August Goals Recap

August 31, 2011

I’m actually on top of things this month!  Yippee!  The goal setting has really helped keep me focused this month.  Here’s how I did on my August goals:

1.  Finish the damn Innocent Crush quilt.  Iâ??m so nervous about not doing a good job, that this thing is just sitting there.  I need to get over myself and  get to it. Done, done, done and done!  I free-motion quilted this bad boy and I did a pretty good job.  I still need more practice, but I’m am so proud of having done the entire thing, from start to finish.  It’s a confidence builder.  I actually feel like the quilt is easier to manage with free motion because I’m focusing on sections at a time, as opposed to feeding the length of it through my machine in one pass.  I started the project in March, and finished in August.

finished fenced in quiltquilt label

2.  Finish Juliaâ??s quilt.  I told a friend I would finish a quilt for her and Iâ??m excited to work on it, but also nervous because she did such a beautiful job piecing it together.  I need to get some confidence. In progress!  I’m doing straightline quilting and it’s taking me a little longer than I though, but so far it looks pretty good.  The fabric and pattern is more traditional so I think the straightline is better suited to this project.  I hope she likes it!  I’m about halfway done.

3.  Finish piecing and baste by mystery quilt. I have been working on this project and it is coming together nicely.  Half done!  I finished the piecing as blogged here, but I haven’t had a chance to baste it yet.

4.  Make a baby gift for a friend whoâ??s pregnant! Check!  No photos yet, because I haven’t gifted it yet.  It is super cute!

5.  Finish two small quilts I recently discovered.  There isnâ??t much to do with them. Done!!  I did some quilting on them (even though one was already bound, and did the binding on the second one.  The crazy thing is that Bill and I made these together in October of 1998.  I think we knew someone who was having a baby and I decided we would make a quilt as a gift, but then I couldn’t give them up since we made them.  Selfish, maybe, but I’m glad I kept them.

baby blanket 2baby blanket 1

a signed quilt

6.  Make a tablet pouch.  One of Billâ??s coworkers asked for one a gajillion months ago and I have got to make this for him. DONE!  Finally!  And I finished it with 3.5 hours to spare.

7.  Finish a needlepoint I recently started.  I did make progress, but it’s not done.  I thought this would be a tough one to accomplish.

8.  Crochet at least 20 more granny squares for a total of 44. I’d say I accomplished this one.  I actually finished all the flowers, and have done the border crocheting on 24 squares even though I haven’t seamed them together yet.

9.  Read 4 books this month. Done and then some!  6 books this month, although three were young adult novels.  I read Borderline by Nevada Barr (very good), Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear (excellent, I highly recommend the Maisie Dobbs series), The Cat Dancers by P.T. Deutermann (police mystery, entertaining), and three Trixie Belden books – The Marshland Mystery, The Happy Valley Mystery, and the Mystery at Bob-White Cave).  So far I’ve read 32 books this year.

In summary, I finished 6 of 9 goals, am at the halfway point on 2 other goals, and about a third of the way through the last goal.  I’d say that was a pretty successful month!  I touched everything on my list and didn’t start anything new.


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Snippets

August 20, 2011

of things in progress…

a quilt…

quilting in progress

some scrapbooking…

scrapbooking in progress

granny squares…

sunshine day squares in progress

and playing…

playing in progress

more playing in progress


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Mystery Revealed

August 7, 2011

Back in March, I went to Minnesota and did a mystery quilting weekend with my girlfriend.  It was the first time I’ve done anything like it, and it was very fun.  A bit challenging for me as I would categorize myself as an “adventurous beginniner” but I muddled through.  I worked on the project off and on, but really picked it up again in June and July.  Last week, I mentioned how I was considering redoing a portion of the quilt because my squares were wonky.  It took me a week to redo the stars and last Monday I was able to lay out all my pieces.  Of course before I was able to do the layout, I had to quickly make myself some design boards, a la Oh, Frannson!’s awesome tutorial.  Bill helped me of course and my design boards made everything so much easier.  Most importantly, they freed up my floor space so I was still able to walk in my craft room, and it’s a much better viewing angle.

quilt on display boards

And here she is.  I spent all afternoon Monday placing pieces.  Bill asked me how long it would take to finish and I guessed a week.  I was right on target!  It came together much more easily than I anticipated it would.  My remaking on the sawtooth stars squares was the absolute right decision.  I was amazed at how many of my corners were matching up as I put the rows together.  Experienced quilters wouldn’t be surprised by that, but I was!  There are, of course, some ugly spots but I figured that once it’s all quilted and washed you won’t be able to see those problem areas.

you can't resist the belly

This is from Thursday or Friday.  I’m actually surprised she doesn’t have random threads on her belly because she did have a lot of those on her this week.  I have to be super careful when I’m working at my machine.  My chair is on wheels and unfortunately, Gracie’s survival instinct does not include how to avoid wheels.  She likes to stretch out next to me, begging for pets, or sit at my feet, or sneak up behind my chair.  She’s a fun distraction though.  Anyway, back to the quilt.

Today, I was able to finish up my quilt top.  I sewed together the last seam, down the middle and I open it up to iron it and WHAM!  Two squares of the same fabric, right next to each other.  Noooooo….  Despite my hours of staring at the design boards, I still make a “mistake.”  At that point, I took a nap.  I woke up and decided to replace one of the offending squares.  I contemplated living with it, but thankfully, the mistake was in the easiest possible place for me to fix it and so I did.  Had it been more complicated, I would have let it go.  I think.  Anyway, twenty minutes later and she was really done.

my mystery quilt top completed

The pattern is Sew Many Stars by Glad Creations.  It’s currently not listed in the online store, but I’m sure you could contact them and I’m sure they would be able to help.  This is by far the most complicated thing I have ever done.  I can’t believe I made it.  I love how it looks in the mod, bright prints.  I used a lot of Amy Butler, some Anna Maria Horner…  I saved the print names from the selvedges so that I could put them on the back of my quilt.  I blogged about my fabric choices here.  The finished quilt should be queen bed sized, but I haven’t measured it.  I’m going to put this aside for a little bit and finish some of the other quilts I have going on.  But I’m anxious to get this one done, so I don’t think it will sit for long.


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August Goals

August 2, 2011

I have fallen off the wagon these last few months in regards to my goal setting and goal achieving.  I have thought about them, although I haven’t done much more than that.  Life happens, things get pushed to the side but I’m not giving up.  I found that setting monthly goals helped me stay focused and I could use a little of that right now.  I feel myself trying to go in 20 different directions and I want to finish some things before I start more new projects.  So even though I have failed miserably in my May – July goals, here’s the wrap-up:

1.  Complete Innocent Crush quilt.  -The piecing is done, just need to do the quilting.  Still.

2.  Finish living room pillows.  -Not done yet!

3.  Read 4 (!) books. -In the last 3 months I read The Prodigal Daughter by Jeffrey Archer, A Catch of Consequence by Diana Norman (set around the time of the American Revolution in Boston and then England, I devoured this book), Miss Dimple Disappears by Mignon F. Ballard (super sweet mystery set around WWII in Georgia), Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson (I enjoyed this book more than the second one, but not as much as the first), A Grave Talent by Laurie R. King, and Trixie Belden Books 5 – 8.  That’s a total of 10 books. which isn’t quite 4 books a month, but pretty decent.4.  Edit chapters 1 – 3 of my book.  -Nope

5.  Make 5 tablet pouches.  -Nope

6.  Finish Cheques shawl.  (I need a break from the socks.) – Nope, although I am contemplating frogging this project.  I like the pattern and I like the yarn, but I’m not loving the two together.

7.  Sew the small flying geese for my mystery quilt. -This I did do.

8.  Keep exercising and eating right! -I did okay on this one.

The results weren’t quite as bad as I had originally thought they would be.

Here’s my goals for August:

1.  Finish the damn Innocent Crush quilt.  I’m so nervous about not doing a good job, that this thing is just sitting there.  I need to get over myself and  get to it.

2.  Finish Julia’s quilt.  I told a friend I would finish a quilt for her and I’m excited to work on it, but also nervous because she did such a beautiful job piecing it together.  I need to get some confidence.

3.  Finish piecing and baste by mystery quilt.  I have been working on this project and it is coming together nicely.

4.  Make a baby gift for a friend who’s pregnant!

5.  Finish two small quilts I recently discovered.  There isn’t much to do with them.

6.  Make a tablet pouch.  One of Bill’s coworkers asked for one a gajillion months ago and I have got to make this for him.

7.  Finish a needlepoint I recently started.

8.  Crochet at least 20 more granny squares for a total of 44.

9.  Read 4 books this month.

That seems like a lot.  As always, I’ll do what I can but I’m excited and motivated and am anxious to see what I can accomplish this month!


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