Friday, November 25, 2016

November One Monthly Goal: Out the Door

We had a fun Thanksgiving with the family.  My Guy had an emergency at work that prevented him from doing his normal pre-feast baking, so Drama Teen picked up the mantle and ran with it.  She evened learned a new skill or two. 


She'd never used a hand mixer before. After a bit of training, she did just fine, but said she'd much rather use a one on a stand.  That hand mixer probably predates me, it was my Mom's only mixer when I was growing up.  Hope your Thanksgiving feast was grand and memorable in the best way.

Just a few days till the end of November (I am oh so not ready for that).  So it's time to report on the One Monthly Goal progress for the month by linking up with Elm Street Quilts.  

Elm Street Quilts

The November One Monthly Goal was to get the Poinsettias quilt top prepped, packaged and mailed to the ever creative Trudy for quilting.  Prepping tops is my least favorite of all quilting activities, so I tend to put it off.  That's the beauty of the One Monthly Goal, it's harder to put off something when it's your one goal for the month.   

The progress on this goal actually went backwards before it went forwards.  Poinsettias is a big quilt. The yardage that had been set aside as the back was almost 2 yards short.  Now what?  Well since Poinsettias is likely going to be a gift, it needed a nice backing.  So I broke down and ordered an extra wide backing. 

The backing fabric showed up about a week later, was washed and then trimmed to size.  It got one more press and de-threading before it was packaged for shipping.  Though it's not from the same line as the fabrics used in the top, it blends really well with the fabrics on the front.  Hard to go wrong with beige.  

After dealing with the back, it was time to prep the flimsy.  That's really the step I dread the most.  Clearing the back of loose threads is such a painstaking endeavor.  But I did it one Sunday afternoon while listening to the NASCAR race, so it wasn't so bad.  I found the right size batting in the stash and packaged it all up. 

It's been mailed and Trudy got it last Monday.  It should come back in early December with enough time for me to get it bound before Christmas.  

I've really appreciated the One Monthly Goal challenges.  It's been a great way for me to find the motivation to move several projects toward completion.  Not sure yet what the goal will be for December.  I'll have to cogitate on that a bit over the next week.  

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for the conclusion of November's challenge.  


Patty said...

Good job getting everything prepped. That is my least favorite part of making a quilt! Congrats on your finish and thanks for linking up with One Monthly Goal Finish Party!

Val's Quilting Studio said...

Done and delivered...that had to feel good!

Quilter Kathy said...

Happy Thanksgiving!
Congrats on meeting your OMG!
I love the word 'cogitate'... I'm going to do that too!

Barbara said...

Good for you, DT! I'm with you about the mixers, although hand mixers definitely have their place for certain jobs. Love your backing fabric. Now I want to see the finished quilt.

Nann said...

My mixer is the same model, only white (well, discolored to ivory). I got it with S&H Green Stamps circa 1977. I still use it -- I never did get a stand mixer. I look forward to seeing the quilt when it's all done.

Paige said...

Congrats on meeting your goal! Looking forward to seeing the finish!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

LOL, I have that exact mixer in Harvest Gold too!! It was a wedding gift in 1976, and it still is going strong. Congratulations on meeting your goal.

The Joyful Quilter said...

OMG!! That is the SAME mixer that I used to make the mashed spuds on Thanksgiving. It belongs to my MIL and the little case for it has finally bit the dust. The mixer itself is still going strong!

Karen's Korner said...

You have been busy. Good luck with getting it finished in time for Christmas.

Heidi said...

Yay! That will sure be a fun package to open, I can't wait to see!