Yes, I’m still sewing! My journal is proof!

Remember when I proclaimed my goal of 12 UFO completions this year? And my plan to keep a sewing successes journal, and to blog monthly? And how I was doing really well moving toward those goals for the first half of the year?

Yeah, me too. So what happened?! Nothing since June? Not exactly. Not many UFO completions, but plenty of other sewing, as it turns out, and the journal part of the goal provided the proof! Thanks to my journal, I was able to see just how much I have accomplished, even if not in terms of UFOs, which makes me feel a whole lot better about where the summer went.

Here’s a summary:

  1. New drapes for my living room, made by cutting down and re-purposing the ones we had in our previous home. I still love this fabric, and I saved a fortune. Have you priced window treatments lately? Scary!dsc00742
  2. Tote bag for my BFF’s birthday. Sorry, I didn’t get a pic before I gave it to her, but it was a favorite pattern, the Fat Quarter Scrappysack. I’ve made this same bag for her several times, she uses them till they wear out, and then I make her another one!
  3. Hand sewing, all summer long. I am continuing to work on my latest EPP project, La Passacaglia. It won’t be done for a long time, but here’s a littler teaser:
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  4. And this random act of EPP, a scrappy little hexie thing. Not sure just what it will become, but it was easy, mindless, and gave my brain a rest from the focus required for La Pass (see above…)
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  5. Splendid Sampler – I fell behind briefly, but I am now proud to say I am all caught up, all 67 blocks to date, plus a few bonus blocks. For more about this 100-block year-long project, run by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, go to splendidsampler.com.
    If this is the first you’ve heard about the project, where you been, gurl?? The Splendid Sampler facebook group has over 23,000 members – it’s free, it’s fun, and it’s a great way to stretch your skills.dsc00745
  6. Studio improvements. Just yesterday I made a cute new set of valances for the studio windows, to replace the world’s most hideous curtains (left by the previous owners, and only marginally better than nothing). dsc00740We’ve been here for a year, so that job was long overdue! Along with some re-arranging of tables and cleaning up, my studio space gets more comfortable and functional all the time.

There’s been a couple other projects in the works, including machine quilting a piece that I set aside some time ago, and finishing the piecing on a wild UFO from at least 10 years ago. More on those when they are really done – they are in line for finishes #7 and #8.

The take-away from all this? Just because I didn’t make progress toward a specific goal, that doesn’t mean I failed – I just progressed toward different ones. And honestly, the record of my achievements in that little journal was just what I needed to feel better about it all!

Happy stitching!