Monday, February 1, 2016

One Monthly Goal

Heidi at Red Letter Quilts issued a challenge at the beginning of the year to limit oneself to just
One Monthly Goal and then report at the end of the month.

Finish Smith Mountain Morning.
Smith Mountain Morning
I started this quilt in a class with Bonnie Hunter at Mountain QuiltFest two or three years ago. My husband admired the picture in the book Scraps and Shirttails II: Continuing the Art of Quilting Green and when I asked him what attracted him he said "the colors," so I decided to go with Bonnie's scheme -- except she used old plaid shirts.

If you follow me, you know I am not a scrappy quilter like Bonnie. But I was determined to take this opportunity to use up lots of blue and brown scraps as well as some muslin I inherited from my mother who died in 1979 (it still smells like her). I really believe the scrappiness is what made me not love this quilt; however, a recent conversation with another blogger has given me the inspiration to coordinate the scraps within each block. Now I'm back on track!

A quest for a missing blue fabric related to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) in January caused me to pull out this project. (Fabric wasn't there, by the way.) Rather than put cram everything back in the box I decided to at least get all the pieces for SMM cut and, in that way, I could re-shelve any unused fabric (one of my general yearly goals) and the cut pieces could become leaders/enders for other projects along the way.

Well, imagine my joy when I discovered the RSC color for February is brown! So I can get credit for using brown scraps and accomplish a monthly goal at the same time!!! A week-long retreat later in the month should give me plenty of time to finish. But I need to finish cutting this week so SMM remains on my design wall for a second week.

Learn more about One Monthly Goal here.

Discover the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2016 here.

And hop over to Patchwork Times to see what other quilters are working on this week.

Reporting in at Red Letter Quilts.

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Forgive me for taking a personal aside here, but my Disappointment may have been short-lived. Hope to fill in the details soon. Also, MIL continues to hang on.


  1. Oh, I do like Smith Mountain Morning. And I like brown-and-blue. And scrappy. So I will enjoy seeing your progress on this quilt!

  2. That's one of those quilts on my someday list, and I like blues and browns and scrappy too. It will be lovely when done. Haha, killing two birds (getting credit) with one stone is always a joy, especially when you need a breather. Hmmm, short-lived disappointment...waiting to hear what's up ;)

  3. I've got blues and browns out for my 365 Challenge, so January and February have been great! (And if March turns out to be red, it'll be a perfect Trifecta!)
    I really like Smith Mountain Morning, but I'm a super-scrappy quilter so I see it differently than you do, I think. Your leader/ender idea should help move it along.
    Hoping your disappointment has turned around, and not escalated. Good luck!

  4. Oh that will be so pretty!!! I love that color way too - and just think - you will have a Christmas present done early for your husband ( I am assuming that he will claim it!!)

  5. This will turn out so great Libby! I'm a fan of Bonnie's too and love her Scraps and Shirtails books. Hooray for meeting two goals in one quilt!

  6. Great way to make all the different sew alongs help you finish a UFO! Good luck!


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