Monday, August 31, 2015

Better late than never

"Better late than never" - that was my theory about setting goals for the last week of August and I did focus a lot more on finishes by having a list. I feel such satisfaction with checking things off that list to say they're DONE.  I feel just a little less focused! 

I even managed to finish the top of a UFO this weekend and that is exciting.

The center block is one that I won a few years ago in a Giveaway and I framed it with some stash fabric. The 12 blocks framing that are from a Halloween block swap I participated in last fall. 3 of those 12 were mine from the swap, and the other 9 were from the other swappers. I bought the stripe last spring to use for the sashing and binding, but the black outer border and the cornerstones are from my stash. Yay!!

  1. sew buttons on all 6 of the 5 minute tablerunners - DONE
  2. finish binding on Trip Around The World UFO - DONE
  3. applique my signature block for guild President's quilt - DONE
  4. 2 mini blocks for this month's Saturday Sampler
  5. finish hand blanket stitching on 1 Saturday Sampler applique block
  6. sandwich Minnesota wall hanging and plan quilting - DONE
  7. plan layout for Halloween UFO (block swap from last year) - Flimsy is DONE
And . . . YES . . . I did finish a few things in August other than this little list.
  • Dinosaur print kid quilt entirely from stash (DONE & ready to gift)
  • 5 minutes table runners (6 of them!)
  • caught up my RSC15 blocks and have 2 rows pieced
  • some random blocks (Saturday Sampler & Traveling Stars)
  • 2 rows made for Row By Row Experience

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Week 34 & 35 Status of the Stash

It has been a wild and crazy couple of weeks and very little of that was spent sewing. It's pre-service workshop time in our school districts so I've been on the road every day for work. Happily, school has now started for most of our districts so my schedule is back to a more normal pace.

In the past 2 weeks I purchased almost 6 yards of fabric, with most of that being for a baby quilt for a gift. This yellow, grey, white color scheme should be pretty. And I also finished some things totaling 8.5 yards, so that is a positive number.

In this week: 5.75 yds
In this year: 156 yds
Used this week: 8.5 yds
Used this year: 151 yds

Status of the Stash: Still behind my stash by 5 yards, but have reduced that by a little bit so I'm optimistic.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage

Just for fun on Friday after work - since my husband headed to a high school football game with a buddy - I played in my sewing room.

The Sew Vintage group I belong to meets one Saturday afternoon each month. Even though I missed last month I learned that we'll be "playing" in the Farm Girl Vintage book (by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet) for the next several months.  I already had the book and was told we at making the strawberry block for our September meeting.  

I have a pretty good stash of 30s fabrics and it is about time that I dig into them again. So I pulled every pink and a few greens for this block.  It's pretty cute. Now I guess it's a wait and see what comes next. Can't wait for our September meeting.

A UFO is finally done!

It feels so good to be able to finally check off a finish, and this one has been "marinating" for quite awhile so it's extra special.

This is a Scrappy Trip Around The World - a Bonnie Hunter pattern - and I used all batiks in watery colors of blue and green.  Love how it turned out. It's going to some newlyweds as a belated wedding gift.  I really hope they enjoy it because it's just the right size for cuddling up on the sofa. 

I'm linking up to Finish It Up Friday at:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

5 minute table runners

They almost look like neckties dont' they?  I ended up switching out the buttons on the first 2 because I realized that I had cuter buttons. See the lime green apples on the striped one? 

These really do only take 5 minutes and each one uses up not quite a quarter yard of fabric. The coffee one, the fruit/stripe one, and the Christmas one were all kits I just bought this month. The Halloween one, and the 2 yellow/fruit ones were from my stash fabrics.  I'm thinking I should make more Christmas ones for my co-workers and use up more of that collection of Christmas fabric that keeps growing.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Goal setting

I had a revelation this week! I've always been a list maker, but the older I get the more I notice that if I don't write it down it doesn't happen. This summer I've quit setting goals, and I've also noticed that lately my sewing mojo is suffering.  I walk into that sewing room and don't know where to start.

So . . . back to some goal writing and I'll start with the week left before September arrives. These are the goals I wrote yesterday on my lunch break.  If I write it down, maybe it will happen.

  1. sew buttons on all 6 of the 5 minute tablerunners - DONE last night
  2. finish binding on Trip Around The World UFO
  3. applique my signature block for guild President's quilt
  4. 2 mini blocks for this month's Saturday Sampler
  5. finish hand blanket stitching on 1 Saturday Sampler applique block
  6. sandwich Minnesota wall hanging and plan quilting
  7. plan layout for Halloween UFO (block swap from last year)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Help, I've lost my . . .

I made this little flag for my sewing room last winter as a challenge to find one word to use for my quilting this year.  I normally work best in all aspects of my life when I make lists, set goals, and those things keep me focused. And when I'm better organized I'm happier.

So what has happened to my focus?  I can't seem to get my act together lately and that stresses me out even more.  

I haven't set any monthly goals all summer. I am down to reporting my stash every other week instead of weekly. My latest sewing accomplishments are single blocks and pillowcases with no real progress on any project of any size. 

So I think I need to go back to setting some goals for myself in order to get my FOCUS back. There is even time to set some goals of things to do before September 1.