Thursday, June 28, 2018

June One Monthly Goal Done!

My One Monthly Goal for June was to finish my Jamestown Landing Quilt. The quilt was started in a class last August with Bonnie Hunter.

I would have liked to photo this outside and get a look at the whole quilt, but I don't have a good spot to do that right now. 

I used an all over fan to quilt it--I like the texture.  

I'm not sure where it will end up--maybe I should have made it table size!

The quilt was made "by the book" until it came to the borders. My inner border is slightly wider as I already had the strips cut. The outer border is slightly narrower--and I'm not sure why--lol! I also mitered the corners because I thought it was a nicer finish. 

Jamestown Landing is in Bonnie Hunter's book String Fling.

I  think I mentioned before that the binding was finished by machine. I used a wide muslin for the back--just wasn't in the mood to piece one and the muslin was on hand. 
You can see that my fan quilting is far from perfect! 
Willow and her Chippy seem to approve!

Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE

OMG Finish link-up is open!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

June Update

Well, I missed the mid-month update again, but the month isn't over yet, so here goes....
Last week I attended the Minnesota Quilter's show--so many wonderful and inspiring quilts....not to mention the vendors, of course. I tried to use a lot of restraint, but when my friend Sandi B. pointed out the Blue and White book for 50 percent off in the Sew Cherished booth, I had to have it. I've been resisting buying this one for months, so I think it was meant to be. And I only picked up 2 1/2 yards of fabric for the stash--amazing! 

If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen these. I'm having such a great time making these 4" x 5" blocks.

The block on the left is number 100 of the 182 blocks in The 4" x 5" Quilt-Block Anthology.

I finished these 15 blocks last night--only 67 more blocks to go! 

I've been using Aurifil thread almost exclusively on my HQ16--she seems to like it--lol!
 I broke down and purchased a real thread color chart, as it's so difficult to choose colors on-line or from the Aurifil paper color chart for ordering. (FYI: there is a very good color chart at Follow That Thread HERE).
 I'm very happy with this purchase--it's been very helpful. 

No worries!
My June One Monthly Goal has been finished for a while--all will be revealed soon! 
You can see from the previous photo that I use an old plastic card to help with my seam allowance. I use this stuff on the back of the card. I like it because you can easily re-position it for a larger or smaller allowance, rinse it off when it loses it's grip and it's good to go again.

Don't tell anyone--I just couldn't face having a quilt on my lap when it's been so hot, so I machine closed my binding on Jamestown landing....and I don't feel bad about it at all--! 
 Not only has Blogger made life more difficult, we have been having terrible (and extremely annoying) issues with our internet connection. We replaced our modem today and while activating it, found that our router also needs to be replaced. Apparently four year old hardware is beyond obsolete! Hopefully things will be straightened out soon. 
Thanks for reading and know that even if I haven't been able to reply, I appreciate your comments! 

Friday, June 1, 2018

June Goals

NOTE: I've just realized that Blogger has stopped sending me blog comments to my email. I think I can reply to them directly from Blogger, but haven't tried that yet. I have read them all and thank you for taking the time to comment! 

June is going to be a busy month, but I feel pretty confident that I can meet my One Monthly Goal: finishing my Jamestown Landing quilt. 
My blocks are all together and the inner border is on. Luckily I had enough leftover matching strips from sewing the string blocks. They are slightly wider than the inner border measurement in the book, but I'm okay with that--I think it will work.
Okay, I admit I was too lazy to trim them down.  

 Now I need to make 16 of these printer paper sized string blocks for the outer borders. They will be split down the center.
I'm half way there! 

Bonnie suggests piecing left over strip pieces together to make them long enough for the border blocks. It's nice to not end up with too much waste and you know I love "making do". 
Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE
Take me to the June OMG LInk-up