As the new year started, like most people I set myself some goals.  It worked for me last year, so why not again this year.  So my goals for this year are

  • Weekly goal – make three quad Log Cabin blocks.  I need 192 four inch blocks for the quilt I’m working on.  It is going to take me over a year to get them all done.  So why am I not making more of these each week?  First of all, I’m not in a hurry.  “Really?” you say.  Yes, I know this is painfully obvious.  Secondly, I don’t like doing the same thing over and over and over.  I get bored.  So I’m putting some other things into my schedule to keep things from getting monotonous.  Which brings me to my…..
  • Monthly goal – finish a quilt.  I had a bunch of men’s cotton shirts that I cut into 2 ½” squares.  I’m turning these squares into quilts that will be donated.  I am sewing these squares into 2 ½” strips mixed in with a background fabric so that it creates a particular design when the strips are sewn together.  Then I load my backing and batting onto my longarm frame and sew each strip to them.  Doing it this way, I finish sewing the quilt top together and complete the quilting at the same time.  Then all I need to do is bind them.  It’s a very quick way to make a quilt which leaves me time to work on my…..
  • 2-month goal – publish a doll clothes pattern.  Well, maybe I should make that a year long goal of publishing 6 doll clothes patterns because I am pretty sure my first pattern is not going to be published by March 1.

January Accomplishments:

  • Weekly goals were met with 15 quad Log Cabin blocks completed.

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  • Monthly goal was met by finishing a western themed quilt for a baby boy.  Don’t you just love this pantograph?

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  • Progress was made on my 2-month goal of completing a doll clothes pattern. I have the fabrics to make one more garment from the pattern while I take some better pictures to go into the pattern instructions.  In an effort to speed this pattern up, I will work on it before I finish the quilt for February because I need to get it to the testers.  Then I’m at the mercy of how long the testers take to make it up and send me their feedback.  After I receive their feedback, the pattern will need some tweaking before being published.  It is quite a drawn out process.  Shhhhhhhhhhhh…it’s a secret, so pictures will have to come later.
  • I made a pair of house shoes for my oldest granddaughter for her birthday.  If you look closely, you will be able to see the dragonfly print on the fabric.

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  • I also worked on a doll sweater that will eventually be turned into a pattern.    Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh….another secret.  No pictures until the pattern is published.  Sorry.
  • I crocheted a hat and scarf for my dolls.  The only stitch used in the scarf was a slip stitch – a first for me.  Nikki does so enjoy being my model.

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I was telling my mom about my goals, what I had accomplished during January and what I need to accomplish during February.  In her very own back-handed supportive way she said to me, “February is a short month, you know.”  LOL

Have a wonderful, but short, crafty February,

Lana

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