Friday, May 6, 2016

One Monthly Goal and #BraveQuilter for May

I could choose finishing the hand quilting on the border blocks of this quilt for May's One Monthly Goal (OMG).  With the center finished, I have only the outer half blocks to quilt and, at that, one long side is nearly finished.  But because it will be fairly easy to just keep going with this quilt, I thought I'd choose a goal that's a bit more challenging for May.


So, my One Monthly Goal (OMG) for May is to add two borders to this quilt, below.  That will be challenging, mostly because borders and I have to work hard to cooperate.  (I've made only one quilt with more than one border.)

Not only am I claiming this as my OMG, I'm also going to be a #BraveQuilter this month.  The idea is to set a goal to accomplish something that is challenging to you or that you haven't tried before.

I'm dragging my feet with the borders on this quilt.  One of these borders will have many small pieces.  Can I get make them into a long, straight strip and then pin and sew the strip so it doesn't havve waves around the edge?  The other challenge will be color placement on that middle border.  I always aim for perfect but sometimes (well, to be honest, often nearly always) I have to settle for the best I can do.  Truly, there probably isn't one perfect placement for all the colors in that border, anyway.

I am sometimes tempted to take the easy way, the safe way, in a creative effort (one border and be done) but I remind myself that by doing challenging things I learn something in the process.  Always learning is a good thing.

I'm linking this post to
OMG:  May Goalsetting! at Red Letter Quilts and
Brave Quilter May Linky at Pink Doxies

--Nancy.
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10 comments:

  1. I really like the direction you are headed in for that border!

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    1. Thanks, Jennie. I hope it works!

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  2. Good luck ... I think your borders will be fantastic! I, too, aim for perfect but usually end up with something less. I suspect that most of us quilters can agree.

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. I hope I can get them right the first time, otherwise I'll be doing some R & R, as you call it.

      I suppose you're right, that many/most quilters have perfection in mind. Maybe some day I'll manage it. And your quilts -- I think you've got it!

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  3. I agree. Borders can be tough to navigate. The toughest ones are the friendly borders--those that wave! As a longarmer, it's a struggle when I see it happen as there's no where for that fabric to go. I'm not immune either, and have had it happen to my own. So measure that quilt, cut your fabric the right length, and sew correctly. There are lots of good resources for tips and hints out there.

    Thanks for linking up with #BraveQuilter, and let us know how it goes.

    Julie @ Pink Doxies

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    1. Thanks, Julie. Once I learned how to add a border (and a binding, too, for that matter) I haven't had a wavy border/binding/quilt. But they were never as challenging as this. I'll come back at the end of the month to report. Thanks so much for creating and hosting #BraveQuilter.

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  4. I think this border combination is going to finish the quilt off just right! You can do it, Nancy! I'll be rooting for you! : )

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement, Janet. You're a great cheerleader!

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  5. Hope your borders are coming along, in a nice and straight fashion! Rah! Rah! (I am cheering!)

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    1. They are! I just stitched all the colored strips together yesterday and I think they're straight! Thanks for cheering. I appreciate it, Heidi.

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