Saturday, September 1, 2018

August Wrap Up (One Monthly Goal Progress)

For those in the United States and Canada (as noted by Sandra of  MMM! Quilts), hope you've gotten a jump on enjoying your holiday weekend.  We don't have any firm plans for the holiday.  The Scientist in Training got home last night and is pretty much wiped out from the first two weeks of the fall semester. She feel asleep mid conversation after dinner.  Her request for the weekend was to be allowed to sleep in.  She has a two plus hour to complete chemistry quiz due tonight (assigned in class yesterday).  I really, really don't miss those parts of my college days.

Hard to believe it's the first of September, August went way to fast. The first week of August was miserable due to work deliverables, but it lined out towards the end of the month.  So it wasn't a bad month in the sewing room.  I didn't make my One Monthly Goal (OMG) for August which was to decide on a final layout and get the sashing at least made for the Twinkle Star quilt. 


Twinkle Stars
Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy

I managed part of my goal for August, the layout got much better defined.  Both My Guy and the Scientist in Training both nixed the sashing plan.  A similar suggestion was made in many of the comments on the blog and on my Facebook posts, thank you for the feedback.  So no sashing.  Then the SIT asked me to lay out the blocks in a more of a "rainbow" order.  So I gave that a try.



Both the SIT and My Guy liked this layout better, so did I.  But without the sashing, this quilt is going to be a bit small for the intended use.  So how to make it bigger?  Add borders to make it bigger or add more blocks?  I wasn't completely happy with the way the colors merged, what if I added new blocks so there was enough of each color to make at least one diagonal row? 



I liked that thought.  So now the goal for August became to complete 18 more blocks.  By the time I went to bed last night, 6 more blocks had been completed, there are 6 in the works at the machine, and fabric has been selected for the last 6.  



The red and purple sections are both finished, plus one of two teal blocks is done.  Even though I didn't make my OMG for the month, I'm pretty happy with the progress on this quilt.  I didn't link up with the end of August OMG because it didn't feel right, but I did want to document that progress was made.  

There was also a finish this month, but no pictures yet.  I'll post about that on Monday.  So August was a much better month than I expected it to be.  I've already been thinking about what the plan is for September. 

Linking up with Oh Scrap on Sunday.  

23 comments:

Denise :) said...

This is one of my all-time favorite quilts...you keep working on it, so I can see pics of it. Once it's done and that final picture is posted, I'll never see it again! LOL! Happy September!! :)

AnnieO said...

The rainbow order is very pleasing to the eye, especially since each star has other colors that add sparkle. I never went to university so beyond community college classes sound pretty intense! Have a great weekend.

DawnyK said...

Agree with Denise! Love this quilt & the progress pictures

Sandra Walker said...

Kate, it is wondrous. Love the no sashing decision despite it meaning more blocks to make. I do not miss those university-stress-filled-no-time days one bit. It's Labour Day here in Canada too; it amazes me how many Americans have no idea of their neighbour's holiday, especially those that coincide! So now you can spread the word LOL! Heading across the river to America to celebrate the long weekend at our daughter's and soon to be son-in-law's with a BBQ, yum! Enjoy your family this weekend too!

piecefulwendy said...

I love looking at this quilt! The secondary pattern created without the sashing is so cool; glad you decided to go with no sashing. It seems you will whiz right through those 18 blocks. Nice work!

Frédérique said...

Happy holiday weekend! Your quilt is beautiful, and I love the rainbow layout too!

Julie in GA said...

I love the layout you have chosen for this quilt, and you are making great progress on the extra blocks needed. I keep thinking about this pattern for an RSC project next year. Have a great holiday weekend!

gayle said...

I'm so glad you went with this layout - it's absolutely stunning!

Barbara said...

It looks gorgeous. I like the new layout, and I agree...no sashing. It makes an interesting pattern with them all side-by-side.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love this quilt, too, and I'm always happy to see what your next steps are for it! The rainbow diagonal layout is going to be beautiful!

Valerie Reynolds said...

WOW! THis is an amazing quilt!!!! I think any way you put it together will be

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Great job letting your quilt evolve into a stunner. The additional work is going to be worth it. I live this block!

Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Angie in SoCal said...

This is such a gorgeous quilt already.

Katie Z. said...

Your twinkle stars are fabulous! I love every evolution you work through, and then they get better!

Vesuviusmama said...

I love the way this is turning out!

Emily said...

I really like the rainbow order, and I think without sashing was a good call. Can't wait to see the gaps fill in!

Laura said...

Love how you have worked with the design, rather than settle for anything! This is going to be a fab quilt!

PaulaB quilts said...

What a beautiful collection of Twinkle Stars. It’s my favorite star block, but a bit tricky for me. Love the diagonal rainbow.

Jennifer said...

You made great progress over the month, despite your busy work schedule. Sounds like your 15 minutes is working well!

Kimmy De said...

That is a truly gorgeous quilt! Thanks for sharing.

scraphappy said...

Your layout is coming along beautifully. It is always fun to see the progress and planning.

Quilter Kathy said...

Sometimes the progress is not always visible because some quilt need a lot of thinking and revising time! It's a gorgeous quilt in the making!

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

I really like how it is progressing - and any time you are going forward! That is good! I like how you are doing the rows!