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January 2017 Recap

Since I made and committed to my New Years resolutions, you can find those here, I thought it would be a good idea to follow each month with a recap of all the things I accomplished (or not) for that month.  So here's what happened in January:

 

Resolution: Blogging

My goal was to write a blog post per week. To help me with that goal, in my Quilter's Planner I scheduled time every Monday specifically for writing.  That's great and all, but I didn't post new content every Monday.  I did post three articles though if you include my first post of 2017 with my list of New Year's resolutions, the other two are here, and here.

If I really want to stick to this resolution, I need to step it up on my content ideas and creation, and stick to my calendar and scheduling.  I guess we'll see how well that goes in February's recap.

 

Resolution: Organize the Closet

RESOLUTION COMPLETE! Over the last week of January and into February I completely organized my quilting closet (post is here.)  What a breath of fresh air to have everything nice and neat and in its place, plus I'm done with a resolution!  Hooray for me!

 

Resolution: Join 3 QAL's

I am well on my way to completing this resolution.  I have officially joined 2 1/2 quilt-a-longs.  The first is the 52 Weeks with the Quilter's Planner QAL.  I broke down and actually bought the planner, and I do not regret that decision.  It's an awesome planner (which is huge for me!), makes the QAL easier to complete, and I'm now eligible for the multiple giveaways offered every week and month. (Fingers crossed!)  Also, because of this QAL, I learned how to paper piece! This was a new technique for me an I am hooked!

Week 1 

Week 1 

Week 2

Week 2

Week 3

Week 3

Week 4

Week 4

Week 1 Sewcial Bee

Week 1 Sewcial Bee

The second QAL is the Sewcial Bee Sampler by Maureen Cracknell.  I am super excited about the possiblities with this QAL.  It's shorter than the Quilter's Planner QAL with only 25 blocks, and I'm using a fat quarter stack from Cotton & Steele fabrics so this quilt should look more cohesive than the Quilter's Planner QAL since I've pledged to use scraps.

The 1/2 QAL is a full QAL that I've joined late, like almost a year late!  I borrowed Lori Holt's book Farm Girl Vintage from my mother in law.  My goal is to make one of every 6" block in the book, along with some of the larger 14" blocks to make an entire quilt top.  I think I'm going to have to make a few blocks from Lori's website to fill in some open spaces in the layout I designed, but I'm very excited about this quilt.  I'm using it as a skill builder, I'm being very meticulous with my piecing, more than I usual. I really want the points of my blocks to be spot on and the pride of this quilt.  These are just a few of the blocks I've made so far.

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Resolution: Make a Quilt by Hand

I'm off to a good start on this resolution.  Using a small fat quarter stash and a charm pack, as well as some templates from Love & Patchwork Quilting Magazine, I have chosen a pattern, color scheme, and started cutting and sewing.  If I stick to pace that I've been moving, I think I could be done with all my blocks by about June.  Thinking about it now, I'm not sure if I can complete this resolution in one year, but it never helps to be pessimistic. 

 

Resolution: Machine Binding

I'm not sure about this resolution, I haven't really done anything about building this skill since I haven't finished that many projects.  I need more practice before I can call this resolution complete.

 

Resolution: Finish 10 WIPs

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I have almost completed my first WIP!  I'm making a wedding quilt for some dear friends from college.  I feel a little bad that the quilt wasn't finished for their wedding (in September!) but I had a baby half way through piecing the top, so I don't feel that bad.  This is first quilt I've made with a center medallion.  It looks pretty cute and I'm pleased with the way it's turned out, but I have to admit that applique is not my cup of tea! Holy smokes is that tedious! So far I'm about half done with quilting it, I did some FMQ around the medallion then simple top stitching over the rest of the blocks.  

I've also been doing some small quilting that really has no place in my schedule but it's super fun and eating up my scraps.  Like I said earlier, I learned how to paper piece while constructing a block for the 52 Weeks with the Quilter's Planner QAL, and I am in love with this new-to-me technique!  It does create some more waste than other quilting techniques, but the accuracy is on point! I've been piecing together 4" blocks for coasters.  I decided that I need a set of coasters after I made some Kitty Coasters for my awesome little sister for Christmas. 

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Besides all of the success' and short comings of January, this family has been busy! M broke her finger the day after Christmas and that was traumatic for everyone involved, (it is incredibly difficult to protect a broken finger on an 18 month old!)  Goose started back to preschool and I am actively procrastinating enrolling her into kindergarten (there is no way my baby is almost 5!)  Handsomepants got a promotion at work (I'm so proud!) and I have had a couple of exciting opportunities fall my way.  I have been invited to become an instructor at a local karate school and I surprised myself by becoming a Norwex consultant!  

So far 2017 has turned out to be pretty awesome (except for M's finger) and exciting.  I hope it stays that way! How has your first month been? Have you completed any of your New Year's resolutions? Leave a comment and let me know!

Happy Quilting!

- Rita