Thanks to Linda and Patti for sending me the directions on how to set up a Goals list on my blog. It's now there for everyone to see and for me to see it every time I write in my blog.
I have one project that has a mid-September deadline, my post card swap. So that will be the first project I work on. I need to finish my Mom's Kitties quilt. We had to put my dad in a nursing home two weeks ago and mom is missing him terribly. They have been married for nearly 60 years and had just moved out of their home of 50 years and into a senior apartment. I have a quilt top done and the backing prepped. With the success I had with Tasha and I working together to finish Ella's quilt I'm sure we can get mom's done. She could really use a hug right now. I live 1,500 miles away and sending a quilt hug to her will help a lot.
September is a month of practice for me. I need to practice machine quilting. I've done a couple small projects, but I need to practice more so I can feel comfortable finishing all the tops I have done waiting to be done. Speaking of finishing a project I also need to practice binding. I'm having problems making the mitered corners. I can't get them to work properly. I've got several books and printouts on how to do it, but I could really use a hands-on lesson. I think I'm going to make some hot pads or placemats so I can practice machine quilting and binding. Here is a sample of my first attempt to machine quilt. I did this on Thanksgiving morning last year. I cheated on this mat and did the binding all by machine. It's not pretty, but it was a practice piece.
I spent time straightening up my studio tonight from my weekend projects. I cut up the scraps from my wallet into charms and trimmed the leftover backing from Ella's quilt into 2.5 inch strips and I think I have enough binding strips leftover for another quilt or two. Anyone want some pink binding? I'll trade from some black tone-on-tone fabric.
I missed my car/hand piecing time today. DH worked at home which meant I had to drive to work instead of being driven. Tomorrow I can get back to hand piecing again. I am so not looking forward to having to drive so much in September; but the trade off is evenings and weekends alone to quilt.
If you are in the path of Ernesto I hope the storm lessens before it gets to you or that you don't get any damage. Bye for now!