Wednesday, July 10, 2019

2019 Q3 Finish-Along Goals

My Q3 Finish-Along goals are lengthy!

In no particular order . . .

There are three quilts to quilt:
  • Meadowland quilt needs sandwiching, quilting, and binding
  • Home Awaits - needs sandwiching, quilting, and binding
  • Eternally Yours quilt - needs quilting and binding

Betsy Ross Flag wall hanging
In light of the recent unfair and ignorant denigration of our nation's first flag, I feel moved to make this "Betsy Ross" Flag quilt to honor the memory of those who gave their lives for America's independence in the American Revolution. Here's a great article setting the record straight about this honorable flag.

I simply fell in love with these patterns and want to make them:

Square Burst quilt. I love Julie's patterns!

Homeward Bound quilt. I recently discovered Busy Hands Quilts
and love Myra's excellent instructions.

Here are 3 QALs in which I am lazily participating:
  • Quilty Stars quilt by Emily Dennis - love her quilts! I intend to make mine scrappy.
  • Church Window quilt by Lo and Behold Stitchery. I may make the small version of this one.
  • Finish Crochet quilt blocks. I've made one block and only have 11 more to go - lol! I'm making this one Christmas-themed.
  • Make crocheted socks. I really want to learn to knit a pair, but I'm going to try the crochet version first.

That's it for now. If I accomplish even one, I will feel just fine! I'm linking to Cedar Fork Sarah's linky party for Q3 Finish-Along Goals.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Scrappy American 4th of July Table Runner

This little table runner graced our table for our Fourth of July celebration. Our daughter and son and their families were here, along with our grandson's girlfriend, as well as my husband's sister and nephew. We had so much food and so much fun! Our menu was my husband's smoked brisket and ribs, baked beans, potato salad, garlic french bread, and homemade ice cream and strawberry cake for dessert. I will share family photos and recipes in an upcoming post.

I forgot to get a picture of the table when it was "in use" during our celebration, but this was the basic decoration.

The idea for this table runner started when I organized my scrap bins a couple months ago and found some 2-1/2 inch squares left over from the Scrappy American Flag wall hanging I made last year. I'm happy to say that I used fabrics 90% from my scrap bins and 10% from my stash!

I had no pattern. I just knew I wanted the squares on point. I used this chart to cut the setting and corner triangles, and it was a perfect fit. I sewed the rows together diagonally, and there were a few rows I had to redo because I got confused - lol!

I had a piece of Aunt Grace's Garden that was the perfect size for the back (yay no piecing!)

I added a navy border and navy binding and simply stitched "in the ditch" to give a puffy appearance. You can see by the photo how hard it is for me to stay in the ditch!

Scrappy American Table Runner Details:
Mostly from my scrap bins

Aunt Grace's Garden by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Fabrics

Border and binding:
Hobby Lobby's version of navy Grunge

Piecing - Superior Threads So Fine #50 in Genoa Gray (503)
Quilting - Superior Threads So Fine #50 Navy Blue (431)

I am linking to Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts.

Monday, July 1, 2019

OMG for July - Quilt Those Quilts!

Can you believe it's July already? June went by in a flash! I had goals I set for myself that were not accomplished during June, but I think I can catch up this month.

Meadowland flimsy
My One Monthly Goal for July is to quilt the three UFOs in my closet. Eternally Yours, a pattern I tested for Julie at Running Stitch Quilts, is sandwiched and ready to quilt. The Coral of the Story, which was my entry for the Pantone Quilt Challenge, is waiting for a backing fabric. Since I didn't win, I may change the name of that quilt - hah! Meadowland was an Instagram SAL and now is a completed top that needs assembly with the backing I have for it.

In other news, I still need to make three blocks for Countdown to Christmas for June, and I have only made one block for the Crochet Quilt SAL. I am also starting two new SALs this month. Am I crazy???

This post is linked to Elm Street Quilts OMG for July.

2019 Q2 FAL Finishes

In April I posted my proposed second quarter Finish-Along finishes on Sarah's Cedar Fork Stitches, who is one of many hosts this event. On the list below, the first three goals were accomplished, and you may click on them to see the post associated with each finish. The other three are languishing on my UFO pile, so they will be included on my Q3 FAL goals!

1. Finish a green quilt for my granddaughter's April birthday
2. Complete a quilt for the Hands2Help Quilt Challenge
3. Complete a quilt for the 2019 Pantone Quilt Challenge, which I had intended to combine with the Beothuk Star QAL. I finished the flimsy for this challenge. I dropped out of the Beothuk Star QAL because I had trouble figuring out the instructions given on the blog. Sometimes I really need a paper pattern in front of me, and even then I make mistakes!
Not completed:
4. Quilt the Meadowland quilt
5. Quilt the Eternally Yours quilt
6. Piece the Craftsman quilt

I am linking to Cedar Fork Stitches 2019 Quarter 2 Finish-Along.