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Priorities and To Dos…

Okay. This is a long post.  That’s my warning.  If you’ve followed my blog for any bit of time, you can see I talk about the same three projects from week to week to week.  Basically, every month, I hit the same three projects.  In case you’re new, they are:

  1. BOM – Tell It To the Stars by Judy Laquidara at Patchwork Times
  2. BOM – Moon Glow
  3. BOM – Hampton Ridge

Every once in awhile, during months where I had more quilting time, I worked on a second list of projects… I lovingly call this my wish list.  That wish list changes during the year but right now, this is it:

  1. Quilt Flowers and Baskets
  2. Hand applique Raining Cats and Dogs
  3. cutting for Scrapitude 2015
  4. Celtic Solstice

That’s pretty much all I have time to get to each month.  I very rarely reach Celtic Solstice because by then, the month usually resets and I’m back to Tell It To The Stars.  So… the BOMs are ending pretty soon.  Tell It To The Stars is ending November or December.  I’m on the final block for Moon Glow and will be starting the finishing instructions next month.  I’m on the final set of blocks for Hampton Ridge and will be starting the finishing instructions soon also.  As they get done and off the list, it makes room for Bonnie’s mystery quilt, Grand Illusion! from December – January and then off the priority list and down to the wish list.  Then Scrapitude 2015 will be on the top 3 list from January until May.  And then what happens?  I’ve got a ton of things just waiting to jump onto the wish list and then the priority list.  I do not want to start anything new and I do not want to buy fabric without a project in mind.  But I have no room for new projects and I have no room for new fabric so… I have to get them on the list to get them finished.

Here’s what I’m thinking, every year NewFO Challenge happens.  I wanted to do it this year but I can’t imaging how insane I’ll be if I started something new each month.

So I’m tweaking it for myself for next year.  Instead of working on something new each month.  I will work on a new UFO each month.  It won’t take the place of my priority projects but will be in the second category (where Celtic Solstice is now).  That way all my UFOs that are floating around waiting for space in my top three projects can still feel the love (at least for a month).

Here’s my list of projects I want to hit up next year in no particular order:

  1. A Rainbow Garden (which will one day take the place of Raining Cats and Dogs)
  2. My Hawaiian Quilt (started at PIQF 2013 and will be the next hand project after A Rainbow Garden)
  3. BOM from LQS 2012/13 Asian Color Way
  4. BOM from LQS 2012/13 Provence Color Way
  5. Thimbleberries #2
  6. Grandma’s Flower Garden
  7. Craftsy BOM 2012
  8. Corduroy Quilt
  9. Dancing with the Stars (started at PIQF 2013)
  10. Kimberly Einmo’s mystery quilt from Craftsy in 2013 (or 2012?)
  11. Missing Ivy
  12. Sylvia’s Bridal Quilt in Red and White
  13. Lucky Star BOM

I know I’ve listed 13 and there are only 12 months out of the year.  But I’m thinking of frogging Craftsy BOM 2012.  I only did the first two months and I did not pick out fabrics for the year and I’m not toatlly in love with the quilt.  So… it’s on there for now but may come off when I solidify my list.

All of these projects are stored away in my sewing studio, shelves, drawers, with the intent that they will move into the top 3 spots as the BOMs and other projects move off.  But they haven’t made it to the top of the list for one reason or another.  I still have a bunch of KITS that are not opened, but hidden away outside of my sewing studio.  Not to mention the ever growing list of quilts I WANT to make.

  1. Dear Jane
  2. Swoon
  3. the patterns I have but didn’t buy fabric for
  4. etc. etc. etc.

Okay, now I’m getting carried away and I’m driving myself crazy… I will let it go at this point… but this is what is in my head and sometime before the new year, I’ll be putting rhyme to reason… the projects will be put in some sort of order and assigned months for me to work on them.  I’ll probably work on my monthly lists too so that they are in line.

I used to link to Judy’s “Get It Done” monthly list at PatchworkTimes.com but she stopped doing those this year.  I’ve been looking for a good replacement.  I try to post at “A Lovely Year of Finishes” at Fiber of All Sorts and “Finish Along” at The Littlest Thistle.  But it hasn’t worked as well for me.  I think it is because they concentrate on finishes while I do not finish things that fast.  If you know of a good blog where I can just post my goals for the month and share with others, please let me know.

 

Tuesday ToDo’s

October’s To Do List

  1. Tell It to The Stars – October clue – DONE 10/4/14
  2. Moon Glow – Block #11 – PIECES ARE CUT; NEED TO PRINT THE FOUNDATION PAPER
    1. NEXT: applique the center and piece the borders of the block on
  3. Hampton Ridge – Month 9, 10, 11
  4. Finish Quilting Flowers and Baskets* – QUILTED 2 BLOCKS
  5. Raining Cats and Dogs – work on this a little bit at a time. – WORKING ON PIECE #2
  6. Practice FMQ**
  7. Celtic Solstice – Step 5
  8. (added later) Get the med/dark pieces cut for Scrapitude

This week, I plan to do:

  • Work on Raining Cats and Dogs during the week.  Since I started working on it last weekend, the project is laid out all over my sewing table.
  • Kayla’s Cowl – this is almost done.  I’ve only got 2 more rows to do.
  • Moon Glow – applique the center, piece the borders
  • Hampton Ridge – last 4 blocks (#38-41)

~Happy Quilting

Melanie

Tuesday ToDo’s

October’s To Do List

  1. Tell It to The Stars – October clue – DONE 10/4/14
  2. Moon Glow – Block #11 – PIECES ARE CUT; NEED TO PRINT THE FOUNDATION PAPER
  3. Hampton Ridge – Month 9, 10, 11
  4. Finish Quilting Flowers and Baskets* – QUILTED 2 BLOCKS
  5. Raining Cats and Dogs – work on this a little bit at a time. – WORKING ON PIECE #2
  6. Practice FMQ**
  7. Celtic Solstice – Step 5
  8. (added later) Get the med/dark pieces cut for Scrapitude

This week, I plan to do:

  • Moon Glow – at a minimum, I plan to print the pages I need and put together the foundation part of Block #11.  If I can get the whole block finished, I’ll be pleasantly surprised.
  • Work on Raining Cats and Dogs during the week.  Since I started working on it last weekend, the project is laid out all over my sewing table.
  • Kayla’s Cowl – this is almost done.  I’ve only got 2 more rows to do.

~Happy Quilting

Melanie

Quilty Goals – October, 2014

This month flew by fast and I didn’t get nearly as much as I normally get done.

September Goals

  1. Tell It to The Stars – September clue  DONE
  2. Moon Glow – Block #10 DONE
  3. Hampton Ridge – Month 9, 10, 11
  4. Finish Quilting Flowers and Baskets*
  5. Raining Cats and Dogs – continue to work on this a little bit at a time.
  6. Practice FMQ**
  7. Celtic Solstice – Step 5

October Goals

  1. Tell It to The Stars – October clue
  2. Moon Glow – Block #11
  3. Hampton Ridge – Month 9, 10, 11
  4. Finish Quilting Flowers and Baskets*
  5. Raining Cats and Dogs – work on this a little bit at a time.
  6. Practice FMQ**
  7. Celtic Solstice – Step 5

 

PRIORITIES –
Quilting Station – Flowers and Baskets
Piecing Station – The BOMs
Hand Station – Raining Cats and Dogs

* One of my Quarterly FAL items

**One of my 2014 Quilty Resolutions

~Happy Quilting

Melanie

Quilty Goals Update – August, 2014

 

Tell It To The Stars August Clue 8/14/2014

Tell It To The Stars
August Clue
8/14/2014

I barely finished the August Clue for Tell It To The Stars last night.  This month’s clue required quite a bit more cutting than the previous months and it just took a lot longer for me to finish.  I’ve been on vacation these last couple of weeks and I had hoped to spend more time in my sewing room.  But, vacation for a business owner doesn’t really happen unless I leave my house, put away the laptop and do not have internet access.  So – I spent more time working than I wanted to.  However, I was able to spend a few days in Carlsbad, CA and finally take the boy to Legoland.  I’m really glad I did as I’m pretty sure he would be too old for it next year.  With that said, I better get my act together if I want to get more than 1 item done on my August list.

August Goals

  1. ContinueworkingonmyBOMs
    • Tell It To The Stars -> August only – DONE
    • Moon Glow – Block 7 and 8 – #9 will be here shortly (YES, #9 IS HERE NOW SO I’VE GOT 3 BLOCKS TO FINISH)
    • Hampton Ridge – Kits for Month 8 and 9 – #10 will be here shortly (#10 IS HERE TOO SO I’VE GOT 3 MONTH’S TO FINISH)
  2. Quilt Flowers and Baskets*
    • This quilt is basted and just needs to be quilted.  I’m planning on giving it to my mother.
  3. Block # 7 (THE LAST BLOCK) of Raining Cats and Dogs
    • This is the last block
  4. Practice FMQ**
  5. Take out and play with a new project just for kicks**

PRIORITIES –
Quilting Station – Flowers and Baskets
Piecing Station – The BOMs
Hand Station – Raining Cats and Dogs

* One of my Quarterly FAL items

**One of my 2014 Quilty Resolutions

~Happy Quilting

Melanie

Quilty Goals – August, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes

July Goals –

  1. Easy Street* – Finish the binding and label this baby! 🙂 – DONE! I actually finished this early in July.
  2. My goal for July is to get caught up on my BOMs

August Goals

  1. Continue working onmyBOMs
  2. Quilt Flowers and Baskets*
    • This quilt is basted and just needs to be quilted.  I’m planning on giving it to my mother.
  3. Block # 7 (THE LAST BLOCK) of Raining Cats and Dogs
    • This is the last block
  4. Practice FMQ**
  5. Take out and play with a new project just for kicks**

PRIORITIES –
Quilting Station – Flowers and Baskets
Piecing Station – The BOMs
Hand Station – Raining Cats and Dogs

* One of my Quarterly FAL items

**One of my 2014 Quilty Resolutions

See more quilty goals at  A Lovely Year of Finishes

~Happy Quilting

Melanie

Quilty Goals – July, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes

I missed posting my July Goal List because of my busy life… but I wanted to get this up here anyway.

Here’s the June list so I can track how much I accomplished during this crazy time…

  1. Easy Street* – Finish the binding and label this baby! 🙂 – DONE! I actually finished this early in July.
  2. Practice sandwiches for FMQ** – I need to create a plan for the next 6 months and do the first step -> I was able to prep about 12- 12×12 practice sandwiches to use over the next few months.
  3. Iris Cameo: Finish quilting the border. -> put it away and haven’t gotten to this yet.  I did get it unpacked and in my WIP dresser.
  4. Stay caught up with my current BOMs: Tell It To The Stars -> fell behind
  5. Get caught up with Moon Glow – I have this month’s and last month’s -> now I’m 3 blocks behind (6, 7, 8)
  6. Get caught up with Hampton Ridge – I have this month’s and last month’s -> I’m 3 month’s behind (7, 8, 9)
  7. Block #4 of A Rainbow Garden – I’m heading down to Los Angeles for 8 days and this is all hand work.  So I’m taking this with me.  Hopefully I actually do something with it. -> didn’t even touch this
  8. Block #7 Raining Cats and Dogs – get started on this block -> haven’t touched this either
  9. Part 4 of Celtic Solstice -> also didn’t do anything on this.
  10. Open and start one of my kits**-> haven’t done anything with this either.

July Goals –

  1. Easy Street* – Finish the binding and label this baby! 🙂 – DONE! I actually finished this early in July.
  2. My goal for July is to get caught up on my BOMs

* One of my Quarterly FAL items

**One of my 2014 Quilty Resolutions

See more quilty goals at  A Lovely Year of Finishes

~Happy Quilting

Melanie

 

Quilty Goals – June, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Here’s my May Quilty Goal List and how well I did…

  1. Easy Street* – Finish quilting the borders, bind and label this baby! 🙂 ==> I was able to finish quilting the borders and get the binding on but not finished or labelled.  I guess this will go on to June’s list.  This was held up since it took me 2 weeks to get to a quilt shop to buy fabric for the binding so c’est la vie.
  2. Flowers and Baskets* – get this basted and ready to quilt. ==> DONE!  it’s ready to be quilted.  I did the blue baste method and I LOVE IT!  Let’s see how it goes when I quilt it.  So far I’ve only quilted crib quilts and small things that I’ve glue basted.  this will be the largest glue basted item I’m going to quilt so I’m interested to see if it goes better than the pin basting did for me.
  3. Prep 12 practice sandwiches for FMQ** ==> DONE! I’ve prepped 14 practice sandwiches… YAY — now I’ve just got to go practice. haha!
  4. Open and start one of my kits** ==> DONE!  I opened up my corduroy quilt.  We’ll see if I get going on any of it or if I’ll stick it in the UFO pile.  I’m not sure yet.  I’m loving it at the moment so I may just keep working on it.
  5. Stay caught up with my current BOMs: Tell It To The Stars and Moon Glow ==> Well, I was able to stay caught up with Tell It To The Stars but Moon Glow is now behind a month.
  6. Get caught up with Hampton Ridge. ==> I finished 1 month so I’m only behind a month.
  7. Block #4 of A Rainbow Garden ==> I didn’t even touch this.
  8. Block #7 Raining Cats and Dogs – get started on this block ==> I didn’t touch this either.
  9. Part 4 of Celtic Solstice ==> nothing here either.

For June’s Quilty Goal List here’s what I’ve got…

  1. Easy Street* – Finish the binding and label this baby! 🙂
  2. Practice sandwiches for FMQ** – I need to create a plan for the next 6 months and do the first step
  3. Iris Cameo: Finish quilting the border.
  4. Stay caught up with my current BOMs: Tell It To The Stars
  5. Get caught up with Moon Glow – I have this month’s and last month’s
  6. Get caught up with Hampton Ridge – I have this month’s and last month’s
  7. Block #4 of A Rainbow Garden – I’m heading down to Los Angeles for 8 days and this is all hand work.  So I’m taking this with me.  Hopefully I actually do something with it.
  8. Block #7 Raining Cats and Dogs – get started on this block
  9. Part 4 of Celtic Solstice
  10. Open and start one of my kits**

* One of my Quarterly FAL items

**One of my 2014 Quilty Resolutions

This month we’re in LA for 8 days and we’re doing a tea party for her friends and we’re having a small family thing for Kayla’s 13th birthday.  She really turns 13 in July but since we plan to be living in LA by then we wanted to celebrate with her new friends from the Bay and with our family here.  We’ll have another party when we get back to LA to celebrate our homecoming!  All that to say that I’m not sure I’ll have much quilty time this month.  But one step at a time and eventually things will get done.  My only primary goal is to finish Easy Street.  Everything else can wait if I don’t have time.

See more quilty goals at  A Lovely Year of Finishes

~Happy Quilting

Melanie

 

Quilty Goals – May, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Here’s my April Quilty Goal List and how well I did

  1. My hand quilt –  finish the last 2 sides of binding and then I need to put the label on it. – DONE! YA-A!
  2. Easy Street – get the quilting done on this  – I was able to get most of the quilting done this month.  I was only able to quilt the inner border and 1 side of the outer border this evening.
  3. Flowers and Baskets – get the backing for this – DONE!
  4. Get caught up with my BOMs: Moon Glow and Hampton Ridge – I WAS ABLE TO CATCH UP WITH MOON GLOW AND I DID 1 OF THE 2 KITS I HAD PENDING FOR HAMPTON RIDGE.
  5. Block #4 of A Rainbow Garden
  6. Block #2 Raining Cats and Dogs – DONE!
  7. Prep 12 practice sandwiches for FMQ
  8. Part 4 of Celtic Solstice
  9. Open and start one of my kits  – DONE!

 

For May’s Quilty Goal List here’s what I’ve got…

  1. Easy Street* – Finish quilting the borders, bind and label this baby! 🙂
  2. Flowers and Baskets* – get this basted and ready to quilt.
  3. Prep 12 practice sandwiches for FMQ**
  4. Open and start one of my kits**
  5. Stay caught up with my current BOMs: Tell It To The Stars and Moon Glow
  6. Get caught up with Hampton Ridge.
  7. Block #4 of A Rainbow Garden
  8. Block #7 Raining Cats and Dogs – get started on this block
  9. Part 4 of Celtic Solstice

* One of my Quarterly FAL items

**One of my 2014 Quilty Resolutions

See more quilty goals at  A Lovely Year of Finishes

~Happy Quilting

Melanie

 

Quilty Goals – April, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Another month, another quarter finished in 2014 and I was able to finish 2 secret projects and get very close to being done with the hand quilt.

  1. My hand quilt –  finish the last 2 sides of binding and then I need to put the label on it.
  2. Easy Street – get the quilting done on this
  3. Flowers and Baskets – get the backing for this
  4. Get caught up with my BOMs: Moon Glow and Hampton Ridge
  5. Block #4 of A Rainbow Garden
  6. Block #2 Raining Cats and Dogs
  7. Prep 12 practice sandwiches for FMQ
  8. Part 4 of Celtic Solstice
  9. Open and start one of my kits

See more quilty goals at  A Lovely Year of Finishes

~Happy Quilting

Melanie

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