Saturday, December 31, 2011

Year-end wrap-up

Well, life took an unexpected turn mid-year, and I haven't done as much quilting (or dancing) as I had originally planned.  But with all that - it's very rewarding (if exhausting) to have my daughter and grandchildren with us.  Children add just joy to life!

Taking stock of the year.
I added to my fabric stash - and that's while I was much more aware of what I was buying.  I guess I must have been accumulating at a much higher rate before I started tracking last year.  But I'm OK, because I used a significant amount, as well. 

I finished 20 projects this year (I have one more at the hand-stitching the binding on the back stage, but don't expect to finish that this evening).  Of those, 11 were UFOs.  I added a few new projects, many of which were actually finished, and some (3) will carry over to next year's UFO list.  I still need to decide on my top-12 to sign up for Judy's UFO challenge.  I think I'll put mostly tops that still need quilting - those are the closest to finished.

All in all, I'm satisfied with where I am with my quilting projects.  I finish some, and I start some, and enjoy what I do.  One goal for 2012 will be to spend time in the sewing room more regularly.   That will help me de-stress and get more accomplished.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Stash report - Week 52, 25 December 2011 - Merry Christmas!

A wonderful Christmas morning here.  I had my whole family here with John up from North Carolina.  The children unwrapped presents and have had a good day.  I have lasagna in the oven for dinner for tonight, and homemade rolls ready.  We had homemade cinnamon rolls (Cinnabon clone) for breakfast - YUM!

I've been doing a little bit of stitching this afternoon on the binding on one of the quilts I have sitting here waiting for a finish.  This is the only sewing for the week, so no fabric used, but none bought, either.

Numbers for the last stash report of the year:
In this week:              0  yds
Out this week:           0  yds

In YTD:                   96.72 yds
Out YTD:                60.53 yds
Net for 2011:           36.19 yds added to stash.

Check in with Judy at Patchwork Times to see how everyone else has done.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Stash report - week 51, 18 December 2011

One more week left in 2011.  This has been a year of changes for us.  With DD and the 3 grandchildren moving in with us, I haven't had much sewing time for the last 6 months, but the time with the grandchildren (and my daughter) has been priceless.

I did do a little sewing yesterday.  The grandchildren are getting a toddler kitchen for Christmas, so I made an apron for the youngest (the other 2 got theirs last year), then made dishtowels and potholders for each of them (toddler size).  That used almost 3/4 yards between them.  I had a little more time, so made binding for the two quilts I quilted last week, and got the machine part of the binding done.  I did start hand stitching the back side of the binding on one of the quilts this morning.

The fabric in is FQs of blacks I picked up Friday - I'm pondering doing Bonnie Hunter's Orca Bay mystery, and my stash doesn't have very many blacks.  

Numbers for this week:
In this week:                          2.25 yds
Out this week:                       1.31 yds

In this year:                          96.72 yds
Out this year:                       60.53 yds

Net for 2011:                       36.19 yds ADDED to stash.

There's been a lot of discussion over the last couple of weeks about whether or not folks are doing the stash report next year.  Over the last 2 years I've tracked stash, I've added both years, but am definitely more aware of what I buy.  I've also been mostly focused on finishing UFOs and really think before I start something new.  Of course, if I don't start something new, I'm unlikely to really rack up a lot of fabric use, other than as backings.  I plan to continue tracking, because I've already shifted my mindset about buying fabric - and my storage drawers are full.    I'll also continue to work on finishing UFOs, but plan to make more new starts in 2012 - and try to shop stash first.

Check in with Judy at Patchwork Times to see how everyone else is doing this week.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Stash report - 11 December 2011

No report for a couple of weeks because I hadn't done anything.  This week I was busy!  My fabric out is for backs for 2 quilts.  I had Tuesday and Friday as vacation days this week, and got 2 quilts from my UFO stack quilted!  Both still need trimming and binding, but I'm really happy with what I've accomplished this week.  Not sure if I'll have a chance today to get back up into the sewing room to make any binding, but that will go on next week's report if I do.

Added this week:              0 yds
Used this week:           6.03 yds

Added YTD:              94.47 yds
Used YTD:                59.23 yds
Net for 2011:             35.25 yds Added to stash

I'm pleased with my number used, given how life is going this year.  I haven't had as much time to sew as I had thought I would.  I'm hoping to be able to do some more sewing while I'm on vacation around Christmas time.

To see how everyone else is doing, check in with Judy at Patchwork Times.