Sunday, March 31, 2019

One Monthly Goal :: March 2019 Update

March 2019 is one for the books. I'm not ready to fully reveal the news quite yet, but we should have a big announcement next month. What I can say is that I didn't get to spend nearly enough time sewing or sleeping this month!

I didn't realize that my month was going as wild as it was, but I'm glad that for once my goal was only to work on a quilt, not finish one! My goal for March was to work on the Omigolly quilt for my son's school secretary. I didn't make a lot of progress on my goal, but I did manage to do most of the prep work.

As I mentioned at the beginning of the month, Omigolly is an enlarged version of the Omigosh Quilt by the late Sue Garman.  This is Sue's original version with its itty bitty half inch blocks.

Omigosh is on my to do queue, but first I will finish Miss Jennifer's Omigolly. Here are blocks from each to show the size difference. The smallest pieces in Omigolly are a massive one inch in comparison.

This was my original idea for Omigolly. The idea was to make a tree reminiscent of our school logo out of the brown, green, and blue blocks.

But then I had a different idea. Miss Jennifer is the glue that keeping everything running at school. She is our heart. We love our teachers, of course, and other staff, but Miss Jennifer is often the first and last face our students see. And like, a lot of administrators, her work is vital but easy to overlook. I saved her quilt for last because I wanted her quilt to be the connection between all of the other school quilts I've made. It took most of the month to dig through all my scrap bins to find at least three 1.5" strips from each of the eleven quilts I've already made for the school and staff. 

Jennifer's favorite color is blue, so had a new idea. I will use navy, royal, and baby blue blocks to make a heart and scraps from all the other quilts for the nine-patches and four-patches.

I can't seem to do anything the easy way, so it's taken me awhile to get started. I don't want any of my patches to repeat so I'm taking a little extra time to make sure that I don't have any repeats. 

I'm hopeful that the tedious part is done and now I have moved on to the more fun part of seeing my blocks come together. 

I'll keep plugging away on it so it's done by the end of the school year, but I suspect I will be very easy on myself for the next month's goal. 

You'll be able to find pictures of my progress on this quilt as #OmigollyMissJennifer.  To see what I'm currently working on, including my 2019 Brain Injury quilt, follow me at deJongDreamHouse.

Previous OMGs:
March 2019 - Omigolly Miss Jennifer

June 2017 - Niels' Weighted Blanket (full post)

Linked to: Elm Street Quilts

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  1. This quilt will be awesome! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal!

  2. Wow, I love what you've done with this pattern, the heart for Omigolly Miss Jennifer is so attractive and thoughtful.


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