**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 one...my 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!!