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Resolution Review: January

Since we’ve reached the end of January (ALREADY!) I thought it would be a good time to check in and take stock of what I’ve accomplished this month.  I think the resolution to blog more and sew more is going rather well…don’t you?

12 blog posts:

  1. Whew! Well, that happened…
  2. So many palettes, so little time
  3. And the winner is…!
  4. Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey…Stuff
  5. Timey Wimey Shark Block of the Month? No, that’s not right.
  6. Nintendo DS Carry Case (a project from the summer)
  7. Warning: House Under Quarantine
  8. A passion for (1920s) fashion
  9. Work in Progress: Zakka Style Baby Quilt
  10. Skill builder BOM update
  11. Fabric Delivery!
  12. Work In Progress Wednesday

11 Projects started:

  1. Zakka Style baby quilt
  2. Zakka style black/floral quilt
  3. black/floral wallhanging
  4. Soundwave block for BOM
  5. Magnum block for BOM
  6. Doll Quilt Swap mini quilt
  7. Poo-Bah costume for Caleb
  8. Carpet bag birthday gift
  9. Ipad cover birthday gift
  10. crown for Caleb
  11. Dr. Who quilt series

6 Projects completed:

  1. Poo-Bah costume for Caleb
  2. Carpet bag birthday gift
  3. Ipad cover birthday gift
  4. crown for Caleb
  5. Soundwave block for BOM (I am counting this as a ‘completed’ because I finished the step)
  6. Magnum block for BOM (Ditto for the Soundwave block)

Timey Wimey Shark Block of the Month? No, that’s not right.

Thank you everyone for the votes on my color palette for the Skill Builder BOM!  As of this morning, the macaw palette has 71% of the votes, vs. 29% for the hummingbird set.  No one voted for scrapping both palettes and starting over so I’m thankful for that.

macaw hues color palette

Last night, I popped into G Street Fabrics and picked up my six yards of (dark) natural background fabric.  I don’t have 6 yards of ANY fabric just lying around, save the stuff that I’m planning to make curtains out of.  I also picked up some small batik cuts to match the color palette exactly.  Since the full project will take a year and I’m sure my fabric choices will evolve over that time, I wanted to have some almost solids to tie me down.

I worked on making the patterns for the first three Dr. Who quilts yesterday too.  I just want you all to promise me that when I start whining and complaining about all the tiny little pieces that you won’t point out that it was all my fault in the first place. Matt Smith is ready for me to actually start working in fabric!


The rest are soon to follow.

A couple of other items from the week: I had a lovely conversation with Abby Glassenberg Designs about her blog and what sort of posts I find most interesting, etc. and in exchange, I got my hands on her Shark! pattern, which I plan on whipping up this weekend!  I picked up some white felt for Sharkie’s teeth, but I’m hopeful that the pattern will work well in cotton because I chose not to buy any fleece…

I got my special orders of peacock feathers so I can start making stuff for my sister-in-law’s wedding.

And  now that the holidays are over, I need to start designing my quilt for this round of the doll quilt swap.  I would say that my plate is QUITE full.

Burn Out

If you are friends with me on Facebook, which I have to assume most of my readers are, you’ve seen the seemingly endless posts about costumes, costumes and more costumes.  I am so burnt out. My fingers are numb for poking them with pins. I can’t see the sewing room floor for all of the fabric scraps on it. To be honest, I don’t think I want to see the sewing room floor, or any part of the sewing room, for at least another year.  I really am that burnt out.

I’ve completed the Renn Faire costume that was a commission, and Bill’s, Caleb’s and Daisy’s halloween costumes.  Mine is not yet complete, but will be, hopefully, by tonight. Pictures of all these costumes to follow, I promise.

I’d really like to sit back and rest for a minute, but, well that’s not going to happen. The first of many baby showers is coming next weekend and I have a quilt to complete.  I guess the cure for sewing burn out is more sewing. At least, I hope it is.

Sorting it all out

I’m running into the problem that caused me to make the to do list of doom: too many projects in the works and feeling overwhelmed.  I have a lot of things I want to work on this weekend and I need to prioritize.  I have serveral projects I’m being paid for that are not particularly inspiring, but I’m being paid for them and I need a pay day so I can continue with my other projects.  And the other projects are all in some state of completion, but not completed yet and I don’t know where to start.  I need a to-do list adjunct, if you will, just a to-do this for this weekend.

  1. Finish the Wings quilt (beaded dragonfly, hand binding, label, photograph)
  2. Finish the monster baby quilts (borders, sandwich, quilt, bind)
  3. Renn Faire costume for Pete ($$) (pants, vest, bag)
  4. Menswear pillows for Etsy shop ($$)
  5. Winter Robes for Katrina ($$) (dress, hood)
  6. Business attire for myself (Wednesday!!!)
  7. Valance panels for daycare classroom ($$ – reimbursed for fabric)

And in the midst of all that, I have to, you know, be a mom, a friend, make food, go to a picnic, possibly go to the Renn Faire.  So…I wonder if I should invest in a case of 5 hour energy drink…………..


To-do list!

Here it is, the post you’ve been waiting for! The monumental to-do list of DOOM!

  1. Word baby quilt
  2. Rail fence baby quilt
  3. Monster Baby quilt
  4. Monster Baby quilt
  5. Wonky zig-zag Baby quilt
  6. Baby quilt (pattern undecided – for march)
  7. Nautical quilt (etsy store)
  8. Nautical flags  quilt & pillows (gift):
  9. tap pants:
  10. Halloween costume (undecided! – Caleb)
  11. dragon skirt Cancelled since I used the fabric on the tie project!
  12. finishing touches on 2 bags (etsy store)
  13. finishing touches on 2 other bags (gifts) 
  14. Men’s shirt pillows (etsy store)
  15. Refashioning vintage Saks jacket
  16. Adjustments to dress from goodwill
  17. Touch painting art quilt series
  18. hash out ideas for Christmas gift
  19. screen printed rabbit quilt (etsy store)
  20. jelly roll floor pillow:
  21. Obi Belt:
  22. Patchwork puzzle ball:
  23. Simple kid’s tie (for Caleb, 8/20) Blogged
  24. fabric containers/boxes for smaller project storage
  25. reorganize the fabric stash
  26. small kaleidoscope quilt (gift)
  27. large kaleidoscope quilt
  28. Winter robe set for Katrina
  29. Summer robes for Angela
  30. Program pouches (Valerie’s Wedding, 8/20) Blogged
  31. Creative prompt cards, series of quilts
  32. Renn Faire costume commission
  33. Teach Jenna to use her sewing machine :-)


That’s it for now, more laterz.