To that end, I have thought about making some big changes for how I will approach my planning for doing these reports next year. I do see value in doing them and will continue but I need to refine how I will choose what is on them going forward. More on that in a later post.
For now though, the October report was pretty bleak as you will see. There were many deadlines but few completed:
1. WIP: My "Confetti" scrap quilt. There's a scrap quilt contest being held by Fabrics 'N Quilts with an October 15 posting deadline. The scrappy parts for this had been made as "leaders/enders" for the past few years and during September I found background and border fabrics for it (which I've already started cutting out) so now it's time to put the "pedal to the metal" and "'git 'er done"! If I have time, the extra in this category would be to also finish the update of a display piece by adding the Lincoln/Obama embroidery piece to my old Spontaneity quilt.
3. Wool BOMs: Xmas ornaments. Now that these are up to date, I want stay on track so these are ready for the tree in December.
A: my "Paisley Park" crumb quilt because it could also be entered into the Fabrics 'N Quilts contest.
B: I still have my Chronicles BOM, the last of the initial Civil War projects left to complete and something I already have ideas in mind for custom quilting.
C: My Heart & Home Wool BOM wallhanging (last seen here) which I want to finish and put up for Fall decorating.
Last month I also noted that I had taken the QOV category off the list until I could see what I could get done and it looks like it will stay that way, probably until the start of next year. Just like last month, November and December have some definite deadlines so this will give me a chance to test my new planning system. Hopefully it works for clearing out the year-end projects or I will have time to tweak it before the start of next year.
1. UFOs: As before, the big priority Fall (and now year-end project) that I want to bring to at least the flimsie stage is my Autumn Double Wedding Ring. I joined the "Pre-Mystery Finish Challenge" at Jos Country Junction with this project so now have a Friday after Thanksgiving deadline (well actually until December 2) to get the top done. Layering and quilting can wait for next month.
2. Wool BOMs: Xmas ornaments. Now I have to get up to date again and must stay on track so these are ready for the tree in December.
3. To Be Quilted: Last month I had three options, this month only two: the priority is my Chronicles BOM, the last of the initial Civil War projects left to complete and something I already have ideas in mind for custom quilting. I'd also love to get to High Strung +2, my Christmas quilt. However, it could also be worked on at the beginning of next month if I don't get to it here.
4. Hand Work: Once again want to try to keep my QAYG project on track. Now I'll settle for working on it steadily but am no longer concerned about accomplishing a year-end finish of it. The goal is still to try to get eight blocks done this month (two per week) until (whenever) the quilt gets finished.
5. WIP: Now that I've started it, my Halloween Quilt project is no longer an HSY. I did start the blocks for this as leader/enders while putting the top together for the scrap quilt last month. Since it's still up on the design wall and won't be in the way of the other things on this list, I will keep working on it through the end of the year and into the next.
6. Gift Quilts: The Baby Quilt. This month I must make a final decision on what I will make for this so I can start choosing fabric. Maybe this can be a Christmas gift?
7. HSY: On the list of things I really want to get done before the end of the year is a little wool wall hanging for my kitchen called "All In A Days Work". I may not get to it this month but I'm putting it out there because with my new system, it is something I think I could get squeezed in if I plan it right.
Last month I had planned to set weekly "To Do" lists to better try to meet my goals so I'm not as easily distracted or diverted by the day to day things that pop up. I've actually realized that I really need to do that at the start of each project so that I have a clearer idea of how many balls I'm trying to juggle at once. If I can minimize what I'm taking on in any given week, I think I will be more successful at meeting my monthly goals.
Once again, regrouping and pushing on......