Category Archives: Scrapbooking

2016 Goals – August

 

My OMG goal for August is to quilt Hampton Ridge.

Hampton Ridge Finished Top 2/27/2016

Hampton Ridge
Finished Top
2/27/2016

#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

Quilt #5 – Raining Cats and Dogs – top was finished on 4/9/2016.  Now that I’m done with Moon Glow! 🙂 I plan to hand quilt a bit of this every day.  I’m still working on the cream colored quilting thread.

Quilt #6 – Celtic Solstice – continue to piece bits as leaders/enders.

Quilt #7  – Missing Ivy – finish step 14

Quilt #8 – LQS 2012 BOM “Provence” – Continue working on the alternative block.

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

#3 – Create a hobby budget a 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 7/30/2016 is $3735.08

#4 – Knit weekly

My goal for August is to get back to working on my purple socks each week.  I really need to work on this more than one weekend each month if I want these done in any sort of time frame.  I’ll change my goal so that I work on this once a week.  I just realized that I still have to do the other sock. ;0

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

Mama's Bukid 7/28/2016

Mama’s Bukid
7/28/2016

Now that the Welcome Project is done, I’m solely working on Mama’s Bukid.  I’m working on this a bit at a time and I’m happy with my progress so we’ll continue doing that.

#6 – Scrapbook

 

… I’m still the same on this… I want to do some scrapbooking but everything is so nicely put away I’m afraid to take anything out.  I know that all I need is one box and that I’ll use whatever is in that box but … I’m not ready to move this into a place where I can actually work on it regularly.

Here’s a link to my original 2016 Goals.

Here’s to a great year!

~Melanie

 

 

2016 Goals – July Update

 

My OMG goal for July is to finish Moon Glow.  I finished quilting this this month and I’m working on binding it.  OMG goal accomplished for July! woot woot!

#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 – My goal for July is to finish quilting Moon Glow.  I need to finish quilting the last 2 borders, bind and label it.

==> done!

Quilt #4 – Hampton Ridge – this is in queue to be quilted.  For July, I want to get the back and label ready for it.

==> I decided to hold off on this.  I want to get Moon Glow finished before I move on this one.

Quilt #5 – Raining Cats and Dogs – top was finished on 4/9/2016.  My goal for July is to hand quilt 3-4 times each week.  I’m working on the cream colored quilting thread and hopefully I will be done with all of the outlining by the end of July.  I’m about a third through.

==> I hand quilted a bit early in July but then put it on hold while I finished binding Moon Glow.  I plan to start working on this again in August.

Quilt #6 – Celtic Solstice – continue to piece bits as leaders/enders.

==> yup.. this is being worked on slowly.

Quilt #7  – Missing Ivy – finish step 11 which is to piece the inner quilt together.

==> Another DONE! yes!  I originally planned to get step 12 done in August but after checking out my progress plans on all my quilts realized that once Hampton Ridge is in the quilt frame, I no longer have any quilts in queue.  So I checked out step 12 and realized that step 12 was part of piecing the inner quilt together.  I finished step 13 last week and I’m on step 14.

Quilt #8 – LQS 2012 BOM “Provence” – finish last block and do the next step of the alternating blocks.

==> the last block is now done and I started working on the alternative blocks.

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

Keep counting and doing a great job staying in the black.  I need to update the stash numbers with most recent travel purchases.

====> Okay, so I bought more fabric in July than I meant to and part of it was okay because I needed to get binding for Moon Glow.  I also needed to spend my gift certificate.  But all the other purchases?  I am going to try to do better next month.

#3 – Create a hobby budget a 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.  I need to update the spent numbers with my recent travel purchases.

==> Current crafty spending for 2016 as of 7/30/2016 is $3735.08

#4 – Knit weekly

My goal for July is to finish the purple socks I started.

====> I actually touched this a bit this last weekend but all I did was knit 2 rows.   I’ll need to step this one up if I want it to be done anytime soon. 🙂

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

Welcome project Cross Stitch 6/16/2016

Welcome project
Cross Stitch
6/16/2016

My goal is to finish the Welcome project in July.  I need to purchase more floss in order to do so.

==> I finished this!  It’s so exciting.  The next step is to get it framed.

Welcome Finished! 7/14/2016

Welcome
Finished!
7/14/2016

====> This is at the framers and I should be getting it back any day now.

 

#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! 🙂

… I’m thinking I may have to take this off my list.  I never seem to make this a priority.  It’s primarily because it’s hard to get to my stuff, pull it out and then put it away.  It makes me sad to write this so maybe I won’t.

Here’s a link to my original 2016 Goals.

Here’s to a great year!

~Melanie

 

 

2016 Goals – July Mid Month Update

 

My OMG goal for July is to finish Moon Glow.  I have 2 borders left to quilt, I have to bind it, and the label it. === It’s Quilted!  Woohoo.  The label is ready and all I have to do next is prep the binding, trim it up and attach the binding.  Only a couple more weeks to do this so I need to get going on this.

#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 – My goal for July is to finish quilting Moon Glow.  I need to finish quilting the last 2 borders, bind and label it.

==> see note above. 🙂

Quilt #4 – Hampton Ridge – this is in queue to be quilted.  For July, I want to get the back and label ready for it.

==> I decided to hold off on this.  I want to get Moon Glow finished before I move on this one.

Quilt #5 – Raining Cats and Dogs – top was finished on 4/9/2016.  My goal for July is to hand quilt 3-4 times each week.  I’m working on the cream colored quilting thread and hopefully I will be done with all of the outlining by the end of July.  I’m about a third through.

==> I am quilting this a bit each week.  I didn’t get as much as I wanted done but I’m okay with this for now.

Quilt #6 – Celtic Solstice – continue to piece bits as leaders/enders.

==> yup.. this is being worked on slowly.

Quilt #7  – Missing Ivy – finish step 11 which is to piece the inner quilt together.

==> Another DONE! yes!  I’ll work on step 12 next month.

Quilt #8 – LQS 2012 BOM “Provence” – finish last block and do the next step of the alternating blocks.

==> haven’t touched this one yet.

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

Keep counting and doing a great job staying in the black.  I need to update the stash numbers with most recent travel purchases.

#3 – Create a hobby budget a 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.  I need to update the spent numbers with my recent travel purchases.

==> Current crafty spending for 2016 as of 7/10/2016 is $3622.30

#4 – Knit weekly

My goal for July is to finish the purple socks I started.

==> since I’ve been back, all I’ve wanted to do is quilty related items so this is put away again.

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

Welcome project Cross Stitch 6/16/2016

Welcome project
Cross Stitch
6/16/2016

My goal is to finish the Welcome project in July.  I need to purchase more floss in order to do so.

==> I finished this!  It’s so exciting.  The next step is to get it framed.

 

#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! 🙂

… I’m thinking I may have to take this off my list.  I never seem to make this a priority.  It’s primarily because it’s hard to get to my stuff, pull it out and then put it away.  It makes me sad to write this so maybe I won’t.

Here’s a link to my original 2016 Goals.

Here’s to a great year!

~Melanie

 

 

2016 Goals – July

 

My OMG goal for July is to finish Moon Glow.  I have 2 borders left to quilt, I have to bind it, and the label it.

#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 – My goal for July is to finish quilting Moon Glow.  I need to finish quilting the last 2 borders, bind and label it.

Quilt #4 – Hampton Ridge – this is in queue to be quilted.  For July, I want to get the back and label ready for it.

Quilt #5 – Raining Cats and Dogs – top was finished on 4/9/2016.  My goal for July is to hand quilt 3-4 times each week.  I’m working on the cream colored quilting thread and hopefully I will be done with all of the outlining by the end of July.  I’m about a third through.

Quilt #6 – Celtic Solstice – continue to piece bits as leaders/enders.

Quilt #7  – Missing Ivy – finish step 11 which is to piece the inner quilt together.

Quilt #7 – LQS 2012 BOM “Provence” – finish last block and do the next step of the alternating blocks.

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

Keep counting and doing a great job staying in the black.  I need to update the stash numbers with most recent travel purchases.

#3 – Create a hobby budget a 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.  I need to update the spent numbers with my recent travel purchases.

==> Current crafty spending for 2016 as of 5/31/16 is $3297.01.

#4 – Knit weekly

My goal for July is to finish the purple socks I started.

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

Welcome project Cross Stitch 6/16/2016

Welcome project
Cross Stitch
6/16/2016

My goal is to finish the Welcome project in June.  I need to purchase more floss in order to do so.

 

#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! 🙂

… I’m thinking I may have to take this off my list.  I never seem to make this a priority.  It’s primarily because it’s hard to get to my stuff, pull it out and then put it away.  It makes me sad to write this so maybe I won’t.

Here’s a link to my original 2016 Goals.

Here’s to a great year!

~Melanie

 

 

2016 Goals – June Update

Well, I didn’t get my OMG done for this month.  I only had half the month to get it done and just ran out of time before I jumped on a plane to Florida.  Here’s where I stand at the end of the month:

#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 – My goal for June is to finish quilting Moon Glow.

==> not done.  I’ll have to move this to July.

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.  If I can get Moon Glow quilted in June I hope to get this on the frame in July.

==> Moon Glow is not done but is off the frame.  As soon as I’m done quilting Moon Glow’s borders I need to get the back of Hampton Ridge pieced together and embroider a label for this.  I may still be able to get Hampton Ridge on the frame in July.

===> Same spot but once Moon Glow is completed, I intend to focus on Hampton Ridge to get this done too.

Quilt #5 – Raining Cats and Dogs – top was finished on 4/9/2016.  I am hand quilting this and I am thoroughly enjoying it.  I started with the cream color quilting thread and I’m outlining parts. I finished the first block and I’m working a bit at a time.  I’m not really going in any kind of order since I have this machine quilted to keep everything stable.

Raining Cats and Dogs 5/22/2016

Raining Cats and Dogs

==> hand quilting this and I’m working on outlining everything with regular quilting thread.  I’m on the third block.  I’m already starting to get ideas on what to do next.  It’s a nice slow process that I’m enjoying for this one.

===> same spot since I left this at home.  It’s too cumbersome to bring on a plane and travel with. 🙂

Quilt #6 – Celtic Solstice – continue to piece bits as leaders/enders.

==> still doing this as a leaders/enders project.  I’ve got a lot of pieces put together for block B.  Pretty soon I’ll be able to start lining things up and piecing the rows together.

Quilt #7  – Missing Ivy – finish step 11 which is to piece the inner quilt together.

Missing Ivy Step 11 - unfinished I was able to sew pairs together. 5/30/2016

Missing Ivy
Step 11 – unfinished
I was able to sew pairs together.
5/30/2016

==> I got all the rows pieced but not yet put together.  I’ll need to move this goal over to next month.

Quilt #7 – LQS 2012 BOM “Provence” – finish 1 block.

Provence Block 5 5/22/2016

Provence
Block 5
5/22/2016

==> done. 🙂

Provence Block 10 6/3/2016

Provence
Block 10
6/3/2016

==> I even started on the alternating blocks

Provence The beginnings of the alternating blocks 6/11/2016

Provence
The beginnings of the alternating blocks
6/11/2016

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

I hope to make it to a quilt shop during our travels and I do plan to buy fabric.  🙂

==> I’m still in the black.  I’m buying fabric but mailing to participate in my guild’s strip club.  So every month I add about 2 yards because of it.  And since I’ve got to go to my LQS to get fabric for the club, I end up buying a yard or two of other favorite items.

===> while on vacation I added 2 yards.  I haven’t had a chance to post a stash update but I’ll get to that at some point.  I’m lucky to only have added 2 yards.  I visited 4 quilt shops and have not yet been tempted to add a lot of yardage.  I’ll have to write up my experiences at some point and tell you why.

#3 – Create a hobby budget a 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 5/31/16 is $3297.01.

===> I spent some money but it wasn’t a lot of damage.  Not like I was anticipating.

#4 – Knit weekly

My goal for June is to knit a pair of socks.

==> I am halfway through one sock.

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

 

Welcome project Cross Stitch 5/31/2016

Welcome project
Cross Stitch
5/31/2016

My goal is to finish the Welcome project in June.

==> Not done. I ran out of the floss I was using to embroider and my Joann’s was out.  It will have to wait until I return.

#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

 

 

2016 Goals – June Mid Month Update

 

By the time you read this, I’ll be on a plane to Florida with the family.  Posting will be haphazard and probably not very quilty related unless I make it to a quilt shop.  I plan to. 🙂  In the meantime, it’s the middle of the month and time for my mid-month update.  I didn’t get Moon Glow quilted and I will not be back until July so I did not get my OMG done for this month.  😦  That’s okay. I tried my hardest and that’s all that matters.  The Bernina and the girl’s Bernette is in the shop while we head off and that’s a good thing.  Those babies worked hard this year and deserve some spa time.

#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 – My goal for June is to finish quilting Moon Glow.

==> not done.  I’ll have to move this to July.

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.  If I can get Moon Glow quilted in June I hope to get this on the frame in July.

==> Moon Glow is not done but is off the frame.  As soon as I’m done quilting Moon Glow’s borders I need to get the back of Hampton Ridge pieced together and embroider a label for this.  I may still be able to get Hampton Ridge on the frame in July.

Quilt #5 – Raining Cats and Dogs – top was finished on 4/9/2016.  I am hand quilting this and I am thoroughly enjoying it.  I started with the cream color quilting thread and I’m outlining parts. I finished the first block and I’m working a bit at a time.  I’m not really going in any kind of order since I have this machine quilted to keep everything stable.

Raining Cats and Dogs 5/22/2016

Raining Cats and Dogs

==> hand quilting this and I’m working on outlining everything with regular quilting thread.  I’m on the third block.  I’m already starting to get ideas on what to do next.  It’s a nice slow process that I’m enjoying for this one.

Quilt #6 – Celtic Solstice – continue to piece bits as leaders/enders.

==> still doing this as a leaders/enders project.  I’ve got a lot of pieces put together for block B.  Pretty soon I’ll be able to start lining things up and piecing the rows together.

Quilt #7  – Missing Ivy – finish step 11 which is to piece the inner quilt together.

Missing Ivy Step 11 - unfinished I was able to sew pairs together. 5/30/2016

Missing Ivy
Step 11 – unfinished
I was able to sew pairs together.
5/30/2016

==> I got all the rows pieced but not yet put together.  I’ll need to move this goal over to next month.

Quilt #7 – LQS 2012 BOM “Provence” – finish 1 block.

Provence Block 5 5/22/2016

Provence
Block 5
5/22/2016

==> done. 🙂

Provence Block 10 6/3/2016

Provence
Block 10
6/3/2016

==> I even started on the alternating blocks

Provence The beginnings of the alternating blocks 6/11/2016

Provence
The beginnings of the alternating blocks
6/11/2016

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

I hope to make it to a quilt shop during our travels and I do plan to buy fabric.  🙂

==> I’m still in the black.  I’m buying fabric but mailing to participate in my guild’s strip club.  So every month I add about 2 yards because of it.  And since I’ve got to go to my LQS to get fabric for the club, I end up buying a yard or two of other favorite items.

#3 – Create a hobby budget a 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 5/31/16 is $3297.01.

#4 – Knit weekly

My goal for June is to knit a pair of socks.

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

 

Welcome project Cross Stitch 5/31/2016

Welcome project
Cross Stitch
5/31/2016

My goal is to finish the Welcome project in June.

==> Not done. I ran out of the floss I was using to embroider and my Joann’s was out.  It will have to wait until I return.

#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

 

 

2016 Goals – June Goals

June is here and I’ll be in Florida for half the month.  So I don’t think much progress will be made but I’ll do what I can.  I do plan to take some handwork with me and I hope I am able to work on whatever I bring.

For the first time, I’m linking up with Red Letter Quilts’ One Monthly Goal.  Click the logo above  to get to the linky.  I’ve got a lot of goals for June listed here but the one goal that I absolutely want to have done in June is to finish quilting Moon Glow.  I don’t plan to have the binding and label on until July but the quilting MUST be done in June. 🙂

#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 – My goal for June is to finish quilting 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.  If I can get Moon Glow quilted in June I hope to get this on the frame in July.

Quilt #5 – Raining Cats and Dogs – top was finished on 4/9/2016.  I am hand quilting this and I am thoroughly enjoying it.  I started with the cream color quilting thread and I’m outlining parts. I finished the first block and I’m working a bit at a time.  I’m not really going in any kind of order since I have this machine quilted to keep everything stable.

Raining Cats and Dogs 5/22/2016

Raining Cats and Dogs

Quilt #6 – Celtic Solstice – continue to piece bits as leaders/enders.

Quilt #7  – Missing Ivy – finish step 11 which is to piece the inner quilt together.

Missing Ivy Step 11 - unfinished I was able to sew pairs together.  5/30/2016

Missing Ivy
Step 11 – unfinished
I was able to sew pairs together.
5/30/2016

Quilt #7 – LQS 2012 BOM “Provence” – finish 1 block.

Provence Block 5 5/22/2016

Provence
Block 5
5/22/2016

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

I hope to make it to a quilt shop during our travels and I do plan to buy fabric.  🙂

#3 – Create a hobby budget a 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 5/31/16 is $3297.01.

#4 – Knit weekly

My goal for June is to knit a pair of socks.

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

 

Welcome project Cross Stitch 5/31/2016

Welcome project
Cross Stitch
5/31/2016

My goal is to finish the Welcome project in June.

#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

 

 

2016 Goals – May Update

Almost halfway through the year… time is flying by…

#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 – My goal for May is to quilt Moon Glow.

===> This quilt is on the frame and I’m working on it a bit at a time.  I would like to get this quilted in June.

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.  If I can get Moon Glow quilted in June I hope to get this on the frame in July.

Quilt #5 – Raining Cats and Dogs – top was finished on 4/9/2016.  I finished the part I wanted to machine quilt.  My goal is to take this slow and hand quilt this.

===> I am working hand quilting this and I am thoroughly enjoying it.  Right now I started with the cream color quilting thread and I’m outlining parts. I finished the first block and I’m working a bit at a time.  I’m not really going in any kind of order since I have this machine quilted to keep everything stable.

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Quilt #6 – Celtic Solstice – I am piecing Block B as leaders and enders of other projects.  I’ve got bits put together but no blocks done yet.

===> this continues to be my leaders/enders project.

Quilt #7  – Missing Ivy – 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. ==> I am through step 10 now.  I want to get through step 11 by the end of May.

===> I am still working on Step 11.  I’ve got pairs of blocks pieced together and I’m working on getting the rows done.

Quilt #7 – LQS 2012 BOM “Provence” – I added this project to this list earlier in the month to alternate with Missing Ivy as I felt the need to.  I don’t have a goal for this project this month since I just pulled it out on a whim. 🙂

===> I have 2 blocks left to finish for this quilt.  I want to get 1 block done in June.

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

My goal is to continue to stay in the black.  ==> I did buy a bit this month and my net used yardage shrank a bit but I’m still in the black so that’s all good. 🙂

==> for May I added 7.5 yards.  But I’m still in the black for the year!  yay!  I can’t wait to finish Moon Glow so I can add it to my yardage used.

#3 – Create a hobby budget a 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 5/31/16 is $3297.01

#4 – Knit weekly

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

==> This was finished this month! yay!  

Rosie Hat 5/22/2016

Rosie Hat
5/22/2016

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

Welcome Project Cross Stitch 4/28/2016

Welcome Project
Cross Stitch
4/28/2016

Welcome project Cross Stitch 5/31/2016

Welcome project
Cross Stitch
5/31/2016

This project is almost done and I am so excited!  I am hoping that this will be done in June.

#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

 

 

2016 Goals – Mid May Update

I forgot to do my mid month check of my monthly goals.

#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 – My goal for May is to quilt Moon Glow.

===> I haven’t done anything with this yet.  I plan to go and check out how to rent the long arm.  But I’m not yet convinced that I’m going to actually rent the long arm.  I do want to check it out though.

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 – top was finished on 4/9/2016.  I finished the part I wanted to machine quilt.  My goal is to take this slow and hand quilt this.  I haven’t even started.

Quilt #6 – Celtic Solstice – 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. ==> I am piecing Block B as leaders and enders of other projects.  I’ve got bits put together but no blocks done yet.

Quilt #7  – Missing Ivy – 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. ==> I am through step 10 now.  I want to get through step 11 by the end of May.

Quilt #7 – LQS 2012 BOM “Provence” – I added this project to this list earlier in the month to alternate with Missing Ivy as I felt the need to.  I don’t have a goal for this project this month since I just pulled it out on a whim. 🙂

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

My goal is to continue to stay in the black.  ==> I did buy a bit this month and my net used yardage shrank a bit but I’m still in the black so that’s all good. 🙂

#3 – Create a hobby budget a 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 5/17/16 is $3264.05

#4 – Knit weekly

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

==> I am very much in the decreasing part of this hat.  If I continue to work on this each week, I think I can be done with it in May, maybe June. 

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

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. 

Welcome project Cross Stitch 5/12/2016

Welcome project
Cross Stitch
5/12/2016

I’m almost finished with the top border.  Once that is done, I will work on the right border.

#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

 

 

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