I'm not much on annual goals or resolutions. But I'm pretty darned good at monthly goals. I like lists and goals but 12 months at a time is a little much for me. Several years ago, though, I had a big goal of reducing the number of unfinished projects. In 2015 I had 29 UFO projects and I was overwhelmed with it. I've slowly attacked the list and this year I finally got the list down under 10! I have a page for everything that I completed this year but this post is just about December and January.
My goals for December were:
- finish and mail 80 Christmas postcards - done
- finish the floor cloths - didn't work on them at all because I was making coasters instead
- make 3 Christmas gifts - done but can't share until January
- start quilting my oldest UFO, the postage stamp quilt - this will wait until February to align with a feather quilting class that I'm going to take
- return to working on Summer Sunset - made coasters instead
From that summary it looks like I didn't accomplish anything in December but actually it was a really good month. I even knocked out 2 more veterans quilts yesterday to close our the month.
Here are the quilts that I quilted yesterday. Clearly they were made by the same quilter and I think they are very striking. I used the Loose Leaf pantograph with King Tut thread. I picked a light denim blue for the backing. I think it goes well with the cheddar fabric.
In December I also finished about half of the 80 Christmas postcards, quilted a quilt for Mom, made about 7 sets of coasters for gifts and finished a baby quilt.
I also finished a sample quilt for Paula Nadelstern and finished my best friend's Christmas gifts but all those things will have to be counted in January because I can't share them yet. That's going to make January look fantastic!
Here are my final stats for 2020:
Starting UFO 12(15 in 2018)
Finished YTD 9
Started YTD 5
Ending UFO 8
Veterans quilts made - 15
Veterans quilts quilted - 41
Fabric Postcards - 109
Pet Beds 9
Placemats - 12
Quilted for others - 4
Crochet projects - 14
COVID masks - approximately 180
Tea towels for WHEAT fundraiser - dozens!
Mosaic pizza oven
Coaster sets - 9
My UFO numbers will go up in January because I'm starting at least 1 new project. Here are my plans/goals for January:
- finish the floor cloths - finally
- work on Summer Sunset
- start a quilt for my SIL
- work on the Club Noir blocks (green) and make a decision about what I'm doing with them
- quilt some veterans quilts
- get back to fusing glass
I stopped doing goals when I retired. After a lifetime of that, I am allowing myself to just let it flow as it will. I'm working on my next mystery now, and plan only to do more virtual sew days with friends when I can. Happy New Year! May 2021 bring more happiness and joy for all of us.
1/1/2021 11:27:40 am
Happy New Year Vicki. I've ordered 3 of these books from our library this morning after reading your reviews. They are Invisible Girl, Live Wired and Blacktop Wasteland. A couple of months ago I watched the Queen's Gambit on Netflix, and will probably watch it again at some point. I know absolutely nothing about chess, but definitely loved the series. There are 8 episodes, if I remember correctly, and did it in 2 nights. I can imagine how uninteresting and boring it could have been in print, describing all those chess moves, but the characters playing the parts, really bring it to life.
1/3/2021 06:53:58 pm
Love the cheddar and red quilt! I will have to steal that color combo when I start sewing my scraps into quilts! Since I had company, I haven't sat down to figure out my UFO/to-do list. Right now I am so tired I don't think that is going to happen tonight either. That's a good job for tomorrow!
1/4/2021 09:41:28 am
I think that is a great list!! and those two veterans quilts are beautiful!
1/6/2021 11:02:20 am
Must admit I just might have uttered a little teeny 'yay' when I saw that very last item on your planned list. Not that I like your glass projects or anything of the sort!! You've accomplished a lot over the past year and now I look forward to seeing what's coming next.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.