8 in 2013: Six Months to Go

July 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

My original goals are in normal text, finished goals have been crossed off, and my comments are in italics.

  1. To run at least one official 5K. (I don’t know if I can commit to 8 without having done one first.) – I still haven’t signed up for one since I moved to Chigagoland, but I’m looking into local races.
  2. Make a quilt for a someone secret (the fabric has been purchased!) – This goal is the chevron lap quilt I made for my sister’s 21st birthday. Blog post here
  3. Knit ThroughtheLoops’ 2013 Mystery Sock –  Blog post here
  4. Knit-a-long with my ZPDK: Azzu’s Shawl – I changed the pattern to Estuary, blog post here.
  5. Get a great photo of the two of us for this year. – We usually get a photo together at our family vacation, but with Cameron’s new schedule, he may not get to go. 
  6. Sew a new dress. – I have fabric and patterns, but I haven’t sat down to sew anything other than my sister’s quilt.
  7. Begin to reduce the amount of “stuff” I own. As much I am attached to many of my things, I think much of it is weighing me down. – Since we moved, I have less “stuff” in our house, but I haven’t really gotten rid of anything that I left at my parent’s house.
  8. Run 100 miles in 2013. – According to my running app, I’ve logged nearly 34 miles so far this year. Considering I didn’t run for four months, only just starting in June, I’d say I’m still chugging along. 

It’s nice to see progress!



July 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

I finished another one of my 8 in 2013 goals, with a small change. Instead of knitting Azzu’s Shawl, I decided that I would knit Estuary, another option for our knit-a-long. 


I used some of my handspun from Chris of Briar Rose Fibers that I finished several years go. It had been waiting for the perfect project. 

June 29: Estuary

Chevron Quilt

July 2, 2013 § 1 Comment

I made my sister a quilt for her 21st birthday. This is my second finished quilt!
June 16: Binding

My inspiration was this quilt , but I hadn’t referenced it once I had started piecing this one together.

Solid Backing, Matching Binding
I made 7″ half square triangles with a black and a white print. It ended up being about 52.5″ x 46″. I machine quilted about a quarter inch away from the seams on all the black stripes. I hand sewed the binding down. I also embroidered with back stitch (the only stitch I really know how to do) her name, the year, and her birthdate on the side.
Black and White Chevron Quilt

I’m quite pleased with how it turned out and I hope it will always match my sister’s decor. She reported that she loves it, which is a success in my book.


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