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.

Road-to-Retirement Block

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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14 Responses

  1. Lovely finish even with the oops, 😉

  2. Kathleen McCormick says:

    I am wondering if whimsy will win out? I like the little bit but since it is going to someone and in nearly the last row I probably would have to fix it. I like the surgical approach – only taking out the seams I need to and redoing the piece. Whatever you do, it will be right. Glad you got through this!

  3. Patty says:

    Quilt came out great! Thanks for linkup up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

  4. It is so easy to have something pointing the wrong way. Ask me how I know!! I just love the fabric in the quilt and its going to be amazing. All the best for the quilted finish.

  5. Gail Sheppard says:

    Road to Retirement is great! And, I agree with Pretti, that one block adds a bit of whimsy! 🙂

  6. Dawn says:

    Love your Road to Retirement quilt! I’m sure it will be greatly appreciated! I would fix the star point because it would cause me too much anxiety everything I see it but that’s me. 😜 At least it is on the edge and won’t be hard to fix! Enjoy the weekend!

  7. I agree with the other Laura…but honestly, this looks great, Roeanne. Enjoy your MemDay Weekend.


    It does look beautiful and I’m sure your recipient will be well pleased. Don’t you hate it when there’s a cutting SNAFU and the fabric doesn’t come out right? It is like adding salt to a wound. Got my fingers crossed that the quilting will go easily and you will be done by June 2nd.

  9. Lori says:

    Love the road to retirement. At least you did not see the block after it was quilted. THat is usually what happens to me. Now you at least have a choice! Fix or not fix…..

  10. Love it, Roseanne! I think I would definitely fix that star. Yes, it’s whimsical, but might detract. Great job. Looking forward to seeing your quilted quilt!!

  11. Wendy Tuma says:

    That is a pretty quilt! Good thing you caught that snafu before you had it basted for quilting, yes? It’s all goood and it looks great!

  12. Let’s be honest…how would we all get along without Jack? 🙂

  13. Vicki in MN says:

    Oh that chain sewing is almost like magic isn’t it, amazing how fast things go when we do that. I love the look of this quilt, good work girls!

  14. Congrats on the May OMG! The recipient is very lucky, that is a beautiful quilt, love the fabrics and the quilt block! Have a great weekend!

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