Hello...I didn't mean to stay away so long; I meant to get this post written before leaving on a little New Year's getaway to visit family. But there just wasn't time to get everything finished up before I left, and so here I am about 5 days later writing what I've been thinking about for a week now!
Beginnings are the best, and with the start of a new year I always evaluate my life and my "quilting life" and make plans for the new year. My husband and I have a lot of decisions to make in the coming months as his retirement which always seemed so far away seems to be sneaking up on us quickly. So this will be an interesting year as we try to decide if we want to stay where we are or move to a cooler climate in the next year or so. (The fabric in the first photo is a little treasure I found while up in Utah this weekend...I've always loved these Moda big red dots, and I was able to get the last couple of yards of a bolt of this at 30% off! I also found some fabrics to add to my stash and some wool felt for some Christmas ornaments I want to make for next year).
First on my list in my plans for quilting in 2014 is some "purposeful" quilting. I have a few specific spots in my home for which I want to complete projects: a space above my kitchen window, a wall-hanging for above the bed in the master bedroom, and some new seasonal place mats. I'd also like to make at least 10 quilts for charity this year (I'm kind of cheating with the number on this one...I actually already have 3 about finished for this goal...so 7 more need to be made). I have a few family members who will need quilts this year including a quilt for a granddaughter who will be arriving in March! My husband also needs a new work quilt...his current quilt is so old and worn that I bet the guys at the fire station don't believe him when he says his wife is a quilter. I'm actually planning on making his new station quilt this week!
I also want to have fun with my quilting in 2014. Designing quilts is a lot of fun for me, so I have plans for new patterns already in my sketchbook. I also want to be flexible enough in my goal-setting that I can stop and participate in quilt a longs--some of my favorite projects from 2013 came from a spur of the moment decision to quilt along with other quilters around the world via blogs and Instagram. Of course I also have a "patterns I love" list of quilts by other designers that I need to make asap!
New Year's is the perfect time for a little organizing in the studio--I've ordered a new thread holder (will share this soon--spotted from Lisa--thanks for the ordering information!) which should be here soon, and I picked up this amazing utility cart while at Ikea on Saturday (my first visit to that store, I might add).
Not sure what I'll be storing in here yet...doing some sewing room organizing is first on my list for tomorrow morning...
I'm also looking for a more sturdy sewing room table for cutting...I have a kind of flimsy one from Joann's that I'd like to replace this year. And I'm still hoping to find the perfect quilt ladder to store quilts in my family room (actually, I found one...hoping to be able to get one made just like it)!
Okay...and just so I can hold myself responsible for my goals...here are my Winter 2014 specific quilt goals:
- Work quilt for my husband
- Baby quilt
- Two mini-quilts
- Finish 2 works in progress (I've been keeping up with projects pretty well, so I don't have too many of these)
- 5 new pattern quilts
- 1 "spur of the moment" quilt
Here's to a productive winter!
My first finish for 2014 was this Divided Basket I made using mostly Happy Go Lucky prints. It was a gift for my niece's little boy who came home on Christmas Eve!. This coordinates with his nursery and will be perfect for storing diapers and other baby items!
Thanks so very much for stopping by! What are your goals for winter?