Getting Clear on 2015 Quilting Goals - First Quarter

>> Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope you SHINE this year. I came up with this block while napping over the holidays. The computer generated star will be a button on the block. I have a few more word blocks planned too.

My Word for 2015 is CLARITY - getting clear on what I want, need, am, etc. When it comes to quilting that means looking at my UFOs and getting clear on what I'm doing with them!
I have 35 UFOs.
13 of them are quilts ready to be quilted.

I'm trying to be realistic about planning what to finish, what to make and how quickly as I know my teaching job will require me to use some of my nights for replenishing my energy and doing paperwork.

This is where I'm at today. I'm thinking/planning 3 months at a time and leaving myself wiggle room for those tempting projects that all seem to surface in the first 3 months of the year!

1. Finish machine quilting this wall hanging.
It's for me.
I have 2 more quarters to quilt, then sleeve, label, bind.

Dreamy deadline - February 14th!

Plan - to make this my 15 minute of quilting project
-always leave my machine ready with the thread for this project in it
-leave this project out and ready
-if I really don't feel like working on this - make the binding!

2. Christmas Quilt/Threads of Memory BOM

This quilt is to get quilted.
I'm quilting in 2 halves - one with 3 rows, one with 4.

I've made the backing for one half.
This project is BIG. I'm going to chunk it down into what feels like doable parts, knowing that my least favourite part of quilting is - quilting!

From January to March I would like to have these 3 things finished:
1) backing for second half (2 blocks of quilting time)
2) pin together first half of quilt (1 block of quilting time)
3) start quilting 1st row of first half of quilt (1 block of quilting time)

3. Finish last 4 Halloween 1904 blocks

The stars need to be blanket stitched.
I need to make more half square triangles for the blocks.
Some of the blocks will have border parts added as well.

I need to get this (even more) organized!

4. Roosting Robin
Some challenging fun!
This starts January 15th and is being hosted by some of the quilters at Pat Sloan's Quilt Mashup Forum.
We each need to pick our own centre - the fun is that the block never leaves home (hence it's roosting!)
Each month 2 border options will be given for us to pick from and use - or we can use both.
We're supposed to use only stash, which I love.
I picked this block because it's been sitting around for awhile and because with all the scrappy colours in it I should be able to find stuff in my stash to go with it!

The plan here is to stay caught up - one border each month.

5. Birthday Gifts
Of course there's more! I was planning to make my nieces and nephews pillowcases this year. Already I can see my stash is not going to cooperate. I will come up with something!

Two birthdays this quarter.
Plus mine, my husband, mom, my brother in law and daughter (but that's a different list, right!)

6. Sew Joy Creations
I'm also planning to make more designs this year.
My dream goal right now is 15 - that's 5 things a quarter with wiggle room!
Some will be free blocks or tutorials.
I really want to design another quilt pattern this year.
I really want to incorporate selvages into some of my designs this year.
This means incorporating design/play time into my quilting time to make it happen - then using quilting time to write, edit, photograph and put out the designs.

Goal - 3 to 5 designs by end of March.


As you can see I'm always working on something and thinking about working on even more! Here's a few more things I'm going to add to this list because I'm already thinking about how they're quick and easy and great little procrastinator finishes (and if I put them on the list they'll stop whispering in my ear!)

7. Primitive Gatherings' 10th Anniversary Stitch a Long

I love this little project. The pieces are small - those corner stars are 3 1/2 inches square! There's a few more borders to this one getting it all the way to 39 inches square. It was going to be my centre for the Roosting Robin (see #4), but I'm growing this with stash in rainbow colours and am going to need to do some more of my Halloween 1904 (#3 on the list) to free up some oranges.
I do have a yellow and a pink picked out for the next border and will play with it for a refreshing {mini} change.
{You can still find the instructions to make this one in the sidebar at Primitive Gatherings blog.}

8. Orphan Christmas Words

I found this in the pile of Christmas blocks while searching for fabric to finish my Christmas/Threads of Memory quilt top (#2).
I just need to blanket stitch around 'peace' then it can go back in the pile of blocks waiting to be made into a Christmas quilt.

9. Placemats to quilt

There are 4 here - ready to be quilted. They stare at me every time I sit down to sew. If I'd had a little more mojo at Christmas I would have snuck these in when I was finishing gifts. As it is, they will get done before the end of March!

10. Scrap block with desires of being an apron

This one just grew out of playing with leftover half square triangles from my free placemat pattern. I have some more hsts and some more scraps of the chocolate fabric. I think it would make a fun Valentine apron.
It's on the list which gives me permission to play with it. ;)

11. (I know this is a ridiculously LONG list!)
Batik mini 9 patch wall hanging

This one is still on my design wall like this.
I want to cut the remaining charm squares into 1.5 inch strips and do a border followed by a blue batik border.
Then it will be a top - this will get it checked off the list.
 I kind of know how I want to quilt it so it might get quilted this year too. Might. It's joining a long list of tops!

Overachiever? Yes.
Over planner? Yes.

But, I'm doing all this in my head all the time. Maybe I'll stop over planning or make doable plans if I put it out here - make it readable/real.

{Side note here that I am also thinking about the quilt that JUST needs quilted for my daughter (birthday in March), the wallhanging for my husband that JUST needs quilted (birthday in March) and the fact that it's a BIG birthday for my mom (in March!) Not officially on the list, but it would be nice if I became Superwoman for the month of February and made miracles happen in the quilting department. . . Maybe I will realize from this list making that these quilts can be quilted in time for Christmas and they can be put into next quarter's list - if this quarter's list shrinks!}

I think I should have made this list last year!

Oh well. I will update monthly on progress from the list.
Then at beginning of April I'll make a new list. It might look a LOT like this one!
We'll see.

Wishing you Joy in your life,

Sarah V


Rachel Slote-Brown January 2, 2015 at 9:25 PM  

That is quite a list, Sarah. Good luck. I have a few WIP's that I'd like to finish this year and some quilts that I've been waiting to start that I hope to do this year, as well. Can't wait to see your progress for this quarter.

Deb Fox-McHugh January 3, 2015 at 9:48 AM  

You can do it Sarah! I love the shine block. Happy 2015!

HelenMarie January 3, 2015 at 11:09 AM  

That's a great list! and lofty goals! But I know you can get it done. I haven't had a chance to review and update my list. That's on the to-do list for this weekend.

Beth January 3, 2015 at 4:55 PM  

I have some lists going too. While I have confessed to the number of UFOs that I have I am not sure I am brave enough to list out my plans. Maybe. ;)
Happy sewing.

lovetostitch January 4, 2015 at 7:28 AM  

Your BOM Threads of Memory quilt is a WOW!!!
Yes, long list, but at least you have it out there in front, so get clarity on what needs done in order to do it. I believe in you, and know you can do it!!
Happy New Year, Sarah! L. xo

Cathy January 4, 2015 at 1:12 PM  

So many wonderful projects. You are such an inspiration. Hugs

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