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2016 Goals

2015 has not been a productive year for me, in many respects, but especially in sewing and blogging. Readjusting to life with a new baby… there’s just things that take priority. Like sleeping, eating, using the bathroom, showering… and sometimes cleaning. Both my kids have been/are clingons so I don’t have free hands or time very often in the baby stage (and even after). And two is more than one! With one, when he napped or was busy I could get stuff done. Now I basically switch from one to the other and grab a bagel and a pee in between. But the little one is starting to have more independent time and he is starting to get mobile. We are starting to work on the sleeping. And the older one is in school. So, it all comes back to the goals. I am taking stock of where things are and where they need to be and how to get there. It is overwhelming.

1. The UFOs

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It may be funny that I put this first, but honestly if I have one overriding goal in 2016 it is to tackle the ever growing pile of quilt tops I am amassing. There are a variety of reasons why I “abandon” a project at this stage, and usually a different reason for each one, but I need to make this a focus and a priority.

2. Learn to longarm

This has been a longtime goal. I have a past teacher/friend who has moved near me and has a longarm and has offered many times for me to come learn. I absolutely intend to take her up on this as things settle down in 2016. This should also help to chip away at item #1, above.

3. Get back to sewing

Well, duh, right? Other than a burst of deadline quiltmaking to get my Michael Miller challenge quilt (#quiltconreject) ready in time, I haven’t done much this year. I’ve more or less kept up with my block of the months (usually in three month marathons). I’ve been slowly making blocks for my cousin’s wedding ring quilt. I’ve managed to make some teacher and birthday gifts. But really, not a lot. I want more time sewing, more stuff getting done.

4. Get back to blogging

I’d been doing a pretty good job blogging and reading and making connections. That’s mostly all fallen apart this year. I need to find the time to sit and type at the computer as much as to sit and sew. And rebuild my online presence.

5. Clean. Declutter. Reorganize. Reduce.

And oh, this one is so big. When I named my blog, little did I know how true those words would be.

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When I say it has all gone to hell, I am not kidding. So even when I do have the opportunity to sew, I walk into this and pretty much either start working on cleaning it or walk right out.

This is a theme for my house and my life right now. Other than the kids, the reason I am not sewing is that this is pretty much the state of my whole house. So when I have time, I feel I need to be cleaning, and even more importantly decluttering.

I kept a delicate balance in my home and adding another person, taking away the space that is now his room, taking away the time and ability I had to maintain and keep any order… it has all caused a perfect storm. This is the road to Hoarders, y’all. I am not kidding. I am so worried. One more life event before I get a handle on things, and that could be me so easily. I know it. So, I am working my way though my house. Trying to reduce, remove, declutter, sell, give away… None of this is easy for me but the overwhelming looming feeling I have when I look around is giving me the drive to tackle this. It means a lot for my house in general. It means less time to sew. And in my sewing room, it means I have to get rid of fabric. I need to use it, and I need to sell it. I just have to. I want to hold on to it all, but I can’t even work in there. I just shift piles from one surface to the other, then spend a lot of time looking for things I “just had”. It’s a waste and I have precious little time and energy to waste these days.

6. Storm at Sea

I throw this one out there for a stretch goal. When I started this blog, I wanted to pick one goal pattern to tackle every year that intimidated me. I did my kaleidoscope one year. I meant to do storm at sea last year, I believe. It didn’t even almost happen. So I’m throwing it out there again.

7. Put myself out there

Ok, one more. This is another hard one. I am so isolated. I’m being honest so far, so I can go all out, right? I said I  am a hoarder. I also have social anxiety. Badly. I have a hard time navigating new relationships. I need to. I have no friends. I want to try to bridge that gap with some people. I want to go to guild regularly. And, you know, actually talk to people there. Not just sit in a corner. I want to see if I can get a sewing circle or something to join. See people who can say more than a few word sentences that revolve around something other than bathroom habits. Y’know?

Thanks Yvonne, for giving me the excuse to sit down and write this. Even though it still took me a week to get it done. And I’ll probably think of 100 more goals once I hit post. 🙂

2016 Planning Party

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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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Nothing to sew here…

I am in a mug rug swap on flickr. Our theme for this swap is hearts. Because, you know, for Valentine’s day next month. I decided to chance it and try to get my mug rug made since it has to be mailed out by the end of the month, and I am going to lose time having my machine serviced and going out of town. I think my design was heavily influenced by my chevrons that are staring at me, forlorn, from my design wall.

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This is the front of my mug rug and the binding. I am really pleased with it so far. I also FMQ’d hearts in red thread. It went well and looks really cute, I think.

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This is the back. You can see the quilting better here.

I ran into trouble when I tried to attach the binding. I was actually surprised I got this far. It started skipping stitches and looping again while I was doing the binding. So, I pulled it off and took my machine in yesterday morning. I was there soon after opening, hoping against hope he might be able to get it back same day, but he had a pile of machines to work on. So I have a whole week without my sewing machine. I will have 6 days, roughly, left in the month where I and my machine will both be here. That should be enough time to finish up my stack the deck January goal. I wish I had taken my machine in earlier though, so I am not so up against the wall.

I am really thinking about getting a second (better) machine for times like this. Maybe a Janome or Bernina? A good quality machine that can be my main quilting machine and this one can be a backup. The Singer’s been a good machine to me, and has quite a few bells and whistles. It wasn’t cheap either. But maybe it is time for a good quality quilting machine. I don’t know, just something I’ve been mulling over.

Anyway, the service guy is at my favorite shop on Thursdays. So, as long as I was in there I thought I’d have a look around. I haven’t been there in a few months, because the good cotton went away and usually it is many months to a year before it resurfaces. They were having a “year end clearance sale”. They did have about a half a table with some designer cottons. I grabbed a few of them. I wonder if there were more a few weeks ago or if they will be putting out more. Oh well. It wasn’t the piles and piles they have when they are doing the cotton only sales.

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my fabric grabs.

So, while my machine is away, I am doing some cutting for swaps. My swap is doing Denyse Schmidt and I am signed up for I spy and Lizzy House swaps. And some drawing/planning for future quilts. And lots of shopping.

I’ve also been working on cleaning. I have been following along the 52 week challenge, more or less. Last week was to clear off the counters. I did ok there, but it really does pile up. I am trying to be better about cleaning up and clearing off daily, though. Especially as we have been battling really bad ant invasion for weeks. I’ve been doing the borax traps that can be found on pinterest, and it works like a charm getting rid of them for a while, but then they came back. 😦 Not in as great numbers, though. So I am hoping as I keep doing this they will get fewer and fewer. I’ve been working this week on our drawers and cabinets. Just the lower ones because I can’t reach the uppers. And I’ve worked a section a day so it doesn’t take too long or isn’t too overwhelming. I probably won’t finish, but any work I do is better than I was.

I am also working on the toys. I’ve decided to divide them up and do a weekly rotation. Less toys out, less toys to clean up, less cluttery looking, “new” toys to play with every week. We’ll see how that goes.

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Cleaning

I am attempting to systematically go through each room of our house and declutter and purge, organize, etc. I work very very hard to keep my house below a certain level of clutter. I could so easily find myself on Hoarders if I ever let it go. But I am at a point where I feel like it is just too much stuff. When things are gathered everywhere, and can’t find places to put things, and I have clothes I’ve had for 20 years and 6 sizes, and we can’t park a car in the garage… you know. I need to do this.

I actually started in my bathroom. I didn’t finish, and I am sure that doesn’t thrill other people, so no pictures. 🙂 I did my vanity and under sink area. Still need to finish the drawers and the rest of the bathroom. I went through every bit of makeup and hair thing. I really tried to be brutal. I did have things dating back to highschool (or earlier). I know it is gross or outdated, but it is so against my nature to throw things away, I am really trying to purge though.

Then I headed into my closet. I do not have before pictures – and actually, my closet is oriented in a way where pictures at all are hard to get, but things had gotten to a point where I couldn’t even walk in there. I had just been throwing things into my closet, I had folded laundry, toys, sweaters, shoes, books etc, all over the floor. I took everything out of my closet and sorted and went through it piece by piece. I originally wanted to do it in a week, but it took the better part of the month. I tried so hard to be brutal. I got rid of a lot of shoes, and a decent amount of clothes and bags. Some of my clothes I did just move to the guest room – some of those “I’ll fit into this again” hopefuls and maternity clothes I still had hanging in my closet… you know, three years later, as a just-in-case. I could certainly still stand to get rid of more of all of it, but like I said, I have a hard time parting with things, and even just doing this much was a huge accomplishment.

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The bag pile… before. I might have a bit of a bag problem.

 

This is the best I can do for pictures... after

This is the best I can do for pictures… after

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Here is my closet now. The floor is completely clear, except for the stool, because I am freakishly short. I have tons of shelf space left. All those hangers used to have clothes on them, and there were more that were plastic that didn’t get put back. I used to have triple rows of shoes, and now it is barely one row. Very excited. I just hope it’ll stay this way.

I also finally got shelving for my sewing area. In hindsight, I could/should have gone with the 48″ shelves instead of 36″. Oh well. I may end up moving these above the tv and replacing them, but I could easily put 48″ shelves there too. I’ve only started to throw stuff up there, but it has already helped so much to get the clutter off my cutting table so I can better use it. I’ve also put some of my designer fabric up there to make room in my cubes for other fabrics, some scrap/charm bins, and some unfinished quilts are at the top. I am sure I will rearrange more in the future, but was trying to just get things out of the way for the time being. I went today to look for another small cube unit to mount on the wall for folded fabric, but they were out of it. LOL. I’ll take that as a hint to watch for the sale. Still quite a bit of plans in here too, but it is a start.

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September review/October goals

What happened to September?!?!

Things are finally looking up for us. We are coming out of the mess of the last 6 months. My husband is adjusting to his new job, and we are adjusting to our new schedules, my son is adjusting to preschool. I am cautiously optimistic.

September goals

  • Work on aunt’s quilt I have started making blocks for it. It requires many fabrics, and I am slowly buying them and cutting/incorporating as I go. This needs to move up to the priority now, though, so I need to make my final fabric decisions and start busting it out.
  • Make a plan for auction quilt (Can probably wait til next month) I have a couple directions I could go on this… I have a top I am working on for a class (post forthcoming) that could potentially be finished and donated, as I am not overly attached to it. We’ll see what I think when I finish it. I also just got back my Ispy layer cake swap, and am kicking around making something with that which would be a more child-friendly quilt idea.
  • Work on Tula quilt (though I am slowing down on this since the swap is running again and I may want some Acacia in it) I have around 100 of 130 blocks done, and currently spread out on my living room floor (post forthcoming). I am stopped on it for now because, as I said, the future Tula swaps are bringing out the old stuff and I may want that in my quilt. I am having a hard time picking and choosing. I feel like my life has been taken over by Tula…. I have gotten tons of it from my favorite fabric store this go around and I’ve been hunting constantly for the older stuff for my swap.
  • Make a plan for teacher gifts (Can probably wait til next month) Yeah, haven’t thought much about this beyond I’ll probably do some sort of bag.
  • Figure out how I will quilt the baby’s quilt and do it already. I started this thing a year ago, now. No
  • Should I find myself with the time: Bloom bloom pow, bento, chevron, prism and anything else I’ve started and not finished. No
  • Pick a room/closet a week and go through and clean/declutter/get rid of/organize, etc. And I mean seriously. OMG! I have been in serious closet cleaning mode! I took everything – absolutely everything! – out of my closet and have systematically gone through, sorted, gotten rid of, and replaced (most of )it. I’ve done my clothes and bags and am working on my shoes. Then I just need to deal with the random crap that was in there. It is looking so good. I still have way too many things, and some clothes just got moved, but it is a huge improvement. I also worked on my bathroom vanity area. I am sad that’s all I’ve gotten done, but it has been a huge undertaking and at least I am doing it.
  • Get serious about weight loss again 😦
  • Figure out what sort of income we are dealing with and get back on a cash budget to replenish savings and pay off repairs. Get my spending (Looking at you Fabric.com (among others)!) under control again. Spending is not under control  for sure – but we are sorting out the rest of it, and have paid off the repairs.
  • Get my little free library up and running! My builders have started building it. I guess I really thought I’d be done by now?! Again, where did September go?!? I am hoping they will be done by the end of this month. They also went through job changes and are very active people so they have to work around their schedule.
  • Read read read! Oh wow. I haven’t read a single thing this month. How awful. I have a stack of books to read before they go in my library, and I’ve tried to start a couple, but I am so tired or can’t get into them.

This will look much the same –

October Goals

 

  • Work on aunt’s quilt – finish top
  • Make a plan for auction quilt
  • Make a plan for teacher gifts (Can probably wait til next month)
  • Figure out how I will quilt the baby’s quilt and do it already. I started this thing a year ago, now.
  • Should I find myself with the time: Bloom bloom pow, bento, chevron, prism and anything else I’ve started and not finished.
  • Pick a room/closet a week and go through and clean/declutter/get rid of/organize, etc. And I mean seriously. – Finish closet, work on garage, dresser.
  • Put up shelves in sewing room, think (financially) about adding cubes
  • blog better
  • Get serious about weight loss again
  • Stick to budget
  • Get my little free library up and running!
  • Read read read!
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It’s a Sister Thing swap reveal and a bit about my sewing room

I recently participated in a swap through

The idea was to follow a secret pal’s blog and make them some end-of-summer goodies.

I was assigned Heather at

Her posts (like mine, LOL) were sparse over the summer, but I picked up on a few things. She definitely likes flowers – both in fabric and real. She likes blog hops and handmade items with a function.  I made her a (rather large, it turned out. Oops.) mug rug in bright, flowery fabrics in a plus sign pattern. I also made some cute chicken pincushions to match. I included some tea and other drink mixes to use with her mug rug. I hope she likes it.

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Making a mug rug also gave the added bonus of some more FMQ practice. You can’t see it too well in the thumbnail, but if you zoom in I did loops along the seams. The back is a purple and blue flower print and I bound with Children at Play stripe which matched perfectly.

 

I also got a package!

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My package came from Utah from Rachell at http://claddaghsquiltsandstars.blogspot.com/

She sent such a nice long letter explaining what she sent and why and who she is. She sent me two nice – sized quilted fabric buckets with outer pockets (modeled by my scissors and rotary cutter LOL) and a zipper pouch, also with outer pockets. She also included the instructions for how to make them! Ha – It’s from a free Craftsy class that I am probably enrolled in but never got around to doing! She certainly picked up on my colors. 🙂

She was inspired by my ongoing need to clean up and organize my sewing area. She felt the baskets could help – and they will! It just so happens I spent the better part of this weekend cleaning up my sewing room. It still has a long way to go, but at least I can move about, cut, fold, iron, etc now without killing myself or feeling overwhelmed. I’ve not had tons of time to devote to sewing lately, but when I did have time, I would walk in there, get frustrated or overwhelmed and give up. So, I finally just had to push through and get it to be a useable space again. I still have a long way to go, but at least I can work in there again. I took some before and after photos which I shudder to share, but…. maybe it will better illustrate how my life has been going lately –

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You may have to enlarge to read my captions. This is my cutting/folding area. In the corner is a built in cabinet that is full with things like fleece and minky. Things I really don’t use and should probably get rid of. On top is my tv, some doll models from when I made doll clothes, my snaps, thread, bobbins, a stack of things I started making and never finished, a stack of bee blocks, and random other stacks. The cutting table was just littered with everything. Fabric that needed to be cut or folded or put away or sorted or … The floor was a combination of fabrics I have pulled for projects, fabric needing to be put away, and all the ziplocs, buttons, velcro, rick rack and other stuff my son gets into and redistributes around the room. (I am mess enough on my own. I really don’t need his help!) My long term goals include putting shelving on those exposed walls so that I can get a lot of the bins and things off my cutting and sewing tables so I can better utilize them. That one wall used to be my design wall until I moved my cutting table there. Now I can’t reach it for that use, and half of it is cut off by the table.

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This side is where the majority of fabric is stored. On the floor is more mishmash of scrap bins, bins of fabrics that have no where else to go, swap packages (ingoing and outgoing), fabrics I’ve used and not put away, and mess and trash. I want to move the bookshelf into my bedroom and replace it with more cubbies. There’s a bunch of fleece, terry and flannel which, again, needs to be sorted and destashed to make room for my quilting fabrics. The cubbies have mini bolts and then folded smaller yardage in front and on top. The unit also has more folded mostly fat quarters fabric and ribbons. There is also a closet door in there that you can’t see that houses batting, interfacing, poly fill, etc and drawers that I keep my patterns in.

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My sewing room shares with the laundry room. So, I generally have clothes in various stages of laundering around the room as well. I sort, de stain, hang, and hold piles throughout the room. I generally fold on my bed, but sometimes in here too. I never iron. LOL. It’s enough that I iron my fabrics. 😉 You can see my son’s diapers drying here, as the ongoing never ending rains continue (actually, it’s been really pretty the last couple days). This is also where I moved my design wall for the time being. It isn’t ideal as it covers the thermostat and some switches.

So, here is the state now, after quite a bit of time cleaning and putting away:

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Still desperate for some attention and storage, but much more useable. I am able to find what I need and use my tables now. I bought a few bins to store some fabrics for swap or certain projects. That helped a lot. A bit better, but still a long way to go and I can’t wait to add the shelves and cubbies. Those cardboard boxes are mini bolts that need shelf space. It is on the list but may be a while. 😦 I keep spending my monies on fabric.

So, I am not kidding when I go on and on about it. 🙂  And it seems as soon as I get involved in a project and/or laundry, the mess evolves again. I am certainly going to put the baskets to good use in here!

Thanks again for the swap, Michelle and Rachell!

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May review and June goals

I am very aware I have gone somewhat AWOL. Things have been a little wild here (not in a good way) the last couple weeks. I am sure I will do a post once I feel on firmer ground. The upshot is that no sewing has gone on. But here are my goals for the month:

 

May goals:

Sewing-

  1. Finish ribbon chevron top – border. Back? no.. sigh…
  2. Complete Ispy tops and backs for nephews. (finish tumbler quilt – back, quilt, bind; make second top) Finished one completely, did not start the other. Need to get cracking on that
  3. Bento Box back (no ideas on this) Nope, and still don’t know what to do with it. Any ideas?
  4. finish bloom bloom pow. (top, back, quilt and bind) Finished the top. Started the back.
  5. Finish cleaning and reorganizing sewing room It’s such a mess…
  6. May mystery border Had to notify them this will be late. It is a pretty block though.
  7. Pick off a few things for the city craft pinterest challenge  No.

Swaps –

  • waiting on abc blocks
  • waiting on tula pink rounds 3,4,5
  • send back Lizzy House jewels
  • send back jar i spy
  • open May f8 swap

Cleaning-

  1. Get the baby’s swingset installed!!! This plays a small part in the drama. We may be tackling it next weekend or may just hire someone depending on how various things play out…
  2. Closet OH! I did start on this. I can actually see my floor now, and put away my winter clothes, but didn’t touch anything otherwise.
  3. Hang photos Same as it ever was….
  • Weight loss Well, Once I got home from the beach I started on My Fitness Pal, which is what my husband has been using to lose 30 pounds the last 5 months. I am mad watching him shrink away and nothing for me. It’s like that one commercial. So I joined and have been counting calories and tracking food and so far have lost 2 pounds (in less than a week). I hope to stick with it and continue to see progress.
  • Baby’s birthday party planning This has been such a nightmare. But it seems to be happening Sunday.
  • I have a lot of dr appts to make. I was actually going to do this today. And I really need to. We have 90 days to get these appointments in. (There’s a spoiler for you)
  • Read read read!

Here is the thing with going to the beach. I watch very little tv, I do almost no cleaning, so that leaves tons of time for sitting on the deck, listening to the water and birds (and construction lately) and read:

 

 

June goals:

Sewing-

  1. Finish ribbon chevron top – border. Back?
  2. Complete 2nd Ispy
  3. Bento Box back (no ideas on this)
  4. finish bloom bloom pow. (back, quilt and bind)
  5. baste and quilt twisted ispy
  6. Finish cleaning and reorganizing sewing room
  7. May mystery border
  8. June mystery border
  9. Pick off a few things for the city craft pinterest challenge

Swaps –

  • 2.5 square swap
  • waiting on tula pink rounds 6,7
  • jelly roll swap
  • send back konas
  • send back text swap
  • open June f8 swap

Cleaning-

  1. Get the baby’s swingset installed!!!
  2. Closet
  3. go through baby’s toys
  4. guest bedroom
  5. garage
  6. laundry room
  7. Hang photos
  • Weight loss
  • update Baby’s baby book
  • I have a lot of dr appts to make.
  • investigate HTF to fly with a two year old
  • get our house and life back in order
  • Read read read!

 

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April review and May goals

April:

Sewing-

  1. Finish ribbon chevron top – border. Back? no
  2. Complete Ispy tops and backs for nephews. I completed one top. Still waiting on swap return to make other top.
  3. Bento Box top I have two pieces of border to assemble and this is done. Will finish tonight.
  4. Pick fabrics and follow along for bloom bloom pow.    I have followed to the point where I need to cut my triangles. The ruler came today. I plan to start cutting tonight.
  5. Finish and hang the fabric hoops for the kidlet’s room. YES! YAY!
  6. Finish cleaning and reorganizing sewing room  This is an ongoing endeavor.
  7. Plot and sew rainbow twister quilt. And start twisting, if I get that far no
  8. Finish last 3×6 block, April mystery border, send all.  all done and sent
  9. Go to Stash Bash!! YAY!
  10. Make any things that need to be made for stash bash. (I am seriously lacking in information)
  11. Pick off a few things for the city craft pinterest challenge Ive made a couple, but not officially added them.

Swaps –

  • waiting on abc blocks still waiting
  • waiting on tula pink rounds 3,4,5 still waiting
  • Send back polka dots sent
  • send back Lizzy House jewels this got held up waiting on one set. Will go out soon.
  • send back ocean i spy sent
  • send back jar i spy waiting on them to arrive
  • open April f8 swap  opened and filled

Cleaning-

  1. Finish office bookshelves *sigh*
  2. Work on garage on weekends with hubs this is disgraceful so far
  3. Get the baby’s swingset installed!!! (why did I list this under cleaning?) it gets worse!
  4. Closet OMG did I do anything this month?
  5. Hang photos I’ve hung several, but still have a couple leaning against the wall to be hung.
  • Weight loss maintaining, but not losing 😦
  • smoothie diet no 😦
  • I have a lot of dr appts to make. Oh geez. Can you tell I have an issue with doctors? I did make the baby’s 2 year appt, but that wasn’t even on the original list of appts that need to be made.
  • Read read read!
  • Green focus on the bathroom never did any posts about this
  • Cleaning focus on guest bedroom haven’t done much in there either.

Ok. Wow. So I had mixed success last month. Here we go for this month: (keep in mind I am not home for most of this month)

May goals:

Sewing-

  1. Finish ribbon chevron top – border. Back?
  2. Complete Ispy tops and backs for nephews. (finish tumbler quilt – back, quilt, bind; make second top)
  3. Bento Box back (no ideas on this)
  4. finish bloom bloom pow. (top, back, quilt and bind)
  5. Finish cleaning and reorganizing sewing room
  6. May mystery border
  7. Pick off a few things for the city craft pinterest challenge

Swaps –

  • waiting on abc blocks
  • waiting on tula pink rounds 3,4,5
  • send back Lizzy House jewels
  • send back jar i spy
  • open May f8 swap

Cleaning-

  1. Get the baby’s swingset installed!!!
  2. Closet
  3. Hang photos
  • Weight loss
  • Baby’s birthday party planning
  • I have a lot of dr appts to make.
  • Read read read!
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Hey hey it’s my birthday.

More and more my birthday, much like new year, depresses me. I am getting shockingly old, yet still look, act and feel like a teenager. How does this happen? And then I start lamenting all the things I was meant to accomplish by now, and….

Enough of that. I just did some retail therapy damage at Fabric.com. Oops. Happy birthday to me.

I stayed up quite late last night suddenly inspired to finish my last 3×6 block. I had left this one so late because the person wanted “rainbow”. The block is quite an easy block… when made with two colors and all you have to do is cut squares. But I had to use 8 different colors, which meant I had to determine the size of triangles to cut. And the basic color wheel is only 6. So I had to add two more colors. It was all too much for me to deal with. So, I finally buckled down to do it. I picked my colors, plus black and white, and through a little bit of trial and error, got it assembled. I did have to do some ripping and resewing because I was stupid tired. But actually once I got past that, it went together quickly and easily and is actually a perfect 12.5 inch square. I like it a lot and am quite proud of it. Now I can wrap it up and get all these sent out finally this week. What a load off.

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I am also really pleased with my mystery border quilt. WHICH I CAN’T SHOW!! I did some paper piecing and some resizing and everything all on my own. I think it works with and balances the theme so nicely. And I am just impressed with myself that I pulled it off. It took a lot of time, but it was worth it. I really hope the person likes it.

The other night in a fit of frustration, I finally pulled down part of the baby gate around my fabric.

Excuse the mess!

Excuse the mess!

I had fabric just piled everywhere all over the floor, because it is so difficult to get to my shelves. I also find that I am less likely to sew when it actually involves me visiting my stash because the gate is such a physical barrier (it is really tall). I pulled off a section of it (the baby was sleeping and I didn’t want to risk waking him trying to take down and fold up the whole thing) and spent some time putting fabric back away. It needs some neatening and my husband even suggested I need another cube, so it must be real obvious that I am overflowing.

Here’s the thing that I find so frustrating:

I always thought I had tons of fabric. I have hundreds of dollars of fabric there. I love almost all of it. It is over flowing. I need more shelving. I want to limit myself to using fabric I already have. But if I go to pull fabric for a project, suddenly I feel like I don’t have anything useable. Case in point: I want to do the bloom bloom pow a long. I want to use fabric in my stash. But I have nothing acceptable. A large portion of my fabric is multi color. A large portion is on a white background. And almost none is tonal. I’ve also become a designer fabric snob somewhere along the way (Ugh… I remember the days when $5/yard was expensive), I have fabric that is off limits, fabric I don’t have enough of to use for whatever project, fabric that is being saved for certain projects… suddenly, all that fabric seems useless. I don’t know how to handle this without just buying more fabric. I guess I need to do some stash searching and start finding some real staples to add instead of just buying fabric because I like it… then never use it. Is this a normal problem or am I just strange like that?

Regardless, I will be able to spend a lot more quality time with my fabric without the gate barring my way now. It opens the room up a lot too, and makes it a lot less dangerous for me. I am glad to see the gate go. Just gotta keep the baby out.

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April Goals

Sewing-

  1. Finish ribbon chevron top – border. Back?
  2. Complete Ispy tops and backs for nephews.
  3. Bento Box top
  4. Pick fabrics and follow along for bloom bloom pow.
  5. Finish and hang the fabric hoops for the kidlet’s room.
  6. Finish cleaning and reorganizing sewing room
  7. Plot and sew rainbow twister quilt. And start twisting, if I get that far
  8. Finish last 3×6 block, April mystery border, send all.
  9. Go to Stash Bash!!
  10. Make any things that need to be made for stash bash. (I am seriously lacking in information)
  11. Pick off a few things for the city craft pinterest challenge

Swaps –

  • waiting on abc blocks
  • waiting on tula pink rounds 3,4,5
  • Send back polka dots
  • send back Lizzy House jewels
  • send back ocean i spy
  • send back jar i spy
  • open April f8 swap

Cleaning-

  1. Finish office bookshelves
  2. Work on garage on weekends with hubs
  3. Get the baby’s swingset installed!!! (why did I list this under cleaning?)
  4. Closet
  5. Hang photos
  • Weight loss
  • smoothie diet
  • I have a lot of dr appts to make.
  • Read read read!
  • Green focus on the bathroom
  • Cleaning focus on guest bedroom

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