Saturday, December 31, 2016



RUMBA RUMBA RUMBA no not the dance but rather a way of goal setting I used in nursing school

R ... realistic ... can i accomplish this goal
U ... understandable ... what is it  i plan to do
M ... measurable  ... how will i know i have accomplished my goal
B ... behavioural ... what behaviour will i need to change or adopt to accomplish this goal
A ... achievable ... can i realistically achieve my goal ... no sense in setting my self up

Now i am retired i have time time time and more time ... i plan to spend time in my sewing room ... i have been wanting to design some quilt patterns ... so now i have plenty of opportunity ...  go for it girl

So my goal is to finish my horse quilt pattern of which i have most of it written ... i will work through my instructions and make another quilt and enter it in a show...

1) finish up my horse quilt pattern and self publish it by the end of October
            this will require i learn some new skills with several new computer programs  ... i think i have
            left myself enough time to learn these new skills and accomplish this task

2) make over my blog both visually and content wise
            get this done by June 30 this also will require some new skills but i believe i can easily  
            accomplish task

3) design and publish a new row by row pattern by July 2017
            this will be much easier this year due to having experience of designing one last year ... once
            again this will require some new skills but they will be the same as skills needed for my two

4) enter 2 quilts in local shows
             first deadline is Feb 20, finish this by January 20 and send it off for quilting
             second deadline is July so i have time to work

5) finish up at least 5 projects on my UFO list
            that is 1 project every 2 months easy these will include 1. Emma's quilt
                                                                                                     2. dahlia quilt
                                                                                                     3. Olivia's raincoat
                                                                                                     4. Yoda hat for Lucas
                                                                                                     5. new quilted bag for myself

Realistically I feel this is a big list for me for the year as i do want time to sew for pleasure not just work .... so those are my goals for


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Oh where Oh Where has she been

i have been naughty with keeping up my blog ... somehow the tremendous energy required to move and navigate the waters of retirement (who knew there were so many forms in the universe) left me without much energy or focus left for sewing and blogging ... energy required for blogging took the biggest hit ... i have managed to finish up some UFOs

cleaning out 5 sheds and one large house did require some serious downsizing ... there was stuff in our sheds that had been there for 50 years ... it felt like i had to look at every single item and decide to keep, sell or throw away ... but enough of that story as it part of my past and the view is to the future

my new sewing room is mostly in place although i have some minor alterations in mind ... such as painting and hanging a cork board ....

i will  be  hanging several small white cupboards in a row on the wall above my APQS George .... they will hold thread and pretty little do-da's

because i use mostly fat quarters and use very little yardage storage is not as difficult ... i bought this great fat quarter storage from a local quilt shop that unfortunately went out of business

 i have set it on top of my library card catalog i was so over the moon to find for a reasonable price

i love the shelves up high which hold the CD cases full of my fat quarters

my husband took out the clothes rod and put full sized shelves in the closet to hold all the unsightly stuff of quilting...