Sunday, December 2, 2018

Oh Scrap! and OMG

The title of this blog post sounds like quilter’s cussing, doesn’t it? LOL. Actually, Oh Scrap and OMG (One Monthly Goal) are blog linky parties that I occasionally link up to (and would do so more often if I had anything share-worthy). 

First, let’s start with OMG. I didn’t make my November goal, which was to finish my daughter Megan’s All You Need is Love quilt. It’s going to be a Christmas present. I  had a slight issue with wonkiness - some of the measurements were off kilter. So that necessitated some un-sewing (that sounds better than ripping out, doesn’t it?) and re-sewing. But I got it done and progressed to the next and final round. But I didn’t finish. So, I’ve set the finish of this quilt as my December goal for OMG and I’m linking up to Patty’s monthly goal-setting party at Elm Street Quilts

This is where the quilt stands now. It’s a completed flimsy that is right on the measurements. The final row is flying geese windmill blocks on the sides and a colored stripe bordered by two plain white (Kona Snow) strips. The four cornerstones came from a block I had on one of my Pinterest boards. My daughter saw it and wanted it. It was designed by Amy Gibson for a now-discontinued Craftsy quilt. Anyway, you can see it HERE. I just drafted my own version of the cornerstone block.

Tomorrow I’ll sew up a backing and hopefully get it basted.  Then I’ve got all week to get it quilted Rather than quilting just one overall design (which would be fine by her as she’s not a quilter) I’m leaning toward doing some different but not too over-the-top designs. Stay tuned.

Today, which is a snowy and cold winter’s Sunday (and so nice with the fireplace going and the Christmas tree lit up), I’m also linking up to Cynthia Brunz’ Oh Scrap! linky at her inspirational blog Quilting is More Fun Than Housework. I have missed my regular scrap piecing and quilting in the mad rush of Thanksgiving through end-of-year holidays. I decided I needed to make a pencil case for my colored pencils. I’ve been using them a lot this year to draft several quilts, including the quilt above (All You Need is Love) and Lattice Birds, which I hope to get back to soon. But I digress....

So, I found the perfect scrap in my stash for the pencil case, and found a coordinating cheddar colored scrap to go with it:

But those are regular No. 2 pencils, not colored. I mean, it would still make a cute pencil case, and I still plan to make one (or two), but it led me to continue searching my scraps. 

I recently ordered two fat quarters from Spoonflower when they had a Buy 1 Get 1 Free sale on their fat quarters. I knew that my favorite fabric designer, Tamara Kate, has an account there with lots of designs available for purchase. What I didn’t know (until I was checking out with my purchase) was that I had Spoonflower credits on my account. So my total cost for 2 fat quarters plus postage was $1.25. Can’t beat that!

This first fat quarter will make a darling colored pencil case! And probably with enough left over to do some fun fussy cutting. The second fat quarter is just FUN. What I’m going to do with it is still a mystery. But the cats like it and I’m a Pisces so it works for me!


  1. Love those flying geese windmills - I hadn't seen that block before! Your pencil prints are adorable, too! I need to make myself a pencil pouch for my colored pencils, too. A zipper pouch is always more fun than any other container!

  2. Looks like a great quilt. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilt One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project.

  3. Good luck with your projects!!!

  4. I'm glad you got the wonkiness fixed on All You Need is Love so you can stop all that Quilter's Cussin'! And yes, that is the perfect fabric for your colored pencil case. And you know me, I love any fish fabric, too. Spoonflower fabrics come in different weights, right? What type did you order?

  5. Good luck with your goal! You can do it!
    Perfect print for your pencil case - it'll be a joy to use!

  6. I love it when you link to Oh Scrap! Hopefully you will have lots of scrappy projects in 2019 :)

  7. Oh, you will definitely make goal this month, I bet!
    Cute fabrics for pencil cases. I just stick mine in an old cup.
    And I've never seen a fish fabric I didn't like. I made my oldest son a fishy quilt a long time ago and collected several fish fabrics back then. Some bits and pieces are still hanging around. I made the quilt because he has several aquariums.

  8. What a great deal on your Spoonflower fat quarters! That will make a cute pencil case!

  9. That pencil fabric is wonderful. Better than colored pencils!

  10. A pencil case has been on my would-like-to-do list too, but I certainly don't have the fun fabrics that you do! I don't need a 'pencil' case per se, but a case would be handy for so many things.

  11. Hi Cathy! Wow - could those fabrics BE any more perfect for some pencil cases??!! They will make adorable ones. Of course, I can't remember what I was going to say about your quilt now that I can see the pictures. I do look forward to seeing how you quilt this! I always enjoy seeing what other quilters come up with. Happy Happy Wednesday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

  12. Good luck with your OMG. Glad you were able to fix the wonkiness and are on your way to a just in time Christmas finish. Love both those Spoonflower fabrics. I've looked around on the site, but have never ordered from them. They do have some very fun designs.


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