October 2022 OMG

My October 2022 One Monthly Goal is to sew together the third quarter (July, August, and September 2022) of the THREE temperature quilts I am making this year. I’ve wanted to make a temperature quilt for the past couple years but then the pandemic hit, and I didn’t particularly want to commemorate 2020 or 2021, but I’ve been somewhat cautiously trying to live a more normal life in 2022. The first temp quilt is for me in northern New Mexico, the second for my stepdaughter who lives in California in the Bay Area, and the third for my stepson who lives in Washington. I am using the same Kona solids to depict each temperature range, and when they are finished, it will be so much fun to see the quilts next to each other and compare the different temperatures for each state. Below are the flying geese units for Jan-March. New Mexico is the left, California in the middle, and Washington on the right:

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I’m using 2″x4″ finished flying geese in all three quilts. I am paper-piecing all the flying geese using Lee@Freshly Pieced’ Perfect Flying Geese and keeping track of the date, state, and colors on the paper to help keep me organized. Here are the units for April-June for NM, CA, and WA.

temp columns april through june

I’m looking forward to seeing what the third quarter of this year looks like once I’ve sewn them together.

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Weekly Progress Update #163

To-Do for the week of Sept 20th-Sept 26th:

  1. Finish my niece’s Herringbone place mats and write my Sept ’22 OMG Finish post. √Done
  2. Refine my fabric pull for my mini rainbow block. √Done
  3. Do a little more Sashiko stitching. √Done

To-Do #1

I did finish my niece’s place mats. Below is a pic with some pretty late-season cosmos flowers after I washed and air-dried the place mats. They did not shrink too much. They were 12.5″ x 18.5″ prior to being laundered and lost about 1/4″ with both width and length.

MF Placemats with Cosmos

And another shot where I tried to be a little artsy with some strewn cosmos 🙂

MF placemats with strewn cosmos

In my September 2022 One Monthly Goal Finish post, I shared several pre-wash photos that I took on our robin blue stained picnic table. Here is one pic from that post that shows the two different fabrics from Sharon Holland’s Willow Collection that I used for the backs.

MF Placemats 5

To-Do #2

Here are the fabrics I’ve decided to use for my Mini Series Rainbow. I hope to start working on it in the next couple weeks.

Ombre strips for Rainbow mini

To-Do #3

And here is the fourth Sashiko square I’ve stitched that I will make into coasters for a Christmas gift this year.

Sashiko Square 4

To-Do for the week of Sept 27th-Oct 4th:

  1. Bind my Break of Day quilt that arrived in the mail yesterday from Sew Shabby Quilting.
  2. Write my Oct 2022 One Monthly Goal post.
  3. Do a little more Sashiko stitching.

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September 2022 OMG Finish

My September 2022 One Monthly Goal was to make a set of eight herringbone/chevron place mats as a house-warming gift for my niece, Mary Frances, who bought a lovely vintage home a few months ago. For the pattern I used two of the foundation paper pieced templates from Alison Glass’ Feathers 2021 Pattern Book.

MF Placemats 1

I used four fabrics from the Chasing Wildflowers Collection by Juniper Row Design for Hawthorne Supply Co. and a recent Giucy Giuce print called Matrix in Mulberry from his From Attic Collection (with the pink pliers on top of it). All the other fabrics were from my stash, though I did need to buy some more Smoke and Rust fabric by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics for binding from Kimmie Anne Fabrics on Etsy. I especially love the Aboriginal print placed in the upper left side of the bin. It looks like a snake in the pic above in the first vertical place mat on left side.

Fabric pull for Mary Frances placemats

For the back of the place mats, I used two lovely fabrics from Sharon Holland’s Willow Collection: Owl Things Floral in Forest and Flora and Fauna in Treasured.

MF Placemats 5

MF Placemats 6

I quilted the place mats with diagonal lines spaced 3/4″ apart which can replicate the chevron design depending on how my niece places them on her table. The thread is Aurafil 50 wt Medium Orange (5009).

MF Placemats 2

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Weekly Progress Update #162

To-Do for the week of Sept 13th-Sept 19th:

  1. Start sewing the Herringbone units for my niece’s place mats. √Done
  2. Do a little Sashiko stitching.√Done
  3. Share some progress on my temperature quilts.√Done

To-Do #1

I was able to get the fronts completed for my niece’s place mats. I will share more info about this project in Sept ’22 OMG Finish post later this week.

MF placemats fronts

To-Do #2

I’m going to make another set of coasters with the grey Sashiko cloth and the turquoise variegated floss. Here is one of squares that will be made into a coaster for a Christmas gift this year.

Sashiko Square 3

To-Do #3

While I didn’t take any photos of the flying geese units I’ve been making on a daily basis, I did contact Rebecca@Rebecca Grace Quilting and made arrangements for her to do the quilting of my three temperature quilts early next year. I also ordered the minky backing fabric and had it sent to Rebecca, so I’m definitely committed! My October OMG will be to get the flying geese sewn into columns for July, August, and September, so pics will be coming soon!

To-Do for the week of Sept 20th-Sept 26th:

  1. Finish my niece’s Herringbone place mats and write my Sept ’22 OMG Finish post.
  2. Refine my fabric pull for my mini rainbow block.
  3. Do a little more Sashiko stitching..

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Weekly Progress Update #161

To-Do for the week of Sept 6th-Sept 12th:

  1. Work on my Spectrum project during this coming week. √Done
  2. Print patterns and start to pull fabric for the Mini Series Sew-Along, and determine whether this SAL is feasible for me at this time, or if maybe I just want to make one or two blocks in the next two months. √Done
  3. Start cutting strips for Herringbone place mats. √Done

To-Do #1

I had some extra time off from work this past week, so I was able to get my Spectrum quilt top finished. Originally I was going to use the ROYGBIV color layout starting with Red at the top of each column and ending with Violet, but my best friend, Mary, encouraged me to mix up the gradients for more interest, and I found offsetting the gradients created more color contrast. The fabrics are all Alison Glass and Giucy Giuce fabrics along with some coordinating Kona solids, and the sashing is Kaleidoscope Charcoal. I am now calling this quilt Offset Gradients. I’ll be sending it off later today to Rebecca at Rebecca Grace Quilting for her to work her magic.

Off set gradient quilt top

To-Do #2

I decided that I do want to make the rainbow block with leftover Fairy Dust scraps after I finish the place mats for my niece. I probably won’t make any other blocks in the Mini Series anytime soon, but I will probably make more of them down the road. I’d love to make a couple shams to go with my Ombré Lotus quilt using some blocks from the Mini Series Sew-Along.

Fairy dust scraps with rainbow pattern

To-Do #3

I did get quite a few strips cut for my niece’s Herringbone place mats. I’ll share a progress pic next week.

To-Do for the week of Sept 13th-Sept 19th:

  1. Start sewing the Herringbone units for my niece’s place mats.
  2. Do a little Sashiko stitching.
  3. Share some progress on my temperature quilts.

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Weekly Progress Update #160

To-Do for the week of Aug 30th-Sept 5th:

  1. Work on more units for my Lumen quilt project. √Done
  2. Start stitching the ornaments on my Sashiko Christmas tree. √Done
  3. Write my September 2022 OMG post. √Done

To-Do #1

I was able to get my Lumen quilt top finished and will be sending it off later today to Rebecca at Rebecca Grace Quilting for quilting. Here is a quick diagonal shot I took before I got it packaged up to send to Rebecca.

Lumen 2 quilt top diagonal shot

To-Do #2

I chose to use four colors of Perle cotton floss in the aqua-turquoise-teal colorway to stitch the decorations for my Sashiko Christmas tree. I love the non-traditional red-turquoise Christmas color scheme. I’m not sure when that became a thing, but it totally works for me!

Sashiko Christmas tree stitching done

To-Do #3

I decided that making herringbone place mats for my niece, Mary France, would be my September 2022 One Monthly Goal. Read my post here.

To-Do for the week of Sept 6th-Sept 12th:

  1. I’ve started one more color gradient lap quilt. I plan to work on this Spectrum project during this coming week.
  2. Print patterns and start to pull fabric for the Mini Series Sew-Along, and determine whether this SAL is feasible for me at this time, or if maybe I just want to make one or two blocks in the next two months.
  3. Start cutting strips for Herringbone place mats.

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September 2022 OMG

My September 2022 One Monthly Goal is to make a set of eight herringbone place mats as a house-warming gift for my niece, Mary Frances, who bought a lovely vintage home a few months ago. She sent me a few photos of some of her decor, and I found two fabrics from the Chasing Wildflowers Collection by Juniper Row Design for Hawthorne Supply Co: Small Butterfly Dreams in Pink and Small Wildflower in Pink that she liked for the place mats. I also ordered a print from Giucy Giuce’s Fabric From the Attic Collection called Matrix in Mulberry (it has the cute pink pliers on top of it). Then I pulled some more coordinating fabrics from my stash that I think will look good in these place mats. Looking over my fabric pull, I decided that I needed more of the color rust to round out the color palette, so I ordered a couple more rust prints from the Chasing Wildflowers Collection (not pictured).

Fabric pull for Mary Frances placemats

I also have a couple pretty fabrics for the back of the place mats that I will share when I (hopefully) link up my OMG finish at the end of the month.

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Weekly Progress Update #159

To-Do for the week of August 22nd-28th:

  1. Write my August 2022 OMG Finish post. √Done
  2. Bind my Murmuration quilt. √Done
  3. Work on units for my Lumen quilt project. √Done

To-Do #1

I did get my August 2022 One Monthly Goal Finish post written about my Break of Day Quilt top earlier this week. Below is a pic of the finished quilt top.

Break of Day quilt top finished

To-Do #2

I got my Murmuration quilt bound on Saturday and wrote a post about it. Read about it here .

Murmuration with canvases

To-Do #3

I have made progress making units for my Lumen quilt. Below are the units for the left side of the quilt.

Lumen left half blocks

To-Do for the week of August 29th-Sept 4th:

  1. Write my September 2022 OMG post.
  2. Work on more units for my Lumen quilt project.
  3. Start stitching the ornaments on my Sashiko Christmas tree.

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Murmuration Quilt is Finished!

I am so excited to share that I have finally finished my Murmuration quilt! The pattern is by Rebecca@Bryan House Quilts. I  first saw Rebecca’s Murmuration quilt in 2019, and I fell HARD for her gorgeous quilt especially because I am such a big fan of the color turquoise. I knew right away that I wanted to make own Murmuration quilt using similar colors as Rebecca but with some subtle differences. She used a little more blue in her quilt, and I wanted to use more teal and dark green. I initially planned to make it in 2020, but I didn’t have the time or mental space to do so. Ditto for 2021. But I FINALLY made it a priority to clear time on my quilting schedule for 2022.

Murmuration in front of shed

I started working on units for this improv, paper-pieced project in May, and it took me about seven weeks to make the 93 diamonds and 30 triangles using these 21 Kona solids: Prussian, Celestial, Everglade, Glacier, Emerald, Ultra Marine, Caribbean, Pacific, Oasis, Cyan, Turquoise, Lagoon, Jade Green, Breakers, Pool, Capri, Azure, Aloha, Aqua, and Sea Glass. To add interest, I varied the color arrangements and number of strips and widths of strips in the diamonds.  

I found the perfect backing fabric at backside fabrics called Soar Moody Blues which depicts a nature scene in teal.

Murmuration back

I decided to have Rebecca at Rebecca Grace Quilting quilt this for me because she’s done such amazing quilting for me. Rebecca operates her long-arm quilting business differently than other long-armers. When someone wants her to quilt a project, she gets basic info about the quilt, puts together an estimate of costs, and enters it into her quilting schedule. When I contacted her in May, she put Murmuration on her quilting schedule for Aug 20-22nd even though I hadn’t started working on it yet! Having committed to a specific time frame really helps keep me focused!

The other reason I like to have Rebecca quilt some of my most important projects is that she is a great communicator which should not come as a surprise to her blog followers. She really considers what quilting would most complement the piecing and makes extremely helpful suggestions, sending images of quilting patterns that she believes will enhance the quilt. For Murmuration, we chose a quilting pattern called Contour Cocoon. Below is a pic that Rebecca took before she sent the quilt back to me (I absolutely love the sign that looks like it made of metal with the sewing machine and the name of her business):

Murmuration pick by Rebecca

I finished up the quilt top the end of July and Rebecca finished the quilting on Aug 19th. I got it back from Rebecca on August 25th, trimmed it on the 26th, and machine sewed the binding (Kona Celestial) on today—August 27th. You may be able to tell that I’ve quite excited to get it on my bed! I haven’t had time to make a wall hanging quilt to hang behind my bed so I bought this trio of blue ocean canvases (which may need to be hung a little lower) on Amazon.

Murmuration with canvases

On the wall to the right of my bed a sliver of a painting is visible. It is extremely sentimental to me. My parents bought this watercolor painting (probably in 1980s) that looks like a photograph from an artist named James Burr. It is of a windmill in Mykonos, Greece. I decided it deserves it’s own full-on photo:

James Burr painting

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August 2022 OMG Finish

My August 2022 One Monthly Goal was to make a Break of Day quilt top (pattern by Erica with Kitchen Table Quilting and her Break of Day Quilt layout). This was an extremely satisfying project to work on though I had to painstakingly check that I was selecting correct fabric colors. When making this quilt top, I did much less chain piecing than I usually do and took many in-process photos of blocks to make sure I was accurately following Erica’s 18 color gradient layout.

Break of Day quilt top finished

Of the 18 solid fabrics used for Break of Day, Erica suggested using 13 Kona colors, 2 Cotton Couture colors, 2 Pure Elements colors, and 1 RJR Cotton Supreme color. For the non-Kona solids, Erica suggested Kona equivalents. I used all Kona colors for my Break of Day quilt. While Alison Glass Kaleidoscope fabrics are my all-time favorite solids due to them being woven using two different colors resulting in a luminous quality, I often choose to use Kona solids because of the wide range of 365 colors. I also like that Kona solids fray less than Kaleidoscope solids. The 19 Kona colors I used are Raisin, Hibiscus, Lupine, Plum, Cerise, Gumdrop, Valentine, Honeysuckle, Carnation, Camellia, Creamsicle, Persimmon, Papaya, School Bus, Cheddar, Corn Yellow, and Canary plus Titanium for my background fabric.

I am diligent about labeling my solid fabrics when they arrive in the mail. I generally buy my Kona solids from Stash Fabrics who always label their solid fabrics and Hawthorne Supply Co. who do not label their solids, but I can look at all my past orders with excellent photo images of fabrics ordered, so I make my own labels from little squares of paper safety pinned to the selvedges of the fabric. I will say that even though Hawthorne Supply Co. is in New York, I get orders from them very quickly.

The stars below are made from the more vibrant fabrics.  Nectarine, Papaya, and Corn Yellow are on the top row, and Honeysuckle, Cerise, and Hibiscus are on the bottom row.

Break of Day 6 stars

Erica’s original Katie pattern uses strip piecing for the sashing, but that was not possible with the Break of Day layout since the sashing provides the complex transition of the more muted colors to the brighter colored stars. The pic below shows a portion of the sashing strips. I made 168 flying geese for this quilt using Lee Heinrich’s paper-pieced Perfect Flying Geese templates. Not only are my flying geese more accurate, but I can label my units on the paper side with the color of the fabric used. I know there are people who hate tearing out paper from paper-pieced projects, but it doesn’t really bother me. I often find ripping out the paper to be oddly satisfying!

Break of Day sashing

For the back of my Break of Day quilt, I used a pretty digital print by Windham Landscapes 2020 called 5 O’Clock Somewhere purchased through FabricUtopia on Etsy bordered by a wide border of Kona Lupine and a more narrow border of Kona Hibiscus (though it doesn’t look much narrower since I have allowed extra inches that will be cut off after it is long-arm quilted).

Break of Day quilt back unquilted

I sent this quilt top/backing off on Monday to Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting. She’s going to quilt some spirals with a pretty variegated sunrise-colored thread.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: August 2022 OMG Finishes.

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