2013/2014 Goal lists

A new year! A good time to look forward and back.  So this year’s goals:

2014’s Goals:

The first part is clothing construction:

  1. I plan to make some garments for myself this year one per season. I am going to leave this one loose, but I do still want to learn more about this year.
  2. I also have some pieced fabric that I want to make a garment out of possibly a robe.

The second part is UFOs.

  1. City chicken quilt.
  2. Angel quilt.
  3. crossstitch project
  4. grandma’s cathedral windows

The third part is mending:

  1. t-shirt quilt. This is in pieces but I plan to get it done soon.
  2. wedding ring quilt.  I have the fabric, I just have to get to it.

The fourth part is new projects:

  1. New girl quilt.  This is a new quilt that I need to make for a gift.
  2. New male quilt.  There is one person who doesn’t have a quilt made especially for him.  I have begun this one and pictures will follow soon.
  3. Steve’s denim quilt  When I made a denim quilt for our elephant exchange, I had Steve remove the pins while watching football and he fell in love with it.  Thus, football and quilting days begin today and we will jointly make a new quilt starting today!

I only have eleven, so I won’t be necessarily assigning one per month.  Although my goal for January is to mend number seven.  I have three others I want to work on right away: 3, 10, 11.  I may try to do one a month.

Now for the retrospective.

2013’s Goals:

The first part is clothing construction:

  1. I plan to make four garments for myself this year one per season. I made two successful garments this year:  a plaid skirt and a green dress.
  2. I also have some pieced fabric that I want to make a garment out of possibly a robe. I got out the fabric and the backing muslin, but that’s it.

The second part is UFOs.

  1. Ducky quilt. I want to get this one done by spring for sure, but I would love to get it done by February. Done in April.
  2. City chicken quilt. I made progress but still not finished.
  3. Country chicken quilt. I call this done.
  4. Angel quilt. No progress.
  5. crossstitch project a tiny bit of progress
  6. grandma’s cathedral windows no progress

The third part is mending:

  1. Fish quilt done 1/27/2013
  2. t-shirt quilt started, more to do.
  3. wedding ring quilt no progress
  4. my winter coat I just got a new coat which I guess counts as a finish.
  5. Patchwork quilt done
  6. green pants done 1/27/2013

Not great: 5 done, 6 with progress and one that kind of is a cop out.  Two of my big successes of the year didn’t even make the list: the anniversary quilt my siblings and I made in May and the landscape quilt I finished in November.  Oh well, a new year is starting.  I want this to just plot a course not hold me in.  I am excited to see what 2014 brings!


We as a family are in a waiting time.  Both boys are starting new schools this fall and the energy is one of excitement mixed with nervousness. I am working very hard on the blog book which cuts into my sewing time.  It seems I have a limited amount of creativity. 

Yesterday I did some real thinking.  I realized that I was tired of making the little strip squares.  I suddenly wondered how many I had made.  I have made nearly 150.  I decided that was enough.

Then I laid out a sample.


Wow! For once my picture is better than the actuality. I can’t manage to keep them sorted in any meaningful way beside basic color in this size.  I decided to sew them in groups of four, then lay them out to see what I have.

As I was sitting in my sewing room, bored of making these squares my gaze fell on this quilt:DSC04670

Several months ago I determined that this quilt was unmendable in its current form.  However, there are several sections that I really like:

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There are two quilts here: the parts I Iike and the parts that have emotional resonance with my husband, mainly the t-shirts.  The third part is too worn to be salvaged.  So I cut it up:


More to come

blog book

I have been working on a compilation of my blogs. So far it has the imaginative title of Blog Book. Parts of this process have been brutally boring. By the way, if I called you in the last month and seemed kind of distracted I was copying and pasting each blog down from word press. Words and pictures have to be done separately. That brings me to my first realization. If you ever think you might use your blog for any other purpose besides a blog, write each blog off-line, save it, and copy and paste it to the internet. I almost always typed right into word press. This has left me with a bunch of crazy internet formatting to redo.

Now, I am doing photo editing and overarching formatting. This brings me to more realizations. I need to take better photos for my blogs. Some of my photos may not make the cut and frankly without the photos, some entries aren’t much of anything. The other thing I realized about my photos is if I stretch pictures of me up and down slightly I look skinnier.

Right now, I am only doing a small amount of actual editing. I have an opportunity to print the whole thing out on the cheap in the next few weeks. This would serve me well on several levels even though it is early in the process to do so. I would like to know the quality of my photos when they are printed. Some of these photos I could reshoot and others I may delete. I also want to know how the formatting looks. In the meantime, I am having so much fun manipulating the photos and re-reading my thoughts at different times. It is inspiring to me.

I am also rethinking my process. I have always reserved any weekend mornings for sewing. Now, I am using that time to edit. This is some of my most creative time. However, since I have moved my studio to the basement and my kids are not little anymore, I can get away anytime to sew. Getting on the computer is not so easy. Early mornings the computer is free but not so much later in the day (World of Warcraft I shake my fist angrily at you). This is a big change I noticed from looking at my old blog posts. When I began this blog in 2007, just an hour or two on Saturday mornings was huge amount of time for me to work. Often my kids would interrupt. Now, I am surprised how much more time I have. Of course, I have compensated somewhat by working more hours. I also think my priorities need to change a little bit, with writing coming to the forefront.

In any case, I am enjoying this process. So much happened in the past six years, it is fun to look it over and relive it.

alone sort of

My husband and younger son are in California so this is a post about all of the things I have learned while they are gone.  First, a warning to any internet lurkers who may be looking: my older son is here still.  He is a grown man who knows Taekwondo.

When my husband is gone, I get to sleep in the middle of the bed.  If he goes away on a plane, I get all of his pillows.  This almost balances the fact that I don’t really sleep that well unless someone is snoring loudly next to me.

If I have a bad dream in the middle of the night, and I go downstairs and tell my adult son it makes I seem a little crazy. Luckily, he already knows this about me.

I get to eat anything I want for dinner.  The same thing every night if I want.  If I make the same thing, I become a surprisingly good cook.  Especially if I get a five dollar frozen dinner.

The house makes quite a few random noises.  My curtains make surprisingly creepy human shapes.  I have a remarkably vivid imagination.

I also now know who leaves all the cups all around and who leaves pens, socks and pencils on the floor (actually that last one was more of a confirmation than an epiphany).

I have a lot of free time especially if a storm knocks out my satellite TV. So here’s what’s up:

My husband took the camera to take pictures of his trip.  So I have no pictures, but I have three main things going on.  I am bringing this blog down to my computer to work on as a book.  Second, my friend, Veronica, came over and helped me to gain control over the next block in our tropical friendship quilt.  I wish I had a picture of that work in process because it is so pretty.  Lastly, I am working on my strip quilt.  I finished the black squares and I am moving on to green.  I had enough of black and also I need to put green thread on my sewing machine.

This has certainly been a disjointed post, and to continue that theme I will add:

I miss you both, Steve and Paul.  Have a great Father’s Day! (Hopefully, you will remember that I post on Sunday. Otherwise, I hope you had a great trip.)

I also want to send salutations to my own father: Have a great day!  I’m glad you are taking better care of yourself so we can all have you around for a long time.  Your willpower this year has been fabulous. I love you and I’m glad you are my dad.

Getting it done

I’m following along with Judy’s Getting it Done project at Patchwork Times.

So for January I really want to get done:

1. Get the background of the center part of the Ducky quilt pieced.

2. Get the flowers appliqued to the center part of the Ducky quilt.

3.  Pick a pattern and fabric for my first garment of the year.

4.  Finish mending the t-shirt quilt

Things I seriously hope to get done:

1.  Get the center part of the Ducky quilt basted.

2.  Get the center part of the Ducky quilt quilted.

3. make a nook cover

4. get the fabric for my first garment of the year cut.

So here we go!

December ufo wrapup

I did finish my December ufo in September: Paul’s quilt.


I am very pleased with it and showed it at my work.

I succeeding in finishing more than half my ufo projects: seven out of twelve!  Judy is changing her ufo challenge, so I will also be changing the way I do my thing.  Next week I will write a goal list for 2012.  I plan to start some new things and finish some old things.

Happy New Year!


January ufo wrap up

Here is what I have of the ducky quilt, my January.  I also have many more cut including some different flowers: tulips, pansies and roses.  I also have the actual ducks ready to be appliqued.  This isn’t a finish, that wasn’t my goal since this quilt is so new. Judy said to set reasonable goals, so my goal was only significant progress. If Judy would have drawn it later in the year, it may have happened and still probably will in 2012- but probably the fall.

Paul’s quilt on the other hand is nearly done.  It would be awesome if Judy drew it for next month because all it needs is the border for the top to be done.  I will continue on it anyway because I’m on track.

By the way, I just posted a new book review on my other blog: Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card.

ufo 2012

Judy at Patchwork Times is doing another UFO project for 2012, and I am going to give it a shot again.  I had seven finishes out of twelve last year so I am feeling that I was successful.  Only four of my projects are going to be a repeat for 2012 (one I just gave away, so while technically not a finish, it is gone)  So here is my list for 2012:

1. Chicken quilt 1 – Prodigal chicken comes home from war to opulent city

2. Chicken quilt 2 – Country fried chicken

3. Denim cathedral windows quilt

4. Paul’s quilt

5. Ducky quilt – this is a newer quilt, only in my my mind so far with only 3 pieces cut out and the templates even though I have been thinking about it for over a year.  A long way to go, so my goal is only to make progress.

6 .Repair Grandma’s quilt 1 and 2- I came into possession of two of my grandmother’s quilts.  I want to mend them.  They don’t need a huge amount of work, it’s just a matter of getting to it.

7. Dark angel quilt, mend bathroom rug.

8. Christmas star kit and g. cross stitch- this star kit I have been meaning to work on for a full year.  The cross stitch is over 4 years old at least again for the cross stitch it is just to make progress.  Since the kit is mostly working on the computer, I figure it is a good pair.

9. Grandmother’s flower garden- again a very old project.  I have several pieced, and the goal is to get the top pieced at least.

10.Christmas stockings

11. Hawaiian quilt – this one needs a total work over.  I feel like it should be cut into small art quilts.

12. Angel card quilt

t shirt ufo bike update

So here it is my lame June ufo.  I give myself credit for completing even though it took almost no time.  I feel a little sheepish although because I know that others are finishing much more complex projects.  I’m sure that next month’s project will be much more difficult.  Anyway, this is a t-shirt that I made.  I cut it from a t-shirt my husband didn’t want.  I redid the neck so it is lower, rehemmed it, and cut down the sides and sleeves.  I struggled a little with the sleeves, but otherwise it turned out pretty much like I wanted it.

Bike update

The boys reached the ocean a few days ago.  It was pretty exciting for them to get there since it is nearly the farthest they will be from home.  They camped right near the beach.  It has a little more chilly this week with daytime temperatures in the 50s and some rain.  Eliott said his things were dry in his bags, but the clothes he is wearing as he rides are pretty wet.  By my reckoning on my trusty 1970s era giant atlas, they are doing about 70 miles a day, for about 4-5 days so I think he has reached 300 miles.  He should begin his trip back today or tomorrow.

If you want to follow the boys’ trip more closely check them out at @dembikeboys on twitter.  There are more pictures there as well.