Saturday, September 1, 2018

September One Monthly Goal and Priority List

It's been a slow paced Saturday. I slept in for a change and lazed my way through three cups of coffee while contemplating what to focus on for my September One Monthly Goal.

According to the 2018 quilt plan, Bonnie Hunter's 2017 mystery, On Ringo Lake is the UFO for September.  I spent some time in EQ this morning working up block settings. If I go with an on point setting I need 32 blocks, a straight setting needs 35.  As of this morning, I had 9 blocks completed and another 29 of the 9 patch centers completed. That would give me enough centers for 38 blocks, more than enough for either the straight or on point setting.  Here's what the 9 finished blocks look like on point without any sashing.

On Ringo Lake, Bonnie Hunter 2017 Mystery Quilt

I'm still playing around with sashing ideas.  If I go with the original pattern, the sashing would be yellow with black.  That makes for a very yellow quilt. I don't have to decide the layout and sashing options right away, though I would really like to have On Ringo Lake made into at least a finished flimsy before the next mystery comes out (assuming Bonnie hosts one this year).  So what's a realistic OMG for the month?

All 9-patch block centers are made, but there are no flying geese or corner HSTs to go with them.  That's a lot of block pieces to make to finish 24 blocks in a month.  With my work schedule, that's not likely. So what's a manageable goal for the month?  Each block needs 4 yellow flying geese, 4 gray flying geese and 4 HST corners. So I need 76 yellow flying geese, 76 grey flying geese and 76 HSTs to go with those centers. My goal for September is to get all those pieces made. I'll worry about block assembly in October.  

My OMG is my number one priority each month, but there are other projects in the works too.  I keep a priority list on the sewing machine with my focus on the top 3.  Once I finish one of those, I'll move on to the next project on the list.  September's priority list looks like this.

Just three more sawtooth star blocks need to be finished before I can start assembling the pieced border for the Inverted Star project.  Hopefully I can get Inverted Star into a finished flimsy while getting all the Ringo Lake pieces made.  I'm probably biting off more than I can stitch, but what's the fun if you don't aim for the improbable?  

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for the September One Monthly Goal.  


The Colorful Fabriholic said...

I always like how you set ambitious goals for yourself. You'll have a busy September at the sewing machine!
While you're playing with settings for On Ringo Lake in EQ, have you tried black sashing, maybe with yellow cornerstones? Yes, It'll be a very black quilt but the colors will pop. Or pieced sashing so the corners will look like the block centers.

gayle said...

(You're reminding me that I need to get my Ringo moving again, too...)
Keeping a priority list on the sewing machine looks like an excellent idea. And you're right about the improbable goals being more fun! And the most satisfying when, against all odds, you actually achieve them. 8)

Barbara said...

I love how you keep yourself organized. The fabrics for Ringo Lake are pretty. I’m interested to see how it’s all going to go together. The on-point setting looks good.

Katie Z. said...

Well done setting your goals for this month. (And good for you for sleeping in. Someday, I’ll get to do that too!)

Patty said...

Wonderful blocks! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

DawnyK said...

Love your ambitious list! I've got what seems like an ambitious list right now with quilt workshops over the next two weekends, but I'm loving sewing-time and want to feel optimistic.

Marti said...

I like your priority list. Are you going to post your EQ plan on finishing On Ringo Lake? Choosing a border color for that one would be hard for me but I'd like to see what you've got in mind.

Jennifer said...

Sounds like a good plan and looks like a good list!