Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Spring is advancing here in Northeast Ohio -- we had lots of rain for a couple weeks and now it's warmer than usual but next week will be much cooler . . . so I don't want to do much in the garden.
And because I'm embracing the current movement to loosen up my control of nature in my yard, about all I can do right now is dig out noxious weeds and I've done what I can do of that today physically. I watered the new strawberry plants and the bok choy seedlings and the pansies. I've walked all around the yard (twice) to see what's coming up and who's coming out -- there are lots of small solitary bees on the native trout lilies which are at peak bloom. (The bees were moving too fast to photograph.)
Monday, April 3, 2023
Earlier today, I was looking for something in a recent blog post and reminded of my (energetic) post from the end of 2022 laying out a few goals for 2023. I can't forget about them because I leave my work journal open to the page with the list on the desk by my sewing machine so I will see it every day!
Just the same, perhaps a "first quarter" progress review would be a good idea to keep me accountable and rejuvenate my focus? So this post is written mostly for my benefit which makes reading further optional for you.
1. Finish six more UFO's from the leftover 2022 list. Excellent progress here -- two are completely finished, three are finished tops (instead of piles of stuff) and another one just came off the shelf to serve it's time as a "leader/ender" project!
2. Quilt the new tops I made in 2022. Moderate progress here -- no finishes but one is just past the halfway point of quilting. And I'm giving myself a "pat on the back" for quilting three lap-size quilt tops that I've pieced since the beginning of the year!! (That's so not me!?!)
A blend of machine and hand quilting is in progress on my version of Homage to Grandmother's Flower Garden. I just finished the hand quilting last evening and will now do the machine quilting around the outside edges -- an April finish for sure!!
3. Deal with all the antique/vintage quilt tops I own. I sold two!! And I have a firm plan for finishing a third one including a recipient when it's done! Six to go!!
4. If/when I start new projects, chose from a list of seven that I've wanted to make for a while. Looking at this one again, what a silly girl I was to say "if/when" -- of course, I'm going to start new projects?!? Of the four piecing and applique projects . . . . no, make that five . . . . that are actively in process at the moment -- two are from the list. But you get it -- it's so hard to resist a shiny new idea!?!
Three of my current "works in progress" -- two from the "list of seven" and one shiny new sew-along (lower left). I'm "storing" them flat on the portable back-up design wall (seeing them every day is so inspiring!!).
5. Rehome twelve finished quilts. Progress on this goal is a bit shaky. I have let go of two quilts and have a short list of quilts and recipients on my desk, but as usual my follow through is a bit light. What's my excuse? I'm a quilt hoarder??? I just need to let go!!
As I'm writing this, I'm reviewing my potential recipient list and realize this quilt which I finished last month will be perfect for one of them. It's in the washing machine as we speak getting ready for it's forever home!!
Back to the stitching!!