Commitment Issues

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 didn't call loudly enough to me.

I keep a basket of small projects in various stages of completion on my sewing table, and the pile was getting pretty high.  These pillowcase kits have been in the pile for more than a year and I think it's time for them to be done.  My local quilt shop is having a sewing event for Ryan's Case for Smiles (formerly ConKerr Cancer) at the end of September.  Even though I won't be able to attend, I can donate these pillowcases to them.  So getting these kits made into something useful will be my OMG for September.

This is definitely a month to keep it simple.  There's lots of fun stuff going on.  I went to an Accuquilt demo at a quilt shop yesterday and will be going to a Mary Fons workshop and lecture tomorrow at my LQS.  The Pennsylvania Quit Fest (Mancuso show) is practically in my backyard next week and I'm hoping to attend a lecture there as well as view the quilts and do a bit of shopping.  On the stitching side, I have a class with Lauren Sauer through the Delaware Valley Historic Sampler Guild and a class with Catherine Theron through the Lehigh Valley EGA. 

My husband sees an eye specialist in New York City and we were there for an appointment today.  He goes back again in a couple of weeks.  We always do something fun in the city, but it's a long day and no stitching or sewing gets done. (Today we went to see the Intrepid, an aircraft carrier.  Obviously my husband's choice and I was pretty sure I would be bored.  It was actually very interesting to watch the video of how planes take off and land from a carrier and to see their collection of fighter planes.  And if you ever go, be sure to visit Underwest Donuts located in the car wash across the street.  The. best. donuts. anywhere. and in the most unlikely place.)  My oldest is coming home for the wedding of a high school friend at the end of the month and that will be wonderful but it also cuts into sewing time!

Thinking of all my friends in Florida and sending prayers for their safety this weekend.


  1. Kits can be fun - they save a bunch of time. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project.

  2. I like all of the choices you featured. I think making the pillowcases for the sewing event is a super idea. Here cheering you on! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Love all your beautiful blocks! Have fun with your project!

  4. The fabrics for the pillowcases are wonderful! It will be wonderful to work with them and a reasonable goal for a busy month!

    Irma - we are all fine. I'm sure you saw some of the footage. Our beloved gathering spot - the Bensel House - has sustained quite a bit of damage. Melody can give you the details. As far as I know, our guild members are all ok. Ellen had a tree fall on BOTH her cars but fortunately no one was hurt. All it all, it could have been much much much worse.


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