December OMG 2018 Goal

Funny how what goes around comes around.

For my December OMG, I decided to focus on a UFO called The Case of the Secret Garden.

The Case of the Secret Garden

I dug through the blog to see when I last worked on this project.  It appears it was also my goal for December OMG 2017.  Hmmmmmm.

The Case of the Secret Garden

If you click on the links above, you can find links to the beginning of this project, and each clue that I worked on it, as well as find where it originated on Linda Franz’ website, Inklingo.  Linda began this enjoyable mystery in the year 2013.

So, why did I wad this project up in a corner?

Partly because I went through a tough time (why do I throw my creativity aside when I need it the most…another mystery), and partly because I changed my mind about my fabric choices.

I like the fabric choices.  I don’t like the fabric choices.  I like the fabric choices.  I can’t stand the fabric choices.

Oh brother!

The Case of the Secret Garden

But then, my Mom and a couple of sisters visited for Thanksgiving.  One of my sisters said, “I really like this!”

The Case of the Secret Garden

Nothing like a little positive motivation!

So this top is pin basted, and I am in the process of machine quilting it.

The Case of the Secret Garden

I hope to complete the quilting, of course, but realistically, because it is December, and the busiest time of the year, my goal is to complete half of the machine quilting.

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and see the other goals for December!  Maybe you would like to add a goal!

A Christmas Carol – Reblogged

*I am posting a reprint from my blog published in December 2014.

*It is still relevant, and a good reminder to many of us who get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season.

Christmas at the PO

*I no longer work 11 hours a day (we were extremely short staffed then).  I do still work 6 days a week all year long (this week it was 7, and there will be more weeks like it).


‘There is a lot of buying and selling.’ -Ebenezer Scrooge
‘Is that all you can see?’ -Ghost of Christmas Past

A lot of buying and selling.  Yup.  To my discredit, that is all that I have been able to see.

Every Christmas season, either my husband, or myself would read aloud to our children the classic,  ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.  We would read a portion every night, and then, on Christmas Eve, we would watch the movie, starring George C. Scott.

It is a tradition that our children now practice with their children.

I am a US Postal employee.  I work six days a week.  That’s not a holiday schedule…that is my normal schedule.  Like many offices, mine is short staffed.  That’s just the way it is. 

However, I have been, and am, working 9 to 11 hour days.  That is the buying and selling that I have been seeing.  Perhaps, because I am so tired, I am not seeing the wonderful gift giving inside the hundreds of packages and cards that I handle every day.  Homemade jam, cookies, toys and more, shipped to those far away loved ones.

This post isn’t a rant, or a ‘pity me’ post.

Tonight, the words have come back to me:

‘There is a lot of buying and selling.’ -Ebenezer Scrooge
‘Is that all you can see?’ -Ghost of Christmas Past

I want to give a shout out to all of those postal drivers and workers, to UPS employees, to the FedEx employees, the retail clerks, the waiters and waitresses, to the bakers, and many more who have neglected their blogs, their families, and  their Christmas card list.  Those who couldn’t go to the Christmas parties and plays and concerts; who didn’t have time to bake holiday cookies and fruitcakes, nor go shopping and out to lunch.

To all of those who are working so diligently to bring a merry Christmas season to many others:

May you experience the love and joy from Him, of whom Christmas is really all about.  And may you be blessed with much peace in the New Year.

Thank you!  God bless you, everyone!

Tiny Tim/Anthony Walters

November OMG 2018 Update

My OMG (One Monthly Goal) for November was to piece my Squared Away Sampler blocks into a flimsy (quilt top).

I am happy to report that I met that goal!

RSC18 November

You can read about it in this blog post by clicking here.

I am still on the fence about whether to add another border or not.  Most of the time, I think not, but then again….

I know I’ve been absent from blogging, but work is really busy and demanding this time of year.  There is little time for much else.

So if you would like to see more eye candy then go visit Elm Street Quilts OMG (One Monthly Goal).  I will be linking up there!

Judy’s Virtual Challenge

Judy, of Virtual Quilts fame, issued a challenge to use the Electric Quilt 8 program.

The hardest part of this first challenge was for me to make the time to actually do it.

And then, it didn’t take that much time after all.

Judy challenged users to select an Antique Mosaic block from the Classic Pieced EQ Library.

That was simple.

Challenge 1 Mosaic, No. 5(2)

I chose  Mosaic, No. 5(2).

Here is the color version from the library:

Challenge 1 Color Mosaic, No. 5(2)

And here is my colored version, using fabrics from the default fabric library:

Challenge 1 Color 2 Mosaic, No. 5(2)

We are challenged to add at least four seam lines, and play with color placement.

Challenge 1 Adding Lines Mosaic, No. 5(2)

Challenge 1 Moving Color Mosaic, No. 5(2)

We are also challenged to delete lines.

Challenge 1 Deleting Lines Mosaic, No. 5(2)

Challenge 1 Deleting Lines 2 Mosaic, No. 5(2)

This was a fun little challenge.  If you are an EQ user, perhaps you’d like to join the fun!

There is an Electric Quilt Facebook group that you might like to join.  I am going to link this blog post there.

RSC18 November

There are no new colors/blocks being announced for November and December.  Instead, we are given the time to move our projects forward, or complete them.

I chose to make my RSC18 blocks for the Squared Away Sampler this year.

I have sewn my blocks into an on point setting with star sashing.

RSC18 November

I am very happy with the results!

*If you click on the photo, then you can see a closer view.

I don’t know it you can tell, but the setting triangles are white polka dots, not checks.

I am still considering a border, but I don’t really think that I need to add one.

If you would like to make the Squared Away Sampler, you can visit The Academic Quilter for great tutorials on making all of the blocks.  

I am linking up with So Scrappy.  Click on the link to discover more scrappiness!

November OMG 2018

Before I state my quilting goal for this month, I would like to take the time to thank Patty, of Elm Street Quilts, for hosting One Monthly Goal.  She has kept me accountable and thus motivated me, to work on projects and achieve accomplishments all year long.  She is uncluttering my mind (and making room for other projects), stitch by stitch, project by project.

Thank you, Patty!

I am planning on devoting free time (It is holiday season after all…how much free time can there be when one works for the post office?) to turn my RSC18 Squared Away Sampler blocks into a flimsy.

Here are the blocks:

RSC18 October

And here they are on my ‘design floor’:

RSC18 November

I added one more block, a brown one, and am working on the sashing and cornerstones.

I can’t leave them here since I have a sweet chubby calico baby who finds it fun to roll around on them.

Hubby remembered that we bought a backdrop set up used for photography, and then promptly forgot that we had it.  Good grief! 

Click here to see what I am talking about…there are other systems but you get the idea.  It is nice when one doesn’t have any wall space.

So off to the fabric store to buy some flannel, and I will soon have a proper design wall to use.

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts OMG (One Monthly Goal).  Click on the link and go see the other participants and get motivated to work on your projects!

Fabric Boxes and the Garden (Done for the Winter)

I wanted something to do just for the fun of it.  Something easy; something that doesn’t require a lot of concentration.

So I made these.

Fabric Boxes

The cute little boxes will make nice gifts, once I decide what to fill them with.

Fabric Boxes

I was going to share some wonderful photos of the last of my blooming garden flowers…purple asters.

But there was some shenanigans going on, and I never got to take those photos.


Deer and Turkeys

Deer and Turkeys

One day I have blossoms, and the next day, they are somebody’s salad.



Nevertheless, I can share a photo of some fabulous fall color.

Garden Fall Color

And a close-up…just because it is so pretty.

Garden Fall Color