August Goals and Progress Report

It's been a hot, hot summer here in the Pacific Northwest. We've lived here since 1978, and we've never seen such a string of hot days and weeks, nor temperatures as high as they've been. We left Phoenix to escape the heat, and this summer has felt so much more like the desert than the Portland we know and love.

The basement sewing room is the best place to be in hot weather, and so my list of goals for the month has been easy and comfortable to accomplish. Here's what happened in July:

Quilting and Flimsies

1.  Quilt and bind the Over the Moon table runner so that I can show it off at the July guild meeting on July 20th. Complete!

2.  Sew into a flimsy the "To the Rescue" baby quilt for my friend Carol's first grandson. Complete!

3. At least get a start on sewing together the "Vintage Tin" quilt I'm making for Erik's October birthday. My goal was to "get a start" and I've managed to take this almost to the flimsy stage. I'm very hopeful that it will be finished before the weekend is over. And so it is with great pleasure that I check this one off as Complete!

Special Projects

Things were switched up a little in July. Instead of working on blocks, challenges, etc., I decided to do some special projects that have been on the backburner for quite a while.

4. Complete this Quilter's Tool Tote from Enchanted Valley Arts. Complete!

5. Also, complete this "Chatelaine" around-the-neck tool belt. Complete!

6. I still want to keep up with my one block per week on Lisa's Live, Love, Teach retirement quilt. On the drawing board for this month are Blocks 21-24. Complete!

Utility Sewing

7. Sew sleeves on two of my quilts set to be entered in this year's Oregon State Fair. The Psycatdelic quilt. Complete!


8. The Shoot for the Moon quilt. Complete!

That's plenty for one month, but I always need something for

Quilt Sandwiches

9. Sandwich the remaining quilts on the to-be-quilted pile, including Dream Machines. Complete!

10. Doors of Ireland. Complete!

11. Assuming I actually get it sewn into a flimsy...To the Rescue (pictured above). Complete!

And so DING, DING, DING!!! Bonus points awarded! 

Can I keep up the pace in August? Let's see what I have on my August to-do list. Bring it on!

Quilting and Flimsies

1. At the tippy-top of my to-do list is to finish up the Vintage Tin flimsy and sandwich it for quilting. That one has to be finished for Erik's October birthday, and so it will be on the slate for September quilting.

2. Quilt and bind To the Rescue. This one is going to baby Grayson in Colorado. Grayson was born at the end of May, and so I want to get his quilt off to him before he heads off for college.

3. With Vintage Tin so close to flimsy stage, I'd like to try to finish off the Mom Cats quilt I started for the Let's Book It challenge quite some time ago. It just needs embellishment and then it will be ready for quilting and binding.

Monthly Challenges

4. As is my usual modus operandi, I'm two months behind on 

This month's goal is to make a red cat for July. August's color is indigo. These are the cats I have so far.

As you can see, I already have an indigo cat, made for the blue month. With that in mind, I think I'll make a black cat for August.

5. I missed participating in the July's

Join me on the Block Lotto Blog

and so I'd like to make a block in August.

6. Also, I've missed the Let's Book It challenge for the past two months.

I'd like to give another try to a table runner I chickened out on some time ago. Since then I've learned a new technique for sewing inset shapes. Also, I saw this table runner made up when I was in Sisters last month, and so I'm ready to try it again.


7. For this goal, I'm going to back way up to a goal I set for myself in June, when I made no progress getting it done. With that in mind, I'd still like to make two more block sets for Yard Art...a project so long on my WIP list that it's beyond embarrassing. 

8. Another project on my to-do list for much too long is the Mumm's the Word quilt. I'd like to make the next section of blocks for this quilt as well.

9. Finally, I want to keep up with making a block each week for Lisa's Live, Love, Teach quilt. This month, I'll be working on blocks 25-28. When those are finished, half of the blocks will be complete.

Of course, I always like to put something on the list for

10. For this month, assuming I get the Vintage Tin quilt sandwiched, I'd like to get a start on quilting it. It absolutely, positively must be finished by October, and so time's a-wastin'.

That's a good list for the month. Time to get sewing. 

What projects would you like to make progress on in August?

13 comments from clever and witty friends:

Quilter Kathy said...

I sure don't know how you accomplish all that you do!
Looking forward to seeing the tin embroidery patches become a finished quilt... love that project!

NancyA said...

You have finally inspired me to make a monthly goals list. I have no blog, so no one to be accountable to but me--but I need something to aim for. I tend to flit from project to project, getting nothing much of anything done. You are incredibly prolific, so maybe it will work for me. Fingers crossed!

Kate said...

Congrats on having such a productive July. Good luck with your August goals.

Julianne said...

I just love your kitty cat quilt, thank you for the pattern, I hope to get to it soon! Maybe they will be my RSC block for next year.

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

What a lovely pile of quilts you have shown us; thank you.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Look at all those met goals! You go girl.

Debbie said...

You are a whirlwind....congrats on the finishes. My head is spinning with your plans...go for it. I am waiting to see how you do.

Dasha said...

You have taken my breath away with all you have done this month! Big plans for this month too. Good luck with all of that.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Yes, you were a blurry whirl in July! Wonderful projects

A Nudge said...

And I thought I had a lot of projects - but get yours done! I'm wrung out reading all you did in July and are planning to do in August. I invite you to link to WIPs Be Gone because you are on the fast track to progress, Barbara. Congrats on all your completions.

A Nudge said...

LOL - meant to say: "but you get yours done!" I need to proof read.

quiltzyx said...

Good job on completing that July list! You've been steamrolling right through them all & doing a fine job on 'em too!

gayle said...

Wow! Busy busy busy! So many beautiful things in so little time - I'm exhausted just reading about it all!
I love those rainbow cats. They may be my next year's RSC project. (Amongst about eight others, I fear. If only I could finish things like you do...)