Sunday, February 24, 2019

Monday Meandering and OMG Success!

Here we are at the last weekend of February and I've actually finished my One Monthly Goals for the month with a half a week left.  My goals (yep, I gave myself two goals) and I finished both of them already.  First was finishing my entry in Country Piecemaker's Calendar Challenge.  Christmas Memories along with all of our Calendar Challenge quilts will be hung at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival this coming weekend. If you are going to Hampton Roads for the show see if you can find our Calendar Quilts.  I saw all of them when I turned mine in.  Here's mine just before I turned it in.

I chose to honor my great aunt Dora. Aunt Dora loved hand crafted items.  From as long as I can remember she would make family members beautifully Christmas ornaments, often from kits from Herrschners.  One year she must have raided her costume jewelry because all of our ornaments were strung beads with gold and silver trimmings.  Those ornaments have glowed on our trees ever since.  Aunt Dora continued making ornaments well into her 90s.  A wonderful crafty legacy for her family. 

Taking inspiration from a paper Christmas napkin, I paper pieced the tree sections.  They were hand appliqued to the backing.   I realized I could actually attached items to the scene using an invisible thread and my machine for the gifts and window. Decorating the tree was all done by hand.  

My second goal was to finish my Valentines Day table runner.  I used a feathered heart in each heart and then outline stitched each square.  I'm not sure why this picture makes the background look yellow -- it's definitely white.

Here is a close up of one heart.  I used Kona White to bind it.  I don't think I'm going to use Kona for binding again.  I had a hard time getting nice corners with it. I'll use something else next time a bind a quilt. 

I did really well on my weekly goals this past week. I actually worked on each project. 
February 18, 2019
Bind Valentines table runner√
Border first Granny blocks quilt√
Make more quarter square triangles√ 
Work on dog tumbler top√
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt√

Here's what's up this week.  Not as much sewing but I've got several things planned. 

February 25, 2019
Quilt Granny Blocks Quilt
Bind red, white and blue 16 patch
Sew the quarter square triangles quilts together 
Go to QOV sew-in 
Attend genealogy gathering 
Attend Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show 

It's going to be a great week.  I'm hoping I can finish two quilts before the end of the month.  One needs the binding and other need quilting and binding. Time will tell if I succeed!

I'm linking up with my regular Monday linky parties and Elm Street Quilts for the February Finish link up. You can visit Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday and Moving It Forward Monday. (I'll link up the other parties as they become available -- if I remember!) 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie


  1. Your challenge project looks great. I love that you made it to honor your aunt. The quilting in the hearts is beautiful! I don't like working with the Kona solids because they fray so easily and I'm constantly fighting loose strings.

  2. The tree quilt is charming! I like the wonky windowpanes. Have fun at the Hampton show!

  3. Lovely projects! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

  4. I'd like to make it to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival one of these days. It won't be this year. Maybe next since I'll have a grandson next year to visit in MD. Not that far and could make it one the way in or on the way out back to IL. Thanks for the tip on the Kona for binding. I love the positive tips but I also like the negative ones as well. It helps to avoid problems since I find enough of them on my own! Lol!

  5. Oh, the feathery quilting in the heart is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! Were you able to do that as a continuous line? Figuring out what to put in a heart shape always stumps me, but you solved the issue beautifully :)

  6. The feathers in the hearts are adorable! Good luck with this week's goals.

  7. Love your calendar block! It's so very festive and what a great way to remember your aunt. Congrats on finishing off your Valentine's Day table topper, very pretty!

  8. Wow - the piecing for that tree is really neat! Love the feathers on your hearts.


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