2016 Goals – January Recap/February Goals

#1 – Get 6 quilts done in 2016

I’m continuing to work on quilting Tell It To The Stars.  I’m working on the green sections and I’m really almost done with it.  The next step is the border and I’m debating if I should continue to work on the frame or move it off and onto my domestic machine.  I’m leaning towards that end as that will free the mid arm and I can bring it in to get serviced sooner rather than later.  Once the border is done, all I have to do is bind it.  The label is already part of the back so I’m almost done with project and I can have my first finish of the year!

For February, my goal is to get Tell It To the Stars DONE – bound and all!  And, get Bailey serviced.  If I can, I’d like to get Quilt #2 (Scrapitude 2015) on the frame and start the quilting on that.  This one is going to be a simple meander so it shouldn’t take too long and I hope to get it all done in March.

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

I made it through the month of January without adding to my stash! woohoo!  Better yet, I made it through a show – the biggest show in the west – without adding to my stash!  Double Woohoo!  It’s as I’ve thought before… as long as I’m quilting regularly, I don’t have the urge to buy fabric.

For February, my goal is to continue to not add to my stash and with Tell It To the Stars done, I would like to be in the black for once in my life. 🙂

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

While I’ve managed not to add fabric, I’ve managed to spend half my hobby budget for the year in January!  My annual budget is $3,000 and I’ve already spent $1504.22.  I’m not sure how I will make it through the rest of the year but I’m going to try and restrain myself.  I bought things I’ve been eyeing for years so I believe the rest of the year should be pretty minimal.  I’ll be attending QuiltCon in Pasadena this month so there will be a bit of spending there but I’m not planning on doing the kind of damage I did at Road.

#4 – Knit weekly

I have been doing a bit of knitting every week.  I’m starting the second part of the cable for the Rosie Hat.  I need to do about 10 rows and then I can start decreasing.  I ran out of yarn, which was really weird as I thought I had enough.  That’s okay.  I added another purple that is not the same purple but I’m just practicing on my skills.

My goal for February is to get the Rosie Hat done. Here’s an outdated pic of it so you can see what I’m talking about.

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#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

Again, I’m getting a bit done each week and I’m progressing nicely.  I think at the pace I’ve been going at I can get the bottom right corner complete and the letter “E” of welcome done. Here’s a pic of the project so you can see what I’m talking about. The picture is outdated as I’ve been working on it since my last post, I just haven’t taken a picture yet.

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#6 – Scrapbook

Here’s what I got done in January for Scrapbooking –

  1. I got all the supplies out of the garage
  2. I went through what I had and consolidated them from the many bags
  3. Organized them into my closet.  It stayed awhile on the floor and really irritated me to no end but now it’s nicely stored in my closet.
  4. Printed pictures from Dec. 2015 to start up with current pictures.
  5. I picked the album that I will use right now for current pictures.

For February, I want to get those pictures onto pages.  I also want to go into one of my project bags to see where I left off.  Ideally, I’d like to start where I left off so I can empty out the project bags and use them for my 2015/2016 album.

Here’s a link to my original 2016 Goals.

Here’s to a great year!

~Melanie

 

 

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One response »

  1. You definitely made some progress … especially on your spending budget. LOL How nice to even HAVE a spending budget, though. I’m trying to stay out of shops, away from shows, everything, so I don’t spend. Oh, yes, and off the internet, too! You definitely are moving along on the quilts.

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