Monday, July 3, 2017

Monday Meanders 7 - 3 - 2017

With July comes the new block information for the FCQ E Quilters.   
Pat sent us a fat quarter of bright, print fabric and asked us to make a 12" finished block with it.  I knew right away I wanted to make a Dutchman's puzzle with it.  But I also figured we should be able to get more than 1 block out of it.  So, I made a star block too.  I still have a 5" or so by 18" strip of fabric left so I am thinking about what other block I can make.  Here are the two blocks I've made so far.

The first one just didn't turn out the way I thought it would.  But I'm leaving it as is.  The second one is exactly how I thought it would turn out.

For those who only read on Mondays -- I found my lost project in an already used project box.  Sigh.  Now it has a label including the info on the floral wall hanging! 

It's time to pick a new project for One Monthly Goal.  So, continuing on my effort to finish a UFO I've picked Grid Lock. I hope to have it to top stage by the end of July. It's a scrappy project I started a couple of years ago to try to use up some of my 2" strips.  Here it is on the design wall. (And, no, it hardly made a dent in my strips!) 

It's hard to see but I have all the white squares in between the rail fence blocks.  (Yes, I've got one section at the sewing machine.) I'll be using this as a leader/ender for a while.  

I'll also be working on the new color at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge: blue.  I should have plenty of blues to work with.  I've been using my 2.5" strips to pull scraps for the challenge each month. No, this is not part of my OMG.  Just a reminder to myself to keep working on it. 

I did really well on my goals list last week.  (Surprisingly since I spent a bunch of time reading.) 

June 26, 2017
Bind pinwheel quilt (#3)
Keep hand quilting on Civil War Quilt
Make some fabric boxes
Layout UFO Grid Lock and start sewing into a top
Make backing for pinwheel quilt #4 and quilt it

July 3, 2017
Stitch Grid Lock quilt together
Keep hand quilting on Civil War Quilt
Load and quilt A Tisket, A Tasket quilt
Make a couple of giant flying geese blocks
Start on floral wallhanging 

I'm linking up with my regular parties: Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, and Moving It Forward.  And, because it is the beginning of a month I'm also linking up to Elm Creek Quilts July Goal Setting party. 

Here's a peak at the newest bird to our bird feeder. (Sorry about the fuzziness.  I use the iPhone for my pictures and this was taken through a window in the basement looking up at the feeder. I'm sure if I tried to go outside to take the picture the birds would have left immediately.) I think they are yellow finches.  

Have a great 4th of July and Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 


  1. Hi Bonnie,
    I'm glad to hear you found you missing project. Finished with a label now is impressive! I love Grid Lock. It looks great, and will be a great leader/ender project. That's an impressive list for the week . . . and I love the finches. ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. It's fun to see the types of birds that frequent feeders, and it appears that your feeder is in a prime location to enjoy the birds.

    The block patterns you selected show the bright fabric well. Do the blocks go into a block exchange?

  3. I think you did well working that bold print into a couple of blocks. I like the Dutchman's Puzzle, it's a bit wild and crazy in those fabrics!

    Thanks for the finch photo; I sure do miss having a bird feeder.

  4. Your Grid Lock blocks look great! The pinwheels, at first glance, looked like stars to me. Such fun.

  5. Grid lock is a fun quilt pattern. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project.

  6. I love your star block! Your bird feeder picture made me happy, too. A mean squirrel knocked my bird feeder down and smashed it. I ordered a new one from Amazon with Prime shipping but the holiday weekend is delaying everything... I miss seeing my birdie friends outside my kitchen window!

  7. Glad you were able to find your missing project. Good luck with your OMG, sounds like you've got a great plan in place to get it to the finished flimsy stage.


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