Monday, July 30, 2018

Weekend Stitching and July's One Monthly Goal

Another slow weekend around the house, a bit of laundry and a bit deep cleaning in the Scientist in Training's room.  She moves out of the dorms on Friday, but has to wait a week till she can get into her apartment.  So we'll have her home for just a bit before she has to head back for the fall semester of college.  

There was still plenty of time for stitching.  Enough that I met July's One Monthly Goal. 



I've not had a lot of success with my one monthly goals in 2018. I think because the time I have to sew doesn't match up well with what needs to happen to move a quilt all the way to finished flimsy.  So for July, I tried to set a more realistic goal.  This month the goal was to get the Inverted Star blocks framed and ready for sashing.  At the beginning of July, those blocks looked like this. 


Inverted Star
by Jessica Boschem of Common Threads
available from Craftsy as a free download

By the time I shut down for the day on Sunday, they looked like this. 



That may not look like much work, but each block has a narrow half inch strip of white to float the block in the colored frame.  With all the framing done, it was time to sash the blocks.  The sashing strips have been sewn to each row, but the rows haven't been sewn to each other.   I might get that done by the end of July.  Then there's a 2.5" plain white border followed by a border of Sawtooth Stars. There's been good progress on those this month too.  I finished off  the five red stars this weekend as well. 



With the red ones finished, that just leaves black, gray and brown sawtooth stars left to make.  The black and gray ones are all cut out ready for assembly over at the sewing machine.  The fabrics for the brown stars has been chosen and just needs to be cut.  After those, I need to make three more stars.  I'll choose those colors after I've had a chance to get the others up on the design wall and see what looks best in the gaps.

So July has been a pretty productive month.  Linking up with:

July One Monthly Goal
Monday Making
Design Wall Monday
Main Crush Monday 

20 comments:

Julie in GA said...

Your Inverted Stars look fabulous with added frames, and the sawtooth stars will set them off beautifully!
Congratulations on meeting your goal for July!

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

I love those added frames, they really highlight the stars. It sounds like you've made a lot of progress in your sewing room - yay!

Patty said...

The blocks looks wonderful framed! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

Alison V. said...

Yay this look fabulous!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your stars are my favorite project to catch a glimpse of right now - such beautiful color! Glad you have had the chance to move them along this month!

Quilter Kathy said...

Great progress... slow and steady... perfect!

Barbara said...

Good work. It’s going to be beautiful when it’s all finished. I’m impressed with your progress on the sawtooth stars.

Preeti said...

The stars were already spectacular... further enhanced by the framing!!!

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

They look great! and I have decided that the sashing of blocks takes as much time if not mroe than the making!!

Marti said...

Your stars look wonderful and yes, it does look like a lot of work. I hope to try your framing technique one day. It really sets off the block.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Really pretty star blocks and like the bright color edges around each one--you did well--so far for the first time this year--it doesn't look like I will be making my monthly goal--but time hasn't run out completely yet--so one never knows-????
enjoy,di

Sandra Walker said...

It definitely HAS been productive! I love what you've done with the inverted stars, and thanks for the link. Yay on the red sawtooth stars too!

DawnyK said...

Well done! Love these framed stars. Looking forward to seeing it with the sawtooth stars.

Louise said...

You're chugging right along on this piece! And that's what it takes, steady progress on sometimes fiddly parts like sashings and such. It will be so worth it in the end :)

Miaismine said...

Your weekend was so productive - and wow! What a beautiful quilt you are creating! I'm eager to see how you finish it! The pattern and colors are so playful and bright!

Candace said...

Such lovely star projects. Everything takes longer than you expect it to. doesn't it?!

dq said...

You have made great progress. It is a gorgeous quilt. I really love the rainbow of colors because they make me feel happy.

I have not completed my One Monthly Goal for the past two months during the month I planned, but I did get them done. Moving my sewing along is all that really matters to me although these challenges really inspire me and keep me progressing.

Sarah Goer said...

I love these sparkly stars and the narrow sashing is a perfect frame. :-)

thea said...

The inverted stars are really beautiful -- love the sashing.

Jennifer said...

Love the stars with the sashing, it really makes them pop! Congrats on finishing your goal!