Starting off 2017 right

2017

Ah, a new year…just like millions of others I’m resetting and restarting with a set of goals/resolutions for 2017. One of which is to post to this blog at least once per week (if not more) and I’ve picked Sunday as that day…so here I am!

Over the last many months I’ve been posting mostly pictures because of all the sewing & quilting I’ve been doing but I don’t have any pics today. We’ve had friends visiting for the last three days and I just haven’t been able to pull away to my sewing cave (waaaah!); as such I’ve decided to post about how I’ll be keeping track of my goals & activities this year.

This year, I’m going back to a paper & pen – I’ve been using my phone and Google Calendar to keep track of appointments but that doesn’t allow for just doodling and brainstorming (at least not for me!). I was lucky enough to win The Quilter’s Planner a few months back and I’ve been chomping at the bit for January to get here…yay! I’ve also been reading a lot about a different style of planner called Bullet Journal – I like the idea that you create the planner as you go and there’s ample opportunity to doodle & brainstorm whenever the mood strikes. I pulled out an old spiral notebook and started playing around with it for the last week of December – I kind of like it so I’ll be trying to use my Quilter’s Planner like a Bullet Journal as much as I can. If it continues to be something I enjoy I’ll take the leap and buy a notebook geared toward that process.

Since I’ll be using paper & pen a lot more I feel like I need to brush up on my penmanship so I’ve joined a FB group called #rockyourhandwriting. They offer prompts every day to help you write about something as a way to practice. The same person has another group called #planwithmechallenge that shares tips & tricks for using a Bullet Journal and prompts for making sure you keep up with your planner throughout the year.

The last thought for today is to share my “Word of 2017”. I chose a word in 2015 (Indulgence) and it really helped guide my decisions and actions…somehow I missed the bus in 2016 and didn’t chose a word…but I got it together this year and my word is:

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I spent way too much time thinking, planning, preparing, PROCRASTINATING in 2016 so this is my year to DO something 🙂

Wish me luck!!!

ttfn…

 

2017 Planning Linky party

As 2016 comes to a close I have to admit it was a pretty good ‘quilting’ year! I haven’t gone back to count yet but I know I made A LOT of quilts and quilty things (most are still in my sewing room!) Although I got a lot accomplished I really didn’t have a plan – I just sort of ‘winged it’ and that worked out ok…but I want to be more planful and mindful about how I spend my time in 2017, especially since we could be moving to Myrtle Beach which will bring a whole different set of challenges :-s

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Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl is hosting a 2017 Planning Linky party where we can share our goals, dreams & wishes for 2017.

Here are my quilty goals:

  1. Finish two commissioned quilts in January – The Kittens & Dog Gone Cute
  2. Participate in a block swap – this would be a first for me and scares the jeepers out of me
  3. Make a quilt from my sketches and possibly publish a pattern for it – something else that scares the jeepers out of me!
  4. Blog at least once per week…I used to post several times a week when I was running more regularly so I know I can do it.
  5. Finish my WIPs – Black & White; 2 Halloween quilts; Sugar Block club; Splendid Sampler
  6. Make quilts from my bucket list
    1. Elephant Abstractions quilt (Violet Craft)
    2. Charlotte Skyline quilt (Shannon Brinkley)
    3. Vast quilt (Jeni Baker) using Fleet & Flourish fabric

 

Okay, now it’s out there for everyone to see! Here’s to a great 2017!!

Progress and luck

So yeah, I haven’t run since I last posted about it…so much for running 2 miles every day! LOL! At some point I will HAVE TO get into some sort of exercise routine…argh…

I am still sewing & quilting away…here are my recent escapades:

I’ve made some progress on the commissioned Ragdoll Cat quilt…up to 12 now, just need 13 more. As I started planning ahead for the sashing and border, I realized I had not purchased enough of the ruby red back ground so I high-tailed it back to Mary Jo’s to buy more from the same bolt – whew…I have plenty now!

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DH had minor knee surgery this week so I took off a few days…while he’s been resting and recuperating I’ve been getting stuff done! I’ve had this Tiny Houses quilt basted for weeks now but didn’t know how I wanted to quilt it. I finally decided I would just have fun with FMQ. Each house has it’s own design (I even quilted knobs on each door!) and I did loopy flowers in the border…once I got going it was really fun.

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I wanted to make a table topper for Thanksgiving and found some pictures of a dresden turkey online and just whipped up this little guy. The topper is 18×20 and fits on my coffee table perfectly. Once I posted pictures online I was asked if it was for sale. I told them this one was mine but I could make them another one…and they said Yes! I cranked out a second turkey yesterday and put it in the mail…I didn’t take any pictures but it looks almost identical to this one 😉

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I’ve also been a pretty luck girl lately…I enter many giveaways on IG & FB that I don’t win but I got really lucky with these two prizes.

First, at the beginning of October I won a bundle of “Cheeky Pumpkin” fabric from Fabric Please! out of Canada. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do with it and then I found this pattern on Pinterest (what did we ever do before Pinterest!?). I added the rows of tone on tone fabric from my stash…I think that might glow in the dark with a black light!!

I posted the progress pictures on IG and even though it’s not finished I’ve already had a friend ask to buy it! Wow! I’ve ordered backing fabric from Connecting Threads, which should arrive today so maybe I’ll get another finish before I have to go back to work on Monday.

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My second win happened back in July and I’ve been busting at the seams waiting for it to arrive…The 2017 Quilter’s Planner!!! Kitty Wilkin of Night Quilter hosted a giveaway back in July and I was so lucky to win this prize. Of course it didn’t release until earlier this month so I had quite a wait before getting my hands on it. This baby is pretty hefty and has all the usual benefits of a planner with so many extras for quilters. There are dozens of patterns and block designs along with quilting motifs and plenty of space to sketch and plan. I can’t wait for January to get here!! LOL

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Last but not least, I made a few book purchases of my own. I’ve had these books on my wish list for months and finally pulled the trigger!

The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson (of the Sugar Block club) is everything and more of what I read online…I can’t wait to start making those blocks and quilts.

I bought The Half-Square Triangle book by Jeni Baker for one specific pattern but there are tons of others I want to make as well.

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I also started quilting on my Cotton+Steel quilt last night and should have it finished later this morning. I’ll post pics when it’s done…ttfn…