Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Quarter 2 Wrap-Up

At the beginning of this Quarter, I set some goals.  Those goals actually helped me (a bit) to stay focused and not jump on the latest thing when I saw it.

So, it's time for me to reflect on how I did.  Were there goals accomplished?  (Why yes there were; so glad you asked.)

1.  Yoga mat cover  Done!

First finish of the quarter.  It has seen a lot of use already.

2.  Oakie outfit (for the wedding)  Done! 

A more dashing penguin has never graced a wedding like this little guy.  Heard some of his fans at the wedding gasping with pleasure when he presented the rings.

3.  Wedding sewing & crafting  Done!
Had to share: my kids walked me down the aisle

On the appointed date, the wedding was happening, whether the crafty things got done or not.  Almost everything got completed.  Things that didn't get finished were just not important enough to be part of the ceremony, right?

4.  Two rows for Relaxing Robin  Done!
Completed the assigned rows for April and May, but knew I wasn't going to get June finished up.  I did manage to write a tutorial for a block that will be used in the final border, so I'm pretty proud of myself there.

 5.  Rainbow bathrobe  Untouched
Some things just didn't happen.  What can I say?

6.  Mending/hemming for summer wearing  Making progress
There were lots of items in this category, and several new pieces joined the pile as the months passed, so I think I'm actually facing a larger mending backlog than I started with.  But I did hem some pants, tack up a shoulder seam, and close up a hole.

Is it obvious that I don't love hand sewing?

7.  Binding for Sweetie's t-shirt quilt   Done!
Scoff if you will at the brief nature of this goal, but binding does not cut itself out and sew itself on.  Although, having my friend Linda do the hand-tacking portion of the binding did ensure that it got done in record time.

8.  Two blocks for daughter's t-shirt quilt  Done!

A big splash as this quilt got underway.  Sewed monster paper-pieced blocks at a retreat, and called it good for the quarter.  Daughter is looking forward to this quilt becoming more of a focus for me.

Wow, I think I did pretty good!

Interestingly, of course, were the projects that crept in and tried to insinuate themselves into my "work on me!" line of sight.  Namely...

Baby's Book of Computers

OMG, cutest book everrr!  Had a baby birthday party to attend, and I could not resist whipping this pattern up.

Scrappy Bargello Wallhanging

Couldn't have predicted this would become my major focus as the wedding drew near, but there you go.  It was an idea I couldn't get out of my mind, so I gave in and devoted far too much sewing time to this (too much time given there was a wedding to be planned and executed).

Russian Wedding Rings Cowl
My sister surprised me over Memorial Day weekend with a hand-knit cowl in the wedding colors.  I have since started making my own version, using longtime stashed yarns.

Time to start planning for the next quarter.  Maybe this "planning" thing will catch on with me...

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