June Goals Update

On June 2nd, I set some project goals for the month. Here's an update on how it's going.

The Primary (and ALYoF) Goal

I completed my ten drawstring bags in time for The Boy to deliver seven of them to his teachers as end of the year gifts this week. The Girl is happy to have one for her toys. The final two will go into the gifts to be given pile.

green flower bagblue bag

The Bonus Goals

  • Decide on my plan for party outfits for the kids to wear at The Boy's birthday party next month.

I asked The Boy, "What do you want me to sew for your birthday?" He thought for a minute, then got a big smile and said, "A quilt." Um... "Okay, kiddo, let me clarify, I mean what would you like me to sew for you to wear at your birthday party?" "A shirt." Okay, so I'll be making another bowling shirt for him (like the ladybug bowling shirt I made last month).

I've decided since I did a top (with shorts) for The Girl for her party, I'll make her a dress for The Boy's party. I've decided on Jewel's Stripwork Peasant Dress by Create Kids Couture.

I had a cute airplane and helicopter fabric in my stash, so now I'm working on pulling some coordinating fabrics for their outfits.

The Boy's birthday fabrics


  • Do something with my patriotic orphan block.

Step one: get them out and dust them off. Check. Yes, them. I apparently have three orphan blocks in various patriotics.

First is a 12" block that I think I'll make the center of a square centerpiece quilt.

12-inch patriotic blockThe other two are 9" blocks from block of the month kits I bought years ago. No idea how long ago I pieced these two, but I have kits for 3 more coordinating patriotic blocks. I think 5 blocks could make a nice table runner.

9-inch patriotic blocks

Thanks to Lorna for some great links! I got lightweight sew-in interfacing to try this method of machine applique. Wish me luck. I've decided I'll do a small quilt project (wall hanging or mug rug) to practice the method.

Still on the back burner.


I've also been organizing my stash which feels great. More on that later.

And as always, the internet is SO inspiring.

I'm loving following the American Made Brand Blog Tour. I especially enjoyed California and Iowa. I also totally dig that the fabric is made in the US.

Here are some challenges that have caught my eye.

  • It follows that since I'm drooling over the beautiful American Made Solids, their Farm to Fabric Challenge sounds interesting.
  • I've seen the Row by Row Experience mentioned on a few blogs. I've been wanting to make a row quilt and there are shops in my area participating. Looks so fun! It's also really neat how the program has grown since it started in 2011.
  • I also think it would be fun to participate in the Astronomical Quilts! Block Challenge.

Clearly, I must think that I have more time for sewing than really exists.

Oh, and I'm also drooling over this fabric (in addition to the American Made Solids). Man, it's on preorder and already sold out on Pink Castle Fabrics! Guess I'm not the only one drooling.

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