Tuesday, February 27, 2018

OMG Success and Weekly Goals

YES! (I'm shouting this!)  I finished my OMG for February with one day left.  Kind of close to the wire but I've finished it.  And I really like it.  As I say when Pat asks where the quilt is going "It's living here for a while."

I pieced the back because I just don't buy fabric in big hunks.  I did find a 3 yard piece of orange leaves but that wasn't going to be big enough.  I had a few plus blocks left over so I decided I would make a few more and put them in the middle of the backing.  I didn't get around to finishing the backing until Saturday afternoon.  That's important because on Wednesday last week I was paying attention as I was looking at Bonnie Hunter's quilts -- front and back.  She often pieces her backs from extra blocks or old left over blocks.  But I noticed she didn't split a bigger piece of fabric and put blocks in the middle.  LIGHTBULB moment for me.  It would be hard to get the quilt top lined up in the middle of the backing.  

My way of dealing with it was to attach the blocks to the wof.  I had an extra wof piece that I realized would be perfect to split down the middle and sew end to end to give me another piece to make the backing wide enough.  I did mess around a little bit while trying to place the top to the backing on the long arm.  I would have preferred a bit more orange on the right side but, yep, it takes a bit more fussing than I wanted to do at the time. 

Here's a close up of the quilting. 
I bought a new design specifically for this quilt as I wanted to enhance the fall look of it.  I used Maple Sugar by Apricot Moon.  I used So Fine thread on the top in soft orange.  I chose to use a different thread in the bobbin.  It was Essential Pro, Pumpkin by Connecting Threads.  I used some of the Pellon 80/20 cotton/poly batting that I bought on Friday. I even got a label made and inserted between the binding and the back of the quilt.  DONE. 

Tomorrow I plan to bind the doggy Alphabet Challenge quilt.  I'll have two finishes for this month along with a couple of pillowcases.  It should be a good month for fabric usage. 

Since I skipped the goals on Monday, here's a look at my goals from last week. Wednesday may be a good day to list them.  At least I might get into the habit of doing two (or more) blogs a week. 

February 19, 2018
Prep for + attend Bonnie Hunter’s Jamestown Landing class (Whoop! Whoop!)
Attend Bonnie’s lecture
Attend Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show
Finish hand sewing on Alphabet Challenge almost done!
Put borders on Taps Quilt Need to figure out outer border – not enough fabric
Make 3 pillowcases 2 are done

And here's what I'm working on for this week. 
February 28, 2018
Finish quilting Plus Quilt and bind it
Finish embroidery and bind Alphabet Challenge
Work on Jamestown Landing
Design Outside border of Taps Quilt
Make a pillowcase or two
Work on T Shirt quilt

After I get the next binding on the rest of the goals should be easily reached. Plus, I have NOTHING going on this week for the most part.  I'm going to be reading, sewing and surfing the web.  (Ok, I'll probably continue to seek genealogy info -- I'm looking for info on my Great grandmother on my dad's side.  They lived in Montana -- Anaconda and Butte at various times.  Anyone have any hints on how to find out more from Montana? I'm using Ancestory for the time being.) 

I'm linking up with To Do Tuesday, Midweek Makers, Wips on Wednesday and Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal Finish.   I'll have to come back to link up one of these. (Hopefully I'll actually remember to do it!  Yep I did!) 

That's it for me today.  I think I'll do a little surfing now. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 


  1. Kudos on meeting your February goal! I need to use orphan blocks on the backing more often. I've done it a few times, and one longarmer complained.

  2. I do like Plus quilts and hope to make one myself one day soon. Yours looks great, and the extra blocks on the back look wonderful.

  3. Yay for finishes!! I love the quilting design, ties it all together. I don't do genealogy, but assume you are looking into the local newspaper archives? Not everyone has stuff online, but it might be an avenue to follow.

  4. Hooray for such a fun, vibrant finish! I think your backing design is the perfect mix of large piece and extra blocks. Makes it interesting while still tying in nicely to the front. And I've told you before how much I like that maple leaf quilting motif :)

  5. Love your quilt finish!!! Great job! Plus quilts are my favorite. Love how you solved your backing dilemma. Perfect quilting.

  6. Love everything about this one - the pattern, fabric, quilting, and the back! Nicely done!

  7. I like that you used some of the blocks on the back too--very fun! Good luck with your goals!

  8. What a great quilt! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

  9. I've given up trying to center blocks in a pieced back. An asymmetrical layout like the one you used is a lot easier!

  10. I really love Plus quilts, and I love how you used the extra blocks in the backing. For some reason I always love an offset insert of fabric on my quilt backs too. That quilt pattern is perfect!


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