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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!

April OMG 2018 Update

How did April fly by so fast?  It is already time to share how I did with  my goals for April.

My first goal was to sew a flimsy.  I already had the pieces cut, and I am happy to say that I was able to sew this together:

Hannah's Quilt

It still needs borders, and some applique, but I reached the goal for the month.

If you would like to see the pattern (Butterfly Garden) click on the link above.  It will take you to my April goals where I share where to find the pattern.

My next goal for April was to find a pattern and cut the fabric for a new peg (clothespin) bag.  I went down the rabbit hole (Pinterest) for ideas and I have the fabric cut.  I have a photo, but it isn’t much to look at, since I haven’t finished the bag.

Clothesline Peg Bag

The hanger is child-size, and is lying underneath what will be the top of the bag.  The fabric under the hanger is the lining for the bag, and you are looking at the wrong side of it.

I am not sharing a pattern, since, after looking at several on Pinterest, I am going with my own thing.  We will see how it turns out.

Goal 3 was to sew my three blocks for the RSC18 Squared Away Scrap Sampler.  I finished the blocks and posted about them here.

RSC18 April

I am happy, happy, happy with Goal #4!  I not only made progress with quilting the Friendship Row by Row quilt, but I finished the quilting!  Woohoo!

Friendship Row by Row

I don’t have close-up photos of the quilting, but, believe me, you don’t want to see them.  This is the very first time that I have machine quilted with a frame.  Let’s just say that it was a huge learning experience!

Friendship Row by Row

The back:

Friendship Row by Row

It still needs binding.  Maybe that will be next month’s goal.

If you’d like to read the brief history of this quilt, I blogged about it here. That was a year ago!  Time flies!

Between sewing and the job, I am also gardening.  I haven’t accomplished as much outside as I would have liked, but it has been glorious enjoying the sunshine and seeing the promise of spring blooming.

Daffodils

Daffodils

Daffodils

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and see what other goals were accomplished for April. I find it inspiring and motivating!

March OMG 2018 Update

My OMG (One monthly goal) for March was to continue to work on the Laundry Day Tee.

I had already finished one tunic. 

Laundry Day Tee

I was hoping to sew five more!

And I am happy to say that I accomplished the goal!

Laundry Day Tee

I learned that I do not enjoy using Jack the Ripper on stretch knit seams!  I suggest getting it right the first time.

Having said that, these tunics are made from a beginner’s pattern…easy to sew…so long as one pins this slippery fabric well, and doesn’t get too confident by the time one is sewing her sixth tunic!

I now have six simple tunics that I can wear with pajamas or jeans.  Versatile and comfortable.  Just the way I like it!

Laundry Day Tee

I also wanted to complete 3 blocks for the Squared Away Sampler sponsored by So Scrappy and The Academic Quilter.  You can see the blocks that I made by clicking here.

The last goal for March was to make progress on quilting my friendship row by row.  Not much to see here, but I have worked on it a little bit.

Friendship Row by Row

Overall, I am pleased with my productiveness this month.  

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and see what other goals were accomplished for March. I find it inspiring and motivating!

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.