February 2016 Report

Monday, March 7, 2016

Before we get too far into March, I wanted to make sure and post a February report. Last month, although short, was a bit stressful. I spent most of the month preparing to teach workshops at QuiltCon. I pulled samples and step-outs, and made a few extra. Mostly, I stressed about traveling so far away and teaching such large classes. I have gained a lot of experience teaching here in Madison over the last few years, but I am used to teaching groups of 4 - 6 people. It's a totally different experience for both the students and teacher, in comparison to teaching 24 people at a time. I'm glad that I took on the challenge, and I learned a lot from it.

Right before leaving for QuiltCon, I started experiencing a flare up in my arthritis. Naturally, long teaching days on my feet and the stress of travel didn't help the situation. I've spent the last two weeks since returning home trying to take it easy and recover. That has meant doing a lot of nothing, which is really hard for me to do. This has changed my focus for the coming month. There are so many things I want to work on, post, and make. But taking care of myself has taken a front seat for the time being.

This weekend, I knit a bit for the first time in two weeks. It was nice to do something that's usually a part of my daily routine. I was able to start my Fiddlehead Mittens last month. I actually finished the first outer mitten. It's been a really enjoyable project to work on, and a very satisfying knit so far. I am using the same yarn combination as my Daybreak Shawl, one of my favorite things I've knit.

As I mentioned last month, to keep myself accountable I'm tracking my yardage for both yarn and fabric. Here is how I did in February:

February Fabric
Used up: 14.5 yards
Brought in: 19.25 yards
Net: +5 yards
Year to date: +11.25 yards

February Yarn
Used up: 0 yards
Brought in: 0 yards
Net: 0 yards
Year to date: -87 yards

I did okay in the fabric category. I used up more yardage than last month, but also brought more in. I did buy backing for a future Halloween quilt, plus fabric for two garments, which is most of it. I didn't finish any knitting projects last month, but I also didn't buy any yarn.

Looking at my other goals, I stitched up two garment patterns from my stash of never-made-patterns: an Emery dress and a Date Night dress. I still need to take nice photos of both, I'll try to post about them soon. I got a bit behind with my double wedding ring monthly goal of 15 wedges, but I finished the last of February's wedges on Saturday. I'd like to start trying to finish some of my works in progress, or pass them on/rework them. I'm hoping to at least make a list to work from this month.

I also completed another month of Project 365: a photo a day using my DSLR camera.

George has been his typical adorable, sweet self. I've been trying to spend more time giving him undivided attention every day, cause he's the best. He is getting pretty excited for Easter!

 Happy March!


  1. :) I love that you're tracking your fabric usage/purchased! Made me giggle, because I bet there's quite a few of us that probably should. Your double wedding ring colors are so so fun. George is so cute and petite. -Lauren

    1. Thanks, I thought it would be a fun experiment!

  2. Looooove these reports so much Jeni! I love that you're keeping track of what comes in and out. Almost makes me want to starting tracking!

    1. It's definitely a bit of a shock how much it all really is!!

  3. The dress you pictured was adorable. LOVE the simplicity and likewise flexibility to add other accessories.
    Seeing your bunny begs me to ask if you saw the bunny quilt on Moda's Instagram. Sandy Klop is responsible for the cuteness.

    1. Thanks, I'm thinking it would look really fun with red shoes! I hadn't seen it, thanks for the tip! It's so cute!

  4. I love your accountability idea! I too began tracking my projects and intake/outtake �� It's kinda scary!!! But ohhh sooo fun :)

  5. Jeni, your posts are always filled with such cheerful and colorful projects! And you sure get a lot done when you do "a lot of nothing :) I'm smitten with your mittens (rhyme unintended)--of course, as a Mainer, I'm required to like all things fiddlehead. An adorable dress, a precious George and your gorgeous fabrics in curves--yum! Take care and be well. (oh--quick question--I'd love to look at all your 365 photos, but am having trouble seeing them bigger, one at a time--do I need to join something?)

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Karen! I totally forgot to add the link to the 365 photos, you can see all the photos for the year so far here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jenib/albums/72157664934426999

    2. Thanks, Jeni. Problem solved :)

  6. Hi Jeni,

    I love your emails, and I envy your "doing nothing" skills. George is adorable as always! I miss your posts of your favorites from Photostream. I found several new blogs to follow by looking up the quilts you posted. I'm sorry to hear that you are having a flare-up. It's amazing that you accomplish so much when you are in pain. All the more reason that I admire you.

    Keep up the good work! xo Linda

    1. Thanks Linda! Those posts may come back in some form, I miss doing them!


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