2018 Finishes and 2019 Plans

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you had a joyous time entering the new year. Were you out celebrating or did you stay cozy indoors? We stayed cozy indoors and I was falling asleep by midnight! That’s okay though; I was eager to get to my 2019 plans!

My New Year’s Eve finish was my Winnie the Pooh cushion. It’s absolutely adorable! I’m so happy how it turned out. I purchased pre-cut pom-poms which only came in 2 yards. I didn’t calculate what I would need, but luckily 2 yards was just enough! I added sew on stabilizer to the back of my stitched piece after pressing the hoop wrinkles out, then basted my pom-poms on, then pinned my envelope backing on, and sewed at a 1/4″ all the way around. The cushion roughly measures 12″ H x 16″ L.

Here’s all of my 2018 Finishes!

Didn’t finish as much quilting as I had hoped. My #1 quilting goal is to finish my King size quilt commission. After that quilt is complete I hope to work on all my quilting wips until they are complete! Maybe start a new quilt, but most likely just focus on wips. I do have a rifle paper co. quilt commission that I’m excited to start on as well. I would also like to sew more garments in 2019. Mom and I took a skirt class just recently. You can see our finished skirts in the above gallery. I have a few patterns I’m eager to shop fabric for and get started!

I’m also starting a new cross stitch piece today! Where There are Bees by The Prairie Schooler. There’s another stitch along on instagram #averyprairieyearsal (a very prairie year SAL) The idea is start a new prairie schooler each month, but I’m altering it for myself. I will work on prairie schooler monthly, but not necessarily start something new. When one is complete, I can treat myself to a new prairie schooler pattern. For my SAL group here on the blog, I will be working on my Scarlet Quince Passion Flowers and Hummingbirds. So that covers two weeks out of each month. For the remaining weeks of each month, I will use my Decision Roulette app to randomly select a project from my wips!

In the garden, I’m excited to work on some flower beds along the front of the house and along the back yard shaded area. The front bed was prepped with cardboard and mulch in hopes to kill the grass and soften up the soil. In the back, mom and I planted an Oakleaf hydrangea and a hellebore plant in the fall. I want to continue this area and add a few more companion plants. There’s a lot of spring cleaning to be done in the garden and I look forward to getting my hands dirty!

That about covers my plans for 2019. I look forward to reading your plans and seeing all the creativity 2019 will bring us!

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Reflecting on 2017 and Looking Onward

Happy New Year!

Here’s a quick view of my accomplishments for 2017:

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For 2018, I have some quilt commissions and most of the same list of UFOs to cross off the list.

  1. King Size Quilt Commission
  2. T-Shirt Quilt Commission
  3. TBT Quilt
    1. Top complete, need to quilt it!
  4. x and + Quilt
    1. Finish the x and + blocks
    2. Add the sashing and panel to complete the top
    3. Quilt it!
  5. Starburst Quilt Wall Hanging
    1. Finish piecing the blocks
  6. OBW Quilt
    1. Finish piecing the top
    2. Quilt it!
  7. Desert Sky Paper Pieced Quilt
    1. Continue progress on blocks (if I remember how to!)
  8. Beeutiful QAL
    1. Finish Embroidery Blocks
    2. Piece the top
  9. Project Linus Quilt
    1. Due @ August Quilt Show
  10. Wonky Star Christmas Quilt
    1. Finish the blocks
    2. Quilt and have complete before Christmas 2018!
  11. Linden Sweatshirt (before the cool season ends?)
  12. Laurel Blouse
  13. Sorbetto Blouse
  14. Winnie the Pooh cross stitch
    1. Turn it into a pillow once finished!
  15. Start and keep up with Into the Jungle SAL by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

I have some baby quilts already planned in the horizon for some dear friends and family who are expecting in 2018 ❤

A big warm thank you to my readers who keep me inspired to blog about all my craftiness and garden adventures! I hope 2018 brings you new adventures and many accomplishments too.

Reflecting on 2016 and Looking Onward

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope everyone had a joyous and safe new year’s celebration! I spent the evening baking cookies with family and toasting to the new year with champagne. We didn’t quite make it to midnight, but the sentiment was still there 🙂 As I approached the last week of December I felt that I had not completed many of the goals I had planned for 2016. I always feel this way at the end of a year, but once I look back and reflect on the creations I made and the busyness of every day life for us this year, I’m feeling more content with how 2016 turned out.

Here’s what I completed in 2016:

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I had 3 commissions and lots of baby showers 😀 Aside from quilts, we also completed the sewing/guest room for which I made curtains and learned how to use the rolled hem foot. Now these are just the completed works you see in the slide show. I also started many new projects and worked on some old projects, which brings me to my 2017 goals.

For 2017, I have decided to make this year the year of UFOs! Time to get my list of projects shortened. My goal is to finished the oldest of UFOs and work towards the newest. I will NOT start any new projects, UNLESS it’s a commission or a baby shower and I can whip up a whole cloth baby blanket. Hold me to this guys! No ifs, and, or buts! ha-ha

Here’s what I have so far…this is just a few from my list that I want to work on first:

  1. Commissioned Quilt Project
  2. Batik Quilt – this top is probably almost 3 years old.
  3. TBT Quilt
  4. x and + Quilt
  5. Sunburst Quilt for wall hanging
  6. Cloth napkins and Kitchen tea towels – newest of ufo’s, but it’s a Need.
  7. Projects with mom
    1. Hand Sewing Project Bag (I NEED this for my x-stitch projects)
    2. Esmie Top (my first apparel project)
  8. Winnie the Pooh cross-stitch

There’s definitely more to this! On my written to-do list, I have about 18 projects! Luckily, I have these organized in my lovely new planner ❤

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I will also continue working on the garden and our home. Husband and I have a list going for our House goals as well. I also hope to blog about the garden more as this fell behind in 2016.

Much to look forward to! I better go get started 😀