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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!

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!

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!

October OMG 2018 Update

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.

RSC18 October

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!

Hannah's Butterfly Garden

Hannah's Butterfly Garden

Hannah's Butterfly Garden

The bow tie leader/enders are multiplying too!

Bow Tie Leader/Enders

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!

October OMG 2018

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?

Hannah's Butterfly Garden

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!

September OMG 2018 Update

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.

RSC18 September

I am so happy to report that I have finished my President’s Book fabric pages!

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In fact, I have completed a tome, not just a book!  This thing is big!

President's Blocks

President's Blocks

President's Blocks

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.

President's Blocks

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.

Fabric Scraps

The strips are sorted by color and size and stored in plastic bags in bins.

Fabric Scraps

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!

September OMG 2018

“By all these lovely tokens 
September days are here, 
With summer’s best of weather 
And autumn’s best of cheer.” 
–  Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885

 

September came fast and it is already time to declare the sewing goals for the new month.

Dark blue is the RSC18 color 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.

For my second goal, I intend to complete the remaining fabric pages of my President’s book.  I continued to make good progress last month, and I am sure I that can finish this project this month. 

President's Blocks 

I recently took the time to clean up my fabric stash, and I now have a pile of small scraps that I do not want to put back on the shelves.  I intend to get these pieces cut into usable strip sizes.

Fabric Scraps

Not a goal, but the bow tie leader/enders are growing!

Bow Tie Leader/Enders

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts OMG (One Monthly Goal).  Check out the other participants and get motivated!