So, we're already well into December, but I feel like I should set some goals for myself this month, since I have been sitting out of sewing time lately. I've been really tired lately, both from stress at work and the lack of daylight/incoming cold weather, and I feel like I need to motivate myself, or I'll continue to be a couch potato watching episodes of Elementary and the Mob Doctor (having finally caught up on Breaking Bad and Major Crimes). There is a part of me that really wishes we never even turned the tv on, but the lazy part of me is happy for ready entertainment when I'm too tired to move. I'm sure hoping I'll have my mojo back in January.
So, here goes:
1) Make progress on the QuiltCon charity quilt that must be completed by January 31st.
We were sent a bunch of cool improv blocks that we need to turn into a twin-sized quilt for the Austin Children's Shelter. By the end of December, I hope that the back and front will be complete, that a sandwich will be ready, and that it will hopefully be being quilted by one or more of the awesome members of the DC Modern Quilt Guild. Hopefully much of that will happen tomorrow at our DC Modern Quilt Guild meeting.
2. Quilt Rowan's Chasing Chevrons quilt
I showed my nephew the Chasing Chevrons quilt top that I was planning to give him if he liked it, and he absolutely loved it. He's a wiggly sleeper, and we all decided this one will tell him which way to wiggle as he sleeps, except some paths might make him fall off of the bed! So...now I just need to get it quilted! My goal for December is to get all four quadrants sandwiched and quilted. I can join them and bind them in January, but I'd like to at least get the quilting done while I'm in practice at free-motion quilting. I am thinking about a concentric circle swirl design, but I'm still not positive about the approach, especially since I want to quilt it bigger than I have been lately. Perhaps I'll seek the advice of my brave and trusty advisers tomorrow! I'm still in the camp of preferring piecing to quilting, but I'm trying to teach myself that quilting is fun, too, and knowing a 10-year old boy in Athens, GA, is super excited about having this on his bed means it might actually get quilted in 2012 (and delivered in 2013).
3. I should be saying "Finish charity quilts", as I know I would feel much better to get them all done and mailed out, but I think I need to take a small time out in sewing for others to make something small for me. Specifically a pillow for my office chair. If I end up having to sit at my office on Capitol Hill on the day after Christmas waiting for Congress to decide on how to avert the fiscal cliff instead of taking a week off to relax and sew and cook good dinners for my husband, I'd like to do it in style with something happy looking at me when I walk in. My little purple placemat is not enough. I've been watching all this pillow-making in the blog-o-sphere for awhile, and I have plenty of pillow forms that are eagerly awaiting covers/usefulness. While I'd like to take time out to make myself an actual quilt (shocking), I have a quilt for my mom that I'd like to make first (now that she has seen and approves of the fabric/design), plus I really, really need to get to work on my husband's t-shirt quilt. He is so patient, and I'm waiting on my test to see how it works to not interface the entire t-shirt, but I've been waiting for that for months. I need to just get a back on there, sew over a few seams to stabilize it, wash it, and see how it looks. I shouldn't actually call his quilt a quilt, as I am thinking very strongly of leaving out the batting, since, unlike me, he is often warm. In addition to my giant granny panties throw quilt for sitting in my comfy chair under, I need to make myself an actual bed quilt with heavy batting, since I'm cold under my current sheet, blanket, and not-quite-large-enough flannel quilt. Oh shoot...and I probably need to make the purse I promised last Christmas for my niece before this Christmas. Argh...just 3 is hard...but thanks, Traceyjay, for trying to make me focus. I have a lot of sewing to do without my mojo, but writing this out felt pretty inspiring. Now let's see if I can accomplish the 3 (maybe 4, 5, or 6 things I'd like to do this month), and I'll have new goals for January!