Friday, April 18, 2014

So, how are those goals going, Kirsty?

You guys are so good at keeping me honest. Thanks!


At the start of the year I wrote out a list of things I'd like to accomplish in 2014 and now that the first quarter has well and truly passed us by, here's my update on how I'm going:

1. Two queen-sized quilts for our bed

One of these is well underway - the low volume triangle quilt. It needs a few more things appliqu├ęd on before it's ready to be quilted.


2. A log cabin twin-sized quilt for my daughter.

I thought about this a bit. And bought some fabric. Does this count? 

3. A yet-to-be-decided twin-sized quilt for our 9 yr old son.


4. A big ol' picnic rug-type quilt.


5. At least two tops or dresses or something for me to wear.

Sadly, nup. But I see that Rae has her Spring Top Sewalong on again and I'd like to partake (even though it's autumn over here). 

6. Free motion quilt one of the above projects.

No way. Still too scared.

7. Paper-piece something

Yes, yes, yes. I have decided to embellish my queen quilt with EPPed rings and things, so that has been a success.


8. Sort out this blog's design.

I commissioned a new blog logo, which I'm really happy with (you can see above in the header). I'm also going to change from Blogger to Wordpress or Squarespace, I just need to decide which one and find someone I can hire to help me.

9. Write up a pattern for sale.

Oooh, I'm right up in this one's grill. Pattern is written and being looked over by our very own Marg. I need to sew up some samples (anyone feel like being a tester?) and then release it on the innocent and unsuspecting public. Bwahaha.


10. Perhaps start a newsletter.

Yes, I am cranking this one up too. Feel free to sign up here

Absolutely, positively no spam. Only good stuff. 

11. My start-of-year pledge: I will try to make all of the projects on my 2014 list from fabrics already in my possession.

Ha. Ha ha. Hahahahahahahahahahaha. Look, I tried. But I needed more yellow for No 2 above, and then I wanted to use those widescreen 108" fabrics for the backing of the queen quilts in No 1, and then I had to fill both those flat rate envelopes to make sure I was making the most of my postage dollars. And will you just stop having sales, fabric stores!!

I'm just going to draw a line under all that and start afresh today. 

We are in our last week of the first term school holidays here and I've been enjoying pushing my childhood loves on my children. 

First I made them watch the Goonies:

Look out: underage Josh Brolin. Courtesy of Warner Bros, via IMDb

Then I made them watch a few episodes of Battle of the Planets: 

Always five, acting as one. Thanks again, IMDb

And finally, we took the elder two kids to see the Lego Movie. In threeeeee deeeeeeee...

That's right, I paid good money to watch what was essentially a 2 hour Lego advert and I loved every minute of it. 

It got even better once we got home:

Psst: I got to sew while they did this. Everything is awesome. 

And how about you - have you drunk the Lego Kool-Aid?

Are you having a win with your plans for 2014?

Are you as shocked as I am that it's already the second half of April? 

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter with the ones you love!


Annie Cholewa said...

Totally can't believe that it's the second half of April. My plans for 2014 are about as on track as yours. Also trying to decide about a move to Squarespace or Wordpress. Squarespace is pretty but not very versatile. Wordpress is good when it works. So many things about Blogger are great. I'll be interested to hear what you decide :)

Emma Louise said...

I've never tried to make a quilt but would happily be a pattern tester unless you are able to find someone with more experience.

Cath said...

Mmmmm, Kirsty, you have definitely achieved far more than I have in this first quarter!! At least the weather in our city is getting cooler (at last) so the sewing room is a little more bearable. Enjoy the Easter weekend.
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

Kirsty @ Bonjour Quilts said...

Thank you for the offer, Emma! I’ll see what sort of response I get and get back to you.

Melissa F. said...

Kyrsti I would LOVE to be a tester for your pattern! I used to work full time at a locel quilt store and have taught classes in the past and enjoy the exciting new trends of the Modern Quilting patterns. I actually have just recently changed my position at work in order to have more time to devote to quilting (since I too have numerous UFOs on my shelves! Lol) please feel free to contact me at my email if I could help you in any way!

Marg M said...

I would love to be a tester for your quilt.

Marg M said...

opps was going to say more but accidently sent before i'd finished. I can say i'm a better quilter than IT person and have quilted for about five years

Kirsty @ Bonjour Quilts said...

Hi Marg - would you be able to send me a quick email just so I can get your email address (top right of the blog is a little button with an envelope on it). Your account is set up as noreply-comment so I can't email you back!

Susan said...

Looking forward to seeing how the next few months pan out! Try not to put too much pressure on yourself! Family come first! I'm always available to help out with pattern testing.... (Not sure why this blogpost only turned up on my dashboard today when it was clearly posted on Friday!)

Katy Cameron said...

Looking good! Good luck rounding up your testers, I'm sure Marg will keep you straight!

Eva said...

What a fun post! So many exciting things! I remember watching The Goonies, but don't really remember anything about the movie ... The lego movie sounds good, too! I'll have to watch both some day. I've haven't been setting too many goals, but there is a list of clothes I'd like to make V. for the summer. I'm glad that I was able to make her a birthday and an Easter dress, both in time! ;-) Also, I'd like to make something for myself, but can't decide where to start. Maybe I'll make a simple T-shirt first, quick and motivating, I hope. Then I'd like to make a handmade present for our godson. Probably I'll have to start that first so it'll be finished in time for his birthday.

Kim S. @ Leland Ave Studios said...

You definitely have a lot of good things cooking! I've never tested a pattern before, but if you are looking for extra help, I'd be willing to help you out, too! :)

Betty said...

Focus, focus, FOCUS
You're even better at it than I am!!
And yes, by now t's nearly May and what have I done so far?
OK I have some health issues as well apart from normal life that goes on and I do still sew. I' good at starting new projects: does anyone recognize this?
Over Easter all the kids came over and we ha a look at old photos from our visitto Legoland in Denmark.
Awwwww so cute

Tina Short said...

I'd love to be a pattern tester, I love the sneak peeks that you have shown.

Alison said...

More than happy to be a pattern tester if you are still after some. I've made two versions of your mod chevron pattern

Kirsty @ Bonjour Quilts said...

Hi Alison, can you email me? Your email addy isn't linked to your blogger profile so I can't email you back. Thank you!
P.S. I really want to see a pic of your quilts, do you have one?

JoeinVegas said...

It's been a while, a quilting blog now - at least you started one!

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