Friday, December 31, 2010

New Beginnings


Almost 2011...a new beginning...and I have lots of projects in mind!  I set some goals this week--beginning by looking at my inspiration board.  There are lots of hexagons and dresdens on the wall...so I know I'll be making more of those in 2011.  I loved making the "zig zags" for this project, so I know I'll be making more of those, too. I have a list of things I love in my inspiration notebook and also made lists of patterns I want to make, fabrics I want to sew with, and things I want to design on my own. I want to give more quilts to charity in 2011, and I want to make more scrappy quilts.  I definitely want to make a string quilt--something I didn't get to in 2010.  But most importantly, I want to have fun with my sewing and quilting!


I also want to write more about the "process" of quilting and creativity.  There have been some great posts on this recently (I think this may have been the post that started it all). Last evening as I cut into my little "Soul Blossoms" collections I thought a lot about this.  I thought about what a joy it is to actually cut up my fabrics, thinking of projects all the time.  This time, I not only cut my usual pieces of 5" squares, 2 1/2" strips, and 1 1/2" strips...


but I also cut Dresdens for a scrappy Dresden quilt later in the year...


and hexagons--because I'm hopelessly in love with making them! Sometimes while cutting fabrics for a project I'm inspired to make something completely different with the same fabrics--a project I might not have even thought of until working with the fabrics themselves. This is part of the process of creating--a part I love!


I want to use more grey in my projects in 2011...it's such a great neutral...I love the Sunkissed greys and the greys in Sherbet Pips. I want to work on unfinished projects (I actually made a master list the other night of everything I need to get to finish my unfinished projects--I have several quilts on hangers that just need backings). I want to start organizing my scraps by color rather than by collection, and I want to start Christmas 2011 projects in January! These "quilty" goals should keep me pretty busy! What are your goals for 2011?

Finally, I can't conclude my last post of 2010 without thanking all of you who write blogs and read blogs and carry on conversations about this great art.  I'm inspired every day by your creativity and ideas, and I'm grateful to be a part of this amazing community of quilters and bloggers who share their projects and their process--the sharing is priceless.  Best wishes for 2011!


34 comments:

Carol said...

Happy New Year Sherri. Your hexagon flower quilt is going to be so cute. I organize my fabric by color and I like that way of organizing it. I've also noticed more grey colors coming out, I should incorporate them more too. I love the Sunkissed fabric and Sherbet Pips. I'm hoping for great quilt accomplishments in 2011.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Soul Blossom hexies and Dresdens are going to be great! I may have to follow your lead on them. And that Sunkissed is beautiful. So much beautiful fabric and so little time! Happy New Year Sherri!

Rene' said...

Wonderful post Sherri and wonderful goals for 2011! I have no doubt that you will reach them all! I can't wait to see all the inspiration you have to share with us. Happy New Year!!!

Mystica said...

So much beautiful work here. Thanks for the post and wishing you all the best for the New Year.

Quilter Kathy said...

Inspiring post...thanks Sherri! Good luck with meeting your new goals in 2011.

PamKittyMorning said...

thanks for all the wonderful inspiration and for your friendship! Thrilled that 2011 we'll all meet up in SLC! Happy New Year!

Sue said...

Such great goals.
Hexagons are addicting, aren't they? I love making them as well.
I intend to spend more time quilting than every before :)

Happy new Year!

barb's creations said...

You sound so like me with your goals and organising yourself and your fabrics I had to have a quiet laugh.It's as though you'd just peeked into my mind and wrote what I've been contemplating all last week.Good luck with 2011 I'm sure it will be a lovely crafty year for you.I look forward to seeing how you go with incorporating greys into your quilts.I love seeing what you make as it inspires me to keep going with mine.Thanks for an insipiring 2010 :) Barb.

Kristine said...

Thanks for sharing all your beautiful quilts Sherri. I look forward to enjoying your 2011 creations.

Jen said...

What a great post! Very inspirational! I can't wait to see what you makein 2011!

Michele said...

Sounds like you are all ready for 2011! You have some beautiful fabric to get started! I can't wait to see your new projects.....you make such beautiful inspiring creations! Happy New Year!

Cardygirl said...

Happy New Year Sherri! It is nice to read of your goals for 2011...some beautiful blocks & fabrics have certainly inspired you. thankyou for sharing your inspiration...may you have a wonderful year!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Happy New Year Sherri...your blog is full of so much inspiration....thank you for that..it will be exciting to watch what you create this year...

Mama Pea said...

Happy New Year, Sherri. Thanks for sharing so many beautiful things with us.

Abby said...

Happy New Year. Great post! I have been thinking about all my resolutions for 2011 and most of them were quilting related! Thanks for always sharing and always being so inspirational!

Darlene said...

Happy New Year, Sherri. You've set some fabulous goals - enjoy!

Dianne said...

I always love visiting your blog. You have enriched my crafting life this year, and I truly hope that you have a wonderfully Happy New Year!

John'aLee said...

Sherri I love your inspiration board and the way you presented your goals for the new year! I hope it is prosperous for you.
Love the hexie's and the dresdies! My favorites!

Miriam said...

Happy New Year to you and your family Sherri.

I looove those fabrics you are using! I can't wait to see what you make with those Dresdens.

I plan to finish some WIPs this year. I would love to start a new big quilt too.

CJ said...

Happy New Year, Sherri! Thanks for all the inspiration you've shared with us. I love seeing what you are creating. Great goals for the new year. I also have charity quilts on my list. :D

Kim D. said...

Hi Sherri, You look so organized with your gorgeous fabrics all cut and ready to sew. Such Fun projects! I hope you fulfill all your goals for 2011!

Quiltycat said...

Happy new year! Great projects and wonderful hexies (also my new love!).
nichi

Nedra said...

I'd love to see more of the process you go through in making your beautiful creations.
Happy New Year Sherri!

Terriaw said...

How fun to have these beautiful colors and arrangements on your design wall! So inspiring! I do love making both hexies and dresden plates. Love your plans for the new year! I am looking forward to learning and growing more in the creative and design world. Happy New Year to you and your family! Cheers to 2011!

Cindy said...

I just love your first photo. I'm inspired by it! Can't wait to see what you come up with in the next year. I'll be reading! Happy 2011!

amandajean said...

happy new year, Sherri! i enjoyed reading about your upcoming year's quilt goals. have fun with them!

Sinta Renee said...

I love your inspiration board and your sweet hex's! I haven't ever attempted those yet... I just might have to because yours are just to cute! Great fabrics too... I have a Dresden on my list for 2011 also... and the rest of the list forming! Thanks for all your amazing creative talents that you share with us! You are always a great inspiration!

Stephanie said...

Soul Blossoms Dresdens--gorgeous. I'm looking forward to cutting into my stack. Happy New Year.

Trisha said...

Happy New Year, Sherri! I organized my fabric by color and put it all out where I can see it on shelves back in June and it has made a world of difference in pulling fabric for a quilt. I think you are going to love having your fabric organized that way. I really enjoy your blog and look forward to seeing what you create in 2011.

Narelle said...

I just love your idea of an Inspiration Board!
Those hexies look so sweet.
Happy New Year

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Wow - so many great projects coming. And, it will be so fun to learn more about your process behind all those pretty creations, too!

Sheri Howard said...

Love all those pretty colors! Happy New Year!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

love those fabrics! really beautiful work sherri

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Happy New Year to you too! All the very best for 2011!