Hello and happy Thursday! I’m super excited today to share the first post in my new weekly series: Sew Your Stash 2019. I mentioned a little bit about this in a recent blog post and got several comments and emails showing that many of you are looking forward to this series as well! I was going to wait until next week to introduce the series, but I thought it would be fine to begin today along with sharing the January Minis & More information.
2018 Instagram Top Nine
First, though, I’d like to share my 2018 Instagram Top Nine posts based on “likes.” Looking up the top nine is kind of a fun way to finish up the year on Instagram–and it’s always fun to see what the favorites were. I’ll link to a post for each of the pictures in case you’d like to see more on these photos. (Photos in each row are listed left to right).
- Flowers for Emma Quilt
- Waterfront Quilt
- Fresh Perspective Quilt in American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine
- Red, white and blue quilts and decor
- Scrappy Patchwork Pillow Tutorial
- Christmas Table Topper made with Christmas Figs fabric + this pattern
Sew Your Stash 2019
A few years ago I did a few posts on this topic and have wanted to revisit it for some time now. I feel like it will be very helpful if I share just three things each week in a post to help all of us get a little more organized and use our stash fabrics to create lots of fun projects! I’m giving you three tasks to complete this week, and then we’ll dive right in next week. I’ll also set up a landing page so that all of the posts can be easily accessed throughout the year! I hope you’ll join in! I think it will be really fun to work on this throughout 2019 and beyond.
Step One: Clear Off your Designated Work Spaces
This step might be different for everyone. Simply clear off the spaces you routinely use for working on projects. For me this means making sure I don’t have anything stacked on my ironing board, on my sewing table, or on the cutting table/work station in my sewing room. Once these areas are clear I can accomplish a lot more. I generally try to clear everything off at least once a week so things don’t accumulate.
Step Two: Make a List of Works in Progress
I’ve shared before that I LOVE using the Work in Progress (UFO) program set up by American Patchwork & Quilting. I’ve already printed off and filled in my list of current works in progress for 2019. I used to have 20+ WIP’s in any given year, but since I started using this method to stay on track I sometimes have trouble coming up with 12 projects to list! The folks at AP&Q chose #3 for us to work on in January, so I got it out right away and got my inner and outer border fabrics cut. You can download the UFO project list page shown above here.
Step Three: Make a List of Projects You’d Like to Start
This is a really fun part of the process! Because sewing our stash doesn’t mean we are just going to be finishing up current Works in Progress. It also means we get to have fun using fabrics we have and love for new projects! I’ll have my list ready to share with you next week.
That’s it for this week! I’ll be posting the Sew Your Stash posts at the end of each week (normally Thursdays or Fridays) so you have the ideas ready to use for each weekend. I hope you’ll sew along!
December Minis & More
Since December was such a busy month, Michele and I asked for entries of gift ideas you might have made or received this Christmas. We got several ideas and photos from two readers. I’ll be sharing Brenda’s photos (she blogs at The Quilting Nook), and Michele will share Hildy’s (so make sure you visit Michele’s blog to see those).
Our January Minis & More Challenge
And since January is often busy with recovering from the holidays and getting organized for the new year, we thought something simple might be in order this month. Michele had the great idea of asking you all for sewing tips with a photo! We would love it if you would email us your favorite sewing/quilting tip along with a photo for next month’s parade. Just send your idea/photo by January 31st for our posts February 1st.
Brenda also sent in a photo of her new quilt pieced with Swell Christmas fabrics. She’ll have a pattern available later this month for this one.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you’ll enjoy the Sew Your Stash 2019 series and also email with a favorite quilting tip or two for next month’s Minis & More parade. Happy quilting!