Monday, February 1, 2016

February Quilting and Blog Goals

I've decided I like these monthly goals; I like starting fresh very month. For February, I've decided to name not one, but two projects.

First is the Around the World quilt. I really need to find a better name for it though, because it is going to be my snuggle-on-the-couch quilt

The second is this fabric panel I've been staring at for a couple of weeks now.

The reason for two projects is because the Around the World is so close to being finished that it really isn't much of a challenge. And since I have no idea what I want to do with the panel, it's definitely a challenge.

I've been giving a lot of thought lately to the direction my blog has taken. I spent some time last month looking for posts about antique quilts and in the process read quite a few of my posts. Of course, when I started blogging it was just for myself as a kind of get-back-in-shape accountability record, and evolved into any and everything. I guess the subject matter changed as I myself changed, but I'm not crazy about those changes. How to get back to that earlier style, I have no idea.

Lately, my blog has been all about quilting, and I guess that figures because that's all I've been doing lately. Or at least it was until last week when a freaky thing happened to me. For some time, I had been noticing a blurry spot drifting across one eye and then a blurred line and a crescent-shaped flashing light off to the side. Turns out, I had a tear on a retina. A fairly simple laser procedure and the main blurred line and flashes were gone, but I was left with a floating blur over half my eye and a quarter sized black spot.

Reading the computer screen has been difficult lately, so I just haven't spent as much time online as I used to, and didn't really enjoy the time I was online. It was a lot worse right after the laser treatment, but is beginning to get back to the level of difficulty it was before. This may be as good as it gets from now on, but I plan on asking at my next appointment.

Needless to say, I've been pretty down, worrying about my vision a lot this past week, wondering if there will be more tears, or if this repair will hold. I've also been thinking that I need to change my priorities, and deciding that I need to clear the clutter and get my paperwork in order. So that brings me back to blogging. In the last month, it's been hard to write much because it is so hard to see the screen. This is probably more than I've written in a long time.

I hate to be one of those bloggers who just posts a picture with a line or two under it, but that may be what I have to do for awhile. I'm not sure what direction I'll go, but I am going to try to blog about things other than just quilting.

p.s. If you are between 50 and 60, do yourself a favor and get your retinas checked. Apparently, retina tears aren't uncommon as we age, the retina thins and the vitreous becomes more liquid. It's called the vitreous humor, by the way. Funny. Not.

Linking to:
One Monthly Goal at Red Letter Quilts

Monday, January 25, 2016

Design Wall Monday and Stash Report

I'm making progress on the Summer Crossroads. My goal has been to complete at least one block per day during the week, and finish a row by the end of the weekend. So far I have four rows completed and four rows of blocks ready to finish. Then just four more rows to complete the main section of the quilt. Right now I feel that I will actually finish this one this quarter as planned. I probably shouldn't say that out loud though and risk jinxing it.

I thought I'd join soscrappy's Twinkle Star Column Along. It seemed like a good way to use up my scraps: make pretty blocks while using up one color at a time instead of using a bit of one color here and one color there. But I found that I just don't have enough big scraps to do that star. I might be able to find enough large pieces to do one Twinkle Star block each month, but most of my scraps are narrow, so I'm going to make single color string blocks. Boring, I know, but maybe I can do something interesting with them at the end. Here's my blue Twinkle Star block for January. (I shouldn't have tried to take a photo at night as the flash bleached it out. I did a auto correct which seems to have only brightened the corner colors.)

Also on my design board is this piece of panel cloth. I've probably had it twenty years and of course have none of the fabrics I bought with it at that time. So I've had it on the board, studying it from time to time in hopes that inspiration will strike. So far, it hasn't.

As far as my stash goes, I'm working on it, but still showing more in than out for the year. Drat that after-Christmas sale!

Linking to:
Scraphappy Saturday 53 at soscrappy
Monday Making 3 at Love Laugh Quilt
Main Crush Monday 1 at Cooking up Quilts
Moving it Forward Monday 6 at Em's Scrapbag

Monday, January 18, 2016

Design Wall Monday and Stash Report

I've made some progress on the Summer Crossroads quilt. After finishing the donation quilt, I turned my attention to this quilt, and my goal was to complete at least one block every day and join a couple of them. Yesterday, I finished the top row (10 blocks). A quilting friend suggested putting the blocks together in small sections instead of long rows. She said it was easier and less likely to show any unevenness. What do you think?

The stash report has showed very little change since the only thing I'm doing now is making blocks out of fabric that has already been cut, but I have had to cut fabric for a few more blocks and some sashing strips.

Linking to:
Design Board Monday at Bits 'n Bobs
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilts
Main Crush Monday at Cooking up Quilts
Moving it Forward at Em's Scrapbag

Friday, January 15, 2016

Monthly Goal Finished, and on a Friday Finish Day Too!

In this post I named this quilt as my January goal. I finished it early too! Yay! Now if they would all be this easy....

After washing, it didn't look too bad. I think it will make a good donation quilt.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Q1 2016 Finish-Along Goals

I hate to keep repeating myself, but I want 2016 to be the year of the finished quilts. I still have plans to start one or two, but my priority is on finishing the ones I've already started.

There is a group of quilters who have a quarterly sign-up list to motivate and give accountability for those of us trying to set goals to finish those UFOs. So today I need to put in writing the things I want to complete before March 31, 2016. Once it's in writing, there are no take-backs, so I don't want to bite off more than I can handle.