Monday, December 20, 2010

2011 Quilting Goals

Elizabeth from Don't Call Me Betsy is hosting a link-up party on her blog for people to share their 2011 goals for sewing and quilting.  She mentioned last week that she would be doing this, and it got me thinking.  I'm still in a bit of a slump with my creativity and haven't had any great ideas recently.  I'm currently working on relatively boring potholders for the neighbor Christmas gifts, but no new quilts.

I was honestly a bit overwhelmed when I put together my list of finished quilts for 2010.  I was able to accomplish a lot because my kids have been fantastic sleepers this past year.  For most of 2010 the babies took a 1 1/2 hour morning nap, and all three kids took 3 hour afternoon naps.  That is my secret folks.  I don't have many outside obligations and my kids are marathon sleepers.  Then the babies are in bed by 6:30 and Miss C is in bed by 7:30.  That's how I have gotten so much done.

This has changed quite drastically recently, and my sewing time has suffered a lot.  Naptime is shorter for the twins and pretty much non-existent for Miss C.  I miss it.  I am certainly not going to make 19 quilts in 2011, and that's okay.  I also want to be much more selective about the quilts I do make.  So here goes.

1.  A HST (half-square triangles) Quilt:  I plan to do 12" blocks with sashing.  Each block will be made up entirely (or almost entirely) of HST.  I had the idea last week and then saw this pillow and knew I wanted to make a quilt like it.  I'm still deciding on fabrics, but I think this will be one of my first projects of the year.  Here are some other ideas for my blocks:

1. SNTMVQB Block from Lisa P, 2. SNTMVQB Block from Gretchen, 3. SNTMVQB Block from Jessica, 4. February Block for Bee Crazy, 5. Urban Circus Quilt, 6. Half Square Triangles Galore

2.  A Flying Geese Quilt:  I'm not sure on a design yet, but I have wanted to try flying geese for a while.
1. Sarah's quilt (quilt4), 2. Another Mug Rug..., 3. Front, 4. flying gooses, 5. Patchwork Pillows, 6. The critics  (#3 is actually HST, but I like the idea of offsetting the flying geese so I included it.)

3.  A quilt to donate to the bone marrow transplant unit at the University Hospital.  My father received two stem cell transplants in this unit.  He then passed away in this same unit from treatment complications.  I visited him almost everyday while he was there for his second transplant because I was close-by, attending grad school at the U of U.  I still miss him terribly.  Patients receive a quilt on their "birthday" or their transplant day.  This quilt was very important to him and also to my mom now that he is gone.  It's something I have been thinking about for a while.  Our local modern quilt guild is donating a quilt to this unit, but I also really want to make my own to donate.  Even though he has been gone almost nine years now, I feel like it's part of the healing process for me.  I want to give something to someone going through the same thing. Cancer treatment is a nasty thing.

4.  A new argyle pillow.  I miss ours.  I think our couch needs a new one.  I'll also put together a tutorial on how to do it.

5.  A lattice baby quilt.  A friend of mine had a baby months ago.  I have wanted to make a baby quilt for her and just haven't gotten to it.  I'm thinking of doing the lattice quilt pattern again because I love how it comes out and also so I can put together a tutorial for that one. 

6.  A cathedral windows pillow.  I loved Brooke's ever since she brought it to quilt guild.  It's been on my list to try for quite a while.  I just think they look so classy.

7.  Finish my wonky log cabin quilt.  I've only made one block, but I really like it.  I just need to make 11 more.

8.  Participate in my first quilting bee.  I'm really excited about our group and all the fabulous quilters who have signed up.  I can't wait to see what they request as well as what everyone makes.

9.  Use my Bliss fat quarter pack I won from Adrianne at Little Bluebell.

I think that's a good list to get me going.  We'll see how 2011 compares to 2010.


  1. I haven't even thought of next year quilts. . . in all honesty I'm trying to do all the projects in Oh Fransson's book.

  2. I need to put together a list like this too. Helps to motivate. I've got a HST quilt on my list too. Love all your plans! Hope you get better naptimes in 2011. I'm totally dreading the days when my daughter doesn't nap anymore.

  3. What a great list! I think Brooke's inspired a lot of us to tackle a cathedral window block or two. I love that wonky log cabin block you started, I especially love that you're using solids for it! Thanks for linking up :)

  4. Your list is quite amazing for the coming year! Before you know it your kids will all be in school and you will get back some of the lost hours. So, until then, enjoy your time with the little ones.

  5. I love the specificness of "use that bliss fat quarter pack!" I need to add "use that nicey jane fq bundle" to my list. :)

  6. I want to see more Wonky log cabin blocks! :) Great goals! The cathedral windows quilt is on my list as well. Good luck with all your goals!

  7. This is such a great list full of lots of inspiring projects. I can't wait to see more of the wonky log cabin blocks! I have one on my list too! Good luck with your goals!

  8. Love your list and I adore your wonky log cabin. Hmmm...ideas, ideas....

  9. Wow, I love your log cabin block. Beautiful. Definitely do more of those!

    What happened to your argyle pillow - you don't have it anymore? I love that pillow, it's in my favorites! Would love to see a tutorial on it.

  10. First of all, kudos to you for making time to quilt as a busy mom of young children. I started when mine were 3 and 5, and though I miss the "cute" days (they are 20 and 22 now!), I do appreciate the free time I have now. Great projects--I am in a use-it-up mode after many years of collecting fabric. Making quilts for charity is on my list. That does not stop me from starting some fun applique projects for our home, however. I keep the projects in clear totes with the picture of the project visible so I can see on a glance what is yet unfinished and choose one.