40 Before Forty Update: No. 06

6. Complete my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt top…and then put it all together.

Month 4 took me forever to complete. In fact, I’m about half of a month behind. First, I had to pick out 10 new fabrics. Then, I had to cut out a bazillion little pieces. Of course, when you have a bazillion pieces, you have to stitch them together. My sewing machine lives in a storage tub under my desk. So, I have to have a clear schedule to pull it out.

Finally! That day (or 2 or 3) came. Behold the next installment of my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt!

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Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017, Down the Rabbit Hole, Month 4 Complete

Okay, it was a lot of work, but I’m LOVING it. I’ve been sweating in the fabric store as I pick out new colors. I’ve been trying to use some of the same colors over. For example, the house roofs are made from the same fabrics as the flowers and the wedges of the center circle. The small center circle, flower centers, and windows are all the same yellow fabric. My goal is not only to keep some consistency within the colors, but to use up as much fabric as I can–not that a stash is a bad thing!

As you may have guessed, because I was behind on this, I’m behind on month 5. But, it appears to be less work and uses techniques I’ve already learned with this quilt.

40 Before Forty Update: No. 06

6. Complete my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt top…and then put it all together.

I’m nowhere close to having this quilt done, but I have completed the third month of the pattern! Behold!

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Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017–Third Month Completed

I’m happy with the colors. And, it’s such a relief, because I’m not necessarily the best with putting colors and prints together. Month 2 and 3 had a lot of hand stitching in the form of needle turn applique. That thin dark blue border was machine stitched. Because my sewing machine doesn’t live out in the open, it is an occasion when it comes out. I try to only break it out when I know I have enough time to tackle my current project, plus something on my “to-sew” list.

So, when I stitched on the border, I also stitched loops of ribbon onto my kids’ towels.

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Ribbon loop sewn onto a towel for hanging convenience.

I saw this on the Internet a year or two or three ago and mentally cataloged the idea. I put some semi-permanent hooks onto their bedroom doors. It’s such an easy solution. Bonus: because they’re just towels, I didn’t have to fuss over ribbon or thread colors. What I had was what I used. Function over form!

Now, I’m working on Month 4 of the block of the month pattern. There are a lot of little pieces I have to cut out. Everything is machine stitched, too. We’ll see if I can get all the stitching done in one sitting–I’ll keep you posted!

40 Before Forty Update: No. 07 Added

7. Make myself and daughter matching outfits. I thought of this the other day and then my Mom-in-Law mentioned it. Sold! So I’m putting it on my list. Of course, I need to do this one faaaairly quickly–well before I turn 40. Because at some point, I figure my daughter isn’t going to think this is a cool idea. Ha!
Of course, my sewing skills are pretty limited. And, right now, my block of the month quilt consumes most of my crafting time. It’ll be fun taking her to the fabric store and having her help pick out material. Emphasis on help–I can’t be wearing something that appeals only to the under-5 crowd. Stay tuned!
 

The Full 40 Before Forty List

1. Actually celebrate Valentine’s Day: DONE!

2. Finish my chicken wall hanging and get it hung in my kitchen: DONE!

3. Pitch my book idea.

4. Decorate the half bathroom.

5. Attend the Modern Quilt Guild’s Quiltcon.

6. Complete my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt top…and then put it all together.

7. Make myself and daughter matching outfits.

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10. Do the Little Miami Triathlon.

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14. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail.

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26. Peep at some leaves on the East Coast: DONE!

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40 Before Forty Update: No. 06

6. Complete my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt top…and then put it all together. I’m pretty confident that I can finish the quilt top in 2017 or at least a month or two into 2018. The challenge is going to be turning it into a finished quilt. But, hey, I’ll have about 5 years to do it! I’m loving this program. There is a private Facebook group that allows participants to share their progress. Everyone’s beautiful work is an endless supply of quilty eye-candy!

Here’s where I was in the midst of January’s pattern:

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Work in progress on my Sarah Fielke “Down the Rabbit Hole” Block of the Month Quilt

I have high hopes that I’ll get February’s work done before March’s pattern is released at the end of the month!

 

The Full 40 Before Forty List

1. Actually celebrate Valentine’s Day: DONE!

2. Finish my chicken wall hanging and get it hung in my kitchen: DONE!

3. Pitch my book idea.

4. Decorate the half bathroom.

5. Attend the Modern Quilt Guild’s Quiltcon.

6. Complete my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt top…and then put it all together.

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10. Do the Little Miami Triathlon.

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12. Host a brunch.

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14. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail.

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40 Before Forty Update

I’m going to resurrect by 40 Before Forty List! Yessss! Can you believe it’s been 4 years since I turned 30? Yeah, me neither. The great thing about living through my 20s and 4 years of solid 30s, is that I’m much more in tune with what I like doing, what I can do, and what I absolutely detest. Best of all, I’m 100% okay with all of those! Especially if what I like to do isn’t popular or what I detest is popular. Let’s all dramatically wipe our brows and let out a “Whew!”

I copy and pasted from my last 40 Before Forty list and I’ve made updates!

First update? I changed the way I wrote the title: I went from “Forty Before 40” to “40 Before Forty.” Somehow it just feels right. I do have more years of copywriting experience under my belt now. You know, older wiser, right? Ha!

Updated goals are in bold. As you can see, I have a lot of openings. Any suggestions?

1. Actually celebrate Valentine’s Day: DONE! I did it this past February! My 3-year old is pretty good motivation to go all out. At home, we made decorations, made and sent out cards, baked cookies, and on the big day, I made heart-shaped pizzas for dinner!

Professionally, I purchased a few of Loveland’s official Valentine’s Day cards to send to clients to wish them success in 2017. (I entered a design into the card contest, but didn’t win.) I also sent out a heart-themed newsletter.

I loved celebrating Valentine’s Day. Friends and family don’t expect Valentine’s cards, so it’s a fun way to brighten up February. I’ll be keeping up these new traditions.

2. Finish my chicken wall hanging and get it hung in my kitchen: DONE! I can’t remember when I finished this, but it’s been on my kitchen wall for a few years now. In fact, it’s been there so long that I realize I didn’t properly position the hangers. It droops a little bit. Now, I need to take it down and fix the hangers to alleviate the droopiness!

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Just a little droopy at the top. It’s probably the most adventurous quilting/sewing project I’ve done.

3. Pitch my book idea: Didn’t get done before 30, because it’s still percolating. Definitely will be ready by the time I turn 40.

4. Decorate the half bathroom: I have a vision. I just need to get focused and create a plan.

5. Attend the Modern Quilt Guild’s Quiltcon: Last year, through the magic of hashtags on Instagram, I discovered not only #quiltcon, but the Modern Quilt Guild. In February of 2016, I was furiously thumbing through photos on my phone and following quilters like crazy. I love the art form and craft so much that in June, I joined the guild. (It’s really not that expensive!) This year, I was excited for the convention, because I knew my feed would be filled with eye candy.  So, it’s my dream to attend the convention one day and see all those beautiful quilts in person.

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10. Do the Little Miami Triathlon: This is what I originally wrote about this goal: “My knee still hurts after riding for several miles due to an epic bike ride in Alaska in 2011. I will accomplish this or something similar.” Honestly, meh. I’m not too much into this. Maybe some more 5Ks? My knee is still sensitive to bike riding. So maybe I’ll just stick to jogging/walking.

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12. Host a brunch: I’m not so much into this anymore. I still like making quiche, but really, why call it that when you can say “breakfast casserole.” I’ll have to rethink this. Honestly, hosting people isn’t my jam. It’s not about the people, it’s about cleaning my house beforehand. (Don’t ask about the tidiness of my home.)

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14. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail: Question mark. Not sure how I feel about this.

15. Learn to hambone: Actually, I’m almost there. Ha!

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18. Become a 2-pet household: I’ve got a 2-kid household now. Hello, 30s! My cat Corey passed while I was pregnant with my first kid and we just wanted to focus on the kid. I might want a loftier goal. Chickens, maybe?

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26. Peep at some leaves on the East Coast: DONE! In September of 2013, my husband and I spent a week on the East Coast, mostly in Bar Harbor, Maine. It was fantastic. The trip was like a babymoon. I was 6 months pregnant.

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