Sunday, May 5, 2019

One Monthly Goal :: May 2019

Moving madness has descended upon us. I'm hoping for some quilting time to keep me sane during these last few weeks at the Dream House. I have a few projects I want to finish here as I wait the new floor in the soon-to-be Vesper View Studio. I'm working hard to complete the last couple of projects for staff at my son's elementary school before he closes this chapter and moves on to middle school (!). 

But my goal is a quilt I started almost two years ago. 2017 was my year of social quilting where I joined all the quilt alongs and mystery quilts. It's almost mid-way through 2019 and I'm still finishing up all the quilts I started! Usually, when I start a quilt, I have a recipient in mind. But sometimes, like when I make a mystery quilt, the person doesn't reveal his/herself until later. Such is the case with this month's OMG

The name of the pattern is Magnolia Mystery by Meadow Mist Designs. I have had the finished top and backing ready to put together for about a year. But it wasn't until a few weeks ago that I knew where it would go. 

I grew up in a very small town in Minnesota. I haven't lived there since my senior year of high school, but thanks to the interwebs, I'm still in touch with many of my 70 classmates. On April 12, a terrible fire took the lives of two children and their father. Two older siblings and their mother survived. My childhood home was lost to fire in 2014, so my heart drops whenever I hear of a house fire. Knowing that a classmate lost two of her grandbabies breaks my heart. 

I started wondering how I could make quilts for the surviving family members when, realistically, I'm in the middle of a move. When a fundraiser raffle was announced, I decided that I would finish up this mystery quilt, which I am tentatively calling Angels of Big Lake, as a donation to the fundraiser. 

The fundraiser is on June 8, so making this my One Monthly Goal is the gentle nudge I need to get it completed and sent to Minnesota. Plus, finishing a UFO counts as packing, right?

To see more pictures of this quilt, check out #biglakeblooms on Instagram. To see what I'm currently working on, follow me at deJongDreamHouse.

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  1. What a lovely quilt -it is so nice to donate to fundraiser! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project.

  2. What a kind contribution for you to make. A deadline always helps me get something done... and a little sewing mixed in with the packing will hopefully be stress relief. Good luck on the quilt and the move.


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