Here's what I did and didn't accomplish:
2. As for quilt tops I'd like to finish, I want to finish the top for the "Rose is a Rose is a Rose" table runner. Some progress.
I am not at all happy with how this is going, and so I've abandoned it for now. I may pick it up again in the future sometime. For now, consider it under the category of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". In other words, don't ask me because I won't tell you. Do I look like I'm kidding?
5. Complete the next door for the Doors of Ireland quilt. No progress.
6. Try again to get going on the Forest Giants quilt. No progress.
7. Make some progress on the Quiltmaker's Garden quilt. No progress.
Look for all of these to appear on my list for June. I'll explain more in a minute.
10. If I'm feeling really energetic, I'll make the next block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. No progress. I've been doing these two at a time, and so, hopefully, I'll catch up this month.
It still needs quilting and binding, but it's almost there.
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So...not a great month, but not bad either. I got a little better than 50% of my projects complete. If I were still in school, that would earn me an "F". Fortunately, I'm not in school, and so that "F" is for all the FUN I had in April spending time with my friend and working outside in the sunshine. You can't do better than that.
And that brings me to my goals for May.
It's a month with a lot of real estate in its 31 days, but it's a busy month just the same. In our family, we have three birthdays and an anniversary, not to mention two concerts on the calendar. No doubt, I'll miss more than a few days of sewing with all of that going on. Nevertheless, I'm going to forge on ahead with an impossibly long list. So here goes (in no particular order):
I've been trying to quilt and bind one quilt and finish one quilt top each month. Usually, I set the quilting and binding as my goal for ALYoF, and this month will be no different.
1. As my "official" goal for ALYoF, I want to quilt and bind the "We are the World" top (pictured above). It's going to be a gift for the special granddaughter of a friend. I'll say more about little Frankie when I finish the quilt, but for now, consider it my top priority.
4. If I'm feeling really energetic, I'd like to finish quilting and binding Joseph's Quilt. This is my oldest UFO, and I'm ready to get it out of my sewing room once and for all. I had in mind to rent time on a long-arm machine at my LQS, but I've abandoned that idea. I'll just do it at home on Big Bertha. She's up to the challenge of this lap-sized quilt.
For my monthly challenges, here's what I have lined up.
5. As my project for "Let's Book It":
I'd like to get a start on this quilt called "Aspen Tree"
It's a wall hanging from this book by Jean Wells:
6. As my "New" project for "Something Old, Something New":
I'm taking a hand applique class later on in the month, and I'll be learning to make this block by Connie Sue Haidle of Apple Blossom Quilts.
7. As my "official NewFO project for May:
I want to get a start on the Sulky BOM from 2013. This was a free pattern on the German Sulky website. If you like this quilt, you can find the free pattern right here.
8. I want to make a block for my Guild Block of the month. This month's block is Railroad Crossing. We are using a red tone on tone for the first color and white with a small black motif for the second color. Should be pretty! This makes a 12-inch block.
And that brings me to my monthly WIP's. Usually I use this space to tell you what I'd like to accomplish on my "meat and potatoes" projects...the projects I keep chipping away at until all the parts are finished, and I can sew them into flimsies. But May just happens to be my birthday month, and so I'm abandoning all of my current WIP's for the month and working on some small projects I've had sitting around for a long time. These are strictly for fun, and I'll do as many as I can whilst keeping up with the challenges too. (Are you getting tired yet?)
9. The Grim Ripper.
This was a free pattern from the Fons & Porter website. This has been sitting in my sewing room since last October. I even bought some metallic silver fabric to use for the blade on the seam ripper, but I never get around to working on it. For my birthday month, it's getting priority. It's small, and so it shouldn't take more than a day.
10. The Astronomical Quilt Block Challenge.
The challenge invites quilters to make a block to be sewn into a quilt by astronaut quilter Karen Nyberg. You can see more about the challenge on this video:
If you can't see the video, click right here. The deadline for entries is August 1st, and with the way the year is flying by, there's no more time to waste. If you're interested in participating, you can find all the details right here. I've already chosen my block. Time to get to it.
11. I had so much fun with my stained glass applique project from last month, that I want to make another one. This one is called Yukon Sanctuary, but it reminds me of our home here at the Three Cats Ranch.
Recall that this is a project from this book:
There are quite a few projects in this book I want to make. And now that I've made every mistake possible on my first go-round, I'm hoping the rest won't take me more than a day each to make.
12. Finally, I figure I should add in an embroidery project as well. I have lots of short, small embroidery projects, but I'm always so busy working on the larger projects, that these tend to take a back seat. In May, I'm going to put my other embroidery aside, and pull out the pattern for this one. (Obviously, I'm in a camper mood this month.) This pattern is the work of Lova Revolutionary, and you can find it on Craftsy. I think it will be cute hanging on the wall of our camper.
13. Hopefully, I'll also get caught up on my Rainbow Sewing Machines. I'm behind from last month, and there will be a new color chosen for May.
14. And I always have good intentions for making a block in the monthly Block Lotto. There's a lot on my list for the month, but I'll just continue on down that road ...you know...the one paved with good intentions.