Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Monday, July 28, 2014

Totally Useless July

Totally embarrassing too...I was SURE our Totally Useless Stitch A Long posted today but noooo...it was last Friday! Whoopsie! I have a good excuse for screwing up, Friday was the day Dash & I married 29 years ago. We celebrated with a day out shopping, saw a movie and then spent the rest of the weekend playing.

My ORTs are a bit unusual this time around. I have sewing ORTs in addition to my stitching ones!


Yup, that is a quilt square! I decided I really, really wanted to learn to quilt. Much research on the internet and lots of thinking led me to plan out a "disappearing nine patch" quilt. I bought my fabrics and started cutting out squares.


Quilt squares are so pretty! The rotary cutter makes these in a jiffy, even if it is scary as all-get-out to use. I already have quite a bit of the blocks sewn together. Soon I'll be cutting the blocks into four pieces and sewing those. I'm teaching myself as I go and having fun. There's sure to be many blunders (I've already learned you DON'T try to cut backwards with the rotary cutter if it doesn't cut through or you might cut your square WRONG!) but like stitching, practice makes you better.


I had to share the awesome food Dash smoked yesterday...chicken quarters and a beef tri-tip. Oh My Word that man can cook! The beef was medium rare and so tender and juicy and the flavor was divine. I'm such a lucky lady!

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We want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your July TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox


36 comments:

the2nd35years.com said...

Here is my July TUSAL! http://the2nd35years.com/2014/07/29/tusal-july-2014/

sharah said...

I finally got to stitch a little this month and added a little to my ORT jar!

http://sharah.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/july-tusal/

Blessings in the Country said...

I feel the same way about rotary cutters. LOL. That's awesome you are starting to quilt! I am too, just love them.

Happy anniversary!

I put my TUSAL up yesterday, a day late.
http://blessingsinthecountry.blogspot.com/2014/07/july-26-tusal.html

Blu said...

I've been thinking of dipping my toe into quilting as well. Your block looks good.

My TUSAL for the month: http://therapy-by-thread.blogspot.ca/2014/07/july-tusal.html

Shelly said...

I'd say that's a very good excuse! Congrats on your 29th. Looks like hubby is a keeper! Here's my orts

http://shelly-anarizonastitcher.blogspot.com/2014/07/july-tusal-and-stitch-from-stash.html

Jusie Sea said...

my TUSAL post: http://jusiecreation.blogspot.ru/2014/07/tusal-2014-7.html

Hazel said...

Congrats on 29 years! Wowza! Xx

TinaTx said...

Happy anniversary!
You've caught the quilting bug. Yes it is fun but then you get torn between wanting to quilt and wanting to stitch. I've also been trying my hand at crochet (just borders on baby blankets) there just are not enough hours in the day!

Caitlin D said...

July TUSAL!!http://craftymakings.blogspot.com/2014/07/july-tusal.html?m=1

The Inspired Stitcher said...

What an awesome milestone! Congrats!

Here's my ORT report:
http://theinspiredstitcher.blogspot.com/2014/07/tusal-july.html

Threeundertwo said...

Quilting is addictive! Welcome to a whole new world of things to spend money on. You will love your finished quilt.

http://litandlaundry.blogspot.com/2014/07/hattie-hedgehog.html

homeschooljewelrymom said...

I'm a day late with my TUSAL post, but here it is:
http://sssinthesun.blogspot.com/2014/07/tusal-and-finish.html
Congratulations on 29 years! That's awesome. Your quilt looks very pretty so far; good luck with it :-)

Julie said...

Enjoy the quilting, I attended a beginners workshop this week for the first time, loved it!

stitchersanon said...

Happy aniversary! Congratulations. I hate cutting fabric: your squares do look pretty though xx

katica said...

just posted mine too!

valerie said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Dash! :)

Jackie said...

Happy 29 to you both and many more! I love smoked chicken. We've not tried smoking beef before and will have to give that a try.

Sara said...

Happy Anniversary! Now I don't feel bad for being late:)

http://www.justanotherflamingo.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-late-tusal-and-finish.html?m=1

Mouse said...

Happpyyy anniversary :) only a couple of years in front of me ...lol
excellent start on the quilting ... that's how I learnt too ... and hada giggle at the rotary cutter .... make sure you always put the guard on as well when not in use ;)looking forward to seeing more of it :) love mouse xxxxx

Annette-California said...

Awe Happy 29th Anniversary!
Like your fabrics and looking forward to seeing what you quilt:)
love Annette

lekae said...

Here is my July TUSAL! http://otnoroktushkana.blogspot.ru/2014/07/tusal.html

Kate said...

Oh, so it's not just me that gets dates/days mixed up!
You'll get instantly hooked on quilting and it's looking great so far.
Happy Anniversary to you & Dash - We celebrated our 1st yesterday (although we have been together for 10 years?

D1-D2 said...

My TUSAL report: http://d1-d2.blogspot.ca/2014/07/july-tusal.html

Happy Wedding Anniversary :)

Sheryl S. said...

Checking -in with my July Tusal
seen at sewingafterseven.blogspot.com
best wishes Sheryl

Rike said...

Here's my ort jar:

http://blog.handarbeitskorb.de/2014/07/27/tusal-26-07/

Happy Sttiching
Rike

SoCal Debbie said...

My TUSAL jar has some yarn ORTs in it this month, from my oldest UFO that I finally finished after 34 years!
http://debbiescrossstitch.blogspot.com/2014/07/tusal-july-and-big-finish.html

Marie said...

Happy Anniversary!

I look forward to seeing your progress on that quilt.

I'm very hungry right now and would love to be feasting on that delicious chicken. :-)

Kimberly Scott said...

Finally getting my needle moving again! http://wp.me/p3tsYB-n6

lynda said...

Happy belated anniversary!
Here's my TUSAL for July:
http://acozylittleplaceforstitching.blogspot.com/2014/07/its-tusal-time-again.html

Zhemchug said...

Happy anniversary! It is great date!!! On th 14 th of July we selebrated 8th anniversary ))

TUSAL is here http://zhemchuzhiny.blogspot.ru/2014/08/tusal-report.html

Linda said...

I got my computer fixed. Here are my orts for July.
http://bengalcatlover10.blogspot.com/2014/08/lindas-july-smalls-sal-and-tusal.html

Linda

Lija Broka said...

This is making my mouth water ...

http://stitchingincrossesandmore.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/wipocalypse-and-tusal-update-july-2014.html

Lindsay said...

Here's mine http://purplepds.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/tusal-time.html

mi maleta ila said...

Hi Sharon this is my TUsal July. Happy Anniversary

http://mimaletalila.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/mi-tarro-de-hilos-julio/

Lizette Morales said...

Hi,
Like always I'm bit late!!! I leave you my tusal picture!!! Happy anniversary and many more years to come!!!! my blog is www.lizylovelystitche.blogspot.com

cerato said...

Here´s my TUSAL for July
http://cerato.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/tusal-julio-4/

Hugs