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February review

Wow… March kind of snuck up on me. I am feeling good about February, so let’s see how I did –

February goals

1. finish pixel top – YES!

2. finish chevron top – YES!

3. work on economy blocks. (make some!) – I have a bunch of squares cut for it, but haven’t started assembling yet. Mainly (excuse lol) because I’ve had black thread in my machine half the month.

4. Make a back for my bento – Ok so. I pulled out the fabrics and considered it and decided 1. I didn’t have enough fabric and 2. The fabrics were very orange. I got a killer deal on some green fabric in a clearance sale – though not as much as I ordered. I have another perfect fabric picked out  but as I am shopping for 4 backs right now plus another quilt and been doing other spending I am having trouble pulling triggers. Felling money guilty. I just have to suck it up.  Because I HAVE to finish this!! 

5. baby’s bathroom – We bought a bunch of stuff for it and I put the medicine cabinet together and that’s where things stand. We had a disappointing discussion about stud placement and wiring and I don’t know what I am doing. Maybe this weekend we will get everything installed and then I will clean and organize the bathroom real well. I also realized that the cabinet I got doesn’t have a shelf inside it which is annoying. I’ll have to find something I can use – otherwise it is wasted vertical space!

6. set up a schoolroom and schedule – Considering my kid isn’t quite 3, we’ve been doing ok with this. I have been following along some homeschool curricula … loosely. We are doing calendar and mostly I am letting him do the activities he wants to and not pushing the stuff he doesn’t get or doesn’t have the patience for. He is really smart, but also really focused on the things he wants to do, and not so much on the things that he doesn’t or are new. We really only manage it 2-3 days a week and, like, this week we didn’t at all because we had other stuff going on.

7. general clean/declutter – Isn’t this the never ending goal? I got sick and things went to hell. I’ve been working this week to get things back to a point where it doesn’t make me want to run screaming from the house. It’s getting there. But tomorrow starts March. Not ready for that.

8. read – Oh this is so awful. I haven’t read anything. I started a book, but then it was due back so I had to return it. I’ve dabbled in some parenting books but not really read any through. I am reading a book now, but only manage a few pages a night (and the type is SO SMALL! Am I just getting old?). So. Yeah.

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WIP Wednesday – Chevron top

 

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So, I’ve mentioned my chevron top from time to time here. But I don’t think I’ve ever actually shown it or discussed it really. I’ve been working on it on and off for a month or two. It’s been put aside as I’ve had other things come up or needed more fabric for it. After I finished the piggy top, I briefly considered my bento back. Well, I need fabric for it. Some is on order and some I still need to order. So that’s on hold again.

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And next up was the chevron. At that point I had most of the blocks made. So, I finished up the last few blocks, trimmed, plotted and assembled. It took maybe a week? Not even. I used several different prints – had to do some editing on them too. And printed black or charcoal for the background. So now that top is done!

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Which means I have another back to make.

 

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February ALYOF: PIGGIES!

Ooh. I’ve been quiet. I started right away on my pixel quilt in February. I wanted to make sure to finish it. If you haven’t done one, I recommend trying it. You wouldn’t think sewing a zillion little squares and rectangles together would be so cerebral (to use my new favorite Bachelor word) but it really is. I loved almost everything about making this top. I followed the class from Craftsy which taught me how to use a spreadsheet to calculate everything – from piece count to yardage. I love spreadsheets and they made the process so easy. Then I did all the cutting. That was not my favorite part, but didn’t take so long either. Then I worked the 16 blocks 2-3 at a time. I plotted them on my design board and puzzled through (literally) how to sew the pieces together in the best way. It was like a giant game of Sudoku. While my husband would read bedtime stories, and often after bedtime I would chain sew and press. If I had laid out the blocks ahead of time, I could usually get most of the two blocks put together during story time. Then I would finish up after bed or during nap and then get the next couplefew plotted.

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The absolute #1 thing that helped that I am so glad I did is taking a picture of each layout before I started sewing. Then I was able to chain sew many at a time from multiple blocks and look at the picture to quickly and easily figure out how to place them all back together again for the next round of sewing.

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I had the top finished by mid month and have just been waiting for the linky to open up to post about it. My son already loves it and doesn’t care at all that it is not a full blanket yet. He carries it around the house and wraps himself in it. I actually snuck it away and folded it up so it doesn’t get ruined before I can finish it. I have a back picked out and am just dragging my feet getting it ordered.

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Then I got flu and not much has happened. I finished making my chevron squares yesterday and am trimming them up so I hope to get that top put together soon. I’m looking around for fabrics for the back of my bento. I have some oranges but I need some green. I had one picked out on sale but it went off sale while I was sick. Hoping it’ll go back on sale soon. Every now and then I cut some more squares for economy blocks, but haven’t started putting them together yet.

Here is my goal post for ALYOF February

Here are all my posts about this project

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February Goals/ January review

January

1. Finish stack the deck Yes!

2. start chevron Yes!

3. Room to work on: Baby’s bathroom No…. Other stuff going on and expensive car repairs

4. establish toy rotation Yes!

5. go through, cull and store clothing yeah… mostly. I did do a good bit. Not sure I am done.

6. read Pfft. My one whole book…

Overall, not too bad.

February goals

1. finish pixel top

2. finish chevron top

3. work on economy blocks. (make some!)

4. Make a back for my bento

5. baby’s bathroom

6. set up a schoolroom and schedule

7. general clean/declutter

8. read

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WIP Wednesday: Pixel quilt

I’ve been diligently working on my pixel quilt. I have 6 blocks done, but as one is just a white square I guess it doesn’t count. I am working my way around the outside first, mostly to use the large white pieces to get them out of my box of cut pieces so I can see and easily get to the smaller ones. I am able to do 2-3 a day as long as I really focus on getting them done. Today… I am having a couch day. LOL. I need to do some cleaning.

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It has been fun to work on. I took the Craftsy pixel class and followed that course to make this quilt. I enjoy the process of using the spreadsheet and calculating and plotting and everything. It is fun to me to have to think through how to sew the pieces together in the most appropriate way. And, because they are just squares and rectangles, they go together quickly. If I had more time in the day to sew, I could easily have this done in a day or two.

I see you!

I see you!

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Those are the blocks I have done so far, but they aren’t in proper order or orientation. Just however I threw them on the board to get the picture. My son saw me with the plan printout last night and shouted “Piggy!” and oinking and stuff, so at least the plan is clear enough for him to tell what it is. I hope he will like it. I have no less than four piggies in my line of sight at this very moment. Time to clean.

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ALYOF February

Oh my goodness you guys, I am so undecided! I have been going back and forth on my goal pick for February. Do I pick the one I want to do? The one I know will get done? The one I need motivation on? The one that is closest to done? Furthest? Grr.

Even as I write this, I am waffling back and forth. Of course, I hope to get several of these done regardless, but I know I will put the effort into making sure my finish pick gets done.

Ugh. So the winner is….?

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These are the pieces I cut last month for my pixel quilt while my machine wasn’t working. My goal is to get the top pieced this month. I had a lot of fun plotting it out up to this point, but I am guessing I will need an extra kick in the pants to get to putting it together, because I have several other things I am itching to get to more.

I’ve mentioned before my son LOVES bad piggies. I have a whole collection of these little critters now (which believe me, they are not as easy to find as angry birds! So when I find them, I grab them up.) He carries them around the house, has a plush one he loves to cuddle, plays them on the various electronics. Until recently, he didn’t know the birds existed. He is all about the piggies.

So, I haven’t plotted it out yet, but this is what my top will (hopefully!) resemble when I am done:

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I am a bit behind because of my trip, but will be back with further goals for the month.

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