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August 2020 OMG

My August 2020 One Monthly Goal is to make a mini kitty quilt to protect—at least a little bit—my Blithe (Modified) quilt that I am currently enjoying on my bed. My cat, Bug, tends to frequently sit/sleep at the end of my bed, and she really seems to like having her own quilt :). I recently ran across an adorable pillow using Elizabeth Hartman’s Cat Quilt on the Janome website. At 20” square, it is the perfect size for a mini kitty quilt, so that is the pattern I’m using incorporating some of the same fabrics in my Blithe quilt in combination with coordinating Kona solids. Below is a pic of six the of cats I’ve made. The mini quilt will have 10 cats along with sashing.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: August 2020 OMG.

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2020 Mid Year Review

When I wrote my 2020 Quilting Goals post back on 12/19/19, the fact that we were entering into a new decade felt a little surreal, but I had no idea what a strange year 2020 would be. I am joining the #2020MidYearCheckIn hosted by Yvonne@ Quilting Jetgirl. I’ve participated in these Planning Parties hosted by Yvonne for the past four years. (See my 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016 posts for previous quilting-related goals).

I had several priorities for this year. Let’s see how I’ve done so far:

Curved Piecing

I  have definitely increased my confidence with curved piecing. In early May I finished my Glimmers of Gold quilt for my friend Karla:

I’m currently working on another curved project called Aviary. Here are a couple cute fussy cut units that are being included in the quilt top.

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Color/Solids/Triangles

I have been participating in Rebecca Bryan’s Solstice 2020 Block of the Month. I am making the Solstice Monochromatic version in a blue colorway with a little silver shimmer fabric. I am current through June with this BOM.

Donation Blocks and Quilts

I have continued to make blocks for Kat & Cat Quilts Covered in Love project, and I also donated my Vertices quilt to benefit the Mercy Hospital Hospice program.

More Mini Quilts/Pillows

I  haven’t done too much in this area though I did make a Rainbow Mini Mini and an Improv Table Runner. I’m currently in the process of making a mini kitty quilt to go on the modified Blithe quilt I finished in June for my full-size bed. And I plan to make some sunflower placemats and tablerunner for my sister-in-law in the coming months.

Less Fiddly/More Bang for my Buck

My Blithe (Modified) quilt definitely was not fiddly, and for being such a large quilt, it went together quickly.

The Hummingbirds quilt I finished in May also nicely fits this category.

Christmas Quilts

I have completed two Christmas quilt tops that I can’t currently share in case their recipients happen to take a look at my blog. I plan to finish a couple more Christmas quilts before the end of the year.

A Couple Additions for the Remainder of 2020

Sashiko

I started doing some Sashiko stitching in June and recently finished the four Sashiko Coasters that I’m going to send to my niece next month for her birthday. I definitely plan to do more Sashiko stitching in the last half of 2020.

Summer Sampler Alumni Quilt

Sarah Harris @acorncornerquilts and I became acquainted in June when we both commented on a post by Yvonne@quiltingjetgirl regarding a black and white block she had sewed to be contributed to a quilt that will either be donated or raffled off and the proceeds will be donated. The purpose of this quilt is to bring attention to the Black Lives Matter movement. Follow the tag #summersamplerblm to see the progress of the blocks being made for this worthy project. Sarah and I decided that we wanted to organize a separate block drive for black and white blocks made from the current or past Summer Samplers to honor the Black Lives Matter movement and to directly benefit the Social Justice Sewing Academy. SJSA enables youth activists to be seen and heard through the medium of fabric. I will be sewing the blocks into a quilt top and then will send it to Sarah for quilting. Sarah will do the quilting and her mum will bind the quilt. We plan to have it auctioned off this fall. Below is a block that was made for this project by Sarah’s mum, Eileen. It is Brae designed by Devon Lott for the 2020 Summer Sampler.  Please check out the Instagram hashtag #summersampleralumniquilt to see some of the other wonderful blocks that are being made for this donation quilt.

Here’s to all of us doing what we need to do to make the last five months of this year safer and healthier for everyone.

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July 2020 OMG Finish

My July 2020 One Monthly Goal was to turn the Sashiko designs that I finished in June into coasters. I used Twiggy & Opal’s Mini Mini Binding Tutorial to bind these 4-inch mini minis. I’ll be sending these coasters to my niece, Mary Frances, for her birthday next month. I really like how they look with the binding, so I’m very glad that I finally learned how to bind mini minis (Thanks Jayne! Check out the link above. She has some great tips!). The second photo below shows the back of the each of the coaster (arranged in the same order). The backing fabric was from my mom’s fabric stash from the 1990s that I went through with my niece when I visited last September.

Sashiko is definitely fun and a little bit addictive. There are some great Sashiko You Tube videos. I particularly liked the Sashiko coasters videos shared by Blair with Wise Craft Handmade.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal – July 2020 Finish Link-up.

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2020 Quarter 2 Finishes and Quarter 3 Goals

 

I’m late posting about my 2020 Quarter 2 Finishes and Quarter 3 Goals. It felt redundant to post both on Instagram and on my blog, but I’ve decided to make one change that makes more sense to me. I will still continue to post actual finishes on Instagram (@mringer58) and I’ve added the tag #mringer58fal to my IG Finish-A-Long posts. But I will blog about quarterly recaps/goals that may or may not be on my FAL lists, and using this format I can share about works-in-progress and finished quilt tops.

Despite 2020 being the strangest year ever, I had a fairly productive second quarter even though I have continued to go to work during the pandemic. I have to admit to fantasizing what I might’ve gotten done had I been working from home, but chances are it wouldn’t be much different. I’m one of those persons who does best with routine and structure.

In order of completion, here are my Quarter 2 finishes:

  1. Three Stargazer Pillows
  2. Improv Table Runner
  3. Mime Kitty Quilt
  4. Birthday Cake Fabric Card for Aunt Lois’ 90th Birthday
  5. Glimmers of Gold Quilt for my friend Karla
  6. 50 Years of Friendship Quilt for my friend Jeanne
  7. High School Graduation Quilt for my great-nephew Hayden
  8. Vertices Quilt
  9. Hummingbirds Quilt
  10. Blithe (Modified) Quilt (Pictured Above)

Quarter 3 Projects/Goals

Sashiko

I’ve started doing the Sashiko stitching is the past couple months, and I have to tell you, it’s kinda addictive. I plan to do more Sashiko in the coming months. It’s a perfect activity while watching baseball games. Yes, I’m thrilled that the MLB season is finally starting tomorrow. Below is one finished coaster out of a set of four for a gift for my niece next month.

Christmas

I also have a few Christmas projects in the works. Right now I can’t share much other than this sneak peek:

Summer Sampler Alumni Quilt

I have partnered with Sarah Harris @acorncornerquilts to request black and white blocks made from the current or past Summer Samplers to honor the Black Lives Matter movement and to directly benefit the Social Justice Sewing Academy. SJSA enables youth activists to be seen and heard through the medium of fabric. Sarah and I have been inspired by the quilt that the Summer Samplers designers are making this year to proclaim that Black Lives Matter (Check out the #summersamplerblm tag on Instagram). Our quilt, which is an alumni quilt from any of the summer samplers, will be auctioned this fall, and all of the proceeds will go to SJSA. We are using the hashtag #summersampleralumniquilt. Sixteen different people have committed to making blocks for this project, and they have until the end of August to send them to me (a few have already arrived). I will be putting the quilt top together in September and then sending it to Sarah to quilt and bind. Below is the block that I made for this quilt. It is the Summer Kites block from the Summer Sampler 2019: Piecing Boot Camp (designed by Katie Blakesley).

More Curves

I’m in the process of making a Drunkard’s Path quilt for my nephew and his wife. Here is a pic of my first 24 units. For more info about this project, please read this Post.

And Just For Fun

I’m going to make a mini kitty quilt to go on top of my modified Blithe quilt using Elizabeth Hartman’s Cat pattern. Below is the first I’ve made for this project:

That’s my plan for now. I’m sure it will change! Who can relate to their quilting goals changing on a regular basis!?!

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