Vision Board

I have a vision of how I would like to live my life and every so often that vision changes.  As I get older, my understanding of life changes, I learn new things and my wants and desires change.  That’s what I’m working on right now.  A vision of how I want to live my life in the future.  It’s not entirely different from what I envisioned when I was in college but a lot has changed.

I would love to quilt, sew, do crafty stuff all day long.  I love weekends when the family and I stay home and that’s all I do.  This was not something I envisioned twenty years ago.  But crafting brings me so much joy that this is a requirement in any vision I dream up.

It’s very windy in Los Angeles this morning.  I smell smoke and fire.  I googled it and didn’t see that there was a fire nearby so hopefully it’s just someone’s fireplace emitting smoke out into the ozone.

Bonnie Hunters Clue #2 was released this morning.  I didn’t get all my 4-patches done but I’ve only got about 40 left to put together.  I’m going to try to get those done while I do Clue #2.  Just need to get some work done and then I can start on this clue.

Have a great Friday!

Melanie

2016 December Goals

It’s the last month of the year and the final month to accomplish all the goals for 2016!  It’s also a time of reflection and a time to start thinking about next year.

My OMG goal for November was to finish Missing Ivy! But I didn’t do it.  So now it is my OMG goal for December.

Missing Ivy Finished top! 10/10/16

Missing Ivy
Finished top!
10/10/16

The top is finished and the back is ready.  I need to press everything, trim the batting and get on the long arm at my local Bernina dealer.

#1 – Get 6 quilts done in 2016

Quilt #1  – Tell It To The Stars – finished 2/20/2016

Quilt #2 – Scrapitude,2015 ==> finished 4/3/2016

Quilt #3 – Moon Glow – finished 7/30/2016

Quilt #4 – Hampton Ridge – finished 9/29/2016!

Quilt #5 – Raining Cats and Dogs – top was finished on 4/9/2016.  I need to continue hand quilting this baby.  Even if I do a bit at a time.  I don’t know if that will happen this month with everything else that is going on.  If I do, great.  If I don’t, oh well – it will be there for 2017.

Quilt #6 – Missing Ivy – Press the top, press the back, trim the batting and quilt it.  Then I got to bind it.

Quilt #7 – Have Yourself a Quilty Little Christmas! – I have the final kit for this project and I need to get the border on.  Then I want this to be one of the finishes for 2016 so I’ll need to quilt and bind it by year end.  It’s a small quilt so I’m planning on just doing it on my domestic.

Quilt #8 – Celtic Solstice – My plan for the rest of the year is to get the top done and then have this ready for quilting in January 2017.  I didn’t finish getting the inner top done but I’m very close.  I would like to get the top done (including borders) for December.

Quilt #9 – LQS 2012 BOM “Provence” – I’m not going to have a goal other than to work on this as I work on Bonnie Hunter’s En Provence.

Quilt #10 – 2012 SoCal Quilter’s Run Mystery Quilt – Area One – This is on hold until January.

Quilt #11 – Scrapitude 2016 – I will continue to work on clue #1 as my leader/ender.

#2 – Continue to count my stash, with a true effort to not add fabric on a whim.  

As of 11/30/2016, I’m at net Added 37.972 yards for the year.

#3 – Create a hobby budget and stick to it!  

My budget for the year was $3,000 and I surpassed it.  I’ve adjusted this goal to simply continue tracking how much I spend on my hobbies.

==> Current crafty spending for 2016 as of 11/30/2016 is $4,571.73

#4 – Knit weekly

Finish my pink/blue socks.

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

Continue my progress on this.

Mama's Bukid 11/26/2016

Mama’s Bukid
11/26/2016

Continue working on the new project…

A Rose Fairy 11/2/2016

A Rose Fairy
11/2/2016

#6 – Scrapbook

Now that we have a date for the crafty girls’ weekend retreat.  I need to book a place.  I will probably not do this until January since we scheduled our retreat for the weekend after Easter 2017 and that’s in April.  I’m thinking of renting a small house in San Louis Obispo or some coastal CA town.

Here’s a link to my original 2016 Goals.

Here’s to a great year!

~Melanie

Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Finally some work done on this project! Here’s what it looked like on my last update:

Mama's Bukid 11/26/2016

Mama’s Bukid
11/26/2016

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama's Bukid 12/1/2016

Mama’s Bukid
12/1/2016

It’s harder to tell but the trees are filled in more.  I’m hoping to get this row (7?) done in the next few weeks.

A Rose Fairy

And I didn’t get any progress on this one done.  I only had enough cross stitch in me to do the work I did on Mama’s Bukid.  That’s okay.  When I’m tired of the greens and browns of Mama’s Bukid, A Rose Fairy is my break between those browns.  So, I’ll just keep this until that happens.

A Rose Fairy 11/2/2016

A Rose Fairy
11/2/2016

Melanie

My Goal for 2016 for cross stitching is to get the “welcome” project done and get started on my farm piece.

2016 Goals – November Update

 

Time is flying by way too fast!🙂

My OMG goal for November was to finish Missing Ivy! But I didn’t do it.

Missing Ivy Finished top! 10/10/16

Missing Ivy
Finished top!
10/10/16

The top is finished and the back is ready.  I need to press everything, trim the batting and get on the long arm at my local Bernina dealer.  But I haven’t done it yet.  I really want to get this done soon.  So I’ll be able to accomplish my #1 goal for 2016.

#1 – Get 6 quilts done in 2016

Quilt #1  – Tell It To The Stars – finished 2/20/2016

Quilt #2 – Scrapitude,2015 ==> finished 4/3/2016

Quilt #3 – Moon Glow – finished 7/30/2016

Quilt #4 – Hampton Ridge – finished 9/29/2016!

Quilt #5 – Raining Cats and Dogs – top was finished on 4/9/2016.  Keep going on the hand quilting.  I’m working on quilting the backgrounds with the cream thread.  My goal is to get the second row done.

== Not done.  I haven’t touched this in a long time.  Not sure why other than I haven’t been interested in doing hand quilting.

Quilt #6 – Missing Ivy – Press the top, press the back, trim the batting and quilt it.  Then I got to bind it.

== Not done.  I need to schedule time on the long arm and get going on this.

Quilt #7 – Have Yourself a Quilty Little Christmas! – The scrappy border kit will be released while we are in Colorado so as soon as I get back I will be heading to the LQS to pick it up and start working on it.  My goal is to get this top done this month since I want to get this quilted in December.

== I did pick up the kit but haven’t gotten started on this.  I’m hoping to get going on this this week.

Quilt #8 – Celtic Solstice – My plan for the rest of the year is to get the top done and then have this ready for quilting in January 2017.  For November I want to get the inner top done so I can work on the borders in December.   That seems like a lot but I’m dreaming big.

== I did not get the inner top done but I’m very close.  I plan to get the inner top done for December and get started on working on the border.  I hope I could get all the borders on so I can quilt this in January but I haven’t looked to see how much border I need to do.

Quilt #9 – LQS 2012 BOM “Provence” – My goal is to get the the alternative blocks done and maybe have the alternative blocks paired up with the main blocks.

== I did get the alternative blocks done and I started pairing them with the main blocks.  But I’ve got about more to pair them together.

Quilt #10 – 2012 SoCal Quilter’s Run Mystery Quilt – Area One – Work on the blocks I have fabric for on the 2 available Fridays before Bonnie Hunter releases the first clue of En Provence!

== I’ve got 2 of the clues finished for this and I’ll be holding off on this until January.

Quilt #11 – Scrapitude 2016 – I pulled this out and started working on clue #1 as my leader/ender.

== Yes… I am working on this project as my leader/ender.

#2 – Continue to count my stash, with a true effort to not add fabric on a whim.  

As of 10/31/2016, I’m at net ADDED 36.972 yards for the year.

As of 11/30/2016, I’m at net Added 37.972 yards for the year.  I’ve only added 1 yard for the month!  Can you believe that?  I’m amazed and I know it’s entirely because I’ve been counting the fabric I bring in and the fabric I use up.

#3 – Create a hobby budget and stick to it!  

My budget for the year was $3,000 and I surpassed it.  I’ve adjusted this goal to simply continue tracking how much I spend on my hobbies.

==> Current crafty spending for 2016 as of 10/31/2016 is $4,499.85.

==> Current crafty spending for 2016 as of 11/30/2016 is $4,571.73

#4 – Knit weekly

I’ve started several projects and haven’t taken pictures or listed any of them.  In addition to knitting each project a bit at a time, my goal this month is to show them all to you every Saturday.  I started a new set of socks, a beannie, and a shawl.  The socks are my TV knitting or just daily knitting, the beanie is my Clipper basketball game knitting, and the shawl is my car knitting.

==> I finished the Clipper beanie.  In addition to the socks mentioned above, I started 2 other pairs of socks.  The first one is pink/blue and the first sock is practically done.  The toe part needs to be grafted and then I can continue on to the second sock.  I also took pictures of things and posted about them here.  It’s a little dated now but gives you an idea of what things look like until I have a chance to post another update.

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

Continue progressing. ==> Not much progress here as this was a busy month and I got caught with the knitting bug that took up a lot of my cross stitch time.

Mama's Bukid 10/20/2016

Mama’s Bukid
10/20/2016

Mama's Bukid 11/26/2016

Mama’s Bukid
11/26/2016

Continue working on the new project…

A Rose Fairy 10/20/2016

A Rose Fairy
10/20/2016

A Rose Fairy 11/2/2016

A Rose Fairy
11/2/2016

#6 – Scrapbook

Now that we have a date for the crafty girls’ weekend retreat.  I need to book a place.  I will probably not do this until January since we scheduled our retreat for the weekend after Easter 2017 and that’s in April.  I’m thinking of renting a small house in San Louis Obispo or some coastal CA town.

Here’s a link to my original 2016 Goals.

Here’s to a great year!

~Melanie

 

 

Area One

So I’ve been calling my new project pulled from the 2012 SoCal Quilters’ Run, Area One.  I like it and it’s so much easier than saying 2012 SoCal Quilters Run Mystery Quilt from Area One.  That’s so long!  Anyway, I was working on a second kit – pulled in no real order other than it was the first one I grabbed from the plastic bin that holds all things Area One. The blocks took FOREVER!  It’s because I had to make 8 blocks and there were a lot of piecing in each block.  There was a lot of cutting too, and pressing.  But they’re done now and here they are!

Area One Block 2 11/28/2016

Area One
Block 2
11/29/2016

I haven’t pressed it yet.  I’ll do that another time.  In the meantime, here are all the blocks done so far all laid out.

Area One Blocks 2 and 8 all laid out 11/28/2016

Area One
Blocks 2 and 8 all laid out
11/29/2016

It’s a mystery quilt so I just laid it out willy nilly.  It was in 2012 so I do have the reveal.  And I know what it looks like when it will be all done but what’s the fun in that?  The picture I have is in black and white and does not do the real colorful versions anyway.  So, here they are for now and we can enjoy the mystery while I work on each clue.🙂

Have a crafty day!

~Melanie

En Provence, Clue #1

 

Quiltville's Quips & Snips

 

Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt En Provence 1 of many 11/27/2016

Bonnie Hunter’s
mystery quilt
En Provence
1 of many
11/27/2016

I actually am halfway through the number we need to do for the first clue and I’m hoping to get the rest of them completed before the next clue is released on Friday.  I’m enjoying the neutral on neutral and the bits of color that come through.  I’ve also got a good groove for this first clue.  In the past, I’d try to go through each step in full before moving to the next step.  Meaning, I would cut all the 2″ strips I’d need for all the 4 patches.  Then I’d piece all the strips together, press, then cut all the 2″ strips, piece, and press.  I would get bored and tired.  This time I did things differently.  As I posted yesterday, I went through my smaller scrap bin and pulled the colors I needed.  I used those neutrals first and pressed and cut 2″ strips of anything that would fit 2″.  Then I pieced them together.  Then I went through my larger scrap bin and pulled those neutrals.  I pressed them, cut 2″ strips of the set I pieced together previously, and cut 2″ strips of the smaller scraps (generally under a 12″) that I pulled from the larger scrap bin.  And then pieced all the things I could piece together.  So I had some 4 patches, some pairs of 2″ strips pieced together, and my leaders and enders for scrapitude and a block I pieced together for Provence.  I tend to do a bit at a time so I don’t get bored and I work on multiple projects at the same time.  Then when I’ve pieced everything I could piece, I snip and take everything to my pressing table aka the ironing board.   I think for the first run through I only had 7 – 4 patches.  But then I went through the larger scraps and fat quarters, and ended up with half of what I needed.  Now I need to press some of my quarter yards of neutrals and start working on those.

I know it sounds confusing because words are hard but know that I’m no longer trying to do each step at a time.  I simply do as much as I’m mentally capable of doing (before getting bored or tired) then move to the next step of the process.

I hope to get these completed by Friday for our next clue.

Linky on Bonnie’s page.

Happy quilting!

~Melanie

Maker Monday!

Celtic Solstice The sides and bottoms are all done and here it is with all the blocks laid down. 11/28/2016

Celtic Solstice
The sides and bottoms are all done and here it is with all the blocks laid down.
11/28/2016

As I get going on this year’s Bonnie Hunter mystery, I’m also finishing up the top from her 2013 mystery quilt.  This still has a few ways to go since I’ve still got the borders to do.  But I’m going to try to make this my first finish of 2017.  Of course, that means I have to do what I plan to do in December. ;0

Last week’s to do list:

  • Celtic Solstice – attach the right sides (5) and the bottoms (4) and the odd one in the corner (1)
    • done!  woohoo… I can feel the finish coming…🙂
  • Scrapitude 2016 – Okay so I’ve been very good at getting the first step done as my leaders/enders for Celtic Solstice but since I’ve been back I’m slowly running out of one of the needed pieces for the first step.  I’m not sure if I put away the baggie with these pieces (and I’ll need to look around for them) or if I just didn’t cut enough originally (totally possible) or if Charlotte didn’t tell us to cut enough (I don’t think so because she did make updates throughout the progress and I don’t remember seeing her say anything about this particular piece.  So I need to do some research on this one.
    • Okay so I found the little baggy with the missing pieces.  They fell off the side of my sewing table!  I continued to piece these on as my leaders/enders while I worked on other things.
  • Provence – I need to figure out what the next step is.
    • done!  I laid out my blocks and was wondering how I was to cut my side and corner triangles.  I didn’t see the instructions.  I found them with the cutting instructions (so obvious, right?)!  Anyway I posted about my progress and issues here and now I need to piece the rows together and buy another yard of fabric for the side triangles.
  • Area One 2012 Mystery Quilt – do one of the kits
    • done!  I’ll post an update with pics tomorrow.
  • En Provence –  Bonnie’s 2016 Mystery – Retrieve the first clue on Friday and hopefully have time to get started on it!
    • done!  Well, I haven’t finished the clue but I retrieved it and I got started on it!🙂

So this week, here’s my target:

  • Celtic Solstice – attach pairs of the 4-blocks together. There will be 12 of them.
  • Scrapitude 2016 – continue working on these as my leaders/enders between other projects.
  • Provence – piece pairs together.
  • Area One 2012 Mystery Quilt – now that Bonnie’s mystery started for the season, I’m putting this project on the back burner.  I probably will not get started on this again until after Bonnie’s reveal in January.
  • En Provence –  Bonnie’s 2016 Mystery – work on the first clue and play!
  • Have yourself a quilty little Christmas! – work on the borders.  I picked up the kit when I came back from Colorado but haven’t gotten around to actually doing anything with it.
  • Missing Ivy – I still need to do this but I have to call and schedule time on the long arm.  So that’s the next step.

I’m looking forward to a great week!

Check out more at  Patchwork Timesand Cooking Up Quilts and  Monday Making and  Ems-scrapbag

Have a great week!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 48, 2016

Per this post, I bought a yard of fabric for the side and corner triangles of Provence.  :(  But it’s needed yardage to finish up a quilt and not just stash accumulation.  I like to track my yardage because it keeps me mindful of buying fabric.  I have 6 large plastic bins filled with fabric and 1 large bin for larger scraps and such.  That’s all the space I have for fabric and they are completely filled.  So, I’ve had to be careful with what I bring into my house.  Bonnie Hunter’s annual mystery quilt helps reduce my scrap bins each year.  The first thing I did to prepare is run through my smaller scrap bin for all the colors I need.  Then I go through the large bin.  As I work through the first clue, I haven’t run out of those fabrics yet but when I do, I’ll be hitting the larger bins with full yards of fabric.

Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt En Provence 1 of many 11/27/2016

Bonnie Hunter’s
mystery quilt
En Provence
1 of many
11/27/2016

 

For the fabric stash:  

  • Used this week: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 65.5  yards
  • Added this week: 1 yards
  • Added year to Date: 103.472 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2016: 37.972 yards

For the Budget: 

I bought the fabric mentioned above and paid for this month’s kit for Have Yourself a Quilty Little Christmas! And I bought new knitting needles.  I had to try the Ciaogoo 9″circular needles for the socks I’m making I bought #1’s and #2’s.  And as soon as I got them I started using them.  The #1s are being used in my pinky/purple socks and I casted on a new pair of purple socks for the #2s.  Can you tell I love purple? So far I’m loving them.

Spent this week: $65.00 (I just rounded because I didn’t have the receipt in front of me and I didn’t want to look for it.)

Spent year to date: $4,571.73

For the yarn stash:

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to date: 625 yards

Added this week: 0 yards

Added year to date: 1248 yards

Net Added for 2016: 623 yards

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts, I plan to continue my work on A Rainbow Garden!

A Rainbow Garden Block 6 ...in progress... 10/16/16

A Rainbow Garden
Block 6
…in progress…
10/16/16

Now:

A Rainbow Garden Block 6 ...in progress... 11/20/16

A Rainbow Garden
Block 6
…in progress…
11/20/16

And a close up of the flower…

A Rainbow Garden Block 6 ...in progress... 11/20/16

A Rainbow Garden
Block 6
…in progress…
11/20/16

 

see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

Cross Stitch, it’s been awhile…

 

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve touched my cross stitch projects. I worked a bit on Mama’s Bukid but didn’t touch the Rose Fairy at all.  I’ll get back to it when I am able to.

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like many weeks ago…

Mama's Bukid 11/2/2016

Mama’s Bukid
11/2/2016

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama's Bukid 11/26/2016

Mama’s Bukid
11/26/2016

A Rose Fairy

A Rose Fairy 11/2/2016

A Rose Fairy
11/2/2016

Melanie

My Goal for 2016 for cross stitching is to get the “welcome” project done and get started on my farm piece.

Scrapitude 2016, Leaders/Enders Update

I hope y’all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  The kiddos and I ended up getting a cold and I didn’t have the energy to drive up north.  So we stayed home.  Wednesday I forced myself to run to Costco and grab some quick dishes to put together.  So we were able to have a nice late lunch together for Thanksgiving.  I spent the rest of the day laying around and doing some craftiness.

Scrapitude 2016 is my current leaders/enders project.  Here’s where I am at right now.

I’m working on Clue #1, step #1.  For this step, I’ve finished piecing all of the triangles to one side of the square.

Scrapitude 2016 Clue #1, step 1 All of 1 side is completed

Scrapitude 2016
Clue #1, step 1
All of 1 side is completed

And I’ve finished 23 of the complete triangle/square piece.  (Is there a name for a piece like this? just like the flying geese is called flying geese…)

Scrapitude 2016 Clue #1, step 1 23 completed

Scrapitude 2016
Clue #1, step 1
23 completed

I’m happy of my progression since it’s a leaders/enders project it takes a little longer to finish each step.

Happy Quilting!  I’ll be checking out Bonnie Hunter’s first clue for this year’s mystery quilt!🙂

~Melanie