Quilt Diary: April One Monthly Goal

Linkup with Elm Streets one monthly goal and current project update


Last month I set a very big goal to finish my NYE quilt started in 2010.  I did work on it but got derailed when I started the Alison Glass #trinketsal in March.  With working on two different daily sewalongs, I do not see me having enough bandwidth to reset that as my April goal.  So I am going to set that aside and work on my Charity Hexagon Quilt which has also been on my list for a couple of years and I have worked on it.  I do not like my thread choice so totally derailed.

BUT no matter what I am going to finish up free motion quilting this one as well as finishing the binding.  It takes up space on my list and my mind.  With a few hours of focus, I could probably make a lot of headway.  So….finishing this quilt is my April one monthly goal.  I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts.

NYE Quilt basted
New Year Eve 2010 quilt



I am actually making a lot of progress and current on this project.  I have no idea how long that will last.  Some of these blocks are so hard  They are 3″ and 6″.  Of course they look great.  This week we are working on the borders and corner stones for the Center Medallion.  I have already finished all 4 borders and two of the corner stones.  They are amazing looking but freaking hard.  Mitred corners continue to be my biggest challenge.  Sometimes the directions are not very clear or detailed enough.  Who am I to complain about a free sampler quilt pattern?  They are being posted on instagram under several different hashtags.  #365blockchallenge #365blockchallenge2019 #365quiltchallenge #365quiltchallenge2019  There may be more but those are the ones that I have found.  A lady is doing a red & purple one that is gorgeous and a gentlemen is doing orange, yellow, green.   It is awesome looking too.  Of course, there are many more but they have been consistently posting.  Below are a few of my recent blocks.

365 Challenge March & April blocks


Once again, this is going very well.  I am trying to stick to the 15 minutes a day with this one.  It really helps with the momentum.  I had also been very good about always having one in the bag ready to begin. Oops!  Last night I finished my last one.  Today will be cutting the three who I already prepped my strips for cutting the pieces.  Here are the last two I completed – Block 18 Century of Progress & Block 19 Checkerboard.  The next few blocks are the edge of two different color groups and I have the edge blocks containing both colors.  The backing fabric arrived last week so when I get freed up, I will start quilting as I go on this one.  This sew-along is sponsored by @gnomeangel

Block 18 – Century of Progress
Block 19 – Checkerboard


We are halfway through the trinket sew-along.  This is sponsored by Alison Glass and is one of her patterns.  If you are interested, you can purchase the pdf off her website and get started.  I happened to have purchased this quilt kit a year ago but never started.  It feels like a win-win for me.  This is a foundation paper piecing quilt.  I have never done one before and sure have made many mistakes, but am pleased with my process.  I have to laugh because theoretically all my points should be matching, but they don’t.  Here are a few of my blocks I have finished up.

Some of my blue trinket blocks from Lines & Shapes weeks


Here is the other sew-along I am participating in.  This one is monthly so it is not so bad.  It has been fairly easy to keep up with after doing these daily ones.  This is the first 3 months of blocks.

The Quilter’s Planner 2019 Block of the Month Sew-Along: Jan-Feb-Mar

Other projects on the table

I have sewn a couple of the blocks for my Halifax temperature quilt but can’t honestly say I have made very much progress.  All of the above is sucking up my time.  But I have them by the sewing machine as they make nice blocks to do between blocks.  Need to cut some more orange triangles.

Halifax, Nova Scotia – August 2018

My mug rugs are still moving along.  I haven’t finished the strawberry one.  I almost made it my one monthly goal because I got stalled out on this one but decided it was important to finish the hexagon quilt.  The strawberry is for June so I am way way ahead.  I finished July last summer because I was so excited about the watermelon.  I was looking at what is left to do and realized I will be jumping to August which is a Sunflower!  I am so excited to do that one.  When I finish the strawberry I will be halfway through this mug rug of the month.

Mug Rugs: Feb-Hearts, Mar-4Leaf Clover, Apr-Bunny, May-Flower, Jun-Strawberry, Jul-Watermelon

The other project up for consideration as the one monthly goal was my August Adoornament which is a sunflower.  (Did I mention I love sunflowers, pumpkins, and hummingbirds?)  If either of these are hanging out by the time we get to May (and assuming I finish my hexagon), they may be next just to get that little extra push.

Pinwheel potholders and Sunflower A-Door-nament to be completed

Well that is is for now.  The sun is shining, taxes are waiting, and my sewing machine is calling my name.

Adventure Hard….Then go home and quilt all about it!

Peggy Stockwell

6 thoughts on “Quilt Diary: April One Monthly Goal”

  1. Such a fun and colorful quilt! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

  2. Good Morning Peggy! You have a lot of projects in the works, plenty to keep you going in case you get bored with one. I like having options. That sunflower door-nament is really cool looking – you picked out just the perfect fabric for that project! I’m not sure how much you have left to go, but your April FMQ goal for OMG looks like a great choice. It will be nice to have it complete, off your list and out of your mind. I think you thread choice looks great. ~smile~ Roseanne

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