October OMG

Last November I started sewing along with Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery QAL, Good Fortune. I deviated from her color scheme so I called my version Patriotic Duty. I mostly stayed on pace with the mystery, because I was only do 1/4 the # of blocks. Once the reveal came I wasn’t really feeling the love so it went in time out. In 2019 it went on the UFO list but was passed over every time I had to choose a project. LOL! Finally it was chosen this month, only because my other options involved quilting. Goodness, am I good at avoiding or what! I was able to get the top together right as October began, so this OMG was going to be done quickly. But surely I could take it further than just the top stage? Wait, wasn’t I trying to avoid machine quilting?!!

Last Saturday dawned bleak and rainy and it was time, nothing else to do but quilt!


The process

I usually start with no real plan and as I quilt each section reveals it’s motifs. I started with  diagonal through the red/cream blocks. Then I went on to the brown sections. While doing that I decided point to point in the HSTs and then piano keys in the long cream section. But what to do in the pinwheels? I really wanted to do a point to point motif, but for some reason I decided stripes. I’m not sure about them now, but they are staying. LOL! Then I went with diagonal lines in the outer borders and it was time to bind!

And now I am happy to present, my Patriotic Duty!

Sorry, it blends into my floor!

From a distance you can’t even tell I sliced off EVERY ONE of the points on the outer border along the edge!! And I don’t even care! Done is better than perfect. And, I am NEVER doing another pieced outer border. EVER! Wavy as all get out!

Linking with:

Put Your Foot Down
Creative Compulsions
Elm Street OMG
Whoop Whoop
From Bolt to Beauty
Finished of Not
Peacock Party
The Crafty Quilter
UFO Busting
Scrap Happy Saturday

41 thoughts on “October OMG

  1. Maggie October 31, 2019 / 7:23 am

    Wow! It looks great! I love seeing and reading your thought process with the actual quilting. The few quilts I’ve done in the past were also started with no real plan. Drawing quilts motives beforehand paralyzes me. 😉

    • chrisknits October 31, 2019 / 7:44 am

      I have tried doing a plan and drawing it on vinyl over the top, but I just don’t seem to work that way. 🤷‍♂️


  2. Anne-Marie October 31, 2019 / 9:52 am

    I think it’s beautiful.

    • chrisknits October 31, 2019 / 1:34 pm

      Thanks, it wasn’t a perfect project, but it’s done!


  3. delightedhands October 31, 2019 / 12:06 pm

    Yay for the finish! It is bigger than your usual size, too, isn’t it?! Very good finish.

    • chrisknits October 31, 2019 / 1:35 pm

      It’s 38” square-ish, 😝, after washing and drying, so bigger than my norm! Thanks


  4. Patty October 31, 2019 / 1:52 pm

    So pretty! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

  5. Vivianne November 1, 2019 / 3:49 am

    Looks amazing 🙂 what do you do with all your FOs?

    • chrisknits November 1, 2019 / 10:14 am

      They either live with me or are gifted to family and friends. Thanks


  6. alycia Quilts November 1, 2019 / 11:47 am

    I like it!!! and yes – I am good at pushing things… or rearranging too – its a real skill!! ha ha! Glad you got to it!!

    • chrisknits November 1, 2019 / 11:53 am

      LOL, we all have our skills! > >

  7. Pamela Boatright November 1, 2019 / 11:39 pm

    It’s very pretty – wonder if I’ll ever finish mine?

  8. Kate November 2, 2019 / 8:13 am

    Congrats on finishing off your October OMG and getting another quilt off the UFO list. That makes for a pretty awesome month.

    • chrisknits November 2, 2019 / 10:03 am

      Relief is the name of the game here, now let’s continue that relief!


  9. Frédérique November 2, 2019 / 12:05 pm

    Pretty version, I love it, congratulation on your finish!

    • chrisknits November 2, 2019 / 4:21 pm

      Thanks! It’s growing on me. >

  10. Quilter Kathy November 2, 2019 / 2:37 pm

    Absolutely done is better than perfect!
    Great job on the finish!
    Are you starting the new mystery?

    • chrisknits November 2, 2019 / 4:21 pm

      It’s taking a while, but now I just go with the finish over the perfect! Yes, I wasn’t going to, but love the color scheme this time. > >

  11. Vireya November 2, 2019 / 6:14 pm

    Congratulations on the lovely finish! And just in time to think about the new mystery.

    • chrisknits November 2, 2019 / 6:26 pm

      I know! And I wasn’t planning to even do the new one but I love the fabric!!


  12. Diann Bottrell November 2, 2019 / 7:26 pm

    I think that turned out great! I’ve never participated in a Bonnie Hunter mystery qal – they always seem a bit intimidating! 🙂 What size did yours end up?

    • chrisknits November 2, 2019 / 10:52 pm

      Mine is 37”x37” and it’s 1/4th the size of hers. You must check out the new colors for the next one. You will love it, Blue Bonnets were her inspiration. > >

      • Diann Bottrell November 3, 2019 / 12:31 pm

        Did you make 1/4 of the blocks then? That might be doable for me! I do follow her blog and really like this year’s colors. It’s very tempting!

      • chrisknits November 3, 2019 / 7:34 pm

        I made 9 blocks total, so a little less than 1/4 of the blocks. I wanted a square wallhanging, so 3×3 was the best size. > >

    • chrisknits November 3, 2019 / 9:31 am

      Thanks, I am so stoked for the new mystery, love the colors she is using this year!


  13. Yvonne November 3, 2019 / 4:06 am

    I love your colours! Had you not shared I’d never have guessed about waves and cut off points in the borders as your quilt looks so fabulous. I looked at the thumbnail in the linky party and thought “I could never do something so complicated”

    i didn’t make on Ringo Like but I think I might do the new mystery. But I’m not really a blue person so thinking of subbing out the blues for purples. At least I have a few weeks to decide and time for a shopping trip or two to augment the stash!

    • chrisknits November 3, 2019 / 9:33 am

      I love the new color scheme, so I am jumping in again! Thanks, it is growing on me.


  14. Sue H November 3, 2019 / 8:26 pm

    Beautiful finish!!! I’m not sure if I’ll jump in on the new BH mystery but I plan on doing the Quilt Show BOM this year. Might even think about making it RSC 2020.

    • chrisknits November 3, 2019 / 10:23 pm

      Quilt Show BOM? Will have to look that up!


  15. Michelle Churchman November 4, 2019 / 3:52 am

    This a beautiful quilt, Chris! Yay for the finish! Thank you for linking up to Creative Compulsions!

  16. Judy Blauer November 4, 2019 / 9:52 am

    I like the colors you chose for Good Fortune. It intimidates me to deviate from Bonnie’s colors. I am considering this year’s Frolic!

    • chrisknits November 4, 2019 / 10:32 am

      I have very clear cut color preferences, so I often deviate. But this time I’ll use her colors.


  17. Andrée G Faubert November 6, 2019 / 8:10 pm

    Hi Chris, your Patriotic Duty is great. You’ve done a great job quilting it and I like the stripes in the pinwheels. I’ve always wanted to do a pieced border….but now I’m re-thinking 🙂
    If you get a chance, please link up to Free Motion Mavericks. We’d love to have you join the party!

    • chrisknits November 6, 2019 / 9:05 pm

      Thanks! I need to get your link up on my scheduled posts! I keep forgetting that.


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