I'm not much for New Year resolutions. I set daily tasks, weekly goals and monthly goals and then I have lists of things I want to accomplish at some point. I'm an accountant and I love accounting so I like to keep lists of accomplishments. As far as personal resolutions I tend to have those throughout the year. Maybe after a doctor visit I resolve to change eating or exercise habits but that happens that the time of the event, not on January 1. When my closets need to be purged, they get purged. I just can't deal with making proclamations or resolutions on a specific day. But I do reset my "accounts" to zero and start new tallies. I'll get to the annual totals in a bit but I'll review December first.
What a great month I had in December! I don't know how I did so much except that several of these things were well underway in November.
I finished 2 doll outfits,
quilted and bound 3 veterans quilts,
finished one big crochet blanket and a shawl,
made 8 pet beds for donation and
made about 88 postcards!
I've got no complaints about all that.
Two insignificant things that I started accounting for this weekend was empty yarn wrappers and spools. I accidentally started saving yarn wrappers in August and just kept doing it. Just since August I used 54 skeins of yarn! That was shocking to me. Some were small but some were quite big (over 300 yards). I also saved my empty cones of thread and I emptied 4. I don't really buy thread anymore because I have sooooooo much but I have replaced a couple of colors that I use on the veterans quilts. I'll continue to track both of these things.
It's impossible for me to track fabric in and out because most of my fabric comes out of the dye studio from leftover dye applied to bolt ends or the waste fabrics. It would be way to hard to track that. I buy very little commercial fabric but when I do it's for a special project.
Yarn is another story. I've bought a LOT of yarn this year and all of it was on clearance or a very good sale. Still, as it is, I'm pretty well set for a year or so. I'm going to track the empty wrappers so I can see how much I use in a year and maybe I can use that information to help meter my purchases.
My ending statistics for the year are. All of the photos of the projects are on my 2021 Gallery page.
Other major projects (the floor cloths) - 1
Veterans quilts made - 9
Veterans quilts quilted - 51
Fabric Postcards - 107
Pet Beds - 18
Quilted for others - 2
Crochet blankets - 9
Crochet shawls - 3
Crochet/loom knit hats and scarves - 31
Doll outfits - 9
Placemats - 12
Pillows - 2
Donated items - 35
Bags and totes - 25
Total number of items is a shocking 314! That doesn't really mean anything because the epic projects like the floor cloths or Finally! quilt count as one and the simple postcards count as 107. But still. I'm happy because about 150 of the total were donated items. If I have a goal for 2022 it would be to keep that ratio of donated items.
That's enough looking back. It's time to think about January. My first 2 goals are carryovers from December:
- add borders to the vulture quilt
- quilt Anne's double wedding ring (just wait until you see this spectacular quilt
- start THREE crochet projects. Yes, I really am starting 3 of them
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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.