Friday, July 28, 2017

July One Monthly Goal: Exceeded Expectations

Thankfully I'm done running through airports and figuring out how to open the gas tank on the rental car for awhile.  Between vacation and this month's business trip, I've spent about as much time away from home as I have at home.  In spite of all the travel, I not only met the July's One Monthly Goal but greatly exceeded what I thought possible.  



The Scrappy Coffee Cup blocks have been around since 2012, it's my third oldest project.


Scrappy Coffee Cups
Block patterns from Karen F. Srebro and Janet McCarroll
published in Block Magic and Block Magic Too by Nancy Johnson-Srebro

Since the calendar showed a lot of time away from my sewing room this month, it seemed wise to pick a pretty easy goal that didn't involve the sewing machine.  The lack of additional white fabric for sashing and borders is what stalled out this project.  You can't finish a project without a plan so that was the goal for this month, figure out the final setting. 

No problem, that actually got done while we were still on vacation.  One morning session with EQ and a final setting plan came together. 



Using borders between the blocks and the borders would allow me to use a white that reads the same as the white in the blocks, without it being obvious that it's a different fabric. I was happy with that approach.  So goal accomplished, pretty much the first week of the month.  I didn't stop there.  The stash closet was raided and strung out all over the cutting table before the sashing and border fabrics where chosen.



Now that I have a plan and the fabric chosen, there was nothing else in the way of getting this project moved off the UFO list.  The blocks aren't sewn into rows yet, but there's been good progress on getting the sashing sewn on. 



 Scrappy Coffee Cups won't be a finished flimsy by the end of the month, but all the blocks should be sewn together by then.  That's a lot more progress than I expected this month.  It's been fun to see this project come together.  Hopefully by the end of August this one will be a finished flimsy.  That might just the goal for next month's OMG.  

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for the July OMG wrap up and with Oh Scrap on Sunday.  

24 comments:

  1. Progress is progress, right? I like the green sashing a lot. :)

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  2. What a unique quilt top! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your goal finish.

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  3. Fantastic. It looks great. I don't envy you all that travel. Here's hoping for a stay-at-home-and-sew-a-lot August.

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  4. Delightful quilt........ and so close to a finish........

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  5. Great job this month! Soon you'll have a fabulous finished quilt!

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  6. With all those pretty colored coffee mugs this quilt must be a joy to work with--it will be fun to see the top all done--
    enjoy the moments, di

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  7. Smart thinking in setting manageable goals!! Nice progress.

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  8. I think I remember you showing me this about a year or so ago when I was trying to decide what to make for a coffee themed auction basket. It sure is turning out great! I even liked it when you first showed me just the blocks!

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  9. These are so cute, even though I prefer tea :)

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  10. These are so cute, even though I prefer tea :)

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  11. I love this! All the different cups, so cute! And I like how you "raided" your stash. Great job with finishing your goal and then some. :)

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  12. I love this quilt, Kate! The green sashing will be perfect for it! I found a coffee cup pattern online and made a couple just for fun. I think this would be a fun block for a rainbow of colors!

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  13. Figuring out the design bit is one of the hardest parts I think but you did it perfectly. The sashing enhances all the different cups and the borders set it off beautifully. You may have added them to disguise two different whites but the quilt wouldn't have been as beautiful with out it. Congrats on your goal.

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  14. Awesome quilt design, congrats on exceeding your expectations!

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  15. The lime green was a great choice! I really like how it sets off those cups. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  16. Looking good! I like your arrangement and setting. Yeah for achieving the goal for July. I like your use of EQ.

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  17. Oh wow, this is so cute! I love quilts with lots of interesting fabrics to look at.

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  18. I love how this has come together!

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  19. So much joy and energy in one quilt, not to mention the caffeine :-D
    I was trying to pick a favorite coffee mug or a teacup+saucer. I am torn between the bright orange floral in the top row and the deep Persian blue in the bottom. Who gets this one?

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  20. Hi Kate, congratulations on your finish. Quite the accomplishment if you were also travelling! I really like your quilt. It makes me smile - the best compliment a quilt can have!

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  21. I love the work you are doing on this quilt top, going to be gorgeous.

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  22. I love all the scrappy mugs! Great choices with sashing between the mugs and color!

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  23. That is great progress! I am impressed with how much you got done given all the work travel, and the blocks looks great with the bright green!

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