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March OMG 2018

My OMG (One monthly goal) for March is to continue to work on the Laundry Day Tee.  

I bought enough fabric to make six tunics.

Laundry Day Tee

I have finished one.

Laundry Day Tee

I have one more cut out and ready to sew, and I hope to work on it on Sunday.  So I should be able to finish one for sure.

There is a bonus Sunday for me this month, so I’ll be brave and set a goal of finishing all five remaining tunics.

Since I am participating in the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler, I need to complete three light/bright green blocks this month.

Maybe I can even make some progress on my friendship row by row!

Friendship Row by Row


I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts.  Click on the link and see what other goals are set for March. I find it inspiring and motivating!


Postcard Exchange Feb./March 2018

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” -Alan Watts…The Wisdom of Insecurity


“Be not the slave of your own past – plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson


Elm Street Quilts offered to host a postcard exchange and I signed up to exchange with someone.

I enjoy making fabric postcards, but the last time that I made one was in 2012.  You can see that postcard here.

For this exchange, we were supposed to choose one word for the maker to use as inspiration.

My recipient chose the word ‘plunge’.  Here is what I learned about the meaning of plunge:

• to thrust into water or other fluid substance
• immerse in a fluid
• to drive into flesh, mire or earth
• to thrust or drive into any state in which the thing is considered as enveloped or surrounded, enclosed, overwhelmed (difficulties, distress, war)
• baptize by immersion
• to pitch
• to fall

• the act of putting into a fluid below the surface; plunge till covered
• the state of sinking into a fluid; being considered overwhelmed or deeply engaged
• the act of entering into the light of the sun, as a star, so as to be enveloped and invisible to the eye
• the state of being enveloped
• the entrance of the moon into the shadow of the earth, at the commencement of an eclipse; the state of being enveloped in the shadow

Some ideas that I considered (Very briefly on a couple of these!):

• toilet plunger
• plunging neckline
• dagger plunged into a chest
• cocoon
• eclipse

I wanted to depict something positive, something that indicated a leap of faith; some risk taking.

So I am showing a person joyfully plunging from a cliff into a sea. 

Postcard Exchange 2018

I am not showing the back of the postcard because I have written the recipient’s name and address on it.

I have also written a quote for her:

Plunge boldly into the thick of life. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I hope she likes it!

Postcard Exchange 2018

To see more photos from the exchange, check out the Instagram tag #esqpostcardswap.  I am not on Instagram, but I know that many of you are.  Enjoy!

February OMG 2018 Update

Don’t watch the clock; do what it does.  Keep going. – Sam Levenson

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius

I had a lovely Sunday afternoon that I could completely devote to piecing the mystery quilt, On Ringo Lake. This made it easier to complete the project into a flimsy in stolen bits of time throughout the rest of the month. I am happy with that!

On Ringo Lake

February’s OMG  completed. And now this impulsive project, that was almost a nuclear explosion in my sewing room, will be relegated to a hangar in the closet until such time as I can bring myself to look at it again. Ha, ha!

On Ringo Lake

A little tangent…

Why are Sundays so important for me? On average, there are four Sundays in a month. That means that I have four days off per month. That’s right. Four days per month to accomplish my goals (and that is fitting the goals in between the must do’s and want-to-do’s…like shopping, laundry, and visiting kinfolk). In other words, I work six days a week, so, yeah, I am slow to reach goals. Any goals. I may have to carry it over month to month, but little by little…in small increments, and the goal gets done.

I am sure there are others out there, who for one reason or another, are slow to accomplish their goals. Don’t give up! You can reach your goals. It is going to take you longer, but the important thing is to get to the finish line at your pace!

(I may be a tiny bit influenced by the Olympics this month!)

On Ringo Lake

My second goal for February was to print and cut out the pattern pieces to make a Laundry Day Tee tunic.

The next picture is boring, but it shows that I completed that small goal and have a tunic ready to sew.  I used freezer paper to trace my pattern onto.  You are looking at the shiny side in the photo…not the side where  I drew my grainlines and other markings. 

Laundry Day Tee

The knit fabric is notoriously slinky!  It is a challenge for me!

After baking bread today, I intend to spend some time working on this project.

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and see what other goals were accomplished for February. I find it inspiring and motivating!

February OMG 2018

I am going to carry over January’s goal to February.  In other words, I really do want to get the On Ringo Lake mystery quilt pieced into a flimsy.

On Ringo Lake

If I manage to do that, then I would like to begin sewing on a tunic for myself.

I purchased the Laundry Day Tee pattern (from Love Notions), and some knit fabric.  The goal will be to get my paper pattern printed and pieced together (already working on this), and then cut my pieces from the knit fabric.

I have six solid color knit yardage pieces to eventually sew into six tunics.

But I will start with one and learn as I go.  A garment maker, I am not.

Laundry Day Tee

At least, I hope I can manage to get this much done.  Doesn’t seem like much, but it is the way I roll.

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and see what other goals are set for February.  I find it inspiring and motivating!

January OMG 2018 Update

True to myself, I am sewing ever so slowly.

I thought my day job was going to cut my work hours, but, alas, not so.  That means no blissfully sewing my days away.

My January goal  was to work on my version of Bonnie Hunter’s On Ringo Lake mystery quilt.

I have completed all of the components, so I am a happy girl.

All 50 blocks are sewn! 

On Ringo Lake

The sashing is also done!

On Ringo Lake

And the setting side and corner triangles are completed.

On Ringo Lake

I have even managed to begin piecing the top!  

On Ringo Lake

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and check out how well others have worked on their goals for January! It is fun and inspiring!

January OMG 2018

I let myself get distracted by Bonnie Hunter’s On Ringo Lake mystery.  It is a good distraction!

Bonnie helps me to overcome my fondness to pet my fabric and actually use it!

She also helps me to look at color/value in new ways!

And I learn new-to-me methods for rotary cutting.

I enjoy the social media fellowship of many, many other quilters working Bonnie’s mystery, too!


I am also happy that Patty, at Elm Street Quilts, is continuing OMG (One Monthly Goal) in 2018.

OMG provides me with accountability and motivation to make progress on projects, and sometimes I even have a finish!

My work hours should be less in January, so my goal is to turn On Ringo Lake into a flimsy.

I have clues 1 & 2 done, as well as 3 & 4

On Ringo Lake

Clue 5 is in progress.

On Ringo Lake

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and check out the other goals for January!  It is fun to see what other’s are working on!

December OMG 2017 Goal Update and Ringo Lake Mystery

My OMG/UFO goal for December was the number 10 (drawn by Patchwork Times).

The Case of the Secret Garden

I wanted to get the borders sewn on The Case of the Secret Garden.  I would have liked to have gotten this flimsy basted, too, but the day job was very busy.

And I was distracted by holiday fun.

I was also distracted by Bonnie Hunter’s On Ringo Lake mystery.

Clues 3 & 4 in progress:

On Ringo Lake

Clues 1 & 2 are here.

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and check out the other goals for December!

Also, check out the mystery fun over at Quiltville!