Friday, January 3, 2020

New Year, New Quilts To Make

Happy 2020!  I'm not big on New Year's resolutions but this year I want to spend more time doing what I love and that means making more time for quilting.  I'm determined to find a way and make a plan.

As part of more quilting, I have two over-arching needs:  tackle some UFOs and thin out my fabric stash.  In December, I gave in to temptation and bought a kit and a fat quarter bundle in the Fig Tree 12 days of Christmas sale.  When my package arrived, I had a tough time finding a place to store the new fabric.  I need to whittle my stash down to what can be reasonably stored in my sewing room. Right now, I  have a couple of bins in the attic and I tend to forget what's up there.   But I have a couple of ideas for quilts that will use some of my stash.  And I shudder to think how many UFOs I have hidden about. 

First UFO is this set of hexies I made in 2018.  They are still in the box!  This is going to be my first project to tackle because I know exactly what I want to do with them. 

A couple of months ago, I came across this pattern online, Piece & Love quilt.  It was "heart" at first sight!  I have charm packs to use for the heart.  My next step is to ransack my stash to see if I  have background fabric on hand, otherwise a trip to my LQS is in store.  I'd like to make this in February, though it will not be quilted in time for Valentine's Day. 

Last year, I saw this Summer Moon BOM all over the internet but was not particularly interested until I saw the quilt in real life at my LQS.   They are offering it as a block of the month but I think I could make it from my stash.  I'm mentally debating it, and also considering whether to do it slowly, as a BOM, or work on it start to finish without interruptions.  I've made a couple of sampler quilts but never done a BOM before. 

I continue to work on my hexie flowers for Flowers for Emma.  I'm not in a rush; this could be my portable project for the next year or so. 

Do you have quilting goals for the new year?

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  1. I'm not a resolution maker either but at the beginning of the year I do like to take some time to set out a bit of a plan for finishes/new projects and maybe identify a new technique or two that I'd like to try. Your projects are just lovely - it will be a great way to start your year.

  2. Oooh, looks like some beautiful projects in the making! I loved your line - tackle some UFOs and thin out my fabric stash - that describes my situation to a T. My stash is overflowing (to say the least) and I have several UFOs that need attention. Looking forward to seeing your projects develop -- Happy New Year!!!

  3. Happy New Year and hope you get to do more sewing this year....always an issue for all of us. Love your hexie flowers and these will be beautiful. I also want to pare down my fabrics but find myself looking at all the new lines coming out.....very bad and am trying to be good. Good luck with your thinning out those fabrics.....

  4. I find working on quilts once a month annoying. After several months, I think give me the patterns and let me get it finished! You have lovely projects planned for the year. Happy stitching!


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