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2015 Goals – Update on December’s Gotta Wanna Do’s

Here’s my action items for this month.

1. Continue to count fabric in and out of my stash –  done!  

2. Concentrate on one thing at a time. –

Tell It To The Stars – Quilt this. – I need to buckle down if I want to get this done in time to gift.  If I don’t get it done, that’s okay.  The recipient doesn’t know it is coming and I can always give it next year. I’m done quilting the background but I need to quilt other parts and then the borders.  

Scrapitude – Quilt this.  – Once Tell It To The Stars is off the frame, the plan was to get this on to quilt.  However, I’m going to get the mid arm serviced first and I’ll clean the frame to see if that helps the quilting process.  I’m going to quilt this with a simple meander all over the quilt.  

Moon Glow – Piece the back for this – I’ve got the back for this but I still need to put it together right.  It’s going to be one fabric so it will be easy but it still needs to get done.  Since Scrapitude will be delayed in getting on the frame, I’m in no rush to get this finished just yet.   

  • Raining Cats and Dogs –
    • For December, my goal was to finish getting all the leaves down.  – I completed that goal and I’m now working on getting the cats on.  Once that is done, I’ve got to check out the whole project and see where I’m at.  I’m pretty sure this is my last block and I can start working on piecing the blocks together.   
  • Hampton Ridge –
    • Borders – I need to finish Border #2, Border #3 and Border #4.  My goal for December is to get #2 and #3 done and started on the HSTs for Border #4.  —- during this project’s rotation this month, I was only able to finish the last side of Border #2.  I didn’t have a chance to miter it and so I’m not going to get the rest of this done this month.  
  • Celtic Solstice –
    • Step 6 – Continue working on Celtic Solstice – I got more of the first two rows complete.  
  • Razzle
    • Re-Cut the Cornerstones and get those pieced onto the sashings.  I think that once those are done, it will be a quick finish to get the top done and I can add this to my to be quilted pile! 😐 — This is the project this week and I’m probably going to concentrate on Step 3 and 4 of Allietare! instead.  
  • Missing Ivy
    • Step 8  – I’m not sure I’ll be able to get to this this month.  I’ve got other things I want to work on during the later half of this month.  

3. View and complete Craftsy Classes. – forget about it!  I think if I get a chance to watch any classes, I’ll be happy.  

4. Complete a project I have a kit for – Same thing – forget about it! – I actually have a bit of progress on my rosie hat.  It’s the only thing I’m able to work on while the hubby and I watch the basketball games.  

5. Scrap system?  – Go through bins and separate Bin #3, Bin #4 and full yardage. – continue to use the system I started in September and see if it continues to work for me. I’ve separated Bin #3 into darks and lights.  It started for Scrapitude.  It’s great for scrappy projects.  In addition, I’ve used a lot of my scraps for Scrapitude.  So Bin #3 is very small right now.  I currently have Grand Illusions in a bin but that’s fast becoming part of bin#3.  I’m starting to pull fabric from there when I need something for Scrapitude.  While I like the idea of having a dark and light bin #3 – I don’t like having too many bins.  It’s a bit confusing as to which bin is what.  Nothing is labeled as I’m constantly reshuffling bins as I go through them to find the fabrics I need.  But I think once I get all my fabric cut for Scrapitude, I’ll put everything for bin #3 into 1 bin regardless of dark and light and Grand Illusions.  I’m frogging it for real.  I’m not even going to try to make mug rugs or place mats or anything.  I just really dislike the color combination.  It’s too bright and jarring for me. — I’m still at the same place as the beginning of the month.  Once Allietare is revealed and I cut the background for Scrapitude 2016, I’ll clean this up more by combining all the #3 bins into 1 bin.  Right now I’ve got 3 different ones.  They are not full and can probably be combined to 1 bin. 

Here’s to a great finish to a great year!

I’m almost done finalizing my goals for 2016.   I’ll post those once they are final closer to the end of the year.

Happy Quilting!

~Melanie

2015 Goals – December’s Gotta Wanna Do’s

Oh my goodness, it’s December already! I’ve really enjoyed my monthly action list this year.  I was pretty clear about what my goals were for 2015 and when I’ve had to let some goals go I gave my self permission to do so and not be hard on myself.  It’s a testament to my own personal growth.

Here’s my action items for this month.

1. Continue to count fabric in and out of my stash –  Since I’ve started counting fabric in 2013, the amount I’ve stashed each year has gone down significantly.  I’m still not on the positive side (using more that I’m stashing) but I’m more conscious of my buying habits.  I also know that the more I’m crafting, the less I buy.  When I’m not able to spend time in my sewing room, that means I’m going to buy fabric.  I’d rather play than buy.  But if I can’t help myself and buy fabric, I’m more aware now of what I’ve got (in terms of values and colorways, not exact fabrics and designs) and what I can buy to enhance my stash. 

2. Concentrate on one thing at a time. –

Tell It To The Stars – Quilt this. – I’m mostly through quilting the background portion of this.  I probably have 2 passes left to do.  I need to get this finished this month because I actually want to gift it. 

Scrapitude – Quilt this.  – Once Tell It To The Stars is off the frame, I’ll be putting this one on.  I think this will be easier to quilt because I’m just going to be doing a simply all over meander.  Depending on when Tell It To The Stars is finished will determine whether I can get this quilted this month or not. 

Moon Glow – Piece the back for this – I’ve got the back for this but I still need to put it together right.  It’s going to be one fabric so it will be easy but it still needs to get done.  Again, I’m not going to do this until Scrapitude is up on the frame.  Once it is up on the frame, that means that I will need it ready to jump on once Scrapitude is finished.  These three projects were supposed to get done in 2015 but it isn’t looking like it will be.  Good news is that I’ll be in the black the first part of 2016. 

  • Raining Cats and Dogs –
    • Finish the applique on the final block – continue to work on this bit by bit as I have been.  My goal for December is to get all the leaves down.  I think all I need left is 2 leaves and 3 cats and then the embroidery.  That will finish this block and this is the last block.  The next step is to put all the blocks together an finish the top.  I believe there are borders but I can’t remember anymore. 🙂  I’m just looking as far as the next 2-3 steps needs to be and right now, its the leave and the cats. 🙂 
  • Hampton Ridge –
    • Borders – I need to finish Border #2, Border #3 and Border #4.  My goal for December is to get #2 and #3 done and started on the HSTs for Border #4. 
  • Celtic Solstice –
    • Step 6 – Continue working on Celtic Solstice
  • Razzle
    • Re-Cut the Cornerstones and get those pieced onto the sashings.  I think that once those are done, it will be a quick finish to get the top done and I can add this to my to be quilted pile! 😐
  • Missing Ivy
    • Step 8

3. View and complete Craftsy Classes. – forget about it!  I’ve actually started watching Craftsy Classes again.  For awhile there I wasn’t because I was working on one of the knitting projects.  But then I started watching one of the long arm quilting class and then the crazy quilt class.  And now I’m just watching classes to watch.  It’s very interesting.  There are some I may not do the project for but I enjoy the little tidbits I get especially if I’m working on a similar project for myself. 

4. Complete a project I have a kit for – Same thing – forget about it! – I have a bunch of quilt kits but I will not be starting those until some of my UFOs are completed.  I went through and frogged some of the smaller projects or kits that I had that I wasn’t enjoying anymore.  I still have some pillow cases thrown together somewhere but I’m not sure where they are at the moment.  I think they’re in a bin or in a bag stashed in my closet.  I’m trying to clear out my bins but every time I start a new thing (Allietare and Scrapitude 2016) I just add more. 

5. Scrap system?  – Go through bins and separate Bin #3, Bin #4 and full yardage. – continue to use the system I started in September and see if it continues to work for me. I’ve separated Bin #3 into darks and lights.  It started for Scrapitude.  It’s great for scrappy projects.  In addition, I’ve used a lot of my scraps for Scrapitude.  So Bin #3 is very small right now.  I currently have Grand Illusions in a bin but that’s fast becoming part of bin#3.  I’m starting to pull fabric from there when I need something for Scrapitude.  While I like the idea of having a dark and light bin #3 – I don’t like having too many bins.  It’s a bit confusing as to which bin is what.  Nothing is labeled as I’m constantly reshuffling bins as I go through them to find the fabrics I need.  But I think once I get all my fabric cut for Scrapitude, I’ll put everything for bin #3 into 1 bin regardless of dark and light and Grand Illusions.  I’m frogging it for real.  I’m not even going to try to make mug rugs or place mats or anything.  I just really dislike the color combination.  It’s too bright and jarring for me. 

Here’s to a great finish to a great year!

I’m almost done finalizing my goals for 2016.   I’ll post those once they are final closer to the end of the year.

Happy Quilting!

~Melanie

2015 Goals – Update on November’s Gotta Wanna Do’s

1. Continue to count fabric in and out of my stash – done… I’m currently at +50 yards for the year.  

2. Concentrate on one thing at a time.

Tell It To The Stars – Quilt this.   – This is on the frame!  Woohoo!

Scrapitude – Quilt this.  I may quilt this first as I’ve decided that a nice overall pattern would be best for this one.  I’m not sure how to do Tell It To The Stars yet so I may quilt this one first. Although, Tell It To The Stars is being gifted for Christmas so that one really needs to be done.  – I was thinking of doing this before Tell It To The Stars but decided I need to get Tell It To The Stars done for Christmas. 🙂 

Moon Glow – Get the back ready for this. 

  • Raining Cats and Dogs –
    • Finish the applique on the final block – continue to work on this bit by bit as I have been.     – I finished the stem and I’m working on #2 piece of the top of block 7.  
  • Hampton Ridge –
    • Borders – I have border #1 done and 3 of the 4 sides for border #2.  I have more of the border fabric so that I can finish the 4th side when I get back to it. 
  • Celtic Solstice –
    • Step 6 – For Block A of Step 6 I have the 3 rows all pieced and I just need to finish the blocks. 
  • Razzle
    • Finish the strips – I am working on this this week.  I’m making it smaller than it originally intended.  
  • Missing Ivy
    • Step 7 – No progress yet.  This project will be worked on next week so I’ll have more to say at the end of the month. 

3. View and complete Craftsy Classes. – forget about it!

4. Complete a project I have a kit for – Same thing – forget about it!

5. Scrap system?  – Go through bins and separate Bin #3, Bin #4 and full yardage. – continue to use the system I started in September and see if it continues to work for me. 

Here’s to a great year!

Happy Quilting!

~Melanie

2015 Goals – November’s Gotta Wanna Do’s

Can you believe it’s November already?  How have you been doing on your 2015 goals?  I know there were some things I had to disregard as time went on and my mojo led me in different directions.  We can’t beat ourselves up when life changes and our motivation changes.  We just need to do what we can, and move on.  Maybe I’ll decide to work on Craftsy Classes next year or do projects from books in a couple of years.  Or maybe, I’ll just use the books as eye candy as I have been and enjoy them during the periods in my life when I can’t play with fabric.  I’m okay if that’s how it ends up.

Now that we’re gearing up to the end of the year, I’m starting to think about what my goals will be next year.  For now, I’ve only talked about my quilty and craft goals in this blog.  I’m thinking that it has worked so well with that part of my life, I may start to write about other goals.  I hope to see improvement in those areas and writing about it here encourages me to be accountable and do what I say I want to do. 🙂  I’ve been reading other blogs that do this and it has inspired me to expand what I blog about.  I’m starting to draft my goals this month and in December, I’ll work more in refining them so that they will be ready for the new year.  December is always very busy for me so I like to start early and take a bit at a time to clean things up so that in January I will know what direction I want to go in.  🙂

1. Continue to count fabric in and out of my stash – For 2015 so far, I’ve stashed 46.58 yards.  This is 1/3rd of  what I use to stash when I started counting in 2013, which was a whopping 158 yards and I only started counting in May of 2013 so that wasn’t even for the whole year.  Just the act of counting what comes in and what goes out, helps keep me from buying just because. 

2. Concentrate on one thing at a time. –

Tell It To The Stars – Quilt this.

Scrapitude – Quilt this.  I may quilt this first as I’ve decided that a nice overall pattern would be best for this one.  I’m not sure how to do Tell It To The Stars yet so I may quilt this one first. Although, Tell It To The Stars is being gifted for Christmas so that one really needs to be done.

Moon Glow – Get the back on for this

  • Raining Cats and Dogs –
    • Finish the applique on the final block – continue to work on this bit by bit as I have been.    

3. View and complete Craftsy Classes. – forget about it!

4. Complete a project I have a kit for – Same thing – forget about it!

5. Scrap system?  – Go through bins and separate Bin #3, Bin #4 and full yardage. – continue to use the system I started in September and see if it continues to work for me. 

Here’s to a great year!

Happy Quilting!

~Melanie

2015 Goals – October’s Update

Happy Halloween!

Potter Family 10/31/2015

Potter Family
10/31/2015

1. Continue to count fabric in and out of my stash – It’s my birthday month and normally I allow myself some fabric purchases.  I do not need more fabric so I think I’ll splurge on a massage. 🙂  Update: I added 1 yard for the month and splurged on a massage.  Well, in actuality, the hubby took my dad to a Thai massage and he came home with a gift certificate for me.  🙂 

2. Concentrate on one thing at a time. –

I have a few quilts to be quilted so I brought Bailey in from the garage and got the frame all set up.  I had problems!  The thread kept breaking and I was getting weird nests underneath the bottom of the quilt.  Then the bobbing kept popping out and the needle kept jamming.  I finally checked out youtube and found Chuck’s informative videos on this.  I took the machine apart, cleaned and oiled it and the machine is now working fine.  I need to practice as it has been awhile since I last used it.  Once I feel comfortable, I’ve got to quilt the following: 

Tell It To The Stars

Scrapitude

Moon Glow — The back still needs to be put together for this but I’m in no rush to do it.  I have been prepping the labels and piecing it into the back but I actually bought yardage and plan to use one fabric for the back on this one.  So, I may just put the label on after it is quilted. 

  • Raining Cats and Dogs –
    • Finish the applique on the final block – I have done a little bit every week on this and I’m happy about that.  It may be slow progress but at least progress is being made. I’m finally on the final section of the final block.  So, I just need to continue to do a little bit every weekend and plug away at it bit by bit. 

3. View and complete Craftsy Classes. – forget about it!

4. Complete a project I have a kit for – Same thing – forget about it!

5. Scrap system?  – Go through bins and separate Bin #3, Bin #4 and full yardage. – continue to use the system I started in September and see if it continues to work for me. 

Here’s to a great year!

Happy Quilting!

~Melanie

2015 Goals – October’s Gotta Wanna Do’s

1. Continue to count fabric in and out of my stash – It’s my birthday month and normally I allow myself some fabric purchases.  I do not need more fabric so I think I’ll splurge on a massage. 🙂  

2. Concentrate on one thing at a time. –

  • Raining Cats and Dogs –
    • Finish the applique on the final block – I have done a little bit every week on this and I’m happy about that.  It may be slow progress but at least progress is being made. 

3. View and complete Craftsy Classes. – forget about it!

4. Complete a project I have a kit for – Same thing – forget about it!

5. Scrap system?  – Go through bins and separate Bin #3, Bin #4 and full yardage. – continue to use the system I started in September and see if it continues to work for me. 

Here’s to a great year!

Happy Quilting!

~Melanie

2015 Goals – September Update

Here’s my mid-month update to my September list of what I want to do…

1. Continue to count fabric in and out of my stash – Use my stash!

Yardage added this month were primarily for backing.  I had some free stuff given to me and I bought a bit.  But I haven’t gone crazy like I’ve gone in the past. 

2. Concentrate on one thing at a time. –

  • Raining Cats and Dogs –
    • Finish the applique on the final block – I have done a little bit every week on this and I’m happy about that.  It may be slow progress but at least progress is being made. 
  • Hampton Ridge –
    • Piece the rows together  – I have 2 long seams to piece together and the inner top is done.  

3. View and complete Craftsy Classes. –

 I’m not sure I want to keep this on my to do list… I like to listen to classes while I’m quilting on the weekends.  I get great ideas but I don’t necessarily feel like doing any of the actual projects.  Maybe that will change but for now, with work being all consuming, I’m okay with just watching the classes.  One day I’ll get to doing a project.  I just have to cut myself some slack here. 

4. Complete a project I have a kit for – nothing done for this but just like the Craftsy class, I’m okay with not doing anything here.    

5. Scrap system?  – Go through bins and separate Bin #3, Bin #4 and full yardage. – done and so far, I’m loving the current set up.  I’ll see if I continue to love it. 🙂 

Here’s to a great year!

Happy Quilting!

~Melanie

2015 Goals – September’s Mid Month Update

Here’s my mid-month update to my September list of what I want to do…

1. Continue to count fabric in and out of my stash – Use my stash!

Even though I just got back to posting my stash report and I’m +almost 40 yards for the year, I’m happy with the downward progression that I’m making from year to year.  In case you missed sunday’s post I noted that this time last year I was +60 and in 2013 I was +125 yards.  +40 is okay now.  By counting the yardage in and out sometime this year I wanted to start limiting myself to buying fabric for projects and not just because I love fabric (I do succumb every once in awhile.)  But I am making a concerted effort to only buy fabric for specific projects and I’m getting better at doing that.  I’ve run out of space for fabric in my current storage solution so unless I make changes to where I store it, I really cannot shouldn’t buy any more. 🙂

2. Concentrate on one thing at a time. –

  • Scrapitude – haven’t done this yet.  It is Quilt #2 to be quilted.
    • make sure I have enough batting in my stash somewhere.
    • trim down the batting
    • quilt this
  • Tell It To The Stars – haven’t done this yet.  It is Quilt #1 to be quilted. Bailey is still in the garage and I haven’t brought it into the house yet.  
    • Get Bailey in the house to quilt it.
  • Moon Glow –
    • cut and sew the borders on – done.  It is Quilt #3 to be quilted.
    • buy batting – haven’t gotten this yet but it’s not high on the priority list since it is #3 on the “to be quilted” list.
    • determine what the backing is going to be – I have bought the backing but I need to measure and piece it together so I can use it.  Again, it’s not high on the priority list since it is #3 on the “to be quilted” list.
    • determine what the quilting is going to be – I saw a quilted Moon Glow during the Quilt Run and it gave me some great ideas.  I think I’ll be marking this quilt for quilting.
    • get this on Bailey and quilt it! – At this point, I’m not proficient enough to want to quilt this on Bailey.  By the time I get to it, that may be different.  But I want to quilt each block differently and it might be easier for me to quilt it on the Bernina.  The throat space is really small and I may use the Brother instead.  I’m not sure.  I’ll have to get the Brother set up for FMQ and practice a bit before I could even get there.  For now, I’m going to wait and see how Quilt #1 and Quilt #2 go on Bailey before I decide one way or the other. 
  • Raining Cats and Dogs –
    • Finish the applique on the final block – working on this.  Now that Moon Glow’s top is done, this is back on my rotation.  The plan is to work on this 2-3 times per week.
  • Hampton Ridge –
    • Piece the rows together  – working on this.  I pieced the first set of rows together last weekend.  So Now I have 6 rows that need to get put together.  I’m not rushing to finish this but I do want to get the inner top completed by the end of the month.  

3. View and complete Craftsy Classes. –

Stephanie Japel’s Hats Four Ways – Work on the second project – I haven’t worked on this at all.  I brought this with me to my quilt guild meeting last night but didn’t even take it out of the bag!

4. Complete a project I have a kit for – I’m full on quilty mode right now and I’m relishing it.  I do have a few projects to work on but I’m not sure I’ll have the time to work on this.  My Dad’s coming to visit for a few weeks so I think I only have time for quilting projects.  As I stated in this post, I’m updating my upcoming quilt list above because I want to work on piecing blocks not rows.  

5. Scrap system?  – Go through bins and separate Bin #3, Bin #4 and full yardage. – Okay, so I’ve gone through my scrap bins and have separated them.  I went into it in this post.  But real quick here’s a summary.  I keep 4 different bins of scraps and each bin is as follows: 

Bin #1 – scraps I can no longer use.  They are so tiny and are used to stuff pet beds or mailing stuff or more recently packing. 

Bin #2 – Scraps I can use but cannot cut pieces out of.  They’re bigger than 1/2 an inch and I use them for relaxing piecing when I don’t want to work on an actual project.  This is the bin my DD has free reign to use whenever she gets in the mood.

Bin #3 – Scraps that I can cut into pieces but are not large enough to fold.  So nothing bigger than a 5×7 or 8×10 depending on my mood.

Bin #4 – Scraps that are large enough to fold.  These are fabric from quilt projects I’ve completed and have enough fabric left over to fold up.  or are fat quarters I have on hand.  I don’t generally buy fat quarters but they still end up in my stash.  

Yards of fabric – these are kept in 4-5 separate large tote bins.  The bins above are small. I will take a picture at some point.  

Anyway, this is what I’m working with.  We’ll see how well it works.  I am thinking about sorting all my fabric in terms of color no matter the size of the fabric or whether it is yardage or scraps (not including Bin #1 which cannot be used in sewing or Bin #2 which is too small to cut pieces from.  So Bin #3, 4, and yardage all grouped up together in their own color bins.  That may come in handy if I’m looking at doing a Red and White quilt or something.  But not so much if I wanted to be pure scrappy.  And I may end up with a ton more bins than I have space for.  So, we’ll see how this works and if I need to change it up, I will.  

Here’s to a great year!

Happy Quilting!

~Melanie

Saturday Musings

So I’m getting to the end of my quilt list for 2015.  At the beginning of the year that list was:

Flowers and Baskets was completed.  Scrapitude and Tell It To the Stars are in queue to be quilted.  Moon Glow will be joining the queue this weekend.  That leaves

Hampton Ridge is very close to being done and Raining Cats and Dogs is a hand project.  And I’m working on the last block for that so that will soon be in the finishing stages too.  That leaves

I have to be honest and say that I’m not thrilled with the last two.  I enjoyed working on the mysteries while it was going on but after the reveal, I didn’t like them.  Although Celtic Solstice has grown on me.  Maybe it’s because I’ve got a lot of those little pieces done.  I don’t know. Anyway, I went through some of my project bins and in the mind of simplifying my life got rid of some of the miscellaneous projects that have accumulated.  Most of them were small projects that were given to me for free somewhere.  I’m never going to work on them so I got rid of them.  I think Grand Illusions will be going that way as well.  I’ve still kept them all together because I did finish 1 or 2 steps.  But I’m revamping my list and Grand Illusions is moving down.  And since I haven’t loved the last two Bonnie Hunter mysteries, I’m not sure I’ll be playing along this year.  I enjoy playing – it’s just a lot of work for something I may not end up liking.  Here’s the new list:

A lot of these still do not even have their own pages yet.  ;0  They were mentioned in blog posts but I never set up the pages.  My excitement is mounting but I think I’m getting the urge to quilt.  The plan is to get the Moon Glow done.  Spend some time with Raining Cats and Dogs and then… bring in bailey from the garage.  I’ll have to practice some, trim down the batting and backing for Tell It To The Stars and then if I feel good, get that baby on the frame to be quilted.

Happy Quilting friends!

~Melanie

2015 Goals – September’s Gotta wanna do’s

1. Continue to count fabric in and out of my stash – Use my stash!

2. Concentrate on one thing at a time. –

  • Scrapitude
    • make sure I have enough batting in my stash somewhere.
    • trim down the batting
    • quilt this
  • Moon Glow –
    • cut and sew the borders on
    • buy batting
    • determine what the backing is going to be
    • determine what the quilting is going to be
    • get this on Bailey and quilt it!

3. View and complete Craftsy Classes. –

Stephanie Japel’s Hats Four Ways – Work on the second project 

4. Complete a project I have a kit for

5. Scrap system?  – Go through bins and separate Bin #3, Bin #4 and full yardage.

Here’s to a great year!

Happy Quilting!

~Melanie