2019 Crafty Goals Mid-Year Check-in

Friday, July 12, 2019

Patchwork Essentials: Unicorn Vast Quilt

Happy Friday! I wanted to take some time to check in with my 2019 Crafty Goals. We're a little over half-way through the year and I thought it would be fun to see how things are going so far! Here is my goals posts from January: 2019 Crafty Goals.

It's not too late to make some crafty goals for this year! If you're looking for a place to start, I wrote a post a few years back all about how I make mine. You can find it here: Making and Keeping Crafty Goals.

- Use up more fabric yardage than I bring in. I'll track my yardage each month to help me stay on target.
Doing pretty well with this goal so far! At this point I'm down 39.5" yards for the year! I have bought so little fabric this year, I'm feeling confident that I can continue down this path.

- Make sewing a daily habit, even if it's only for 15 minutes.
This has been a challenge for me. I've been sewing most days lately though, so making good progress. I think I need to designate a specific project for this goal, so that I can easily pop into the sewing room even on days where I feel like I don't have the time to sit down and sew. I also think I could benefit greatly from a simple paper calendar that I could put stickers on to watch my progress and keep myself motivated.

- Complete one small scrap project per month.
I think I've had the most success with this goal! Especially the last few months I've been making multiple scrap projects a month. I've been turning to my scraps way more often, which feels really good.

- Finish or destash four long-term WIPs.
I have finished two long-term WIPs so far, so I am on track. Would love to finish more than four if I can! If I was really serious I would decide exactly which ones, but it can be hard to choose!

- Make a quilt from my chambray stash.
Crossed this off the list early in the year! I made Michael a quilt for his birthday from all chambray, you can find it here: Chambray and Denim Flying Geese Quilt

- Sew four new garment or bag patterns, ideally one per quarter.
Originally when I made this goal I was thinking garments or bigger bags. I haven't made any of those, but I have used two new smaller bag patterns. I made a Strawberry Minimalist Wallet and some Confetti Zipper Pouches. I'm hoping to round those out with some bigger projects the second half of the year.

- Practice a new skill (like hand-quilting, applique, y-seams, curves)
I have tried hand-quilting and applique so far this year, but didn't really give either a very good effort. Hoping to maybe focus on curves in the second half of the year!

- Use up more yarn yardage than I bring in. I'll track my yardage each month to help me stay on target.
So far so good, I'm down 426 yards for the year.

- Finish a shawl WIP (Briochealicious, Daybreak or Hitchhiker).
Currently making no progress on this goal! I honestly haven't been knitting at all lately. It was really bothering my wrist and fingers, so it's been a needed break from it.

- Finish a pair of colorwork mittens.
I started a new pair in the new year, but it's too hot right now to knit!

- Knit or crochet a softie.
Haven't even settled on a pattern or project yet, but I have a lot of good contenders.

- Complete a vintage crewel embroidery.
I started one, and I actually worked on it yesterday. So there is hope!

- Weave a table runner.
Put my loom back together last month, but have not started this project yet. Again, it's too hot right now!

- Make wooden ornaments with the Cricut*.
Planning to work on these closer to the holidays.

- Create a stash of handmade greeting cards.
Really need to get moving on this one for sure!

Do you make crafty goals? How have you been doing so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Making!

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  1. You are doing great with your goals so far this year! I wish you the best for the rest of the year.

  2. Such an eclectic list of goals! Best of luck for continued success.

  3. After reading your blog earlier this year I did set some goals---not as ambitious as yours, but you inspired me to set some measurable goals. I love your fabric use tracking system, because I also want to end the year using more than I have bought. Right now I'm in the positive, but most of my purchases have been to finish WIPs, rather than new projects. Therefore, by the end of the year I think I'm on track to be in the negative. Another was to finish at least half of the WIPs that I had started on Jan 1. So far I've completed 3 of the 9. Oh, and another by-product of the fabric tracking is that I have been much more creative with quilt backings. I've been amazed at how I can piece together different things from my stash, rather than purchase backing. Anyway, sorry for the long comment, but I have really enjoyed your blog. =)

  4. For your knitting goal I recommend the Hitchhiker Beyond. I have made both the original HH and the HHB and like the HHB better because it has points on both sides of the triangle. Also the HHB pattern starts with the HH pattern so you get both patterns if you want to make both!

  5. Goals can be tricky. If they’re too ambitious, not meeting them can sap your motivation and backfire, so I try to stick to short term goals and priorities.

  6. I am also trying to use up more yardage than I have brought in, but I am failing miserably - I am up about 20 yards! I am inspired by your progress, though; I will try to do better the second half of the year!
    Thanks for posting your update!


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