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2017 Crafty Plan – August

In prior years, I had annual goals and I broke them down each month and I got a lot of stuff done.  Things were really busy the end of last year/beginning of this year so I didn’t really get to sit down and think about what I wanted to accomplish for 2017.  I was too overwhelmed with trying to get through the days.  So I started this year without any goals and I tried to put something together but life kept getting in the way of my crafty desires.  I gave myself grace and let things go a bit.  My one goal was to finish Missing Ivy and knit.  I’ve been doing a lot of knitting.  Now that Missing Ivy is done my next project is Celtic Solstice.  I can’t remember where I left off.  The top is ready and I think the back is ready.  I have to press everything again, prep the batting and get everything ready to take to my local Bernina dealer so I can rent the long arm.  I can already tell that this is probably not going to get done.  I think prepping for quilting is my least favorite part of the process.  Thank goodness I do not have to baste but there’s still prep involved.  I have to check to see if it will fit on the frame.  The top is 115″x115″ and with batting and batting, that’s a lot of space I’ll need.  So I hope to get a bit done each month with the plan to finish (bound) by the end of the year.

  1. Quilting
    1. Celtic solstice – prep for quilting
    2. Raining Cats and Dogs – hand quilt weekly
    3. A Rainbow Garden – block 8 weekly
    4. Civil War Diary Quilt – do a block each week
  2. Knitting
    1. Continue knitting on my sweater “Kimono” – I do a row or two daily
    2. Starting Point shawl – I do a row or two daily
    3. Knitting Expat’s August socks
  3. Cross Stitch
    1. Mama’s Bukid – work on this weekly
  4. Bag Making
    1. Finish binding the Stash and Dash bag that I made in class
    2. Make another Stash and Dash
    3. Buy the Teflon foot
  5. Clothes Making
    1. LAFS  – finish my pajama pants

 

 

2017 Crafty Plan – mid-March Check In

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I can’t believe how time flies.  Well, I wasn’t able to get much done this month as I have been consumed by a work project.  😦  I did get Missing Ivy quilted but I still need to quilt the borders and bind it.  But everything else on my quilty list has taken a back burner.  For the rest of the month, I’m keeping things simple: finish Missing Ivy and finish my March socks.  I try to post pics regularly on Instagram so follow me at @thousandneedles.  My work project should be done by the end of the month so life will return to normal then.

And just so we can see everything I haven’t been able to do – here was my original to do list. 🙂

Here’s what I want to get done this month:

  1. Quilting:
    1. Missing Ivy – Quilt her, bind her and get ‘er done!
      1. quilted,
      2. need to finish quilting the borders
      3. need to bind
    2. Celtic Solstice – prep the back
    3. Have yourself a quilty little christmas – prep the back and quilt on my domestic
    4. Raining Cats and Dogs – hand quilt weekly
    5. Provence – Finish the top
    6. Area One Quilter’s Run –
    7. Scrapitude – continue doing the leaders and enders
  2. Knitting
    1. Continue knitting on my sweater “Kimono” – done.  I’ve been working a bit on this each day.  I try to do at least a row or two as it takes me about 15-20 minutes to do a row.  It’s the perfect break between work tasks.
    2. Finish the purple socks and cast on Knitting Expat’s March sock club pattern
      1. The purple socks have become my purse knitting so I take them with me wherever I go and if I find myself with time, I have my knitting to do.
      2. I did start the March sock and I’m almost done with it.  I’ve got to do the toes, weave in the ends, take a pic and update Ravelry.
    3. finish Jacob’s beanie
  3. Cross Stitch
    1. Mama’s Bukid – work on this weekly
  4. Bag Making
    1. make 2 more drawstring bags
    2. make 2 more zipper pouch
    3. Check out the next Craftsy bag class I’ve got.  Gather my supplies.
  5. Clothes Making
    1. One of the members in my mini group is part of a sewing guild.  I think I’ll get with her and see what the resources are for a beginner.  I need help getting going in this arena.

 

 

2017 Crafty Plan – March Update

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It’s March!  We’re almost 1/4th finished with 2017.  OMG… time is flying too fast.

Here’s what I want to get done this month:

  1. Quilting:
    1. Missing Ivy – Quilt her, bind her and get ‘er done!
    2. Celtic Solstice – prep the back
    3. Have yourself a quilty little christmas – prep the back and quilt on my domestic
    4. Raining Cats and Dogs – hand quilt weekly
    5. Provence – Finish the top
    6. Area One Quilter’s Run –
    7. Scrapitude – continue doing the leaders and enders
  2. Knitting
    1. Continue knitting on my sweater “Kimono”
    2. Finish the purple socks and cast on Knitting Expat’s March sock club pattern
    3. finish Jacob’s beanie
  3. Cross Stitch
    1. Mama’s Bukid – work on this weekly
  4. Bag Making
    1. make 2 more drawstring bags
    2. make 2 more zipper pouch
    3. Check out the next Craftsy bag class I’ve got.  Gather my supplies.
  5. Clothes Making
    1. One of the members in my mini group is part of a sewing guild.  I think I’ll get with her and see what the resources are for a beginner.  I need help getting going in this arena.

 

 

2017 Crafty Plan – February Recap

Here’s an update on what I finished with the rest of my February action items.

  1. quilt Missing Ivy – still not done.  I scheduled this for the last Saturday of the month and I got a bit done on it.  It’s not finished because the machine konked out on me.  🙂  At least it wasn’t because I bailed.  Anyway, I hope to get this done this coming weekend.
  2. Since I’m at a bit of a standstill, I want to go through my quilty closet and reorganize it. = done
  3. Pull out the 2012 LQS BOM Provence and figure out where I am.  Do the next step. = I pulled it out and figured out where I left off.  I started doing the next step but haven’t finished.
  4. Area One Quilter’s Run – Pull out and do one of the blocks. = not done
  5. Continue to focus on the magenta socks and the kimono sweater. = done!  I finished the magenta socks and I’m halfway through the back of the kimono sweater.
  6. Make more drawstring bags = done.  I finished making another pair.
  7. Watch the craftsy class with the zipper pouch and make a zipper pouch. = done.

And here’s my 2017 crafty plan and where Feb’s action plan fit in…

  1. Quilting
    1. Finish 6 quilts
      1. Missing Ivy – to be quilted = STILL NEEDS TO BE QUILTED
      2. Celtic Solstice – THIS TOP WAS FINISHED IN FEBRUARY AND NOW I NEED TO PREP THE BACK AND GET IT READY FOR QUILTING.
      3. Have yourself a quilty Little Christmas – I need to finish the border (and thus the top) and then it will need the backing prepped – I FINISHED THIS TOP IN FEBRUARY.
      4. Raining Cats and Dogs – this needs to be hand quilted.
      5. Provence (2012 LQS BOM) – blocks are done, I need to revisit where I am on this one.  I think I just need to piece the blocks and alternating blocks together. = I PULLED THIS OUT AND I AM READY TO GET THE NEXT STEP GOING.
      6. Area One Quilter’s Run – blocks need to be pieced
      7. Scrapitude 2016 – I am piecing this as my leaders and enders
      8. Asian (2012 LQS BOM #2)
  2. Knitting
    1. Sweater “Kimono” – HALFWAY THROUGH THE BACK.
    2. Socks – 12 for the year.  I currently have 4 on the needles.  I FINISHED 1 – THE MAGENTA SOCKS.
    3. hat – 1 for each family member – I AM WORKING ON JACOB’S BEANIE AND I’M WORKING ON THE DECREASE.
    4. car knitting – Jacob’s beanie
    5. Use yarn stash (which as of 2/15/17, the following are being knitted from stash: 2 socks, Jacob’s beanie, Rikke hat for me or Kayla.)
  3. Cross Stitching – continue working on Mama’s Bukid each week.  At the latter end of last year, I grew tired of the browns and greens that I kept seeing on Mama’s Bukid and started a new project A Rose Fairy.  It’s not on my must do list for this year but I will work on it if I feel the urge to.  Right now, knitting is occupying more of my crafty time so as long as I work on Mama’s Bukid each week I’m happy.    
  4. Bag Making – I’ve been wanting to make bags for awhile.  I think it was one of my goals in 2015.  I want to revisit this again.  I have a bunch of craftsy classes, bag kits, books and patterns.  I think I’ll start with the Craftsy classes (especially the ones I have kits for) and then work on the kits I have.  After that, I’ll try my hand at the books and patterns I’ve got.
    1. DRAWSTRING BAGS – 6
    2. ZIPPER POUCHES – 1
    3. CRAFTSY CLASSES WATCHED – 2
  5. Clothes – I want to start learning how to sew garments.  I’m not sure how or where to start so I guess my first step is to find an easy project to start learning on.

And my overarching non-craft specific goals:

  1. use what I have
    1. my fabric stash
    2. my yarn stash
    3. my tools
  2. Get rid of the things that I don’t love anymore
    1. sell
    2. donate
    3. throw away
  3. Watch my spending
    1. only buy things I will use now