January's "goal" progress report

 I don’t think I set any monthly goals and I don’t know if I’m going to. I think what I’d rather do is just post progress reports for myself on my goals for this year. So here’s where I am so far:

1. Actual Stitching

What I want:  Mirabilia Summer Queen – I’m already stitching this and it has to be finished and framed by mid-May in order to be entered into the fair. I’m thinking I may stitch on this every Saturday and Sunday as well as devoting a full week to it. The rest of the items I’ll stitch on Monday – Friday.

Where I am:  I have faithfully stitched on Summer Queen every Saturday and Sunday, plus 1 week (this past week).  I’m pleased with my progress so far. 

What I want:  Carriage House Houses of Hawk Run Hollow – It will satisfy more than one ‘requirement’ for my rotation. There are 12 blocks and I am going to attempt to stitch one a month. I have a yard size piece of 40 ct Vintage Maple Sugar already in my stash, and I have been collecting the NPIs over the past year for this design and the Village. Just need to measure twice, cut once, surge and go!(Fortunately, the other two HRH designs have not tempted me, but I hear there’s an autumnal design in the works and I may be in B.I.G. trouble when it comes out.)

Where I am:  I started this design but switched to Vintage Sand Dune.  Since Kathy announced Autumn of Hawk Run Hollow is going to be on Sand Dune, I’m really glad I did.  I don’t know if I am too ambitious, or if my preparing my fabric put me behind, but I didn’t get the first block finished. 

What I want:  Glory Bee Flying Monkies – new and small. I want to put this over my desk at work so I can just point to it 🙂

Where I am:  I finished this and it’s sitting on my desk right this second.  I purchased fabric and fibers for finishing yesterday and it’s going in the mail today to be finished off!  Woohoo!  This stitching slot will be filled by Home of a Needleworker, Too!

What I want:  With My Needle Quaker Needlework Treasures – this has been around for over a year (I think even over 2!) and will fall into the ‘smalls’ category. I will decide whether or not to attempt the actual finishing once I get all the stitching done. I may just ‘farm’ it out. I do have everything for all the parts, etc., kitted.

Where I am:  I made such great progress on this project this month.  I am going to start looking for someone to finish it for me.  I’ll first contact the sweet lady who’s doing the work on Flying Monkeys to see if she’s interested.  If I happen to finish the stitching on this design during February, I’ll probably be slotting in another already started “necessities” project.  If  I don’t have one, then I’ll be starting a new one from my stash, that’s already kitted.

2. Framing

What I want:  Most of the designs I would like to see framed this year will be going on a ‘sampler wall’ in my bedroom. I am aiming for at least 6 designs.

Where I am:  I have Token of Love ready to go to the framers, I’m just waiting on them to have a sale.

3. Stash Enhancement – I have myself on a stitching budget. I am going to try really, really hard to not purchase anything but we all know how that usually goes 😆 so I’m budgeting. I have tons of fabric, so really can’t see myself buying any of that in the future and am going to try to stitch as much from my stash as possible. One thing that has worked for me in the past is to trade for things. I may try that when I start on #4 below.

Where I am:  I knew going in this one was going to be hard on me.  I’m doing better than I thought I would though.  I did make some purchases, but when it came to kitting a new design, I switched fibers to make sure I could stitch as much as possible from my stash.  I think in future months, I’m going to list everything I buy so I can see just how *bad* I’m being 😉 

4. Stash Downsizing – I am going to be thinning out my stash. I have some fibers to get rid of (anyone need to purchase the complete set of Vikki Clayton silks for HoHRH?) and I even want to sell some of my fabric. I know I have some duplicates in charts to weed through, plus my tastes have changed over the past 30+ years. I’ll be doing a lot of eBaying (user name is mcbcpsdca) and will post here when new stuff is going up and may even post things for trade before putting them up on eBay.

Where I am:  I suppose stitching from my stash falls into this category somewhat.  I did pass my Flying Monkeys on to another stitcher for a cup of coffee!  😆  I have started pulling things and listing them on my blog and linking to them on my photopage. 

So that’s where I am.  I need to post a photo of Summer Queen (was too tired to drag the camera out last night) and a before picture of Home of a Needleworker, and post the fiber changes I’m making.  I can’t believe it’s Monday already.  Saturday was spent up north stitching with friends all day, and Sunday was errand day.   I really don’t like weekends like this past one because I feel like I don’t get any downtime, even though I’m spending all day Saturday stitching.  

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0 responses to “January's "goal" progress report

  1. I think your goals and commentary on them after the first month is just pretty doggone astounding. I think you have a great plan, you’ve got a road map and it sounds to me as if your tank is full…so I guess all you need now is to peel out 😉

  2. Terri, why don’t I use my chicken coop? Well a girl has to be home to care for animals! I admit, I’ve got two cats but cats kidna want to be on their own and ignore their owners at times. Perfect pets for this girl. Also the reason I got a 2nd cat is because I could tell Cuddles was lonely.