Mid Year Check In – how am I coming on my goals?

Heading into the year Yvonne at Quilting JetGirl hosted a linky party for setting 2017 goals.  We are over halfway through the year, so it’s time to check in on what I said I was going to do.


Going in, I said that my word(s) for the year were ‘Settle In’, as I had a lot of change in 2016 and really wanted to get into a routine and into a groove.  I wanted to find some balance, make time to sew, and get really comfortable and skilled with the things that I’m doing.  I think I’ve done pretty well with that – my ‘new’ job is now about a year old, and I’m getting adjusted to my routine.  I don’t have as much time to sew as I would like, but I have managed to fit in a lot of projects.

These were my goals –

Long Term Goals:

  1. Find a good balance between work and life and make sure I keep making time to sew.  Getting a bit more physical activity and losing a few pounds wouldn’t be a bad idea either!  UPDATE:  As I said, I’m doing pretty well finding time to sew.  I have NOT done well with the physical activity/losing pounds thing.  I’d really like to find a way to get back to doing yoga.
  2. Continue to try new things with my quilting.  Learn new skills, make things that are outside my norm and my comfort zone.  UPDATE:  I think I’ve done pretty well here too.  I’ve worked a bunch with my long arm, and taken a lot of classes – both online with Craftsy and in person with Angela Walters.  I finally got out my EQ7 software and have been playing with that.  Once I get a bunch of these WIPs done, I want to spend more time on design.

Short Term Goals:

  1. Long arm, long arm, long arm.  I want to get very comfortable and capable with my new big machine!  I’m taking an Angela Walters class in March that should help.  UPDATE: It’s going well.  Some set backs, but mostly I’m feeling pretty happy with it.  I loved the class!  I’ve also figured out my Pro-sticher, along with doing my own free-motion.  I’m starting to get people to ask me if I will quilt their quilts for them, so I went ahead and registered Brown Paws Quilting as an LLC and am working on getting the business set up.  Yikes!
  2. Figure out something to do with all of these quilts!  I will be making some donations, but I’m also considering opening an Etsy store.  UPDATE:  No real progress here, but as I said I set up the LLC, so maybe I can open an Etsy store using that LLC.  I will likely be donating a lot of quilts.
  3. Do less BOMs and quilt alongs this year and do more of my own designing.  I joined a monthly design group that should push me to do this.  UPDATE:  No real progress here.  The monthly group wasn’t as helpful with the designing as I hoped it would be.  I’ve done a few things, like my plans for my cat quilt, but mostly I’ve been wrapped up with finishing a bunch of older projects.
  4. Keep up with my Bee group.  I’m in a group with some great folks from my New Blogger’s group.   I’ve never done a Bee, so it should be fun.  UPDATE:  This is going really well and I love the group.

New Goal (only one, but it is a big one…)

  1. Get the Long Arm business set up and running.  This is scary, but I’m excited about it.  I have a lot of little things I want to do to get this rolling (get cards, stitch up some samples, work on my intake forms, find batting sources, etc…).

Projects on the list:

  1. Sugar Block Club BOM layout and finish – done!  need to take photos and do my post.
  2. Splendid Sampler layout and finish – on the frame now!
  3. Death Star quilt – done!
  4. Blueberry park Drunkard’s Path – no progress
  5. Hawaiian batik sampler – no progress
  6. My embroidered Bee quilt – all the embroidered blocks are done, top is pieced, perhaps this one is next on the frame…?
  7. Other stash projects – I have a large amount of fun bundles I have purchased that I need to get working on (more Blueberry Park, some Alison Glass, Me+You batiks, some Grunge…)
  8. Long arm practice quilts (rings, funky squares, Circa 1934 Squares, mess-of-a-quilt) – lots of progress – I’ve finished a bunch of quilts this year working on my practicing.  I’m really happy with the results.

I should finish the rest of these this year.

So far so good – I’ve made a lot of progress.  It’s good to remember when I’m looking down at all of these little stitches, sometimes going a bit wonky, how much I’ve learned.  I’ve really loved having my long arm, and am looking forward to more new things during the rest of the year.


Q1’17 FAL Goals

I currently have a lot of projects in progress and I’d like to focus on getting a bunch of these knocked out.  Lots of good opportunities for practicing on the long arm!


  • Bow-tie Quilt:  this is a really old top I made forever ago that I pulled out to practice with on the long arm.  I need to finish the quilting and try some machine binding.
  • Mess-of-a-Quilt:  I started quilting this last summer during my long arm renting time/classes.  I got it about 3/4 of the way quilted before I ran out of time.  I’ll need to load this on my own long arm and finish it up.
  • Bright Squares:  this is another top I made a long time ago from the leftover fabrics from the Bow Tie quilt.  Another good quilting practice quilt top.
  • Death Star:  I saw this pattern online recently, just loved it, and had to make one.
  • Rings:  I’ve had these rings cut forever but need to put them on the top and get it quilted.  I pulled this one out again as a good practice quilt.
  • Black and White Stripes:  I got this one cut recently – it will be another good practice quilt.
  • Red, Black and White Coins:  This has been cut for awhile – another good practice.
  • Caterpillar Quilt:  I just love this fabric.  I pulled it to do a tumbler quilt for a new baby quilt.
  • Circa 1934 Squares:  I have a few more practice quilts to do before I’m ready to tackle this one, but I should get to it this quarter.
  • Sugar Block Club 3.0:  quilt top is done!  Need to decide how to quilt in and get it finished.
  • Blueberry Park Drunkard’s Path:  blocks are done – need to put it together and quilt it.
  • Splendid Sampler:  This has been a lot of work – we are up to 88 blocks, with another 10-15 bonus blocks.  We’ll get to the full 100 by about February or March, and I’m looking forward to wrapping this one up.
  • Bee-utiful Quilt along:  I’ve done 12 of the 20 embroidery blocks, so I’m not likely to get this one done, but I’m enjoying doing the embroidery every night relaxing after work.




Linking up with the Q1’17FAL page

Finishing up Q4’16 – Q4 FAL

I had several goals for Q4’16 on my FAL list, but really only one project that was really, really important to me.  Between the new job and the large effort required to finish that one project, my finish list is short…but I’m still very happy!

My Q4’16 FAL goals were posted here.  Here they are in photos:

Only one finish, but it was a big one!  I also bought a long arm and spent most of December learning how to use it.  I’m hoping it will help me finish a bunch more next year.


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Linking up with the Q4 FAL page.

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