August Goals and Progress Report

July seemed to fly by, and the rest of the summer seems to be going that way too. A couple of the projects on my July list of goals took a lot more time that I expected, and so I was cramming to try to get it all finished before the deadline. Let's see how I did.

Quilting and Flimsies

1. My highest priority this month is to quilt the "Seating for Two" quilt. Complete!

2. Turn Written in Thread into a flimsy. Complete!


3. The next section of Quiltmaker's Garden has been pushed to the side for two months now (hangs head in shame). Maybe this third month will be the charm to move this long-standing UFO along. Complete! Speaking of projects that took way longer than expected...

Monthly Challenges

4. Let's Book It:

This month, I'd like to make the next block for Chicken Buffet. Complete!

5. Rainbow Scrap Challenge:


Continue with July's color for the Wheel Estate quilt. Complete!

6. Block Lotto

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July's block has yet to be announced, as I write this. Complete fail!

So with all my projects complete, did I get my project for bonus points finished?

I DID!! YAHOO!! This is the wine tote I've been planning to make for the past two months. The free pattern is available from AllPeopleQuilt.com. No more tacky pink burlap wine totes for us. As my friend Pat pointed out, this means we have to go to a restaurant somewhere to show it off. Hmmmmmmmmm...

And that means I win


Okay, and that brings us to the nice long month of August.

Quilting and Flimsies

1. At the tippy-top of my list of priorities in August is to make Sadie's pawtrait from this photograph:

I'd like to have her finished for the greatest quilt show on earth:

Pets on Quilts 2016

When I start on a pawtrait, it's like eating the juiciest hamburger. Once you pick it up, you can't put it down again until you've eaten the whole thing.

And since y'all are having so much fun at the parties for

I want to join in. Sadie's pawtrait is my one monthly goal, and we're both gonna join in the party this month!

2. Also high priority is to quilt the Baby Birds quilt. This quilt is for my cousin's newest grandchild, due in October. We're planning some traveling in September, and so it must be quilted and bound during the month of August.

Monthly Challenges

3. It's always fun to participate in 

Since I don't have nearly enough hand embroidery projects in the works, I'd like to get a start on a project that's been on my to-do list for a long time. This project:

from this book by Lynette Anderson. I just love her designs. They are so cute and charming.

This book has been in my library for a long time, and more than one project has been on my to-do list for an equally long time. I'm ready to get started.

4. Also, I'm keeping up with blocks for the Wheel Estate quilt I've been making as this year's 


As I write this, August's colors haven't been announced yet, so we'll wait and see what they will be.

5. There's always a block to make for 

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Since my July block was a fail, I didn't submit any blocks in July and didn't get the benefit of a sneak peek. We'll see what it is. As long as it isn't paper-pieced, I'm in.


6. Only one project from my WIPS list in August because it's going to take some time. Finally, finally, finally, I'm going to make the last section for Wind in the Whiskers. The last section is called "Don't be Koi". 

Did I ever tell you that when we adopted Smitty, his littermate was in his jail cell with him. She was a little calico, and her name was Koi. Someone else was there to adopt her, and the rest (as they say) is history.

So if I can get all of that finished, I'll start on my project for 

If I finish all the sections for Wind in the Whiskers, I get to start on the next McKenna Ryan project I shelled out the big bucks for: And on that Farm. I know...I'm a glutton for punishment. Without looking at it, I'm not sure which block starts off the quilt, and so it's anybody's guess. I just need to get a start on it to earn my bonus points.

So there you go. That's my list. What do you want to accomplish during the month of August?

14 comments from clever and witty friends:

Deb said...

Wow you have a lot of great finishes under your belt, I love them all but the little camper is just so adorable. I wish you a wonderful month of happy stitching.

Andra Ridout said...

I LOVE your seating for two quilt! Way to go on getting some projects finished. I have been so neglectful of my WIPs for 2016. Determined to get some of them done now.

gpc said...

What a great month of finishes -- I LOVE the wine tote, it's perfect, even perfecter than I imagined it would be! You have bit off a LOT for August . . . personally, I am hoping to finish the one bag I started last month and maybe do the laundry. If you need lessons in slacking, feel free to call me.

Pam said...

What a great photo of Sadie! perfect for a pawtrait.
I thought since you like cats you might like to look at my vampurr on my blog. Its pretty scary!

Sally T said...

I welcome Sadie McWormypants' competition this year for The Best Ultimate Cat on a Quilt. But to save time I will offer condolences now. Respectfully, Molly

works4me said...

I am exhausted just reading what you want to accomplish this month, and what you managed in July. Well done.
I look forward to seeing new Chicken Buffet blocks. They are adorable.
Speaking of adorable, Sadie makes a great model. I am sure you will do her pawtrait justice.

quiltzyx said...

What do I want to do in August? First things first, mail off my ALQS10 quilt - I bought a big padded envelope today during lunch. :) I wonder which one I'll be getting? Have you sent yours off yet?
Then I want to make some burp cloths, some for my friend Brittany & her almost here baby Ava, some for my guild's boutique.
After that, who knows?
You did great in July - congrats on your bonus points! And it looks like you'll be BIZZZ-EEEE this month! Good on ya!

WoolenSails said...

You got a lot done, I will be lucky if I have one finished quilt by the end of summer, lol.
Is my name in that book? I did a few for her but then it got too much with the colors she needed, not really my style, but I think I punched the dog and cat piece.


Kate said...

The wine carrier is really cool. You really should find a place and show it off. Good luck with all your August goals. I'm hoping August is a really long month, unlike July!

Dana Gaffney said...

I knew you'd get that wine tote done, it's beautiful. My August goals are to just get through it, looks like I'm driving down to Key West today.

Brown Family said...

Nice wine tote. I am glad you got your bonus points, now you can drink the wine. It has been too hot here for me to be interested in sewing. I spent two and a half months helping a dear friend down size and pack to move. We worked 6 days a week 8 hours a day and some days 11 hours. So no sewing was done in April, May and June!. It is hard to get started back when you have been away so long!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

July was a great month - well done! Love the fabrics you chose for the wine tote. Can't wait to see Sadie as a Pawtrait - you have some super fabrics for that project.

Heidi said...

I have never tried a Pawtrait, but I do love a good burger, AND, we have been consider cat adoption! Perhaps this is in my future! Thank you for linking up with One Monthly Goal!

Edie said...

Wow! You and DH got a lot accomplished last month, if I remember correctly the Catio was also completed last month. Your accomplishment on Quiltmaker's garden was a "Well Done" as well, especially since it is a very time-consuming project. I still plan to make it. I just love your campers. Your beach chairs are awesome, hope you win. raydeer@memlane.com