Well, it's about time I check in about all those goals I set for this year. I think I am doing well, but of course there is room for improvement.
Because I am the only one who truly cares about the details, I am just going to give you the summary.
No buying fabric (with exceptions) - I did breach my rule once, a small quantity, to make this gift:
Really, I am OK with that. I already know that I will allow myself more breaches, but these guidelines have kept me from making unnecessary purchases.
No buying books and magazines - Nothing so far
Major clean up of my sewing room in January - Done, but the room is back to being a huge mess. I have my work cut out for me for the April clean-up...
Manage my stash - I washed the many new fabrics in the unwashed pile, ironed all but a couple meters, I physically split up my collections... All these resolutions have been great!
A WIP finish - Yay! I finished my Colourful Scraps Improv Quilt
I have also learned to use Flickr, made and mailed my bee blocks on time, parted with flannel scraps I did not need, and best of all, I attended the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild's first sew-in (too bad about the other two I missed but such is life).
And what about the tiny finishes in the title? Don't get too excited... just two luggage tags I made today (see my tutorial here). In case you haven't seen them before, there is a plastic pocket to insert a business card, even though you can't really tell from the picture.
These will be my gift for a complete stranger whose scraps I ended up with. I shared the story here, but in a nutshell, while on a work-related trip to the Bahamas, my husband asked a bartender where he could buy some fabric. The man replied there was no fabric store nearby, but went home and returned with a bag full of local fabric scraps.
My husband is returning to the same place, and he figures he will likely run into the same bartender. I don't know anything about the lady who gave me the scraps, other than that she does travel. So luggage tags was a logical choice. The one on the left is made with her scraps - I think it's interesting to see what other people can do with your scraps. Of course, I made a second one with my own scraps, while keeping the same general colour scheme.
How are you doing with your goals?