THE STARS AND STRIPES QUILT IS DONE!
Luckily you did not have to witness this old lady climbing on an eight foot ladder to take this photograph. It was not a pretty sight and I learned that Sami, The Wonder Dog, is as bad at climbing ladders as I am.
I have been participating in Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal (OMG) for a few months. Not only has OMG spurred me to finish projects that would normally wind up in the ’round to-it’ pile but I have had the pleasure of visiting other quilt blogs that I would not have found otherwise.
Above is my completed August goal: To finish the Stars and Stripes quilting and binding. I quilted it on my long arm, Miss Daisy, using free motion quilting with wavy lines on the red/white stripes and outline stitching within the star blocks. This project was a quilt kit purchased through Craftsy and I was very happy with the fabric quality and amount that was included. I added an additional white inter border and still had enough supplied fabric to complete the wide blue border on the outer edge. This was a BIG quilt and as much as I love it, I am glad it is finished.
Here is the lovely backing fabric I ordered from Connecting Threads a couple of years ago. It was just waiting for the right quilt and I think the Stars and Stripes fit the bill. Isn’t it lovely?
You can see other participants of OMG at Elm Street Quilts OMG.
I know you all are getting tired of seeing/hearing about this quilt project as it was my July OMG to get it pieced. In order to put this project to bed (pun intended) my August goal is to quilt and possibly bind this lovely quilt. I have a pretty dark blue and off white toile fabric to use as a backing.
If you would like to see some beautiful projects in all stages of completion check in with Elm Street Quilts OMG for a nice treat.
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My July OMG with Elm Street Quilts OMG (One Monthly Goal) was to complete the piecing of the Stars and Stripes quilt kit I purchased on sale from Craftsy. I am happy to say that I completed this goal. I changed the pattern a little by adding the white inner border as I thought it separated the blue border from the stars. I am very happy with the result.
This is the first quilt kit I have purchased and I was pleased with the fabrics and the pattern. The quilt measured 88″ x 106″ so it is plenty big enough for my queen size bed.
All my blocks completed What finished project will be.
My Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal (OMG) for July was to complete the piecing of the Stars and Stripes quilt. I purchased this as a kit from Craftsy. I am happy to say that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The pattern called for 120 blocks of 16 2″ squares of assorted red and white fabrics and 64 blue and white star blocks. These star blocks have 256 flying geese. I have finished all the blocks and this is the most time consuming part of the project. Now I will begin working on joining all the blocks into rows and add the borders. Whew, it as been a time consuming project but I have enjoyed seeing it come together. The cutting was a little boring and I ended up with a blister but it was worth it.
I will post the finished quilt top soon.
Thank you so much for reading.
Most of you know that I belong to the Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal (OMG) program where we post a picture of a WIP or UFO with the intention of completing the project during the month. At the end of the month pictures are posted of our success. Each month they draw from the list of participants that have posted both at the beginning and end of the month for a chance to win prizes.
I was one of the winners for the June drawing.
I always tell everyone, “I NEVER win anything” but now I can say that I did win: I WON TWO (2) FREE PATTERNS FROM MEADOW MIST DESIGNS AND THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL! ( I know I am shouting…I am also doing the happy dance.) I had my choice of two patterns from several and it was a hard decision to make but I chose the Vintage Star and the Canvas Lines patterns. Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs forwarded them to me by email. The patterns are detailed and instructions are easy to follow. I am looking forward to showing you my new quilts when completed.
A BIG thank you to Patty Dudek at Elm Street Quilts and Cheryl Brickey at Meadow Mist Designs.
This is what I have done so far. This is what is should be.
My OMG for July with Elm Street Quilts is to piece the Stars and Stripes quilt kit, designed by Monique Dillard, that I purchased from Craftsy a few weeks ago.
I must admit when I purchased the kit I thought the red and white stripes were fabric strips. After getting the pattern I found out they will be 2 1/2″ squares made into 8 1/2″ blocks and there are 180 blocks, including the white/blue stars. Each of the red/white blocks have 16 squares.
As a matter of fact now that I am looking at the ‘completed’ picture I do not think the picture goes with the pattern, but I am very happy with the product. The fabric is a nice quality and the colors are very pleasing. The quilt will be 84″x102″, which will be a good size for my queen size bed.
The OMG challenge gives me the little boost I need to complete a project that could grow roots in my Sweat Shop before I get around to finishing. I know I am not the only one out there that needs a little poke sometimes. 🙂
I did it! After 1 1/2 years of looking at the JOY Christmas wall hanging I finally finished. This is a lovely Jennifer Jangles pattern and my plans were to make several of them for gifts. They are very simple to put together but for some reason it always got pushed back in the WIP stack. I listed it as my June OMG at Elm Street Quilts and that is what it took for me to finish.
I was so happy getting JOY completed I pieced a baby quilt I call Sweet Dreams. The charm pack (Lily & Loom – Strawberry Fizz) was surprise in my order from Craftsy and I immediately saw a baby quilt in the lovely colors.
If you are like me and need a little motivation to finish (or start) some of your projects check out Elm Creek Quilts OMG
My June One Monthly Goal (OMG) with Elm Street Quilts is to get this door hanging quilted and ready to use. I would like to say it is a UFO from Christmas 2016, but to be honest it was supposed to be finished to use Christmas 2015.
This is a free pattern from Jennifer Jangles website and my plan was to complete several for gifts. Not exactly sure what happened to those plans.
This pattern is based on the Big Star pattern from Missouri Star Quilt and I call it Big Purple Stars. I am so creative with names. 🙂 I pieced it in 2014 and placed it on my long arm to be quilted. I started have major problems with my machine and ended up sending it to California for warranty repairs. After the bad experience I decided to blame the quilt so I hid it in the closet. 🙂 Finally got my nerve back up and completed the quilting with no problems. Now I am glad get it finished but I am in the process of changing my bedroom colors. That is what I get for taking so long.
I am calling this quilt Charming Stars and it is a free pattern from Moda Bake Shop. You may remember seeing this quilt listed on Elm Street Quilts as my April One Monthly Goal to get the blocks set and borders attached. I am happy to say it is now quilted and ready to go to a new home.
Moda Blockheads update:
I did not complete the Blockheads Block of the Week #11. This block has 60 pieces and is a beautiful pattern, but after re-doing twice I decided it was not for me. I really admire the people who can work with those tiny pieces and make them beautiful but I am not one of them. Since the Blockheads will have 48 quilt blocks I think I will be able to survive without a few. I feel like a wimp but after working on this block for over 5 hours I finally admitted it was not fun.
I had two monthly goals for April and I am happy to say I completed both. The first goal was to join my blocks of the Vintage Farm Girl quilt with sashings and borders. As you will notice I did not make all the blocks in the book but I am happy with the ones I did. I joined the blocks with white sashings and red/white gingham corner stones. I found a cute Waverly fabric in yellow with red cherries for the borders that gives the quilt a little more ‘vintage’ feel.
Goal number two was to add the borders to my Nine Patch Star quilt which I accomplished also. 🙂 I added a solid gray border that I think frames the blocks.
Now it is your turn. Are you in the One Monthly Goal challenge with Elm Street Quilts? I have several projects in various stages of completion now so I am not sure which I will choose to be my OMG for May.
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