To Do Tuesday August 2


Welcome to To-Do Tuesday hosted by Christine over at Stitch All the Things!

Mid-week, I rearranged my list a little bit, so this is what I ended up with to work on this week:

1.  TSNEM: July – Foundation Paper Piecing
2.  Sassy Librarian Blouse / Colette Sorbetto Top

3.  Heart Builder’s Team Quilt Top
4.  Union St Tee (size down and use a FBA)
5.  Sunkissed Tee from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop (dark teal c/l knit)

Well, I actually was able to get some work done, and I have three finishes to share!

1.  TSNEM: July – Foundation Paper Piecing

I was originally going to make a bodice sloper and for July, but I just couldn’t set aside the time I felt like I needed to get it done correctly and truly learn something.  My daughter, Harley, helped me with this one, and took all my measurements for me, so all I have to do is translate them into a sloper when I do get to it.  Instead of the sloper, I tried Foundation Paper Piecing, and really enjoyed it!  I only made one block, and finished it to function as a large pot holder or something about that size.  I wrote a blog post about it HERE.

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2.  Sassy Librarian Blouse / Colette Sorbetto Top

I did NOT make the Sassy Librarian Blouse (though the pattern is all assembled, cut out, and ready to go) because the directions are tied up in a class on Craftsy, and I have not been able to figure out how to get the class to play on the TV in our living room.  We don’t have cable or satellite, so I have a Playstation I use to play DVDs, Netflix, and Amazon Prime with.  I could even play YouTube videos, but not Craftsy classes. 🙁

Instead, I made the Colette Patterns Sorbetto Top with the fabric I was saving for the Sassy Librarian because I was dying to use it – incidentally, it is Wonderland Love Petal Flamingoes from Fat Quarter Shop that I have had since last Fall!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this top!  I made the basic versions without alterations except for adding bias tape to the edge of the front pleat in addition to the neckline and armbands.

I made this Sunday afternoon, and wore it to work Monday.  I wish I had been able to get someone else to take the pictures because you really can’t see the top well in these, and I have crazy naturally curly hair that was driving me nuts in my face (I usually keep it pulled back).

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Here is a detail picture of the pleat and fabric.


I absolutely love this top, and I can see several others in my future, including with flutter sleeves and maybe a button placket instead of a pleat!

3.  Heart Builder’s Team Quilt Top

Last month, I joined the Heart Builder’s Team, which is an official team of volunteers who contribute their time, energy, and sewing machines to help start and finish quilts.  The Heart Builders team included quilt top makers (that’s me!) and long arm quilters, and the process is very simple.

Quilt top makers are sent a quilt top kit that includes a return mailing label and quilt top care instructions.  The makers have 4-6 weeks to finish their quilt tops and return them.  After the maker returns the quilt top, it is sent to a long arm quilter to complete the quilt. Once the quilt is finished, it is sent to the My Stuff Bags Foundation for inclusion in the My Stuff Bags program.  Volunteering as a Heart Builder is a great way to be directly involved with the donated quilts, and it is a great way to give back to those in need.

Last week, I received my first shipment of fabric, so I added the quilt top to my list to complete for the week.  Don’t look too closely, some of my corners are HORRENDOUS (I even squared up each piece), but with as busy as the pattern is, they’re not super noticeable.  If you want to read more about the Stash Builder Box and Heart Builders, I wrote a post about it last week when I received my shipment.

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4.  Union St Tee (size down and use a FBA)

No progress on this top, but possibly this week.

5. Sunkissed Tee from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop (dark teal c/l knit)

I did not get this top made this week, either, but it’s a really quick project, so I should be able to get it knocked out when I get an extra minute or two.

This was a great week for getting projects done, especially since two of them weren’t on my list to begin with, and I completely changed direction on two of them.

My list for next week:

1.  Union St Tee (size down and use a FBA)
2.  Sunkissed Tee from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop (dark teal c/l knit)
3.  TSNEM:  August – Hat and Mask Making
4.  LARP:  Short Sleeve Underdress

6 thoughts on “To Do Tuesday August 2

  1. That Sorbetto top is fantastic! I think I have that pattern, I just haven’t been focused on doing anything with my apparel patterns. I really need to pull some out and get to work. You really inspire me to get a move on and start making clothes!

    I will be looking into the Heart Builders. I really like how you described how that works and I really need to start doing some charity quilting. Thanks for the info!

    1. Thank you, I did a quick search for “Colette Patterns Sorbetto Top Hacks” and found literally hundreds of different ways to make it! I can’t wait – it’s perfect for me. Nice enough for work, but still casual and comfy!

      I feel like the small amount of time I put towards one of the Heart Builder quilt tops is so negligible compared to the comfort it will (hopefully) provide a child. I couldn’t say no!

  2. Love the colors in the FPP block you made. It’s beautiful! I also really like your Sorbetto top – it looks great.

    1. I love bold, bright colors, and this fabric collection is perfect for them! The Sorbetto was even more comfortable and easy to wear than I first imagined! I will definitely be making another one soon!

  3. One block – that is a nice way to ease into paper piecing. Glad you liked the technique and nice finish on it too! That sure is a cute top and nice piping(?) and pleat. Thanks for the link to the Heart Builder’s Team, sounds like an interesting organization which I will look into.

    1. Thank you! I am looking forward to trying more! The black is actually bias tape I made, which was a whole new experience (and lots of burned fingers), too!

      I absolutely cannot wait for my next Heart Builder’s shipment – I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about sewing something that will never belong to me or someone I love.

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