Wednesday, December 31, 2008
So - since July 2nd I've lost 26 pounds. Though I wanted to be closer to goal by the end of the year I am happy with what I've achieved.
This morning I resolved to really get back on track and continue the new trend during weigh-ins. Here are my 2009 goals:
1. Achieve my weight loss goal and lifetime Weight Watcher membership. I have between 18 and 20 more pounds to lose.
2. Focus more on eating healthy, with lots more fruits and vegetables included every day.
3. Drink my daily allowance of WATER - coffee counts for WW now but I'd rather it be water.
4. Move more - aiming for 10,000 steps per day. I bought a WW pedometer at the meeting this morning - I'll have Fred measure my stride this afternoon so I can program it to my specifics. I'll start wearing it tomorrow.
5. Do better when it comes to planning meals, choosing at least three or four new recipes out of my many WW cookbooks to try each week.
Since this is my health, these goals are more important than the quilting goals - if I could find a place outside my sewing room to put my ironing board permanently I bet I could increase that daily step total much more easily! At least longarming should help the numbers!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Setting yearly goals has worked well, but having monthly goals worked well also. So I've decided to give both a try. I'll start with a list of things I want to accomplish in the next 12 months, followed by what I'll focus on in January. I figure if I take smaller bites it will be easier to finish the whole by this time next year. Worth a try, anyway - don't you think? So here's the list I've come up with:
1. Complete a minimum of at least two quilts per month, including quilting, binding and labeling. (The pictures in this post are some of my finished tops waiting to become true quilts.) I will strive for three, but will be happy with two.
2. Make steady progress on my long-term projects. I like the way Judy has listed hers on her sidebar with a bar graph to show the her progress on each one. I'm hoping I can figure out how to do this as I love the graphic, pictorial quality of the progress charts.
3. Use more fabric than I purchase so there is a decrease in the size of my stash - even if it's just a small decrease. I've given up fabric diets - they just don't work for me. I get too much pleasure and joy from bringing new fabric into the house now and then. I've started a weekly fabric journal, and hope to keep better track of yardage bought and used this coming year.
4. Use enough strips, strings, squares, triangles, and bricks from my scrap drawers and boxes so they are no longer stuffed to overflowing. I'll be happy with five or six quilts finished quilts from scraps by the end of the year - though I'll strive for more.
5. Now that I've successfully conquered the major part of my UFO problem, I will start working on the HSY's listed on my sidebar - pronounced "hussies". Almost all my hussies are "brazen" - meaning they are over a year old. I will strive to complete a minimum of 6 quilts in the coming year from this list - though I'd like it to be even more.
6. I will teach myself how to do invisible machine applique, and complete at least three small or one large project using this technique.
7. Learn to use new tools for my longarm - specifically my Circle Lord.
What are your quilting goals for this next year? Please either leave me a comment with the answer or answer on your own blog. If you've never set goals I encourage you to try it this next year - I promise you will accomplish more of you do.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Once that was done I shifted the fabric left on that one shelf to other shelves, leaving me an entire empty shelf. I've not seen an empty shelf for a LONG time, so I know I'm using more fabric that I am purchasing - hooray! I was very happy to shift all the fabrics from these two baskets onto the shelf, thus freeing up space on my floor so I could move the string tub out of the closet. These are all the fabrics that Eileen Trestain OK'd for my mid-19th century album quilt, and since that's one of my longterm projects I need to keep them separate. There is more room on that shelf, so I need to take her book in hand to find other reproduction fabrics in my stash that also fit into that era. I feel so much better about the room now - one basket emptied, another basket holding the two quilts that are waiting for binding to be finished, with the string tub in it's proper place at the end of the island with the second basket on top. And I still see empty spaces on my stash shelves that weren't there before!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Once the quilt back "fabric" was finished I did a bit of rearranging in the sewing room. Hooray - things are better! More about that in tomorrow's post also. I heated a multitude of leftovers for our dinner - sure helped make room in the refrigerator! - and then moved on to the next project.
Remember these double four patches that I started at Quilt Camp in early November and finished a few days later? I'd found a stack of 4 1/2" squares cut from 19th century reproductions that I decided needed to be four patches. When I got home from camp I turned all the 4 1/2" squares from their plastic shoebox into four patches also. Then I robbed all the lights from the box of 4" squares and added a few more trimmed down from the drawer of 5" squares. When I was done I had 108 blocks total - exactly the number needed for a Hotel Hope quilt. (Of course - when I put them on the wall today I found three blocks with four patches turned the wrong direction LOL!)
I think these blocks have aged long enough. They need to be made into a finished quilt top if for no other reason so I can deduct the fabric from my stash count. I decided it would be easier to arrange the blocks if I moved the big board into the hall so I could use the entire design wall. Does the room ever feel bigger without that board in there! Sure wish I could keep it elsewhere for good, but somehow I don't think it would be a good idea to block the hall closet and partially block the door to the computer room for any length of time. At least we've got enough space to get into the room, but we'd better not need any towels, wash cloths, paper towels, toilet paper, spare light bulbs or anything else in that closet until this top is done - hopefully by tomorrow night!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I have my third participant. Thank you to the others for your interest. Maybe next time!
I posted a "Pay It Forward" back in the fall. One person has had to drop out so I have space for one more participant. So please leave me a comment if you would like to receive something handmade by me in the new year.
For any reader who doesn't know how it works, here goes -
I am one of the three people who committed that I'd participate in a "Pay It Forward" last fall. This meant that the person to whom I committed Julie will send me a hand made gift sometime in the next 6-12 months (or sooner if she can). She sent me a beautiful fabric basket, which I posted about shortly after it came.
In turn I promise to send a hand made gift sometime in the next 6-12 months to the first three people who comment and commit themselves to playing. Note - just to make sure there is no misunderstanding - I already have two - I just need one more. In order to play you must post the "Pay It Forward" message to your own blog, and promise to send handmade gifts to the first three people who leave you a comment committing themselves to playing along.
(I sure hope that makes sense - if it doesn't and you're not sure how this works just ask me.)