GooseTracks

Yay, UFO #1 is complete!  Well, almost.  I still have to cut some stray strings, take my seam ripper to some basting stitches, and hang it on the wall.

This design is called Goose Tracks and is by HoopSisters.  You actually piece and quilt in the hoop as you go.  I started this as a block-of-the-month project at my LQS in Nov 2011.  We went through September 2012, then I still had to do the borders and put it all together.

Overall, I like how it turned out.  Before I started the quilt, I was really intrigued as to how the piecing and quilting in the hoop worked.  Once you do one block, it’s pretty easy to understand.  I have another UFO from HoopSisters that is also on my list for the near future — it was the mystery quilt they released last year.  So, I have no idea what it will look like since it is still a mystery to me.

I had fun doing this, especially since we did it as a group and I met new friends; and it has a big WOW! factor just looking at it.  However, after the mystery quilt I will probably not do another HoopSisters design.  I like their designs, but I felt as if my creativity was really squashed since I was only following along with the pre-designed software each month.  I think I would enjoy and get more satisfaction from continuing to sew and quilt my own designs.  And, I am working on several already.  I keep a graph paper spiral notebook handy most times and draw when the inspiration hits.  If I can just get through these UFOs, I can start on some new stuff and that is where the real fun lies.

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2013 Goals — But NOT a New Year’s Resolution

Let me be very upfront about this. I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions. I honestly do not think I have ever seen anyone, and I mean ANYONE, keep or live up to their New Year’s resolution. I see it only as a way to let yourself down.

However, I do believe in setting goals. In fact, to quote a well-known financial guru, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Plans and goals are essential. Otherwise, you live day in and day out with no direction; and without direction, in 10-years, you’re likely to be exactly where you are now.

Very seldom does want you want come easy. It usually takes hard work and dedication. But what are you going to work towards if you don’t know where it is you want to be. Setting goals will give you that direction.  Your goals need to be SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-sensitive.  And goal setting can happen at any time, not just on the first day of each year.

So here are some of my short-term goals.

Quilting/Sewing related:

Other goals:

  • Spend more time with family and friends
  • Make a photo book for 2012
  • Plant, expand, keep up with my garden this year
  • Lose weight – isn’t this on everyone’s list?  I need to lose at least 40 pounds this year.  60 would be better, but we’ll keep it real at 40.  In order to meet that goal, I will need to:
    • Stay away from sugar and simple carbs
    • Exercise 5 hours a week.
  • Stay on a budget every month.
  • Work with monkey #1 on Pre-K workbooks
  • Do Financial Peace Jr. with my 12-year old

Spoonflower

spoonflowerWould you love to design fabric?  Or maybe you have an idea for a project you want to make but you just can’t find the perfect fabric for it.  Well, I have found the solution.

I had the great pleasure of touring Spoonflower this past Thursday morning.  If you haven’t heard of Spoonflower yet, let me tell you about it.  Spoonflower allows you to create, upload, and custom print your own fabric designs.  How cool is that?  Want big yellow polka dots for your living room curtains?  Design it on your computer using several different design software options, upload it to Spoonflower, place your order, and your custom printed fabric will be delivered to you in 10-14 days.  Want yellow and white stripped wall paper to go with those new curtains?  No problem.  They print wallpaper and wall decals as well.

Want to try your hand a fabric design?  Not only do you have the flexibility to design your own fabric for purchase, but they also sponsor weekly fabric design contests — some even with a prize of becoming a fabric designer for a major fabric manufacturer.  In addition, you can sell your designs to others on Spoonflower and you get a portion of the proceeds.

Becca met me at the door and gave me a personal tour through the facility.  The office is beautifully decorated with the fabric and wallpaper they print there.  They have 16 or so fabric printers, several wallpaper and wall decal printers, and a couple of machines that set the color.  Everything else is done manually — cutting, sorting, and worldwide shipping.  Each workstation has an iPad so that each order can be tracked during the process.  They have recently started offering free classes as well.  I think I might try a few of them.  Thanks Becca for the great tour!

I have several fabrics available that I have designed.  Link here or search daisymeadow under designers.  I will be participating in some of the challenges this year, and have other design ideas, so others will be available occasionally as I get time.