Thursday, September 28, 2017

September Goal....

What a crazy month! I can't really wrap my brain around summer being over yet.

 We had a pretty bad storm last week and had no power for about 16 hours. This is the only tree that fell across our property. We are so grateful it wasn't worse--almost nothing compared to other weather related damage elsewhere in the world. 
This is just a couple houses away from us--trees down all the way to the lake. 
Most of the damage looks like these trees snapped off in the middle of the trunks, but there were also many uprooted. Apparently this was all caused by straight line winds. 
There are lots of new wood piles ready to dry out for burning. 
I got a chance to gather up some fallen birch. Since my petunias were decimated by the wind, I replaced them with birch cuts (thanks to Mr. Moosebay).
Excuse my plastic garden shed curtains--I've been meaning to take them down for years--lol!
Last night I put in the final binding stitches and added the label to my September UFO Flower Pots. I was seriously worried that I wouldn't get this done by the end of the month. 

Flower Pots is my One Monthly Goal for September.
It was started as a sew along with Annette Plog from her book True Blue Quilts.
I justified joining the sew along because I already had the book--haha! 

Somehow I ended up with an extra block, so it became the quilt label rather than an orphan block--don't need more of those!  

A few days ago, I realized I already had made a "Flower Pot" quilt. It's usually buried under Mr. Moosebay's clothes, so I don't feel too bad that I had forgotten about it. It's from a Miss Rosie Schnibble's pattern. I think it's kind of fun to have a light and dark version! 

Now if I can get my Primitive Garden block done for this month I will be really happy--off to do some hand stitching! 
See more finishes HERE at One Monthly Goal

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September Goal

I've been a complete failure in adhering to my vow not to take on any new sew along's this year. I couldn't pass up making some flower pot blocks from Annette Plog's book True Blue Quilts when she had a SAL on Instagram.
I made 20 Flower Pot blocks. My Plan A for setting the blocks was to use this older Jo Morton toile. 
 I just didn't have enough of the the toile to get the last couple setting triangles--in fact, a couple I did cut were "make do".
  On to Plan B.
I had the dark blue fabric left over from another project where I had used it for borders, so I had a very long piece about 16" wide. I crossed my fingers and hoped that there would be enough! There was. Then, to make use of those toile setting triangles I had already cut (and the alternate blocks) I made some pretty big flying geese to fit around the quilt. I had pre-cut and set aside long border strips of the toile for Plan A, and they became a wide inner border. At first, I had stopped with the toile border, and liked how it looked, but wished it was a little bit larger. I wanted something that would be usable, not a small wall quilt. I would have liked something a bit more "elegant" for the outer border, but I didn't dare do anymore cutting because I was in serious danger of running out of both of my finishing fabrics. On the other hand, I wanted to make good use of both fabrics, especially the toile since I had cut it all up for Plan A!

As penance for breaking my "no SAL's" rule, I am making this my September One Monthly Goal. 

Okay, another confession--I also did the Temecula Marvelous Mini Monday SAL too.
I'm so bad! 

But look at those sweet blocks--who can resist a 2" shoo-fly or churn-dash??
Check out other September One Monthly Goals HERE