Saturday, March 31, 2012

Assessing March Goals: Setting April Goals

2010-11 WIPs: Stitch Block 2 of Primitive Needle's Black'd Skie. Block 2 finished 3/28.
2010-2011 WIPs: Stitch four blocks on Jacobean Elegance Afghan. One block finished 3/14.
2012 New Start: Start work on TW's Woodland Angel Stocking for Liam. All I have managed to do is kit this up.
2012 Start: Stitch Halloween themed gift for Jo. Cross stitching finished 3/17.
Class Project Challenge: Resume work on Phyllis Mauer's Japanese Kogin Tea Cozy. Yes, I put in several hours of stitching on this project but am now concerned that the fabric provided by the instructor just isn't large enough for any of my 6 - 8 cup teapots.  I think I may have to stitch the entire ground fabric, then fold it in half and run some zig-zag stitching 1/4" on either side of the center fold as stay stitching and then cut between the zig zag rows, giving me two pieces large enough to work for one of my 4 cup teapots.  Then it will be simply a matter of assembling it with batting and backing fabric and some double fold bias tape.
Sewing and Assembly Finishing: Two pillows. In between the errands and gardening and housekeeping and cooking, that made up my normal Friday routines yesterday, I enjoyed my brand new electronic sewing machine, the Pfaff Ambition 1.50. I have been easing into using it by practicing basic straight and zigzag stitches as I bind the edges of cross-stitch linen and evenweave fabrics for various projects and preparing already-stitched ornaments for assembly. And I have managed a few pillow finishes as well. I am curious though about the specialty stitches that are available but they will have to wait until I have time for a few classes at Creative Sewing.
TSS Scissor Keep Exchange: Design and kit up a keep, buy scissor.   The scissor is on order but I have yet to dig out the magazine that contains the chart I want to use and the materials I need.
Off goal stitching:  Finished Papillion Creation's The Peacock [from WIP List] on March 9.  Stitched another of the lighthouses on Prairie Grove Peddler's Lighthouse Candle Mat [from the WIP List].  At least this month my off-goal projects have all been from the WIP List, instead of new  starts ... I suppose that is a discipline of a sort.  If I keep up this practice, I may actually empty my "current stitching" bag of all partially completed projects.

2010-11 WIPs: Stitch Block 3 of Primitive Needle's Black'd Skie.
2010-2011 WIPs: Stitch four blocks on Jacobean Elegance Afghan.
2012 New Start: Start work on TW's Woodland Angel Stocking for Liam.
2012 Start: Kit up and start the next Town Square SAL ornament: The Primitive Shop.
Class Project Challenge: Finish Phyllis Mauer's Japanese Kogin Tea Cozy.
Sewing and Assembly Finishing: Two pillows.
TSS Scissor Keep Exchange: Stitch scissor keep and fob.
Off goal stitching:   One hopes that there won't be anything in this category by the end of April.  What with the Woodland Angel, The Primitive Shop and the scissor keep for my TSS exchange, my appetite for new starts should have been satisfied.


Anna van Schurman said...

Could you just buy a smaller tea pot? That's the direction I'd go with that.

dulcinella said...

very disciplined! the fact that you might not have enough fabric for your projects, is too bad. even if you can find a solution, it gives you lots of extra work:-( good luck on clearing your basket next month.

mdgtjulie said...

Congrats on meeting most of your March goals, and good luck with April!!