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Proud-Worthy Progress

It is time once again to check on my 2022 to-do list and see what I have accomplished during the last three months of April, May, and June. First of all, however, I’m trying to figure out how it is already the beginning of July. Since the days seem to go by faster and faster I think it is a good thing that I revisit this list occasionally so I know that I have actually finished some of my projects. I started the year with nine projects on my list and have since added two more. I was able to check off one of those during the first three months and three more were checked off of the list during these last three months! Feels like progress to me!

One of the projects that I checked off of the list was the Harry Potter Bookcase quilt that I made for my grandson Henry’s nursery. It now hangs on the wall right behind the rocking chair where Melissa and Henry sit each night to read a story and sing lullabies before he goes to sleep. The quilt is made up of 30 blocks of books and Harry Potter-related items that Henry already loves to look at.

The second project that I checked off of my list was the charity quilt made for donation by the Panama Quilt Guild. I was hoping to make a quilt from start to finish myself but just did not have the time to do that between customer quilts, baby quilts, and my continued recovery from last summer’s surgery. I opted instead to volunteer my quilting skills to another member of our guild who had constructed a quilt top. Janet made a colorful quilt using flower prints from 10” squares - also known as a layer cake. I then stitched an all-over flower design called Daisy Day to add to the flower theme. I can just imagine that this quilt is now giving comfort to someone in need.

The third project that I finished was Ruby’s Christmas stocking. It is a counted cross-stitch kit that I purchased from Herrschner’s that features a Santa Claus puppet held up by several teddy bears. Thank goodness for March Madness and the College World Series which gave me plenty of time to stitch while I watched the games. Since completing Ruby’s stocking I have been working on one for Henry. I don’t think that his is quite as detailed as Ruby’s so I’m hoping that I can finish it in time for Christmas too.

A project that I made some progress on as the one that I added to my bucket list a few months ago. I guess at this point it has moved to my to-do list! The Swoon quilt, designed by Camille Roskelly, was a pattern that I heard about it on the A Quilting Life podcast by Sherri McConnell and Chelsi Stratton. It features a unique star-type block that looked fun to make. Since I couldn’t wait to make this quilt I ordered the Swoon Sixteen pattern. I then decided that I would make mine with 20 blocks rather than just sixteen so that it would be a rectangular quilt rather than a square. Since the pattern calls for using fat quarters I decided to choose fabrics from one of Sherri and Chelsi’s lines. I found their Sincerely Yours fabrics online and ordered a fat quarter bundle. Of course that gives me more fabric than I need for this project but I’m sure I’ll find a use for the left over fat quarters! I also ordered background fabric from that line as well as sashing fabric. I now have it all washed, pressed, and ready to cut out. I can’t wait to get started!

During the last three months I have also completed 17 customer quilts - one of which I did from start to finish. In addition I quilted eight Quilts of Valor. Throw in several weekends with family from four states, three Broadway shows at the Orpheum, State Soccer, numerous Husker baseball games including the Husker-less Big 10 Tournament, and a bout with Covid-19 and I can see why the days are going so fast. Here’s to more fun during the next three months!

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