Nineteen for 19

We’re nearly half way through August already so I thought I’d better see how I was doing with my nineteen challenges for the year, so this is the end of July report…

July was a busy month as I worked hard for our open garden and quilt show, so less sewing, but more gardening got done!

  • 1 Scrap Quilt; Still not started but I’ve had a few ideas.
  • 2 Tutorials; I’ve got a couple of weeks holiday from work coming up, hoping to sort some then.
  • 3 Sessions a week in the garden; I’ve probably exceeded that this month! The open garden went well though and I was pretty proud of our garden.
  • 4 Workshops; I went on another embroidery workshop at Fabbadashery, this time it was on Palestinian embroidery, I’ve another one booked in September and a gardening one too. So my tally is two so far this year.
  • 5 presents; Nothing this month but Christmas is sneaking up so I’ll start soon. I’ve made three so far.
  • 6 Quilts; My Spring Wreath quilt was my big finish last month, I’m still really proud of it! I’ve made five quilts so far this year, so doing pretty well!
  • 7 New Patterns; July was quiet for sewing, so this remains at two, but I’ve cracked on since so August will be much better!
  • 8 Kits; Last month I stitched a robin bookmark, it’s been used every night since in my bedtime reading book! This brings my total up to three.
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  • 9 Mini Embroideries; Last month I stitched a pair of fairy wings for a travelling sketchbook, I loved them! My total is now 4
  • 10 Things; I made a needlecase last month, it’s proved really useful, it lives next to my sewing machine so it’s always handy. I also made two cushions, one from a quilting practice piece and one from an embroidery I did a year or two back. They look good on the settee in the conservatory. So this doubles my total up to a respectable 6.
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  • 11 Cross-stitch Smalls; No new ones, but I’ve already completed this challenge! I do need to stitch another three so I have the complete set for the twelve months of the year by Snowflower Diaries.
  • 12 pages in my book; I’m hoping to start this during my holiday, I’ve just sourced some lovely fabric pages which I’m toying with using. I need to get my box of inspiration out and work out if their size will work, if not I know how I’ll make my own!
  • 13 Clothes made; this was still just three in July, though I’ve already doubled that in August! I shared my cullottes this month which I’d counted in June!
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  • 14 Drawers organised; I had a sort out of my machine threads last month, my standard Gutermann threads are now vaguely colour arranged, I’ve put my machine quilting and embroidery threads in a separate box, I’m tempted to stick some golf tees to the base of a box to stand them on. This brings my total up to 9, so reasonable progress!
  • 15 Minutes tidy up; I’ve got a bit slack at this one, I need to get back on as it does help.
  • 16 Books; My piles are getting bigger!! This is going so much better than I ever thought,I have two books on the go at any one time, one for bedtime and one for on the go – trains, buses etc. I read another 4 books in July – helped by reading a whole book in a day! This brings my total to 16 with more to share for August, so challenge complete! I think I’m due another book post!
  • 17 blogs a month; after a quieter June I managed a whopping 25 posts last month!
  • 18 Walks; I’ve not done any more walks this month, still recovering from a virus, but I’ve already reached my target of 18 walks. We’re still hoping to do at least another three day walks so we can finish the Cleveland Way.
  • 19 Splendid Sampler Blocks; This has been on the back burner whilst I concentrated on my Spring Wreath quilt, so I really need to get cracking with it now. I’ve made 14 so far this year, so not bad, but I want to get the quilt finished.

So I’ve a real mix of progress, some challenges complete or almost there, others not even started, hopefully August and September will be pretty productive, I’ve had a good start to August anyway!

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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18 Responses to Nineteen for 19

  1. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, I love it when you bring us up to date with your goals, it’s very inspiring. I haven’t had a productive year though still working on my applique quilt. No embroidery progress at all. Well done you’ve done well. xx

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  2. Looks like you have a lot of things on your list and got lots done. I love lists and this is the only way I can get a lot accomplished.

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  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You have had such a productive year so far.

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  4. kathysnest32 says:

    You are very productive.wish I had your energy. Have a wonderful day.

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  5. Margaret tell me more about the 19 for 19. I am a little behind so just read this post about it. I love all of your progress!

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  6. nanacathy2 says:

    Wow some wonderful completed projects this month. I love the fairy wings and the robin bookmark.

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  7. So busy! I really need to get into a routine of regular tidying and decluttering… wonder if I can persuade myself to do 15 minutes a day.
    Oh, and I LOVE those fairy wings.

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  8. KerryCan says:

    You’ve done amazingly well! And i know you’ve been busy so far in August so those challenges just keep being met!

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  9. teamwilsun says:

    You’ve been so productive, and I love that you do such a wide range of projects. Thanks for posting the update!

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  10. Your creations are lovely, I love the quilt! ❤️ I can imagine it’s easy to be outside in such lovely weather!

    Like

  11. dezertsuz says:

    A wonderful list! I very much liked your seam on the pinkish fabric and the fairy wings are fabulous!

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