Finish-A-Long Q1 2017 Goals

Here I am setting my goals for the first quarter Finish-A-Long.  I did this last year and actually finished 6 of the 8 items that were on my list.  I would call that a SUCCESS!

It’s a great example of how making your goals SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, & trackable) makes them more easily reached.  When you write your goals down, and if you can attach a picture to it, it’s more likely that you’ll actually meet that goal.

So, to keep me focused, here goes…

Finish improv quilt.  About 1/3 – 1/2 done with piecing top.

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This quilt top needs a back, to be quilted, and then bound:

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Mexican Stars quilt top

Finish binding this quilt

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This quilt top needs a back, to be quilted, and then bound:

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This table runner needs a back, to be quilted, and then bound:

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These blocks need to be joined into a quilt top, then backed, sandwiched, quilted and bound.

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Finish quilting and then bind these Fall placemats

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Finish Hoopsisters Mystery 201? quilt.  About 12 blocks done.  Need to finish all blocks, then put together, and bind.

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I have 80+ of these blocks that need to be turned into a quilt.

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And my oldest UFO… finish hand quilting this King size monster.  And the fact this it is ‘hand quilted’ is why it isn’t finished.  LOL

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Wow!  This list is a bit overwhelming.  These are not all my UFO’s, but they are the ones I could easily put my hands on.  And it’s ok if I don’t finish them all.  But at least they are now on my radar.  They are written down, and now I am more likely to finish them.

Of course there are other items on my list.  I have several bee blocks to do. I’m still working on Splendid Sampler blocks.  I am working on designing several block and quilts.  And I’m studying for my real estate license and it’s tax season.  So, no I’m definitely not going to get all this done.  But if I can mark at least 2 items off, I’ll feel good about it.

By the way, the reason I’m aiming for 2 finishes instead of 1 is because I have one that is almost done.  I just need to finish the binding and that shouldn’t take more than an hour or so. So hopefully I can finish another in addition to that one. Is that cheating?  Definitely not!  And maybe I’ll surprise myself and finish more.

So what are your goals?  Write them down.  Make them SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, & trackable) and let’s see how much you can achieve!

Linking up with Rhonda’s Ramblings.

 

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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My little helper

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