Sunday, July 25, 2021

One Monthly Goal July Finish Link-up

Ready to link up your July finishes?
Don't panic - this link-up is open until July 31 at 11:55 pm ET.

My goal for July was to finish my Summer Slow Stitch quilt top.  I finished it, basted it and started the quilting!  More to go but here is what it looks like now.  You can read more about the quilt on this post.

Now it's your turn to link-up!  There will be 3 winners - Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $25 gift certificate, Quiltfolk is offering a one year subscription, and Paper Pieces will provide a EPP Starter Kit to one lucky participant!

Visit the One Monthly Goal event page for the specific requirements for links and social tags. 

And remember, to be eligible for the prize(s) by random drawing you must linkup at both the goal setting and the accomplishment linkup in a given month. (July Goal Setting Link-up)

Make sure you add a link to this OMG post so others can follow where you are linking.   Let's make that easy -  just paste this into your post:  

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Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, July 23, 2021

Mid-Year Check-in

Back in December, I joined Yvonne's planning party and posted about my goals for 2021.  (See my post.)  I'll be linking up with the mid-year check-in here.

Highlights from the year so far include my postage stamp quilt  - one of my long term bucket list items.

For 2021, I choose the word seek - as in seek new challenges in quilting and seek opportunities to connect and collaborate with others.  I submitted an article proposal for publication in a quilting magazine which was accepted!  The magazine comes out in the fall so I'll share more later this year.  I also did my third collaboration with Kristen Esser on another Hand Piecing QAL with our Harmony pattern.  We have a lot of fun running the QAL and enjoyed seeing what everyone did - you can see the parade of quilts here.

Over all, I am doing ok against my specific goals for 2021, namely:

  • Experiment with color and design and play outside my comfort zone  - Two quilts underway against this goal.  The first is a quilt I am making with plans to submit to QuiltCon - it uses wasabi and purple as two of the primary colors neither of which is anywhere near my typical palette.  (The Harmony quilt above is my typical palette!)  The second is a smaller quilt I will be making for a guild challenge.  
  • Seek inspiration everywhere and work to provide through my blog posts (tutorials, OMG etc.) - I'm happy with my blog content - both what I've been posting and the frequency.   I hope I am providing inspiration to others - I know that who participate in OMG will tell me how setting a public goal helps them focus.
  • Establish a social media plan - when and what to post - Zero progress on this one.  Sadly it was a carry over goal from 2020 so I've been doing nothing on this for awhile 
  • Collaborate with another quilter(s) on a QuiltCon submission - Zero progress on this one.  There is certainly time to pull it off before the October submission date but my plate is full with other quilts I want to make plus contributing to our guild submission.  Maybe next year!

In addition, I intend to stay focused on fabric purchases specific to projects and to make an effort to use up my stash.   Two wins against this goal - the first is the postage stamp quilt (above photo) and second is my fabric rug made from scraps - read all about the adventure.

Thanks Yvonne for providing us a reason to visit our goals and look back on what has been accomplished so far!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, July 19, 2021

Summer Slow Stitch July Update

I really enjoyed the challenge of hand piecing this quilt - my summer stitching project that started last summer.   I finished the quilt top and it measures roughly 55" x 55".  (See previous posts here here and here for more information.)

My plan is to add some hand quilting into the solid squares and walking foot quilt the low background fabric.  In my excitement to get to the quilting, I made this project priority #1, got it basted and did some (all?) of the walking foot quilting!

I am not a fan of pieced backs but went ahead and pieced one using some large scraps.  It looks way better than I expected - and you can get a good view of the walking foot quilting.  Isn't it fun?

Next step - more quiltling!

Have a wonderful day! Patty