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December OMG 2018 Goal Update

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!

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

The Case of the Secret Garden

By clicking on a photo, you can see it enlarged.  This quilt was machine quilted on a domestic sewing machine.

The Case of the Secret Garden

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!  

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!

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!

December OMG 2017 Goal

The last Patchwork Times unfinished project of the year is number 10.  Judy actually announced number 6, but number 6 was the number for October, so I am going with the only number left for the year…number 10.

My number 10 is a mystery project from 2013.  It is called the Case of the Secret Garden by Linda Franz, the creator of Inklingo.

I found my project wadded up in a basket.  Although the mystery was fun, and the pattern is a good one, I did not like my fabric choices, and therefore, was not motivated to complete the quilt.

The Case of the Secret Garden

Since December is such a busy month, I am keeping my goal for this quilt small. I want to add simple borders (they’ll have to be simple…there isn’t much left of the fabrics used in this project).

Brownie points for me, if I get the top pin-basted into a quilt sandwich, but it isn’t likely. 

I’ll be baking cookies for Christmas!

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!

Hunter’s Star Finish

I began my Hunter’s Star project in September, 2013.  I got as far as the borders, and stalled out.

Then it became my UFO Goal for May 2017.  I got the top pin-basted into a quilt sandwich and began quilting.

I am so happy to be able to announce that my Hunter’s Star version is finished!

Woohoo!

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter’s Star Part One

Hunter’s Star Part 2

May OMG 2017 Update

For my Hunter’s Star project, I used the Inklingo Hunter’s Star 9 Inch collection from Linda Franz at her Inklingo website.

Around the World Blog Hop

For a few months now, I have been working a day job six days a week, and with long hours.  Everything and everyone in my life has been neglected to some degree or another, including this blog.  This is only a season; this too shall pass.

So when Marjorie, from  www.mydyeblog.wordpress.com , invited me to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop, my first reaction was to tell her no.  I really don’t have the time, but thank you for asking.

Upon reflection, I thought this is a good opportunity for me to resurrect my squashed creative self.  At the least, I could come up for fresh air!

As a participant, I am to answer a few questions, and invite three other bloggers to participate.

What am I working on?

Hah!  Didn’t I just say that I have neglected everything?  It seems my creative self will not die without a fight.  I have snuck in some sewing time, albeit very little.  But it is the snail (Or is it the turtle?) that wins the race. 

Remember this post?  I have almost completed 15 blocks of the design.  I say almost, because I piece them all at once.  There are just a couple of seams left, and all 15 will be done.  Then I will begin to work on the alternate blocks.  This red and white quilt will become a reality!

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

*For those who look close…it will be square; the pictured block is not pressed yet and my camera angle was off (I’m not the best photographer that ever lived.).

You can see lots of examples of virtual quilts that I have designed by clicking on the Quilt Blocks tab on my blog.  I have been randomly choosing quilt blocks and playing with ways to use them in quilt designs.

The finished quilts?  I do have some.  Maybe I should make a tab for those?  In the meantime, click on Categories in the left side bar and scroll down to quilts.

How does my work (I’d rather call it play) differ from other’s of its genre?

I really don’t know that it does.  I like both art quilts and traditional ones, so I make both.  I like applique, and I like piecing…so I do both.  I like sewing quick projects, and I like the long-term ones too.  I like commercial fabric, and I like to dye my own…so I use both.  I like to learn new techniques.  I don’t specialize in one particular genre.

Why do I write/create what I do?

I dunno.  I honestly haven’t given this much thought.  I do because I want to.  It is an expression; a way to bring joy into my life, and sometimes gives someone else a little joy too.

How does my writing/creative process work?

Many times with a lot of effort, and many times effortlessly.  Sometimes I need to get motivated, and sometimes I am so excited by a project that no motivation is needed.  When I need motivation, I can find it in a book, or from music, or attending a quilt show.  I can find it by cruising the internet, or taking a hike.  Inspiration comes from many places; be open!

I’ve looked back over a few previous  blog posts that I have written and found some helpful tips for getting organized and motivated.

On Monday, November 10, three bloggers will be participating in the Around the World Blog Hop. 

Cathi Godwin, my neighbor in Canada, from Quilt Obsession, is a very prolific hand quilter.  She creates her beautiful quilts with the help of Inklingo, an innovative printing process created by Linda Franz.  Cathi also gets help from Baxter and Jake; you will like them, and the fun cartoons, featured on her blog.

Linda Jo Reed is a speaker and published writer.  Linda Jo draws from her personal trials, tribulations and joys to spiritually encourage those around her.  Her book, Upheld in the Battle, is a wonderful testimony to how faith can bring us through some really tough times.  I think you will be uplifted by Linda Jo’s creative writing…I know I am!

Amy Johnson has inspired me (and many, many others) to quilt our own quilts with her free motion quilting adventures.  Amy freely shares lots of tips and creative quilting ideas (grab your hot cup of tea and get comfy…you’ll spend a lot of time here).  I am especially intrigued by her use of ruler work with domestic machines.

I thought you might like to check out the blogs of a couple of past participants:

Franki Kohler
Gurli Gregersen
Suzanne Kistler
Toni
 

I also thought it would be fun if I offered a free pattern.  No instructions, but for most quilters, it is easy to follow.

WSQ Raffle Block 2011

One of the ways I like to help the quilt guild that I am a member of, is to create a raffle quilt block every year.  I posted about this here.  I’ve chosen to share the block that I made in the year 2011.

You can find that pattern here, or under the Freebies tab.

The Case of the Secret Garden – Part 6

Clue #8 – mystery solved!

New York Wheel Inklingo Mystery Quilt

I like it!

I took the photo outside, in full sunlight, so the quilt looks a little bit washed out.

Thank you, Linda Franz, for making Inklingo, and the New York Wheel, fun!

For COTSG post 1, click here.
For COTSG post 2, click here.
For COTSG post 3, click here.
For COTSG post 4, click here.
For COTSG post 5, click here.