For second quarter, I had five goals and only finished two; Bruce’s Banjo quilt and the Summer Skirt for London.
However, in my defense, I did finish a lot of blocks that were outside my goal list. For example, I participate in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC). For that, I finished 7 - 16” blocks (made up of 4, 8.5 inch blocks each) as well as over over 30 12” blocks for the Farm Girl Vintage (FGV) quilt-along and the FGV Retreat we had locally at Thimbles and Threads. Also, it does not take into account the three other unplanned makes; an ironing pad to use with my travel iron, a quilted/pocketed underpad for my Bernina, and a zip pouch for carrying my travel iron. Most of those have been posted here during the last 3 months, so I can laugh and prove I’m not a slacker! :-)
But now it is time to set some goals for the 3rd Quarter Finish-Along, and after careful consideration, here is my list:
1. Black Crazy Quilt Wall Hanging
This is actually all sewn together now, and the trim is mostly stitched around the inside needlepoint. I have one seam and one medallion to add, then it is just backing and binding. I have been putting it off because (a) black wool is not particularly appealing to work on in the heat of summer and (b) it will be featured in a magazine in the winter, so I don`t want to really give the finished piece too much exposure before it is published. So I keep waffling on this....
2. Cancer Quilt for Cal
This quilt is well under way; my friend Mary and I are both going to be working on this (Cal is my friend and her uncle). So far, about half the cutting is done and some of the sewing. This will go together quickly once it gets our primary focus. And that will likely happen as soon as my Etsy shop sale is over....
3. Baby Quilt for DGD Oakley
We are expecting another granddaughter, Oakley, in September. This quilt will be a simple patchwork front in pinks and greens and white. The back is the floral fabric - a vintage sheet - that inspired the color scheme.
4. Finish Pretty in Plaid Wallhanging. This is an Anka’s Treasures pattern in Bonnie and Camille’s fabric
Helen’s Garden is the name of the fabric line I am using. Besides falling in love with the dragonflies and accompanying prints by Tamara Kate last year (it was named for her mother Helen), I love it because my mother was also Helen. It will be a bed-sized quilt for our bed.
By the way, I LOVE Tamara Kate’s new line The Birds and The Bees.
The pattern is from Missouri Star Quilt Company (see pic above); the plain off-white will be used for the sashing and the lavender checked bedsheets (upper left of picture) will be the backing.
I’m getting a head start on some of my Christmas sewing. These pincushions will be for my cousins, etc (my quilty peeps) as part of their Christmas gifts. I think they will all be presented in little zip pouches, which will likely either just happen OR will become Q4 goals.
And one of my supervisors, Alfie (Alfalfa) insisted that I show you how intent he is about quality control.
|Alfie checks the measurements of the cut pieces|
I will be back later in the week to show you the latest Farm Girl Blocks....
Until next time,