Stash Report And One UFO Done

No fabric added this week.

I finished the January UFO for the Get It Done Challenge for a very small bust.

visionquestThis is a tiny quilt. I also used so yarn on it and got that out of my stash. I’m glad it’s done as it gives me hope for the year, but I’m a bit embarrassed it took me over two years to finish it. This quilt definitely fell into the “I don’t know what to do with it” category.

I’m linking to Patchwork Times.

Fabric In: 6.75 yards

Fabric out: .125 yards

Net Fabric ADDED: 6.525 yards

Yarn In: 0

Yarn Out: 2 yards

Net Yarn Used: 2 yards

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January UFO Progress

Here’s what I’ve done so far on the January UFO. I started with this.

color-challenge-baseI removed the pink stems in the corner. I trimmed the backing and batting, and zig-zagged around the edges. I also hit the edges with paint so the batting wouldn’t show.

jan-ufo-in-processI know I want to use the fancy yarn from my stash and the batik lizard. I think the lizard wants to sit on a branch or a pile of rocks though, and I haven’t quite figured that out. I’m playing with felted wool and painted cheesecloth but may end up using something else.

This may be one of those projects that I have to make time to work on it until it’s done.

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Stash Report And Play Things

Nothing used this week, although I made progress on both the Safehouse Bricks quilt and the January UFO.

I went to the sale at my LQS last Sunday. I started out far away from the fabric and picked up some fun notions.

notions-buyThe big bag has all kinds of stabilizers, many of them wash away. These will come in handy as I continue to play with embroidery. I will use the hatchet template and the trim in the next Stitching To Dye experiment.

fabric-buy-nydI made the mistake of looking at the fabric right before I left and picked up some yardage. I love both fabrics and know I will use them. I hate being in the hole so early, but know my usage will eventually exceed my purchases. Perhaps it will motivate me to finish projects faster.

I bought so much I even got a free tote bag.

I’m linking to Patchwork Times.

Fabric In: 6.75 yards

Fabric out: 0 yards

Net Fabric ADDED: 6.75 yards

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Word Of The Year

This should be the last post that transitions everything into the new year. Time to stop thinking about it and start living it!

My word of the year for 2016 was Breathe. More than anything, it made me think about slowing down and taking time for the important things. My life looks much more like I want it to than it did a year ago. There is still room for improvement, but forward progress happened.

My word for 2017 is Open.

I had my list of words narrowed down to “experiment” and “explore”, with a leaning toward “explore”. But for some reason, it didn’t feel quite right. I took some time to consider that choice and Breathe, and that’s when Open came to me.

I don’t have any notion of what Open will bring. I know there will be big changes in my life this year, the kind that will reshape my schedule and my decisions. As often happens in the midst of challenge, I only deal with one day at a time. I can already see a shift in perspective, a look at things from a different point of view. There will be many lessons this year, some of them hard. I choose to focus on the unexpected gifts that come with them.

If you picked a word of the year, feel free to leave a comment and share.

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The January 2017 Short List

Here it is a new year and a new Short List. In December I completed two projects and dyed the Stitching To Dye piece for creative play. It was a good month considering.

The most recent version of The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a scrap project, a handwork project and Creative Play. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I adjust the categories as needed to add new interests and drop things that no longer appeal.

For 2017, I decided to reduce the number of categories because I never finish more than two or three things in a month, and make a change to creative play. I’ll try it for a few months and see how it goes.

  • Something old – The color study is UFO #3 that was chosen for January’s Get It Done Challenge at Patchwork Times. This is the UFO that needs the least work. It would be good to just finish it and be done with it.color-challenge-baseSomething new – The Safehouse quilt in process. Cuddles like this one.bricks-in-process
  • Handwork – I struggled with this one, but finally decided to work on a crochet rug. I have a couple different patterns and will try a few out by making hot pads to see which one I like best.
  • Art Quilt Play – I’m changing this category to cover using or experimenting with the various art/quilting supplies in my stash. This could include paint, dye, watercolors, pastels, ink, foil, lutrador, specialty threads, angelina or anything else I have. Some supplies keep well over time, but others do not. Might as well get some use out of them.

I also have another new project on standby in case I finish the Safehouse quilt, although that isn’t likely. A few finishes this month would make for a good start to the year.

I’m linking to Design Wall Monday.

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Stash Report And A Sale

Here is how I finished last year.

Fabric In: 118 3/4 yards

Fabric out: 31.25 yards

Net Fabric ADDED: 87.5 yards

Yarn In: 21 yards

Yarn Out: 625 yds

Net Yarn OUT: 604 yds

The yarn usage was a surprise because I don’t do that much crochet. I make one or two things a year just to do something different. I wouldn’t have counted, but I bought embroidery thread that was labeled as yarn and went with it. Less of anything is a good thing.

Nothing in or out for 2017. That may change quickly because my local quilt shop has a big sale starting at 10:00 am today and I will be there. The sale is more notions than fabric, but there will still be fabric on sale. The chance to buy notions at deep discount is a good opportunity to try new products or techniques. I bought things at prior sales that became sewing room staples.

My stash goal this year is to use more fabric than I purchase. It sounds so easy at the beginning of the year. I have a bunch of projects mid-stream that hopefully turn into early usage.

I plan to spend a lot of time sewing today and tomorrow.

I’m linking to Patchwork Times.

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Does It Stay Or Does It Go?

With 2017 just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about creative goals. It’s just as important to decide what has to go to make room for the new. So here’s what I think you’ll see here next year and what you won’t.

Stashbusting stays in an effort to redeem myself for this year. I will also continue with scrap quilting and the Stitching To Dye series. I’m having too much fun with both. I’ll continue using The Short List, but the categories will change yet again. I consider it evolution.

I added the “Get It Done” UFO challenge over at Patchwork Times. There is still time to sign up and join the fun.

The 350 block challenge goes next year. There will be no block of the month, mystery quilts or quilt-alongs next year. I have too many other things I want to do.

The book experiment goes. I only made it through a dozen pages of my last pick. It was interesting, but there are better uses for my time.

No doubt other new things will come along. This year brought liberated piecing, a new level of free motion quilting, scrap goals and a renewed interest in dyeing. I finished 20 projects, 4 of them UFOs. I increased my fabric usage by 40%. In spite of all the life that happened, it was a good year.

My favorite project? It’s hard to pick.

fat-quarter-bagThe fabrics in the fat quarter bag are so me. This is my favorite colorwise.

s2d1-doneThe first Stitching To Dye piece was the most fun to make. I was pleased with how it dyed, which set the tone to continue with the series. This one felt like coming home.

modern-geisha-doneI love Modern Geisha for the strong graphic design. It lives with my MIL now and is well loved. You can’t ask for anything more.

Thanks to everyone for visiting the blog and leaving comments. I’m constantly amazed by your ideas and suggestions.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.

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