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My August Goals

July is one week old and it’s time to list my quilty goals for the month.

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. You probably know by now that I’m making a Star Trek quilt for my daughter. Every month this year I’ve completed another step, and by the end of the year I’ll have a completed quilt.

    This month I need to sew all my blocks together to create a quilt top. I’m not sure yet if I’m going to add borders beyond what you see below—I’ll figure that out after I get the top together.

  • Make a star quilt for the August Island Batik Star Light Star Bright challenge. The challenge is to create a quilt with star blocks. Got several ideas for this one but nothing underway just yet.

    Only half of the Ambassadors are taking this challenge—the others are creating quilts that feature the Spring 2019 Island Batik collection which is coming into stores now. There are tons of giveaways and beautiful batiks and quilts so don’t miss it! Click here to view the blog hop schedule.

  • Begin quilting the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge I was making this quilt when my sister passed away and never got it done. I’m at the point where I need to quilt it and I hope to get started on that this month.

  • Make the last Bee Inspired block. I belong to an online bee and I’ve got only one left and it’s for Kate @ Smiles From Kate. It’s a simple block so Kate asked for two of them.

  • Write a new pattern for Island Batik. I had three quilts in the Island Batik Spring Market booth, and needed to write the patterns for them. I’ve only got one pattern left to write for those quilts and I hope to get that done this month.

  • Write a pattern for My Little Star. I created this cute baby quilt for the Island Batik AccuQuilt GO! challenge and I’d like to create a pattern for it this month.

    If you want to read more about the quilt, click here.

  • Host two blocks for the Sew Let’s QAL and present projects that use them. Block 12 will be released on Tuesday, August 13th and Block 13 (the final block) will be released on August 27th along with my projects for the blocks this segment.

  • Make a block for a Modern Quilt Guild challenge. My Bee Inspired online bee is participating in the challenge, and each of us is making a block. Each block needs to include the phrase, “You can do it” in English or any other language we choose. I’m using Italian, not because I speak it but because my sister went there on her last vacation and it seemed like a lovely place to visit. The color palette is various shades of grey plus black and white. Here’s my fabric pull. I’ll get some of the suggested solids the next time I’m at work and refine my pull to match.

  • Write three patterns for Riley Blake. I recently got asked to ghost write three free download patterns for new fabric collections for Riley Blake and I’m really excited about it!

  • Make a Funky Friend. I love making these things! This time I’m making an elephant using a new Fall 2019 batik collection so I can’t show you. The Funky Friend will be used to decorate the Island Batik Fall Market booth and it’s due at the end of September so if I get it done early that will be a bonus!

    Here are two Funky Friends I’ve forgotten to share with you—Memory Bear (featuring French Blue) and Punju Peacock (featuring Paisley Park, both from the Fall/Winter 2018 Island Batik collection).

Well, I’ve got so many things to make this month. Whew! Wish me luck!

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July Goals Recap

July is sleeping and it’s time to recap my goals for the month. How did I do?

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. As part of a challenge for the quilt store where I work, I’m making a Star Trek quilt for my daughter one step at a time.

    This month I needed to make the last two applique blocks. Got them done!

  • Make a quilt using three different weights of Aurifil thread for the July Island Batik Artsy Fartsy challenge. The challenge was to create an art quilt that used at least three different weights of Aurifil thread.

    I had a hard time coming up with the exact idea of what I wanted to do for this one, but I love how the final quilt turned out! Click here to read all about it.

  • Begin quilting the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge This is the quilt I was working when my sister passed, so I’ve never completed it. I wanted to quilt it but didn’t get to it.

  • Make the last Bee Inspired block. I belong to an online bee and I’ve been slowly making the 2018 blocks for each month’s Queen. I’ve got only one left and it’s for Kate @ Smiles From Kate. Somehow I didn’t get to this one either. Sigh.

  • Write one new pattern for Island Batik. I had three quilts in the Island Batik Spring Market booth, and needed to write the patterns for them. I’ve only got one pattern left to write but didn’t get to it. I did finish the edits on three other quilt patterns though.

  • Write a pattern for My Little Star. The quilt was created for the April Island Batik challenge, and I’ve had a lot of requests for the pattern so I set a goal to write the pattern this month. Didn’t get to it though.

  • Host three blocks for the Sew Let’s QAL. Got this one done at least. I hosted Block 9 (I Love to Quilt), Block 10 (Buttons), and Block 11 (By the Bolt). If you want to join us you can—just click the Sew Let’s QAL tab above for more info.

  • Make a shop sample for Always in Stitches I fell in love with these fabrics and decided to try to make a sample for the quilt store where I work. I’ve gotten it cut out and I’m trying to piece the blocks now.

I had 12 things to do this month and got 6 done. 50% ugh. Gotta do better!

How did you do this month in meeting your quilty goals? Hopefully, better than me. <grin>

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My July Goals

July is one week old and it’s time to list my quilty goals for the month.

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. Regular readers know that I’m making a Star Trek quilt for my daughter, a little bit at a time. Each month I complete the next step on my list. By the end of the year, I’ll have a completed quilt.

    Last month I made the first two applique blocks. This month I need to make the other two applique blocks.

  • Make a quilt using three different weights of Aurifil thread for the July Island Batik Artsy Fartsy challenge. The challenge is to create an art quilt that uses at least three different weights of Aurifil thread. Again, this challenge is a stretch for me, but I guess that’s what challenges are for! Stay tuned as I make progress on this one.

  • Begin quilting the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge This is the quilt I was working when my sister passed, so completing it is important to me. Finding the time to work on it is hard though, so I’m making another modest goal for this month: to face the quilt. If I have time to begin quilting on it, that’ll be a plus!

  • Make the last Bee Inspired block. I belong to an online bee and I’ve been slowly making the 2018 blocks for each month’s Queen. I’ve got only one left and it’s for Kate @ Smiles From Kate. It’s a simple block so Kate asked for two of them.

  • Write one new pattern for Island Batik. I had three quilts in the Island Batik Spring Market booth, and needed to write the patterns for them. I’ve only got one pattern left to write. Yeah!

  • Write a pattern for My Little Star. The quilt was created for the April Island Batik challenge, and I’ve had a lot of requests for the pattern so I’m setting a goal to write the pattern this month. The baby quilt can be cut using AccuQuilt dies although you don’t have to have an AccuQuilt cutter to make it.

    If you want to read more about the quilt, click here.

  • Host three blocks for the Sew Let’s QAL. Block 9 (I Love to Quilt) was released Tuesday, July 2nd and you can read about it here. Block 10 will be released July 16th, and Block 11 July 30th.

  • Make a shop sample for Always in Stitches I work at a quilt store as you know and the employees are responsible for making shop samples. I don’t often have time to volunteer for that but we have a lot of Christmas quilts to make so I took one home to do. The pattern is called Icebox and it’s by Vaness Goertzen @ Lella Boutique. The quilt will feature her Little Tree fabric collection by Moda. Both are available now at Always in Stitches, the quilt shop where I work.

Well, I’ve got 10 things to make this month. Wish me luck!

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June Goals Recap

June has ended and another month has started. How did I do at getting things done last month?

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. My goal for the Star Trek quilt I’m making my daughter was to make the first two of the applique blocks. Glad to report that I got them done!

  • Make a quilt or other project that uses a new to me technique for the June Island Batik challenge. Got this one done! I chose to make a hexagon quilt because I’ve never made one before. I chose to sew the hexagons by machine and I found it pretty easy. Read more about the challenge here.

  • Make progress on the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge My goal was to finish appliqueing all the birds and leaves and I’m happy to report that I got it done! I’m really liking how this is turning out.

    As you can see, there are two leaves hanging off the bottom of the quilt. I sewed a backing onto the parts that hang over, and I’m going to finish the quilt by facing it and letting the leaves hang free.

  • Make two Bee Inspired blocks. I had two blocks to make for my beemates in Bee Inspired and I at least got one of them done! It’s a house block for Janice @ Color Creating and Quilting. She wanted the house block done in a single color and I chose orange because she already had most of the other colors.

    The one left undone are two brick blocks for Kate @ Smiles From Kate. Next month!

  • Write two new patterns for Island Batik. I had three quilts in the Island Batik Spring Market booth, and needed to write the patterns for them. I’m happy report that I’ve gotten two of the patterns done so there’s only one left. Not bad!

  • Create a pattern for Hancock’s of Paducah. Hancock’s of Paducah has selected one of my patterns to kit and I needed to get the pattern written. Got this one done as well and it’s in testing. I’ll show it off to you as soon as I can.


It wasn’t too big a list so maybe that’s why I got most things done. Let’s see how I did: I had 11 things to make and got 9 of them done. That’s 82%!

I hope I do as good this month. I’ll be publishing my goals on Monday if you’d like to stop back and leave some encouragement.

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