Wednesday, March 28, 2018

March Mission: OMG done!

My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for March.
I was hoping to get a better photo of my finished Primitive Garden outdoors, but thanks to several inches of wet sloppy snow, an indoor photo will have to suffice. 

After outlining all of the applique with mono-poly, there wasn't a lot of room left in most of the blocks for more quilting. I didn't want to nail down the background too much--trying to keep the quilt drape-y and not so stiff. Sooo......lots of the blocks just got a little doodling--butterflies, dragonflies, snails, and vines. 

This one just got a little cameo in the background.

I plan to give the quilt a little spin in the washer ( with lots of color catchers) to remove the blue pen and chalk markings.
Wish me luck! 

Yesterday I picked up these up at Costco--5 bins on sale for $15.99!
Now if I could only find five projects to fill them--just kidding--lol!

Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE
Take me to the March OMG Finish Link-up

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Down the Rabbit Hole....again...

When Mary Elizabeth Kinch announced a quilt along on Instagram (see HERE), I signed up right away. You may remember I was lucky to attend a class last year that she taught in Duluth. This quilt is called Foothills and the goal was to follow the quirky placement of value (there's no way I would could have replicated that second block in the top row--unless I did it by accident--lol!).
Foothills Quilt
My plan was to resize the 12 inch blocks to make a smaller quilt. I started pulling fabrics and that was as far as I got when I saw this quilt HERE.
Well, I just happened to have a lot of woven scraps piling up on the cutting table and decided to try a couple blocks just for fun. 
This is about as far as I got without having to start digging into my stash.

I had to see how they would look with the alternate plaid blocks. 

And maybe on point? 
It's so interesting how turning the blocks makes them look so different. 

The blocks are fun to play with...and a little hard to decide how to sew them together--
Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Option 4
Down the Rabbit Hole.
 I could play with these all day before making a sewing decision.

Back to Foothills.
 I had good intentions to follow each block's value placement, but before I even made one block I realized that there was no way I would enjoy doing that. I'm all about efficiency, so I had to go ahead make all the components for the 25 blocks and then figure out how I wanted to put them together.
Back to the Rabbit Hole....

This could go on for days!
 But so much fun too!
 I used the Eleanor Burns method to make my flying geese which is done in multiples of four, leaving me with two extra geese per block after the six needed for each Foothills block. 

Those extra flying geese has led to this.
Yes, I'm even deeper into the  Rabbit Hole....!

Time to stop playing and get to work--if you see me in the Rabbit Hole, stop and say HI! 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

March Goals

I promised a flat photo of On Ringo Lake a while back. I've given up trying to get outside for a photo, so pinned it up on my design wall--not the best lighting! 
Again, I only made 32 blocks-- in the mystery you were to make 50. 

All in all, it was pretty painless despite all those pieces.
 Broken down into steps over several weeks makes it a lot easier, although those sashing were tricky! 

Well, the backing is pieced......

....the binding has been made......

...and even the label has been readied.....

I guess I've avoided this long enough!
Primitive Garden will be my March One Monthly Goal.
It's about time I got this one done, right? 
Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE
Take me to the OMG March Link-up