A new year, a fresh start. It feels good to begin anew.
I am not making big goals for this year. No new resolutions that I may keep for a couple of months and then leave by the wayside.
I am keeping it simple.
I want to walk on the beach in the sunshine.
I want to read more; especially His Word, as I have let that slide.
And for January’s OMG (One Monthly Goal), I want to work on the Leavenworth quilt.
I blogged my virtual play time with the Leavenworth Nine Patch block back in January 2013 here and here.
*You can also find those blog posts by clicking on the Quilt Blocks tab at the top of my blog.
Sometime after that, I actually worked up one of my design ideas into a quilt top and pin basted it. I showed it on March 27, 2015.
So my goal for the month is to machine stitch in the ditch so that the quilt layers will be stabilized and I can remove the pins (and thus lighten some of the weight). The quilt is approximately 74″ x 88″, so it is a large size for machine quilting on a domestic machine.
I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts OMG (One Monthly Goal). Check out what others have chosen to work on this month; it can be very inspiring and motivating!
It is time to be accountable and declare what I accomplished with my December OMG (One Monthly Goal).
Because of Christmas and the e-commerce explosion (I work at a post office), I kept my goal light…I really did not expect to accomplish much. I thought I just might have time to machine quilt half of The Case of the Secret Garden (a Linda Franz/Inklingo mystery from 2013).
But I put my nose to the grindstone, and quilted at every opportunity that I could, and I am so happy to report a finish!
If you click on the link 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.
Some of the pictures aren’t that great (it is hard to take good pics indoors in the midst of winter), but they show that I finished this baby!
By clicking on a photo, you can see it enlarged. This quilt was machine quilted on a domestic sewing machine.
I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and see the other goals that were accomplished for December!
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Tagged Elm Street Quilts, Inklingo, LCsCottage, Linda Franz, mystery quilt, OMG, One Monthly Goal, quilting, The Case of the Secret Garden
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!
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!
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:
And here they are on my ‘design floor’:
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!
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Tagged Elm Street Quilts, LCsCottage, OMG, One Monthly Goal, patchwork, RSC18, scrappy, So Scrappy, Squared Away Sampler, The Academic Quilter
It is time to report on those October sewing goals!
I completed my three blocks for the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler, and you can find that post by clicking here.
I am really happy that I completed the applique on the Butterfly Garden quilt this month! I did not think that I would get this done, but now I have a completed flimsy!
The bow tie leader/enders are multiplying too!
I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts OMG (One Monthly Goal). Click on the link and see the other participants accomplishments and get motivated to work on your projects!
Dark green and sage are the RSC18 colors for September, and I will be piecing three 5 inch blocks for the Squared Away Sampler project. You can see my progress so far this year by clicking here.
Remember the Butterfly quilt project?
I posted about it here. The applique is fused, but not stitched. For my second goal, I hope to complete the applique by stitching all of the pieces down. I plan on using a satin stitch around the edges.
If you would like to make this free pattern, then click here.
I won’t have a lot of time to complete sewing goals this month, since I plan on a week of R & R, and the rest of the month belongs to the day job. We’ll see how much I can accomplish.
I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts OMG (One Monthly Goal). Check out the other participants and get motivated to work on your projects!
It is time to report on those September sewing goals!
I completed my three blocks for the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler, and you can find that post (and information about the sampler) by clicking here.
I am so happy to report that I have finished my President’s Book fabric pages!
In fact, I have completed a tome, not just a book! This thing is big!
I am going to have to come up with a plan to display it in my sewing space. This book is very special to me, since life took a turn and I have not been able to spend time with these precious quilting friends. Some have moved on, and some have passed on as well. But I have wonderful memories each time I look at these pages.
You can read more about this project by clicking here and here. You can see pages in slideshows by clicking here and here.
Another goal was scrap control. I did cut my scraps into usable strip sizes.
The strips are sorted by color and size and stored in plastic bags in bins.
I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts OMG (One Monthly Goal). Check out the updates of the other participants and get inspired and motivated! It has certainly helped me to announce goals to the world…I am actually completing a few!
Posted in Motivation, One Monthly Goal, Organization
Tagged Elm Street Quilts, fabric organization, LCsCottage, OMG, One Monthly Goal, President's book, RSC18, So Scrappy, The Academic Quilter