Kansas.  No progress.  I’m looking forward to this block.  It looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun with the string pieced triangles in the middle.
2. Gathered clutches.  Some progress.  One more is finished and two are well on their way to being finished.  I have a lot of zippers, but I ordered a combo pack from Zipper Stop, so I don’t actually have all the colors I need.  3.  Luna Bags: the Essential Tote No progress.
4.  Hoopie swap project.  Progress!  I finally stopped being intimidated by hand stitching and just did it.  It did not go well at first, but I’m learning.  I outlined each triangle with a straight stitch and completed a little flower above.  I still want to make some leaves and perhaps some accent swirls.
5.  Binding for my rainbow double staircase quilt.  No progress.  Still half finished with the binding.
6.  Be Free Bees free form quilt robin additions.  No progress.  
6a. For Thea.  I’m a little stuck on exactly what I want to do for Thea’s quilt.  It’s the same one that gave me pause the first time around.  This time, though, the most recent addition tied the quilt up so nicely that I don’t know where to go from here since this is the last month for this project.
6b.  For Jenny.  I actually do know what I want to do for Jenny’s quilt, but it just arrived today, so I haven’t had a chance to work on it at all.
7.  Draw sting soccer back.  Finished.  The fabric arrived, I made the bag, and I even posted a tutorial.  Sierra loves it.
8.  Skirt for myself.  No progress.  Though, if I actually intend to wear this to my husband’s opening faculty party, I’d better make some serious progress this week.

Two tutorials that I would like to complete, but are on the back burner right now:  No progress.  As I mentioned, they are on the back burner.
9.  Equilateral triangle hexagon quilt block tutorial
10.  Kid’s play oven mitt tutorial

I also had two finishes that weren’t on The List last week.  I decided to make a dresden pillow and a chevron pillow for my couch.

Go check out what others are working at Freshly Pieced!

Here’s The List as it looks now:

1.  Road Trip Quilt Along Tutorial
1a. Kansas for Friday
1b. Missouri for next week
2. Gathered clutches.
3.  Luna Bags: the Essential Tote
4.  Hoopie swap project.
5.  Binding for my rainbow double staircase quilt.
6.  Be Free Bees free form quilt robin additions.
6a. For Thea.
6b.  For Jenny.
7.  Skirt for myself.

ADDING:
8.  Clean the sewing room.  It’s getting disasterous to the point where it’s difficult to work efficiently in there.  Yikes!

Two tutorials that I would like to complete, but are on the back burner right now:
9.  Equilateral triangle hexagon quilt block tutorial
10.  Kid’s play oven mitt tutorial

 

Kid’s sports bag/cinch sac: a tutorial

My 4-year-old daughter is signed up to play soccer for the first time this fall.  She was in need of a little bag to carry her cleats and shin guards to and from practice and games.  She looked at fabric with me and we found this great soccer monkey fabric (she’s thrilled there are GIRL monkeys on the fabric) in green (her favorite color).  Thank you Michael Miller!

This tutorial is for a soccer or sports bag for a child.  It has a cinch top and the straps can be used as a backpack.  The measurements I will give you are for a small bag; just large enough for a 4-year-old’s cleats and shin guards.  If you have an older child (with larger gear) or you want to fit more in the bag, you’ll have to size up accordingly.

Cutting directions:

Straps: Cut two strips of fabric, 3 inches x width of fabric.  I actually would have preferred my straps just a couple inches longer, but I didn’t feel like piecing the strips for just a couple inches.  If you are making a larger bag, you will need to add some length to your straps.  

Bag body:  Cut on the fold.  Cut one  rectangle of fabric, 9 inches x 13 inches with the fold along one of the 9 inch sides.  When you open the fabric along the fold, your piece will be 9 inches x 26 inches.

Pocket:  My daughter requested a pocket with a button.  So that is what she got.  I figure it will be good for hair ties.  Maybe a granola bar.  You’re welcome to leave it off if you don’t want/need a pocket.  Cut on the fold.  I made my pocket 8 inches x 5.5 inches with the fold along the 8 inch side.  When opened, the pocket piece is 8 inches x 11 inches.  Pocket flap: I simply moved my ruler up from the cut I made for the pocket and cut TWO pieces 8 inches x 2.5 inches.

Constructing the straps

Fold each strip in half, lengthwise.  Press the fold.  Open the strip back up.  Fold one raw edge to the center and press.  Then fold the second raw edge to the center and press.  Fold the strip in half again, enclosing both raw edges in the center.

Topstitch along the length of the strap, very close to the open edge.  I like to topstitch along the opposite edge as well so that the strap looks more even.

Creating the pocket

With a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew along each of the 5.5 inch edges of your pocket piece.  Clip the corners.  Turn the pocket right side out, poking out the corners.  Press.  Topstitch about 1/4 inch or less away from the fold.  This will be the top of your pocket.

Center the pocket on the bag, with the bottom edge of the pocket 3-1/4 inches from the bottom of the bag (the fold along the 9-inch edge will be the bottom of the bag).  The pocket and the bag should be right sides together, so the inside of the pocket will be facing up.  The pocket will be placed upside down on the bag, so the bottom of the pocket (the raw edge) will be nearer the top of the bag, and the top of the pocket (the folded edge) will extend below the bottom of the bag.  

Unfold the bag and sew the pocket to the bag, 1/4 inch below the raw edge of the pocket.  Fold the pocket up over the raw edge, enclosing it inside the pocket and press.  Topstitch along the two sides of the pocket, close to the edge, to attach the pocket to the bag.

Creating the pocket flap

With right sides together, sew the two 8 inch x 2.5 inch pieces together along three sides.  You can see in the photos below, I decided to angle the edges of my pocket flap.  To do this, I simply measured 1 inch from the end of each line of stitching and drew a line connecting the adjacent sides.  I sewed along the line, and then trimmed to about 1/4 inch outside the stitches.

Turn the pocket flap right side out and press.  Topstitch around the sewn edges.  Decide on the placement of your button and mark for the button hole.  All sewing machines are different, so you will have to check your manual for directions on how to create a buttonhole to fit where you marked.  Carefully cut the buttonhole open.

Pin the pocket flap on the bag, right sides together, about 1/4 inch above the top edge of the pocket.  The raw edge of the pocket flap will be near the top of the pocket and the bottom of the pocket flap will be up toward the top of the bag.  Sew the pocket flap to the bag, just under 1/4 inch from the raw edge of the flap.  Press the flap down toward the pocket.  Sew along top of the pocket flap, just over 1/4 inch from the fold, enclosing the raw edge.

Mark where the buttonhole falls on your pocket.  Attach the button.  I ordered the monkey buttons ages ago from this Etsy shop.  Her buttons are darling and well made, and I just clicked over there and her selection is even better than when I ordered.

Sewing the bag

Fold the bag in half, right sides together, along the same fold you used when you cut out the fabric.  Place a pin 1-3/4 inches from the top edge of the bag, and another pin 3 inches from the top of the bag.  Do this on both edges of the bag.  Sew along each side of the bag from top to bottom, ending at the first pin with a backstitch and leaving a space between the two pins.  Leave about 1-1/2 inches at the bottom of the bag open as well

Iron each of the side seams open and sew the seam allowances to the bag from the top of the bag to the bottom of the upper gap in the seam.  (My gap in the pictures below is higher than it should be.  You gap will begin 1-3/4 inches from the top of the bag and end 3 inches from the top of the bag.)  

Fold the top of the bag down 1/2 inch all the way around.  Press.  Fold down an additional 1-1/4 inches (to the top of the gap).  Press.  This will position the gap you left on the outside of the bag, and it will allow the straps to pass through the casing to the outside of the bag.  Do not stitch down the casing just yet.

Attaching the straps

Fold each strap in half, placing them in opposite directions above the bag.  Tuck each strap under the casing, maintaining their respective positions.  Push the loose ends of one strap through the gap in the right side of the bag.  The strap will circle the bag under the casing, with one loose end entering the gap from the front and the other loose end entering the gap from the back.  Push the loose ends of the other strap through the gap in the left side of the bag.

Tuck both straps fully under the casing.  Be careful not to catch the straps in your stitching, and sew the casing down, very close to the edge.

Turn the bag right side out.  Pull each strap to make the ends even and insert them back into the gap you left at the bottom of the bag.  I placed a pin on each strap just to keep it in place until I was ready to sew.  Once again, turn the bag inside out.  Sew up the last bit of the bottom of the side seam, catching the loose ends of the strap in your stitching.  (In the last photo, I drew in the approximate position of the straps as they would appear on the opposite side of the bag.)

Trim the seam allowances with pinking shears to prevent unnecessary fraying.

One soccer cinch sac/backpack!

And a very happy little soccer player!

 

Trial and ERROR (and error) and try again!

I’ve been teaching myself some embroidery for that hoopie swap I’m doing.  One of my fellow hoopie swappers linked to this great online source for embroidery stitches, which has been incredibly helpful.

I started out by making that paper pieced split hexagon in six different colors and had embroidery floss to coordinate with each one.  Then it was time to start the embroidery.  And the project just sat there staring at me for well over a week without being touched because … well, I was scared of messing it up.  This was totally new for me!!

Finally, I decided I might as well just give it a go.  The thing certainly wasn’t going to stitch itself.  I started out by just outlining each triangle of the split hexagon with a basic straight stitch.  It’s pretty difficult to screw that one up, and it looked pretty cute, so it gave me a little confidence.

Then I decided to create a little flower above each triangle using a chain stitch called the lazy daisy.  Not too tough, and really cute.  I’m feeling like I actually might be getting the hang of this!

I wanted a little something extra in the center of my flowers, so I thought I would move on and try a french knot.  And here is where things got a little dicey.

The first one actually seemed to work out okay, but I wrapped the thread around the needle too many times, so the knot ended up sticking out too much and looking a little bit phallic.  Eep!

The next two attempts, I wrapped the thread 3 times around the needle, but realize now that I had wrapped too far up the thread.  When I inserted the needle back into the fabric, it resulted in this weird knotting thing with loose threads sticking out.  I tried to remedy the situation by just stitching over it a few times.  Bad idea.  It looked a mess!

Finally, I went back and reviewed the French knot directions one more time.  And the 4th attempt was a success!  Hooray!

I let the project sit for awhile, trying to decide if I was going to redo it or just let it go.  But ultimately, I cut out the three unsuccessful flowers and started over.  I got more practice at that lazy daisy stitch, too, because when I cut out the center knots, I also had to cut out the flowers since they were connected.  Boo hoo.  But I’m much happier with the second attempt.

Sunday Stash: a Giveaway

Today’s Sunday Stash is actually a giveaway.  Well, a future giveaway.

I decided to say “thank you” to the people who have been playing along with my Road Trip Quilt Along, I would offer a little bundle of five fat quarters when we’re all finished.

Since this is the Road Trip Quilt Along, I thought the cars were appropriate.  It’s organic Ready, Set, Go by Robert Kaufman.  The coordinating solids are Kona cottons: tomato, robin’s egg, and canary.  And the green leaf print is from the Denyse Schmidt Meadow Lark line for JoAnn Fabrics.

If you’ve been quilting along: great!  If not, there is still time to join us, and I would love if you would.  To enter to win this five fat quarter bundle, you will have to complete 8 of the 16 RTQA along blocks.  If you finish all 16, you get two entries.  I have posted tutorials for 12 of 16 state quilt blocks so far.

Even if you want to jump in now, you have four more weeks, plus I will leave the giveaway open for an additional 2 weeks.  Six weeks to make 8 blocks.  You can do that, right?  Just jump over to the RTQA page and decide which blocks you’d like to make!

Don’t enter now.  This is for a future giveaway.  So, go!  Join the Road Trip Quilt Along Flickr group.  And we’ll see you in a few weeks for this giveaway!

And if you want to see what others are sharing from their stash this week, go visit Fiona at Finding Fifth.

Two pillows in two days

Look at me go!  This is the second pillow cover I’ve finished in as many days.  And this project wasn’t even on The List.  (Perhaps that is not such a good thing and I really should be tackling the item that are on The List.)  Now the question is, can I be satisfied with two pillow covers, or now that I’ve begun will I have to continue and make two more for the remaining pillows that are “too match-y” against the couch.

For this one, I used a pile of half square triangles to make a chevron pattern in that green-blue-red color scheme of my living room (that I’m not really in love with, as I mentioned earlier).

The back has a line of the same fabrics to give it a little extra interest.

I like this one much better than the first.  And even better news: I even like that first one a little more now that it has a friend.  Perhaps I shouldn’t have gone with such a dark background the first time ’round and I’m happier now that it’s countered by this lighter color choice.

Oh, and in case you’re interested, here’s a zoomed out photo so you can see that rug that dictates my color choices in this room.  That rug I don’t love, yet don’t yet hate enough to bother to replace it and repaint the room.

I’m likely just overthinking the whole thing, as I’ve been known to do.  My 4-year-old loves both the new pillow covers and is beyond excited for brand new pillows.  She wanted to take them both to quiet time with her.

Thank Goodness it’s Finished Friday (on Saturday)

I finished this yesterday and took the photos and everything.  I intended to write this post last night, but I got into my bed with both girls to read stories and then, I just didn’t feel motivated to get out again.  This is what I get for staying up past midnight the night before that.  Perhaps I need to think about some more regular sleep habits?  Am I the only who does this?

Anyway, when we bought our living room furniture four years ago, it came with these 4 pillows made of the same fabric as the couch.  I always intended to make covers for them, but then never got around to it.

So, yesterday, I pulled out this warm colors dresden that I had made some time ago, which held a place on The List (the to do list) for several weeks, but then I removed it from The List because I just didn’t know what I wanted to do with it.

Well, turns out, it wanted to become a pillow.

While I like the design of this pillow, I’m not really sure I love the color scheme.  However, I made it to match the colors in my living room, which come from a rug we have that is sort of a wine red, navy, green, and natural.   The real issue, I think, is I need to redo my entire living room: repaint, and a new rug that I love, but I don’t think my husband would be okay with that right now!  Ha!

I do love the dresden itself, though!

(Anybody want to come and repaint my living room?  Then I’ll make a new pillow to match!)

Edit:  I made this pillow a buddy, and now I actually like it a little more.  Just needed some “balance,” I guess?

Road Trip Quilt Along: Colorado Pass

Ah, Colorado!  How I love that state.  Every time I visit, I want to move there.  On our travels this summer, we spent a couple days in Rocky Mountain National Park (not nearly long enough) and then headed on to Denver, where we met up with 4 of my college cross country teammates.  What fun!

We woke up early one morning to find about half a dozen young mule deer bucks right outside the tent!

I don’t have a lot of pictures of the actual construction of this block because it’s easy as pie.  Bonus: it looks awesome!  I loved making it.  Though, I kind of have a crush on half square triangles.  If you don’t like making and trimming HSTs, you will not feel the same way as I do about this block.  That’s all it is.  A whole pile of HSTs and a handful of squares.

The tricky part is orienting all the HSTs in the proper direction to make up the pattern of the block.  Fear not, though.  I made a handy graphic for you.  Just click on the picture, print it out and you have a guide when you put this block together.  In color or black and white.

Cutting directions for Colorado Pass quilt block

Fabric 1:
(2) 2.5 inch squares
(6) 3 inch squares

Fabric 2:
(2) 2.5 inch squares
(6) 3 inch squares

Fabric 3:
(4) 3 inch squares

Background Fabric:
(16) 3 inch squares

Assembly direction for Colorado Pass quilt block:

Set aside the 2.5 inch squares.  You will use those for the corner of the finished block.

Make 32 half square triangles.  Match each 3 inch square of background fabric with a 3 inch square of one of your accent fabrics.  For a review of how to make HSTs, head on back to the Maryland quilt block.  This is an excellent place for chain piecing.  I just fed each pair of squares through my machine one at a time, sewing a line 1/4 inch to the right of my center diagonal line.  Then I flipped the whole line of squares over and stitched a line 1/4 inch to the other side of my center line.

Cut the HSTs apart on the center line and then trim each one to 2.5 inches. 

Now it’s just a matter of arranging the blocks in the correct layout and sewing them together.

I used chain piecing here as well, and it went together pretty quickly.  I was a little too “scant” with my 1/4 inch seam allowance, so when I trimmed my block to 12.5 inches, I don’t have 1/4 inch above those outside points, so I will lose a little bit of the point when I put the quilt together, but it doesn’t bother me enough to redo the entire block.  Do you strive to make everything “just so,” or are you a “make it work” type of quilter?

WiP Wednesday

Hey!  Look at that!  I’m posting for Works in Progress Wednesday on … Wednesday!  What a concept.  Perhaps I will find my routine again afterall.  (whatever that is!)
 This is what was on the list last week:

1.  Road Trip Quilt Along Tutorial
1a. Montana for tomorrow Finished.  I posted later than I hoped but that tutorial went up last Friday.
1b. Colorado for next week  Some progress.  I have all of 36 square I will need for the block cut out and ready to sew.  This week, I will have to add Kansas to the Road Trip Quilt Along “to do” list.
2. Gathered clutches.  Some progress.  My picture last week was a pile of fabric.  This week, I have all the pieces cut out for 10 clutches.
Four of them are already spoken for.  The rest will go in my Etsy store when it opens this fall.  I even finished one!
3.  Luna Bags: the Essential Tote No progress.  I want to time myself to see how long it takes to make one of these from start to finish so I can get a better idea of how I should be pricing them.
4.  Hoopie swap project No progress.  Still in the “overcoming fear of the unknown, if I try this, it will suck” stage.
5.  Binding for my rainbow double staircase quilt.  Some progress.  I’ve sewn binding to two sides of the quilt, so I guess I’m half done!
6.  Be Free Bees free form quilt robin additions.  No progress.  I still have one quilt in my sewing room and I’m waiting for one.
7.  Draw sting soccer back.  No progress.  I order a lot of fabric from fabric.com (including this) and they were moving, so had some shipping delays.  My delivery confirmation says Sierra’s chosen soccer monkey fabric should be here today.
8.  Skirt for myself.  No progress.  No surprise.  I put something for myself on The List, but I haven’t actually moved forward with the project.

Two tutorials that I would like to complete, but are on the back burner right now:  No progress.  As I mentioned, they are on the back burner.
9.  Equilateral triangle hexagon quilt block tutorial
10.  Kid’s play oven mitt tutorial

 No finishes, so The List remains the same.  The only change is for the Road Trip Quilt Along.  Colorado is the priority tutorial for Friday, Kansas is next in line.