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QA Wednesday October 6, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in goals.
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A week has gone by and I have a mixed report.

There was a single goal on my list last week:

  • Quilt on the DWR — at least one hour a day –perhaps 2.

With the exception of yesterday I worked on the DWR at least one hour each day.  Most days I did two hours.  But I must not have been focusing, because I should have been able to finish the row and start on another.  Oh, well, I did make progress.

This coming week I have three items on my list.

  • Quilt on the DWR – at least one hour a day – perhaps 2.
  • Start assembling Star Struck into rows.
  • Fix the Row Quilt.

The DWR is self-explanatory – Nov 29th is less than 2 months away.

I’m not going to commit to more than starting the rows on Star Struck. My friends and I are having a quilting day Saturday, so there will be sewing — but also conversation, laughter and ripping out.

The Row Quilt on the other hand is new to this party.  It’s been waiting to be quilted since March 2005.  This is the quilt I’ve decided to quilt on the HandiQuilter at Rocking Chair Quilts.  But before I can do that I need to turn that last block on row 7.  I could leave it, but it would bug me.  Once I get that taken care of I’ve got to put together a backing and decide on a quilting pattern – but that can be next week’s goal!

See how others did on their weekly goals by following the links over at Bari’s

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October Quilting Goals October 1, 2010

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It’s a new month, so it’s time for a new list of monthly quilting goals.

  • Continue quilting the Double Wedding Ring — can I get 3 rows done by Halloween?
  • Make the September & October KVQG BOM
  • Prep backing for quilt*
  • Bind quilt*
  • Make progress on Cream & Green quilt

My stated deadline for the DWR is looming ahead, so this needs to be my #1 priority for the next two months.  But a quilter can’t live by quilting alone.  At least I can’t – I’ve got to piece as well.  So, my piecing will be the BOM blocks — last month’s and this month’s.  I suspect Blue Ridge Beauty and Star Struck will also get worked on.

Prep backing & bind quilt*.  You would think I’d know what quilt I’m talking about.  In reality I can’t decide if I want to take Turning Twenty Again or one of these two baby quilts (quilt 1, quilt 2) to Butler on the 20th.  Regardless of what I take, I’ll need to prep/make the backing and bind it.

The Cream & Green quilt is back on my list this month since it’s one of my challenge quilts to finish by the end of the year.

Noticeably absent is keeping up the Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler quilt.  I’m not abandoning it, simply setting it aside for a bit for more pressing deadlines.  Who knows maybe I’ll make a few blocks this month, but if I don’t I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.

September Recap September 30, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in finish, goals, Modern DP9.
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A road trip to visit family, two weekends with visiting family, plumbing issues and work.  I may not have accomplished everything I set out to do this month, but I sure got a lot accomplished.

  • At least 8 SBS blocks – Made 4
  • The September KVQG BOM – No
  • Finish Quilting and Bind Oklahoma Backroads – Yes
  • Quilt at least 15 rings on the DWR – 6 done
  • Make progress on the Cream & Green quilt – No
  • Make progress on Star Struck – Yes – all blue stars are made and significant progress on the red stars

In addition to the above, I finished 5 more embroidered dragonflies, made a nap quilt for Head Start, made significant progress on Blue Ridge Beauty, tested a new pattern for a mini quilt, tested a quilt block, then made a large quilt top, and pieced, quilted and bound a baby quilt.

I haven’t posted a full picture of the baby quilt yet so here it is:

This is the quilt I quilted on HandiQuilter at Rocking Chair Quilts.  I have an appointment next month to go back.  I haven’t decided for what I’m taking to quilt.  I do have a “few” tops which need to be quilted.

QA Wednesday September 29, 2010

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Simple goals last week:

  • Keep working on the DWR – Did quilt some, but not enough
  • Piece 2 SBS Blocks – Pieced one block
  • Finish the Fairy Frost Sunset top – Finished Saturday night

Did I accomplish everything — no.  Did I good off –no.  Instead I got distracted by other quilting.  I’m sure no one has had that happen.

There was the “Modern DP9” which I quilted and bound — in pink from my stash:

The turquoise and purple dragonflies:

And the Love quilt for Head Start at the church where the guild meets:

With the summer dramas on USA and TNT off the air, I need to find something new to “watch” while I quilt.  But if I can’t find anything I still  need to make progress on my DWR.  So there is just one goal this week.

  • Quilt on the DWR — at least one hour a day –perhaps 2.

It’s lofty but if I cut out the piecing for at least a week, maybe I can see some head way.  I really wanted to have 4 rows finished by now and I’ve only got 2 1/2 rows done.

Check out the links over at Bari’s to see if anyone else got distracted last week.

Star Struck Progress September 28, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in goals, Star Struck.
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Each month I list out what I want to accomplish during the month.  Sometimes it’s easily done, other times I’m overly optimistic -or get distracted. Unless I don’t sleep or take the next two days off from work, this is going to be an optimistic/distracted  month.

One of my goals for the month was to “Make progress on Star Struck”.  Furthermore somewhere I defined the progress as completing at least 20 blocks — which would get all of the blue blocks made.    Well, I’ve finished those blue blocks, made a couple of red blocks and sewed the squares on the rest of the red units.  If I I had been thinking, I would have been using this quilt as my leader/ender project instead of Blue Ridge Beauty.  Oh well.

Regardless, I’ll be able to say “Done” to Make Progress on Star Struck on Thursday.

Now to “Make progress on the Cream & Green quilt”.  Does uncovering it again count?

QA Wednesday September 23, 2010

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I knew I wasn’t going to get much done this week, so I didn’t list much.  Little did I know, I’d get even less done than I hoped!

  • Get back on the DWR –I’m behind schedule – still behind schedule, but I did make progress.
  • Make the September KVQG BOM – didn’t get it done.
  • Piece 2 SBS Blocks – made 1

Even knowing I was going to have to report what I accomplished this week couldn’t get the 2nd SBS block made.  I did get the foundation paper printed, so it’s not like I totally blew it off.

So, what’s up for this week?

  • Keep working on the DWR
  • Piece 2 SBS Blocks
  • Finish the Fairy Frost Sunset top

See if anyone else accomplished their weekly goals by following the links over at Bari’s.

QA Wednesday September 14, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in goals, Modern DP9, SBS.
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I made a big deal about fewer goals this week since I didn’t have a 3 day weekend.   But I still didn’t get everything done.  Between the push to finish Oklahoma Backroads and playing all day Saturday, I was worn out.  The only reason  I have 2 SBS blocks done is that I knew if I didnt’ get the second one done I’d only be able to cross off one item from my list.  Perhaps this Quilting Accountability really works!

  • Finish Oklahoma Backroads – Done!
  • Quilt daily on the DWR – No
  • Piece 2 SBS blocks – Done!
  • Make this month’s KVQG BOM – No

Also distracting me was the fabric my sister-in-law gave me.  There was a package of charm squares and a handful of similar FQs.  Although smaller that I typically like to make baby quilts, this quilt top will be great to practice free motion quilting on.

Only the white fabric will count on my Stash Report Sunday since  I haven’t added the gifted fabric in.  I found a yellow and white print in my stash which I’ll use for the backing.  Now to find a piece of batting big enough or piece one together.

Now for next week.

  • Get back on the DWR –I’m behind schedule
  • Make the September KVQG BOM
  • Piece 2 SBS Blocks

Check out the link over at Bari’s to see if others got met their goals for the week.

QA Wednesday September 8, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in Dragonflies, dwr, goals, KVQG BOM 2010.
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After I figured out what I was going to work on over the weekend, my DH and I made the decision to take a road trip to visit his family. Needless to say, I was limited to handwork – although I did show my SIL how to use a serger.

  • Finish Oklahoma Backroads – no
  • Quilt daily on the DWR – took the quilt with me and worked on it the days we didn’t travel
  • Piece at least half of the remaining blocks ( I think that’s 20) [Star Struck] – no
  • Piece 4 SBS blocks – no

On the other hand, I stitched some of my dragonflies.

There is less on this week’s list since there is no holiday to give me an extra day of quilting.

  • Finish Oklahoma Backroads
  • Quilt daily on the DWR.
  • Piece 2 SBS blocks
  • Make this month’s KVQG BOM

Check out the links at Bari’s to see if extra quilt was accomplished due to the long weekend.

QA Wednesday and Quilting Goals for September September 1, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in goals.
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A combination post today since not only is it Quilting Accountability Wednesday, it’s the first of September.

Overall, I don’t plan on slowing down — one of these days I may regret that, but hey, if I don’t get everything on my list done it wasn’t that important, or can roll over to next month. Here it is 8 months through the year and I’m pretty happy with what I have accomplished quilting wise and what I have left to finish. Essentially there are 4 things left on my list for the year that I’ll think I’ll accomplish:

  • Keep up with the Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler BOW
    • I missed some SBS blocks earlier in the year, but I plan on making an average of 2 blocks a week until the end of the year.  If I do this and make one extra, I’ll be at 60 for the year and 100 blocks overall.
  • Finish my Double  Wedding Ring Quilt
    • If I keep up with one ring every two days, I might not get it bound and on the bed by the end of November, but it will happen by the end of year.
  • Quilt one of my Bonnie Hunter Quilt tops
    • I now have six tops and two in the piecing stages.  I’m quilting Oklahoma Backroads (OB)  and would like to get it finished by mid-month
  • Quilt Green & Cream swap blocks – This is a quilt-as-you-go project.  I think I have 3 or 4 of the 20 blocks quilted.  I’m sure between now and the end of year I’ll be able to knock this out.

As for the 5th goal – finish anything I start – I’m not doing as well on this as I would like.  Blue Ridge Beauty and Star Struck are still being pieced.  Once I get the quilting of my machine, I’ll work on Star Struck and  use Blue Ridge Beauty as my leader/ender project.  Texas Braid has made it to the quilt top stage – so not so bad.  That leaves the Red, White & Blue shop hop sampler that I’ve started piecing the blocks – this has been set aside for the moment; the dragonfly quilt which I won’t start piecing until I get them all embroidered and the 3″ pinwheels which may or may not become a quilt.

So, for September the goals are:

  • At least 8 SBS blocks
  • The September KVQG BOM
  • Finish Quilting and Bind Oklahoma Backroads
  • Quilt at least 15 rings on the DWR
  • Make progress on the Cream & Green quilt
  • Make progress on Star Struck

Specifically for this next week since it includes a 3 day weekend:

  • Finish Oklahoma Backroads
  • Quilt daily on the DWR
  • Piece at least half of the remaining blocks ( I think that’s 20)
  • Piece 4 SBS blocks

I’ve probably over committed myself, but if I don’t aim high, I sure can’t  get there.

If you still are reading, check out other’s weekly goals over at Bari’s.

August Recap August 31, 2010

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At the beginning of the month my goals were to piece 13 blocks for various projects; resume quilting my Double Wedding Ring; quilt, bind and label a baby quilt; finish piecing Star Struck and quilt Texas Braid if there was time. Overall, I’m really pleased.

I think I ended up with 15 blocks, I’ve nearly completed two rows of rings on the DWR, and the baby quilt is ready to be delivered. Instead of finishing Star Struck, I finished Oklahoma Backroads, pieced the backing and have it about 3/4 quilted!

I nearly forgot. I got a great idea for some pre-printed embroidery dragonflies — and only made one. The rest are in my bag for the mini-retreat in a couple of weeks.