Nineteen for 19

We’re over a week into March, where does time go! I thought I’d better do an update for my Nineteen for 19 challenge…

  • 1 Scrap Quilt I’ve not started yet but I have decided I need to organise my overflowing scrap boxes a bit, maybe into colours.
  • 2 Tutorials; nothing as yet, but thinking things over!
  • 3 sessions in the garden; I did pretty well in February, starting to weed and generally tidy up, I had a good clearing session on the rose bed by the lawn. This beautiful hellebore was definately flower of the month and it’s still looking great well into March!
  • 4 workshops; I’ve got three booked at Fabbadashery in Halifax, I had to cancel one for May as I realised I’d double booked myself, however I’ve now booked for July and September with the same tutor. She gave us a talk at Embroiderers Guild about Bethlehem Embroidery and I was so inspired I booked two workshops!
  • 5 presents; this remains at one, my niece loved the baby quilt and baby Logan is gorgeous, I’ve had a few cuddles!
  • 6 quilts; Just one finished the one above at the moment, but I’ve got three on the go and I need to make one for a charity auction, I’ve a week off work soon so I’m hoping to make a start then. I’ve half made a quilt for the Care Leavers Christmas Dinners, but it is still waiting to be quilted.
  • 7 new patterns; none as yet, although I’ve added another two to my stash!!
  • 8 kits; I finished my mandala this month, I love it, it looks so pretty. So my tally is two kits stitched.
  • 9 mini embroideries; we started our Travelling Sketchbook project at my Embroiderers Guild, so I stitched a chickadee to start my book off. I’ve got to stitch something about maps this month, I’ve a few ideas floating round!
Chickadee embroidery
  • 10 things; I’ve started making some fabric boxes for my sewing room to put patterns in, I’ve only made one out of four so far so I haven’t shared them yet. However I did make a cushion from an embroidery I did years ago. With the block book I made last month my tally is now two.
  • 11 cross-stitch smalls; In February I managed to stitch two cross-stitch smalls, one was for an wedding anniversary card for my OH, the other was a quick little heart to stitch for Valentines Day. So my total for the year is five already…they’re quite addictive!
Great tit cross-stitch
  • 12 pages in my book; I haven’t started this project yet, though I think I have worked out in my mind how I’m going to do it.
  • 13 clothes made; I’ve been buried under curtain fabric for the last few weeks, so no chance to sew clothes for me… I made a deal with my son a couple of years ago, he fit a bathroom for us (he’s a plumber) and I would make curtains for his new house. Fair deal!! He finally got organised to buy some fabric last month! Two pairs of curtains, seven drops, 14 metres of woolen fabric…it’s the sheer weight of fabric that makes curtains hard work, one curtain had a total of 12m of fabric, including the lining! I’ve made all my curtains for various homes since I was in the nurses home aged 18, but I still find them hard work!
  • 14 drawers organised; I had a bit of a sort out in my fat quarter stash this month, I donated some to the care leavers quilt day and reorganised the rest, spreading them out from two drawers to three, so I can have a batik drawers, plains and novelty drawer and the rest colour sorted. So I’ve sorted two drawers so far this year.
  • 15 minutes tidy-up at the end of a sewing session; I’m getting better at this and it does make a difference!
  • 16 books; I finished West with the Night last month, I’m going to write a joint review with Circling the Sun which I finished last night, as they are both about Beryl Markham, a biography and an autobiography. My tally for January and February is two.
  • 17 blogs a month; I just made this, with exactly seventeen posts…but it was a shorter month πŸ™‚
  • 18 walks; My tally remains at three as I’ve not managed any this month! We had one planned last week but several things were against us so we went to the seaside instead! I’m off to the chiropodist on Tuesday so hopefully things will improve and I can get back to walking.
  • 19 Splendid Sampler blocks; I stitched five this month so my total is nine so far, a pretty good start as I’m nearly half way on this challenge after only two months!

Another busy month sewing wise, though I was busy with sewing that didn’t count towards a challenge, like curtains! It was quite amusing on facebook as James was clearly very keen for me to concentrate on his curtains – everytime I posted a photo of something I’d made, such as my mandala or the baby quilt he would post two words… “Curtains Mother!”

There’s still quite a few challenges that I’ve not even made a start on so I think I need to concentrate my mind a bit.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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15 Responses to Nineteen for 19

  1. Prue Batten says:

    Accomplishment is your middle name! You have made me decide to write a list of possibles for the year for myself. But somehow, I think you are the master-blaster!

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  2. You have been very busy. What is Bethlehem Embroidery? I couldn’t find anything on the internet, but then I am not sure what I was searching for

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  3. tialys says:

    If I make your son something (though not curtains 😱) will he come an plumb our new bathroom in? We employed a cowboy and now Mr. T. will have to make good and finish it (another 😱) so Lord knows when that will happen. Luckily we have a second bathroom.
    Love the mandala, so pretty.

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  4. nanacathy2 says:

    I just love looking at your work, it is all just gorgeous. You have real skill and a good eye. A joy to read this post.

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  5. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Yes, you definitely need to get the curtains finished so you don’t get any more “Curtains Mother” messages. You have been busy.

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    A very active February for you Margaret! I do love the collection of smalls you have got started, and the chickadee for your sketchbook is just wonderful! The 15 minutes of straightening really does make sewing more fun in the long run. πŸ™‚ I have been on a thread crusade this past week. I finally wrapped my head around ALL the benefits of leader enders when piecing. I wonder how much thread I am saving, at 8 inches for every pass through? Hope your foot is better soon!

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  7. Island Time says:

    Two very good books on your list, among all the other things! You are a very busy lady!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Everything looks wonderful – gorgeous work! I am jealous of your hellebore πŸ™‚

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