Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2015 Goals

It's always good to have goals. Even if we fall short of them.  For 2015, I have some plans, some hopes, and some dreams :)

At last count, I had 18 tops that need to be quilted. I think the number has gone up by at least 2 since then, but let's call it 18 for now.  I hope to quilt 6 of them next year (1 every 2 months - that should be achievable, right?)  Plus, not add to them. So, for every quilt I finish, one will get quilted (not necessarily the one I just finished, but something on the list).

I'm going to continue to track my stash in/out - but next year I am determined to only bring in fabric that has an immediate use.  So my out should be much higher than my in count, I hope.  I have Judy as a shining example of what's possible here.

I am involved in a number of block of the month/mystery quilts
  1. Guild mystery
  2. Bonnie Hunter mystery
  3. Border Creek Station mystery
  4. Reflections of the North block of the month
  5. Mastering Miniatures block of the week
  6. A Patchwork Year block of the month 
  7. Tell it to the Stars mystery
Plus Downtown block of the month. Actually, let's be honest and call this one a true UFO. The BOM finished a few months ago, and I have 4 months to go.

I hereby resolve to sign up for LESS next year.  Or maybe I mean the year after.  Several of the projects above (3,4,6) will run all year.  #2 should finish around New Years.  #7 should be done now so I just need to catch up on the last 2 clues, #1 ends in May, and #5 has 10 more weeks to run. That will leave me with 3 BOM projects for the last part of the year.  It's so hard to resist a new mystery. Let's see if I can stay strong :)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Design Wall Monday - Dec 15

Only 2 more design wall Mondays this year!  Hard to believe it's almost done.

This week I've been plugging away at my new quilt, in between customer projects. I have all the full blocks made (2 missing in this picture) that I had cut from my initial set of strips.  I'm 8 blocks short of the pattern size, and I do have that fabric set aside already. But I'm working on the half-blocks now, and will decide for sure on the final size after they are done.

Drop by Judy's blog to see what everyone else has on their design wall this week.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Stash Report - Dec 14

Nothing finished this week, but I'm happy with some progress being made. Now that my Christmas long-arming is almost caught up, I've been able to do some sewing for myself too.

In this week: 6 yards for a new block of the month project (yes, I'm crazy :) )

Stash totals for the year:
485 yards in
186 1/4 yards out
Total: 298 3/4 yards in

Drop by Judy's blog for more stash reports today.  I've been thinking about my goals for next year - I'll post more about them later this week.  I am still hoping to exceed 200 yards out. I think the "1/2 of my incoming out" goal is unreachable at this point. But I do plan to spend the week between Christmas and New Year quilting some of my 18 (yes, 18!!) tops.  That will be good for my stash :)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Catching up

What a fabulous weekend!  I just got back from a retreat, with some of the fabulous ladies at the local quilt store.  We had so much fun, ate fabulous meals, and got so much done!  I took my paper piecing block of the month with me, but it was purely a fallback option if a miracle happened and everything else got done. I did not want to spend another retreat weekend paper piecing :)

So instead, I:

Finished step 1 of a guild mystery.  160 flying geese, all completed and joined into groups of 4.

Caught up on the first 3 months of "Reflections of the North" block of the month (Winter version).  Oh my, more flying geese.

Completed the next block (#39) in the block of the week from the quilt shop. And another 4 flying geese.  10 more to go, and I can assemble it!

Finished the cutest little snowman block.  The is block one of a block-of-the-month that will be starting in January.  The fact that I actually finished the embroidery on this block in 2 weeks is pretty amazing in itself :)

I am DONE with flying geese for a while.  Phew!

And I FINALLY started a quilt that I've been carrying back and forth to retreats for a year now.  This is from Kaffe Fassett's "Shots and Stripes", made with shot cottons that I had collected while making 2 other Kaffe quilts. And not a single flying goose block in sight.  I have 10 of 32 blocks complete.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Busy, busy

We're hading into another weekend where I won't be doing any quilting (or blogging).  I'm off to spending the weekend dancing!  Really looking forward to it, but maybe even more I'm looking forward to getting my schedule back to something resembling normal. Where I can actually spend some extended time in my sewing room once in a while.  It's been a busy couple of months - in everything except my personal quilting.

Dance this weekend, then finish up some Christmas quilts for customers, and then my schedule is (almost) my own :)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stash Report - Nov 23

I have some fabric usage to report this week. My finished Spectrum quilt used 5 3/4 yards.  I quilted a small wallhanging last week, which used 1/2 yard for the backing.

And binding for my Border Creek Station mystery used 1/2 yard.  So, 6 3/4 yards out this week.  Nothing in.

 The back of this quilt used all the leftover fabric from the quilt, including what was supposed to be the binding :(   So I found a dark purple that coordinated and bound it with that.
Stash totals for the year:
479 yards in
186 1/4 yards out
Total: 292 3/4 yards in

It doesn't look like I'm going to manage to used half of my incoming this year. But I might just be able to hit 200 yards used, if I can quilt a couple projects before the end of the year.

Drop by Judy's blog for more stash reports.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Spectrum Quilt

Silly me, I never did take a photo of my Ombre quilt before I dropped it off at the shop for display for a few days. Still not quilted, but the top is there to show everyone what can be done with those fabulous ombre fabrics.  So, since I forgot to take my own photo, I'm borrowing the one from the shop's retreat photo album. This way, I even get to be in it :)

I'm loving this quilt. And as soon as I get all caught up on the Christmas quilts I've promised people, I'll grab this one back from the store and quilt it with a nice custom design.

The pattern is "Spectrum" from Fresh Lemons.