Friday, February 01, 2013

Finishing What I Start. 


One  of my goals this Fall 2012 was to try to make each gift given in 2012 Holiday season as well as into 2013 all year. Many of my Christmas gifts 2012 were scrapbooks, quilted items, genealogy gifts or food gifts. This worked very well for decreasing my pantry, my Christmas fabrics, and some scrapbook papers as well as digital photo files that needed sharing into digital scrapbooks. I wanted in 2013 to get more of my sewing underway and to finish projects that I either had the supplies specifically for or had bought patterns for. I also wanted.  I decided that after focusing on my scrapbooking for soooo many years it was high time for me to get on to using my lingering quilting stash before it was completely classified as pre-historic!

In January 2013 I continued my focus on the sewing stash. Joining a group called Stashbusters (for quilting and sewing) I kept myself motivated. I joined in three specific challenges that I thought would keep me on track. The No Buy 3 month challenge insured that I didn't buy more fabric. This really was not an issue for me but joining this challenge insured that I did not purchase except for bindings, battings, and backings to finish current projects. If someone gives you a gift card, that is ok as are donations of fabric from others. This was a good caveat for me because I had received two gift cards to my local quilt shop for Christmas! LOL I used those buying only necessary fabrics for specific projects.

 There was a Works in Progress (WIP) challenge for new items planned and cut in 2013 and well as a more retroactive Unfinished Objects (UFO) challenge for items cut and started anytime before the current year. Now I am not a person who has hundreds of these things undone. That's just not how I think. I generally get an idea or pattern, start that same thing, and finish that same thing in relatively short order. But I did start 2013 with 9 older UFOs and knew I might be doing about 6-7 new WIP.

Here are my results for January:
Works in Progress finished = 6 completed

 Flannel pillowcases for charity

13 Wool felted pincushions for friend gifts

Disappearing nine patch Christmas table runner for me to keep

Disappearing nine patch table centerpiece mat that matches baby quilt below

 Mug rug for my hubby


I love this one! Quilted tote bag 12x15x4 with 5 inside pockets made for my mom's 74th birthday.

And my UFOs for January: 4 completed

 Two flannel baby boy quilts

 A cotton disappearing nine patch baby girl quilt. Same fabrics as the above table centerpiece mat and will likely be a gift set together.

A wedding gift for a May bride.

I am also finishing up a 7th WIP which is a pastel block tote bag. Just need to put the handles on that. But now that it is February, that will go into the Feb statistics. :D

Next up is to finish a big quilt for my son that has been in my workshop in progress for about 3 months now.

I would love to make some more flannel pillowcases for charity in Feb. with the remainder of those flannel fabrics you saw above. I will finish one more baby girl quilt in corals to have in the 'ready to give' pile. Sometimes you need a gift right now!  Remember, I want to make my gifts, not run to Target every time.  LOL That means thinking ahead, using the tools and stash I have and enjoying the process creatively.

So far, so good!

2013? Bring it on!


Anonymous said...

They are all so lovely! Keep up the GREAT work! The challenges are neat and many of yours has motivated me, kept me on track and saved me money :)

Mamamoni aka Dawn

Cathy said...

You go, Girl! Excellent work! You are very inspirational.