This has been a busy & HOT July! Temperatures were in the mid to high 90’s, but “Feels-Like” temperatures were well over 100F. The high temperatures combined with the high humidity often resulted in afternoon/evening thunderstorms. This month I didn’t get much done on my 5 Current Projects, but focused more on both APQ’s UFO Challenge and Elm Street Quilt’s OMG.
(OK, for those not in the quilting world – UFO stands for UnFinished Object, and OMG means One Monthly Goal.)
American Patchwork & Quilting is sponsoring their UFO Challenge again this year. #apqresolution. This is just a simple project to help crafters – those who quilt/knit/crochet – create a list of 12 (or more) unfinished projects that you will try to work on or complete this year. It is entirely up to you what you want to add to the list. The first of the month a random number is announced and that is the project to work on.
My July UFO – 2019 FQS Threadology Quilt
For July the number was #12 – to assemble the 12″ & 6″ blocks I have made into a flimsy (blocks pieced into a top) which were part of a Mystery Quilt Along sponsored by Fat Quilt Shop – Threadology 2019 Fat Quarter Shop Charity QAL (Quilt Along).
The month began with my Design Sheet that had the blocks laid out as I wanted them stitched. The goal is to piece the blocks together. As a UFO I wanted to work on this, but didn’t expect to actually finish the top since I plan on enlarging it.
The pattern creates a throw size quilt, but I want this to be enlarged to a queen-size. So after getting the top created for the throw-size I spent several days calculating additional blocks & borders. I found some fabric in my stash for the Thread Spool top & bottom and used black to surround the spool. I decided to make the next border 6″ pieced Spool Blocks, so I pulled out some more scraps from the Fabric Cafe tops I’ve made and cut 3″ & 2-1/2″ squares. I’ll continue to work on this UFO making the Spool Blocks as Leaders/Enders while stitching other projects.
I worked on another UFO – FQS Wishes 2014 Mystery QAL. This was my UFO project for January this year. This is another pattern that is originally a Throw size that I will enlarge to Queen size. The backing is also pieced, so I spent a great deal of time with graph paper making calculations.
So this month I added a pieced border.
The 2-Patches were combined into border strips as Leaders/Enders while working on projects since February, but they were finally finished. So this month I added them to the top. I will be adding another cream border and a 4-5″ outer border
So I worked on graphing a possible pieced backing for the Wishes Queen-size quilt. (I felt like I was back in school.)
But after I found some fabric online that was from the same fabric line, I decided I didn’t want to piece it this way. I’ll have to draft another backing. Oh! I’ve been taxing my math skills this month!
While not technically a UFO, this month I also worked on one of the Current Projects that have been on the back burner. Scrap Dance Pachanga was a Mystery QAL and I have fallen behind piecing Block #2. I was making enough blocks to make a Queen quilt, but decided I could make 2 Throws out of the same number of blocks. This is 4 Blocks across & 5 Blocks down. I will add a 6″ black border and this flimsy will be finished & ready to send off to be quilted. Throw #2 will have a narrow red inner border and a black outer border when I get around to it.
My July OMG – 2019 FQS Threadology Quilt
Elm Street Quilts Blog is again hosting the One Monthly Goal Challenge. This challenge is another one to help me make progress on the projects in my Sewing Room. No need to make a list, but on the first of the month there is a link-up to share what you hope to accomplish this month. It can be as simple as adding binding to a quilt or as busy as making an entire quilt.
I’m going to count this UFO as my OMG. Although I know I will not finish the borders on the Threadology QAL, my Goal this month is to get all the blocks stitched together. I’m pleased that I got more completed on this UFO/OMG than originally expected.
Oh! Did I mention I also made 5 tops for Fabric Cafe? It definitely was a busy month!
Do you find you do more sewing in the cold weather or hot weather?