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Commitment Issues

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Patty at Elm Street Quilts opened the link-up for September's One Monthly Goal a week ago.  Ever since I finished the queen size quilt that will be a wedding present for my nephew, I've been trying to decide on my next monthly goal.  I kept looking at the projects in various stages of completion in my sewing room and didn't want to commit to any of them.

There is a pile of these block awaiting sashing.  However, this project has had its difficulties and I'm just not feeling it right now.  I probably could push through and get it done, especially since it would be a good project to practice quilting with my embroidery machine.  But at the moment, it just seems like all work and no fun.

Last night, I decided that my sewing room needed straightening up and I looked at a couple of potential projects and some WIPs.  I found three of these blocks that need just a little work to be made into a table runner.  It would be a nice fall decoration for my daughter, but again, it di…

Another Monthly Goal Accomplished

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My One Monthly Goal for August was to complete a block-of-the-month quilt.  I started this is 2015 and then work on it stopped when I decided it wasn't going to the originally planned recipients.  My nephew got married in a small ceremony in July, 2016 right before I had surgery on my shoulder.  I'm slowly getting back on track completing larger quilts and thought this would be a good gift for the (somewhat) newlyweds.  When I put the finished top on my bed, I was tempted to keep it.  I even showed the picture to my sister to confirm whether or not her son and daughter-in-law would like it and was more than a little disappointed when she said they would love it.  But I know this will go to people who appreciate it, and it's perfect for their home on the coast of California.



I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts.  It's always fun to see what others accomplish during the month.

One Step At a Time

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My new sewing room furniture was delivered last Monday afternoon.  I was itching to get everything back into the room and organized, but we left Tuesday morning for a quick trip to see our daughter in upstate New York.  We got home late Thursday and I was booked on Friday.  So the room is not quite ready for pictures, but it's slowly coming together.

While we were in New York, we took a trip to Glens Falls to see the Hyde Museum.  The most interesting part to us was the former home of Louis Hyde and his wife.  They were art collectors who had a Rembrandt hanging in the library and Renoirs in the bedrooms.  I was delighted to see this embroidered panel from Germany in the 19th century.  It was done with silk and metallic threads on linen.
The day was capped off with a concert by the fabulous Philadelphia Orchestra and fireworks at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs.

One of the things that I discovered when putting things away in my sewing room is that I have…

Friday Finish!

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I managed to go above and beyond my One Monthly Goal and finish the Box of Chocolates mini-quilt.  This one was a lot of fun, all the way from choosing the fabrics, putting the blocks together, quilting a free-hand wavy line and choosing the buttons.  Sewing on the buttons was not fun, but I was determined to make this a finished quilt.  My plan is to hang it on the door of my sewing room for Valentine's Day.

It's hard to believe that July is almost over.  I had a great time taking a needlepoint class from Kathy Rees (Needle Delights) in Jacksonville and spending time with the ladies at duClay over the weekend of the 15th and 16th.  Then I was off to Hershey, PA on the 21st for the annual Quilt Odyssey show.  I took an appliqué class from Mimi Dietrich.  Her instruction was so good that I have total confidence that I'll be able to successfully hand appliqué.  I also took a shorter class on English Paper Piecing and picked up some good tips.

On the home front, my sewing ro…

Decision Made

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I had a big internal debate on which project to choose for my One Monthly Goal for July.  I would really like to keep going with the Sand and Surf block of the month I worked on last month.  All the blocks are finished for another block of the month and I could work on the setting for those.  Or I could finish the rework panels for a small quilt.  So many projects!

In the end, I sat down with a calendar and thought about the two trips I'll be taking (one for a needlepoint class and the other for some quilting classes) along with the realization that I'll have to do some organizing to get my sewing room ready for the new furniture.  That helped make the decision to keep my goal small.  My plan is to turn these fabrics into nineteen more of the block shown here to make the Box of Chocolates quilt from 101 Fabulous Small Quilts.  Making the quilt top is what I'm hoping to accomplish.  Getting it quilted and bound will be a bonus.

I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts.

Friday Finishes

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I met my One Monthly Goal for June and will be linking up with Elm Street Quilts.  These seven blocks were a little time-consuming, but since I love the colors, they were fun to sew.


All the blocks are made for this quilt but the sashing requires quite a bit of piecing so that will be my OMG for July.

I acquired a new, larger sewing machine last year and needed a bigger space than the one I had been using in the basement.  We decided to make one of our bedrooms into a sewing room when we got new flooring and painted the bedrooms last year.  One of my machines has been on an Ikea desk that we bought 25 years ago for our sons' rooms.  I've had a small ironing pad next to the machine and a small cutting board on another Ikea desk next to it.  In addition, I've been making do with small Daylight and Ott lamps since there is no overhead lighting in the room.  While it works, it's not ideal and it's hard to keep pieces organized.  After months of measuring and debating …

OMG-It's June!

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Being away for nearly the whole month of May has made me lose track of time, and it's hard to believe that it's June already.  We don't have many plans for this month, so I'm hoping to get a lot of quilting and stitching done.  My big plan is to finish nine blocks for a Block of the Month I started in 2015.  I had some recipients in mind for the Sand and Surf quilt, but ran out of time and also realized that the gift would not be the most appropriate.  During some digging around in the quilt closet, I ran across the kits and got excited about this quilt again.  I am going to love working on the blue blocks since they seem so summery.  I'm thinking that this will be a gift to my nephew for his wedding but I may have trouble letting it go.


On the stitching front, I'm finishing the pre-stitch for the Virgin Queen box class with Betsy Morgan this weekend at Salty Yarns in Ocean City, MD.  The forecast is for the mid-high 70s with sun, so it should be a beautiful t…