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


Marti said...

That's a great blog name! It is hard to think of one not already taken so you did well with that. I still love your stack and whack, and you're right, it is time to start thinking of 2016 goals. After seeing your hanging bar at the ceiling, I realize I need to move mine up. Thanks!

Kate said...

Love the new name for the blog. You did really well on stash reduction. Over 150 yards out is pretty impressive. Even if you didn't reach all your goals, you did a lot of good with those quilts that you were able to donate. Wishing you a very successful 2016.

Shannon said...

I love your new blog name! You have set some high goals for yourself for next year. The best way to reach it is to keep checking your progress! Your fabric usage looks good too. Way more out than in! I may just have to start keeping track of mine too, it just seems like a lot of work. Do you estimate or measure?

Libby in TN said...

Great new name!

Mary-Kay said...

I love your new blog name! How appropriate for a quilter. I like your 2016 goals. Nice and organized, something which I am not.

Jan said...

Wow - that sounds like an awfully big number of quilts. I look forward to seeing some of them develop. I'm a freshly retired teacher - with an antiquated Singer sewing machine and a passion for making things out of bits of fabric! Jx

Anonymous said...

Looks like a good year to me. You're in the black.

Karen said...

Another pretty quilt. I am sure your friend will love it. That is a lot of quilts you plan to make next year. I am sure you will meet your goal and probably more.

Anonymous said...

Ha, works perfectly! Thank you! I appreciate the change. I'll be back later to comment more about post - I'm going to be late for a meeting if I don't get up and go!

Anonymous said...

Okay, that's less than one quilt a week. That gives you time for birthday, anniversary, Thanksgiving, Christmas and a summer vacation. LOL You have such a giving heart. I love the finished stack and whack. What a gorgeous quilt that is, and your friend will certainly appreciate it. That's a great polka-dot backing for children's quilts! At least you can get a spool of thread without going all the way to Nashville. I don't think your totals for this year were at all shabby! Everything you did might not have been on your goal list, but you still did a very respectable amount.