Sunday, May 1, 2016

OMG: May Goalsetting!

Welcome to One Monthly Goal: May Goalsetting Linkup!

The Snowbirds roll into town today! I am busy preparing an Uno De Mayo feast to celebrate! Yesterday, I made use of two crockpots, and the pressure cooker, and my Kitchenaid.
There'll be no pounds shed around here today haha!

It's possible my goal for May is a bit far-fetched, but I really want to knuckle-down and quilt Summer Gatherings. I try to select project goals that may not have otherwise been a focus, but are still manageable. This may not fit the bill, but I must challenge myself! Plus, it has been awhile since I had a 'real' quilty finish! You may remember Summer Gathering:
The picture is staged, and a bit deceptive. The sandwich was promptly folded after this photo, and has been sitting beside the machine since.

It was while working on Summer Gathering last summer that I first met Lara, of BuzzinBumble! Several online friends sent me fabric needed to finish this quilt, and I like to say I have a few friends gathered in this one!
To celebrate the release of her new book, Lara is hosting an amazing Blog Hop that kicks off today, with a fabric giveaway (Vintage Picnic!),
and all these books to be given away through the month!
"Crafted Appliqué.... New Possibilities", photo by buzzinbumble

And look-ee here - I am in the lineup for week One!
Come back on Friday to read about my take on the book, and enter to win a copy of your own!
Lara Buccella        BuzzinBumble  
Introduce Tour    
Valerie Smith      Pumpkin Patch Quilter
Dana Gaffney        Stormy Days
Lorna McMahon  Sew Fresh Quilts
Mary S.
Heidi Kuntz        Red Letter Quilts
Alycia Carmin  Alycia Quilts

In addition to those giveaways, Lara has generously added to the OMG Prizepool this month! One lucky participant will win this lovely charm pack of Fossil Fern, out of print now and sooo hard to find!
 photo courtesy of buzzinbumble

Perhaps our stars were aligned  - I cut a bit of a rainbow for the May prizepool as well!

These pretties are 5"x18", cut from the Fusion Illusion bundle I used for Winter in Bloom.
Winter in Bloom is a Christmas version of my Summer Gathering quilt!
It is now a part of the Jaftex 85th Anniversary Look Book, a beautiful source of inspiration!

Note: Due to Uno De Mayo celebration, and the expected recovery, winners of the April OMG: It's Finished Linkup will be drawn and announced on Tuesday, May 3rd!

Time to link-up and get busy! Thank you all for cheering one another on!

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

OMG: It's Finished, April Linkup Party!

My goal this month has been to catch-up with my Daily Dot Journal Quilt - A much harder charge than I thought!
Close-up shot of first Quarter-Panel.
Motivated to avoid creating any UFO's this year, I decided to Quilt-As-I-Go.
I had a hard time getting focused at this distance. 77 days make up this (first) Quarter-Panel.
I joined three panels by using the muslin backing and adding the black strip.
And even closer:
The double-ring has a Valentine's Day poem:
"Birds and Flowers all agree,
That you are just the one for me."

Kind of fun to have the same quilt working through 'stations' in my home!
The fourth panel is currently at the sofa.
I love selecting colors for big-stitching! I reached my 100th dot one week after March began, (the day after my LEAP dot!)
Even the 'label' will be finished by the end of the year!
 Backside of panel FOUR.
The FIFTH panel blocks are squared and waiting for assembly.
The pear block may be my favorite (lower right). I have been playing with Lara's raw-edge applique technique, in preparation for the Crafted Applique: New Possibilities Blog Hop --- coming SOON! OK, here is that pear, revealed:
The big question you may wonder, is whether or not I reached my goal?
Yes, just about! Had I not set this goal for April, I am certain that I would have fallen so far behind as to possibly lose the mojo. Perhaps I would be caught up on blogging, but this is the sacrifice haha!
I would have liked to make this post on the first of the month, to share with the Quilty365 Linkup Party, however I am finding that I must avoid linking to anything at the end or the beginning of each month. This way I make time to keep up with your quilting adventures! I want to be the best host I can be for One Monthly Goal. I may not be able to comment on every post, every time, but I am reading your goals and cheering you all on!
Remember to Make Time to Sew...
And don't forget to to laugh!

OK, Time to linkup your April Finishes!

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Three Finished Quilts this Quarter! Q1 FAL 2016

Marrakesh Overnighter, pattern in The Better Bag Maker

I was able to complete three of the seven quilts from my Quarter One Goal List for the 2016 Q1 Finish Along!
2016 FAL

It is a challenge for me to select from my pile of UFO's, just what I want to place priority on! The FAL linkup is really good for me in that respect, and I will be thinking carefully over the next few days, about my Q2 list!
The best part of the linkup though, is the huge show of QUILTY FINISHES!

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