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2017 Goals

Happy 2017!  A nice, blank year spreads before us.  Judging by the amount of fabric I’ve bought recently, I’ll be sewing a lot!

2016-02-06-08.52.27.jpg.jpeg1.Sandy’s (Quilting for the Rest of Us) word this year is “Balance”.  I have the opposite problem from many of you, in that I have plenty of time to sew and don’t always take advantage of it.  My life has definitely gotten in the way of sewing this year. There are lots of reasons, but a lot of it boils down to distraction and/or laziness.  I developed bad habits of sitting around while my knees were recuperating and I need to replace them (the habits!  Already replaced the knees!).

I’m making an appointment with myself to sew every day from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M.  If I start earlier, fine, especially in warm weather.   If I go back to it later, fine.  If I tweak the time, fine.  I just want a target and to know that I can put the housework, etc., aside and go quilt.

-This was partially successful.  The times didn’t always work, but I did get into the studio more.  As my walking stamina improves, my schedule continues to evolve, but I am sewing more.

2014-06-07 19.50.572. This year I want to finish my largest UFO, the Slow Quilt.  I have some ideas about cutting it down or otherwise changing it to improve it.  Finishing it will free up a lot of physical and mental space, and take some fabric out of the stash.

-No, I didn’t finish this.  Because of this goal, I did take it out, do a lot of thinking about it, and made a little progress.  So, it will go back on the goal list for 2018.

Urbana-20130414-007863.  Continue to work on the way I store things in my studio.  My personal quilts are hard to reach and take up space I could use for other things.  The fabric needs to be refolded and organized.  And going through it will make sure I see it all again.

Yes!  I revisited and refolded a lot of my stash (although some of it is messed up again).  I cleaned out a cabinet, hung up some small quilts, and stored others out of the light in that cupboard that is hard to access behind my ironing board.

4. Work on those art quilts again!

No.  Nothing happened here.  Maybe it was this crazy year, but I just didn’t feel moved to create anything this way.  I made three mystery quilts and many donation blocks where others made all the decisions and all I had to do was sew patches together.  It seemed to be what I needed this year.  Another one to revisit in 2018.

5.  I’m going to take another fifty yards out of my stash this year!  (Four hundred yards in the past five years!)

Yes!  So that’s a net reduction of 450 yards from my stash since I started tracking.  And there’s still so much there!  No, I am seeing it turn over and contain more fabrics that are to my current taste.  To that end, you’ll see me continue to purchase new fabric as I use the old.  This year those last eight donation pillowcases put my over the top.

This week:  +  0 yards,  – 8 yards

This year:  + 109.25 yards,  – 165.75 yards

Net destashed added in 2017:  56.50 yards

I’ve enjoyed reading all your New Year’s and goals posts.  Good luck to all of us for a successful 2017!

January Goals:

  1. Make pink baby quilt.  Yes!  Finished and gifted.
  2. Blocks for Kat’s block drive.  Yes!  And I mailed them.
  3. Finish cutting for Surrounded by Scraps mystery quilt.  I’ve cut all the print fabrics.  I’m cutting the background as I need it.
  4. Step one for SbS mystery quilt.  Yes!
  5. Make commissioned baby quilt.  Yes!

Bonus:  I made four more baby quilts for my shop!  A pink one, woodland, and the two elephants.

February Goals:

  1. Complete Clue #2 for Surrounded by Scraps.  Yes!
  2. Make blocks for HollyAnne at String and Story.  Yes, I made a dozen.
  3. Finish assembling top for Scrappy Stars Around the Corner (last year’s mystery quilt from Charlotte).  Yes.
  4. Quilt and bind SSAC (see above).  Yes!  Here.
  5. Take out my Storm at Sea (the Slow Quilt, photo at the top of this page) and make some decisions.  Yes, I took it out.  I’m still thinking about it.

Bonus:  I made this donation quilt.

March/April Goals:

  1. Make donation blocks for Kat’s Covered with Love.  Yes!  And mailed!
  2. Clue 3 for Surrounded by Scraps.  Yes!  And the next one, the top is finished.
  3. Finish the orange Cabins donation quilt.  Yes, also mailed!
  4. Storm at Sea Quilt:  Decide about cropping corners, finalize quilting plan, trim excess batting, sandwich, begin quilting.  I worked on this.  I made a number of decisions about quilting, and trimmed some of the batting.  I still have more marking before I begin quilting.


May Goals:

  1. Make blocks for Kat’s May/June block drive.  Yes!  Here.  And mailed!
  2. Begin the Twilters! facebook group quilt along.  Yes, Clue 1 is complete, and I’m working on the the second.
  3. Make backing and sandwich Surrounded by Scraps.  Yes!  And in June I quilted and bound it.
  4. Make summer/patriotic wall hangings.  Yes!  Here.

Bonus:  I made an Elephant quilt for a customer.


June Goals:

(Well, June is half over, so I’ll keep it brief.)

  1. Layer Cake Explosion, Clue 2 (Twilter Quilt-Along) Yes!  Here.
  2. Layer Cake Explosion, Clue 3  Um, no.  I think I got confused about the clues, and thought I was caught up.  Oh, well.
  3. Pacific Stars Mystery Quilt (by Charlotte Scott on Carol’s Quilts blog), Clue 1  Yes!
  4. Pacific Stars, Clue 2  Yes!  Here.

Bonus:  Zebra Baby Quilt


July Goals

  1. Make blocks for Kat’s July/August Covered in Love block drive.  Yes!  And even mailed!  18 blocks.
  2. Continue with Layer Cake Explosion, whichever step I’m on.  Um, no, I put this off because it’s paper pieced, then my printer fritzed.
  3. Continue with Pacific Stars.  Yes!  Clue 3 complete.
  4. Experiment with some kind of floral, layered art quilt thingy.  (Vague enough?) No.  Nothing.

Bonus:  I made The Last Zebra baby quilt.  Got those scraps out from under my sewing cabinet.


August Goals:

  1. Finish piecing Layer Cake Explosion.  Yes!
  2. Continue with Pacific Stars.  Yes!
  3. Make Christmas wall hangings for my shop.  Yes!  Here.
  4. Make a scrap quilt for donation.  No.  This did not happen.


September Goals:

  1. Make back for Layer Cake Explosion.  Yes!  And I quilted it!  A post soon.
  2. Make donation blocks for Kat’s September/October block drive.  Yes, I made eighteen.
  3. Continue with Pacific Stars Mystery Quilt.   No, I skipped this.
  4. Customer quilt commission? (in the works)  Not made, but I spent the time discussing, ordering, and washing the fabrics.  Almost ready to sew.


October Goals:

  1. Make last month’s Pacific Stars blocks.  Yes!  
  2. Make this month’s Pacific Stars blocks.  Yes!  And I assembled the top, and pieced the back.
  3. Make commissioned flying geese quilt.  Yes!  And mailed it.
  4. Donate some quilts that are hanging around.  Yes!  I have two older quilts ready to send, one to Texas and one to California.  I took one to our local YMCA for our annual silent auction.

Bonus:  I made a quilt to send to Las Vegas.


November Goals:

  1. Make pillowcases.  Yes!  Here.
  2. Quilt Pacific Stars.  Yes!  Here.
  3. Make Christmas throw.  Yes!  Here.
  4. Make fox baby quilt.  Yes!  Post coming soon.


December Goals:

  1. Cut scraps for Charlotte Hawke’s mystery quilt, Stars Over Fawn Lake (begins in January).  Yes!  Waiting happily in their basket.
  2. Make blocks for Kat’s Nov./Dec. block drive for Covered in LoveYes!  I made a dozen.
  3. Make donation pillowcases for Case for SmilesYes, I made eight.
  4. Make nautical baby quilt.  Yes!  Here.