Road-To-Retirement Quilt May OMG Finished
Our focus for this May One Monthly Goal project was to make the
35 30 Road-to-Oklahoma blocks. Patty at Elm Street Quilts hosts a linky party at the beginning and at the end of the month to share successes. We are happy to have a quilt top to share today. I’m calling this the Road-to-Retirement quilt. Making the blocks was just the start – we also got them sewn in rows for a quilt top.
The basics of this block are fairly simple – 2 – four-patch blocks, 4 – half-square triangles (HSTs), and a few plain squares. Easy peasy! It is even easier when you sew them together correctly – notice the blue squares are NOT in the corner as they should be. Oops! That block and a few of its friends that followed blindly after have been ripped apart and corrected.
We are making 12″ finished size blocks and we’ll lay them out in a
5×7 5×6 block design. We ordered red, white(ish), and blue coordinating fabric from the Missouri Star Quilt Shop called American Dreams.
The fabrics are all 108″ wide, ensuring that we’ll have some leftovers to make some table runners (I hope). We had a wee cutting snafu with the white fabric. After discovering the issue just last week, I ordered some additional fabric but it didn’t arrive in time. Hence the adjustments to the number of blocks and rows.
It’s Go Time for Road-to-Retirement
To finish this as a retirement gift, I needed to work just a wee bit quicker than one block a week. This is easy to make multiple sections all at one time using the chain-piecing method. Sue cut strips for me to then recut into the four-patch components.
I also chain sewed the half-square triangle pieces and did a mass trim! Amazingly enough, I did get four rows together by the third weekend in May! While my sewing mojo had vanished, encouragement from friends helped me push on and stay focused!
Road-to-Retirement Quilt Top
I am happy to share our Road-to-Retirement quilt top, well within the limits of the May OMG guidelines. Within the next week, this needs to be layered, quilted, and the binding added. The retirement party is being held on June 2nd. Shortly thereafter I should have some pictures to share of its new owner.
Update! I may be fixing that star in the last row – the point is facing the wrong way. Dang! This quilt top has been the bane of my existence. Preeti assures me that it adds a bit of whimsy! I could live with that. ~smile~
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