Monthly Archives: December 2013

2013 Quilting and Knitting Goals

Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on 2013 Quilting and Knitting Goals

I’ve blogged before about setting goals … Sometimes for a month, sometimes for the 2-3 weeks I have between trips but writing down my goals means I actually get things done! I know some people feel like goals are pressure they don’t need in their hobbies but a lot of others comment on how much more I get accomplished than they do … It’s the goal setting.

In spite of a very heavy travel schedule, the decluttering efforts, a fractured ankle, and Chesty’s surgery, I’m thrilled with the fact that everything on my list was accomplished even if one or two items were occasionally rolled over into the next month.

✔️Bind November’s UFO – done
✔️Knit Pine Forest Baby Blanket – done
✔️Quilt and bind December’s UFO – done 
✔️Finish string Rail Fence blocks – done
✔️Quilt MaryAnn’s top
✔️Crochet Petal Pretty Afghan – done

✔️Quilt Ann’s top – finished up 12/2
❌Quilt and bind November’s UFO – quilted not bound
✔️Finish knitting hitchhiker shawl – done
✔️Finish Ripple Afghan – done
✔️Block Ann’s shawl – done
✔️Pull and piece backs for 5 tops – done
✔️Started string rail fence blocks

✔️Bind 19 quilts – done
✔️Tie 15 tops – 16 done
❌Knit Hitchhiker shawl – in progress but not done

✔Bind 4 UFO’s – done
✔️Quilt 2 HeartStrings tops – quilted 3
✔Knit Ann’s shawl – done
✔️Tie 15 HS quilts – tied 21
✔️Piece 4 backs – done
✔️knit Painted Desert Shawl – done

Last 2 weeks of August 
✔Finish Radiance Shawl – done
✔Quilt 4 UFO’s – done
✔Make set of B/W HS blocks – done
✔Assembled HS blocks into finished top
✔Knit hat for Maureen

BC Accomplishments (6weeks)
✔Assembled brown centered HS top – done
✔Assembled string log cabin top – done
✔Assembled sashed 9 patch – done
✔Assembled sashed tumbler top – done
✔Assembled Kitty Strippie – done
✔Assembled Cow Strippie – done
✔Assembled Frog Strippie – done
✔Knit and block Brickless Shawl — done
✔Finally blocked Vortex shawl – done
✔Cast on Radiance Shawl – done
✔Progress on the Herringbone shawl 

May/June Goals
✔Finish 2 UFO’s – done 
❌Quilt 8 HeartStrings tops – 7 done
✔Bind HeartStrings – 7 done
✔Finish knitting Milk Run Shawl – done
✔Finish assembling Hourglass quilt – done
✔Finish strips&strings log cabin blocks – done
✔Make set brown center HS blocks – done
✔Cast on and finished purple TGV shawl – done
✔Cast on and finish AfterGlow shawl – done
✔Quilt MaryAnn’s top – done
✔Quilt Ashley’s top – done
✔Quilt Nancy’s top – done

April’s Goals
✔Quilt fabric for Nancy — 15 yards quilted!
✔Quilt Strippie UFO – Owls done
❌Assemble Hourglass top — progress was made but NOT done
✔Tie 12 HeartStrings tops – 18 tops tied
✔Finish knitting Vortex Shawl – done
✔Cast on Milk Run shawl – done

March goals
✔Quilt and bind one UFO — HS with mice border done
✔Quilt and bind 3 HeartStrings tops – done
✔Finish one hat- Flour Sack hat done
✔Finish knitting Birch Leaf Scarf – done
✔Make a set of String Blocks – done Brown Centers
✔Finish Hourglass blocks – done
✔Tax stuff together and to accountant — done
✔vortex shawl started
✔Four star blocks made for Bev
✔Brown centered HS blocks assembled into top 

February goals
✔ Bind 3 HeartStrings quilts – done
✔ Quilt and bind one UFO – Strips and Strings Log Cabin done
✔ Quilt Mom’s Fan’s – done
✔ Finishing knitting Purple Fisherman’s Rib Scarf – done
✔ Finish assembling Courthouse Steps top -done
✔Two hats started and finished
✔Sweatshirt top made for Emma

January goals
✔ Quilt 2 HS – done
✔ Tie 2 HS – Tied and bound 4
✔ Bind 2 HS – done (total 6 bound)
✔ Assemble 2 two tops – done
✔ Quilt and bind one UFO -Tumbler quilt done
Completed in addition to the list 
✔Finished knitting the blue striped socks
✔Knit two hats

Are you curious?

Published / by Mary / 12 Comments on Are you curious?

As a part of my organizational and decluttering efforts I wanted to get most of the yarn bins out of my sewing room. I have a little space on the landing that I knew I could put some type of shelving or storage. I went to IKEA to look at possible options knowing if I didn’t find anything else I could put two of these with the bin inserts in the space.


I like these shelves, I have a wall of them in my sewing room for fabric but we would have to have them delivered since the boxes wouldn’t fit in our car, the red bins are nice but expensive and I’d need to fill all the cubbies unlike my fabric shelves where I have some bins for scraps but the majority of my fabric is on the open shelves. Also I just wanted something quick and easy. So for a 1/3 of the cost and about 20 minutes of my time, I have functional bins even if they aren’t particularly attractive.


Look how easy it is to find yarn for a project.


Another advantage is that I can stack another set on top of these if I anchor them to the wall. Not planning to do that now but the option is there.

Waiting and wasting time

Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Waiting and wasting time

I was waiting for Keith to get off a conference call and spent about 2 hours trying to decide what my next knitting project will be.

I know I wanted a beaded project …. So I pulled yarn and beads and laid them out together. I also was thinking about participating in the Ravellenic Games on Ravelry during the Olympics but I’m traveling twice in February and you only get two weeks to finish so I’ll wait to see what the categories are before I decide whether I can manage a project in the time I am home.

For tonight, I decided to cast on this scarf and I’ll use this red yarn and beads. It will be bright but I tend to wear a lot of red with black.



Published / by Mary / 7 Comments on Inspiration

I rarely need instructions to make a quilt but I do look at a lot of quilt photos to find inspiration. One of my favorite sources is an eBay search. The iPad app allows me to quickly view lots of quilts and only zoom in when one grabs my attention.


This is a quick drawing I made last night to capture one idea I found on eBay. It will be perfect for my 2.5 inch strip challenge I’m doing in 2014. I haven’t drafted the entire quilt … Just enough to point me in the right direction when I’m ready to start.