Sunday, March 3, 2019

Week 9 of 2019: Stitching and De-Stashing

February is over and we are a few days into March. The forecasted wind chill for today is the coldest we've seen for 2019.  I'm starting to wonder if spring is ever going to show up.  I shouldn't complain too much as this is perfect stitching weather. Are you finding at lest 15 minutes of stitching time in an effort to hide from the cold this week? 

It's been a good week on the stitching front for me. 

15 minutes stitching days/week = 7/7 days
15 minutes stitching days/Feb = 27/28 days
15 minutes stitching days/Mar = 2/2 days
15 minutes stitching days/2019 = 58/61 days
Success rate = 95.08%

So far so good on finding time to stitch most days this year.  Mr. Linky is waiting at the bottom of the post for you to share your efforts at finding time to stitch.

There is a good stash report to go along with the good stitching report. 

Fabric out this week = 5.22 yards
Fabric out in 2019 = 15.53 yards
More out than in for 2019

Most of the fabric out is from the backing for the Christmas Angels quilt.  Finishing quilts really, really helps the stash report.  Now to get the back and finished flimsy prepped for quilting so I can take another project off the UFO list.  Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report.  

My 6 year old lap top has been making horrible noises and shutting down suddenly, then taking multiple reboots to get it back up and running. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before it won't reboot.  My biggest concern is loosing all of my stitching time and stash metrics.  So I've been backing up my tracking spreadsheet frequently, but that means I have to track down the solid state drive, hook it up and then wait for the download. Something that's just not feasible every night.  The other tool I've been using is Microsoft OneNote. It's a nice place to back up my stats in a tool that is saved to the Cloud.  I'm using pretty simplified tracking tools in that app. 

Just two simple tables.  To track stitching time, I just color in the box on the days with 15 minutes of stitching time. For fabric tracking, I just add in how much fabric that went out (black) came in (- red).  If I were to loose the hard drive, I have enough info here to update the most recent back up copy of the spreadsheet. I can even update OneNote using my phone.  So now I'm less terrified of loosing my stats due to a computer failure.  You can see the other quilting metrics that I keep in OneNote in this post.  

So how did your stitching stats look for the week? 

1. Julie in GA
2. Shasta
3. Meloney
4. Marti
5. Chrisknits
6. MaryR @Urban Quilter
7. maggie f
8. di
9. Amanda
10. Christina's Handicrafts

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Julie in GA said...

Your numbers are all looking good, and I always enjoy seeing how you keep track of them.

Meloney said...

Don't forget that you have your blog posts if you HAVE to recreate what you have accomplished.

Barbara said...

I had a laptop do something like that once. I can’t recall how it died, but it was something dramatic. It seems like there was smoke involved. Yikes.

Shelina (formerly known as Shasta) said...

Your numbers are all looking good! I was keeping a spreadsheet to track my time, but now I just look at the old blog post and update it from there. I hope you can find an inexpensive solution to your computer woes. My computer has been slowing down but I thin it has to do with all those Windows updates.

Marti said...

You've had a really good week! You've reminded me that I need to backup my laptop more often. I hope you get everything saved before it's too late. Maybe save onto a new laptop?

The Colorful Fabriholic said...

Your numbers are looking good!
Good luck with your computer. I got a new laptop for Christmas and it's taken me until a couple weeks ago to migrate all my stuff from my old laptop over to the new one. My old one (6 years old) was behaving much like you describe yours, and I didn't want it to die entirely and not be able to access my stuff.

chrisknits said...

Just when I think there will be more out than in, I go and buy more! Some day those numbers will reverse, maybe?

chrisknits said...

At least you have warning your machine is going. Mine died last year and I lost things. So now I am trying to be better about backing up, but I still suck at it! LOL

seabreezequilts said...

You are very organised with your tracking. I have been keeping track using a written journal. I have tried using One note but I forget about it. I leave the journal with my hand sewing stuff and just fill it in every couple of days.