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Christmas in July Challenge

Kathy, at Sewing, Etc., issued a Christmas in July challenge. You can read about it here and here.

There are no rules. The point is to encourage one another while moving our projects forward. There is no pressure to finish a project, no deadlines to make. Simply move a project forward.

I decided to move my Lone Star project forward.

Christmas Lone Star

I last worked on this quilt in January. I had completed quilting in the ditch.

Christmas Lone Star

My plan to move my project forward is to free motion quilt the star points this month.

That’s it.

No pressure.

Just moving forward.

How about you? What project would you like to move forward? Need some encouragement?

Quilt on!

A Stroll in the Garden

“Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, “It might have been.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

Cornflower/Batchelor Button

Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

Rose

“The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.”
― Ted Hughes, Letters of Ted Hughes

Peony

“We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Coral Bells

“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.”
― Shannon L. Alder

Bleeding Heart

“We don’t have to be defined by the things we did or didn’t do in our past. Some people allow themselves to be controlled by regret. Maybe it’s a regret, maybe it’s not. It’s merely something that happened. Get over it.” ― Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four

Bleeding Heart

“We all do things we desperately wish we could undo. Those regrets just become part of who we are, along with everything else. To spend time trying to change that, well, it’s like chasing clouds.” ― Libba Bray

Goats Beard

“Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in.” ― Katherine Mansfield

Pansy

“My dad used to say that living with regrets was like driving a car that only moved in reverse.” ― Jodi PicoultHouse Rules

Allium

“Speak when you’re angry, and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.” ― Lawrence J. Peter

Allium

Stay healthy.

Stay safe.

Keep smiling.

See the world around you!

Grim Ripper

I couldn’t help myself.

This squirrel was so cute! I had to drop everything and make it!

Grim Ripper

I know all you sewists out there relate!

Grim Ripper

This little guy is only 9.5″ x 12.5″. The free pattern was designed by Terry Chilko and is available here.

Grim Ripper

I free motion quilted a small meander for the background filler; like the meandering thread on the fabric print that I chose for the back of this little quilt.

Grim Ripper

I also embroidered a red French knot to the seam ripper.

Grim Ripper

This little guy is going to join one of my favorite quilts in my sewing studio!

Lets Sew Quilt Along

Quilt On!

June 2022 OMG Update

My OMG for June is the same as all of the previous months this year, and for the next 6 months as well. Not to fall behind working on the 365 Challenge quilt designed by Kathryn Kerr!

365 Challenge

So far, so good!

I am not aiming for perfection (Why aim for the unreachable?), but I am hoping to improve my piecing skills.

Having said that, those last 2 blocks in the photo are my attempts at producing the perfect block. Ha, ha!

I made the darker block first, and it came out too big. There is no way to square it down without losing the points! I remade the block, using a different method, and it is still too big! Argh!

Rather than be frustrated and obsessive about this block, I am going to set it aside. If I need the block when it comes time to sew the top, then I will make a different block (the choices are unlimited and quilting should be fun)!

January completed blocks.

February completed blocks.

March completed blocks.

April completed blocks.

May completed blocks.

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts OMG. Hop on over there and be inspired by the other goal setters that have linked up! It is inspiring and encouraging!

Quilt On!

A Stroll in the Garden

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Cornflower/Batchelor Button

Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

Cornflower/Batchelor Button

“Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up.” ― Veronica Roth, Divergent

Peony

“Fear cuts deeper than swords.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Marguerite Daisy

“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Jupiter's Beard

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ― Plato

Coral Bells

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” ― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

Coral Bells

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ― Nelson Mandela

Columbine

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” ― Marie Curie

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Rose

Stay healthy.

Stay safe.

Keep smiling.

See the world around you!