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Thursday, January 1, 2009

2008 in review: Annual Reckoning

Here's my last quiltmaking for 2008. The blocks were made in 2005 as the RCTQ block-of-the-month. I attempted to set them in early 2006 but ran out of enthusiasm. I got them out this past week, and voila! This is how they turned out. I like the way the bright colors float on the "outer space" background print.


Since 1998 I have tracked my fabric consumption and acquisition; since 2004 I have tracked the expense for that fabric. (The Reckoning does not include batting, thread, books/patterns. It does include fashion fabric.) I can't figure out how to import a spreadsheet or a table into a blogpost. If you want to see the complete story, e-mail me.
In 2008 I used 375 yards. I bought 529 yards. I paid $1483, or $2.80/yard.
My accomplishments for 2008:
* Started and finished
12 quilts (lap-sized and larger)
9 wallhangings
5 table runners
1 tote bag
17 pillow cases
2 pantsuits
2 jackets
2 two-piece dresses
* Finished
8 quilts (UFOs from previous years)
* Created
12 flimsies (unquilted tops)
366 HeartStrings Blocks
I emptied 87 spools of thread.
Here are photos of my studio, taken this morning. The storeroom is extra-crowded with additional furniture from the parsonage, now resident in my -- our! -- house.

11 comments:

  1. I noticed that you are a PEO sister. I am a PEO, too. So nice to meet a sister who is also a quilter. My sewing room is such a mess and I can't seem to get DH interested in helping me. I can't understand why. LOL

    I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I am a retired teacher. I decided that I wasn't done with teaching and teach 3"s in a church pre-school. And I can pray and mention Jesus in the classroom.

    Jeanne

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  2. Thanks for sharing your summary and your photos. You have lots of room there. I haven't uploaded my summary for 2008 yet, but will do so before the day is over.

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  3. One might think, from your detailed analysis, that you were a librarian or something. :) (I get to say that now, see.)

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  4. Ok I want your studio space LOL. Congrats on the finishes, sounds like you accomplished quite a bit.

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  5. Love your studio, you have so much space. And a sizable fabric stash. I always thought I had a lot of fabric until I started reading blogs & saw pictures of other quilters' collections. As they say, the quilter who dies with the most fabric, wins!

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  6. nann, terrific progress and I love your studio. your latest quilt is beautiful and the floating border is ideal, i think. good luck on your "adjusting" and i'm certain all will go well.

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  7. Oh I love how it turned out! That black fabric is fun and looks great with those bright colors!

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  8. Looks like you had a very busy year. I hope 2009 is just as productive.

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  9. Wow! You keep such excellent records! that is fabulous. I love your sewing space as well.
    I hope your new year was safe and fun!
    Dionne

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  10. Wow....SOME record keeping! You even keep track of how many spools of thread you finish?! All this anal tracking doesn't seem to keep you from sewing, however, so I guess it works. How do you find time to be gainfully employed?!?

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  11. You have really been busy. Great job. I wish you well for 2009.

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