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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.

 

 

2016 Goals – November Update

 

Time is flying by way too fast! 🙂

My OMG goal for November was to finish Missing Ivy! But I didn’t do it.

Missing Ivy Finished top! 10/10/16

Missing Ivy
Finished top!
10/10/16

The top is finished and the back is ready.  I need to press everything, trim the batting and get on the long arm at my local Bernina dealer.  But I haven’t done it yet.  I really want to get this done soon.  So I’ll be able to accomplish my #1 goal for 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 – finished 9/29/2016!

Quilt #5 – Raining Cats and Dogs – top was finished on 4/9/2016.  Keep going on the hand quilting.  I’m working on quilting the backgrounds with the cream thread.  My goal is to get the second row done.

== Not done.  I haven’t touched this in a long time.  Not sure why other than I haven’t been interested in doing hand quilting.

Quilt #6 – Missing Ivy – Press the top, press the back, trim the batting and quilt it.  Then I got to bind it.

== Not done.  I need to schedule time on the long arm and get going on this.

Quilt #7 – Have Yourself a Quilty Little Christmas! – The scrappy border kit will be released while we are in Colorado so as soon as I get back I will be heading to the LQS to pick it up and start working on it.  My goal is to get this top done this month since I want to get this quilted in December.

== I did pick up the kit but haven’t gotten started on this.  I’m hoping to get going on this this week.

Quilt #8 – Celtic Solstice – My plan for the rest of the year is to get the top done and then have this ready for quilting in January 2017.  For November I want to get the inner top done so I can work on the borders in December.   That seems like a lot but I’m dreaming big.

== I did not get the inner top done but I’m very close.  I plan to get the inner top done for December and get started on working on the border.  I hope I could get all the borders on so I can quilt this in January but I haven’t looked to see how much border I need to do.

Quilt #9 – LQS 2012 BOM “Provence” – My goal is to get the the alternative blocks done and maybe have the alternative blocks paired up with the main blocks.

== I did get the alternative blocks done and I started pairing them with the main blocks.  But I’ve got about more to pair them together.

Quilt #10 – 2012 SoCal Quilter’s Run Mystery Quilt – Area One – Work on the blocks I have fabric for on the 2 available Fridays before Bonnie Hunter releases the first clue of En Provence!

== I’ve got 2 of the clues finished for this and I’ll be holding off on this until January.

Quilt #11 – Scrapitude 2016 – I pulled this out and started working on clue #1 as my leader/ender.

== Yes… I am working on this project as my leader/ender.

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

As of 10/31/2016, I’m at net ADDED 36.972 yards for the year.

As of 11/30/2016, I’m at net Added 37.972 yards for the year.  I’ve only added 1 yard for the month!  Can you believe that?  I’m amazed and I know it’s entirely because I’ve been counting the fabric I bring in and the fabric I use up.

#3 – Create a hobby budget and 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 10/31/2016 is $4,499.85.

==> Current crafty spending for 2016 as of 11/30/2016 is $4,571.73

#4 – Knit weekly

I’ve started several projects and haven’t taken pictures or listed any of them.  In addition to knitting each project a bit at a time, my goal this month is to show them all to you every Saturday.  I started a new set of socks, a beannie, and a shawl.  The socks are my TV knitting or just daily knitting, the beanie is my Clipper basketball game knitting, and the shawl is my car knitting.

==> I finished the Clipper beanie.  In addition to the socks mentioned above, I started 2 other pairs of socks.  The first one is pink/blue and the first sock is practically done.  The toe part needs to be grafted and then I can continue on to the second sock.  I also took pictures of things and posted about them here.  It’s a little dated now but gives you an idea of what things look like until I have a chance to post another update.

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

Continue progressing. ==> Not much progress here as this was a busy month and I got caught with the knitting bug that took up a lot of my cross stitch time.

Mama's Bukid 10/20/2016

Mama’s Bukid
10/20/2016

Mama's Bukid 11/26/2016

Mama’s Bukid
11/26/2016

Continue working on the new project…

A Rose Fairy 10/20/2016

A Rose Fairy
10/20/2016

A Rose Fairy 11/2/2016

A Rose Fairy
11/2/2016

#6 – Scrapbook

Now that we have a date for the crafty girls’ weekend retreat.  I need to book a place.  I will probably not do this until January since we scheduled our retreat for the weekend after Easter 2017 and that’s in April.  I’m thinking of renting a small house in San Louis Obispo or some coastal CA town.

Here’s a link to my original 2016 Goals.

Here’s to a great year!

~Melanie

 

 

2016 Goals – November

 

My OMG goal for November is to finish Missing Ivy!

Missing Ivy Finished top! 10/10/16

Missing Ivy
Finished top!
10/10/16

The top is finished and the back is ready.  I need to press everything, trim the batting and get on the long arm at my local Bernina dealer.  With our upcoming trip to Colorado and Thanksgiving my time is limited but I’m hoping I can get this finished.

#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 – finished 9/29/2016!

Quilt #5 – Raining Cats and Dogs – top was finished on 4/9/2016.  Keep going on the hand quilting.  I’m working on quilting the backgrounds with the cream thread.  My goal is to get the second row done.

Quilt #6 – Missing Ivy – Press the top, press the back, trim the batting and quilt it.  Then I got to bind it.

Quilt #7 – Have Yourself a Quilty Little Christmas! – The scrappy border kit will be released while we are in Colorado so as soon as I get back I will be heading to the LQS to pick it up and start working on it.  My goal is to get this top done this month since I want to get this quilted in December.

Quilt #8 – Celtic Solstice – My plan for the rest of the year is to get the top done and then have this ready for quilting in January 2017.  For November I want to get the inner top done so I can work on the borders in December.   That seems like a lot but I’m dreaming big.

Quilt #9 – LQS 2012 BOM “Provence” – My goal is to get the the alternative blocks done and maybe have the alternative blocks paired up with the main blocks.

Quilt #10 – 2012 SoCal Quilter’s Run Mystery Quilt – Area One – Work on the blocks I have fabric for on the 2 available Fridays before Bonnie Hunter releases the first clue of En Provence!

Quilt #11 – Scrapitude 2016 – I pulled this out and started working on clue #1 as my leader/ender.

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

As of 10/31/2016, I’m at net ADDED 36.972 yards for the year.

#3 – Create a hobby budget and 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 10/31/2016 is $4,499.85.

#4 – Knit weekly

I’ve started several projects and haven’t taken pictures or listed any of them.  In addition to knitting each project a bit at a time, my goal this month is to show them all to you every Saturday.  I started a new set of socks, a beannie, and a shawl.  The socks are my TV knitting or just daily knitting, the beanie is my Clipper basketball game knitting, and the shawl is my car knitting.

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

Continue progressing.  I’m extremely happy with how I’ve been able to work on these projects each week.

Mama's Bukid 10/20/2016

Mama’s Bukid
10/20/2016

Continue working on the new project…

A Rose Fairy 10/20/2016

A Rose Fairy
10/20/2016

#6 – Scrapbook

Now that we have a date for the crafty girls’ weekend retreat.  I need to book a place.  I will probably not do this until January since we scheduled our retreat for the weekend after Easter 2017 and that’s in April.  I’m thinking of renting a small house in San Louis Obispo or some coastal CA town.

Here’s a link to my original 2016 Goals.

Here’s to a great year!

~Melanie

 

 

2016 Goals – October Update

 

My OMG goal for October is to finish Missing Ivy!

Missing Ivy 9/25/16

Missing Ivy
9/25/16

This was an ambitious goal because the top was not yet done.  I had borders to do and I was able to get my butt in gear and finish it earlier this month.

Missing Ivy Finished top! 10/10/16

Missing Ivy
Finished top!
10/10/16

My goal was to finish Missing Ivy this month but I ran out of weekends to do it.  They got filled fast!  So rather than stress myself out over my self-imposed deadline I pushed this out to November and I’m hoping to get this quilted after we get back from Colorado in a couple of weeks.  That will give me a couple of weeks after to get the binding done.

#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 – finished 9/29/2016!

Quilt #5 – Raining Cats and Dogs – top was finished on 4/9/2016.  Keep going on the hand quilting.  I’m working on quilting the backgrounds with the cream thread.  My goal is to get the second row done.

Quilt #6 – Missing Ivy – Here’s my plan to get this done this month!

week 1 – finish the top – Done

week 2 – piece the back, including label – done

10/30 – prep batting – not done … changed this to the week of 11/14

11/5- quilt this on the rented long arm – not done … changed this to the week of 11/14

bind the rest of November…. 11/21-11/30 🙂

Quilt #7 – Have Yourself a Quilty Little Christmas! – If I understood Susan (our fearless BOM leader) at our last meeting, this month’s kit was the final kit for blocks.  I believe next month we’ll be working on the border.  Since I’ve been pretty much on top of this BOM, I think this will be ready to quilt in November.  I’m planning on a simple cross hatch or double cross hatch.  This project is smaller than my normal massive queen/king quilts so I think I can use my domestic for quilting this.

=== I thought I was wrong but October is the last month for blocks.  I picked it up last week and hope to get it finished this weekend.

=== done.  The inner top is complete and we’ll be working on the scrappy border in November.

Have yourself a quilty little Christmas! 10/16/2016

Have yourself a quilty little Christmas!
10/16/2016

Quilt #8 – Celtic Solstice – My plan for the rest of the year is to get the top done and then have this ready for quilting in January 2017.  I don’t know what finishing the rest of this top entails but I hope to get all the Block B’s finished this month.

==> I got all the Block B’s finished and I started piecing Block A’s to Block B’s in pairs.  I hope to get these done by 11/8.

Quilt #9 – LQS 2012 BOM “Provence” – I didn’t have time to work on this project at all.  I hope that with Hampton Ridge finished, I’ll have some time to get this back on my project lineup.  With my ambitious plans to get Missing Ivy finished this month, that may not happen but one can always plan and hope! 🙂

===> I actually pulled this out and got through a step for the alternative blocks this month.

===> I got through 2 rounds of all the alternative blocks.  I need the 3rd and final round and then I believe the next step is to start piecing the alternative blocks to the blocks.

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

As of 9/25/2016, I’m at net ADDED 31.375 yards.  I still need to take into account Hampton Ridge but that will happen tomorrow for my stash report.  In the meantime, this is AWESOME as my historical trend from year to year is going down.  At the same point in time for the last few years, here’s where I’ve been at.

  • 2015 – 41.58 Added yards
  • 2014 – 59.875 Added yards
  • 2013 – 121.75 Added yards

It’s cool to be able to look back and see where I’ve been.  And even though I’ve added so far this year overall I can see that I am getting better at not buying fabric just to buy fabric.

===> As of 10/31/2016, I’ve added 36.972

#3 – Create a hobby budget and 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 9/25/2016 is $4,262.35.

==> As of 10/31/2016, my current spending is $4,499.85

I’m hoping that over time my spending will go down from year to year (similar to what happened with my stash report).  Since this is the first year of me tracking this, it’s still our base line.

#4 – Knit weekly

Now that I’m progressing along with my one sock I would really love to get this one sock done this month and get started on the second sock. 🙂

=== the first sock is done and I’m working on the second sock.  I actually started several projects since I’m in the mood for knitting. 🙂

=== second socks is now done and this project is complete!

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

Finish Row 6 in October

Mama's Bukid 9/25/2016

Mama’s Bukid
9/25/2016

Mama's Bukid 10/20/2016

Mama’s Bukid
10/20/2016

Continue working on the new project…

A Rose Fairy 9/25/16

A Rose Fairy
9/25/16

A Rose Fairy 10/20/2016

A Rose Fairy
10/20/2016

#6 – Scrapbook

Get a date on the calendar.  Shooting for April, 2017.

==> talked to my sister and confirmed April 2017 works.  Now we just need to solidify the date and actually rent something.

We actually settled on the date as the weekend after Easter 2017.  I’m thinking of renting a small house in San Louis Obispo or some coastal town between us.  My sister lives in Sacramento and I’m in Los Angeles so we have a lot of options.

Here’s a link to my original 2016 Goals.

Here’s to a great year!

~Melanie

 

 

2016 Goals – October Mid Month Update

 

My OMG goal for October is to finish Missing Ivy!

Missing Ivy 9/25/16

Missing Ivy
9/25/16

This was an ambitious goal because the top was not yet done.  I had borders to do and I was able to get my butt in gear and finish it earlier this week.

Missing Ivy Finished top! 10/10/16

Missing Ivy
Finished top!
10/10/16

I worked on getting the back done and woot woot, it’s done.  I still need to get a picture but the best part is that the label is pieced into the back.  The plan this week was to get the batting trimmed and ready so I could rent the long arm at the shop this weekend.  Well, that didn’t happen and there comes a time when one has to stop, breathe, and be real.  I’m not going to rush to get this done.  Basically, I need to get this quilted this weekend to have any hope of getting this done this month.  Next weekend I’ll be out of town and the weekend after that is the last weekend of October.  And I’ve got a class that weekend and will not be able to rent the long arm.  So 11/5 is the next weekend I’ll be able to quilt this.  I decided in the middle of the week to give myself grace.  I’m turning 40 in a few days and I’m having a hard time with it.  I don’t know why.  I feel like an idiot for it.  But that is what it is and I need to step away from the quilt.  For now.  I can still get this done in November and still be on track to get 6 quilts finished this year.  And if I don’t.  I am okay with that too.  If I finish at 5 that would be the most quilts I finished in one year ever.

#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 – finished 9/29/2016!

Quilt #5 – Raining Cats and Dogs – top was finished on 4/9/2016.  Keep going on the hand quilting.  I’m working on quilting the backgrounds with the cream thread.  My goal is to get the second row done.

Quilt #6 – Missing Ivy – Here’s my plan to get this done this month!

week 1 – finish the top – Done

week 2 – piece the back, including label – done

10/30 – prep batting

11/5- quilt this on the rented long arm

bind the rest of November….

Quilt #7 – Have Yourself a Quilty Little Christmas! – If I understood Susan (our fearless BOM leader) at our last meeting, this month’s kit was the final kit for blocks.  I believe next month we’ll be working on the border.  Since I’ve been pretty much on top of this BOM, I think this will be ready to quilt in November.  I’m planning on a simple cross hatch or double cross hatch.  This project is smaller than my normal massive queen/king quilts so I think I can use my domestic for quilting this.

=== I thought I was wrong but October is the last month for blocks.  I picked it up last week and hope to get it finished this weekend.

Quilt #8 – Celtic Solstice – My plan for the rest of the year is to get the top done and then have this ready for quilting in January 2017.  I don’t know what finishing the rest of this top entails but I hope to get all the Block B’s finished this month.

Quilt #9 – LQS 2012 BOM “Provence” – I didn’t have time to work on this project at all.  I hope that with Hampton Ridge finished, I’ll have some time to get this back on my project lineup.  With my ambitious plans to get Missing Ivy finished this month, that may not happen but one can always plan and hope! 🙂

===> I actually pulled this out and got through a step for the alternative blocks this month.

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

As of 9/25/2016, I’m at net ADDED 31.375 yards.  I still need to take into account Hampton Ridge but that will happen tomorrow for my stash report.  In the meantime, this is AWESOME as my historical trend from year to year is going down.  At the same point in time for the last few years, here’s where I’ve been at.

  • 2015 – 41.58 Added yards
  • 2014 – 59.875 Added yards
  • 2013 – 121.75 Added yards

It’s cool to be able to look back and see where I’ve been.  And even though I’ve added so far this year overall I can see that I am getting better at not buying fabric just to buy fabric.

#3 – Create a hobby budget and 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 9/25/2016 is $4,262.35.

I’m hoping that over time my spending will go down from year to year (similar to what happened with my stash report).  Since this is the first year of me tracking this, it’s still our base line.

#4 – Knit weekly

Now that I’m progressing along with my one sock I would really love to get this one sock done this month and get started on the second sock. 🙂

=== the first sock is done and I’m working on the second sock.  I actually started several projects since I’m in the mood for knitting. 🙂

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

Finish Row 6 in October

Mama's Bukid 9/25/2016

Mama’s Bukid
9/25/2016

Mama's Bukid 10/13/2016

Mama’s Bukid
10/13/2016

Continue working on the new project…

A Rose Fairy 9/25/16

A Rose Fairy
9/25/16

A Rose Fairy 10/13/2016

A Rose Fairy
10/13/2016

#6 – Scrapbook

Get a date on the calendar.  Shooting for April, 2017.

==> talked to my sister and confirmed April 2017 works.  Now we just need to solidify the date and actually rent something.

We actually settled on the date as the weekend after Easter 2017.  I’m thinking of renting a small house in San Louis Obispo or some coastal town between us.  My sister lives in Sacramento and I’m in Los Angeles so we have a lot of options.

Here’s a link to my original 2016 Goals.

Here’s to a great year!

~Melanie

 

 

2016 Goals – October Goals

 

My OMG goal for October is to finish Missing Ivy!  This is quite a stretch as the top is not yet done.  And I still need to piece the back and quilt it, and bind it, and get a label on.  That’s a lot for me to try to get done in one month.  But I need to step it into high gear if I really want to get 6 quilts done this year.  I’m at 4 so I only have 3 months left to finish 2 so I’m going to try.  If you’ve been following along you’ll know that Celtic Solstice was actually on the list before Missing Ivy.  But at this stage, Missing Ivy is further along than Celtic Solstice so I decided to bump this to the front of the line now that Hampton Ridge is finished! 🙂   I’m not sure Celtic Solstice will be ready in time to finish completely in 2016 but with the rate I’ve been going on Have Yourself a Little Quilty Christmas, I may be able to bump that up and get it done for Christmas! 🙂  I’m planning to do simple quilting on that one so it should be easy.  [famous last words…]

Missing Ivy 9/25/16

Missing Ivy
9/25/16

#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 – finished 9/29/2016!

Quilt #5 – Raining Cats and Dogs – top was finished on 4/9/2016.  Keep going on the hand quilting.  I’m working on quilting the backgrounds with the cream thread.  My goal is to get the second row done.

Quilt #6 – Missing Ivy – Here’s my plan to get this done this month!

week 1 – finish the top

week 2 – piece the back, including label

week 3 – quilt this at the shop and since I have to rent time on it, I plan to get this done in one weekend

week 4 – bind

Quilt #7 – Have Yourself a Quilty Little Christmas! – If I understood Susan (our fearless BOM leader) at our last meeting, this month’s kit was the final kit for blocks.  I believe next month we’ll be working on the border.  Since I’ve been pretty much on top of this BOM, I think this will be ready to quilt in November.  I’m planning on a simple cross hatch or double cross hatch.  This project is smaller than my normal massive queen/king quilts so I think I can use my domestic for quilting this.

Quilt #8 – Celtic Solstice – My plan for the rest of the year is to get the top done and then have this ready for quilting in January 2017.  I don’t know what finishing the rest of this top entails but I hope to get all the Block B’s finished this month.

Quilt #9 – LQS 2012 BOM “Provence” – I didn’t have time to work on this project at all.  I hope that with Hampton Ridge finished, I’ll have some time to get this back on my project lineup.  With my ambitious plans to get Missing Ivy finished this month, that may not happen but one can always plan and hope! 🙂

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

 

As of 9/25/2016, I’m at net ADDED 31.375 yards.  I still need to take into account Hampton Ridge but that will happen tomorrow for my stash report.  In the meantime, this is AWESOME as my historical trend from year to year is going down.  At the same point in time for the last few years, here’s where I’ve been at.

  • 2015 – 41.58 Added yards
  • 2014 – 59.875 Added yards
  • 2013 – 121.75 Added yards

It’s cool to be able to look back and see where I’ve been.  And even though I’ve added so far this year overall I can see that I am getting better at not buying fabric just to buy fabric.

#3 – Create a hobby budget and 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 9/25/2016 is $4,262.35.

I’m hoping that over time my spending will go down from year to year (similar to what happened with my stash report).  Since this is the first year of me tracking this, it’s still our base line.

#4 – Knit weekly

Now that I’m progressing along with my one sock I would really love to get this one sock done this month and get started on the second sock. 🙂

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

Finish Row 6 in October

Mama's Bukid 9/25/2016

Mama’s Bukid
9/25/2016

Continue working on the new project…

A Rose Fairy 9/25/16

A Rose Fairy
9/25/16

 

#6 – Scrapbook

Get a date on the calendar.  Shooting for April, 2017.

Here’s a link to my original 2016 Goals.

Here’s to a great year!

~Melanie

 

 

2016 Goals – September Update

 

My OMG goal for September was to quilt Hampton Ridge and it’s done!  Of course, I haven’t had a chance to take a picture of it. 😦  But trust me, the binding is on.  I kind of figured out how to use the embroidery function of my new machine to do the label and it’s on!  I’ll get some helpers to hold it up over the weekend so I can snap a picture of it.  In the meantime, here’s the same old pic…

Hampton Ridge almost all quilted 8/28/2016

Hampton Ridge
almost all quilted
8/28/2016

#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 – finished 9/29/2016!

Quilt #5 – Raining Cats and Dogs – top was finished on 4/9/2016.  Keep going on the hand quilting.  I’m working on quilting the backgrounds with the cream thread.  My goal is to get the second row done.

Quilt #6 – Celtic Solstice – Get all the third rows pieced for block B.  I only need about 20 more so I hope I can get these done as leaders/enders for other projects.

==> done. All the third rows are pieced and now I’m piecing the actual block B’s together as leaders and enders.

==> I’ve got about 15 or so blocks put together but I don’t think I can continue to use these as leaders and enders.  I did spend some time this week getting the blocks done for Have yourself a quilty little Christmas but by the last block – didn’t feel like pinning the block B’s to use as leaders and enders.

Quilt #7  – Missing Ivy – I ran out of fabric last month and it really put me behind.  So, this month, I need to get more fabric or make a design decision.  Whatever ends up happening, I want this top to be done in September!  I want my OMG goal in October to be to quilt and finish this baby! woot woot!

==> almost done.  I have all the fabric I need to finish the top (I think) so I’m just working on putting the borders together.  The quilt has a total of 9 borders.  I got the first three on and I’m working on getting the next set on.  I actually have all the fabric cut and borders # 5-9 ready to go.  Border #4 is cut but I need to get all the strips pieced together before I can start measuring and cutting and piecing again. I’m working on getting the top done this month.

==> guess what… I didn’t have all the fabric I needed.  I ran out of the yellow/gold fabric again!  So I trekked it over to the not so fave LQS and bought more (at least what I thought was more).  Brought it home, washed it, pressed it and went to cut it when I realized that it was the wrong fabric!  I had to go to the shop again but this time I had the fabric with me to compare.  I washed it with some bit of laundry last night so after work today, I’ll be folding laundry and pressing my bit of fabric.  I hope I’ll have enough energy to start cutting.  I had enough for 2 sides of this border but needed a bit more for the last 2 sides.  I have 1 of those sides on so I can theoretically start piecing the 2nd side once I’ve got time to do so.

Quilt #8 – LQS 2012 BOM “Provence” – I fell off this wagon and I hope that I will have some time the second half of September to get back to this project.

==> I’m concentrating on finishing Hampton Ridge and Missing Ivy so once I’ve cleared my plate a little, I plan to work on this more regularly.

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

When I get Hampton Ridge finished, my stash report will be in a good spot.  I think I’ll still be in the red but not by much.  I do need to add to my stash in order to get the borders finished on Missing Ivy but once that top is done, I’ll be able to quilt it and then I’ll be in the black again. 🙂

==> Now that Hampton Ridge is finished, my stash report this coming Sunday will start trending to the black.

#3 – Create a hobby budget and 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 8/31/2016 is $3,983.08.

#4 – Knit weekly

I’m going to try watching a football game each week and using that as my knitting time.  I believe we’re still in Pre-Season so I’ll have to figure out what the schedule is.  Hopefully it will fit appropriately.

==> Guess what???  Now that we’re heading into fall I’m starting to work on my sock project again!  Of course, it’s not pre-season anymore and I’m watching a lot of football.  Lately I’ve been using the time to bind Hampton Ridge but I have gotten further along on my sock project this month.  I am about halfway through the foot now.  And then I can work on my second foot.  It helps that I can try it on because I get excited and am wanting to get it done now.

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

Mama's Bukid 9/01/2016

Mama’s Bukid
9/01/2016

I’m almost finished with Row 5.  That will be finished soon so I will try to have Row 6 done in September.

Mama's Bukid 9/15/2016

Mama’s Bukid
9/15/2016

==> I finished Row 5 and I’m working on Row 6.

Mama's Bukid 9/25/2016

Mama’s Bukid
9/25/2016

And started a new project this month. 🙂

A Rose Fairy 9/25/16

A Rose Fairy
9/25/16

 

#6 – Scrapbook

I talked with my sister who scrapbooked with me when I was into that and we were talking about doing a weekend retreat where we can work on our crafts.  We thought it would be a great girl thing to do for the ladies in our family.  I think I need to get this on the calendar and let that be my goal for September.

==>  Okay I haven’t gotten this done BUT I am thinking April will be a good time to actually do this.  I need to check with my sister to see if this works for her.

Here’s a link to my original 2016 Goals.

Here’s to a great year!

~Melanie

 

 

2016 Goals – September Mid Month Update

 

My OMG goal for August was to quilt Hampton Ridge and since I didn’t finish… it’s my goal for September to finish!  That means, finishing the quilting on the borders, binding, and getting a label on it.

Hampton Ridge almost all quilted 8/28/2016

Hampton Ridge
almost all quilted
8/28/2016

==> right now I’m working on hand stitching the binding to the back.  I’m still about halfway through that.  I hope to get that done soon and stitch a label on shortly thereafter.  I don’t know how to use the embroidery function on my new machine yet so I’ll be heading to my Bernina dealer for some help for that. 🙂

#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 – get this finished!

Quilt #5 – Raining Cats and Dogs – top was finished on 4/9/2016.  Keep going on the hand quilting.  I’m working on quilting the backgrounds with the cream thread.  My goal is to get the second row done.

Quilt #6 – Celtic Solstice – Get all the third rows pieced for block B.  I only need about 20 more so I hope I can get these done as leaders/enders for other projects.

==> done. All the third rows are pieced and now I’m piecing the actual block B’s together as leaders and enders.

Quilt #7  – Missing Ivy – I ran out of fabric last month and it really put me behind.  So, this month, I need to get more fabric or make a design decision.  Whatever ends up happening, I want this top to be done in September!  I want my OMG goal in October to be to quilt and finish this baby! woot woot!

==> almost done.  I have all the fabric I need to finish the top (I think) so I’m just working on putting the borders together.  The quilt has a total of 9 borders.  I got the first three on and I’m working on getting the next set on.  I actually have all the fabric cut and borders # 5-9 ready to go.  Border #4 is cut but I need to get all the strips pieced together before I can start measuring and cutting and piecing again. I’m working on getting the top done this month.

Quilt #8 – LQS 2012 BOM “Provence” – I fell off this wagon and I hope that I will have some time the second half of September to get back to this project.

==> I’m concentrating on finishing Hampton Ridge and Missing Ivy so once I’ve cleared my plate a little, I plan to work on this more regularly.

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

When I get Hampton Ridge finished, my stash report will be in a good spot.  I think I’ll still be in the red but not by much.  I do need to add to my stash in order to get the borders finished on Missing Ivy but once that top is done, I’ll be able to quilt it and then I’ll be in the black again. 🙂

#3 – Create a hobby budget and 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 8/31/2016 is $3,983.08.

#4 – Knit weekly

I’m going to try watching a football game each week and using that as my knitting time.  I believe we’re still in Pre-Season so I’ll have to figure out what the schedule is.  Hopefully it will fit appropriately.

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

Mama's Bukid 9/01/2016

Mama’s Bukid
9/01/2016

I’m almost finished with Row 5.  That will be finished soon so I will try to have Row 6 done in September.

Mama's Bukid 9/15/2016

Mama’s Bukid
9/15/2016

#6 – Scrapbook

I talked with my sister who scrapbooked with me when I was into that and we were talking about doing a weekend retreat where we can work on our crafts.  We thought it would be a great girl thing to do for the ladies in our family.  I think I need to get this on the calendar and let that be my goal for September.

Here’s a link to my original 2016 Goals.

Here’s to a great year!

~Melanie