January 2016 Report

Monday, February 1, 2016

The first month of the year went relatively smoothly for us. We got back into our regular routines pretty quickly after being home for the holidays. I think it helped that we came home a few days earlier. It was only a couple days, but it made a difference. I didn't waste nearly as much time getting back into the swing of things as I usually do. Part of that was out of necessity. I actually did quite a bit of sewing this month, but it's under wraps for the time being. Luckily I get to share soon!

I actually tackled my tax organization already! I am normally doing that in late March/early April, so I'm pretty proud of myself. I do very little along the way, so it's a pretty big undertaking when I finally do tackle it. This time around I set myself up with documents and a new organizer to help ensure that I do more to prepare throughout the year. Hopefully I'll keep up with it. I think that I will, it's a bummer to spend so much time at once thinking about and working on tax stuff.

I finished a few knitting projects this month, including a hat using only leftovers from other projects (this one). I'm getting ready to start two new knitting projects that I'm excited about. To keep myself accountable I'm tracking my yardage for both yarn and fabric, so here is how I did in January:

Used up: 12.5 yards
Brought in: 21.75 yards
Net: +9.25 yards

Used up: 942 yards
Brought in: 885 yards
Net: -87 yards

Not bad for the first month! It's amazing how fast some fat quarters and a bit of garment yardage adds up! I need to be more careful in February.

Looking at my other goals, I met my Double Wedding Ring monthly goal by making 16 wedges. I also finally stitched up the bodice muslin for the Emery dress and am hoping to sew up my first one this week! I have everything ready to starting knitting Fiddlehead Mittens (I can't stand waiting any longer!!). I also completed my first month of Project 365: a photo a day using my DSLR camera.

This coming month I'm primarily focused on getting ready for Quiltcon, specifically sewing up class samples. I'm also hoping to launch a fun project using the blocks from the 60 block chart in my book, Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle!

In other news, I was able to visit the newly opened Stitch Supply Co in Altoona, WI! Part of our summer cabin crew went up and attended an open sew retreat there. It was so much fun! The retreat space and shop are lovely, Ann and her husband thought of everything. I actually sewed (which is not my norm, I talk too much), and it was great to catch up with friends and do lots of laughing. I'm excited to be teaching from my book at a retreat there in October. I hope you'll join me! It will be a beautiful time of year to travel! All the information about that retreat can be found here.

(Bags: Jane Market Bag, Super Tote, Sew Portable Tote

George the bunny! I have a George video for you today! I bought him a Trixie Snack Board. It's a logic game made specifically for bunnies! This was his first time using it, and he aced it! I need to order him something more challenging.


Disclaimer: You may end up watching this video more than once. It's pretty crazy cute.


  1. I like to come back from vacation a day or two earlier. It does help get you time to switch gears from one mode to another. Good for you for getting ready for taxes early. Maybe you will get that refund early!

  2. George is adorable! I love seeing him hoppiting about :-)

  3. Awwwww George is a genius. and so neat and tidy too.
    My kitties would have just smashed their face into the cover and shoved it a zillion times.
    Happy February, this year is going to fly! and you are already on a role and so inspiring!!

  4. Love the photo of your sewing space with the quilt above the window. And George is so adorable. ❤️

  5. When I first started quilting a few years ago, keeping track of stash was popular (the in and out/bought and used method). I couldn't see what the big deal was then but boy now it's very apparent. I need to start this month!

  6. Aww. Love that video of George. Such a smart little guy. Love the hat too, I am so into making hats right now. I need to stop and get some sewing done;-)


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