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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 – 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

2015 Goals – August Update

The last update I did was from May or June.  This is the last list of goals I posted and it was for June!  Not much has changed – but there has been some change. 🙂

1. Continue to count fabric in and out of my stash – Well, the good thing is that there have been no movement these last couple of months.  The last addition was from the Quilt Run in June and since then nothing in and nothing out. 🙂 

2. Concentrate on one thing at a time. –

  • Scrapitude
    • buy the border fabric and batting
    • cut and sew it on
    • determine what the backing is going to be
    • determine what the quilting is going to be
    • get this on Bailey and quilt it!
      • UPDATE: This sat in a bag for a long time and a couple of weeks ago I pulled it out and worked on it a little bit at a time.  Without a design wall, it was difficult and I played it by ear.  But it is done and now I’m ready to check my batting stash to make sure I’ve got enough batting; cut it down and start quilting!
  • Tell It To The Stars –
    • piece the backing for it
    • determine what the quilting is going to be
    • get this on Bailey and quilt it!
      • UPDATE: The back was finished in June and this is waiting on me to quilt it.  Since the move, Bailey and the frame is sitting patiently in the garage waiting for me to move it in.  I’ve told the hubby that I’m ready to quilt as soon as he’s ready to bring it in for me.  
  • 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!
      • UPDATE: Nothing has been done for this since June.  Now that Scrapitude is ready for quilting, I plan to get going on this project. 
  • Raining Cats and Dogs –
    • I need to look at where I am on this block and figure out what the next step is.   
    • Then I need to put this on my calendar so that I actually work on this a little bit at a time.
      • UPDATE: I’ve gotten half of the block applique’d on.  
  • Hampton Ridge –
    • Piece the rows together
      • UPDATE: Nothing has been done for this since June.  It’s on the docket once Moon Glow is complete. 
  • Mystery Quilt –
    • First clue is released on Thursday, 6/4 – retrieve the clue and complete it.
      • UPDATE: I’m not going to do this anymore.  

3. View and complete Craftsy Classes. –

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

UPDATE: Still working on this. 🙂

Finish the gardening class I started a few weeks ago. – write up a review for this one and post it 

UPDATE: I finished the class but I’m not going to write up a review.  I enjoy watching the gardening classes but I do not have the time to actually do any gardening right now. 

4. Complete projects from my craft books

Do the second project and make sure I have the supplies for the third project.

UPDATE: Not sure I have the mental capacity for this right now.  I may have to be okay with just getting 1 project done this year and let this goal go until I’m able to actually find time to do this more consistently.  I think my goals are shifting to using what I’ve got so rather than do projects in my books and getting the supplies for those projects – I would do projects I’ve got the supplies for.  

5. Scrap system?  – I think I need to get myself organized… Not sure how this is going to work but I need to figure out something really fast.

UPDATE: I’ve been thinking of this for awhile.  I need something quick and easy, otherwise I won’t use it.  I’ve set up bins.  They are not organized yet but they are in my closet.  For Bin#1 – I have a pillow case lining a small bin (like a trash can) that can easily be closed if I want to.  This bin sits next to me when I’m at my sewing machine.  This is the bin I put the scraps that are too small to do anything with.  I’m saving the bits for pet beds, or stuffing bits for packing or keeping breakable gifts safe.  The rest of the bins are thrown about haphazardly in my sewing room closet.  First, is the bits that are bigger than 1/2 an inch and can be pieced together randomly with other bits (Bin #2).  I piece these together when I want to sew but don’t want to think about what I’m doing.  DD is getting into doing these for me too as there are times when she, too, wants to sew but doesn’t want to get into a project that she doesn’t have the time to do.  The next 2 bins are in the closet somewhere but they haven’t been figured out.  I kind of mixed them up and I have to go through all the bins to separate these two out.  So, Bin #3 are bins smaller than a fat quarter but bigger than the bits in Bin #2.  I can usually cut these up into squares or strips if I wanted to.  Bin #4 are bigger than a fat quarter but not a full yard.  The rest of the bins are actual yards of fabric.  So Bins #1 and #2 are working well.  Bin #3 and Bin #4 and the yardage still need to be gone through and separated.  I have pre-cuts (fabric I actually pre-cut) stored somewhere and I’m not yet sure where I put them after I unpacked them.  Those will probably be with Bin #3.  When I get these organized more, I’ll figure out if I like it or not and if it works for me or not and I’ll let you know.

Here’s to a great year!

Happy Quilting!

~Melanie

2015 Goals – June’s gotta wanna do’s

1. Continue to count fabric in and out of my stash – I’m getting tired of this goal… 🙂

2. Concentrate on one thing at a time. –

  • Scrapitude  –
    • buy the border fabric and batting
    • cut and sew it on
    • determine what the backing is going to be
    • determine what the quilting is going to be
    • get this on Bailey and quilt it!
  • Tell It To The Stars –
    • piece the backing for it
    • determine what the quilting is going to be
    • get this on Bailey and quilt it!
  • 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!
  • Raining Cats and Dogs –
    • I need to look at where I am on this block and figure out what the next step is.   
    • Then I need to put this on my calendar so that I actually work on this a little bit at a time.
  • Hampton Ridge –
    • Piece the rows together
  • Mystery Quilt –
    • First clue is released on Thursday, 6/4 – retrieve the clue and complete it

3. View and complete Craftsy Classes. –

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

Finish the gardening class I started a few weeks ago. – write up a review for this one and post it 

4. Complete projects from my craft books

Do the second project and make sure I have the supplies for the third project.

5. Scrap system?  – I think I need to get myself organized… Not sure how this is going to work but I need to figure out something really fast.

Here’s to a great year!

Happy Quilting!

~Melanie

2015 Goals – May update

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

 

2. Concentrate on one thing at a time. –

  • Scrapitude  – April and May clue. – April is done. May is practically done – I just need to get fabric for the borders and attach that. 
  • Month by Month – Finish quilting the border, trim it, bind and label. – the border is quilted and it was trimmed.  I bound this last night and I will add the label today.
  • Tell It To The Stars – Get the backing done for this so I can get it on the frame to quilt. I already got the batting so all that I’m waiting on is the backing.  — Still need to get the backing done. 
  • Moon Glow – assemble the quilt and attach the borders – the inner top is complete and I’ve got to attach the borders. 
  • Raining Cats and Dogs – this is next on the list.  I’m not sure this will actually make it on the schedule this month but as soon as one of the items above is done, this is next up. – nothing.  I think I need to add this on my schedule or something because I’ve not touched this in almost a year. 

3. View and complete Craftsy Classes. –

Stephanie Japel’s Hats Four Ways – Finish up the first project.  I’m actually working on the decrease now and it should be done in the next week or so.  I spent a lot of time knitting a couple of weekends ago and my wrist/arm started hurting.  I’m still resting it and that’s my reminder to not knit so much at one time. 🙂 — I finished the first project at the boy’s baseball game yesterday.  I started working on the second project. 

Finish the gardening class I started a few weeks ago. — I finished the class and I just need to write up a review on it. 

4. Complete projects from my craft books

Do the second project and make sure I have the supplies for the third project. – still need to get this done. 

5. Get my Scrap System going – still need to figure out what I’m going to do.  Right now I’m concentrating on simply finishing what I’m working on and really trying hard NOT to start something new.  So I’ve got to do something with it. — I really don’t know what to do here… I’m still working on it. 

Here’s to a great year!

Happy Quilting!

~Melanie

2015 Goals – update on May’s wanna gotta do’s

Here’s my May list…

1. Continue to count fabric in and out of my stash – been doing this. 

2. Concentrate on one thing at a time. –

  • Scrapitude  – April and May clue. – April is done. May’s clue was postponed because Charlotte had a family emergency. 
  • Month by Month – Finish quilting the border, trim it, bind and label. – the border is quilted and it was trimmed.  I need to bind and label it. 
  • Tell It To The Stars – Get the backing done for this so I can get it on the frame to quilt. I already got the batting so all that I’m waiting on is the backing.  — Still need to get the backing done. 
  • Moon Glow – assemble the quilt and attach the borders – the inner top is complete and I’ve got to attach the borders. 
  • Raining Cats and Dogs – this is next on the list.  I’m not sure this will actually make it on the schedule this month but as soon as one of the items above is done, this is next up. – I’m bringing this with me to Vegas and I hope to get some of it done. 

3. View and complete Craftsy Classes. –

Stephanie Japel’s Hats Four Ways – Finish up the first project.  I’m actually working on the decrease now and it should be done in the next week or so.  I spent a lot of time knitting a couple of weekends ago and my wrist/arm started hurting.  I’m still resting it and that’s my reminder to not knit so much at one time. 🙂 — I’m almost finished with this. I have to cut the string and hide the loose ends within the knitting.  I’ve already started the second project so I just need to keep working on it. 

Finish the gardening class I started a few weeks ago. — I finished the class and I just need to write up a review on it. 

4. Complete projects from my craft books

Do the second project and make sure I have the supplies for the third project. – still need to get this done. 

5. Get my Scrap System going – still need to figure out what I’m going to do.  Right now I’m concentrating on simply finishing what I’m working on and really trying hard NOT to start something new.  So I’ve got to do something with it. — I really don’t know what to do here… I’m still working on it. 

Here’s to a great year!

Happy Quilting!

~Melanie