Category Archives: Motivation

December OMG 2017 Goal

The last Patchwork Times unfinished project of the year is number 10.  Judy actually announced number 6, but number 6 was the number for October, so I am going with the only number left for the year…number 10.

My number 10 is a mystery project from 2013.  It is called the Case of the Secret Garden by Linda Franz, the creator of Inklingo.

I found my project wadded up in a basket.  Although the mystery was fun, and the pattern is a good one, I did not like my fabric choices, and therefore, was not motivated to complete the quilt.

The Case of the Secret Garden

Since December is such a busy month, I am keeping my goal for this quilt small. I want to add simple borders (they’ll have to be simple…there isn’t much left of the fabrics used in this project).

Brownie points for me, if I get the top pin-basted into a quilt sandwich, but it isn’t likely. 

I’ll be baking cookies for Christmas!

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and check out the other goals for December!

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November OMG 2017 Goal Update

My OMG/UFO goal for November was the number 2 (drawn by Patchwork Times).

I wanted to turn the Brazilian embroidered piece into a pillow.

Brazilian Embroidery 001

To create texture, I free motion quilted around the embroidery.

Brazilian Embroidery

Brazilian Embroidery

Brazilian Embroidery

I was frustrated when I discovered that some of my threads bled a bit when I removed my blue quilting marks with water.

However, I was able to wash out the bleeding with a good soak in Dawn dishwashing liquid.  (What a relief!)

Brazilian Embroidery

The back of the pillow has a hidden zipper.

Brazilian Embroidery

Brazilian Embroidery

I am happy with how it turned out!

This pillow is destined to be a gift.

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG) and Patchwork Times . Click on the link and check out the other goals for November!

November OMG 2017 Goal

Number 2 was drawn by Patchwork Times for the November UFO goal.

My number 2 is to do something with the Brazilian embroidery piece that I finished back in the year 2012.

Brazilian Embroidery

I have decided to make it into a pillow.

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and check out the other goals for November!

October OMG 2017 Goal Update

My goal for October was to work on my Aunt Bea’s Parlor embroidery project.

I wanted to finish the embroidery, and get the blocks squared up and the corner triangles added.

All but the last block are finished in the photo below.  All are sewn together, except the last row.

Aunt Bea's Parlor

I am liking this!

Aunt Bea's Parlor

I even have the first round of borders sewn…a bonus for me, as I didn’t expect to get this far this month.

Aunt Bea's Parlor

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts and Patchwork Times.

Update:

Thanks to Slow Sunday Stitching yesterday, I finished embroidering the 20th (and last) block!

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 20

I also sewed the last row to the rest of the blocks, and put the top border on.

Aunt Bea's Parlor

I’m pretty happy with the progress of this project!

Aunt Bea's Parlor

Slow Sunday Stitching

I am pleased to say that Block 19 from the Aunt Bea’s Parlor project is completed!

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 19

I’ll be working on Block 20…the last block!

Woo Hoo!

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 20

I am linking up with Kathy’s Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching

Thanks to Kathy, I have been motivated to get these blocks embroidered.  If you click on the link, you can check out the projects that others are working on! 

Maybe you’ll be motivated to work on a project that has been sitting around just waiting for some slow stitching, too!

Slow Sunday Stitching

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

“Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.”
– Charles M. Schulz

 

“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!”
– Rainbow Rowell 

While I enjoy these splendid Autumn days, I am slowly making progress on the Aunt Bea’s Parlor embroidery blocks.

Block 18 is finished!

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 18

Along with stitching on Block 19 today, I am going to plant a few bulbs in the garden.  

That is an interesting thought to ponder…planting hope while the leaves are falling.

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 19

I am linking up with Kathy’s Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching.  If you click on the link, you can check out the projects that others are working on!  Maybe you’ll be inspired to relax with some slow stitching, too!

October OMG 2017 Goal

Patchwork Times drew the number 6 for the October UFO goal.

My number 6 is the Aunt Bea’s Parlor embroidery quilt project.  I have already made quite a bit of progress on this one, since I decided to work on it for my Slow Sunday Stitching project.

One Monthly Goal - Aunt Bea's Parlor

I have completed the embroidery for 17 out of 20 blocks.  Woohoo!

So my goal for October is to finish the embroidery on the last three blocks.  I want to get the blocks squared up and add the corner triangles to them.

I think this may be as far as I get, since the last three months of the year are the busiest work months at my day job.

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG).  Click on the link and check out the other goals for October!