Friday, July 9, 2021

Mid-Year Review

I have been saying it for weeks... How can the year be 1/2 gone???  They say that time flies when you're having fun.  So... I guess I have been having a great time because they days seem to be zipping by at warp speed.

None the less, it is time for a mid-year check up to see if I have managed to do anything on my Annual Planning Party list.  

✔  Wrap up the Pieces from the Past Sew Along.  Did you see the quilt parade?
And if you happen to be interested in any or all of these blocks they are still available at no cost.  You can find the patterns by following the highlighted link above to the sew along page and then selecting each story to find the block and its pattern.

✔  Using all that I have learned to date with the Pieces From the Past Sew Along, I launched the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail Sew Along in April.  Following the same schedule as the previous sew along, I am publishing a new block every three weeks.  While my quilt has been finished for a few months, just recently I was able to take it to one of the local Santa Fe Trail Crossing sites.  

At this particular trail site they have a couple wagons... They had a regular passenger wagon, but they also had a freight wagon with a "pup" wagon in tow.  I chose to capture photos with the freight wagon since Marion's first journey on the Santa Fe Trail was with a driver of a freight wagon.  

If you haven't been following along, with each block I am sharing an excerpt of the book "Land of Enchantment" which is the book of Memoirs of Marion Sloan Russell.  You can get all of the details by following the highlighted link above.

Continue with our Camping Journal Quilt. I wonder what amazing adventures we have before us?  

Sadly, we did not get a spring trip. In fact, the camper was not even put on the truck until June!  We have enjoyed one trip with friends to a National Forest area but have a few more adventures planned in the coming weeks.

Rachel over at Fiona Sandwich is hosting a Summer Camp with a fun little check off list for various items, such as sewing near water, or sewing in a car and more.  I haven't gotten many blocks done, but it has been great fun seeing the creativity of all the participants.

As for my other goals... I have done nothing to even plan for them!  But I still have time.

❧  Whole-cloth quilt   

❧  Quilt As You Go project  

Other Stats::

⦿ 9 quilts finished that are table runner size or larger

⦿  4 mini quilts, 

⦿  1 table topper ready for quilting 

⦿  4 tops quilted for others

Favorite Finishes are, without a doubt, the Paper Doll Quilts!

So, I guess it is obvious what I need to work on for the the remainder of the year.  More camping and camping journal blocks!  😁

I'm not typically a procrastinator, but I think I'll be putting off the quilt-as-you-go and whole cloth projects for a while.  At least until this fall.  I have plenty of other things that will keep me busy in the studio.

Have you done a mid-year review?  
How are you doing with your goals?

Leave a comment.  I'd love to hear how you are doing!

Stay Piece-ful,


Linking with:

2021 Mid-year Check in at Quilting Jet Girl
Scrap Happy Saturday at Super Scrappy
Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Sunday Stash at QuiltPaintCreate
Patchwork & Quilts at The Quilting Patch
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts


  1. I still love all of those paper doll quilts floating around online!!! Congratulations on those wonderful finishes!
    I love your "sew in a camper" posts and am glad you have plans to get out of the house in camping adventures soon.

  2. I think you've made great progress so far this year, and hopefully this check in has you ready and looking forward to what you want to work on next!

  3. Great progress, Melva! I'm working on my PHD with Gail and it has many tasks, but they are being ticked off a little at a time. I can't believe the year is half over already either. I've got to get busy, busy, busy!!

  4. Great quilt photo. Have an awesome week. This year is barreling past us in a very fast way.

  5. It's SEW amazing how different the same pattern can look depending on what fabrics are used!

  6. Love the paper doll quilt !!! So Special.

  7. So much gorgeous work. The Paper Doll quilt is one of my favorites.

  8. You are making such good progress! At the beginning of the year I knew I was going to get a new hip, and my goal was to get well from that, which I am doing now. I finally picked up a rotary cutter last week (I broke my arm less than a week after my hip surgery) and sewed up some little 4-patches! I call that progress!

  9. Wonderful quilt parade! I love so much your paper doll quilt, well done for an half year!
    Thank you for linking up ;)