Monday, December 20, 2010

Quilting goals for 2011

I have spent the past week working on a list of projects and goals I want to accomplish in 2011.  Making this list has been very theraputic for me since I have completely lost steam since the Christmas season started.  Getting everything written down on paper really made me feel organized and re-energized for 2011!!

**Disclaimer**--I know that I am being a little over confident with my list of projects.  I am having a baby in March, and I think anyone with children will agree that newborns can be a bit of a time-suck!!  I will be lucky to finish half of this list, but Elizabeth set up a little linky, and what can I say?  I'm a joiner!!

1.  I have three quilts leftover that I really wanted to finish up this year.  My top priority quilt that I plan to start working on as soon as Christmas is over is the Dr. Seuss quilt for baby #2.  Instead of Christmas quilts, the red, white, and blue quilt and blue and brown quilt will become birthday quilts.  I blogged about the three of these here.

2. My Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt: As usual this project went immediately to the back burner once other projects became more interesting for me.  I am in no hurry to finish it, but I did think it was important to list it so that it isn't completely forgotten.  I think this will be a good project to work on after baby gets here.
Blogged about here.

3. For the past year I have been collecting blue and gray fabrics for a quilt for our bed.  I want to use a modified version of Denyse's What a Bunch of Squares.  The fabrics I want to use are a combination of a few Art Gallery, Riley Blake, and Michael Miller prints.  I can't wait to see how this one turns out!

4.  I also want to make something with my collection of Hope Valley fabrics.  I fell in love with the line as soon as I saw it and when it was available I went out and bought all of it.  Unfortunately, it has sat on the shelf ever since (except of course when I would take it down to pet it).  I am not sure what pattern I want to use, but I definitely want to try to do something this year!  Maybe a dresden plate?  That might be a little too ambitious...

Here is my beautiful collection in all its glory with some Kona Medium Gray I am thinking about using with it.

5.  I also want to make a quilt with my collection of Nicey Jane that I have been collecting since it came out.  I am thinking about using Amy Butler's Sexy Hexy pattern.  We'll see though...all those templates look time consuming...

I will probably have to do a little more collecting before I can officially start this husband will be thrilled!!

6.  I have two cousins that will be celebrating their three year anniversaries this coming year and I still haven't completed their wedding quilts!  If I don't hurry up I will be making quilts for their children before I have finished their wedding quilts!  I collected fabrics based on the colors for their weddings: one peacock colors and one autumn colors (but no orange, black or purple).  Here are the stacks of fabric below I am still deciding the designs I want to use.

7.  The last one I am listing is for my little man.  He has almost outgrown the baby quilt I made for him, so I would like to finally make the airplane quilt I wanted to make for him before he was born.  I will make it bigger though, so it will fit on his toddler bed.  I am going to use an adorable Michael Miller print with some Kona solids.  I want to use this tutorial to make paintbox blocks.

Those are the specific projects I am hoping to make happen next year.  I am sure some will be dropped from the list and others will be added, but I have renewed my interest and determination to get things accomplished this year!  Somewhere in the middle of all of these I want to make the Urban Lattice quilt, and I have two Bliss jelly rolls that are calling my name!  There is just never enough time to finish it all...

My goals are pretty simple:

1.  I want to practice, practice, practice my machine quilting.  I am getting more comfortable, but I still need a lot of work.

2.  I want to use up my old stash that I have had for over ten years, but it isn't really my style anymore.  I think I will try to use it for some charity quilts.  It is all good quality quilt store fabric it's just no longer my cup of tea.

3.  I learned my lesson this year about putting off Christmas projects until November.  I hope to start working on Christmas projects at the latest this summer.  I would love to make stockings for the four of us, a tree skirt, pillows, and a quilt.

4.  The most important goal I have for this year is to enjoy my hobby.  I don't want to get so caught up in finishing something by a certain time that I don't enjoy the process.  After all this is a hobby, not a job...

I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else is planning for next year!!  Sorry for such a long post!!


felicity said...

wow - that is quite a list even without a babe arriving in March! But you're like me - you feel more organized and at ease when everything's written out.

I want to thank you for linking to that DS pattern. I hadn't heard of it before, and I'm working on a quilt for our bed this year, too - with one of my Bees. I was thinking Bento Box butnow that I see What A Bunch Of Squares, i've got some other ideas percolating...!

Lee said...

Oh, congratulations on the new baby! How exciting!

I agree with Felicity - I don't think I've ever seen the What a Bunch of Squares pattern, but I love love LOVE it! Thanks for the link! Does that pattern use templates, or is the wonkiness more improvisational? The Sexy Hexy pattern is great too, but looks a little intimidating.

I love goal #4. Here we are getting all caught up in our lists, but your goal #4 is what it's really all about. Thanks for the reminder. : ) Happy holidays!

Elizabeth D. said...

Congratulations on the new arrival on its way! Thank you for sharing that DS pattern, I'd seen it discussed before, but somehow I hadn't seen it!

I agree with Lee, #4 is key. It's not a job (though if someone would pay me for this, I'd gladly make it a job!), it's a fun, wonderful hobby, and I love that we all get to share it with one another with blogs and Flickr and such.

Thanks so much for joining in the listmaking fun, and happy holidays to you!

Diane said...

Great list! I am all over the goal to start Christmas things earlier this year... I am packing up the cirlces for my holiday pillow and felt for stockings as well as the scraps from my Christmas quilt but vow not to wait till November to get them out again.