Monday, August 7, 2017

August is here! OMG

The photo for my goal for August is not terrible exciting...not even a scrap of fabric! (which means I have a lot of work to do...)

I bought this pattern at Quilt Festival in Chicago in April with plans to make it for a college friend who lives in and loves Chicago. And guess what...her birthday is August 31st! 

So my One Monthly Goal for August is to (start) and finish this fun wall hanging. I just stocked up on fusible web, so I'm ready to go.
Can't wait to get started! 

Monday, July 31, 2017

OMG: Chorus Line Quilt Top!

My July One Monthly Goal, which was to finish my Chorus Line quilt top, almost didn't have a happy ending. I re-figured the quilt assembly (the original called for a separate "frame" around each row of blocks, but since my frames were all the same color, I didn't want double frames). I assembled the quilt center. And then I went to cut the borders. 

And ran into that oh-so-common tale of woe that all quilters know--not enough fabric! I'd purchased the black/gray/white stripe on a slight whim, hoping it would work for this quilt but not knowing. I just bought a yard or so, not thinking about it being directional. Oops! I didn't have enough to cut directional borders. 

I found 2 remaining yards of the fabric on and ordered it on July 25th. I left town on July 26th with my quilt looking like this: 

I came home today, July 31st, with a few hours to spare and a box of fabric on my front step. Borders added! Quilt top finished! Happy ending!
And the quilt is upside down in this photo. But it's done, so I can't be picky! :)
Thanks to Patty at Elm Street Quilts for hosting OMG!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Christmas in July Placemat Tutorial

Good morning! 

The sun is shining, today's forecast is 85 degrees, and I'm in a Christmas mood! I'm part of Benartex's Christmas in July blog hop today, and I'm sharing a placemat tutorial I made using Cherry Guidry's Mulberry Lane collection. 

These fabrics are adorable! I've always appreciated the addition of aqua into the more traditional red and green colorway because it creates such a fresh look. Here's a look at my completed placemat: 

 In these prints, I especially love all the different vehicles. I had fun quilting this as well--smaller projects are so much easier to maneuver! I followed the circles on the print below, filling in the white space with pebbles. 

Isn't this a fun stripe? 

My original plan was to make a tree using flying geese units. But it was just too straight and not quite right for the style of these fabrics. Paper piecing allowed me to create a wonky tree instead, and I'm really happy with how it turned out!

Head over to Benartex's blog to check out my tutorial. 
Leave a comment below telling me your favorite holiday decoration for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Mulberry Lane fabrics. This giveaway is open through Sunday, July 30th at 11:59 pm EDT. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Follow along with Benartex's Christmas in July Blog Hop!
Wednesday: Mulberry Lane Placemats by Lisa Ruble
Thursday: Nordic Holiday Star Quilt by Debby Kratovil
Friday: A Moose for Christmas Pillow by Cynthia Brunz
Saturday: Winter Story Wall Hanging by Benartex blog design team

Friday, July 7, 2017

OMG: Assemble the quilt!

Last month, my goal was to assemble my star blocks of the A Chorus Line quilt, from a class I took with Debbie Caffrey at Quilt Festival. Now I'm ready to assemble the quilt top! 

When I started this quilt, I was drawn to the striped fabric and bought it in hopes of using it as the outer border. I honestly didn't know if it would work or not, but after auditioning it here, I'm excited to use it! I'll use black solid for the sashing around each row, and then the black/gray/white stripe for the border. So my July goal for One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts is to assemble the quilt top. 

Can't wait to get started!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

OMG: Rows complete!

I'm happy to report that I completed my June One Monthly Goal! And I did it the non procrastinator's way--chipping away a few seams at a time, rather than one marathon sewing session on the last day of the month! 

I'm extra proud of this because June was a busy month--I was in charge of Vacation Bible School at my church, we had a garage sale, and we had Little League games almost every night of the first three weeks. Plus school ending...I'm tired just thinking about it all! 

If you're stopping by for the first time, the pattern is A Chorus Line by Debbie Caffrey. I started it in a class at Quilt Festival in Chicago with my mom.

 There are three rows with gray backgrounds and two rows with white backgrounds. Sometimes I feel like the difference is obvious; at other times it seems incredibly subtle. 

Next up will be working on the layout of this quilt, and seeing if the border fabrics I have will work or not. My mom recently picked hers up from the machine quilter (I need to get a photo to share!), so I'm happy that mine isn't too far behind. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

OMG: June - Finish 5 Rows

I'm setting a lofty (for me) goal for June through One Monthly Goal over at Elm Street Quilts. I've become a bit obsessed with finishing my A Chorus Line quilt top--my mom is already having hers quilted, and as I add more pieces to my design wall, I'm eager to see it finished! I keep setting aside things I *should* be doing so I can work on it. I've decided to fix that problem--my June goal is to finish piecing all five rows--so now I can add this to my *should* list! 

Here's where I am right now: 

I need to finish the gray star points for the teal blocks, and then the white star points for all the blocks. Then, assembly! 
After I get to that point, I can decide what to do for the row borders and the outer border. But for now, assembling the five rows is my goal. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

OMG: Quilt Top Finished!

My One Monthly Goal for May was to finish my Fly Away quilt from the Heather Jones workshop in March. 

I pinned the borders onto this quilt (that's all I had left to do for my goal) a week ago, and then this quilt sat on the floor while I dabbled in other things, like sewing pieces for this quilt

Amazing how sewing blocks segments is more fun than adding borders. And amazing that it took me 31 days to add the borders! :) That's why I love One Monthly Goal--without it, the pinned quilt would still be sitting on the floor of my studio! 

I'm looking forward to quilting this Jacquie Gering style! But for now, I'm just happy to have the quilt top finished.