February / One Monthly Goal : Flower Basket Medallion

I have many goals for February. When I thought about choosing just One Monthly Goal for the link-up over at Elm Street Quilts, it was difficult to choose between them all.

In the end, I decided to work on this.

Not much to look at, is it? :)  Well, it is the second border to the Flower Basket Medallion.


The center is a Kim Mclean design. I decided to strike out on my own for the borders. Because stems are so boring to sew, I prepped the first two borders at the same time.

I finished the first one at the end of December.


I want my One Monthly Goals to be achievable, so the goal is not to completely finish the second border in February but to work on it and get at least 1/3 – 1/2 of it done. If I finish the remainder in March I’ll be happy.

Prior to starting on this, I need to finish appliqueing some Little Baskets, but I have started the prep work necessary for this border.

I have some leaves and berries prepped, and many more up on the ironing board to work on…

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17 in 2017 : January

What do you do when the winter weather is so dreary that you just want to crawl under the covers until spring arrives?

Well you set a few goals and start sewing! :)

When I had initially read Kyle’s post about Meridethe’s link-up, I decided to check how many things I could list ( I found 20! ) and I created a hastily compiled list and post and joined in at the beginning of January.

Since then I revised that, separating my UFO projects a bit. I’ll keep that running in some way during this year, at the end of each post. 

If someone can finish 17 UFOs in a year, that is wonderful, but the main idea is to attempt to make some progress on all of them, and perhaps finish a few. I worked on several from the list during January. Basically, this is a monthly review ! : )

From the list:

#1 Stars and Spools quilt was in the hoop. I’d set a One Monthly Goal to finish the hand quilting on the last applique border. I did that mid-January. This is not a finish, but on its’ way. I don’t think that I have enough of any particular fabric that might work for a binding here…

#3 Scrappy Granny : I got that quilt sandwich together and began to hand quilt it. Using Perle Cotton and “Big Stitch” quilting on the centers, and surrounding it with “Regular Quilting”.

#4 Gradient Quilt : This sandwich was also put together this month. Once I’d gotten far enough along in the tying of this quilt top to free up the basting pins to baste Scrappy Granny, I had put this aside. It is about 3/4 of the way done. I need to get back to it.

#12 Little Baskets Applique : Completed six more early on in the month.

#13 Airship Propeller Blocks : A new one finished by mid-January, and then for the next two I followed the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month suggestion.

The January color is purple.

Most of what I do is hand work so it is slow going :)

The 20 in 2017 Original List :

  • TOPS TO BE QUILTED # 1-8 of the list  :  Stars & Spools ( Currently in Hoop ) Gradient Quilt ( Currently Tying ) Scrappy Granny, Quilty 365, Botanical, Rose Applique, 1857, Whimsy Runner
  • TOPS CLOSE TO COMPLETION # 9-11 of the list:   Hourglass ( large scrappy blocks ) Orange Peels, Crossroads to Jericho
  • PROJECTS THAT I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON #12-16 of the list:  Little Baskets Applique, Airship Propeller Applique, Flower Basket Medallion Applique, Elizabeth’s Pride Applique, Ben Biggs Applique
  • MISC. PIECING # 17-20 of the list:  Spools Row Quilt, Sampler Row, Triangles, Cake Stand Baskets

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