Monday, 1 July 2013

July Goal

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This is my first time participating in the A Lovely Year of Finishes.
It is hosted by these talented ladies.... 
Shanna of Fiber of All Sorts and Melissa from Sew BitterSweet Designs.




Since it is my first time, I am going to keep it simple, and only set one goal....

To finish my Oh My, Scrappy Stars! quilt top and get it quilted on my tiny Janome!

This was the last photograph taken of my progress...


And although I have doubled that, it is too windy to take it outside for a picture today.
It will have to wait for another blog post later this week!

For anyone who would like to join us in the quilt along, I have set up a Quilt Along tab on the upper right corner of my blog, just below the header.
The Quilt Along has all the instructions listed and is being updated weekly.
Leave a comment if you would like to join us and then be sure to share your progress in our Flickr Group!

If you have an idea of how I am going to accomplish the quilting for this MONSTROUSITY, I would be grateful for any suggestions!

PLEASE leave a comment....

AND Happy Canada Day, Eh!


32 comments :

Sherry said...

I'm playing catch up but I'll be caught up soon!

Kelly Young said...

Lorna, it's really beautiful and I can't wait to see more of it! I think a simple grid quilting or a stipple would look great! Both of those would blend into the background and allow the pattern of the quilt to take center stage. OR, you could stipple the quilt, but leave the stars open, with maybe an echo quilting line in each one. That would look neat too! However you decide to do it, I'm sure it will look fabulous!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Lorna McMahon said...

Glad to hear you are still in, Sherry! Looking forward to seeing what you have been up to!

Susan Owenby said...

Patience! I have a tiny Janome too and she's a trooper, but it really takes patience to deal with all the extra weight of a large piece. I always love an echo on the back of the quilt so I would say echo the stars :)

Lorna McMahon said...

Oh, Kelly! Thank you for always leaving such special and thoughtful
comments. Really.... They do mean sew much to me!

I do agree that the background and the stars need to be quilted each
in it's own distinct way. And outline quilting inside the stars -
that's what I was leaning toward. I am not a very confident free
motion quilter, so meandering is not in my comfort zone - yet.

But I will soon have to figure this out and make a decision....

Lorna McMahon said...

What an appropriate answer, Susan! I told myself, out loud, when I started this project that it would be a lesson in patience. And that was just the piecing!

Good point about the back of the quilt. An echo is the way to go for the stars!

Oh,oh! Now you've got me wondering.... My next question is what am I going to use for the back???? Lol!

Karin said...

I think a simple grid would be nice running along the star sections.

Lorna McMahon said...

Thank you, Karin! I love your suggestion. Glad you stopped in!

Francine said...

This is so beautiful!! I'll leave the quilting ideas up to u experts and I'm just swooning over the results! :)

Lorna McMahon said...

You are just too kind, Francine! Thanks for totally making my day! I better get back at it and finish up this top....

Dee said...

What a happy, lovely quilt! I machine quilt on a Janome too...lots of good ideas here! Congrats!

Wendi said...

Wow! Its already looking beautiful! I can't wait to see the end result, in only a month!

Lorna McMahon said...

Thank you, Dee! Glad to hear you like what you see... Hope you will be following along, fellow Janome quilter!

Lorna McMahon said...

Me too, Wendy! Thanks for the visit and hope you will be back to see the big finish!

mycreativecorner3 said...

Very pretty indeed, I would quilt overall in swirls or spirals because I am in love with them. the colors are divine.

Lorna McMahon said...

Thank you for the suggestion! I like spirals and swirls.... Glad you stopped in!

mila + cuatro said...

I would outline quilt the stars and then swirls in between the stars.

Serena Edwards said...

I love the colours in your quilt and the use of the bright fabrics for he stars, it truly shines.

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Your blocks are looking great! I'm not much good on the actual quilting part so would probably go something simple like straight diagonal lines! Not much help, I know! :)

noga quilts said...

This is really beautiful! The colors are so bright, I also think a simple grid would be good for this quilt.

knottygnome said...

love the brights on a low-volume background. it really pops!

Sarah Elliott said...

Everytime I see this, I love it more and more. And I definitely think you should keep the quilting simple. I like the idea of the grid mentioned above.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Can't wait to see the finished quilt....lovely

Lorna McMahon said...

I agree that the stars and background should be quilted each in their own distinct way. Yes, outlining the stars will have to be done! But I don't feel confident about doing swirls, yet. Thanks for your input! And hope you will be back to see the big finish!

Lorna McMahon said...

Your lovely comment has me smiling, Serena! Glad you dropped.... Come back again soon!

Lorna McMahon said...

Actually, your idea is something I have been considering for the background, Kristy. Free motion is NOT my forte... I appreciate your suggestion!

Lorna McMahon said...

Thank you, Noga! I appreciate your visit and input... I need all the help I can get on this one!

Lorna McMahon said...

Glad you also are admiring the brights against the neutral background! I have a 'thing' for them right now. Thank you for visiting and leaving such a kind and thoughtful message!

I see you are having fun with the free motion quilting and seem quite comfortable. I adore your bear paw quilt, especially. Great fabric choices!

Lorna McMahon said...

Oh, Sarah! You have me blushing! I am sew glad you like it. Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment and offering your suggestions for quilting ideas! I appreciate it!

Lorna McMahon said...

Me too, Marjorie! Ha, ha! I have only 8 rows left to piece and then
on to making the backing. Nervous and excited..... Thanks for the
encouragement!

Mara said...

So glad you are joining in A Lovely Year of Finishes or the way I like to call it A Year of Lovely Finishes, your quilt is going to look awesome, I can't give any quilting advice but good luck, I have a little machine too!

Lorna McMahon said...

Thank you, Mara! I just put the final seam in the top this afternoon and am planning the backing now. Sew excited...


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