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One Monthly Goal – March 2018

Happy Wednesday!

To my friends on the east coast I pray that you are surviving the “Nor’easter”. Spring will be here soon 🙂

Deadlines motivate me to get things accomplished so I am joining the Elm Street Quilts – One Monthly Goal challenge.

I began the project “You’ve Got Mail” sometime in 2013 after viewing the Missouri Star Quilt Company Tutorial.  I’d managed to create the half square triangles and put them in a ziplock bag. During our move I found the bag and labeled it UFO.

youve got mail omg march

you’ve got mail omg march

Today I squared up the half square triangles, stitched out the envelope quilt blocks and laid the quilt out on my design floor. My goal for March is to finish this quilt — It’s about time wouldn’t you agree?

I also started a new baby quilt project – nine patch madness a variation of the disappearing nine patch quilt block. I was able to make nine blocks  using the charm pack Extravaganza by Lila Tueller for Riley Blake. I’m so loving the pinks and purple.

nine patch madness

nine patch madness wip

nine patch madness wip

nine patch madness wip

Until next time Happy Sewing and Quilting!

One Monthly Goal – Layers of Charm

Nothing like waiting to the last day to reach a goal!

Finished is finished and I’m happy to have my second finish of 2017.

Layers of Charm is one of my favorite quilt patterns from the Fat Quarter Shop. This pattern is part of their short cut quilt series and believe me this was super easy to make. The pattern requires one layer cake and one charm pack. Not only do you get the free pattern you can also watch this video where Kimberly demonstrates how to make one yourself.  The pattern includes instructions for many sizes including a table runner!

I used the Robert Kaufman Artisan Batiks – Noel Metallic layer cake and yardage from the Robert Kaufman Fusions line as my “charms”.

I added a little embroidery to the center of one block. The prints of the layer cake have a winter theme including snowflakes so I chose a design that would complement the fabric. I purchased the design from Embroitique.

Layers of charm embroidery

Layers of charm embroidery










I keep a journal with walking foot designs and decided to try the double parallel straight lines with this quilt.  I used my favorite masking tape technique for marking.

Layers of Charm Basting/Marking

Layers of Charm Basting/Marking

Basting CU

Basting CU










After washing my quilt measures 57 x 57 inches.

Jan 17 One Monthly Goal Finished

Jan 17 One Monthly Goal Finished







I’m linking up with Patty of Elm Street Quilts for the OMG Challenge Finish.  Be sure to stop by to see the lovely projects other quilters are working on for inspiration.

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Happy New Year

Hello Friends – Happy New Year!

I wish many blessings to you and your family throughout 2017.

I had a small medical procedure last Friday and yesterday was the first day I was able to sew again!!!

In my household we are at 75 days and counting to the day my hubby retires. He likes to leave notes for me that read “DOWNSIZE” — he evens texts that message to me 😦  Our new house is smaller than our current house so I’ll need to adjust.  Good news is my sewing room in the new house is larger but I will loose the storage area I currently have.

As I sort through my many containers of fabric I realize I need an extra dose of motivation (deadlines)to get projects started and finished to achieve my forced goal of downsizing.

Normally my New Year’s Resolutions are goals I set for my Etsy shop, this year I’ve decided to include my quilting projects in my 2017 resolutions.

I’m following along with Abigail Dolinger’s 2017 Pre-Cut Challenge. I am definitely a pre-cut junkie so this challenge is perfect for me! The first quarter challenge is to use quilter’s candy (2 1/2 inch squares) or fat quarters to create a quilt. I’m starting with two quick small projects to get myself moving.


January Challenge Moda Candy


Jan 2017 FQ Challenge

I ‘m using Moda’s candy Color Theory by V & Co to create a color block table runner.  I plan on making a banner for my front door with the fat quarters.

“One Monthly Goal” hosted by Patty with Elm Street Quilts is my second challenge for this year. My January goal is to finish my snowball nine patch wall hanging and my version of Fat Quarter Shop – Layers of Charm Quilt.


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