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RSC18 Update

In yesterday’s blog post, I shared that I was participating in the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler project.

Today, I am sharing that my three January blocks are now sewn.

RSC18 January

I am linking up with So Scrappy.  Click on over there and enjoy seeing what the other RSC participants are stitching!


RSC18 and ORL

When I saw the Squared Away Sampler project for  RSC18 at So Scrappy, I knew that I wanted to participate.

The rainbow scrap color for January is light to medium blue.  I am using my 1-1/2″ fabric strips to create my sampler block.  I am making three 5″ blocks.

Here they are, laid out and ready to sew:

RSC18 January

What’s that under the sampler blocks?

Oh yeah…it is Bonnie Hunter’s ORL (On Ringo Lake) mystery.  I have been working on it slow and steady.

On Ringo Lake

Clues 1 to 6 are finished.  I am loving this project!

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!

Bonnie Hunter On Ringo Lake Mystery

Just for the fun of it…just for the distraction from the hustle and bustle of the season, I am following Bonnie Hunter’s On Ringo Lake mystery.

I am not keeping up, but I am keeping my pace, and it is good.

Clues 1 and 2 are finished.

On Ringo Lake

Clue 3 is in progress.

On Ringo Lake

Bonnie is very generous, much appreciated, and well loved by so many in the quilt world!

Check out the link up at Quiltville.  It is so much fun to be sewing with so many quilters and to be inspired by all the progress and color variations!

Tree Skirt 2017

When I asked my Hubby to help me draw a wedge template to make a Christmas tree skirt, he said, “So…you are in a Christmas spirit this year?”

Hmmm…guilty as charged.  The Christmas tree hasn’t been put up and decorated with all the shiny baubles in the last few years.

But the grandbabies are coming on Christmas day this year!


I need the Christmas magic around my house this year.  The tree, the baubles, the trimmings, the lights…it is coming out to transform my home into a place of holiday cheer.

I need a tree skirt.  A glittery tree skirt.

Tree Skirt 2017

There are metallic fabrics that have been living in my stash for many a year.

Tree Skirt 2017

Tree Skirt 2017

These fabrics are creating a wonderful skirt to dress up the Christmas tree!

Tree Skirt 2017

Shiny red and green rayon thread is machine quilted on some of the wedges of the skirt.

Tree Skirt 2017

And gold metallic thread on the other wedges.

I had some trouble with that metallic thread, but encouragement from a few friends, and perseverance pays off!

Tree Skirt 2017

I rarely make bias binding, so I referenced one of my favorite patchwork books to refresh my memory on the best way to make it.

Tree Skirt 2017

This neutral fabric with metallic dots wasn’t my first choice for binding, but it was the only fabric in my stash that I had enough of.

Tree Skirt 2017

The binding turned out to be a nice accent.

Tree Skirt 2017

Tree Skirt 2017

Tree Skirt 2017

The free motion quilting gave the skirt great texture!

Tree Skirt 2017

Tree Skirt 2017

There will be cookies this year, too!

A Quick Project

Remember the quick and easy project that I began when the power was out (click here)?

I found a free pattern online called Sugar Town.

Alyssa's Quilt

I am not a sweet pink, baby blue girlie type of gal, but I have a little girl in mind who I think will love this quilt.

I have had fun taking time out to sew this up.

I changed the original pattern just a bit.  I added setting triangles and corners to my version.

Alyssa's Quilt

The quilt top is as big as the garage door.  Ha, ha!