Category Archives: Motivation

September OMG 2018

“By all these lovely tokens 
September days are here, 
With summer’s best of weather 
And autumn’s best of cheer.” 
–  Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885

 

September came fast and it is already time to declare the sewing goals for the new month.

Dark blue is the RSC18 color for September, and I will be piecing three 5 inch blocks for the Squared Away Sampler project.  You can see my progress so far this year by clicking here.

For my second goal, I intend to complete the remaining fabric pages of my President’s book.  I continued to make good progress last month, and I am sure I that can finish this project this month. 

President's Blocks 

I recently took the time to clean up my fabric stash, and I now have a pile of small scraps that I do not want to put back on the shelves.  I intend to get these pieces cut into usable strip sizes.

Fabric Scraps

Not a goal, but the bow tie leader/enders are growing!

Bow Tie Leader/Enders

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts OMG (One Monthly Goal).  Check out the other participants and get motivated!

August OMG 2018 Update

I kept my August sewing goals simple because I wasn’t sure how much I could accomplish between the day job and summer days outdoors.

It turns out that I couldn’t spend time outdoors because the air quality is hazardous with wildfire smoke.  I may have lost the summer, but I did gain time in the sewing studio.

I completed my three blocks for the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler, and you can find that post (and information about the sampler) by clicking here.

RSC18 August

I stated that I wanted to complete six more pages of my President’s book.

I am very happy to announce that I finished nine pages!

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You can see more pages and read about my project by clicking here.

And I completed my bonus goal!  I really wanted to finish the On Ringo Lake (ORL) Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, and I did!

On Ringo Lake

On Ringo Lake

I have already gifted this quilt to a special young fellow who has had a rough time of it.  

On Ringo Lake

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG).  Head on over to see what everyone else has done with their August goals and get inspired!

August OMG 2018

My sewing goals for August are the same as they were for July. 

I am keeping it simple, since I am working six days a week; split shifts.  I can do things between shifts, but when evening comes, all I want to do is be a couch potato!

I will be piecing three 5 inch blocks for the Squared Away Sampler project.  You can see my progress so far this year by clicking here.

I want to complete six more fabric pages of my President’s book.  I made good progress last month, and I am sure I can do the same in August.  I really want to get this project finished, but it is still a snail’s pace for me.

President's Blocks

On Ringo Lake still awaits squaring up and binding.  Not a goal, but a bonus…maybe I can get the quilt squared up this month.

On Ringo Lake

Like much of the country, my home climate has been hot, hot, hot.  It is very difficult to keep the garden green.  I do have pics that I haven’t shared yet, so here are a few to enjoy:

larkspur

Peace Rose

Daisy

Lily

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts OMG (One Monthly Goal).  Check out the other participants and get motivated!

July OMG 2018 Update

July has gone by very fast!  At least for me it has.  I’ve had a great time visiting with family this month and enjoying the summer days!

Not a lot of sewing has been accomplished, but it is time to share how I did with meeting my OMG (One Monthly Goal) for July.

Goal 1 was to piece three 5 inch blocks for the Squared Away Sampler project.  I completed this goal and you can see my progress by clicking here.

Goal 2 was to free motion quilt 6 blocks for my President’s fabric memory book.  (You can read about that here.)  I am happy to report that I completed 10 blocks!

I had intended to use the blocks as practice for all sorts of free motion quilting designs, but changed my mind.  Instead, I want to keep it simple.  I am echo quilting, as well as meandering and a bit of pebbling.

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I have pieced together a few more leader/enders to make bow ties with.  I am pinning them in groups of 10 so that it is easy to count how many I have.

Bow Tie Leader/Enders

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG).  Head on over to see what everyone else has done with their July goals!

July OMG 2018

Time to be bold and announce my new goal for July.  

I’m not really going to be all that bold this month, since I am making time for family and sunny days!

I will be piecing three 5 inch blocks for the Squared Away Sampler project.  You can see my progress so far this year by clicking here.

My next goal for the month is to make progress on my President’s book.  Nope, not the President of the United States, but blocks that were given to me for serving my term as a quilt guild president.

I left off turning the blocks into pages for a fabric memory book that I can use for a keepsake.  You can see that post from one year ago here.  (It is a coincidence that I worked on this project in July last year, and have chosen it as my project for July this year.)

President's Blocks

I believe I have 36 pages to quilt.  They shouldn’t take long, and they wouldn’t, if it was winter and I could stay in my cozy home all day long (which I can’t because of the day job).  But it is summer, and the sunshine calls, so I am making this easy on myself.  I am going to quilt six pages for the month.

Speaking of sunshine, there will be time for strolling in the garden!

Flower Garden

Rose

Flower Garden

Flower Garden

Flower Garden

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts OMG (One Monthly Goal), where goals are met, one month at a time, and there is encouragement to keep on keepin’ on.

June OMG 2018 Update

Time to report how I managed my June goals!

Goal 1 was to piece two backing fabrics for two sweet (and very large) quilts; Sugar Town and The Butterfly Garden.

Check.

I took the photos on a very, very bright sunny day, so the color is washed out, but you can still see that this is one large quilt backing!

Alyssa's Quilt Backing

Alyssa's Quilt BackingHere are both backings; finished and ready to be sandwiched:

Alyssa's Quilt Backing

Goal 2 was to piece strips together to make binding for the Friendship Row by Row quilt. (Click here, here, here, here,and here)

Check.

Mom gave me an old small floral fabric from her stash and it is perfect for this quilt!

Friendship Row by Row

I not only prepared the binding, but I finished sewing it to the quilt!

Friendship Row by Row

Friendship Row by Row

Thank you so much, Patty, and OMG, for the motivation to finish this project!

Friendship Row by Row

Friendship Row by Row

Friendship Row by Row

Friendship Row by Row

Friendship Row by Row

Friendship Row by Row

Friendship Row by Row

Friendship Row by Row

Goal 3 was to piece three blocks for the Squared Away Sampler project. 

Check.

You can see those 5 inch blocks in this blog post.

Goal 4 was to take time to walk in the garden (and pull a weed or two while I am at it.

Check.

Flower Garden

Peony

Foxglove

Rose

Snapdragon

I am linking up with OMG (One Monthly Goal) at Elm Street Quilts. Click on the link and check out the other June accomplishments. I find it inspiring and motivating; perhaps you will too!

June OMG 2018

“In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?”
–  Robert Louis Stevenson, Bed in Summer 

 

I feel a bit like the child in the above poem.  I go to bed by daylight instead of staying up to play and enjoy these long summer days.

Retirement.  Wherefore art thou, Retirement?

Nevertheless, I am making the best of it.  Or trying to.  I love these beautiful days when every day the earth shares new fragrant blooms amidst warm sunshine rays and refreshing rain showers!

It is a new month and time to set new goals (or bring the old ones forward).

Remember these two quilts?:

Alyssa's Quilt

Hannah's Quilt

I want to piece fat quarters together to make quilt backings for them.

I also want to piece a binding together for the Friendship Row by Row.

Friendship Row by Row

I will be piecing three blocks for the Squared Away Sampler project.  Teal and turquoise are the colors for the month, but the block hasn’t been announced yet.

And, of course, take time to walk in the garden.

Rose

Peony

Peony

Peony

Peony

I am linking up with OMG (One Monthly Goal) at Elm Street Quilts. Click on the link and check out the other goals for June. I find it inspiring and motivating; perhaps you will too!