2016 Goals – April update / May goals

 

#1 – Get 6 quilts done in 2016

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

Quilt #2 – Scrapitude,2015 ==> YAY!  THIS WAS FINISHED 4/3/2016!!!

Scrapitude 4/3/2016

Scrapitude
4/3/2016

Quilt #3 – Moon Glow – everything is ready.  All I need to do is get some fabric and batting onto the frame to test the thread and Bailey.  I haven’t done it yet.  I plan to baste Raining Cats and Dogs first and then I’ll do this.  

==> I pulled some fabric and batting out and was planning on testing everything after I basted Raining Cats and Dogs.  But I was having problems with the machine and the frame and now I’m hesitant to use it.  I’m thinking about going to my local Bernina dealer and renting out their long arm.  My goal for May is to quilt Moon Glow.

Quilt #4 – Hampton Ridge – this is in queue. I still need to get the backing and label ready for this. But I will not get going on this until Moon Glow is being quilted.

Quilt #5 – Raining Cats and Dogs – Get Border #2 on and this top is finished!  ==> done!  I finished this top on 4/9/16

Raining Cats and Dogs Finished Top 4/10/2016

Raining Cats and Dogs
Finished Top
4/10/2016

==> I took this a step further and got this basted.  I started machine quilting it and once I’m done with that, I plan to hand quilt sections.

Quilt #6 – Celtic Solstice – I pulled out Celtic Solstice and was able to get all the Block As done.  Now I need to press them and figure out what the next step is. ==> I think I worked on this earlier in the month and then got bored and last week pulled out Missing Ivy to work on!  

==> I was able to get this organized and once Raining Cats and Dogs is out of the machine, I’ll be piecing Block B in between piecing for Missing Ivy.

Quilt #7  – Missing Ivy – I pulled this out this month and decided that I wanted to start working on this at the time time as Celtic Solstice.  I plan to focus on Missing Ivy and then work on Celtic Solstice in between.

==> I got through step 9 and the remaining steps is for the border.  I’ve had a number of suggestions that I could skip the border and finish it as is (assuming it’s big enough).  I want to do the border.  It wouldn’t look finish to me if I skip it.

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

For March, my goal is to continue to not add to my stash.  I’m in the black for once and I’m loving it.  With all the quilts coming up to be quilted, I’m hoping I’ll be able to stay in the black. ==>I bought more fabric this month but I’m still in the black.  The anniversary sale at my LQS last weekend was too tempting to resist.  

==> I’m still in the black for April so everything is all good.

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

Since QuiltCon I’ve been good.  I only spent $62 in the month of March.  Woohoo!  So as of 4/10/16, I’ve spent $2692.43.  My budget for the year is $3,000 so I only have $40 a month to spend the rest of the year.

==> Current crafty spending for 2016 as of 4/30/16 is $2765.52.

#4 – Knit weekly

My goal for April is to work a bit each week on the Rosie Hat.

==> I worked on this once so far.  I’m working on the decreasing so this is almost done. 🙂 

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

My goal for April is to finish the cross stitch part and to work on the embroidery.

Welcome Project 3/31/2016

Welcome Project
3/31/2016

Welcome Project Cross Stitch 4/28/2016

Welcome Project
Cross Stitch
4/28/2016

==> The cross stitch part is done and I’m working on the embroidery outlining the project. 

#6 – Scrapbook

I haven’t done anything for this.  It’s at the bottom of my priority list so… I find that everything else is taking up my crafty time.  I hope that as the months continue my work life is less consuming and I can spend a few extra hours on my crafty stuff. And then be able to spend some time on scrapbooking! 🙂

Here’s a link to my original 2016 Goals.

Here’s to a great year!

~Melanie

 

 

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