Monday, October 28, 2019

October Goal Completed!

Whew! I literally put the final stitches in my applique border last night. 
It was so much fun working on the Hospital Sketches BOM.
At first, my plan was to add dark sashings and inner border, but in the end I went with just a simple dark border.
Appliqueing and adding the borders was my October One Monthly Goal.


For the second retreat I attended this month (at my friend Carol's Craft Camp--highly recommended!) I took along lots of blocks to put together. 

In 2013, I participated in a  couple of signature block swaps through Kathleen Tracy's Yahoo chat group. This is the pattern from her book The Civil War Sewing Circle that I planned to use for my block setting.  
Because of the number of blocks I had, I needed to make just 12 Ohio stars for my version. I put together little block kits for the stars so I wouldn't need to haul a lot of fabric to camp. I was able to use every single block from the swap including my own. 


After all that, I worked on my simplest project--the left over pumpkin blocks. This setting used all but one block. I may use the extra block on the back as a label--or perhaps a mug rug? To be determined--!
Then I got a little side-tracked and started playing around with my little scrappy houses, but set them aside to put together my second set of 2013 signature swap blocks. 

As I recall, there were some in the chat group that didn't want to deal with the flying geese in the first block swap. Snowball blocks were offered as an alternative. A lot of us decided to do both swaps. I brought to camp my stash of brown 1.5 inch square scraps and a few pieces of light prints for the sashing. Again, I was determined to use all the blocks, but couldn't fit my own block on the front. It will go on the back for a label. You can probably see that with my sashing, my Snowballs turned into Shoo Fly blocks (an unexpected surprise!), so I will be adding another border to finish off the outside of the quilt into more Shoo Fly's.
Hopefully soon--lol! 
I'm relieved that I managed to finish my One Monthly Goal, but now I have even more unfinished tops that need work. I'm not sure which one will get to be on the top of the pile!

Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE
October OMG FINISH link-up is open!

27 comments:

  1. Your Hospital Sketches top is sensational! I adore your border and I love the soft blue palette. Looks like you had a very productive "quilt camp"!

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  2. I love your Hospital Sketches border--just beautiful... And I really like your signature quilt blocks--nice works hugs, Julierose

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  3. Wow Karen such beautiful work and such wonderful achievements,well done my friend xx

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  4. Great job on Hospital Sketches BOM. I love how you did the border and the applique. So beautiful. Congratulations on accomplishing your goal so beautifully! ;^)

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  5. What a beautiful finish. The blocks are gorgeous and the border is awesome. The dark border with the light applique is fabulous. You've been busy with the pumpkins and with both of the swap block collections. You had lofty goals and did it all!!

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  6. Your appliqué border in those colours is stunning. As are the blocks too. And you can’t beat pumpkins and houses for fun stitching. What wonderful work and goals met!

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  7. The Hospital Sketches quilt is just gorgeous Karen and I love all the projects you took to work on at the retreat too! Beautiful! Christine xx

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  8. Hospital Sketches is beautiful and your signature quilt is perfect

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  9. What a fabulous post. Your HS quilt is fabulous. I love your color story and the backgrounds.
    What a great way to combine the signature swap blocks with the star blocks. It is just great!
    Cute pumpkins too!

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  10. Excellent, Karen! I absolutely love your Hospital Sketches! Your setting choice and borders are perfect. And the colors! I'm excited to see you making Kathleen Tracey's signature block quilt. I organized one a few years ago, as a gift for the woman who puts on our quilt retreats. Its one of my favorite quilts "I" ever made. Yours is looking quite fabulous!

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  11. Beautiful work, Karen! The applique Hospital Sketches is stunning!
    Your retreat sounds so fun. What a great idea to make blocks to swap. I have a signature quilt that I made with help from my quilt group. Heartwarming for years to come.

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  12. I want to be you in my next life...lol. You get so much done and it is done beautifully. Hugs

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  13. Hospital Sketches is gorgeous! Love the blue/cream combo--and to me there is nothing simple about that border.
    Your cute pumpkins made such a timely top. And I like each of your signature block projects.

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  14. Oh my Hospital Sketches is beautiful! I know you are glad to have taken the time to get it all put together and met your goal. I met two of my goals but that's it.

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  15. Wow, your Hospital Sketches quilt is amazing! Love the border, congratulations on your finish!

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  16. Wow, so much to see here, starting with the Hospital Sketches, gorgeous in blue, and the border just sets it off perfectly.

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  17. Your Hospital Sketches BOM turned out lovely! The dark border was a great idea!

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  18. Beautiful quilt! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

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  19. I wish I could do blues like you do blues, Karen! You have such a way with them. Your Hospital Sketches is beautiful. Congrats on the finish.
    The snowball-turned-shoo-fly quilt is made of 1½" blocks? If so, what size were the corner triangles? What a fun surprise to see a shoo-fly when you were expecting only snowballs. I always assume other quilters know when that's going to happen, so it's fun to learn that some results are surprises.

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  20. You have been very productive. What beautiful quilts!

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  21. I absolutely adore every single thing that you finished!! Of course, Hospital Sketches is my favorite, but I really adore those sweet scrappy quilts. Congrats!!

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  22. Your Hospital Sketches is amazing! Great job!

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