2017 Crafty Plan – September

When I was young, I would be upset with myself when I didn’t meet my goals.  But then I realized that I always put a lot on my goal list and it was an unrealistic expectation to meet all of those goals.  Now I recognize that the things on my goal list are just goals and not requirements.  If I accomplish just one of them, that’s one thing I can mark as done.  So yesterday, I met some of my goals and didn’t meet other goals.  I’m okay with it.  Sometimes I still get sad or depressed but it’s not because I didn’t do it.  It’s usually because I did not have the time to do something I want to do.  As this year progresses, I’m able to spend more time crafting and playing than earlier in the year.  I’m very happy with this.

  1. Quilting
    1. Secret project #1 – I need to bind this.  I was planning on hand binding this project but decided to just machine bind the back too.  It will make for an interesting front but I’m hoping to do something different.  I’m hoping it looks cool rather than janky.
    2. Secret project #2 – Once the first one is bound, I want to get started on the second one.  I need to pull the project out and figure out what needs to be done.  I think the top is done and all I need to do is quilt it but I can’t remember.
    3. Raining Cats and Dogs – hand quilt weekly.  My specific goal for September is to finish quilting the third row of the cream quilting thread.  To be honest, it’s been really hot here lately and our air condition is on the fritz.  So – don’t be surprised if this fall by the wayside.
    4. A Rainbow Garden – block 8 weekly.  This goal is working for me so I don’t need to make anything specific for this one.
    5. Civil War Diary Quilt – Right before I went on our family vacation in June I was pretty good about working on this regularly.  I didn’t do a block a week but I was working on it.  I haven’t touched it since we’ve been back and it’s been months.  I want to have one block done for this month.
  2. Knitting
    1. Continue knitting on my sweater “Kimono” – I want the left sleeve to be done.  And if I am fast it would be great to get the collar done as well.  However, just the left sleeve is fine and dandy.
    2. Starting Point shawl – I want Clue #2 for the second half done this month.
    3. Knitting Expat’s September socks
  3. Cross Stitch
    1. Mama’s Bukid – Row 12
  4. Bag Making
    1. Maxwell Bag – get the handles covered.  Find out the next steps from the instructor and finish it up.  I believe this bag is practically done so the next few steps are probably pretty quick.
    2. Finish the Nesting Basket I started in the August bag class.
    3. Do the September bag class – this class has not yet been scheduled so I need to check the website regularly until it is.  Hopefully it falls on a day that I can make it.
  5. Clothes Making
    1. LAFS  – finish my pajama pants

~Happy crafting!

~Melanie

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2017 Crafty Plan – August update

I cannot believe that it is the end of August.  Time is flying way too fast and I’m not happy about it.  I want time to slow down!  Here’s how much I accomplished this month.

  1. Quilting
    1. Celtic solstice – prep for quilting: NOT DONE
    2. Raining Cats and Dogs – hand quilt weekly – NOT DONE
    3. A Rainbow Garden – block 8 weekly – DONE!
    4. Civil War Diary Quilt – do a block each week – NOT DONE
  2. Knitting
    1. Continue knitting on my sweater “Kimono” – I do a row or two daily – I WORKED ON THIS PROJECT A LOT BUT NOT EVERY DAY.  I THINK THIS WAS STILL A DONE AND A SUCCESS.  FOR NEXT MONTH I WILL BE SURE TO BE MORE DETAILED IN TERMS OF WHAT I WANT TO GET DONE RATHER THAN JUST SAY KNIT ON IT EVERY DAY. I DID GET THE RIGHT SLEEVE DONE AND I’M CURRENTLY WORKING ON THE LEFT SLEEVE.
    2. Starting Point shawl – I do a row or two daily – SAME THING HERE – I WORKED ON THIS A LOT BUT NOT EVERY DAY.  I GOT THE CLUE #1 DONE ON THE SECOND HALF OF THE SHAWL.
    3. Knitting Expat’s August socks – DONE
  3. Cross Stitch
    1. Mama’s Bukid – work on this weekly – NOT DONE. I DIDN’T WORK ON IT WEEKLY BUT I AM DONE WITH ROW 11!  SO I CONSIDER THIS A DONE AND A SUCCESS.
  4. Bag Making
    1. Finish binding the Stash and Dash bag that I made in class – DONE
    2. Make another Stash and Dash – NOT DONE
    3. Buy the Teflon foot – DONE
  5. Clothes Making
    1. LAFS  – finish my pajama pants – NOT DONE

STAY TUNED FOR TOMORROW TO SEE MY GOALS FOR SEPTEMBER!\

Car Update – I got my car back yesterday!  I’m happy and we’ve been having a heat wave in Southern CA and the temps have been in the 110 degree zone.  I’ve been baking slowly in the house.  Now that I’ve got the car back I hope to do some work at Starbucks or the local library.

~HAPPY CRAFTING!

~MELANIE

 

 

Central Park Socks

Central Park Socks
8/29/17

Another pair of socks finished for the month!  This is part of Mina Philips of the Knitting Expat Podcast’s New York Sock Club.  The last pattern will be released on 9/1 and I’m happy to have gotten these socks finished and off the needles by the end of the month.  I haven’t chosen the yarn for the next sock yet.  I’ll wait until I see the pattern before I do so.  I learned through this experience that some pattens work with striping sock yarn or speckled yarn or more tonal yarn so when I see the pattern that’s when I’ll figure out the yarn.

Update on the car situation – I was able to connect with the service manager of the shop that needed to “release” my car to the shop that’s actually doing the repair and he said he was going to call the extended warranty after our conversation and do so.  Then the extended warranty is supposed to call the repair shop and authorize the repair.  All in all – I’m not supposed to pay for the repair!  woot!  I called the repair shop to give them an update and that was the last I heard.  Hopefully, everything is being worked on and I will get a call at some point today letting me know that my car is ready.  I have 2 appointments today.  One of which I will definitely not go because it’s just too far.  I’ll just stay home and get some work done.  The other appointment is more reasonable but I’m not sure it will work out time wise.  We’ll see how it all goes.  I’ve got a lot of work to do and I need the time to do it.  Waiting around for a driver to take me around is a waste of time for me.

~Happy knitting and crafting!

~Melanie

 

Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
8/22/2017

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
8/29/2017

I’ve got 3 more colorways left to finish up Row 11 before the end of the month.  I think I can do it!

I’ve been watching flosstube videos on YouTube and I’m enjoying them.  It’s very similar to other crafty podcasts but specific to Cross Stitching.  I want one of those sit-down frame hoops that I can keep this project in and roll up as I finish a section.  But I’m trying not to bring more things into the house.  I’m a big fail where fabric and yarn are concerned but apparently, I’m able to stop myself on this one.  The ones I want are kind of pricey so that helps me stop myself.  I am sure if I find a good deal (like free!) I’d happily take one in.  For now, the little plastic hoops I put on and take off each time I sit down to stitch works.  It’s a pain to put them on and get it all ready but I’m doing it so it’s working.

On a side note, my car is in the shop.  It’s been in the shop since Saturday.  I was on my way to take the girl to the mall as one of my stops before heading to my bag class when the car died on me suddenly.  Oh, boy did the people behind me glare at me!  But what could I do?  Anyway, it’s been in the shop since Saturday.  The service people know what’s wrong with it, but the extended warranty I purchased is not giving them the approval (even though it’s covered) because of some issue. I was on the phone with a variety of different people all afternoon yesterday.  I need one person at one shop to “release” my car to the service shop it is in so that the warranty company will pay for it to be fixed.  So, I was stuck at home all day yesterday and when it came time to pick the kids up at school I took Lyft.  I’m hoping it gets resolved today so I can pick them up in my car.

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

This week’s POA, 8/28/17

Happy Monday!

I wasn’t able to get that much done last week.  With the kids going back to school, my system is still just getting used to it and off our summer schedule.

Last’s weeks task and accomplishments:

  1. Quilting –
    1. Secret Project: hand bind 1 side of my secret project – NOT DONE
    2. Raining Cats and Dogs – hand quilt once this week – NOT DONE
    3. A Rainbow Garden – hand applique on Sunday – DONE
    4. Civil War Diary Quilt – do a block – NOT DONE
  2. Knitting –
    1. Kimono – finish the right sleeve and do 7 sets of right and wrong sides of the left sleeve. – DONE
    2. August Socks – Central Park – finish the foot and have it ready for the toe by the weekend. – DONE
    3. Starting Point – I have 16 rows left of the first clue.  I’d like to get 8 rows finished this week. – NOT DONE but I only missed this by 2 rows.
  3. Cross Stitch –
    1. Finish 3 colorways of Row 11 – DONE
  4. Bag Making –
    1. Maxwell Bag – (not on my monthly goal list) but I want to get through the next few steps.  I’m taking the next bag class on Saturday so I want to get through the 4 steps the instructor had given me at the last class. – NOT DONE.  I did get through the 3 next steps but I was having such a difficult time with the 4th step that I waited to attend the Saturday bag class to see if there was a better easier way to do it.  Nope there wasn’t but one of the ladies at the shop gave me an idea to try.  Hopefully that works.  If it does, I’ll share it with you.  You can see my struggles here.
  5. Clothes Making –
    1. LAFS – figure out what the next step is on my pajama pants and do it. – NOT DONE

My List for next week:

  • Quilting –
    1. Secret Project: hand bind 1 side of my secret project
    2. Raining Cats and Dogs – hand quilt once this week
    3. A Rainbow Garden – hand applique on Sunday
    4. Civil War Diary Quilt – do a block
  • Knitting –
    1. Kimono – finish the stockinette part of the left sleeve.
    2. August Socks – Central Park – finish the toe and weave in the ends.
    3. Starting Point – I have 10 rows left of the first clue.  I’d like to get these last 10 rows finished this week.
  • Cross Stitch –
    1. Finish Row 11
  • Bag Making –
    1. Maxwell Bag – wrap the fabric around the handle

      Final Step – somehow get the cord into the fabric tube

  • Clothes Making – figure out where I am in the pajama pants and finish it.

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 34, 2017

Yesterday I attended this month’s bag class.  I’ll post about it more another time but early yesterday morning I was going through my stash to find the fabric I wanted to use for the class.  While I was doing that I decided that I wanted to put away all that fabric from last week’s post.  I rearranged everything and I found space for all 74 yards. I still am not sure how it all fit.  I also put away fabric I pulled for my secret project.  And I changed how I put my fabric away.  In the past they were organized in yardages (sorted by colors), and then fabric under 1 yard, and then fabric under a fat quarter, and then scraps.  It’s a perfect system for making scrappy quilts because I start with the scrappy bins looking for the right fabric, move to the fat quarter bins if I can’t find it and then move to the fabric under 1 yard.  I rarely hit the yardage bins unless I’m working on a particular project that required yardage.  The only problem with this system is that over the last few months I’ve been wanting to do more garment sewing and needing fabric over 1 yard.  And, rather than dig through the multiple yardage bins for something 2 or more yards, I would buy fabric.  So to combat that I pulled fabric that was over 2 or more yards and put it in their own bins.  I was able to fill 1.5 bins with 2+yards.  I wasn’t anal about this because I didn’t pull out my measuring tape to make sure, it was more a feel by weight system.  If I felt it was 2 yards or more, I put it in this bin and if it didn’t feel like it was I left it in the 1 yard bins.  I have about 2-3 one yard bins, one bin for the fat quarter to 1 yard bin, another bin for the smaller than fat quarter bin and half of a bin for the scraps.

It was messy.  Here’s the pics from while I was doing it.  I haven’t taken new pics yet because I had to leave it like this while I rushed to my class and didn’t finish until I got back home yesterday afternoon. It really helped prevent purchasing more fabric while at the quilt shop yesterday. 🙂

 

 

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 27.5 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 112 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 84.5 yards

Slow Stitching Sunday

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts

I did a little bit of work on Block 8 for A Rainbow Garden!

Here’s where I was last time:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – cut the pieces and pressed the paper onto the wool fabric
8/6/17

Here I am now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
8/20/17

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports at Quilt Paint Create’s site  and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

Maxwell Bag

The outer and inner parts put together
5/2017

I took a 2-day class at my LQS last May and produced an almost done Maxwell Bag.  All I needed to do was the handle and some finishing touches.  I spent some time on Sunday working on the handle.

First Step – cut the handles to size.

Second Step – enclose the soft and stable around the cord

 

Final Step – somehow get the cord into the fabric tube

I spent some time wrangling the cord in the fabric tube and finally gave up.  I’ll try to do more in the evenings.  My next bag class is on Saturday and if I do not have these handles wrapped, I’m going to see if the instructor has an easier way to do this.

~happy crafting

~melanie

Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
8/10/17

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
8/22/2017

I have 6 colorways left to finish row 11.  I’m a little behind if I want to get it done before the end of the month but I’m going to try to meet that goal!

Happy Monday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

This week’s POA, 8/21/17

 

It’s Monday!  A great start to a new week.

My Plan Of Action from my last post a couple of weeks ago was on the shorter end because I was going out of town and I knew I wouldn’t have as much crafty time as usual:

  1. quilting –
    1. A Rainbow Garden – I was going to take this project with me on my trip but I ended up not doing that.  I felt I had too many projects to bring and didn’t want to pack too much.
  2. Knitting –
    1. Kimono” – My goal was to have the right arm finished and I would have but I forgot that I needed to do a bit of garter stitch at the end. I finished the stockinette portion.
    2. Starting Point Shawl – My goal was to finish clue #1 on the second half.  I didn’t realize while it looked like I was at the end the last portion said to repeat row 2 – 78.  ugh.  So I am in the middle of that repeat.
  3. Cross Stitch – My goal was to do 2 threads a week.  I was able to get a bit done and posted an updated picture here. But I wasn’t able to get anything done since then.  I hope to get 3 threads done this week and 3 threads next week to make up for the missed week.
  4. Other – I wanted to get the Teflon foot for my machine and I did this!

I was able to work on projects not on my goal list – like my August socks!

For this coming week, here’s my POA:

  1. Quilting –
    1. Secret Project: hand bind 1 side of my secret project
    2. Raining Cats and Dogs – hand quilt once this week
    3. A Rainbow Garden – hand applique on Sunday
    4. Civil War Diary Quilt – do a block
  2. Knitting –
    1. Kimono – finish the right sleeve and do 7 sets of right and wrong sides of the left sleeve.
    2. August Socks – Central Park – finish the foot and have it ready for the toe by the weekend.
    3. Starting Point – I have 16 rows left of the first clue.  I’d like to get 8 rows finished this week.
  3. Cross Stitch –
    1. Finish 3 colorways of Row 11
  4. Bag Making –
    1. Maxwell Bag – (not on my monthly goal list) but I want to get through the next few steps.  I’m taking the next bag class on Saturday so I want to get through the 4 steps the instructor had given me at the last class.
  5. Clothes Making –
    1. LAFS – figure out what the next step is on my pajama pants and do it.

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

Sunday plans

Yesterday was a very productive day.  I was able to do the first 5 items on my crafty to do list and interspersed other non-crafty tasks within.  Then we had a wonderful dinner catching up with friends we hadn’t seen since the beginning of summer.

Today will be a mixed day of getting ready for the upcoming week, crossing things off my crafty to do list and Game of Thrones.

Here’s today’s crafty list:

#1 – wash and fold new fabric

#2 – A Rainbow Garden – spend some time applique-ing the first set of pieces on.  Here’s a picture from my Sunday stash post earlier today.

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – cut the pieces and pressed the paper onto the wool fabric
8/6/17

#3 – Maxwell Bag – I wasn’t able to do this task item yesterday so it’s closer to the top of the list today.  The next steps are to cut the rope to size for the handles, cover it with soft and stable, make the fabric tube and cover the rope with the fabric tube.  I want to get these tasks done before my next bag class this coming Saturday.

The outer and inner parts put together
5/2017

#4 – Starting Point Shawl – Yesterday, I was only able to do one front row.  I’m in the section that does a lot of PTBL and KTBL (purl through the back look and knit through the back loop) and that takes a lot of concentration from me.  I only have 1 row left in this section and then I can move onto the next color which is much easier.  So today I want to do that last row and the next two rows in the new section.  I also need to take a new picture.

Starting Point Shawl
8/9/17

#5 – secret project – hand sew the binding

#6 – Raining Cats and Dogs – spend some time hand quilting this project and apparently take a new picture.  The last picture I have of this project was from last year.

#7 – Kimono – continue working on it. The plan is to do a right side and a wrong side on each sleeve every day.  I hope by the time I make it out to knit night at my LYS, I’ve got the right sleeve done and I can concentrate on the left sleeve.

#8 – Cross Stitch – work more on Mama’s Bukid.

#9 – August socks – do a couple of the 4-row repeats.  Yesterday I finished by 7th repeat so I need 5 repeats to do.  At that point, I’ll try it on and hopefully, I can start on the toes this week.

#10 – And if I have time, pull out my pajama pants and get to the next step.  To be honest, I do not think I’ll have the brain power to do this if I get to task #10.  But I notice that if it’s on my to do list, I will get to it at some point.