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August Quilting Goals

This month I hope to spend more time in my sewing room. I don’t have to work any weekends, so that will help tremendously. My Double Wedding Ring and my Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler quilts have not been touched for months, so I really need to get back to these two quilts. Naturally there are other bits and pieces I’d like to accomplish as well.

  • Keep up with the SBS BOW and the monthly Offline Quilters’ challenges.  This month the goal is 5 blocks on row A.   Who knows what the BOW will bring.  The end result should be 10 more blocks toward the 140.
  • Three 12″ blocks – two are for a swap and one is the KVQG BOM.  I should get the BOM pattern sometime next week.
  • Quilt, Bind and Label the baby 1000 Pyramids – since I’m waiting for the baby to be born, the label might roll to September.
  • Resume quilting on the DWR.  I’ve taken the quilt from the floor frame and put it in the lap hoop.  Last night I worked on it for a while.  I’ll get back to you on how I like the hoop.
  • Finish piecing the Star Struck blocks.  This would be a good project for a sew-in with my quilting buddies.  We haven’t had one of those for a while.
  • Quilt my Texas Braid. Alright, I admit it.  This is my long shot.

Will I finish everything I’ve put out on my list?  Who knows.  Check back with me through the month to see.

QA Wednesday

A week has passed, my ankle is better, although not perfect, and I can finally sit at the sewing machine for longer than 10 minutes. As a result I have finished my Texas Braid top. Since my goal was any piecing/quilting I think I can say I accomplished that.

So what’s up for this coming week?

Finish quilting and bind Dancing Flowers. It has to be finished by July 19th.
I want to also get a baby quilt shipped out, but I’ll settle for simply picking which quilt I’m going to send.

There were other things on my list for the month of June, but they just aren’t going to get done. Maybe during the long 4th of July weekend….

See what others are planing by following the links over at Bari’s.

Texas Braid Options

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What’s On My Design Wall

Sunday afternoon I finished piecing the braids for Texas Braid. As I trimmed each braid, I hung them on the wall. My husband came in and said he didn’t like it, so he started playing with them. As soon I have 3 1/2 more braids to trim, then I’ll try it out both ways — as designed and as my husband sees it.

At the top are the Star Struck blocks that I was working on at the beginning of the month. I got distracted trying to finish up Texas Braid and haven’t worked on them in a couple of weeks.

Check out other quilts in progress by following the links over at Patchwork Times.

What’s On My Design Wall

Last week I took a posting on the Guild website as a challenge to get my Texas Braid top completed by tonight’s meeting. Since all 10 of the braids were about 1/2 way to the length I wanted, I thought it might be able to get it done. It didn’t happen. Only 4 made it to the correct length (these braids are folded in half).

Rain usually means more quilting time, but in this instance it meant my brother couldn’t work so he, my sister and I spent all day going through my mom’s things. I don’t know when we’ll get lucky enough again that all 3 of us are available at the same time.

See what’s others are working on by following the links at Patchwork Times.

QA Wednesday

Last week’s goals:

* Add the border to the pink Carolina Christmas blocks – DONE!
* Make this week’s SBS BOW and 3 make up blocks – DONE!
* Resume the hand quilting on my DWR — aiming for 15 minutes a day – Didn’t even look at.

If I’m going to finish the DWR by my deadline, I really need to work on it. Maybe I’ll move my frame into the sewing room from the living room. I think part of the issue is there’s not enough light in the living room.

Since my SBS block is already done for the week, and an implied challenge was issued, I’m going to try and get my Texas Braid top completed for show and tell at Monday’s guild meeting. I have 10 braids started and they are each 18 cornerstones long. I think I need to add another 24 to get to the length I want. It may not happen, but I’ll be further along on it regardless

See how others are keeping on track over at Bari’s!.

What’s on My Design Wall

I can’t make up my mind what I’m working on. All weekend I had the 50 blocks I’ve completed for Oklahoma Backroads on the design wall and I was quilting Dancing Flowers. Additionally, I’ve been working on my red scraps. In addition to my usual sizes, since I’m working on the reds, I’m cutting 1 1/2 inch squares to use as the centers of log cabin blocks. But sometime Sunday afternoon I decided I needed to work some more on my Texas Braid.

My original plan was to make this about 36 inches square, but I’m liking the way it’s turning out, so I’m going to aim for about 60 x 80. So, I’ve got some length to add to these braids and I need another 4 (one is missing from the picture.)

Hop over to Judy’s to check out other design walls and see if anyone else is having trouble staying focused on a single project.