02 April 2015

HQM QAL Top Finish! + Next quarter goals

First up, I finished the quilt top for The Quilt Along hosted by Happy Quilting Melissa. If you haven't "met" Melissa yet, shame on you! She is lovely. She even goes to each and every link up to her QAL and leaves lovely comments. Very nice lady. She started me on the quilting journey and I've loved every minute of it so far. 
It won't be finished in time for the Parade celebrating the release of her new book but quilting it and binding it is one of my goals for the new quarter.

So with that little segue lets continue with my goals!
1) Quilt Irish Chain

2) Alice's Spiderman quilt.

3) Quilt/create a pillow case from this antique-stencil-gone-embroidery.

4) Finish Russ' Scripture case.

5) Snap Dragon X-Stitch. I want this done by my b-day and hey, guess when that is. That's right, the second to last day of this quarter. It's going to be sweet!

6) Monkeys. Really this time! I have 60 hookers left and I want them done before the beginning of the Farmer's Market season, which happens to be the first weekend of July so if I do it by the end of this quarter I'm set, right? 20/month? Easy, as long as I get the inertia for it.

Unofficial Goal: finish cleaning 4 more bags of white alpaca to card up with these and some sparkle and get my Unicorn Sh*t batts made! I will be spinning them at the market. Not a full finish but still a goal I have before the end of June.

Another unofficial goal: Kill the mending pile. It has grown since this pic (see it on the sewing machine?) and now it resides on an extra chair to the side.

And finally, my last Official goal for the quarter and my April Goal:
7) Quilt my Wonky Stars top from my first QAL with HQM! It is already in progress and I've finally given in to the rocking stitch. I'm loving it so far. It is going to be more than I originally planned but it will be worth it.
SubGoal for the month of April: 20 Monkeys. I can do it!

So of course I have other projects I'm working on, like some hoops and some Craftster Swap items, but they are not really big enough for me to consider for these goals lists. These are the big things I'm working on. And I'm loving having these lovely blogs to link up to that help me keep myself accountable for WIPs.

A lovely Year of finished for the monthly:

And On the Windy Side for the Quarterly
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

30 March 2015


And her wallet! Figured out my snap thing for this one. So much fun!
Goal posted here.


Another of the other goals I had for the quarter that I got finished in time for Jo's b-day party:
 Hello Kitty Apron

24 March 2015

March goal met! HQ- QAL update.

My official March goal was to finish the horrendous shirt I was working on and complete a skirt to go with it. Well, I'm done!
I was terrified to do buttons and then I bought the wrong color green to go with it to boot so since I had just learned to use the snap thing for Jo's wallet (see below!) I figured what the hell! I have lots of snaps. I used them. They came out... meh. But they still came out!

 The skirt, however came out amazing! It is made with Flannel and oh, it is so comfy! There was a slit in it that I didn't want to get rid of because of movement but I couldn't really keep because it would show my religion so I compromised and tossed in some purple and lace. Love it!

I still haven't started on the monkeys. I wanted to have 30 of them done but March 31st but I haven't started designing any of them! Yikes! We will see what the next week holds for me. I never know when motivation will strike and then I won't be able to stop!

These goals were all posted here. 

And last but not least my assignment for the Quilt Along! I didn't even have the spray starch for last week's assignment until Thursday when this week's assignment was announced, but I still got it done. Not great, but it is my first time with applique on a quilt so You will have to excuse it.

07 March 2015

QAL/Clean room!

First up, finished these yesterday. They are so not perfect, but they are done.

And my goal of a clean craft room has been met!

And for evidence that I didn't just throw everything on the other side of the room, here it is. my WIP shelf is along the top of that desk. And my sewing machine is covered in a pile of mending I need to do so yes it is organized. The insides of that cabinet and drawer things aren't organized but those are messes for another day.

01 March 2015

March Goals

Looking back at my 1st quarter goals (for the 2015 FAL hosted by On the Windy Side) from this post, here is what I have left to finish by the end of this month. 

1) buttons on my shirt, pencil skirt for an ensemble.

2) Jo's apron and
2b) Jo's wallet.
These need to be done by the 14th, for her bday party of course.

3) monkeys. 
I have set the goal/average for 10/month. So far this year I haven't finished any: I still have 58 hookers and 1 (G's Spice World socks) that is in the assembly stage. So I better finish 30 this month to make my quarterly goal!

4) clean room. 
HA! Hahaha!
But hey, it is progress. 
I can finish it the end of the month, easy peasy!

Other things i have in progress: ... No, I'll not list them now. Maybe next month for the next quarter I will take stock. I have started a WIP shelf in my room and I am, believe it or not!, making progress on it.

Oh, and on another note:
This week's progress for HQM's Quilt along. Finished it the day she posted (thank you Minecraft in the basement) but again, wanted to make a multi-reason post. Awesome. It was easy.

So the goal this month for ALYoF? Let's call it #1. The monkeys I have to finish for the ALSA fundraiser, and Jo's stuff I have to finish for her b-day, so those both have REASONS to get done and WILL get done no matter what, but the ensemble is just a WIP that needs to be done for the sake of getting it out of my room. Let's make this month's goal a challenge, just for the sake of finishing WIPs, K? 

26 February 2015

So I guess I'm a quilter?

I was talking to my buddy Brent the other day and was inspired to see how many quilt tops I had. At that point I had 5 tops finished and 2 in the works. So I guess I'm a quilter, eh?

That was about when I started putting this quilt up on the frame, which is my goal for the month. I decided then that I wouldn't do any of the "quilting" (tying) but rather let the kids do it all. I helped a little of course, a little less as time went on, so this is the kids' quilt. They can do with it as they please. I want to encourage them to give to someone we know in need but I don't know who yet. I just finished the binding yesterday!

Russ did most of the tying.

I had to help Jo the most. 

So for the month of February: GOAL! I haven't started designing the monkeys yet so hopefully I can get the 30 done next month. Once I get going they go pretty fast. It's just the getting going part that sucks. 

Also, here is my current assignment for the QAL. I finished it the night it was posted but didn't want to do another post just for it. I think I missed the deadline for getting into the drawing for the week but meh, whatever. 

And just for the fun of it, I put another quilt on the frame. Want to get as many WIPs out of that room as I can, and I prefer them to be done when I do! 

There is very little prettier than a quilt stretched on the frame, even if it is surrounded by kids' toys and garbage.

So yeah, 3 quilts just in this one post. Quilter? I think it's official.