I feel like I was shorted the first week of 2016, but things are getting back to normal around here and I plan to make up for lost time.
My first goal for 2016 is to blog about my 2016 goals, one down!
So this was my number one goal for 2015.
And it worked out so well I'm keeping it for this year too. Last year I found that doing more of what makes me happy sometimes meant saying "no". For 2016 I hope to continue to say no, only this year without feeling guilty about it. Baby steps. But just stopping to think about what makes you happy can create happiness, give it a try!
My first quilting goal for 2016 is to finish my Snapshots quilt.
I've got a good start, the blocks are pieced and I've added the red sashing, which I love, it really adds a lot to each block! I hope to have this top finished this week.
I have a few 2015 goals that I'm carrying forward to 2106.
I'm still looking for the perfect fabric to make this pattern by Cindy Lammon.
I have the perfect spot to hang it, I'm hoping this is the year I find the yardage I like to finish this project. That's the main problem, it needs yardage not fat quarters.
Last year I also wanted to make a project using a Laundry Basket Quilts pattern. I have several, and love most all of Edyta's quilts.
It didn't happen in 2015, but I did buy another pattern, Driftwood! Hopefully this is the year.
Besides rolling over some 2015 goals, I'm rolling over four 2015 WIPs.
Zipper using Little Black Dress 2.
I love everything about this project. I stopped working on it when I was asked to sew some samples, I'll finish it this year for sure.
I started the Moda Sampler Block Shuffle. I like the patterns, the blocks, and my fabric choice.
But I think each block needs a hint of color, so I'm going to rework these blocks by adding some very pale solids.....I think. I plan to play around with them for sure.
My Plus project was interrupted by market sewing.
I like the fabric and the pattern, I may add some background fabric and rework the colors for a less busy look. Another project I look forward to finishing this year.
I don't plan to finish my Sue Daley Gathering Pieces project this year,
but it makes me happy to have a traveling/TV watching hand project to work on, so I'll keep plugging along.
And if that's not enough, here are a few new goals for 2016.
I have some friends that have been patiently waiting for quilts. But it's hard to make quilts that mesh with their tastes or decorating and also be something I want to make. When I was making traditional reproduction quilts, the list of interested takers was long, now that I enjoy sewing with brighter colors and more modern designs I don't get friends and family begging for my latest finish, lol. But I think I've thought of a solution to make everyone happy. Who can't use a Christmas quilt? (ok, yes, I know the people who don't celebrate Christmas do not want a Christmas quilt, but other than those folks, who can't use a festive throw or wall hanging?)
My goal this year to to finish at least 4 Christmas quilts, 6 would be better. And this By the Chimney pattern by Lella Boutique is the first one I plan to make, just as soon as I get the 2015 Christmas decorations put up and give myself a two week Christmas break. I figure I can squeeze in a Christmas project every other month.
I LOVE medallion quilts, and this book has dozens of projects and even more combinations to create an amazing and custom quilt.
Now I just need to decide on a plan of attack for the fabric.
HSTs are my favorite, and there are several patterns in Jeni's book that I want to make,
I hope to make at least one of them in 2016.
I love these color books by Vanessa Christensen, there's one book left to complete the set, Purple.
There are projects in each book that appeal to me, and I would even like to try to make a blue, green and purple quilt, even though I don't like blue, green or purple.
Last year I finished what I thought was the first of many projects using Cotton and Steel fabrics.
I only finished Cotton and Steel One, hopefully Cotton and Steel Two will make it to my Lifetime Quilt List this year.
This top showed up on Instagram during 2015, I've been patently waiting for Moda to release the pattern,
maybe 2016 is the year!!
And if that's not enough, I would like to learn how to use EQ7. I draw my designs using paper and pencils, but being able to easily add and change colors to the designs I have flloating around in my head would maybe be fun.
So that's my plan for 2016, more like my starting point, I'm always open to joining a good sew along or jumping on the latest new thing. What's one goal you have for 2016? Leave a comment with something you would like to work on this year and be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to your favorite online shop, Amazon, Fat Quarter Shop, your choice, if they'll send it to you electronically it's yours.
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