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July Quilting Goals

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 I have an appointment to go quilt a top this week.  I'm going to take the court house steps top I finished last year at the guild retreat a month before the first lockdown.  I plan an all over design.  I'm looking forward to finishing this top.  When I first finished the top, the plan was to donate it.  I'll have to re-contact the group to see if they will still accept it.  I'm not sure how rules have changed this year.  I'm looking forward to getting this one quilted. I've been working on prepping the applique pieces for my Moondance quilt.  The wings and bodies for the dragonflies are all prepped.  Now I need to prep the flower bundles.  Ideally I'll get all of the flower bundles prepped but getting half done would be good. The applique goes into the blank squares and overlaps some seams so it will be easier to applique if I add what I can prior to stitching.  I think I have a plan for the applique and assembly but need to go back and check the pattern.

June Accomplishments

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I was really pleased with the finish of the Longtime Gone quilt.  It was ready in plenty of time for the class on the 18th.  Its binding is also made and is pieced from a variety of the blue fabrics in the quilt.  I just need to get a backing and it will be ready to quilt.  The Longarm studio I go to is now open again so I'll book an appointment.  I think I'll quilt one of the other tops first though just to get back into the swing of things.  Its been a long time since I've used the long arm.  Between a broken wrist and covid, I haven't been to the studio since Nov 2019. I liked the blacks I purchased for my Moondance and the missing squares are all cut and in place.  I've started preparing the appliques.  Some of the applique is done before the top is assembled.  I think I'll stitch all the appliques that are contained in a square then I'll stitch some pairs and add the pieces that go over seams so it will be a bit slow to assemble.  I'm pleased with t

June Quilting Goals

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 The main goal for this month is to get the borders on the Longtime Gone Quilt and make the binding.  I've made good progress so far.  Three of four rounds are done.  I added a white, a blue and a white.  Next up is another blue in darker colours.  Then I'll make blue binding.  Class is the 17th so I should be ready in time.  I'm hoping the quilt studio will open soon and I'll be able to start booking appointments to go use the long arm. I picked up the three black fabrics that I'd ordered for Moondance.  I think atleast two of them will work.  I need 16 squares and a rectangle.  I'll double check the three once they are washed.  The third might well work.  A lot of the applique lands on these squares and the rectangle for the pillow row.  It would be nice to get the applique prepped and confirm if the fabrics I got will work well. I got for a walk on a path in a green belt close to where I live.  In 2012 they painted murals on the wall of the tunnel under the

May Progress

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 I did get the centre assembled for the Longtime Gone quilt and I have a plan for the borders although they are not all on yet.  I've added a white border around the top and have added a thin blue border to the top and bottom.  The thin border is ready to be pressed and trimmed for the sides.  Then I'll add a slightly wider white border and another blue border.  Its inspired by a red and white version of the quilt I saw on Quiltmekiwi's blog .  It looks like the maker has done mitered borders but I'm doing square borders.  I'm looking forward to getting the borders on.  The final class is on June 19th so there should be lots of time to sew the final borders. I also made really good progress on this old UFO.  Its Moondance from Applewood Farms.  The blocks are all made.  I need to prep some applique and cut the missing squares.  I've run out of the black tone on tones I was using for the background and have some ordered.  I'll hope to be able to pick it up on

Moon dance inventory

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In 2004 I start a BOM called Moondance by Beth Ferrier of Applewood Farm Publications.  I made several of the blocks but then got distracted by something else.  Its on the list of UFOs for this year.  The first picture is the print out from her website at the time. I thought my first step was going to be to figure out where I was and what was left.  I was really pleased to discover that at some point I'd inventoried the box and left myself a love note.  On the folder with the printout of the pattern, I found a love note from my past self telling me what is left and that what is left to do was the paper clipped bundle of pages.   It took a few minutes when I put the blocks up on the wall to figure out which is the duplicate.  but I think the purple and the orange block in the second row are the same.   Now to go through the remains of the box and make the missing blocks.

May Goals

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 My Longtime Gone class is coming to a close.  There are two more sessions.  In May we talk about borders and in June is the reveal.  For the May class, I need to have the top assembled.  For my goal for this month I'd like to have a plan for the borders at a minimum.  Ideally, I'll have the top completed. Over the weekend I finished piecing the checkerboards and cutting sashings.  After looking at the top, I decided I really didn't like the half log cabin blocks so I replaced two of them with a blend from white to blue I like the lighter ones but didn't like the blend with the darker ones so made two more then sewed all the sashings into place for sections 5 and 6 Today during Monday sewing, I'll assemble sections 5 and 6 and sew the two halves together.  Then I'll be ready for class on the 15th.   There's a couple of other projects I want to progress this month -- the applique on Love Entwined and I need to deliver the PJs and pick up some more.  I need to

April Goal Progress

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 My goal for the month was to complete the Guild 2015/6 BOM quilt.  It is now a completed top.  :)  I replaced the original north wind blocks with the darker blue background as the original row stuck out too much.  One of the Inuksuk blocks does have a mask to represent the current conditions when the block was made.  Once things start to open again, I'll go to the long arm studio to quilt it. The long time gone quilt (pattern by Jen Kingwell) is progressing really well.  For our April homework we are to make the triangle blocks and the UK cross blocks and assemble the top.  The May class will be a border discussion and the June class a reveal.  I'm enjoying putting this together.  The first picture is all the blocks up on the design wall.  I did move one or two blocks around to try and balance it a bit more colourwise.  I think I'm going to end up remaking the quarter log cabin blocks as they are too dark in comparison to the rest of the quilt. I've started to assemble