Summer 2016 Goals

Pattern Cover SpectrumTo introduce my newest goal, I need to talk about my new pattern covers.  I made them in a new software I’m trying to learn, Affinity Photo, fearful that any day my upgrades on my Mac will render my old copy of Photoshop more obsolete than it already is.  And no, I don’t want to pay a monthly fee to use their software (are you listening, Adobe?)  I just heard that Affinity Photo is launching a beta version for PC users, too, although it was developed as a Mac software.  So this is the first of my summer goals.

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They also have Affinity Designer, which I’m also trying to learn, but since I don’t know Adobe’s Illustrator very well, it’s like banging my head against a wall.  When my friend recovers from getting her daughter married off, I’m going to bug ask her to teach me a few things.

Long Man Novel Cover

To keep reading is another summer goal, and this was the latest book I finished, while quilting up a few things for my Riverside Sawtooth post.  It set me down so carefully in time and place.  No, it’s not a grip-you-by-the-throat novel, but a quiet one, filled with well-drawn characters from a time in our past.  I listened to it on Audible, which I would recommend, as the narrator really gets the sound of the voices and it adds another dimension to the story, I think.

Cal Primaries 2016

Can I mention Summer Events?  Here’s about the only political statement I’ll make on this blog: we recently (and sadly) lost our ability to have a primary election here in California.  We’d all been so excited, actually asking everyone “who are you going to vote for?” and really getting interested in politics in general.  We are one of the final primaries on the Presidential Election Schedule, and for once, we were going to Have a Say!  Except now we aren’t, because of the recent events (which has made great theater, I have to say).  So, hope everyone else in the United States had a great time voting–as usual, our votes won’t count.  H o w e v e r. . . I will be watching the conventions. After teaching Critical Thinking a few years, and having my students watch the conventions and have them analyze the speeches, the rhetoric, looking for the logical fallacies and spotting all the weakness in candidates’ arguments, I wouldn’t miss it for the world.  It’s going to be a long, hot summer out here, and hey! we need something to compensate us for not getting a Primary Election.

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And it that’s not enough excitement (!), we can always watch the Brazil Summer Olympics, although with all the talk lately, it may end up being like our primary.  Click on the link at the end of the post to see this colorful Olympics design in action.

In other news, my garden is growing well, I’ve got a few more projects in the pipeline, but my main quilty goals this summer are as follows:

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1. Finish My Small World.

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2. Quilt Shine: The Circles Quilt

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3. Quilt Riverside Sawtooth

Rosette #5

4. Keep working on this quilt.  Remember this?  It was one of the units in the New Hexagon Millifiore Quilt.  I’m halfway through, and my friend Laurel is all done with hers.  And her quilt is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous, so I need to perserve and Be A Finisher. (However, notice I didn’t say “finish this quilt,” but instead wrote “keep working on this quilt.”  I am reasonable.)

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5. Finish this quilt top, and if possible get it quilted, too.

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6. And… this one, too.
I am all done with the hand-stitching.  Now just to figure out the borders, and get it quilted.
Easy, peasy.  We are coming right along in our Quilt-a-Long, with Step 5 coming up on June 2nd.

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Other summer goals:

7. Be a good citizen and follow the national political process.  Every other week ought to be about right.
8. Visit my kids and their kids. And my parents.  And my husband’s family.  That’s about eight car trips right there.  I’d better work on #4–if only to have some hand sewing for car travel.
9. Celebrate my one-year anniversary of recovering from my surgery.  I think a night in front of the TV would be appropriate, in my nightgown with hand-sewing on my lap, to memorialize where I was last year at that time.

Voting booths
10. And oh, yeah.  Vote in California’s Primary.  I’m so excited, yes yes yes.

Goals for Quarter2 of 2014

Goals for 2nd quarter 2014

Okay, translation:

Lollypop All Quilted

1. Finish Lollypop Trees quilt.  I need to finish up the quilting, sew on the sleeve, label and binding.  Still looking for a name.

Sol Lewitt's Patchwork Primer

2. Quilt the Sol Lewitt’s Quilting Basics quilt.  I have no idea how to do this, or what to back it with, but I’m thinking some of that Charleston Farmhouse I picked up last week.

3. Bee Blocks for April, May and June.  There’s obviously no illustration for May or June blocks because they haven’t come my way yet.  But *here* are April’s.

Colorwheel Bloom Quilt Top

4. Finish off my Colorwheel Blossom Quilt Top.  I’ve got a couple of ideas on how to expand it slightly.  Then, next, will come the headache of How Do I Quilt This?  A happy headache.

Three Selvage Blocks

5. Ongoing: Selvage Blocks. I have centers cut for white, followed by cream.  From sunshiny brights to neutrals.

6. Cut out Mexican Quilt.  I call it that because the fabric I’ve chosen has a lot of calaveras, motifs, and colors from south of the border.

7.  Cut out Good Luck Quilt.  When our area had it’s last quilter fun-run, I missed it, but was able to get some of the yardage to make a quilt.  I’ve got it dreamed up, now just have to execute.

Amish Quilting

8. Finish the Amish With a Twist-II quilt.  You know: binding, hand-sewing the binding down, sleeve and label.

9. I’ve also thrown on sewing three skirts.  Fabric bought and pattern chosen.  Motivation missing.

Of course all of this flies in the face of Derek Sivers’ TED talk: Those who announce their goals are less likely to finish them.  Watch below.

What I do find is that when I’m brain dead and only want to do *nothing at all* having that list taped to the front of my fabric cabinet gives me a place to start.