Makin’ a list, Checkin’ it twice…

So. There you have it. Thirty-five Unfinished and Unstarted projects. I counted them, I documented them here on the blog, and I’ve been working on them. Actually, it’s 30 projects, because I finished five of them since I first posted them. My SIL (hi Les!) asked me when I started blogging about them how I was organizing myself to get them finished since I was trying to set goals for each one at the end of the post about it… I didn’t have an answer then, but I do now! I’m a list maker. If I can see what I have to do in black and white, I am so much better about focusing on it and getting it accomplished. And I love checking an item off of a list!

The red items are the ones I’ve finished since first documenting them. Pink Christmas is a swap I am participating in. The green items are Christmas deadlines, ideally. I have been known to deliver a finished Christmas gift well into the following Spring, but these are primarily for children, so December 25 it is. My goals or “deadlines” beyond Christmas are not hard and fast, I’m not going to overwhelm myself or stress myself out just because that Kaffe Fassett quilt has to be done by May 31st. Uh-uh. This is just structure. Just a framework. Totally and completely negotiable if a more exciting idea presents itself that I want to work on first. That will be allowed. I’m anal and detail-oriented. But I’m not that anal. And I’m not completely crazy.

Last week, my friend Toni and I joined the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild which is over 500 member strong. Yes, it’s huge. We went to their Fall Quilting Retreat last week, with about 50-60 other quilters. We felt very welcome, and had a blast!

They have a Newcomers Group that meets on a different night from the regular guild meeting, once a month, and a member of the guild (there are several very accomplished award winning members) comes to speak informally and show their works of art. Last night, we had Hollie Hart, and art quilter, come and talk to us.

Oh. My. Gosh. She is my free-motion IDOL! And she was delightful, fun, funny, down-to-earth, REAL, and oh so sweet. And, did I mention her free-motion quilting? Check this out:

She does small art quilts in a broderie perse style, but the quilting, oh, the Quilting!

I know, I know…practice, practice, practice…. and now I have a goal–I want to quilt just like Hollie Hart!!!! You need to click on these to enlarge them and admire the quilting. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

One day…..


Monday Mile Marker #6 (#7, and #8!)

So I got a tad behind on my mile posting! A mere three weeks, that’s all. However, I have been recording, I have been racking up miles, I have been working out…just not posting. Apparently.
So, my Monday Mile Marker #6 for the week of September 29-October 5: 11 miles.
#7, for the week of October 6-12: 29 miles…yes, TWENTY-NINE!!!! This was the week of the Quilt Expo…
and Monday Mile Marker #8, for week October 13-19: 18.5 miles.
Perhaps the extra miles are coming easier because I’m enjoying the blessed, beautiful weather of my favorite-albeit-far-too-short season…
Feeling stronger. Feeling healthier. Feeling energized. Feeling Motivated. Feeling Inspired.

Visit Wendy’s blog for more info on the Crafty, Creative & Fit challenge…