October One Monthly Goal

It's time to set your October goal. If you're here for the first time, welcome! Let's set some goals and have some fun!

New to One Monthly Goal?  Welcome!  To join, share a photo of your project plus some words about what you want to accomplish in a blog post or Instagram post and add that photo to the link up.  Return at the end of the month and share your results.  (Results link up opens for the last 7 days of the month.)

My goal this month is to get caught up on the Malted Mystery quilt. I need to do August (cutting), September, and October's clues. October's clue releases on the fifth. The only thing I've done so far is select the fabric. The nice thing about Cheryl's mystery quilts is that they are very easy to get caught up on if/when you fall behind.

I'm also working on my version of the Log Cabin Stars quilt by Emily Dennis. This is a QAL I joined in on without reading through the timeline. I had a fabric pull that looked like it would work, so I thought, why not? Then the emails started coming. Oh my. πŸ˜… I won't be finishing this one on time, but it's more about the journey, I guess. 

If I can get caught up, I'd also like to sew the remaining Grassy Creek border units. 

One thing that may help me slightly is that I'm scheduled to attend two (daytime) retreats this month.

A stretch goal is to get a few more of my to-be-quilted tops quilted. I'm entering my busier season of quilting, so this will probably be unlikely. 

I also have my dress form pieces waiting to be sewn and some clothing to make. I don't know about you, but I never run out of things to be sewn.

Now it's your turn to set a goal. 

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Canning and Cutting

 Is it looking like fall in your neighborhood? The leaves are mostly yellow or brown here and lots of them are falling. Facebook kindly showed me memories of canned applesauce and when I checked the local (well, an hour away) orchard, I saw that it was time.

Friday morning we drove over to the apple orchard and purchased our usual combination of Jonagold and Golden Delicious apples. Going on a weekday was a big improvement crowd-wise. We got in and out pretty quickly. They have great light near the building and I always enjoy taking a fall picture while we're there. 


Then we went over to Meijer and got groceries. The selection in the produce and meat departments is almost overwhelming compared to the local Kroger. And most things are less expensive too. I thought these donuts were funny.

Since I bought a bunch of apples, I had a lot of work over the weekend to make and can applesauce. I did half each day and ended up with seven quarts, a pint, and two bowls of fresh applesauce to enjoy right away.

It doesn't look like much, but we have gotten quite a bit of clean up done around here over the past week. First, we managed to donate almost all of the old FLL competition mats and spare parts to two separate robotics teams. I've been trying to get this to happen for several years! If I tidy things up a bit more, I will have freed up one of the living room closets. Huzzah! I'm planning to move my holiday decorations into the closet, which will free up a good amount of space in the spare bedroom and hopefully help motivate me to finally finish sorting through the rest of the stuff in there.

Second, my  husband took a big load of construction debris to the dump. There's a lot more remaining, but the trailer can only hold so much at one time. He even started cleaning up the inside of the barn. 

I didn't get as much quilting or sewing done as I would have liked. I started to work on a quilt but noticed that the backtracking was 1/8" off, which is a lot. I removed all the stitching, which took almost an hour due to the density of the design (my general ratio is 10 minutes of stitching = 60 minutes of removal time), cleaned everything, made sure everything was taut, tried again, and it was still off. That left me the drift test within the Intelliquilter. It wasn't good--1/8" off. I ran it again just in case. It was still off, but in a bit of a different direction. It was looking like my motors needed adjustment. Luckily, my husband was working from home that day since their building was off-limits for a few days due to a chemical spill. He discovered one of my motors had loosened up and tilted a bit. He fixed that and then my drift test was dead on. 

Anyway, once I was back in business it took me two days to quilt Shirley's quilt with the Abundant Feathers design and it turned out beautifully.


Sonja selected Mike's Swoosh for her quilt. Love all the blues.

I quilted Amber's memory quilt with Ginger Hearts. This quilt was made with the remaining fabric from the memory quilt she made for her friend using his late mother's clothing and will go to another person who was close to her. Amber has such a big heart.

As far as my own projects, not much has happened. I had set some fabrics aside a while ago with no project in mind. I bought Emily Dennis' newest pattern, Log Cabin Stars, and thought my fabric pull might work. I saw she was having a quilt along, so I signed up, got the first email about fabrics last week and pulled out more fabrics to try to get to the amount required for the pattern. Then I got the second email this week where we are sewing the blocks. Oh my gosh! I haven't even started cutting yet! πŸ˜… 

So I started cutting yesterday and I'll be a bit behind, but that's okay. You know that's how I roll. Always behind. I currently have 10/42 sets cut and no stars cut. I'm pretty sure I won't have enough of some of the fabrics to make full sets, so some improvising will be necessary.

I haven't done anything on my Loch Ness cross stitch in a while.

But I have started sewing down the binding on my quilt. I was cold in the evenings and figured I may as well stitch while I was huddled under the quilt. I have almost one long side done so far. 

Other things going on around here include more robotics, trying to help my son finish up his application for a summer internship, getting appointments and vaccines scheduled, and discussing the school district's secretive plan to change the high school schedules to be the same, which is a change that no one seems to want. We were able to catch part of the school board meeting last night and there were quite a few students speaking against it along with parents. Our superintendent and administration always fail to be transparent and seem to be great at creating problems to "fix" where no problems previously existed. The rumor mill says that the superintendent did an interview with the student newspaper and that's the only way anyone knew about this change prior to the generic emails sent out by both principals Monday night. I like that the kids figured out that under what they think the new schedule will be, they will receive less instructional hours per class than under the current systems. Anyway, this should be interesting to watch. I really hope they listen to the people actually involved--students, teachers, and parents--because the vast majority are in agreement.  

Well, I need to get to work and this is all probably way more than anyone wanted to read about. Have a good week and I'll see you Sunday for the October OMG.

September One Monthly Goal Finish Link Up

How did you do with your September goal?

This link up will remain open until September 30 at 11:55 pm EST. Remember, you can link up from either my post or Patty's at Elm Street Quilts and your link will show up in the same link party. Starting in October, I'll be running OMG solo, so my blog will be the only place you can link up. Again, huge thanks to Patty for hosting it for so many years and helping motivate me to get my stuff done.

Want to see everyone's goals? Check out the September goal page. My September has been incredibly busy. I did get a chance to look at all the posts, but I didn't have enough time to comment on most. So sorry about that. 

My goal for September was to complete the top of my Buttercup mini. I thought this would be a no-sweat project, figuring I'd even have enough time to quilt and bind. Life said, "ha ha ha, you thought what?" and I needed every minute prior to the link up post to get it done. Not quilted or bound, but it is a top. After getting it done, it doesn't really seem like a mini to me. It's around 33" square. I'm just happy to get it to this point.

Now it's your turn to share your progress. Link up your project and then visit others and make new friends and gain inspiration.

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A Busy Week

Do I ever have anything other than that lately? πŸ˜† This time I was busy with sewing! Unfortunately, I can't share a lot of it yet. 

I have made a small amount of progress on the Buttercup quilt (my OMG for this month). I have three of four blocks completed. Can I get one more plus the setting done before I need to post it on Sunday? If I can keep up the pace I've been going at for the past few days, it shouldn't be a problem. Sorry about the dark picture. I took it last night. It's started getting fully dark by 8:30. The chickens have been returning to their coop by 7:40 every night.

I made a project--minus stitching down the binding--that I can't share yet. It's cute and has a silly story to accompany it.

I made a bunch of new business documents and got them uploaded for printing. I learned all sorts of new skills. It's nice to have a bunch of technical items off my to-do list!

I've done a lot of quilting. This first one belongs to Jessica. She found the top while thrifting. I went with hand-guided loopy meander so that I could avoid the thick seam intersections. 

Next is Linda's IU quilt. She selected Stipple. 

I stitched New Moon Loops on Christi's baby quilt. 
I spent a few days quilting Haley's quilt with Sunrise Skateland. I need to get the binding attached to the front for her today.

This one is mine. I'll share more about it in the future. I quilted it with Mid Mod Orange Peel. I used 60 wt Bottom Line in gray for the quilting.
Robotics is in full force. Meanwhile, my son's friends thought it would be funny to nominate him to the homecoming court so that he'd be forced to attend a game. We won't know if he won until the football game Friday night, I guess. Just in case he has to walk across the field, we had to buy him some dress pants and a nice shirt. Two button-up shirts in one year! Wow! LOL. We know no details about most of this. He found out the end of last week and the voting is open via their Canvas system for one day. We haven't been to a football game here ever. 🀷🏻‍♀️ 

We got new homeowners insurance and we had to do an online inspection of our house via app/text. I spent several hours working through all of that yesterday. It was weird. I had to clean out my cabinets and take pictures of all the pipes. I also had to take pictures of the toilet plumbing and the electrical panels amongst other things. That was a strange experience.

While I was walking around my yard taking the videos as prompted, I noticed the "lawn" was really dry and crispy. I don't remember when we last got significant rain. Seems like we've been flood or famine in the rain department this year. 

The critters are acting strange too. This squirrel kept looking in the slider, scratching at the door, and running all over the deck and railings and grill. He stood there looking in for quite some time.


I guess that's all I have for now. I have multiple meetings today and still need to work. I'll see you back here Sunday when the OMG Finish Link Up opens.

Jungle Baby Quilt

Things have been a whirlwind around here. We were in Michigan for three days and I feel like I just ran around trying to catch up all of last week. Thursday I had to take my daughter to school. Friday I basically drove back and forth to town all day and then drove 1/2 hour each way to the guild meeting in the evening. I attended the sew day with the bigger quilt guild on Saturday, thinking it would be easier to get things done with fewer distractions. And Saturday evening and Sunday were basically spent on robotics. 

I do have a small amount of progress to show you. I finished the jungle baby quilt top yesterday. The pattern I used is a free one, Easy Charm Baby Quilt by Jessica Dayon. It's now in the to-be-quilted pile. I have a plan, just need some time. 

I mentioned before that I have fabrics to make a second one of these. I went at this one willy-nilly. I will take the time to lay out everything on the design wall ahead of time next time. I will also make more of an effort to make all the sashings line up better. 

At the sew day Saturday I worked on this month's OMG--the Buttercup mini quilt by Fig Tree. This is not a quick, easy pattern. I haven't sewn any pattern by Joanna that's been quick and easy! I have one block completely finished. The other three are close, but I'm having a lot of alignment issues, not to mention all the mix ups I had with sewing the wrong pieces together. Oops. 

Something's not quite right in this photo.

Here's the one finished block. I'm hoping to finish off the other three this week. The mini also has pieced sashings I'll need to work on. I will need to have this completed by the 24th, when the link up party opens. Wish me luck! This one has been a challenge. 

I completed a few quilts. The first one is Charlene's. We decided on the Sprout design by Karlee Porter. I think it looks like the elephants are spraying water. I used almost an entire mini cone of thread on this one. Boy, was I surprised by that. I can usually get two or three quilts from one. 

Next is Marilyn's baby quilt. We used Good Vibrations on this one and I picked 60wt gray thread so that it wasn't so heavy through the photos.

Finally, Jae's baby quilt, quilted with Mallow. 

Out in the garden, things are NOT GOOD. I hadn't been out there in a while, but wanted to harvest the beets. I'm growing San Marzano tomatoes this year. I didn't realize the plants would be so big. Both tomato plants bent the hoops and fell down onto the ground. The bugs and other pests are really going for the tomatoes. Here's the harvest. The chickens got one of the tomatoes and the beans. I used the others in salad.

Something ate most of the green bean plants. It would have to be squirrels, chipmunks, or raccoons (or maybe a cat??) since deer and rabbits can't get in there. The plants look like deer chewed at them. I've never had the plants eaten before. 

Every bed is full of weeds and tree saplings. And by full, I mean like a solid layer. The only plants still alive are the tomatoes. There are tons of tomatoes, just not many edible ones. Something dug in the tiny herb boxes and destroyed the chives and one of the thyme plants. I'm ashamed we let the gardens get this bad. 

I did have a beet harvest. It was lame. The leaves of each beet were quite plentiful, but the beets themselves largely weren't.  I made beet chips for the kids. This is before and after cleaning them. The small beets were like very small fingerling potatoes.


The barn is coming along. All but one window have been installed. One of two exterior doors is installed, complete with knob and deadbolt. The garage doors are supposed to come next week. Then we'll need to get soffit and fascia on to make it weather- and pest-tight. Our neighbor asked us how much longer it would be until it's done. I said two years. My husband said that was probably right. 😐

We ordered some of the siding online. I love that UPS delivered it in an appropriate location! It was so nice to have one less thing to do! Kudos.


My closet re-do hasn't happened yet. All the parts that I spent nine months gathering are still in a pile in my bedroom. 

Linking with For the Love of Geese,  My Quilt Infatuation, Alycia Quilts, From Bolt to Beauty, and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Still Not Done

Remember how I planned to finish my baby quilt top last week? Yeah, didn't happen. I got the sashing in, but still need to put the outer borders on.

I did get four quilts done. The last of Ann's quilts got quilted first. She selected the Let It Snow design. This one was a new experience for me because I had to do "no sew zones" for the pieced star centers so that I didn't risk breaking a needle. I also attached the binding to the front of the quilt before shipping it, and the three from last week, back.

Next up were two for Sonja, both quilted with Driftwood. The quilt pattern she used is Voyage from Suzy Quilts.


And finally, I quilted Amber's memory quilt with hand-guided loopy meander. 

We headed to Michigan Friday evening so that we could attend my uncle's celebration of life/family reunion on Saturday. I met a few distant family members that I hadn't ever encountered before in addition to seeing people I hadn't seen in person in over 10 years. 

My husband fixed my mom's fridge, which stopped letting water and ice come out the door dispensers right after we walked in the door. Two fridge fixes in one week! We also spent a day with my in-laws before heading back home.

First thing yesterday morning I had my eye exam. I need to bump up a bit in my readers strength. 

Henry the rooster continues to get back into the coop at night. My neighbors only collected two eggs while we were gone. I would have expected six. It's interesting that whenever we are gone, the hens lay a lot less eggs and then go back to normal when we return. I guess two skunks were spotted at the end of the driveway the other night when they went to check on the chickens. Yippee. πŸ˜’ We also have acquired a woodchuck. 

Hopefully I'll have more sewing time over the next week. I do have a ton of appointments, meetings, and such to deal with, but I'll keep my fingers crossed. 

Until next week--

Linking with For the Love of Geese, My Quilt Infatuation, and Alycia Quilts.

September One Monthly Goal

Is it fall yet? I'm ready for cooler, less humid weather. I live in southern Indiana, so that's not very likely, but one can hope! It's time to set a new goal.

As you can see, we have a new logo. This is the last month Patty and I will be co-hosting OMG before I go solo next month. I'd like to thank Patty for all the work and dedication she's put into One Monthly Goal over the past seven(!!) years. I know I've gotten much more accomplished than I would have without this link up party, so I'm happy to keep up the motivation and encouragement for anyone who wishes to join in. 

New to One Monthly Goal?  Welcome!  To join, share a photo of your project plus some words about what you want to accomplish in a blog post or Instagram post and add that photo to the link up.  Return at the end of the month and share your results.  (Results link up opens for the last 7 days of the month.)

I have so many projects that are in progress or in the works that I often find it difficult to pick just one to focus on. 

Some things I'd like to work on: 

1. finish other half of Grassy Creek border units

2. finish Jungle baby quilt 

3. continue working on dress form & make some new clothes 

4. finish the Batesville BOM (the borders are like constructing another whole quilt--seems daunting)

5. start the Circle City Sampler I got from the shop hop earlier this year

6. piece In & Out mini #2 (it's been on a design board in my closet, all cut and ready to sew, for close to a year--it's probably really dusty by now)

7. piece the Buttercups mini that I erroneously thought could be a leader/ender project

While I'd like to make progress on more than one item form my list, I am going to try to focus on #7. My goal will be to get the blocks pieced and top assembled.


Now it's your turn to set a goal. 

The One Monthly Goal accomplishment link up will be available on September 24.  Make sure you add a link to this OMG post so others can find the OMG link up from your blog--just paste this link into your post:  

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Another New Project?

I've been super busy and somewhat productive! I worked on assembling my dress form pattern pieces. It went together much more quickly than I had expected it to. I had to trim the right side of each piece of paper, assemble a row, trim the top of the row, repeat. 


Of course cutting out all the pieces took some time. I had watched several videos and read several reviews that mentioned different areas where you should double check the measurements. Mine seem to be correct so far, though I did stress out for several days that the neck seemed too small. I finally realized that I was measuring the top of the piece instead of the curved bottom piece. It's within 1/4", so I think I can just add extra stuffing there to stretch it that little bit. I will need to get the base figured out before I start sewing since the inner support is dependent on the base measurements.

Meanwhile, I was reviewing my in-progress quilting projects that were the highest priority for me. I was unenthused about most and just decided to start a new project and do some brainless sewing. I worked on a baby quilt made from charm packs (using a free pattern by Jessica Dayon). I quickly remembered why I don't really like working with charms or other precuts. None of them are the same size!

I made all the nine patch units and then realized I should have laid out the squares ahead of time because I spent quite a while rearranging the pieces to get a layout where similar patterns or colors were more evenly distributed, or as evenly as it was going to get with my willy-nilly assembly process. I have fabrics to make one more using the same pattern and I will know to plan ahead and also check the size of the charms prior to starting. I feel like having to trim all of them to the proper size ahead of time really misses the point of using precuts.  πŸ™„ My brainless project became much less so with trying to square up the blocks and dealing with my lack of foresight. I made all the blocks in one day though.

I'm hoping to get the sashing and borders on later today and then this will go in to the to-be-quilted-when-I-get-a-minute pile.

I worked on more lovely quilts over the past week. The first one belongs to Legene. She selected Calder for the quilting and a dark, bluish-gray thread. 

Next up is Ann's log cabin quilt, quilted with Malachite and Glide Cloud (light aqua) for the thread. I attached binding to the front of this one.

Then I worked on Ann's Prismatic quilt. I had quilted the coordinating pillow shams back in March, so it was interesting to see what the actual quilt looked like. Windswept is the pattern and I used a variegated thread she had selected previously. This one also was a partial binding job.

Finally, another of Ann's, quilted with Briar Rose and adding the binding to the front again. I have one more of hers to go, and it is a BIG, somewhat complex one.

Outside of this, Henry the rooster has continued to get himself up into the coop at night. His technique is improving so that it's not so painful to watch. We haven't had any further  animal rescue adventures. πŸ˜„

Our fridge died last week. It's been limping along for quite some time, making weird noises and not always working quite as expected, but I noticed it was 42 degrees inside, then 50+, and ending up holding at 60. The freezer portion was fine. I was concerned first of all about getting the food moved. Of course we had gotten groceries the previous day. We have a mini fridge in our basement, so we moved the most critical things first. We asked our neighbor if we could use her garage fridge and got the okay, but I decided to send my husband out to buy an additional mini fridge instead so that our food was much closer to the kitchen. Also, mini fridges are plentiful right now with back to college, and we can move it out to his workshop later on. 

In the meantime, I was looking at fridges online to see what was available that would fit the opening in the cabinets. Not much, as it turns out. Plus everything is over $2000 and most had mediocre reviews. Ugh! One of my friends came over to drop off her quilt during this and told us about a repair man she has used with good results. My husband gave him a call and while waiting for a call back was Googling and found a YouTube video that described the same issue with a very similar fridge. So he ordered some refrigerator fans from Amazon and also consulted with the nice repair guy when he returned the call. 

Long story short, we had to defrost the back of the refrigerator using my clothes steamer and my hair dryer to get a cover part off, and the $30 fan took care of the issue. The fridge got a really nice cleaning, we avoided having to buy a new fridge for a while, and we also learned from the repair guy that most appliances now are only lasting about six years. That is depressing. What a total waste of resources. Our fridge is around 11 years old right now. We got 10 years each from our washing machine and our dishwasher. I guess we're doing okay, but six years? Really?

The September One Monthly Goal link up will open on Friday. Will you be joining in?

Linking with For the Love of Geese, My Quilt Infatuation, Alycia Quilts, and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.