Friday, December 3, 2021

Fun Friday - OMG for December, Virtual Cookie Exchange

 It is Friday and it is the holiday season.  It is time to sparkle  and have fun!

Are you getting into the spirit of the holidays yet?  I strive to not listen to holiday music, nor watch any Christmas movies until after Thanksgiving.  I'm now really enjoying the holiday entertainment, as well as my favorite things about the holidays - making handmade gifts and taking time to get together with friends and family and do something special.  That can be shopping in a quilt store with a good quilty friend, enjoying friendship and a holiday beverage at Starbucks.  What ever you do, this is a season to enjoy and create memories and I hope you find time to share joy, smiles and hugs.

BTW - Today is also National Make A Gift Day!

I'm linking up today with the December One Monthly Goal, hosted by Patty Dudek.   OMG has been a great way for me to stay focused, especially when Sally keeps giving me so many great ideas for creating quilts and more!

My goal this month is to finish the background FMQ for my King Size Nine Sisters quilt, filling in the negative space with floating stars using the Twisted Grid Papa stencil, from the Ultimate Background stencil collection by Cindy Needham.  I've made a few mistakes marking my quilt using this background stencil, but overall I think it is going to look great.  Here is a closeup picture which shows the marking on my quilt using a water soluble fabric marker:

All the stars are quilted and while I had originally planned to quilt swirls in the background, I am pleased with the look of the Twisted Grid.  There is just so much negative space in this quilt, I am not sure what I was thinking when I decided to quilt this project on a domestic machine.  I can't wait to see it finished. When I look back on pictures taken before I started quilting this negative space, I'm thrilled with my progress and thankful for OMG to keep me focused.

After I finish this background quilting, I will move on to the inner border, followed by the outer border, where I plan to do ruler work quilting.  I'm beginning to feel I'm in the home stretch and hoping to finish this quilt in January.

I also plan to make more Mug Rugs and small handmade gifts for Christmas, for family, friends and blog follower "Happy Mail" this month.

Lastly, I want to heighten awareness that Carol S. of Just Let Me Quilt is hosting her annual Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange Blog Hop, which kicks off on Monday.  This is a super fun and yummy hop that helps to create fun during the holidays, as well as sharing amazing cookie recipes and sharing of holiday memories.

Here's the list of bloggers:

4 comments: said...

Patty and the One Monthly goal has helped keep me on track too! Your quilting is progressing beautifully! If you had decided to longarm this project, you would have less money to spend on "necessary extras" and while the design would have been beautiful, it would likely not have been custom! Additionally, look at all you are learning!

Needledmom said...

I’m with you on the holding off of Christmas music and shows until after Thanksgiving. It makes each holiday shine on its own.

Your FMQ is looking absolutely amazing. I’m sure you will be glad to finish it, but I’ll bet you will miss the process when it is done….like a good book.

QuiltGranma said...

Love the colors you have used in this quilt.

Raewyn said...

Your quilting is looking great - that Twisted Grid design is very cool. Good luck (and have fun) with meeting your goal for the month.