Thursday, December 29, 2011

I Did It!

I can't believe it - I actually created a mosaic! I'm totally thrilled. It took about 10 minutes - I am NOT kidding 10 minutes - using this tutorial from Diary of a Flutter.Kat. It's not perfect because my hornbook in block 10 is cut off but not bad!
2011 Finishes

Lesson Learned: Sometimes things are not as hard as you think they might be!

These are my 2011 finishes. I'm counting the flimsy in block 5 as a finish. My most recent knitting finish isn't featured here because it's not been blocked or photographed. I'm still calling that one done because it's a HUGE project and it's on my goal list for the year. It's off the needles and that's a finish in my book.

Speaking of my 2011 Goals - here is my list as I wrote on Dec 31, 2010 in the black font and progress notes in red font were added today:

1. Grid and Grommet Bag - currently about half done Goal: finish it or ditch it
I went to throw this in the trash yesterday and just couldn't do it. I was very surprised by that.
2. $5 Quilt - currently 50% complete. Lots of applique left. Goal: progress
Finished the flimsy - see block #5 in my Flickr Mosaic above
3. Stitchers Garden Quilt - currently 75% complete Goal: finish the top
Progress made but no finish. I actually thought my goal for this one was progress.
4. Quakers and Quilts - currently 80% complete Goal: progress
I don't think I've touched this all year! I don't feel bad about it either!
5. Jenny Bean Halloween - currently 50% complete Goal: progress
Finished and framed. Block #9 above
6. Knit to Fit Sweater - currently 70% complete Goal: progress
Another one I haven't touched and feeling guilt free about it.
7. Per Terras (a/k/a the Albatross) - currently 80% complete Goal: finish it
Done - this is the one that needs to be blocked! Maybe then I'll quit calling it the Albatross.
8. Scarf for Chris - currently 60% complete Goal: finish it in February
Done. Flickr block #12. I blogged about it in January so I met the timeline.
9. Jo Morton's Prairie Basket - currently 50% complete Goal: finish
Done - Flickr block #2. This is the first/only experience with hand applique.
10. Jo Morton's Log Cabin Table Topper - currently 90% complete Goal: finish this week?
Done - Flickr block #1. Blogged about January 2 so I met the timeline.
11. Stacy Nash Peacock Pinkeep Drum and Linen School Girl Sewing Book - neither currently started as I'm waiting on my pre-stitching kit. Since I'm taking a class on this my hope is to finish these both in class with Stacy this month. Not sure that is realistic.
Both are finished! Flickr block #6 and #8
12. Scarf for Mom - not started but have yarn and pattern Goal: Progress
Done BUT I keep forgetting to give it to her. Flickr block #13 or #14 - her choice!
13. Try to do the finishing on an ornament. Goal: Learn a new skill
Done - Flickr block #7

I've surprised that I finished so much - much more than I did in 2010. I've always poopoo'd goal lists. Let's face it, I have more than enough deadlines at work. Perchance said goal list kept me a bit more focused normal? Hmmmm

I'd like to take a moment to thank Teresa who blogs at GirlWithNeedles for walking me through finishing my stitching projects. New things don't come easily to me and she held my hand though it all. It would be very remiss of me to not thank all of YOU for reading my little blog, for your comments, for your support and most of all for your friendship and inspiration! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!


Gabi said...

Love your mozaik. Thanks for the link. The list of your finished goals us quite impressive.
Wishing you a blessed 2012

Liana said...

Jackie, 2011 has provided you with a boatload of accomplishments and it's been fun taking that ride with you in your postings. Keep up the beautiful work and I look forward to riding into 2012 with you!!

Nicola said...

Well done on the mosaic. I am going to check out the tutorial. Thank you or posting the link.

You have stitched, sewed and knitted many lovely pieces this year. Congratulations.

Annie said...

Very cool mosaic and thanks for the link. You've done a ton of beautiful projects this year. You get a crafty gold star!

Margaret said...

Good job on the mosaic! I love seeing all you've finished! Great to see your goal list too. I'm not one to make goal lists either, but maybe it helps you, huh? I'm looking forward to seeing what you work on in 2012. Happy New Year!

Pat said...

Great job on your finishes and I do like that mosaic. I should check out that tutorial and try to do one.

woolwoman said...

I guess you have to have your photos on Flickr to make those mosaics. Yours is lovely and so are all your finishes - wow - you did very well. This year I am not going to be tempted to make ANY lists - I did so poorly on the 2011 challenge - just looked back thru it - however I did finish some things that were never on that list - so I agree with you - I have enough lists and goals with work - my needlework journey is my own to do in whatever manner I choose to approach it. Finish or not its my decision. Happy New year ! Mel

*karendianne. said...

Wow! Fannnntttastic.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congrats on creating your first mosaic. I love seeing what you've accomplished this past year.
Happy New Year

staci said...

Awesome mosaic! Will have to check out that tutorial, thanks for the link.

Good luck with your goals!!!

Catherine said...

Great job on the mosaic. Looks like 2011 was a good finishing year!

Catherine said...

Great job on the mosaic. Looks like 2011 was a good finishing year!

Faye said...

I absolutely love the mosaic!! I am proud of you!...Myself being a little "challenged" when it comes to things like that, I will have to check out the tutorial you listed and give it a try....And, thanks for the link for Teresa...Will definitely need to follow her also..

Your works have been absolutely wonderful this year and I have followed you with each and every one. Good job!!

Here's hoping you and yours have a most peaceful New Year and blessings abound~~

Always, Faye

Linda said...

I like your mosaic too...I want to do one of these too next year! That sounds like a long time away, doesn't it??? You've accomplished alot this year, good for you! Thanks for the link and Happy New Year!

Deborah said...

You did so many beautiful projects! Love the mosaic. Have a great New Year.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

oh neews déco !!!!!

Beautifuls pictures my friend

QuiltSue said...

That's an impressive list of goals achieved this year. You must be feeling very happy.

Siobhán said...

Great job on the mosaic! You've done so many beautiful projects--congratulations!

Happy new year!

Simone de Klerk said...

Congratualtions, Jackie, on these great finishes! And even finishing a mozaic. And look at all those different crafts you show us. You are one amazing person, Jackie!
I am sure we get to see many more beautiful projects in 2012!
Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!!!

Nancy said...

Nice mosaic Jackie, and beautiful projects! Happy New Year!

Carol said...

What a wonderful collection of pieces you've created in 2011, Jackie--you are really multi-talented :)

Wishing you and your family a delightful new year!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congratulations on all of your beautiful finishes in 2011!

I set stitching goals each month but more of an idea of what I'd like to try to get accomplished there is never any pressure to get them all done. But it is surprising at how much you get done when you give it a little thought.

Happy New Year

Tammy said...

Okay you've inspired me, I'm gonna try that tutorial. Congrats on all your finishes. Happy New Year!!

krayolakris said...

Jackie, that's a wonderful variety of projects; quite impressive & most beautiful!! I always love your quilts most.

Abby and Stephanie said...

Looks as if you've had a very productive year. Lots of beautiful finishes. Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

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Myra said...

Way to go! I have wanted to learn how to do a mosaic like that too - will have to go check out the tutorial myself. Congratulations on all your accomplishments this year. Isn't learning something new fun? I hope you have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Isabelle said...

Hi Jackie, I love your mozaik : what a great idea to show us all your finishes during the year 2011 : I am impressed by your beautiful work!!
I wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year 2012.... with many many other beautiful works.

Suzanne said...

Great job with the mosaic, I'll have to give it a go.

You have an impressive list of goals that you met, I am keeping this years quite vague as I can never stick to them.

Krispian said...

Wow! That is more than one project a month! Good going! I am very impressed with the progress.

All you need to do is bottle your motivation and sell it.