Friday, 19 October 2018

A Friday Finish.

          Here's my latest finish.  it doesn't have a name but I guess I could call it the Modern Shwe Shwe challenge.  Here's the story.

     A couple of summers ago I was with some friends at the Canadian Quilters Association Show in Toronto.  At the show there was a display of quilts from the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild and a part of that show was a display of quilts from a Linen challenge they had done.  The three of us had just joined the Grand Valley Modern Quilt Guild and this gave me the idea to have a challenge there.  One member of the guild Celeste owns Meerkat Shweshwe, so I thought it would be fun to use shweshwe fabric in our challenge.  It's an unusual choice for Modern Quilts.

     Shweshwe is a traditional fabric made in South Africa.  It has small patterns and has been traditionally available in indigo and brown.  More recently it has become available in several brighter colours.  You can read about the history on the Meerkat Shweshwe site here.

     I got the inspiration for my quilt from some pillow patterns in the book Lines by Design by Debbie Grifka.  Here's where I started.  Using the techniques in her book for sewing strips with two colours behind them.

    The lighter blue and the pink are shweshwe fabrics. The background colours are Kona silver and Kona Regal.  They are leftover fabrics from the Quilters Planner Quilt.  
     Once I had the initial pieces on the design wall I cut and pasted and made more units trying them out in different ways and went from this...

to this...

to this...

to the final result at the top of the post.  You can see that during the process I shortened the top blue stripes section and took out the pink stripes on grey.  I felt that the quilt was more balanced this way.  I quilted with straight line quilting gong in several different directions.

     I learned a lot while working on this piece.  For one thing I don't sew a straight as I would like to.  I think in the future I would spray baste the fabric before starting and that would help in this regard.  I did spray baste after I made the stripes but it would have been better to have done it before.  Lining up the purple edges as I sewed the pieces together was also quite challenging.

     I'm really happy with the resulting quilt and the we had a lot of fun at the guild meeting sharing our challenges.  You can see the other quilts here.  I'm joining the link ups at Brag About Your Beauties hosted by Michele of From Bolt to Beauty, and at TGIFF which is hosted this week by Fiona at  Celtic Thistle Stitches.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

4th Quarter Goals

     Last Quarter I only managed one finish but I didn't link it up because I didn't write the post until I could get some half decent photos and by then it was too late.  If you would like to see it it's here.  No worries.  It's time to link up my goals for the rest of the year and I'm only going to list four.  Anything else that gets done is bonus.  So here goes.

     Last month the owners of the Red Red Bobbin fabric store came to guild and they issued us a challenge.  They had each of us choose an "ugly" fat quarter, or to put it another way a fat quarter in colours you wouldn't normally go to.  We are all to make a mini quilt with that fabric and then we will vote on the quilts and the winner will get a ruler.  Here's my fabric.  The fabric on the left is the fabric I chose to work with and the ones on the right are fabrics I might use with it.  I guess that's a good deal for them . Give me one fat quarter and I ended up buying five, all in colours and patterns I wouldn't normally use except for maybe the purple one on the bottom and the yellow one on the top.

I'm also going to quilt this baby quilt.  I need to be practicing my free motion quilting over the next couple of months so this is my first one.

     If I get this one done then I'll move on to the Fire burst Mystery Quilt and see if I can get it finished as well.

     For my last goal I can't show you any fabric but I plan to participate in the next Curated Quilts Challenge so I'll be hoping to finish that as well.  I think the next challenge announcement is in November so I'll be picking the fabric then.  I have only worked on one other Curated Quilts mini quilt challenge so far.  You can see it here.

     I'm linking up to the 4th quarter link up of the 2018FAL on Leanne's blog She Can Quilt.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Quilters Planner Quilt Take Two

     Well we finally got a little sunshine and I've been able to get some photos of the Quilter's Planner quilt.  The planner quilt was designed by Cheryl Brickey of Modern Mist Designs and was planned as a year long quilt along but I skipped ahead to get it done for my Traditional Guild's quilt show.  The Quilters Planner comes with a pattern magazine and this was one of the patterns.

     I really pushed hard to finish the quilt in the summer so I could get it quilted by Mary Hopkins who blogs at Quilted Art from Mary Katherine Hopkins.  Mary is a member of the traditional quild I belong to.  She does a lot of quilting for our donation quilts and she does a great job.  Here's a close up of the quilting.

     There is  a lot of shade in the back yard but I still think you get an idea of the fabrics and colours.  I used Kona Silver for the background colour and Kona Regal for the darker sashing.  In the  blocks I used Libs Elliot Fabrics for the most part with a few Allison Glass and Kaffe Fasset  thrown in for interest.

      Working on this quilt was a skill builder for me and I could tell that I have gotten better at lining things up with flying geese an such.   Although I've quilted for many years many of the quilts have been made for charity and are more basic than this one.  The outside triangles for the on point setting where also very challenging and I was considering switching to a different orientation but I persevered.

      I'll be giving this quilt to Evan (my nephew) and Allie who where married in September. I'll be linking up with TGIFF which is hosted this week by Becca of Pretty Piney and I'm linking up at Brag About your Beauties which is hosted by Michelle of  From Bolt to Beauty.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Octobers Goal

     The weather has not been co-operating with me, and I have yet to get outside to take any good photos of my planner quilt...hopefully tomorrow.  Since I finished the planner quilt I've been working madly on a challenge quilt which I can't share pictures of until after Thursday and I have to say it has been quite a challenge.  I'm about to start quilting it but I needed a break. So I thought I would take that break and write a post about my goal for October.  I am falling behind in my two quilt alongs and I've decided to take the month of October to work on catching up.  

     The specific goal is to finish the August (yes that would be August) steps for the Modern Plus Signs Quilt Along hosted by Cheryl Brickey of Meadowmist Designs and Paige Alexander of Quilted Blooms.  I managed to cut those strips in August and they are ready for me to go.  But first I have to finish my challenge, I guess I better get back to it.  I'm linking up to the October monthly goal linkup with Patty of Elm Street Quilts.

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Septembers Goal is done

     I've been absent from Social Media pretty much all month. September is always a crazy busy time for me and this month there was an out of town wedding that took up a weekend and a quilt show to prepare for and finish up quilts for.  I did get my September goal finished but then I had to whisk it off to the quilt show organizers before I could get a half decent photo shoot so here's a quick pick of it at the show and I promise to give you more details and a better write up later.

     It's not the best photo but it's the only one I have at the moment.  I'll get some better ones for later.   So it's the quilters planner quilt along quilt.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Septembers Goal

     I am feeling a bit stressed about my quilting right now and honestly that is not a good place to be.  With a quilt show coming up for my traditional guild, a challenge to complete for my modern guild and the comfort quilt program starting up again (this year I have a co chair), I'm juggling a lot of balls.  Things were feeling just manageable until I started quilting the PostCard from Sweden quilt.

     Here it is sitting innocently beside the sewing machine.  I thought it would be an easy walking foot job but I've been struggling with skipped threads, followed by tension issues after I changed needles.  I suspect the problem is the backing fabric which is a densely woven African batik.  I'm hoping to figure out the issues because this fabric is perfect for the back of this quilt and it is absolutely gorgeous to boot!
I'll take any advice you have to offer, kind folks.

     If things had been going along as expected with the quilting I would be working on it right now but I've decided to give it a short rest. Deep breath in, I'm starting to feel better already. Quilting Postcards was going to be my goal for September but I'm chucking that goal out the window. I may still get it done but I don't want the pressure. Instead I will focus on trimming, binding and labelling my Quilters Planner Quilt, along with adding a hanging sleeve.  This one I know will be joining Rory's Quilt in the show.  Here's a sneak peak, which will give you a preview of Mary's amazing quilting.

      Postcard might be hanging around at home with Mango Smoothie.  There will be other shows in the future and maybe they can get to shine there. I do tend to set robust goals for myself but I am also able to let go.  Good thing that.  I am also learning to say no, even to things that sound fun and interesting.  

     The best quilty thing I did over the summer was work on the Curated Quilts challenge for August. I don't say this because I think the result was awesome or anything like that.  I say this because by working on the challenge I gave myself time to play and create and for this quilter that's what I'd like the journey to be about. So I think I will spend some time this week working on the challenge for the Modern Guild.  I've got me some experimenting to do.  Linking up with Elm Street Quilts September Goal link up.


Friday, 31 August 2018

Curated Quilts Houses Challenge

     I made a promise to myself that when I finished piecing the Quilters Planner Quilt Along Quilt, I would do some creative sewing for myself.  It just so happened that I finished the piecing just as the call for the next group of minis came out for Curated Quilts.  This was my first time submitting a quilt to Curated Quilts.  The last challenge was an Improv themed challenge and I got as far as selecting fabric but that was as far as I got.

      This time I managed to finish.  Here is my quilt. I call it Brio after the little houses in the Brio Train set that my kids had when they were little.  My grandkids have the train set now.  The quilt finishes at 14 inches square.  The challenge was to make a quilt on the theme of Houses and the fabric colours from which to choose were pear green, peacoat blue, poppy red, ocean spray, clay brown and light grey.

     I decided for this challenge to play around a bit with abstraction and with minimalism.  I started by cutting strips of fabric in all of the fabric.

      Then I started to sewing them  together in groups.  When they started to look like pieces I could use.  I placed them on my design wall within a 16" square I taped on the wall.  16" square was the maximum size the quilt could be.

     Once I landed on an arrangement I liked I worked out how to link the houses up with the tan background.  I opted for straight line quilting and poppy red binding.

     I had a lot of fun working on this project and I'm hoping to continue working on the Curated Quilts Challenges. They provide a nice framework to play around with.  I'm heading over to link my quilt up with the others at the Curated Quilts linkup.  There are a lot of interesting quilts there.

     The Curated Quilts magazine is really awesome but hard to come by in Canada.  I pick up my copies from Mad About Patchwork.  

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

August Update

     Last night I finished putting together the latest step of the Fire Burst Mystery quilt.  This is a laid back QAL hosted by Tish and it is fun to see the quilt beginning to take shape.


      I went back to work yesterday after a two week staycation.  I managed to get a fair bit done but I don't have a lot I can show you yet.  I finished the quilters planner top and I will be picking it up from Mary's this week so once it's bound I'll share that.  That could take a bit of time because I am off to the big city this weekend to hang out with my sister.  We were hoping to do that during my time off but the plans fell through.

     I did manage a  trip to the Art Gallery of Ontario with my daughter and a trip to the Brantford Zoo with my son and the boys.  I somehow managed to pry Dwight away from work for a day off to join us.  Here's a picture our son took of the four of us.  You can see by the look on Dwight's face that it was worth it.

        The last time I babysat the boys which was about a week before the vacation I managed to do something to my right hip and lower back.  This has cramped my quilting productivity to some degree, and I didn't manage to accomplish as much as I would have liked to.  I am seeing an osteopath at the moment and I'm hoping the issue will resolve soon.  

     I made sure I spent time outside every day soaking in the sunshine and lush vegetation.  It was very good for my soul. During my time in the garden my thoughts went to creativity and what helps/hinders it in my life. I spend a lot of time quilting for others (and organizing quilting for others) and I don't take enough time to fill the well. This is an ongoing issue and one that probably most of us struggle with.

     Another thing that puts a damper on my creativity is visual clutter.  You would think that this one would be easier to deal with but for me it's not.  Some of the clutter is a result of quilting and I decided to solve one problem I have in this area.   I have been cutting most of my fabric at the dining room table and it seems that my dining room which is in the middle of the house is always a mess.  I decided to move the cutting station into the sewing room and with my back issues in mind I took a trip to Ikea where I picked up a standing desk to use as a cutting table.  It has a crank to adjust the table height. No more bending over a table. I also picked up a shelf intended for pictures. that has a lip at the front which I am using for rulers and a rod that I can hang things from.  Here's my new set up.  You have no idea how happy this little space in the sewing room makes me!


     This space used to hold a bookshelf with my fabric in it. My fabric is now temporarily stashed around the room (some of it under the table).  The plan for the fabric is to get shelves built in to the cupboard for fabric storage.  

     Another issue around creative play is finding the time for it.   I promised myself that once I finished the planner quilt I would make some time for it. I'm happy to report that I'm working on it.   I've been doodling around with the current challenge for Curated Quilts. No expectations around this project for me at all.  It gave me some good parameters to play with and if I like the result I'll link it up.   As we move into the fall and things pick up in the guild I'm hoping to keep finding the time to fill the well.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Goal for August

      I keep forgetting I need to post a goal for August. I'm on a staycation right now so I guess time is a little more fluid.  As for picking the goal, well that's easy.  I'm planning to quilt my Postcard from Sweden quilt.

     I'm thinking straight lines with a walking foot ,side to side with a light purple Aurifil thread.  What do you think?
I'm hoping to be able to cross this one off the finish list before the end of August and then move on to Wayward Transparency.  
     Always hopeful, me as I am still working on last months goal.  I'm piecing the rows together and I have an actual date to get it to the long arm quilter on Wednesday evening.  Dwight and I are going on a little overnight visit to Georgian Bay so two days are out of the picture but there's still plenty of time to get the top pieced by Wednesday evening.  I'm heading over to Elm Street Quilts for the linkup before we head out.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Throw Back Thursday

     I've been meaning to write this throwback Thursday post for a long time.  Ever since say February when I took the photos of the quilt on my back porch.

     I made the quilt top several years ago in a workshop at my quild with local quilting instruction Deb Beirnes.  It's a modified pineapple block made with a jelly roll.  I remember it took me forever to find a jelly roll that I liked and I think I ordered this one from Fabric Shack.  It's a Malka Dubrowski line and truth be told I would have preferred it in her brighter colour way but I couldn't get a hold of it.  If you know me you know I love bright.  

     The blocks came together pretty quickly as did the quilt top and Deb had suggested we make a border using the contrasting fabrics along with the left over fabrics from the triangles.  She had done this on her quilt and it looked awesome.  This suggestion however was my undoing.  I tucked the quilt away thinking I would get to that fancy border later.  The quilt top sat and it sat and it sat and finally last fall I decided to donate it to our guilds comfort quilt program.

     I matched it up with a plaid backing donated by Donna and put it into a kit which was picked up by one of our long arm quilters.  They did an awesome job don't you think.  This quilt made it's way to the Sexual Assault Domestic Violence unit and hopefully one day it will bring someone some comfort.  Maybe it already is.  I'm linking up with Sandra at MMMquilts for Throwback Thursday.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Nearing the end of a project and joining another.

     I didn't meet my July goal.  Am I concerned about this?  Not in the least because I made great progress and I'll be done by the end of the week.  Today I am going to pick out backing fabric and next week I'll take it to Mary to have it quilted.  I'm pretty excited about this finish and I'm looking forward to sharing it with you when it's done.  

But here I'll share something else I am excited about.  

     Here are my fabrics for the Modern Plus Sign Quilt Along.  Picking the fabrics was a bit of a process. It's a bit calmer than my usual choices. I'm making this quilt for my son and daughter in law and I wanted it to fit in with their  living room.  So I didn't throw in orange or magenta which where my first inclinations.  I opted instead for a slightly calmer effect.

     I borrowed a pillow to use for fabric selection but when Wendy and I went to our local (sort of) quilt shop Creative Sisters to pick fabrics I forgot the pillow at home.  I did have a picture of their rug on my ipad though so we used that and my memory of the pillow colours to pick all the fabrics but the greys.

     We did a pretty good job didn't we.  The light blue will be the background, the dark blue is the outline of the large plus sign, the white is the inside of the plus, and the teale green grunge will be the rows of plus signs along the top and bottom of the quilt.  I still needed two more fabrics though and I found this fat quarter in my stash.

     There was very little information on the fat quarter so I ordered a yard of four  similar greys from Mad About Patchwork.  I figured one of the lighter ones would be this fabric and I would use the darker one as well.  Here's a picture of  the fat quarter with the greys I ordered.

     None of them are a match!   I decided to use the two in the first photo which are the top two in this photo but if I can find the light one by the end of the week I might switch it in and replace the darkest grey.

  I'm looking forward to working on this quilt along with Cheryl and Paige. I was too busy to join in with last years mystery.  Cheryl's quilt alongs move at a nice unhurried pace so if you haven't joined in yet there is still time. 




Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Fireburst Mystery Update.

     I don't know about you but I get tired of working on the same project forever and ever. This could explain why it takes me forever to get things done.  Anyhow it is no surprise that after making two additional blocks for the Quilters Planner sampler quilt I took a break to work on something else.

     I'm all caught up with the Fireburst Mystery quilt along.  When I first learned to make flying geese I learned the four at a time method which is very popular with many quilters.  Now that I have made them using the traditional method in both this quilt and the QP sampler I can say that I much prefer this traditional way of making them as the results are more accurate.

     I've had to cut back a bit on my sewing.  I spent two days in a row babysitting the boys and my back has been complaining.  I'm hoping to get in with an osteopath but they all seem to be booked up. So I'll just have to get by with my stretches I guess.  

     I'm still hoping to get the QP quilt top finished by the end of the month, although I am sneaking in a day to visit my daughter in the big city of Toronto on Saturday.  

     Please hold Toronto in your thoughts as there was a mass shooting there on Sunday night.  This happened in the neighbourhood where my sister and her daughter and partner just bought a house. Emma and Cam had been at a patio on the street where the shooting occurred and left to go home 15 minutes before the gunman arrived.  These things are just so hard to process and knowing that the two people who died where just 18 and 10 years old is heartbreaking.  

     I don't want to leave you on that sad note so I'll share with you that Eli is walking!  Just a couple of steps at a time but he thinks he is all that and then some.  He is also learning some words, all the important B words like ball and block and book and bubble along with the important people words like mommy and daddy and nana and grandaddy and grandmommy.  Juice and shoes are in the vocabulary as well.  

     I'm off to link up with Let's Bee Social and
Main Crush Monday ( even though it's Tuesday)
and for the first time with the Chameleon's Colour Party

Thursday, 19 July 2018

A Group Finish for TGIFF


      Last year Sandra at MMMQuilts held her first quilt along, using her own pattern Free Fall.  I didn't  feel  I had the time to complete the quilt on my own, so I convinced my friends Cyndy and Wendy to work along with me to complete one quilt. We managed to get our flimsy done for the final link up. My friend Wendy has finished the quilting and as she has no blog I'm sharing the finish with you, on behalf of the three of us. 

     We purchased the background fabric and the fabric for the shadow leaf and we used fabrics from our collective stashes for the smaller leaves.  We extended the length of the quilt a bit and continued adding leaves in a kind of swirling pattern.

    The background of the quilt was quilted with slightly curved lines with a walking foot.  I loaned my hip curve ruler to Wendy for marking the lines.  She continued the quilting using  a free motion meander in the shadow leaf and  she quilted veins in some of the smaller leaves.  She did an awesome job, don't you think?

     We used a light dotted fabric for the quilt back, and Wendy chose a nice light green for the binding. Both the backing and the binding complement the front quite nicely.  I think it's a really beautiful quilt.

     We are donating this quilt to our local guild to be used for fundraising, along with another lap sized quilt and a whole load of mini quilts all made by guild members.  This will happen at our Quilt Show in September.  Somebody will be lucky enough to go home with it.  Thanks to Sandra for her great quilt design and for hosting a fun quilt along .  I'm linking the post up with Thank Goodness I's Finished Friday which is hosted this week by Andree at Quilting and Learning, What a Combo.  I'll be away from home babysitting my favourite boys on Friday ,so I'll check out the other finishes in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Sampler Update

     Ah summer in Southern Ontario, it's kind of like being in a steam room.  It's perfect for hanging around doing nothing but not so perfect for getting things done.  I've been doing my fair share of nothing, sitting on a chair in the shade in my backyard contemplating trees and bird song, but I have deadlines so I have been sewing as well.

     Here are the latest two blocks for my Quilters Planner Sampler Quilt.  They are fraternal twins. It's fun to see two different versions of the same block. There are quite a number of fraternal twins in the larger version of the quilt and I have to say that I have had fun figuring out what fabrics to use to try and differentiate the blocks.

     I took this photo last night of all the blocks I've completed so far.  Placement at the moment is random and only the one block has sashing so far, but you get the idea.  There are four blocks left followed by the sashing and the triangles to fill in the space.

     Sampler quilts take a bit more time to put together than quilts with one or two repetitive blocks. The cutting gets done block by block and it's difficult to chain piece.  Some of the blocks have come together quite easily but some have been a bit of a challenge.  I welcome the challenging blocks because they are skill builders.

       The 2018 Quilters Planner quilt is designed by Cheryl Brickey of Meadowmist Designs.  The quilting god's have decided to align my quilting life with Cheryl's as I won two of her patterns in the Mid Year Review link up held by Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl!  Lucky Me!  Now I just need to retire so I can work my way through all my patterns.  Oh the quilty bucket list just builds and builds.

    And while I am on the topic of the Quilter's Planner I will give a shout out to two Canadian Sources that I know carry the planner.  They would be Mad About Patchwork and Clinton Modern Creative.  Both have pre book specials on right now.  

I'll be linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social.


Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Third Quarter Goals for the 2018 Finish Along

     It's time to link up the third quarter goals and I am happy to say that I managed three finishes last quarter and I'm feeling optimistic.  My local guild is having a non juried quilt show in the fall and I've have three quilts that I am hoping to finish up to enter into the show. Technically I've already entered them but if they aren't done I can pull them.  So I'm hoping to finish these first three quilts in order to get them into the show.

1.  The Quilters Planner quilt along quilt.  These are the latest three blocks I have made for this quilt.  I'm making the on point version.  There are 17 blocks in total and I have 11 completed which leaves 6 more blocks, sashing and setting triangles.  This one is booked in with Mary to be quilted on her long arm at the end of the month so that deadline should spur me along.

2.  Postcard from Sweden.  I have the top done and I'm planning to quilt this one myself with my walking foot.   I hope the snow in this picture cools you down.

3.  Mango Smoothie.  This is my Wayward Transparency quilt top.  To be honest this one is stressing me out a little.  I love this quilt top and I'm hoping I don't screw it up when I quilt it with my walking foot.  I also think it would look awesome hanging in a show.  Look more snow to cool us down.  Is it as hot where you are?

     These are the projects I know I will be working on, but I always like to toss in a bunch more possibilities as maybes if I have the time.  So here goes.

4.  The Quilters Planner bag.  Honestly I should just get this one done so I can take it off the list.  Are you getting sick of seeing it yet?

5.  There's the Celestial Plus baby quilt that might draw me to practice some free motion qulting on it.

6.  And there's a challenge for my Modern Guild using Swhe swhe fabric.  I can't show you anything for this one as it has to be top secret so I'll show you some other Swhe Swhe fabric for fun.

Well that's quite the list, but I am ever hopeful.  I'm linking this list up to the 3rd Quarter Finish Along link up and also to the Let's Bee Social link up.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Mid Year Review


   It's time to get real.  It's half way through 2018 and time to look back at the goals for the year and see how things are going.  

     So let's have a look at those goals.

Quilting Goals

1.  Continue playing with colour and fabric and quilting techniques like improv and maybe some bias strips. Step one for this goal will to be to set aside a time each week to focus on this kind of play.  I've got some ideas I'd like to play with and I love this type of work so it needs space.   (I have not made the space for this goal at all. But I did check some art type books out from the library last week so there is always hope.)

2.   Continue to work on free motion and walking foot quilting techniques.  I'm planning on joining Jess of Quilty Habit in her FMQ QAL.  I'm not sure if I'll do a quilt as you go, or just work on the assignments. ( at first glance I thought I was failing miserably here but then I realized  I have been practicing these skills as I finish quilts, just not with the quilt along.)

3.  Complete at least three of my Craftsy Classes.  Since most of these are quilting classes, this will help me to work on goal number 2. as well. (Not getting a lot done here either, but I am excited to say that I will be in one of Christina Camelli's classes at Quilt Con so I am motivated now.)

4.  Complete at least 6 quilts. I've got two baby quilts to finish and I will be making a wedding quilt as well.  ( O.K.   Here's where I am rocking it!  I've finished four quilts so far this year so I am ahead on this goal!)

Blogging Goals

1.  Continue to aim for 2 posts a week.  This is a big goal given that I didn't manage even one a week last year. But my life circumstances have changed somewhat so it might be do able.  ( Honestly I set this goal at two a week hoping I can get one a week done, and I'm doing o.k. here)
2.  Share more of the community outreach work on the blog. That should help with the goal 1 for this section. ( Yes I've been doing this)

Personal Goals
1.  Spend time with my sister doing fun things. (Well we did go to the spa once.)
2.  Go to the Art Gallery in Toronto more often ( Nope)
3.  Figure out some better cooking, cleaning and eating strategies.(Nope)
4.  Get back to daily goal setting and reflection. (Daily is not going to happen.)

     As I look to my goal setting for the rest of the year I have a confession to make.  I am a procrastinator. If you are one as well and you feel shame around this I want you to go here and listen to this interview.   I've heard it twice on CBC radio and it is very insightful.  My main take away, is that I'm deadline driven not task driven.  That is why when I saw that Christina Camelli would be teaching at quilt con I went to one of my Craftsy classes and started to work on it again.  Now that I have gotten in to one of her classes I am motivated to keep on with it.  I've got to get those skills up before the class.  ( Yes I managed to get into a Christina Camelli class and I am super excited!)

     I'm thinking I need deadlines for my future goal setting and I'm going to give it a whirl here.  My goals for the next 6 months.

Quilting Goals:

1.  Set one play day for July and one play day for August.  Evaluate after that and see how it goes moving forward.

2.  Complete the two Christina Camelli Craftsy classes by the end of the year.

3.  Continue to work on quilting skills as I finish my own quilts.

4.  Continue working on quilt completion and surprise myself with how many I complete above 6.

I'll leave the blogging goals as they stand.

Personal Goals:  This one is so hard.

1.  Spending time with my sister is a bit hard because it is also dependant upon her and her life is still in flux.  So I'll make a goal to see her once in the summer and see where things go in the Fall after my nephew gets married.

2.  Go to the Art Gallery once each month in the summer.

3.  Develop the habit of doing the 5 minute pickup each day.
Work towards bringing my lunch to work each day. Come up with a reward for reaching these goals.

4.  Set goals for the week. Move daily reflection to the evening.

     Well I'm ready to move ahead and we will see how things go for the rest of the year.  I'm linking up with Yvonne for the Mid Year Review link up.