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Goals for 2014

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My quilting the past year felt a little directionless, so I’m trying to sets a few goals for this year.

Bags

I’ve sewn purses and bags through the years, but haven’t tried the new ones popular in this century.

  • I asked for and received Purses, Bags, and Totes by Moya’s Workshop for Christmas.
  • I’ve been saving Pins, tutorials, and posts about bags I like on Evernote for the last two years.  (Do you use Evernote to save everything in your life?  Recipes, blog posts, web pages, everthing, all nice and organized and private.  Across all devices.  I love it.)
  • I think little zipper pouches would make good gifts for kids at Christmas, and would be a good way to try out several patterns.

Quilt Variety

I tend to get into ruts extended studies on the same pattern or quilting design.  I don’t think that’s all bad, but I want to branch out some this year.

  • Do more with curved piecing.  It’s been a while.
  • Pick out a block pattern I’ve never used before.
  • Asked for Fabulous Feathers and Fillers by Sue Nichols for Christmas.  Okay, so that’s not different, but maybe I can take them in another direction.  And I could stand to learn a new filler or two.
  • Saw a great old quilt with really bold sashing that I want to try.

Slow Quilt

I do love to pull fabrics with abandon, cut big patches quickly, and stitch up a bright, fresh quilt before the energy can leave me, but maybe it’s time to slow down and make something planned and elaborate and maybe even show quality.  Maybe.

Stash

My goal is to have a net use of 100 yards again this year.  I’ve done it the previous two years.  I think the wire basket drawers where I keep my fabric are closing a little easier… hard to tell, but I must be making progress.  At least the fabric is turning over, and the drawers are stuffed with more modern fabric that is more my taste.  Sunday Stash Report at Patchwork Times is a great motivator, and I’ve really enjoyed my membership in the Flickr group, Stash Pact II:  Electric Bugaloo.  I can’t tell if we’re going into the new year, but I hope so.  There haven’t been comments in quite a while, but we continue to post photos as we sew, knit, scrap, etc., our way through our stashes.  Really positive people.

Getting It Done 2014

I haven’t seen if Judy is doing this again at Patchwork Times, but I hope so, and I expect she will.

January Goals

  1. Make ten pillowcases to go with the two I have for donation.
  2. Make HST commission quilt
  3. Make string commission quilt
  4. Scrapitude, step 4

February Goals

  1. Quilt the log cabin Quilt of Honor quilt. (Did this during the QOV and Sports Bowl Sew-Ins.)
  2. Piece and quilt triangle commission quilt.
  3. Piece and quilt string commission quilt.
  4. Assemble Scrapitude top.

March Goals

1. Assemble Disappearing Pinwheels top.
2. Quilt DP quiltFinished, and mailed off for Oso, WA.
3. Make baby quilt for Etsy shop.  Hey, I got on a roll and made three! Chevron Strings, and the Construction Quilts.

4. Make floral quilt for Etsy shop.  Nope.  But I’ll be finished with four pillow covers before the month is over, so that’s something.

 

April Goals

1. Quilt gray and yellow quilt.   Finished.  See 1 and 2 here.

2. Make commissioned baby quilt in navy.

3. Make a floral quilt.  No, I didn’t.  I made a beach quilt instead.

4. Design a block for my Slow Quilt.  I’m collecting the fabricsDone.

 

May Goals

1.  Finish bright floral quilt.   Yes!

2. Make blocks for Slow Quilt.   Um, made one.

3.  Donate older baby quilts to Project Linus.   I put them in a bag…  I made a new one from scraps….

4.  Commit to a small pouch/bag project and gather supplies.    Nothing.  Never though about it.

 

 

June Goals

1.  Make blocks for Slow Quilt  Yes!  And completed the top!  It’s marinating while I consider batting and quilting.

2.  Donate baby quilts to Project Linus  Yes!  Regular contact seems to have quit;  forced to go to new-to-me quilt shop and dine out afterward, but it’s done!

3.  Commit to a small pouch/bag project and gather supplies.  Sort of .  I’ve decided on box pouches for the kids.  Need to order zippers.

4.  Make something with scraps just for fun.   TWO Rail Fence quilts for Amanda Jean’s Scrap Basket Quilt Along!

 

July Goals

1.  Make 5-7 box pouches for kids’ Christmas gifts.  No.  Made one, for practice, for myself.  I have the zippers, interfacing, chose fabrics.

2.  Organize stash.  Yes, partially.  I emptied, culled small pieces, and refolded fabric in the most-used drawers.  Much better.

3.  Clean, straighten sewing studio.  Progress!  Never totally done, but I put away fabric, etc., gave away a semi-working machine, caught up on mending, and did some major vacuuming and dusting.

 

August Goals

1.  Make 8-10+ box pouches for Christmas gifts.  Who doesn’t need one of these?  I made 6 of these.  Taking a break.

2.  Make a Disappearing Hourglass quilt.  Progress.  I’ve made all 48 Hourglass blocks.  Working this weekend to “Disappear” them into star blocks.

3.  Continue studio organization (or organisation!).  Refolded some of my fabric drawers, cut scraps, made saved sheets into pillowcases for DS. 

 

September Goals

1.  Finish Disappearing Hourglass quilt for QoV. (Assemble top, quilt, and bind.). Yes, finished!  So is its pillowcase.

2.  Clean out cabinet that backs against my sewing table.  If I lose unused craft supplies, it will be a good,dark place to store quilts.  Did it!

3.  Make two more children’s boxy pouches.  Well, no.

4.  Make a Christmas scrap quilt to sell or donate.  Yes!  Stay tuned for photos.

 

October Goals

1.  Finish those last few box pouches.  No.  I looked at them a few times.

2.  Cut scraps for Scrap-in-a-Box.  Yes!  All ready for January!

3.  Quilt and finish the Slow Quilt.  No, but I made progress.  Tableing it for now.

 

November Goals

1.  Finish those box pouches!  Yes! Done!

2.  Make something with curved piecing.  Maybe purple and lime?  Well, yes!  That would be Spring Violets.

3.  Make some pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer. Yep. Here.  And here.

4.  Research quilting ideas.  A bit, yes.

 

December Goals

1.  Commission maple leaf wall hanging.

2.  Various pouches for friend gifts.

3.  Courthouse Steps donation quilt.

4.  Baby quilts from scraps.

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