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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