Wednesday, June 1, 2016

OMG - From May to June

May Progress, First

Heidi at Red Letter Quilts issued a challenge at the beginning of the year to limit oneself to just
One Monthly Goal (OMG) and then report at the end of the month.
grab button for RedLetterQuilts

Because I was falling behind -- granted, it's a self-imposed deadline -- I decreed that May would be a catch-up month. My goals were:
  1. Finish Smith Mountain Morning (top) - still needs borders, I messed up and need to re-do
  2. Finish Summer Heat (top) - DONE
  3. Continue sewing room reorganization - making headway, still a work-in-progress
  4. Complete modern mini swap quilt, including the quilting - DONE!
In addition I began AND finished Chex Mix (top), made from leftover 9-patches.
On to June
I feel caught up enough that I can comfortably set a new goal for June. The social calendar is relatively empty and it will be too hot and humid to do much outside. I generally look for a UFO that includes the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month which for June is Caribbean blues with a pop of lime green.

I think this fits the criteria, minus the lime green, don't you?

More than 8 years ago I accepted a guild challenge that focused on color theory.  I was assigned something like split complimentary ...

Orange triangle denotes Split Complimentary

... except, as I remember, it was complicated by the addition of analogous colors on both sides.  The focus fabric pictured above has both red-violet and blue-violet and two takes on blue-green/green-blue. Orange is the accent opposite those colors.

I was also assigned a block -- I don't remember the name, I just remember that I modified the color placement to arrive at this variation.

The block finishes at 16" on an 8x8 grid. I had always wanted to do an intertwined setting and was pleased enough with the result that I considered making an entire quilt with the block. 

Problems arose when I sewed for a whole day on a different machine without checking the seam allowance! Perturbed (putting it mildly) I set the project aside. 

In the intervening years I apparently found time to resurrect the project because I now have 8 full blocks finished and 14 of the centers done.

Center square
There are other finished units in the project box as well as many pieces cut.

Project box contents
Tonight I will kit up blocks and decide what needs to be done to make a finished quilt top.

Needs a name ...
SO my One Monthly Goal (OMG) for June is to finish this flimsy (still to be named -- any suggestions?). I have a few minor things on my list but I think all will be doable.

Hop over to Red Letter Quilts to see what goals other quilters have set.

Edited Saturday:

I have enough pieces/parts to make a total of 12 blocks. I will use parts from those extra center blocks to extend the secondary pattern in a few places. I'm out of the background fabric so will need to get creative. Stay tuned!

Linking with Angela at soscrappy.


  1. That's going to be a gorgeous quilt. I love the secondary pattern you get with the frames. Good luck with this month's OMG.

  2. What a cool block! The colors are beautiful together. I agree with Kate... it's going to be one gorgeous quilt.

  3. It IS gorgeous, no doubt about that! I'm glad you're finishing it. As for a name, it might should have the word frame in it, because people are using that term to refer to it. =) There are stars in the block and that reminded me of Saturn, which made me think of Rings of Saturn, because it's a blue-green planet, I think. LOL So, no, no real suggestions.

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  5. This is striking! Good luck getting it done this month. :-)

  6. Very pretty! I love that tropical print, and the design reminds me of a trellis, so maybe you could name it Tropical Trellis.

  7. What a beautiful quilt top (nearly)! I love it! As for a title - as soon as I saw it I thought, "All squared up!" How about that?

  8. I rather liked your "Intertwined" thought as a name -- and I have always coveted that Paula Nadlestern purple swirls on black fabric. I'm down to the very small scraps now. LOVELY quilt top in progress!

  9. That is so pretty - I also really like the frames around the stars and the secondary pattern they create! I am not good at naming quilts, but enjoying reading other people's suggestions!

  10. This quilt is stunning. I love your favric choices.

  11. Hmm. . .maybe Caribbean Stars? Whatever you call it, it's going to be really pretty!

  12. Stunning quilt. Names are so hard but I thought it should have the word linked in it then I saw Tropical Trellis....I like that!

  13. Colors + design = 1 FANTASTIC quilt in progress!!!

  14. It's an intricate beautiful pattern and the use of darks and lights makes the secondary pattern stand out. Nice us of contrast, but still soft and pretty.

  15. What a stunning pattern. Love your colors. So happy you are going to finish this one in June. Very pretty.

  16. What a wonderful surprise and so close to being a finished flimsy.

  17. It's going to be GORGEOUS! Good luck accomplishing your OMG!

  18. Wow, this quilt is going to be beautiful! I love the colors and the pattern. Looking forward to seeing you finish this top in June.

  19. I have that fabric! As I recall, I got it at Hobby Lobby -- quite a lot. I've chipped away at it over the years. It's such a cheerful print.

  20. I love this block. Glad to see you are finishing it up.

  21. I love this block. Glad to see you are finishing it up.

  22. I would just call it beautiful!!!

  23. What a beautiful block! The intertwined squares are striking. Best of luck getting it finished off. Looks doable for sure.

  24. This will be well worth finishing! Good luck finding something appropriate to complete the areas where you've run out of fabric. I'm terrible at naming things - hopefully you'll get good suggestions elsewhere!


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