Tuesday, December 10, 2019

To Do Tuesday: Start of the Holiday Vacation

Just three more days that I have to get up, get dressed and drive to work for 2020.  I was going to say just three more days of work for the year, but that's not quite true. I'm going to have to work a bit while I'm off. But if I spend an hour a day on the work computer most days of vacation, the reward is I should be able to check off a few big things on my work "to do" list and I'll start the new work year on better footing.  That's worth the hour a day out of my fun time.  

The stitching "to do" list from last week has more check marks than I expected to have. 

Weekly To Do List for 12/2/2019
1.  Twinkle Stars - Add last two borders - progress
2.  Frolic- Start Clue 2, make progress on clue 1 
3.  Mosaic Mystery - finish November's clue 
4. Winter Quilt Along - finish clue 2 and clue 3 - progress

Last week was pretty brutal in terms of overtime worked.  So the   two check marks is two more than I thought I'd get.  Add in there was a bit of progress with the Winter Quilt Along  and Twinkle Stars too, it was a more reasonable week then I expected.  Most evenings I barely got in 15 minutes of stitching time. 

My holiday vacation kinda starts on Thursday.  I have to work next Tuesday because there are some key meetings my supervisor asked me not to miss.  But there is Christmas to get ready for.  The tree's not up yet and there are gifts to wrap. So I'm not going to get too ambitious with the list for this week as much as I'm tempted to start adding more than four items.  

Weekly To Do List for 12/10/2019
1. Twinkle Stars - Add the rainbow border. 

I've gotten started cutting and stitching the different fabrics together.  The plan for this week is to get this border stitched together and then stitched on.  

2.  Frolic - Make progress on clues 1 and 2, plus get started on clue 3 when it comes out on Friday. 

3.  Winter Quilt Along - Finish Hour 3 and Hour 4 clues, plus make a start on the clue for hour 5.  

Quiltgirl Winter Quilt Along
Alycia Quilts

I finally finished the Hour 2 clue.  Hour 3 was all up on the design wall yesterday, but last night I was able to get row 1 and 2 pinned together so it can be stitched.  I should have time tonight to make more progress on this section so I can move on to the Hour 4 clue before Alycia releases Hour 5 tomorrow. 

4.  Mosaic Mystery - Finish the December Clue

That's my list for this week.  Work is finally started to slow down a bit, so the working overtime should be finished for the year.  I should be able to check off all four from my list next week.  That will feel really good. 

Linking up with Home Sewn by Us for To Do Tuesday.  

Monday, December 9, 2019

Weekend Mental Health Stitching

Once I finish the reports that are due tomorrow, things at work should slow down a bit. Fingers crossed that's the case anyway.  I made headway today, but took a break after six hours of report writing to do some mental health stitching. All work and no play makes for a stressed out and not happy quilter.  

I only managed about three hours of stitching time, but it felt so nice to play with fabric and thread.  I got started on clue 2 for Frolic, this year's Bonnie Hunter mystery.

Bonnie Hunter 2019 Mystery Quilt 
The pattern calls for a lot more pieces than that, but at least it's a start. I was also able to finish off Hour 2 of the Winter Quilt Along.

That's the last of the blue HSTs.  Hour 3 is a bit farther along then it was. 

Quiltgirl Winter Quilt Along
Alycia Quilts

If I get some stitching time tomorrow evening, I might just get Hour 3 finished. We'll see, I'm betting I end up staying late at work to finish those last few reports and don't get much stitching time tomorrow. 

I'm now sane enough to make a go of it tomorrow.  It may be a long day, but hopefully that's the last of the long days till we get back from holiday vacation. Linking up with the usual Monday show and tell over at Monday Making.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Week 49: Stitching Stuff

It's week 49, so just 3 weeks and 2 days left in 2019.  I'm so not ready to change calendars.  How about you?  Let's just ignore that for now and focus on how last week went. Did you get in your 15 minutes of stitching time most days?  

Work has been brutally busy, but I still managed to get in a bit of stitching related activity every day last week, though it pretty much was just 15 minutes a day during the business week.  

15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
15 minute days/December 7/7 days
15 minute days/2019 = 309/341 days
Success rate = 90.62%

I'm on track to end 2019 having stitched 15 minutes more than 90% of the time.  Last year my success rate was 92.9%.  Doubtful I'll reach that mark this year.  After the work mania of the last few weeks, I'm more than happy with my current success rate. It could be so much worse. 

How did you do this week at getting in some stitching time each day? 

Friday, December 6, 2019

December One Monthly Goal

I was so glad to make it to Friday, only to discover that I'd missed the deadline on some important reports. So the first 6 hours of my day off were spent not in the sewing room, but on my work computer finishing up what was supposed have been turned in Thursday.  We get up at 4:30 AM (yes even on our day off) so I was done by 10:30, but it made for a lousy start to the day.  That's the kind of week it's been. I'm hoping that it will be calmer the rest of the month.  Assuming that's the case, what should I pick as the December One Monthly Goal?

There's lots going on in the sewing room. Four mystery quilt alongs in progress:

Mosaic Mystery Quilt
from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs

 2019 Christmas Mystery
designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)

 Quiltgirl Winter Quilt Along
Alycia Quilts

Bonnie Hunter 2019 Mystery Quilt 

Of those four only the 2019 Christmas Mystery is far enough along that it could be a finished flimsy by the end of the month. 

Or I could focus on the new borders I decided that Twinkle Stars needed. 

Twinkle Stars
Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy

There's no chance of getting in another finish before the end of the year. But it would be nice to get one off the UFO list in January. Since Twinkle Stars is the closest to finished flimsy, it just makes sense to put in the effort on that project. So that's the plan, get Twinkle Stars to finished flimsy.  Fingers crossed that I can make that happen before the calendar turns over to the new year.  

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

To Do Tuesday - The Last Challenging Work Week of 2019

One work day done, three work days left in this week. And all three are jam packed, including a working dinner on Wednesday evening.  Hopefully life will slow down a bit next week.  No work days last week, but with family in town and prep for the holiday, sewing room time was minimal. Even so there are two check marks and progress on the last two items on last week's list.  

Weekly To Do List for 11/26/2019
1. Medallion Butterfly Panel - Stitch Butterfly names in upper left corner of panel
2. Frolic - Get started on clue 1
3. Mosaic Mystery quilt - finish November's clue - progress
4. Winter quilt along - Finish clue 2 and clue 3 - progress

This seems to be my "to do" list pattern, a couple of check marks and progress on the other items.  If I can keep that up, I'll be happy.   So what goes on this list's week?  

Weekly To Do List for 12/2/2019

1. Twinkle Stars - Add last two borders.  

2. Frolic - Start clue 2, make progress on clue 1

Bonnie Hunter 2019 Mystery Quilt 

3. Mosaic Mystery - Finish November's clue

  Mosaic Mystery Quilt
from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs

4. Winter Quilt Along - Finish Clues 2, 3 and 4. 

 Quiltgirl Winter Quilt Along
Alycia Quilts

That's a pretty aggressive list. I'm hoping there's one day of nothing but sewing this weekend.  If I can make progress on each one even with no check marks, I'll be happy.

Linking up with Home Sewn by Us for To Do Tuesday.