Monday, April 2, 2018

March Stash Report and Goals Update

March kind of went off the rails.

First, although I haven't mentioned it, I was travelling the whole first week. DH and I went to Arizona to check out potential retirement communities; we plan on moving in 2020. So in February I frantically stitched, photographed, and prepped enough blog posts to get through the first third of March.

Also I've been having laptop problems. Took it in for repairs both before and after the trip. It's back but still having issues, which they can't fix.

All this to say that I didn't accomplish much of what I thought I would this month, and my stash report, goals report, and lack of blog posts reflect this. I did have two finishes of donation quilts so at least I accomplished something.
Nurses for Newborns quilt for STLMQG

March Rocking Chair quilt

March Stash Report:

IN this month: 5-1/2 yards (ordered for grandson's big boy bed quilt)
OUT this month: 3-3/8 yards (Binding for Aztec quilt, 5/8 yards.  Green N4Nb quilt, 2-1/4 yards. Test block for hand piecing, 1/2 yard. )
Month change: 2-1/8 yards IN

YTD In: 25-1/4 yards
YTD Out: 55-5/8 yards
YTD net change:  30-3/8 yards out

Still in good shape as far as stash reduction goes, with plenty of cushion for shopping in Paducah later this month.

Goals Report:

March Recap
1. Bind Roman Road. No, not back from the quilter yet, she's having mechanical problems with her machine. 
2. Prep fabric and start cutting & piecing grandson's big bed quilt. No, revised the pattern according to his dad's desired size and ordered fabrics but have not pre-washed them yet.
3. Make another Nurses for Newborns quilt. DONE, finished the green one. 
4. Piece &/or quilt one donation top. DONE, quilted the Aztec quilt.
5. Make at least one checkerboard and one Dresden block for the red project. No, not done yet but they're not due until April 7 so I still have time. 
6. Continue making blocks for Pickle Dish. Yes, 32 of 36 are now finished. 
7. Work on a UFO or WIP or determine what to do about it. Um, not exactly, but I gave away six sets of orphan blocks at the Quilty Orphan Adoption Event hosted by Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework.
8. Hand sew on WIVSP Piecing Group Project. No, but did a lot of other hand sewing this month - my fingers are sore. 
9. Keep up with bee blocks. DONE

Other - Yes, as I said, off the rails...
 - Participated in Libby's Magical Mystery blocks, which became the start of another Nurses for Newborns quilt.
 - Found an antique inspiration for my next Piecing Group project, drafted the block and templates, and started hand piecing a test block. Found it to be way too much work for both me and Piecing Group.
 - Tested Plan B for Piecing Group, die cut Winding Ways blocks. This plan will work.

Libby's Magical Mystery Blocks on my design wall,
to be used for another N4Nb quilt

April Goals
1. Prep fabric and start cutting & piecing grandson's big bed quilt.
2. Finish the Nurses for Newborns quilt made from Libby's Mystery blocks.
3. Work on a Hands to Help quilt.
4. Make at least one checkerboard and one Dresden block for the red project.
5. Finish making blocks for Pickle Dish, assemble top.
6. Work on prepping Winding Ways for Piecing Group.
7. Hand sew on WIVSP Piecing Group Project.
8. Keep up with bee blocks.
9. Have fun in Paducah!

I did not list Roman Road because I don't know when I'll get it back from the quilter, but when it comes back I'd like to get it bound right away and not let it linger as a UFO any longer.

April's list looks a lot like March's list. Let's see if I can stay on track a lot better in April than I did in March!

Link ups:
Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Em's Scrapbag
Love Laugh Quilt


  1. Good luck with the planning for your upcoming move - that's a very BIG project!

  2. Did you find anything interesting in Arizona?

  3. It is tough to work on goals when you travel during the month. I'm sure April will get you further along. You have many great projects in the works. I enjoy seeing what you post each with when you link with Design Wall Mondays, Judy

  4. It's better to have two finishes than none, but life just keeps getting in the way of our quilty goals, doesn't it? The little yellow mystery quilt is adorable!

  5. Congrats on all the progress for March. I'll agree that March was way to busy to be conductive to stitching, still you made pretty good progress. Good luck with all your April goals.