Anyway, I generally have multiple lists of goals and priorities for each project, each list having so many sublists, subgoals, footnotes and side trips that I can barely keep track of the lists, let alone accomplish any of the things ON the lists. And that's just for my sewing and quilting projects -- there are other lists and sublists for my interior design business, for all of the music I'm responsible for learning for various choirs, for household tasks and for all of the responsibilities that come with being the
I was musing aloud about this One Monthly Goal thing yesterday, wondering what my goal should be for February, and my darling husband piped up with a suggestion. He thinks my goal should be "that your husband doesn't catch you buying more fabric." Notice he didn't say my goal should be NOT BUYING fabric; just that he shouldn't "CATCH" me buying fabric. Isn't that cute? He wants to play that game where I buy fabric and smuggle it into the house at the bottom of grocery bags and carry it upstairs, buried within stacks of laundry... Okay, Sweetie. Game on! But that's not a quilting goal, that's one falls under Things We Do To Keep Our Marriage Exciting.
And so: ONE goal for February, challenging enough to feel good about attaining, yet reasonable enough that I'm not setting myself up for defeat as soon as Life happens (as Life has a habit of doing). I want my OMG to support my overall goal for the year of becoming proficient with my longarm quilting machine. My One Monthly Goal for February has got to be piecing AND longarm quilting my Tabby Mountain quilt.
|My February OMG: Piece AND Quilt Tabby Mountain|
|Sew, Rip, Sew, Rip; Repeat ad infinitum|
|This Is the WRONG Way to Line Up the Triangles!!|
I probably sewed, ripped, and resewed that one seam three or four times and it still wasn't right. At this point, after so much handling, my raw edges were beginning to fray and the bias edges of my triangles were showing signs of distortion. Clearly this idea of "jogging the edges slightly" as recommended by my pattern instructions wasn't going to cut it! So I thought about traditional hand piecing, where you actually mark and align stitching lines on each piece, or at least mark dots at the beginning and end of each seam intersection. So, using gridded template plastic and an X-Acto cutter along with the 30 degree triangle ruler I used to cut my fabric, I cut out a template the same size as my triangle units, including the seam allowances. Then, laying my see-through template on top of my triangle ruler, I marked a small dot with an extra-fine point Sharpie marker where the quarter inch seam lines should intersect at each corner. I punched a tiny hole exactly through each black dot with a 1/16" hole puncher, and now I can use this template to mark those crucial intersections with a Sewline mechanical chalk pencil on each triangle as I line them up for piecing. If I poke a pin straight through the dot on one triangle and straight through the dot on the other triangle, that should guarantee that my alignment is correct the FIRST time I sew that seam, right?
|Marking Seam Intersections With My Piecing Template|
Miraculously, even before I had the idea of making a template, some of my seams DID come out okay. If they're not perfect, then at least they're close enough for me to fudge when I join the rows together. I'm done ripping because my goal is to get this project QUILTED this month -- eye on the prize, right?
|The Ones I Can Live With|
|Tentative Quilting Plan for Tabby Mountain|
And now that my "Math Is Beautiful" quilt is finished and delivered and I'm not as intimidated by my longarm machine, the thought of QUILTING this Tabby Mountain quilt is my motivation to persist through the piecing. Yay!
As I mentioned initially, I'm linking up with One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts today, as well as:
· Let’s Bee Social at www.sewfreshquilts.blogspot.ca/
· Midweek Makers at www.quiltfabrication.com/
· WOW WIP on Wednesday at www.estheraliu.blogspot.com
· WIPs With Friends at www.mamaspark.blogspot.com
· Needle and Thread Thursday at http://www.myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.com/
· Whoop Whoop Fridays at www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com
· Finished Or Not Friday at http://busyhandsquilts.blogspot.com/