February OMG 2019

My January OMG (One Monthly Goal) was to stablilize the Leavenworth quilt in preparation for free motion quilting.

Leavenworth Nine Patch

For my February OMG, I plan to carryover the Leavenworth quilt, and hope to complete the free motion quilting on it.

I don’t have a plan for the free motion quilting, but I have begun.

Leavenworth Nine Patch

Beginning is half the battle!

Leavenworth Nine Patch

I  am linking up with Elm Street Quilts OMG (One Monthly Goal).  Click on the link to get inspired by more goal setters and their accomplishments! 

Sugar Town

I had a self-imposed goal of working on the Leavenworth Nine Patch quilt this month (I really should come up with a name for this thing).

Leavenworth Nine Patch

And I did…just the minimum to meet the publicly stated goal.

I got distracted (this occurs easily and often) and worked on the Sugar Town quilt.

Sugar Town

I quilted a pantograph design…something I am not good at and need lots of practice with…but I enjoyed doing it.

Sugar Town

The pantograph is called Mountain Laurel from Urban Elementz.

Sugar Town

Lovin’ the texture!

This quilt will soon be a birthday gift for a granddaughter, so I need to get it done.

Sugar Town

For more posts about Sugar Town, click here and here.

January OMG 2019 Update

It is time to report progress on my January OMG (One Monthly Goal).

My goal was to machine stitch in the ditch to stablilize the quilt for free motion quilting.

Leavenworth Nine Patch

Mission accomplished!

You don’t see the quilting?  Hmmm…here is the view from the back:

Leavenworth Nine Patch

Leavenworth Nine Patch

Just so you know…I did it!  <Grin>

Leavenworth Nine Patch

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts OMG (One Monthly Goal).  Click on the link to get inspired by more goal setters and their accomplishments! 

Judy’s Challenge 3

Judy, of Virtual Quilter, posted her 3rd challenge in learning to use Electric Quilt.

We were to choose a kaleidoscope block, one made from many sections, and choose a fabric collection to play with.  I chose the Faceted Star block and  Modern Marks fabric by Christa Watson.

This was a great exercise!  By playing with value/contrast, the block could be made to look so different without ever adding another block or more fabric. 

With more play time, I could have come up with more variations, but here is what I have done with this challenge:

Judy's challenge 3

And just to see two of the many possibilites:

Judy's challenge 3

Judy's challenge 3

This was fun!

Organizing the Blog and the Candace Project

I have not posted in a while, so thought that perhaps I should check in.  

I have been slowly working my way through organizing the blog, and I am not finished yet.  It is taking some time, since I started blogging in 2011, and I don’t have hour after hour to devote to this task.  At least, not hour after hour all in one sitting, since I apparently do have hour after hour to get this done.

My blog is essentially a journal for me, and it has become difficult to find relevant posts when I want to reference, or reminisce a particular past post.

I have deleted a few posts.I have added new tabs to the header, and I have links to relevant posts listed under those tabs.  I don’t know about you, but I think this will work better for me.

And that may be all that matters.

The bow tie leader/ender basket slowly fills:

Bow Ties

The bow ties are pinned in groups of ten, so they will be easy to count when I decide that I have enough for whatever size quilt that I haven’t made a decision upon yet.

I have begun a new project.  There will be no deadline; no rush on this one.  It may take a very long time.

The enlarged photo is a posterized version of my niece, Candace:

Candace

I haven’t done an ‘art quilt’ in a long time, and this one has been on my heart for several years. 

Candace was visiting and wanted to learn to bake a pie.  She was thrilled with her first made-from-scratch cherry pie.  A happy memory, and a good one to replicate in an ‘art quilt’!

Judy’s Virtual Challenge 2

I am late to the party, but better late than never.

I participated in the Virtual Quilts first challenge to use Electric Quilt 8 to play with a block. The result of that challenge is here.

Challenge #2  was to select one of my virtual designs and add  Christmas colors.

I chose the Alpine Cross from this blog post to play with.

* You can also find the Alpine Cross by clicking on the Quilt Blocks tab above my header.  There are more designs there for inspiration.

How I originally colored it:

Alpine Cross On Point Set 4

Now in Christmas colors:

Alpine Cross On Point Set 8

Thanks for the fun, Judy!

January OMG 2019

A new year, a fresh start.  It feels good to begin anew.

I am not making big goals for this year.  No new resolutions that I may keep for a couple of months and then leave by the wayside.

I am keeping it simple.

I want to walk on the beach in the sunshine.

I want to read more; especially His Word, as I have let that slide.

And for January’s OMG (One Monthly Goal), I want to work on the Leavenworth quilt.

I blogged my virtual play time with the Leavenworth Nine Patch block back in January 2013 here and here.

Leavenworth Nine Patch BB

*You can also find those blog posts by clicking on the Quilt Blocks tab at the top of my blog.

Sometime after that, I actually worked up one of my design ideas into a quilt top and pin basted it. I showed it on March 27, 2015.

Leavenworth NinePatch

So my goal for the month is to machine stitch in the ditch so that the quilt layers will be stabilized and I can remove the pins (and thus lighten some of the weight).  The quilt is approximately  74″ x 88″, so it is a large size for machine quilting on a domestic machine.

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts OMG (One Monthly Goal).  Check out what others have chosen to work on this month; it can be very inspiring and motivating!