June was not a nice month. The washer went out, a job change required quite a bit of overtime the last half of the month. Both problems are now solved. I was going to say that stitching didn't go so well, but it really wasn't a bad month on that front, other than my 15 minutes of stitching time went out the window for a week while I dealt with the fall out from the job change. The end of June also marks the end of second quarter. So it's a good opportunity to check how I'm doing on my 2017 quilting ambitions that I posted to Quilting Jetgirl's 2017 Planning Party.
Since this is the stash management report, I'll start with that and if you are not interested in the rest you can stop there.
Quilt Ambition #3: Manage the Stash/Organize the Sewing Room
Used last week: 0.41 yards
Used year to date: 38.79 yards
Added year to date: 215.55 yards
Net added year to date: 176.76 yards
The one advantage of being really busy with work is that I've not had much time for fabric shopping, so the incoming numbers stalled this month. That's a good thing. Even so it's not likely I'll meet my goal of using more than I buy this year. Fabric usage is on track. I've used more than half of the 70 yards that is the goal for this year.
Organizing the sewing room has seen a few fits and starts. I found a good way to organize the fabric pieces for all the in progress quilts. I showed that off here. Now that my deadline sewing is done, I've been spending more time working on organizing the rest of the sewing room. I still haven't done anything with the scraps. But I have done a bit in the fabric closet. Here's how it looked last July.
|July 10, 2016|
|As of June 18, 2017|
Quilting Ambition #1: Finish a Few Quilts
I've done really well on this goal. There are four finishes so far this year: Poinsettias, Bejeweled, Geometry and The First Amendment Quilt. Three of these were high school graduation gifts. They were finished in time to gift them the last day of school.
|The graduation quilts: Geometry, Zombies in Paris and Bejeweled|
There should be at least two more finishes this year. The 2016 Meadow Mist Mystery is being bound and Blooms and Butterflies has been shipped off for quilting. That will make at least 6 finishes for 2017. Definitely not shabby.
Quilting Ambition #3: Participate in Challenges and Mystery Quilt Alongs
I've gotten a good start on the blocks for the 2017 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Though I still need to finish up the yellow blocks for June.
The Magnolia Mystery from Meadow Mist Designs starts up in a few days. That will be the next quilt along for 2017. There are a couple of other mystery quilt alongs that are very tempting. I'm contemplating if I can start one or both of those two. I probably won't start either because the UFO list is still pretty huge, but I can dream anyway.
Quilting Ambition #4: Make Time to Sew
The goal is to spend at least 15 minutes each day stitching. The second quarter of 2017 hasn't been as good as the first, but I've found those 15 minutes more days than ever before.
Days with 15 minutes of stitching: 165 days out of 181 days
Percentage success: 91%
More fabric out and more finishes this year. Pretty sure that's tied to this one goal.
Quilting Ambition #5: Work on Blogging Skills
My goal was to blog three times a week. I didn't do so hot on that each week during the second quarter. Some weeks I managed 5 posts, other weeks just 1. On average I posted about 3 times per week for the year. Not sure yet if I consider that success or not.
I've written 2 of the 4 tutorials that was in my goals for this year. On track with that one. The last goal was to improve my photography skills. I've been more conscious of staging my photos this last quarter. Not sure that equates to better photos, but it's something different I'm trying.
It's been a really good year so far. I'm happy where I'm at in my ambitions for the year so far. Now to keep up the momentum over the hot summer months and into the fall. How are you doing on your stitching goals for 2017?
Linking up with QuiltPaintCreate for the weekly stash report.