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

 

 

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2 responses »

  1. Your quilts are beautiful. It’s hard picking a favorite, but I think I liked Hampton Ridge the most. It’s fun to quilt…for me, it’s almost therapeutic. When I think I have too much fabric to fit in my shelves, I give some away to friends that are just starting to quilt. They get so excited and my sewing room looks a lot better, so it’s a win/win situation 🙂

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