Quilting JetGirl's 2017 Planning Party. Since we are at the end of the first quarter I wanted to see how well (or not well) my sewing room time reflected my ambitions for the year. I'll start with the stash report so you can stop reading after that if you aren't interested in the rest.
Quilting Ambition #3: Manage the Stash/Organize the sewing room
Used this week: 0.93 yards
Used year to date: 21.58 yards
Added year to date: 76.3 yards
Net added: 54.72 yards
My goal this year is to use 70 yards of fabric. That means I need to use at least 17.5 yards per quarter. So I'm on track there. There isn't a specific goal on fabric acquisition this year. The plan is always to use more than comes in. I'll have to exceed my original goal to make that happen this year. Even with that, I'm pretty happy about where things stand with the stash management at this point.
I've not done so well on organizing the sewing room first quarter. I'll blame that on being so focused on finishing the graduation quilts. I have done some clean up of the stash closet, but not as much as I'd like. There is still a pile of scraps that needs to be cut to size and sorted. So that's an area for improvement this quarter.
That's it for the stash report this week. I'm linking up with Patchwork Times for the Weekly Stash Report. If you are curious about how the rest of my sewing room ambitions are going read on.
Quilting Ambition #1: Finish a Few Quilts
|Poinsettias and Bejeweled were finished in March|
Poinsettias by Judy Blok for the December 2013 issue
of American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine
Bejeweled from "All About Strips" by Susan Guzman
I'm on track here. Other than finishing up the three graduation quilts due by May, there's no requirement to finish a set number this year. I'll be happy with whatever gets finished.
Quilting Ambition #2: Participate in Challenges and Mystery Quilts
The Rainbow Scrap Challenge project for 2017 has been started.
There are two other mystery quilt alongs on the list that don't start until later in the year. So I'm on track here.
Quilting Ambition #4: Make Time to Sew
The goal is to spend at least 15 minutes each day stitching. So far for 2017 I've found time every day this year. That is 91 out of 91 days so far. That's definitely a record!
Quilting Ambition #5: Work on Blogging Skills
I've blogged at least 3 times per week this year. That was one goal under this heading. I've written one tutorial so far. The goal is four for the year. The last piece of this is to improve my photography skills. Not sure what I was thinking when I added that goal. That goal needs a bit more thought. On the other hand it's generic enough that I can make anything fit there. Even with that, I'm OK with where I'm at here.
Not a bad start to 2017. Hopefully once the forced march on the graduation quilts is done, there will be more time to focus on some of the stash organization goals. It may seem strange to have goals around a hobby. It works for me. I'm not sure why, but I'm just more motivated if there's a plan for the year.