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Another Goal Accomplished

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Just a quick post because I'm off to a retreat with the Delaware Valley Historic Sampler Guild tomorrow.  Everything is packed and ready to go--


--all of the important things anyway.

My One Monthly Goal for April was to complete this baby quilt to donate to my quilt guild's charity. Despite having to remove quite a bit of quilting due to tension issues, I managed to get it done in time to turn in at the meeting last Friday.


I actually accomplished quite a bit in the sewing room last week and reduced the pile of WIPs, but I'll show you those projects later.  For now, I'm linking up to Elm Street Quilts so you can see what everyone else has done this month.

Finished or Not Friday

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Some time ago, I saw Finished or Not Friday posts out in blogland.  At the time, I thought this would be a great motivator to post my work more often.  I lost the link until I saw Patty's post of her beautiful finished quilt today.  
I'm going to start with a small project I finished at the beginning of April.  This is from Little House Needlework's ABC Sampler series.  Someday, this will be finished into a small pillow and displayed in a basket along with the other eight samplers (not yet stitched) in this series.

I'm linking up with Busy Hands Quilts

OMG April

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We have a typical April day here in southeastern Pennsylvania.  It's around 60 but raining.  The perfect day to stay inside and stitch!


I'm keeping my one monthly goal simple this month.  As I looked around my sewing room last week, I had five (!) projects out in various stages of completion in addition to two Block of the Month programs I'm trying to keep up with.   It's time to bring some of these to a finish and I'm planning to devote most of the month to clearing off the various surfaces in the room one project at a time.  My April OMG is to complete the quilting and binding on this quilt that I'll be donating to my quilt guild's charity.  That's also in keeping with my goal to complete and donate six quilts this year.

This was a lot of fun, and easy to piece.  I used the raspberry fabric for the backing and still have at least two yards of it left.  Not sure what I was thinking when I bought that much!  I have enough of the ice cream fabric left to…

OMG Where Does Time Go?

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I had every intention of writing a few more posts this month but, as usual, other things intervened.  I've been busy trying to clean out and organize our basement storage area.  It's cluttered with the things I removed from our children's rooms prior to getting new flooring and having the rooms painted last summer.  At this point, the kids have been through most of their things and decided what they will keep (texting pictures of items to them on a daily basis really helped with this process).  Now it's up to me to box up and store everything.  They were pretty selective so it's not a lot of stuff, but it does require a bit of a time commitment.




This month I had trouble sticking with one project both in quilting and in needlework.  So I accomplished my March One Monthly Goal with just a day to spare.  Turns out I only needed to make four Farm Gurl Vintage blocks to have the 48 needed for the quilt.  The pig and the sheep were fun even though they had a thousand pie…

March One Monthly Goal

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Setting one goal for the month has really helped me make progress on two projects so far this year.  I debated between two projects for this month and finally made my choice.  I'm going to commit to finishing the blocks for the Farm Girl Vintage (Lori Holt) quilt I started at least a year and a half ago.  I was doing well completing a block or two a week and then life intervened and the project stalled out.  I counted tonight and I think I have just eight blocks to make before I can start putting the quilt together.  Here are some of the ones that are done.
Even though the 6" blocks have been a challenge in some cases, I've had a lot of fun choosing colors and putting these together.  Getting this quilt done will also help me clean up a corner of my sewing room where the fabrics for this project are stacked.  Maybe I'll even be inspired to start on the sashing.

Head on over to Elm Street Quilts to see what others are hoping to accomplish this month.

Time Flies

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February has gone quickly!  It think that's partly due to the spring-like temperatures we're experiencing in southeastern Pennsylvania.  The nice weather certainly makes me want to get out and about more.  When I was home, I stuck to my One Monthly Goal of getting the Leaf Chain top pieced.  It won't be quilted until I've taken a class on how to use my embroidering machine for quilting.  That's not until the end of May, but I have lots of time to get this done in time for next fall.
Linking up with OMG at elmstreetquilts.blogspot.com  Go see what everyone else has accomplished this month!

February OMG

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It's time to set One Monthly Goal and link up with Elm Street Quilts.  This time, I chose a new start as my focus for the month.  I joined a group that meets at my local quilt shop the last Thursday of each month.  It turns out that nearly everyone in the class is also in my quilt guild so that makes it even more fun. The group  has been meeting for about three years and the focus is making small quilts from the book 101 Fabulous Small Quilts (That Patchwork Place).  They decide on a quilt and spend two months making it.  For January and February, the quilt is Leaf Chain.  I love the autumn colors and I was able to find all but one of the fabrics for it in my stash.  My goal is to have the quilt top pieced this month.  So far, I've completed one block (only need 8 of these)


 and half of another (also need 8 of these)



so I'm confident I'll accomplish this goal.  I'm still not too sure about that green square, but I think it will be OK with the border fabric.  If not…

WIPocalypse January 2017

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I have another finish!  This is Love and Live Happy by Guild House Samplers.  I saw two versions of this piece at the needlework show in Woodlawn several years ago, and tried to track down the chart at the time.  The designer is Pamela Darney but she didn't have a website at the time.  (She still doesn't, but I understand she is working on it).   I sort of forgot about this piece and of course, I had a *few* other things to stitch!  Then Caryl C. showed her completed piece at one of our guild meetings and loaned me the chart.  I did mine on 36ct. white Edinburgh with the Gloriana silks recommended on the chart.  This was lots of fun to stich and I had fun with the color variations in the silks, particularly Red Clay. 

Guild House Samplers was supposed to be one of the vendors at Annie's Needlework Festival in Williamsburg last December but she ended up not having any items at her table.  Pam spoke at the opening banquet about architecture in needlework and I understand th…

Goal Accomplished

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I signed up for One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts and I'm happy to say that I finished a small quilt.  This top was pieced several years ago and put aside because I wasn't confident about quilting it.  I unearthed it when setting up my new sewing room last summer and decided it needed to be finished and donated.  I recently took a class on quilting with rulers on a home machine and thought I might be able to use that knowledge on this project.  I discovered that I'm going to have to put in a LOT more practice with the rulers so I quilted this by (mostly) stitching in the ditch.  It was shown at the January meeting of my quilt guild and given to our Pieces of Love project for donation to a charity that needs baby quilts.


Now to chose another project for February!

WIPocalypse 2017

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I know, I know--this blog was silent for six months and suddenly I've started posting every day.  Please don't expect that to continue!  The beginning of a new year has brought the opportunity to set some goals and participate in a few fun things around the guild so I have some extra things to write about.

Measi  has been hosting the WIPocalypse for several years.  This month, she asked participants to introduce themselves and talk about projects and goals for the year.  The duClay Chapter of EGA has a challenge every year and it's a great way to set priorities.  These are my projects for the WIPocalypse and duClay.

1.  Ann Smith by Scarlet Letter--I started this on Super Bowl weekend last year and stitched on it a lot during 2016, but I still have a long way to go.  This will be my focus in 2017.

2.  Sampler Houses by Brenda Keyes-This was a New Year's Day start for a SAL with duClay.
3.  Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs-I have completed everything thro…

OMG

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I've been Kate's blog for some time and especially enjoy her posts about her OMG or One Monthly Goal.  This is hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts in order to encourage quilters to focus on one project that can be completed within a month.  That sounded like a great way for me to turn some UFOs into finished items, and I'm glad it's starting up again for 2017.

We did some home improvements last summer with painting and new flooring in the three bedrooms that our children had used.  Since they're all gone and not likely to be living at home again, we turned one of the rooms into my sewing room.  Wonderful, except that the furniture was placed back in the rooms an hour before I had to go to the airport to pick up my sister who came to help when I had the rotator cuff repair.  One of the craft related things I could do during the first two months after surgery was sort through my stash.  I organized all my fabrics by color and found a few forgotten projects.  One of…