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Monthly Goals and Letting Go

I have been participating in the Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal (https://www.elmstreetquilts.com/p/omg-one-monthly-goal.html) for a couple of months. I am very goal oriented and I know that setting regular goals, and sharing that information somewhere where I need to be accountable is a good way for me to achieve hard things. I have been using the One Monthly Goal (OMG [isn’t that a great abbreviation]) to do something that would otherwise be put on a back burner. I don’t use it for the pattern deadline, which I WILL meet, or the 100-day project which only requires a little time each day. Last month I used it to move forward on a wedding quilt that is more than 18 months late. This month I used it to finish up this glorious quilt top. This was my first 100-day quilt project. I started it on June 1st this year. One of my quilty friends was posting her 100-day project and I figured that with being in quarantine, it would give me a little goal that I could achieve every day – just one square. It was also a great way to use up the big box full of irregular strips I had been saving. The 100 days were finished on September 8th. I had already ice dyed the fabric for the back. But by October 1st, I still didn’t have the borders on and I had no clue what I was going to do about quilting it. The finished top is 103 x 103 inches and I was dreading trying to baste it and quilt it on Bernie, my trusty Bernina 1260. So, my OMG for October was to finish the top and decide on the quilting. In early October we met some of our adult children in Memphis for a family holiday. Because we were driving (13 hours each way) I was able to take my 1951 Singer Featherweight. I cut the borders before we left and I took the quilt and borders, along with my mask making stuff. I got the borders on while staying in an awesome mansion in downtown Memphis. And I made a decision – While my husband really wanted me to quilt this and emphasize the diamonds. I knew that I couldn’t get started until January with my crazy schedule. So I decided to take it to a good friend who is a long-arm quilter. This was a huge “letting go” for me. I have always done everything on my quilts myself. I have had this friend quilt one baby quilt when I got really backed up, but letting her do a quilt that was important to me was a big step. I dropped the quilt off a week ago and I was thrilled with her ideas for quilting it. I can’t wait to see it and share it with you all.

100-day quilt mock up in EQ8

In the meantime, I am celebrating achieving my OMG and starting to think about what goal I want to set for November…maybe it is time to look at some of my UFOs?

I encourage you to take a look at Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and consider trying it for a month – you may be surprised at what you get done!

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