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 😀

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My 2016 Sewing Project Goals

Happy New Year everyone!

Just threaded my Juki for the first time and have 2 bobbins ready for action. On my test scrap, I still grabbed my scissors, even after pressing the thread cutting button 😀 Will take some getting use to. The needle up/down button too, I still caught myself manually lowering my needle… Practice makes perfect! Time to get started on these projects below:

  1. Learn how to use my new Juki!
  2. Finish up my first Project Linus quiltCompleted 8/13/16
  3. 1st Commission!Completed 1/31/16
    1. Baby Boy Quilt – western theme
    2. Initials wanted on quilt
    3. Hanging option for back – Use Material Girl Quilts – Mini Quilt Hanging Tutorial
  4. Baby Quilt – CommisionCompleted 2/20/16
    1. Simple, no quilt. Top stitch cotton top/minky bottom.
  5. Baby Quilt – My nephew’s daughter due in April!Completed 4/12/16
  6. Baby Quilt – Baby niece due in April!
  7. Uncle has commissioned me to make 3 quilts for his grandchildrenCompleted 7/17/16
    1. Dinosaur quilt for Boy – Complete
    2. Farm Animal quilt for Boy – Complete
    3. Baby quilt for Girl – Complete
  8. Babar Commissioned QuiltCompleted November 2016
  9. Penny Rose Fabrics – TBT Sampler Quilt
    1. Need Border, Backing, and Binding fabric
  10. Mini Quilt/Wall Hanging for Sewing Space
    1. Use Material Girl Quilts – Mini Quilt Hanging Tutorial
    2. Making Sunburst Quilt – Moda Bake Shop
  11. Moda Bake Shop Summer Sewing Camp – Bee-utiful QAL
  12. 1-Hour Baskets for fabric storage
  13. x and + Quilt
    1. 12″ Finished Blocks
    2. Need 12 more blocks; sashing, backing, and binding fabric
  14. Christmas Quilt – Wonky Star
  15. Batik Quilt — UFO
    1. Need border and backing fabric
  16. Cross-Stitch — UFO
    1. It’s huge and I don’t work on it as often as I should.
    2. Dedicate more time to stitching!
    3. Join a SAL! – Achieved 😀
  17. Cut and separate scraps throughout the year for these scrappy quilts.
    1. Staying organized in between projects
    2. Utilizing those trimmings from binding strips!

Check back here for my updates. More could get added to this list! Let’s see what gets accomplished and which will be pushed to the 2017 list.

My 2015 Sewing Project Goals

I’ve been thinking a lot on what I will do next and started a list:

  1. Rail Fence Cushion  — Completed 1/10/15
  2. Coneflower Quilt — Completed 7/5/15
  3. Outdoor Patio Seat Cushions — Completed 2/6/15
  4. Penny Rose Fabrics – TBT Sampler Quilt
    1. Using 30’s reproduction prints!
  5. Baby Quilt for a co-worker – Completed 3/8/15
    1. Make Label
  6. Baby Quilt for cousin, scrappy triangles – Completed 3/28/15
    1. Leaders & Enders project
  7. Baby Quilt for another Cousin! – Completed 9/26/15
    1. Double 4-Patch Pattern
    2. Completed Mouse Camp Quilt
  8. Kitchen Apron – gift – Completed 4/2/15
  9. Quilt – Horse theme, gift  – Completed 12/23/15
  10. Quilt – Football theme, gift
  11. Partial Seam Lap Quilt – Gift – Completed 8/29/15
    1. Partial Seams Tutorial
  12. Mini Quilt/Wall Hanging
    1. Material Girl Quilts — Mini Quilt Hanging Tutorial
    2. Sunburst Quilt – Moda Bake Shop
  13. 1-Hour Baskets for fabric storage
  14. Fabric Trash Bag for the car
  15. Moda’s Mini Charm Bench Pillow
    1. I have a Christmas inspired mini charm pack for this!
  16. Thread Spools Quilt
    1. Ive been collecting colorful scrap strips for this
    2. I Need to collect low volume FQs for the background
  17. X and + Quilt
    1. 12″ Finished Blocks
    2. Utilize my Tokyo Train Ride bundle and Doe bundle!
  18. Christmas Quilt – Wonky Star
  19. Batik Quilt — UFO
    1. Need border and backing fabric
  20. Cross-Stitch — UFO
    1. It’s huge and I don’t work on it as often as I should. Started 2yrs ago…
  21. Christmas gift Mug rugs – Gifted 12/15/15
  22. Cut and separate scraps throughout the year for these scrappy quilts.
    1. Staying organized in between projects
    2. Utilizing those trimmings from binding strips!

More could get added to this list! Let’s see what gets accomplished and which will be pushed to the 2016 list.