2017 Ambitions

This is where I will list my goals and update my accomplishments throughout the year- more for my own records and examination than for others but I hope it will be interesting.


So, last year, I managed to lose about 30 pounds and run a half marathon.  However, I gained back all the weight and haven’t been really running in forever!  My excuses were many- its too hot to run, too cold to run, I’m too busy, I’m too lazy…

For 2017, I want to get back with my running- no half marathon goal or anything so adventurous but more of a lifestyle change that can be continued forever and still accommodate my life and other interests.

  1. run or elliptical or hiking at least 3 days per week
  2. 100 days of miles challenge in 2017
  3. eat better- more fruit, more veggies, less sugar, less bread, less coffee creamer


Here I am going to include my list of works in progress, patterns or fabric I own that haven’t even been started, and quilts that absolutely need to be finished this year.  It is going to be a shocking list to some of you, others will be able to relate…

I have also decided to join the 17 projects in 2017 challenge.  See it here:   https://pomegranateandchintz.wordpress.com/17-ufos-in-2017/   My 17 projects are in bold.

  1.  barely started and must finish by May red, black, grey graduation quilt– double sided
  2. not started or purchased yet, must finish by May graduation quilt
  3. must quilt & bind ASAP antique quilt for a friend- need to piece the back- NYE on the machine- 2 more rows to go, then binding.  I can’t find the fabric that I bought for binding…
  4. Lillian”s Disney quilt- double sided- need to finish piecing the back and quilt it…
  5. bind Lillian’s hand art quilt
  6. Orca art quilt started in a Gail Garber workshop
  7. Orca Bay mystery- finish piecing etc.
  8. Easy Street Mystery- finish piecing etc.
  9. Hand binding of Oklahoma Back roads-finished Feb. 11, 2017
  10. Hand binding of Orange/pink hearts quilt
  11. birds in the air blocks- won from block lotto- make into a quilt
  12. bind garden lattice quilt
  13. bind statue of Liberty QOV
  14. bind Quilts for Kids baby quilt and send off
  15. quilt & bind pagoda quilt
  16. finish applique, etc. geisha quilt
  17. finish 4 block a week quilt along
  18. finish row by row animal quilt and publish patterns on blog-done but still a flimsy
  19. finish 2 England/Europe quilts- one for me, one for my sister
  20. new paris blocks purchased for scrap quilt…
  21. 2 raggedy ann & andy quilt for me and mom
  22. safe haven quilt- started with a friend and now long forgotten
  23. sherbet colored layer cake blocks into a quilt
  24. french quarter green and brown- finish piecing
  25. Oliver’s picnic quilt
  26. quilt & bind sewing machine quilt
  27. Antique reproduction from Williamsburg museum
  28. Snapshots quilt along- need to finish blocks- only about half way through
  29. Row by row hawaiian fabrics- only about a third of the rows done
  30. bark cloth- need to quilt
  31. hawaiian fabrics collected- need to choose a pattern
  32. Sandia Sunrise- my own design- partially pieced
  33. polar bear- fabrics purchased
  34. cat and dog scrap quilt- fabrics purchased
  35. Harry Potter book shelf- partially pieced
  36. participate in block lotto as much as possible- starting with January blocks ASAP- 5 January blocks made on December 29th!

Is anyone overwhelmed yet?  I certainly am!!!!

37.  granny square scrap quilt- a few blocks done

38.  Orange Jelly roll race

39.  Ivory 9 patch- need to finish piecing

40.  I am sure there are more but that’s all I can remember without cleaning the sewing room which is almost too messy for me to get into to start working…oh, yes, Victoria falls- a scrap quilt in my own design.

41.  Brown and green 4 patch scrap quilt- made some progress in January

42. Tv cabinet runner

43.  modern quilt from a workshop

Ouch…I better get started.  Se why I have no time to run!!!!  Forget groceries, I will be sewing all day.


To add to the to-do list, my current passion is learning to crochet.  I started a lap afghan last night.  Looks like it will be smaller than I really wanted so I will finish it and then still want another one probably.  However, it is a good size for learning how to ripple.  I am trying to not have too many crochet projects going.  I just have this and an almost finished dog sweater right now.  But, I have yarn for so much more…


To top that all off, I absolutely MUST complete a dossier for work in order to earn a huge raise.  My personal deadline is March, though it really isn’t “DUE” until October.  Wish I didn’t know that…


Child number one is starting her second semester of college and is hoping to get an apartment next year rather than a dorm…

Child number two will be a senior next year and needs to start researching colleges…

My husband and I need more time together!  We would like to do more hiking, more backpacking, more photography outings- his hobby, not mine.

Would be great if I could become a better housekeeper in there and still find some time to enjoy reading and writing some fiction.  Has anyone figured out this cloning stuff yet?  I could use a few more of me…I’m sure we all could.

So, 2017, already as crammed full as all other years.  I will be celebrating accomplishments, not chasing after goals.

Blessings to you in the New Year!


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