As I've said many times on this blog, challenges are only opportunities in disguise, and the past month has given me an opportunity to re-evaluate how I'm structuring my sewing day. I'll say more about that in a minute, but first, I'll review my progress on last month's goals.
1. As my "official" goal for ALYoF, I want to quilt and bind the "We are the World" top. In Progress.
No one is more disappointed than I am that I wasn't able to finish quilting and binding this quilt. I am so excited to see it finished! My sewing machine had different ideas for me, and having it out of commission for the better part of the month (including right now) has prevented me from meeting this goal. Oh well. As many of you have pointed out, these are first-world problems. The quilt will get finished eventually and I will forget all about the frustration. Here's a little peek at what I've done so far.
2. As my quilt-top-to-finish project, I want to sew together the blocks for the "Good Morning" quilt that I finished up a few months ago. No Progress.
What can I say? (Sigh.)
This quilt is for Matthew's graduation from engineering school.
4. If I'm feeling really energetic, I'd like to finish quilting and binding Joseph's Quilt. No progress.
(See machine woes and other whining above.)
5. As my project for "Let's Book It", I'd like to get a start on this quilt called "Aspen Tree". No progress.
I decided to postpone starting this project, but I substituted a different project for the "Let's Book It" Challenge below. (Did you see what I did there?)
I'll be linking up to:
Here's where I started re-evaluating the "rules" of the sewing room. I told myself at the beginning of the year that I was only going to start small quilts and table runners in 2014 because I don't want any new long-term projects added to my to-do list. I'm putting this one on the back burner for a while, and I'll explain more below.
9. The Grim Ripper. This was a free pattern from the Fons & Porter website. No Progress.
Putting this one off until October. It's really a Halloween project, and it'll be fun to save it until then. (An excellent excuse, I'd say.)
I'm calling mine, "A World Apart". And this is the project I'm linking up to:
I'll admit that I've already done one project from this book, but I really, really, really wanted to make this quilt, and so I did.
And so that brings me to my June goals. Here's where I would ordinarily make up an impossibly long list for myself to complete, but I've had a reckoning about that. While it's tempting to indulge in a lot of self-analysis here, I'll spare you the drudgery. All I'm going to say is that I know my activities are out of balance when I start feeling burdened by something that is supposed to be fun. And rather than take the joy out of quilting, I'm dispensing with most of my monthly goals...especially the ones with arbitrary deadlines set by someone else.
There are certain challenges I enjoy, and I'm going to continue with those. Heck, I'll even tell you what I have planned. Also, I'm realizing that I really want to see some of my oldest projects complete. While it has seemed worthwhile to keep everything moving along at the same pace, my list of long-term projects has become so onerous that I can only work on each one every couple of months. I've decided to focus on about half a dozen of the oldest ones for now, and put the others on the back burner until I can shorten the list by quite a bit.
So here's where I ended up after a significant amount of arguing with myself.
Quilting and Flimsies
1. I still want to finish quilting one quilt per month, and I'm really hoping to finish up "We are the World" this month. Big Bertha will be the one making the decisions about that. Hopefully, she'll be back in the pink of things soon, and we can continue on without interruption.
2. I still want to get one quilt to "flimsy" stage each month. And since I didn't make any progress on the "Good Morning" quilt during the month of May, it remains my quilt top to finish for June.
3. For this month's "Let's Book It" Challenge, I'd still like to get a start on the Aspen Tree from Jean Wells book that I committed to last month. This quilt
from this book:
4. As my "New" project for
5. I have a partner in the Doll Quilt Swap this month.
And so I'll be making a quilt for that, and that will also serve as this month's NewFO.
6. This month's color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is yellow, and so I'm planning to make a block for that.
7. I may or may not make a block for my guild's block of the month. This month we're making Bonnie Hunter's Scrappy Mountain Majesties.
8. I may or may not make a block for this month's Block Lotto.
Because of technical difficulties with Sophie's back (ouch!), we haven't seen what next month's block is, but I know it has something to do with yellow. And since I'll already be digging into my yellow scraps for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, it seems a good choice for the Block Lotto. Thank you for considering my busy schedule in your planning, Ladies.
Finally, this is where I've done the most arguing with myself about turning over a new leaf in the sewing room. I've decided to choose one quilt per month to focus on with the intent to finish up some of my oldest projects.
9. For June, I'd like to focus on the Folk Art Cats quilt with a goal of finishing all the blocks.
I have 7 of 12 blocks finished, and so I'm hoping to finish the remaining 5, or at least make a good-sized dent in it.
And that is it. Now I know I'll hear from some of you that my list is still too long, but I did cut it significantly. And for meeting my goal of cutting my list of goals, I'll give myself a big Complete!
What's on your June Agenda?