November Goal Setting

You know things are looking up when I'm writing two blog posts in one morning. After this, I need to head off to the hospital again. I have spoken with Mike this morning, and he sounds in good spirits. He received good news from his doctor in the form of a decrease in his white cell count, which is the news we've been waiting for. He asked me to bring some slippers so that he could possibly get out of his room and walk around a bit. With his infection, he's been confined to his room, but his nurse was going to try to get him sprung for a few little laps around the nurses' station. We're hoping he will be able to come home Monday, but no guarantees at this point.

So, on with the goal setting and progress report.

1.  Quilt and Bind the White Trees quilt:  Complete!

This is the largest and most densely quilted quilt I've ever free motion quilted, and I'm pretty proud of how it turned out. I'm strongly considering entering it in the Stitches in Bloom quilt show in January at the Oregon Garden.

2.  Finish the top for the Vintage Miniature Sewing Machines quilt: Complete!

This turned out so pretty, and I have a good idea how I'm going to quilt it already.

The rest of my list is looking pretty sad. I had very good intentions, but with spending the past week at the hospital, I've had no time for sewing whatsoever.

3.  Doors of Ireland quilt: Still no progress. Here is the next door I want to make.

4. Make the next block for the Folk Art Cats quilt: still no progress.

5. Add the final two rows to the Salt Water Taffy flannel quilt: No progress, but this one will move higher up the list in November.

6. Finish the first Wind in the Whiskers block. I've only barely started on this, and I already have blocks two, three, and four. Behind, as usual.

7. Piece together section D of the Gardener's Journal quilt. No progress. I'll be adding Section D to the three sections I've already completed. Here's what I have so far.

And sometime during the month, I'll be wanting to get caught up on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge:  No progress.

Contribute a block to the Block Lotto: No progress.

Start my October NewFO project, a table runner for Halloween: No progress beyond choosing the fabrics.

If possible I'd like to add another block or two to the Hello Moon BOM. Okay, I did get August finished, so, Complete!

So, I did a lot of sewing, and I'm feeling like I accomplished quite a bit, even if my list doesn't show much progress.

With Mike still in the hospital and Thanksgiving on the way, I think I'll scale back my goals for November. Here goes:

1. Quilt and bind the Vintage Miniature Sewing Machines quilt (pictured above).

2. Add the final two rows to the Salt Water Taffy quilt (pictured above) and sew all the blocks together. My goal this year has been to quilt and bind a quilt each month, and finish another top for quilting in the subsequent month. So far, I've accomplished my goal each month of 2013.

3. Finish the September and October blocks for the Hello Moon QAL. Here's what I have so far:

4. Catch up with the September, October, and November blocks for my Rainbow Scrap ladies. I need to do the baby blue, black, and now the brown blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Here's what I have so far:

5. I do want to at least start the NewFO I had in mind for October, this Corn Flowers table runner.

6. Finally, I want to get started on the NewFO I chose for November, this Good Morning quilt which appeared in McCall's magazine last year. Look at that striped binding. I just happen to have a few stripes in my stash.

And then, if I have more time, I'll tackle the other projects I didn't get to in October, including my next door for the Doors of Ireland, the next cat for the Folk Art Cats, the first block for Wind in the Whiskers, and piecing the next block for the Gardener's Journal.

That's a good enough list for November. It still looks pretty ambitious, but I'm for making big lists. I don't need to get finished with them, but writing things down always makes me feel more motivated to get going.

Now I'm ready to party! I'm linking up to the goal-setting party at:

And on the first Thursday, I'll link to:


Vroomans' Quilts said...

Lists are always good. Even if one item gets crossed of - that's all good. November is the month of gratitudes and family.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm....maybe I need a goal list....giggle. OR I can make it my goal not to have a goal....Thanks the ticket!

gpc said...

You know my theory, putting it on a list is as good as getting it done. I'm easy like that, and no point in asking me about my running 17-page list. That would be rude. I think, all things considered, that you got an amazing amount done last month. I love your projects and am totally crazy about the Hello Moon blocks!

WoolenSails said...

I never stick to my lists, lol. I just want to get more christmas done and then after I can work on all those projects I have put off.

I do love your cat quilt, that one is so fun.


Lyndsey said...

You did a great job this month with lots of finishes and other sewing. I love the quilting on the white trees quilt and I'm wondering what you have in mind for the quilting on the machine quilt.

Your November list is looking good, not too huge but not pip squeak either. I must go and write my list. I've got a lot of teaching this month so not sure how much free time I'll have for sewing but if I write it on a list I know at some point it will get done.

Createology said...

I am amazed at how much you accomplished and how beautiful your quilts are. Healing energy to your family. Spending time in the hospital is difficult at best. Blessings...

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Holding Mike and You up to the Universal Healing Power and knowing that the situation will improve. It will, as you said, take time, and yet a full recovery is planned for and claimed in the name of good living and being right with one's Karma. And Mike Is. Just ask Gracie.

Much love to my favorite engineer. Let it be a good month all around.

Junebug613 said...

I have gotten away from making lists formy crafts and sewing, but I should get back to it. You always get so much done every month, even when you travel or have a set back, you make some of us look like real slackers! I love the quilt you have planned for November, from McCall's. I would love it in a kit as shown. I've never done a kit quilt, but I wish I could afford some of the ones I've seen. Sometimes it would be nice to not have to think about picking all the fabric and just get to the sewing! Keep the good news coming about Mr S!

Angel, Kirby and Max said...

You can only do so much. Hospital stays wreck havoc on the whole family. I have not started on Wind in the Whiskers, either, but I did start on two other BOM!

Meg said...

Glad to hear Mike appears to be on the mend. What a road you have traveled. That C-diff is awful I have heard. Glad you mentioned the Clindamycin - I will make sure our family never take that.

I too agree that antibiotics are over used. Once at the dr with one our daughters (cant remember what was wrong) there was a sign on the back of the exam room door about why a dr would not prescribe antibiotics and the overuse of them. The dr freely then prescribed the antibiotics. Well, the meds never did help her. Whatever it was it must have been viral.

Anyway, I am sure you are thankful and I am too to hear your good news about Mike.

Will pray for continued healing.


Karen said...

Good luck with your goals. That's a big list but at least that way you know where you are heading. There are so many wonderful projects on your list. I enjoyed seeing your hello Moon blocks. That may just motivate me.

Béa said...

A lot of beautiful projects !

The Oregon Garden said...

Hi Barbara, we'd love to have you enter your White Trees quilt in our Quilt Show in January. It's beautiful and we hope to see it in the show. Good luck with the rest of your to-do list!

Michele said...

I think you've had enough on your plate recently so you certainly get a pass on your October list. Good luck with your November goals.

Kate said...

You still had a really good month. I really like Hello Moon and your well dressed ladies are looking great. Good luck with your November goals.

quiltzyx said...

Oh YES, you should definitely enter the white trees into the Stitch in Bloom show - DEFINITELY!
You did still get quite a bit done even with the hospital visits every day.
I LOVE your alien spaceship Hello Moon block - I laughed out loud when I saw it. :D