Category Archives: Motivation

February UFO Goal

Number 9.

9 is the number that was drawn for the monthly goal over at Patchwork Times.

My #9 is old.

Really old.

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

The wall hanging began by playing around with Libby Lehman’s threadplay technique.  Then I was asked to teach it.

I have no idea how long ago that was.  A long time ago.  I haven’t taught in years.

And I have no idea what I’m going to do to finish it.

I am linking up with Patchwork Times and One Monthly Goal.

January One Monthly Goal

Yay!  My January UFO goal was to finish quilting Aunt Sukey Spins Off. 

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

I am so happy to say that the quilting is done, but so is the binding.  This quilt is finished and out of the sewing studio!!!

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

I am linking this finish up with One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts and Patchwork Times.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

If you own EQ7, then you can get the project file for this quilt by clicking on the Freebies tab at the top of this blog.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 1

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 2

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 3

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 4

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 5

My scrap bags are all full.  Each and every one of them.

Scrap Bags

Scrap Bags

I have decided to use Bonnie Hunter’s Scrap User’s System.

It is quite surprising to me how many strips, strings and crumbs I have managed to cram into one bag.

Scrap Bags

This is going to take a while.

January 2017 UFO Goal

I have chosen to work on Aunt Sukey Spins Off for my January UFO Goal.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

This quilt is already under the needle, and most of the top is quilted.  I need to get the borders quilted, and that will be my focus.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

The bonus will be to get the binding on, too, and be finished, but I’ll be pleased to get the quilting accomplished.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

Linking up will keep me accountable, focused, and motivated, so I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts – One Monthly Goal.

Another goal this year, is to embroider the blocks for Aunt Bea’s Parlor.

I have two blocks done.  I will be working on this project on Sundays.

Kathy’s Quilts will keep me company.  I am linking up with her Slow Sunday Stitching.

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 3

May your New Year be filled with blessings and the achievements of your goals!

One Monthly Goal – 2017

I need motivation.  I need focus.  So this year, I am listing 12 unfinished projects (one project per month to finish; or at least make progress) and linking up with Patchwork Times and One Monthly Goal.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

 1.  Aunt Sukey Spins Off

This quilt is actually under the needle right now.  Progress is happening.

Brazilian Embroidery 001

2.  Brazilian Embroidery

I got stuck on what to do with the embroidery piece.  I’ve decided to make a pillow.

One Monthly Goal - Grocery Sacks

3.  Grocery Sacks

I’ve been wanting to make grocery sacks.  Surely this will be a quick and easy project.

One Monthly Goal - Round Robin

4. and 5. Round Robin 

This is a strip round robin from the year 1999.  All of the strips are done, but this needs to come together as a top.  I have good memories from this project! I’m giving this one two months…I’m sure I’ll need it.

One Monthly Goal - Aunt Bea's Parlor

6.  Aunt Bea’s Parlor

I have only 2 blocks stitched.  I don’t expect to finish this one this year, but I do expect to get a lot of the embroidery done.

One Monthly Goal - Bird House

7. Bird House

Ahem.  It is a bird house.  Started and abandoned quickly.  One of those “quilt guild inspired because everyone is making one” projects.  My excitement didn’t last long.  This oldie needs to be done!

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

8. Floral Blocks

Began as class samples when I was teaching machine applique.

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

Maybe more pillows? What to do with only three blocks?

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

9. Threadplay

This was a class sample, too.  I was teaching Libby Lehman’s threadplay technique.  Long ago and far away.

New York Wheel Inklingo Mystery Quilt

10. The Case of the Secret Garden

A fun 2013 mystery quilt designed by Linda Franz of Inklingo fame. 

Hunter's Star Quilt Top

11. Hunter’s Star 

Also, a 2013 project.

President's Blocks

12. President’s Blocks

I served as President of the Colville Piecemakers Quilt Guild 1999-2001.  I have thirty plus signed blocks given to me when my term was up.  It is about time that I do something with them!

For me, this is an ambitious list of projects.  However, I already feel better about my ufo’s simply by making this list.  What carries into the following year doesn’t matter. 

One enjoyable stitch at a time.  That is what matters.

Sewing on a Tractor

Do you make good use of your time?

This farm woman certainly does!

Learning Photoshop Elements 9 – a Fairy Tale

Once upon a time and long ago, a mother and daughter each acquired Photoshop Elements 9 software for their personal computers.

And the happy mother and daughter both also acquired a good book to help them use their new software (not to mention their digital cameras).

Photoshop Elements 9 Book

As so often happens in fairy tales, like Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Rumpelstiltskin, the mother and daughter slept.

One day, the mother and daughter awoke.  They chatted (by email and Skype) and decided that this would be the year to learn from their books and play with their software.

So this week, the mother and daughter are working their way through Chapter 1.

And they chatted excitedly (through email and Skype) and said,

“This is fun!”

A Battle Plan for Those Works in Progress

The first step binds one to the second. – french proverb

In the spirit of goal setting and taking back control from works in progress, I have come across Pat Sloan’s excellent 12 UFO Buster Tips.  I have summarized these tips (and printed them out) and now I am ready to head for the sewing studio and do battle with my WIPs.  If you are losing the war with your own WIPs, then I strongly suggest checking out Pat’s blog (loads of details, tips and photos).  She even has a UFO group over there for extra support!

Know what I have.  Count my projects in progress.  Group A (Almost Done-Love and Finish).  Group B (Almost Done-Lost Interest-Give Away).  Group C (Partially Done-Love and Finish).  Group D (Partially Done-Give Away or Sort).  Group E (Barely Begun-List).

Pick 4; one that is fast to finish, one with a deadline, one I love, and one long-term project.

Mandatory! Daily set a timer and sew. Always have a project out.

Give myself rewards for finished UFOs.

•Fix 3 lack of organization items that keep me from sewing my UFOs.

•Find a Buddy to account to each other.

•Trade services or UFOs.


•Disassemble-break up a project that I don’t love.  Use the fabric for something else.

•Quick and easy finish-flannel, quilt top and grid quilting.

Set orphan blocks in a sampler (hot pad, tote bag, tablerunner, pillow, coaster, etc.)

•Pick 3 projects to finish for myself.  Set a deadline.

There is no reason why Pat’s tips couldn’t be adapted and applied to other works in progress.  Are you a gardener?  Do you have an overgrown monster bush that needs taming?  Would a particular flower do better in a different location?  Make a gardening list.  Are you giving a room a makeover?  Need to get painting done?  Need a storage solution?  Get it on a list and get it done.

Do it!