October 2016 Report

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

October 2016 Report - In Color Order
Happy Wednesday! It's time for my October Monthly Report. See past reports here.

I set myself a schedule for posting here this month and I am proud to say I followed it 100%. I've never been so consistent with blog posts or sharing on social media. It was a great feeling, scheduling posts in advance and not scrambling at the last minute like I tend to do. I am hoping to continue to work in this way.

October 2016 Report - In Color Order
I didn't get quite as much done sewing wise as I would have liked to this month. Partly because I spent a week in Ohio at the end of the month along with a weekend visit from Michael's parents. It was nice to have a break and see my family. Plus, now I'm itching to get back behind the machine. That's always a good feeling.

October 2016 Report - In Color Order
Found a few enamelware pieces while I was home, including this beautiful Cathrineholm platter. I can't wait to have a plate wall some day.

October 2016 Report - In Color Order
During my week at home I spent a lot of time snuggling under quilts with Blackie and knitting. I'm enjoying knitting in the evenings again, it's a nice stress release. Being able to wear knits always motivates me too!

October 2016 Report - In Color Order
As I've mentioned, to keep myself accountable I'm tracking my yardage for both yarn and fabric. Here is how I did in October:

October Fabric
Used up: 25.75 yards
Brought in: 18 yards
Net: -7.75 yards
Year to date: -245.375 yards

October Yarn
Used up: 437 yards
Brought in: 660 yards
Net: +223 yards
Year to date: +2459 yards

I almost wasn't in the negative on fabric this month. I did a little fabric shopping when I was home and I blame that. I had to support the local quilt scene! We stopped at an old favorite, The Polka Dot Pincushion, and a new-to-me shop, Sew Deja Vu. Looking for a little less intake in the month of November, I want to finish strong. Also did a little vacation yarn shopping. We visited River Colors Studio, and found a few goodies.

October 2016 Report - In Color Order
About halfway through the month I finished my Archer Popover. (!!!) It took me a long time to make, but a lot of that was procrastinating between the more complicated steps. I have already worn it three times though, so I have a feeling I'll be making another. I bound up a quilt just in time to count for last month, and I've been working on a few small projects here and there. I am ready to start making a few holiday gifts and decorations. I also want to make a list of my current works in progress (finally). I've been talking about doing that all year but keep putting it off. It's time.

October 2016 Report - In Color Order
George has been good. He has been catching the morning rays in his high rise box lately. He really loves the sun. I'm sure it feels nice and toasty warm on his fur.

Have a great month!

10 comments :

  1. I love the idea of being accountable for yardage coming in and being used. But how to you account for how much you used? Especially if you are only using portions of pieces of fabric in your stash.

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    1. It depends on the project! Some projects I make use up even amounts of yardage, so the math is easy. For projects that use smaller pieces, I'll use the number squares and rectangles to calculate how many square inches of fabric it took, then divide by the number of square inches in a yard. There is some estimation/rounding, but it's relatively accurate. I like math, so I enjoy being pretty specific about it!

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  2. Yay for editorial calendars, I really need to get on board with that. Consistency is not my friend at the moment :(
    I love George in his high-rise apartment - does he ever eat the cardboard? I always thought bunnies were nibblers?

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    1. He likes to chew it up and destroy it, but doesn't eat it thankfully!

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  3. wonderful shirt. I love the fabric
    George looks so happy in his new satellite office.
    He will get so much more work done too.

    I love all of your works in progress

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    1. Thank you! George really loves his new box :)

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  4. Wow -- your shirt looks AMAZING! Very professional. I've been wanting to try a shirt/blouse but I'm afraid my finishing details will come out all wonky and Becky-Homecky-looking. Any advice you can share from your project?

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    1. Thank you! I really took my time when it came to the details, I didn't rush it and I think it does show. I always increase my stitch length slightly and I have a narrow foot for my machine that's ideal for topstitching. I think choosing the right thread color makes a big different too. This one blends nicely, but still stands out a little to make the details pop! I think most important though is taking your time. I'm definitely prone to rushing through the finishing steps, but it was worth slowing down on this project! :)

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  5. Can I just say that I am glad I am not the only one our there with 200 yards of fabric and I only started quilting 3 years ago. Now I am trying to keep track of it-which stopped me from buying fabric for 3 months :-) thank you. jen.neef@web.de

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