Finish-A-Long Q2 2017 Goals

Time to set my goals for the second quarter Finish-A-Long.  I did finish one of my quilty goals from 1st quarter, but then forgot to link it up to the linky party.  That’s ok though.  A finish is still a finish and worth celebrating!

I finished this quilt that was part of a design and challenge that I did for Quilt Design a Day.  You can read about it here.

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Last quarter we talked about making your goals SMART – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, & trackable.  You’re more likely to reach those goals and less likely to get sidetracked with extra stuff when you do that.  My goals are specific, measurable, and trackable.  However, they are probably not realistic or achievable in that I don’t think they will all be finished in the next 3 months, but maybe by the end of the year.  So, yes, I will still call them goals.

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend QuiltCon in February, and now I have a whole other list of other quilty goals – designing, teaching, learning, etc. – to work on.   But that’s for another day.  Today is about the quilts I need to finish as part of the Finish-A-Long.

So, here goes…  From last quarter:

Finish improv quilt.  About 1/3 – 1/2 done with piecing top.  It’s improve.  No real plan, so I really won’t know it’s finished until it tells me.

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

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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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And a new quilt that I started… Finish this rainbow quilt.  Top is done.  You are seeing just a small part of it.  It needs to be sandwiched, quilted, and bound.

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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 blocks and quilts.  And I am doing the Riley Blake Creative Rockstar challenge.

Since tax season is almost over, maybe I can get more than one of these quilts finished this quarter.  That would be nice.  Although the garden is calling… So, maybe not.

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 2017 FAL – Q2 at She Can Quilt.

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY??

Dancing in the Rain“What makes you happy?” was the question posed to me by my 3-year old granddaughter last night.

Wow!  What a simple, but deep question.  It really makes you think.  What does make me happy?  And, if I know what makes me happy, then why don’t I do those things more often?

Let’s start this story with a short recap of recent happenings that might be draining my happiness.  It’s been a hard week/month… This week my middle son moved across country, my car broke, my phone broke, and busy season has started so I’m working 10-11 hour days.  Last week I spent a whole day not knowing if my oldest son was dead or alive as his roommate had reported him missing to the police and he wasn’t answering my calls.  Also, last week my youngest son turned 13, and I had a friend visiting from out-of-town (and her car broke while she was here). Then last month, I was sick twice, one of our mama rabbits died, my daughter announced she was getting married, we had family at our house visiting for several days (while I was sick), and we traveled to my parents house for several days for a visit.  Some of these happenings were a lot of fun, and some are not.  But they all have one thing in common — they create stress in me in one way or another, and I think this stress shows on my face.

My grand daughter is awesome though.  Even at the age of 3, she is very encouraging, nurturing, and uplifting.  She has a genuine way of complimenting others that brings joy to their soul.  She exemplifies Proverbs 16:24.  She often praises others and is very quick to offer compliments.  In her child’s eye, high-five’s should be common practice.  “You are wonderful!” and “You are so beautiful!” are common phrases in her dictionary.  And you know, coming from her, that it is the truth.  That that is what she truly sees and believes.  Because, even though as a three year old she knows how to lie, she doesn’t yet understand the concept of telling someone something you don’t truly believe just to make them feel better.

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So when she asked me last night what made me happy, I believe that was her way of trying to help me put things in focus.  And she is right… we should think more happy thoughts!  Happy thoughts will chase the blues away.  They say ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’.  However, I believe that having an optimistic, grateful attitude is even better than an apple.  This is something that obviously I needed to be reminded of.

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So, what makes me happy? (in no particular order)

  • Hearing a child’s laughter
  • Hugs from my kids and grand kids
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • My lover’s kiss (well, my husband’s kiss, but ‘lover’ sounded so much more romantic)
  • Helping others
  • Hiking a trial and enjoying God’s creation
  • A walk on the beach
  • Playing like a kid
  • Digging in the dirt
  • A picnic in the park
  • Surprising others with something special

So, today I choose to focus on what makes me happy.  Today, I choose to be grateful and thank God for the many blessings that he has given me.  Today is going to rock!

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What makes you happy??  I love to hear what brings happiness to your soul.  I think we could all use a whole mess of happy thoughts to help us put things in perspective.  I know I could.  Oh, and be sure to give someone a high-five today!smile