To-Do Tuesday #56 Weekly Progress Update

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September 2020 OMG

My September 2020 One Monthly Goal is to make the quilt top for a Christmas version of the Small North Stars Quilt (pattern by Elizabeth Hartman). I just finished making Lucille the Seal in turquoise fabrics this morning. Her nose is a little crooked in the pic below. I tried to fix it (after I took the photo) and should have left well enough alone! Hopefully the quilting will magically make it all better 🙂 The good news is that I’m keeping this quilt. I am planning to make the Otters block in blue fabrics, the Walrus in green fabrics, and the Polar Bear in red fabrics.

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To-Do Tuesday #55 Weekly Progress Update

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August 2020 OMG Finish

My August 2020 One Monthly Goal was 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. I made a mini version of Elizabeth Hartman’s Cat Quilt that I found on the Janome website. I made this quilt primarily for my cat, Bug, who sleeps on the end of my bed at night, but I’ve had a hard time getting a good photo of her on the mini quilt. Here’s one of her partially on it:

Here’s a full photo of the mini quilt:

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To-Do Tuesday #54 Weekly Progress Update

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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.

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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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