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2019 Goals


Quilting, like life, is a work in progress, isn’t it?  After enough years the goals and resolutions begin to repeat themselves.  Whether progress has been made or not, there’s always more to do.  And if it’s a worthwhile goal, why not keep it up?

Keep up with my photos.

  • I need to clean out my Dropbox every month after my goals post, deleting repetitive photos and filing others in the proper folders.  Did some of this, I can do better.
  • I really, really, need to add photos to Flickr every month, so I’m not doing it all at the end of the year.  Besides, it’s more fun to add current photos and interact with friends and groups.  I kept up with this through July, so that’s something.  I can do better.

Organize my studio.

This is a repeated one, but it needs it again.

  • I need to better store boxes and packing materials.  Boxes need to go in another room.       I may need some new bins for packing storage.  Yes!  Looks much better.
  • I want to declutter some of the knick knacks I have on display.  Yes.
  • I should vacuum and put away fabric after each project.  Did well on the fabric, sometimes vacuumed.

Make things other than quilts.

This is another goal from the past.  These won’t be the elaborate things some people make, but just a change, and practice reading patterns.

  • I’m making a tree skirt
  • I want to make some more easy tote bags, because I have more uses and ideas.  Yes, made two different ones.
  • I’ll try a new zipper pouch pattern.  No, not a new pattern, but I sewed two pouches with my own improvised designs.

Get back into printmaking.

I keep mentioning this and not doing much with it.  Let this be the year!

  • Borrow or buy a book or two about printing on fabric.
  • Experiment with some easy media like foam or cardboard that will hurt my hands less than carving blocks.
  • Turn the results into hangings, etc.

I bought three used books on various kinds of printmaking, but I didn’t get around to doing any printing.

Turn over my stash

  • Use 25 -50 net yards of fabric this year.  It’s getting harder, now that I’m down 500 yards from when I started this.
  • Add back in colors and prints that I need.  I haven’t found a subscription service that’s just right, so I’m doing my own.  Last year I added greens, this month it was blues.

I used 45 net yards, so that was good.  I added whites one month, and a 12lb. box from Fat Quarter Shop, and then the rest was for projects.

I’m counting on you to hold me to these!  Good luck on your goals this year!

January Goals:

    1. Make tree skirt for our new tree so I won’t be scrambling at the last minute come December. Yes!  Here it is.
    2. Applique pine cones on guest bathroom towels (same reason).  Yes.  This was tiny, I didn’t take a picture.
    3. Begin pulling and cutting fabrics for Charlotte’s Handy Dandy Scrap Quilt.  Yes.
    4. Complete Step One of Charlotte’s HDS Quilt.  Yes.  The photo is in this post.
    5. Make donation pillowcases.  Yes, here they are.

Bonus:  Purple baby quilt, zipper pouch, and tote bag.


February Goals:

    1. Make donation blocks for Kat’s Covered in LoveYes!  Here.  And they’re mailed.
    2. Complete Step 2 of the Handy Dandy Scrap QuiltYes!  Here.
    3. Determine pattern and collect fabrics for my brother’s quilt.  No.  I did try, but I couldn’t get a decision from them about the pattern.  I’ll pursue this in March.
    4. Complete top for log cabin donation quilt.  No, didn’t touch this.

Bonus:  I made a tote bag, a zipper pouch, pillow covers, and a fabric basket.


March Goals:

  1. Complete Step 3 of the Handy Dandy Scrap QuiltYes!
  2. Determine pattern and collect fabrics for my brother’s quilt.  No progress.  They’re thinking about it.
  3. Make last twelve log cabin blocks.  Yes!
  4. Assemble top for log cabin donation quilt.  Yes!

Bonus:  I made a commissioned baby quilt.


April Goals:

  1. Make blocks for Kat’s Covered in Love March/April block driveYes!  Made, mailed, and received.
  2. Make a donation baby quilt from scraps.  Yes!  It’s Stellar!
  3. Quilt and bind the log cabin quilt.  Yes!  Here.
  4. Decide on a quilting plan for the Slow QuiltNo, didn’t touch this.
  5.  Complete Clue 4 for the Handy Dandy Scap QuiltI only have half of this sewn together.


May Goals:

  1. Finish Clue 4 for the Handy Dandy Scrap Quilt. Yes!  Here.
  2. Complete Clue 5/Reveal for the Handy Dandy Scrap Quilt. Yes!
  3. Make a baby quilt from fabric that’s been hanging around for too long. Yes!  Here.


June Goals:

  1. Make back and binding for Handy Dandy.  Yes.  I had just enough of some bird fabric that’s been hanging around forever.
  2. Baste and begin quilting Handy Dandy.  No.
  3. Make a baby quilt from recent scraps.  Yes, here.

Bonus:  I had enough scraps to make this baby quilt, and this one!


July Goals:

  1. Baste Handy Dandy quilt.  Yes!
  2. Begin quilting Handy Dandy.  Yes!
  3. Make red, white, and blue star blocks for Kat’s Covered in Love July/August driveYes!


August Goals:

  1. Finish quilting Handy DandyNo.  I made progress, but not done.
  2. Bind Handy Dandy.  Nope!
  3. Make a baby quilt from a “Moon and Back” panel for my shop.  Yes!  Here.


September Goals:

  1. Make some Christmas coasters from scraps.  Yes, several sets.
  2. Make a wall hanging from a printed panel.  Yes!  In fact I made three from the same panel.  Here they are.
  3. Start a nordic-themed quilt from a printed panel.  Yes!  And finished it!  Right here.

Bonus:  I sewed a small zipper pouch for my purse.


October Goals:

  1. Make donation blocks for Kat’s September/October block driveYes!  I made a dozen and mailed them.  See above.
  2. Finish quilting Handy DandyUm, no.  I got it out and quilted one more row of it, but there’s a lot more to do.
  3. Bind Handy Dandy.  No.
  4. Begin a Christmas scrap quilt.  Begun and finished!  Once I started, I couldn’t stop on this one.


November Goals:

  1. Design, communicate, and order fabrics for Louisville commission quilt.  Yes!
  2. Piece top for Louisville.  Yes!
  3. Quilt and bind Louisville.  In progress.
  4. Pull fabrics, begin cutting for Charlotte’s new mysteryI have chosen my two background fabrics, so that’s a start.
  5. Work on Handy DandyNope.

Bonus:  Had a commission for a copy of this Christmas quilt, ordered fabric, made it, and sent it off to Germany.  Fingers crossed it arrived!


December Goals:

  1. Finish the Louisville quilt.  Yes!
  2. Make blocks for Kat’s Nov/Dec Covered in Love driveYes, twelve.
  3. Pull fabric and begin cutting for Charlotte’s Scrap Fantasy MedallionI pulled the fabric but didn’t cut.
  4. Finish Handy Dandy???  Yes, finally!