Category Archives: Motivation

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!

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Slow Sunday Stitching

“October is the opal month of the year. It is the month of glory, of ripeness. It is the picture-month.”    – Henry Ward Beecher

 

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

 

I am a happy camper!  I actually finished a block in just one week!  Ha, ha!

Block 17 done!

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 17

The pattern, and my Google searches, show the embroidery being done with a running stitch, or a backstitch.  I chose to embroider with a stem stitch.  

I don’t know why.  But there ya have it.

Onto Block 18!

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 18

Just three more blocks to go, and the embroidery portion of Aunt Bea’s Parlor will be finished!  Woohoo!

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

September OMG 2017 Goal Update

My September UFO goal  was to complete the borders for my friendship row by row quilt.

Friendship Row by Row

Lots of four patches sewn into border rows!

Friendship Row by Row

Four patch sashings and borders are bringing the rows together!

Friendship Row by Row

Friendship Row by Row

And I’ve got a flimsy!

Friendship Row by Row

Friendship Row by Row

I pieced the backing from fabric found in the stash instead of going shopping.

Friendship Row by Row

But I forgot that I had one more strip to include!  So I had to re-piece the backing!  Ha, ha!

Friendship Row by Row

I am so happy that I completed the goal of getting this project sewn into a flimsy!

I purchased a Grace frame, so this quilt will be my very first project that I have quilted on a frame.  

I know…I should have loaded a practice piece (or 10), but I am just going for it.  And what a learning curve it is!  None of my straight line quilting is straight!  Ha, ha!  I don’t really mind at all.  This row by row is so full of memories for me, and I am adding to the memories.

Friendship Row by Row

You can read about this friendship strip round robin quilt here, here, here, and here.

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

Slow Sunday Stitching

“In emerald tufts, flowers purple, blue and white;
Like sapphire, pearl, and rich embroidery,
Buckled below fair knighthood’s bending knee;
Fairies use flower for their charactery.”
― William Shakespeare

 

“Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that – one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

 

I am still slowly; very, very slowly, stitching blocks from the Aunt Bea’s Parlor pattern.

I have finished block number 16.  

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 16

Onto block number 17.

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 17

Progress is happening!

Slowly.

I am linking up with Kathy’s Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching.  Click on the link, and check out the projects that others are working on!

September OMG 2017 Goal

For September, Patchwork Times drew number 4 from the UFO list.  My number 4 is the same as my number 5 goal was…the friendship round robin project. I knew I would need lots of time (I need lots of time to complete almost anything)!

Friendship Row by Row

You can read about this friendship strip round robin quilt here, here, and here.

I left off working on this project in March.  I was sewing four patches together for borders.

Friendship Row by Row

My goal for September is to get the borders sewn onto the quilt top and have a completed flimsy.

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG).  Hop on over there and check out the other goals for September!

August OMG 2017 Goal Update

The number 8 was drawn by Patchwork Times, as the monthly goal for August.

My number 8 goal was to do something with some machine applique floral sample blocks.

I squared the blocks to 12-1/2″.

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

Triangles were added to set the blocks on point.

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

After squaring and setting the blocks on point, I decided to turn them into autumn placemats.

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

I kept the quilting simple; straight lines, echo, and meandering (I’m not making Van Gogh or Picasso art pieces after all). Here’s a look at the back:

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

I’ll be gifting these placemats…it feels good to have turned the blocks into something useful!

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts.  Take some time to see what other folks have finished for the month!

I am also linking up with Patchwork Times .

August OMG 2017 Goal

Patchwork Times announced the number 8 as the UFO goal for August.

My number 8 is these floral blocks:

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

I stitched these 3 blocks many moons ago when I was teaching a machine applique class.

What to do…pillows…, a table runner…, a wall hanging…, tote bags? 

Hmmmmm….

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG).