Happy May Day!! It’s the first of the month which means it is time to set my quilting goals for May.

Happy May Day

First let’s review April’s goals – I’m afraid I’m going to be a little disappointed with the results:

1) Finish piecing BOTH Tumalo Trails flimsies. I want to get these done!! – NO – the piecing of the blocks has taken much longer than I thought it would! Of course, each block has 53 pieces in it and I’m making twice the blocks (84 instead of 42) so I suppose it is no wonder. I, just last night, finished sewing all the units together into blocks, but I still have to add the sashing, cornerstones and borders to have them to the flimsy stage.

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2) Quilt Tumalo Trails #1 – I need to get batting and a backing before I can do this, so I’m going to HAVE to go shopping (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!) – NO – well, obviously I didn’t get it quilted since I haven’t any flimsies to load on the quilter. But I did do the shopping for batting and a backing!!

3) Quilt an old flimsy that’s been waiting for a long time – My Amish Nine Patch!! – NO – this is just discouraging!! I really had every intention of getting the quilting done on this. I wasn’t planning any fancy design, just something to hold the layers together, so I thought I would get it done in no time flat. But it just didn’t happen.

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4) More flowers – The hand work needs to get done, since I have so much of it to do!! Darn, I forgot, I need to get on the ball for the Hospice Quilt. The weather had prevented working on this earlier in the year, but now I need to set up some workshops to get this done. – DONE!!! – Thank goodness I managed to get at least one thing on my list finished!!!

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Well, that’s only a 25% finish rate. I need to do better in May or I need to grade on the curve!!!

Do I get extra credit for this?:

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I made this lap quilt for someone I know who has been diagnosed with cancer. I passed it on to a family member that was going to give it to him.

This is a jelly roll race quilt. I like that pattern but I like to add something to it. Sorry to those that don’t know what I’m talking about – a jelly roll race is made with strips of fabric that are 2 1/2″ by the width of the fabric. Fabric manufacturers have marketed their fabric lines by cutting strips from one line to that measurement and then rolling them up into what they call a “Jelly Roll” There are all kinds of ways to use those Jelly Rolls and a race is one quick way to make a quilt. Here’s a you tube video to explain how it’s made:

I like to add a little something to the strips to add variety. I pieced red and white strips together and then sub cut them to 2 1/2″. Then I added a red/white unit to each blue strip, then proceeded as usual for the race.

Well, that’s what I got done for April. Now what am I going to try to do for May? I’m going to be a little easier on myself since I haven’t been able to keep up with my more ambitious goals. I know that I am setting these goals to make myself stretch to get things done. But if I set the goals too high, I’ll just get discouraged. So here goes:

1) Get the sashing, cornerstones and border on at least one of the Tumalo Trail quilts. I’m spending the weekend sewing as much as I possibly can, so maybe I’ll be able to get this done.

2) Quilt the Amish quilt – like I said before, I’m only doing a simple edge to edge pattern so that the layers will be held together. I’m not going to try to replicate all the intricate quilting that an Amish lady would do.

3) Add my bit to the Round Robin block that I got at the April meeting – I need to have this done in time for our May meeting, which means I have eleven days to get this done.

4) Hand sewing – 10 more hexie flowers to add to my red and cream hexie quilt

There, that’s four goals for May. I sure hope to goodness that I will be able to get them all done!!!

Peace

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