Thursday, December 31, 2015

Planning for 2016

2016 Planning PartyI'm trying something new this coming year.  Since the Year of lovely Finishes is winding down and they won't be doing another one (I'm crying girls!!!  I so enjoyed it!!!), I decided to join another one from Yvonne at Quilting Jet Girl.  You get your goals for the year and slowly work through them.  And I have a ton of quilts that I want to get through.  I've been buying a lot of books and rulers, pattern magazines, then I buy the material, put it in a craft plastic container, but it on my desk and move on to the next book, or ruler or pattern!!!  I do sew a lot, but it seems that the pile of plastic organizational containers are getting higher and higher, so my room is getting messier and messier.

I read a great article in February 2016 magazine American Patchwork Quilting that I got for Christmas this year in my stocking.  It had a great article by Deborah J. Cabral, a Certified Professional Organizer who wrote about the different types of organizing personslity, and she described me to a "T"!!!I'm Organized Olivia!!!!  I'm organized, but I spend more time organizing it than doing lately!!  And all the organizing is piling up as well.  So here's my goals


Do not buy quilt pattern and material unless I sew two quilts
Only buy a new ruler every 3 months.
No more books unless I sew two quilts from the same book and do TWO books.  That's 4 quilts.
Make time to quilt - it relaxes me.
Be happy!


1.  Start swimming again.  Start with 2 times a week and move to 3 times a week.
2.  Walk again.  It's been three months since I walked.   The Plan:  walk one time a week the first week, then 2 times a week, etc.  Build it up slowly.
3.  Like many people I need to lose weight.  Here's how I'm going to do it.
  • Do exercise - see above.
  • mark my food with - free program that takes my fitbit.
  • take time for myself to do the above exercise because I use to love to do it.
4.  Continue on with painting lessons.  Started one painting last year - want to do more.
5.  Work less.  I've become a workaholic and my husband is beginning to complain  :)
6.  Enjoy the outdoors more.  I live in Vancouver Canada and there are so many beautiful walking trails.  Do more of them.
7.  Start Roller Blading again.  I fell and hit my head badly.  This time I wear my helmit  :)
8.  Redo my sewing room so I can impulsively sew and not have to set it up (or move things).
  • buy a daybed with drawers in it to replace the old daybed so I can put the containers away, instead of having them on my desk.
  • make a cover for my sewing machine to protect it.
  • put my sewing machine on the desk instead of under the desk.
  • buy a container (box) for the end of the bed to put my quilts and extra material in that instead of the basket at the end of the bed (it's now overflowing and leaning to the side).
9.  Finish some of my craftsy classes I signed up for.  There's too many to list.

And the big one!!!!

9.  Finish my UFOs so I stop feeling pressure from them.  Here is the list and there is no particular order to them but they do say on the list if I have started it, not started it, have the material, etc.  L- laptop, Q - queen, W - wall quilt, T for tabletop.

So here's the big list of
  1. L - You and Me by Zen Chic - got material and pattern (haven't started)
  2. L - Chic Shells by Sew Kind of Wonderful - got pattern only (haven't started)
  3. L - Sew Kind of Wonderful - Sew along - got pattern only (haven't started)
  4. Q - green small flowers in a column - need to finish and quilt.
  5. large L- Flower quilt from Aurifill - need to finish and quilt.
  6. L - Vise Versa - need to finish 2 blocks and quilt.
  7. Q - Block Lotto - 2014 - need to finish 8 blocks and quilt.
  8. Q - Flowers in a circle BOM - some wool.  Applique.  All material and pattern.  Need to start.
  9. L - Modern slant - got pattern and material - need to start.
  10. L - Snow/Christmas quilt - got material and pattern - need to start
  11. L - beach quilt - no material, but got pattern.
  12. L - Sew Emma Snapshot quilt - did two blocks, have material, need to finish.
  13. L - Dogs quilt - have fabric and pattern, need to start.
  14. Q - Driesdon Craftsy - have material and pattern - need to start.
  15. L - Learning to quilt on Craftsy - have 6 done, 6 to go.   Need to finish.
  16. L - Learning to quilt as you go - 2013  Need to continue on with it.  Need to finish
  17. large L- Crazy barn applique - have pattern, material, need to start.
  18. L - Gro's tea quilt.  Material, pattern for it all, need to finish.  Have 3 to go.
  19. L - Midnight Garden - wool - Lost pattern, but have material.  Need to start
  20. L - Cattail - blue quilt - start
  21. L - Frogs, have material, pattern, and have started to cut.  Need to finish.
  22. Q - pink pin wheel.  Need to finish.
  23. T - Chinese circles. - need to finish.
  24. L - Pink and green squares - finish.
  25. L - Squares in the tin box - pattern and material,  others doing that one.
  26. Q - Row by Row - Canada - all patterns, all material, need to finish.
  27. Q - Row by Row American side - all patterns, all material, need to finish.
  28. T - flowers pieced in black - Amish. - material, and pattern. Small one.  Need to start.
  29. Q - Squares with Hexigons - pattern, material, need to start.
  30. L - Batique quilt - pattern, material, need to start.
  31. Q - Circle quilt from Craftsy - material red and white, pattern, need to start.
  32. Q - BOM 2015 buckets - material, pattern, need to start.
  33. L - One block wonder - material, pattern, need to start.
  34. L - Video 10" squares - disappearing pinwheet. Material - need to start.
  35. Q - Swoon - material, need to start.
  36. L - Stain glass BOM - material, pattern, need to start.
  37. L - House BOM - material, pattern, need to start.
  38. Q - Hand stitched old fashion girl on white, with squares of color.  top for queen quilt. finish.
  39. Q - Girl on a farm - applique that I am designing - Some material - need to continue/finish
  40. L - Blue HST's - all HSTs done, need to finish.
  41. W - Big city/town pattern.  No material, but I have the pattern.
  42. L - Modern pattern just bought on Craftsy on sale.  Have pattern and material.  Need to start.
  43. L - Tractor quilt with barns to complete. It's part of the Farm Girl Sampler by Lori Holt.  I purchased the book. Have some material.  Need to finish by June for my cousin.  
  44. T - Using charms for Back to school pattern.  Have pattern and material.  Need to finish.
  45. L - Jelly roll quilt from the Back to School pattern book.  Have pattern and material cut out.  Need to finish.
  46. Large L - Fat quarter quilt block - have material but have not started.
  47. Large L - migration from Craftsy Store.  Have pattern and material.  Need to start.
  48. Large L - Large hexi flowers pattern from Craftsy store - have some material.
  49. T - circular birds - have pattern only.  Want to do this one with extra material I have and scraps.
  50. Q- Apple Quilt - have all the material and the Thangles to do the quilt.  Need to Finish.
  51. L Scrappy BOM  from IQuiltModern - scraps - to start.
  52. Big W - Pixulated quilt Sun Flower - it's done just quilting it and that's taking ages!!  Need to Finish
  53. L - Pixulated Eye - have the material, the pattern, everything.  It's the Craftsy free quilting class to learn how to pixulate.  It's fabulous, go take a look!  Need to start.
  54. W - The Quilt Magazine, April 2012. of a bird on a Laundry Line.  All material and the pattern.  Half done.  Need to Finish.
  55. Star Quilt from the FVRQ Guild - have the material and the patterns.  Have all done but the last 3 starts and then the big middle one.  Need to Finish.
  56. Home Tweet Home - McKenna Ryan - 9 blocks. - have 2 of the blocks done and a friend gives me more when I complete the next block.

So to summarize:  

27 already started and I need to finish.
26 - not started but I have the material.
14 queen size quilts
32 large lap quilts.

I'll be happy to do half those quilts.  But I do want to do the first 8 items for sure.  Come join us with our resolutions at Quilting Jet Girl!!!!  Click on the link above to go to the link party.


  1. I like how detailed your goals and resolutions are; I find it so much easier to work on a detailed list myself. Thank you for linking up and I wish you much joy and success in meeting your goals in 2016!

  2. Well, Yvonne, I already started, with buying a bench with shelves under it, I organized some of my material and put it away. And now my sewing machine is on my desk, not under it, so I'm getting there. Thank you so much for starting this, it's getting me going already and my sewing room is shaping up.