Sunday, December 13, 2015

2016 Quilting Goals - Name Change - Last Quilt Of The Year...

Merry Christmas and I hope your New Year is blessed with happy times and wonderful memories.

My blog name is changing to
I Must Be Off My Bobbin...Dee Dee Quilts

Can't believe how long it took for me to think up a fun name that wasn't already taken!

Here it is again, the time of year when I begin to think about what I might want to accomplish with my quilting for the next 12 months. I didn't do too well on the goals I set for 2015. With the move and living in two house for 1/2 of the year not many goals got crossed off. Hoping to do better in 2016. 

Here goes - 

2016 Quilting Goals...

Ronald McDonald House ~ This has to be my all time favorite place to donate quilts to. My family has been so blessed with good health, not all families are so lucky. I always drop off my quilts between 10 and 11 in the morning as most of the children and their parents are at the hospital. I can't go any later as my heart literally breaks if I see a sick child. I know I am a whimp. As one volunteer told me "sometimes this quilt is the only thing the parents leave with". 

I hope to make 12 quilts for teen boys this year.

Quilts of Valor ~ My 2nd favorite place to donate quilts to. These men and women are willing to give their lives to protect my family, they don't even know who we are. I am so grateful to each and every one of them. The least I can do for their service to our country is provide them with quilts.

I plan on donating 12 quilts to these amazing people.

Gifts ~ Haven't given my grand daughters a quilt in the past few years, this  year they will each get one. These quilts will be large lap quilts as their mothers like things to match, curtain, sheets, rugs, paint, etc.... There will probably be one or two more quilts that will be made for gifting.

Planning for this one is hard, I am going to say 6 quilts will be gifted.

Keepers ~ This will be quilts I keep for our personal use. I will finish the barn quilt, the Bargello, and the Amish Twist. I would like to finish the paper pieced tree quilt (which is going to be a large wall hanging to go on the wall behind our bed).  

I am thinking 6 is a good number.

Others ~ Knowing that no matter how hard I try to stay focused on what I am working on,  there will be many other quilts started. Sometimes I see a quilt on a blog and will immediately stop everything to make it. 

I am just going to guesstimate 4 quilts.

UFOs ~ My plan is not to create any more unfinished quilts! I hope to also finish a couple of quilts that have been lingering for way too long.

If I can finish 3 I will be thrilled.

A total of 43 quilts ~ seems like a lot right now, might have to make some changes to the numbers later on.

Found a small quilt shop about 30 miles from our new house. She has 50 bolts of fabric. I bought 16 yards of this fabric - the whole bolt (she now only has 49 bolts). It is flannel and will be perfect for the backs of baby quilts. 

I finished the stack n whack using the left over block from this quilt.

This quilt is on it's way to bring Christmas cheer to a very good friend whom I have know for 40+ years.

Here are my numbers for 2015 - certainly not what I envisioned for this year. Going to try to keep any fabric purchases to the bare minimum in 2016. Out of the six goals I made for 2015 I only accomplish "one" - a Christmas bed quilt. I think that is pretty pathetic!

Fabric usage  2015 ~
fabric in YTD ~ 47.66
fabric out YTD ~ 209.42
used YTD ~ 161.76

Quilts Finished ~ 18 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
QOV ~ 6
RMH ~ 8
UFO ~ 1