Tuesday, February 6, 2018

January Summary

I can't believe how fast this year is moving. Seriously, we are now well into the second week of February, and I feel like it was New Year's just last weekend. And then I look at my phone and realize that it really was a jam packed month. After a fairly lazy late December, in which I did a lot of cooking and a lot of cleaning, and much less sewing than I would have liked, January came in with a bang....new projects arrived, new fabrics arrived, a full class schedule was on the books, and as a result the month literally flew by....

I worked on a couple new projects..... including this one for the upcoming Bakersfield retreat...

It's part of the new Cattails collection, and I am in love with it!!!!
I'm not QUITE done, but will finish it this week.

I also did a ton of teaching this month, at Cotton and Chocolate in Thousand Oaks (CA), the Orange Quilt Bee in Orange (CA), in Palm Desert (CA) at Monica's Quilt and Bead, in Glendora (CA) at the SewnSew, and finally we closed the month with a three day retreat at Sewing Machines Plus here in Escondido, right down the block from work. It was really nice to "teach at home" with a 5 minute commute to the store, and a lovely group of locals. 

I missed out on a majority of Road to California, as I was teaching, and it just really didn't work to get there during the work day, I did get to see the quilts that had been entered by a couple of my students as part of the preview night activities, which was really fun. It was great to see 5 Quiltworx quilts hanging at Road, a real tribute to how a single designer has influenced so many people and their art. 

That's about all of my January 2018. It was great, and I am super happy with how it fit into the years goals and plans! Do you have Quilty Goals for 2018?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

What have you been up to?

As you know, i've been super busy working on some super secret sewing for a week long retreat in Bakersfield at the end of February....as a result, I've been busy sewing almost every night trying to finish it up. As many of you know, I love audio books and tv shows as background noise when I sew...needless to say, I've been binging.....

Watching - Colony on Netflix. SO GOOD! Do not start watching it! It's obsessive.

Craving - brownies. Josh has made brownies almost every night the last week or so, and I don't know what he puts in them, but oh my, they are awesome.

Doing - lots of sewing. Lots and lots of sewing.

Obsessing - over Emily Ley's new book, Simplified Life. I've tried to work on something every day, from cleaning out the closets to organizing the pantry. 

Loving - all of the Quiltville Mystery quilts "On Ringo Lake" that are getting finished. They are so pretty!

Reading - Grace not Perfection by Emily Ley (her first book) and The Total Money Makeover (yes, I read it every January to remind myself why I budget and what my goals are)

Wanting - a vacation -- preferably somewhere with a large body of water and a hammock. and an umbrella drink or 3.

Pinning - lots of recipes for my new instapot. I have yet to use it, but soon I will get up the nerve.

Dreaming - of painting the living room -- I wonder if I can convince the landlord to let me......

Writing - not much. I always have good intentions, but it's always crazy.

Crafting - does decorating count? because I have been doing lots of decorating....hanging curtains, hanging quilts, hanging pictures, hanging signs, etc.

Sewing - a super secret project, and not much else. 

Knitting - not a thing....not a single stitch.

Listening - to Harry Potter on Audible, and Pennies to Pearls on Youtube.

Wearing - my uniform of jeans and 3/4 sleeve t-shirts.

Needing - that vacation (see above).

Planning - my next sewing project

Trying - a couple of new recipes .... this week crock pot orange chicken and lemon pepper tilapia

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Week 3 : January 15 - January 21

Well, it is week 3 of 2018 already. I can't believe it's already almost Road the California. Crazy!

We've been crazy at work, and busy sewing over the holidays, and busy getting ready for retreat in Bakersfield in late February. And my sewing room is atrocious. And the whole thing is driving me bonkers. I've always been one that could work in and through the chaos, but lately I've had this need to organize, simplify and clear all the things out. Starting with this disaster of a sewing room....

My sewing space is full of leftover Christmas stuff, quilts that are tops, but need backs, and miscellaneous half done projects. 

You see that last photo...that table has 2 leftover blocks from a quilt I finished on New Year's Day, 8 geese blocks that belong to my Bakersfield project, and a box of parts and pieces for my On Ringo Lake mystery quilt. I really need figure out how to single task and get these things done, so expect to see those items in upcoming Work in Process Wednesday posts.  

Monday, January 1, 2018

Word of the Year : Strength

My new word for 2018 is strength.

Dictionary.com says this about strength.....

the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor.
mental power, force, or vigor.
moral power, firmness, or courage.
power by reason of influence, authority,resources, numbers, etc.
number, as of personnel or ships in a force orbody:
a regiment with a strength of 3000.
effective force, potency, or cogency, as ofinducements or arguments:
the strength of his plea.
power of resisting force, strain, wear, etc.

I'm really focusing on the last bullet...which is sort of backwards to my usual format. This year I really want to focus on strengthening my reserves, my determination, my discipline, my performance, spending time strengthening and shoring up a bunch of things : finances, fitness, the business, my relationships, my schedule, and my self care.

As always, I spent December looking back at the previous 11 months, both in the business and my personal life, figuring out the details, and the numbers. Getting really clear on where I am currently. And this last week, really focusing on where I want to go. And based upon where I want to be, what do I need to do this week. 

I also changed my planner this year, to see if it will help me with achieving some goals. Don't worry I am not saying goodbye to my Franklin Covey daily workplan for work, but I moved to Michael Hyatt's Focus Planner to see if it will help with breaking down some Goals into plans for my personal goals. For some reason, I am really good at working on everyone else's goals, and not so good at working on my own, including my health and my own self care.

It's been a really tough 18 months for me, between losing Dad last September,  some altered relationships (which needed to happen, but were traumatic regardless), some depression, a huge growth spurt at work which resulted in some crazy schedules, and a real lack of self care on my part. I really focused on taking care of everyone except me, and I'm now in the middle of the results of that. The business growth at work has been amazing. I have taught a ton of classes. I've finished a bunch of quilts (it's never the number that I want or wish for). I've built some great relationships. I've done lots, and I'm proud of all that has happened this year. But I am also exhausted. literally tired. Yet, I've been struggling to sleep from stress and pressure. So, there will lots of changes in the business and my personal life this next year, so stay tuned to see what is going. 

Do you have a word of the year? Do you make resolutions? How do you manage resolutions? 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Make a List Monday

Well, we're almost half way through December. Crazy isn't it? It seems that every time I blink half a day is gone. Now that the Christmas work is all done (with the exception of the final stocking filling) -- I get some time to sew, and big plans are in store.

In the time since we were last together, I got the binding on Two Plus Two, and that one is ready for a trip to its new home. I have yet to work on the binding for Feathered Star Queen, but that will get done this week, as I have a full day on Saturday to binge watch Hallmark Christmas movies and sew binding and I intend to be fully ready for a day of indulgence. So, some night this week (maybe tonight), I'll get that put on.

I had a little time on Sunday to cut out the new Scandinavian Snowflake pattern, so I'll get some sewing done on that one as well....

And if there is any time after that, I'll be working on my On Ringo Lake mystery quilt. Seriously, that one is a LOT of work....I'm still working on last week's clue (Clue 2) - of 200 Flying Geese, and this week is 240 Chevron units -- 120 right, and 120 left.  

Well, I best be getting on with it....

Sunday, November 26, 2017

End of November update

Well, tonight is the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, and I've had a chance to get quite a bit done over the last few weeks.....not everything that I wanted to get done is done yet, but I have a couple more days to finish up some items, and get started on some things for December.

I finished getting binding and hanging sleeves on these...

That completes the 25 items for homemade Christmas....

And I found this amazing card while teaching at the Sew n Sew in Glendora....

Isn't it adorable??? So I'll mail those off one day this week, and that leaves only a few items to finish up for Christmas...

I got my blocks done for the On Ringo Lake mystery quilt. Week 1 calls for 50 9 patch blocks, when are done....

I finished my Fractured Star quilt....

It just needs a good press and it is ready for a trip to Montana. 

I also squeezed in a top over the weekend. It WAS my oldest WIP, and it was started over 10 years ago...and it does feel good to have it done. It was a bit challenging. I obviously started and/or worked on it on two separate occasions...half of the seams were pressed one way, and half were pressed opposite, so nothing matched up quite right....

But it's done, which is the best kind of top.

Next up are the priorities for next month....

A couple of bindings...

One for Feathered Star Queen, and one for Two Plus Two in Queen, so 850+ inches of binding this month.

I have a few others goals for the month, but more on that on Friday, December 1st.

Until then, it's finishing this project....

The tree is up, but undecorated at the moment...so, that is tomorrow nights plan.

Are you ready for holiday decorating?

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Magic List Day 3

Well, day 3 and I have a new finish!

I got the binding done on Crossroads!

And I made some more binding....

And identified some items for destash in the craft cabinet....

The beading stuff I haven't used in ages, and I have a friend who will use/enjoy them! Now if I can only do that with the rest of the craft room!

I also picked up my paint chips for the Quiltville Mystery that starts the day after Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, I left them sitting on my desk at work, so my big plan for selecting fabrics tonight was foiled!!!! Good thing I have a couple of weeks to get that taken care of!

What have you been up to?