June 30 marks the halfway point of 2018. As one who enrolled in Quilting Gail’s PhD program, I’m choosing this as a time for a performance evaluation, and using this blog to keep myself accountable. Here’s hoping this works better than Weight Watchers weigh ins.
Back at the beginning of the year, these were the UFO’s that I documented. I’m not confessing to how many more I discovered after I took this picture; some things are best kept in the closet. Or the plastic tub. Or under a pile of fabric. You understand.
There are 26 items here, and I committed to finishing 16 of them by year end.
From column one, I have finished the Santa Pillow, and turned the blue star into a wine gift bag.
From column two, the Hippo Addition, Valentine runner, and Christmas presents have all been finished.
That makes 10 of the promised 16 projects completed. On track so far.
Gail’s other caveat was that any new projects started must be completed during the year; no new UFOs could be generated. I have started and completed Mawwiage and Shoo Fly Rosie , as well as seven bow ties, two robes, and a few small projects. The two quilt alongs in which I’ve enrolled are on track to finish by year end.
Sounds good so far, right? Well… I had a flood. My basement, sewing room included, was ankle deep in water a month ago, and that knitted cap that was to be my easiest finish is missing. That’s what I get for including it. It’s like when I was at Girl Guide camp and picked the easiest part of the after dinner clean up: the roasting pan, because it looked pretty clean already. But I had no hot water, and the leaders laughed to kill themselves as I struggled to remove grease without it. Should have learned my lesson about cheating then. Clearly didn’t. Now I’ll have to finish something harder to make it to 16 by year end.
On the plus side, the Row by Rows, with the Mountie, are together in a flimsy, and I’ve started piecing the back. Those two might even be out of the PHD pile by the end of this long weekend.
Here in Newfoundland, July 1 is a day of remembrance of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment that was decimated at Beaumont Hamel in WW1. For the most part, we are happy to celebrate having joined Canada in 1949, but here, more than in the rest of the country, we are poignantly aware of the sacrifices that went into building the nation we have today.
May the sun shine on you this weekend.