Tuesday, 17 January 2017

My quilting priorities for 2017

I love to start the new year with some goals, so here's what I've got planned for 2017.

1.  Symposium quilt 1.  I don't generally like to talk about Secret Sewing, but I have to mention this one because it's where most of my time is going at the moment.  I'm making a quilt to enter into our national quilt symposium. It has to be an original design, so I want to keep it under wraps until the entry deadline of June 2017.  I promise to reveal all in due course.

New Zealand has a big quilt symposium every second year.  Hundreds (or thousands) of quilters all gather for five days of exhibitions and classes. I'm currently planning which classes to attend and I'm aiming for Jen Kingwell and Chris Jurd.  There will be many international tutors there from UK, USA and Australia, as well as New Zealand tutors.  You can read more about it here.

2. Symposium quilt 2. I've also started a second quilt for symposium which may or may not get finished before the mid June deadline. If it's not ready for this symposium, the next one is in 2019 - plenty of time (ha, ha).

3. Symposium quilt 3.  Possum Magic.

There's a special category at symposium for quilts made by more than one person.  I thought it would be fun to enter my Possum Magic quilt which was made by 8 of us during a round robin.  You can see all the quilts from our round robin in the Possum Magic tab at the top of my blog.  I still need to finish hand quilting my quilt, but if I can get it done by the mid June deadline I will definitely be entering it.

4. Kaffe Fassett Tussie Mussie. Once I've finished my symposium quilts I think I will have earned a little rest, so I'd like to make this sweet design from Kaffe's latest book, Quilts in Italy. I'm sure I can make this entirely from my Kaffe stash (although mine won't be in these colours).

5. Sue Spargo Block of the Month. I've been taking part in this free online block of month and making each block as it was released.  I'm  little bit behind now, but I think I've made 9 of the 11 released to date.  I'm looking forward to joining it all up and seeing the finished quilts.

6. Wendy Williams Tea Party BOM. I resisted enrolling in this BOM, but when someone on Instagram was selling the entire set I felt I just had to help her out and buy the set. I do love Wendy's wool felt applique designs so I will enjoy stitching this.

7. Tropical Hexagons. This will be a hand quilting project for 2017.  I'll keep it simple, but I do love the texture hand quilting gives, so I intend to quilt it myself.

I'm going to stop my list here.  In previous years I've listed more than 10 quilts, but this year I want to keep it simple and just list my very top priorities.  I know I will be taking classes at symposium in October and starting at least 3 more quilts there, so I have to leave room for new things.

What's on your list for 2017? Feel free to leave a comment below.


June D said...

Lovely plans.

I have been downloading the Sue Spargo Block of the Month patterns but haven't made - or seen any made - so it was fun to see yours.


Alenushka22222 said...

Wendy, it very beautifully!

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

That's a big list of quilting Wendy, but if anyone can do it, you can! It would be great to see another Possum Magic quilt displayed :)

Julie said...

Looking forward to seeing your Symposium Quilts, I wonder if you will shock us with something totally different to your usual colour palettes. I aim to finish hand quilting my Liberty Bloomsbury Quilt, and finish my Tula Pink (45 Block)City Sampler.

margaret said...

you have set lots of goals here good luck with them all

Elaine said...

so many beautiful quilts! I am intrigued to see your symposium entries :) Can I ask what thread you use for hand quilting? I have only ever really done traditional small stitch quilting but I want to try thicker thread/bigger stitch for my latest Happy Days Quilt

Susan Snooks said...

Lots of great variety in your list Wendy, to keep you interested and focused! My list includes finishing my Chuck Nohara, my Dream Catcher, and of course, my Oh Christmas Tree. I have also signed up for Jen Kingwell's new BOM in March called Delillah! That's a start anyway.....

liniecat said...

Your Possum quilt is a dream, adorable, love it!
How did I miss out on Sue Spargos bom!!
Must investigate that and I really like your colours for that too : )

Jenny said...

You have lots of goals listed Wendy - wishing you well for getting your Symposium quilts finished in good time.

My goals are to continue with my UFOs again this year, working with my "roll the dice" method each week. Not all those on my list are UFOs, I'll be sneaking in a brand new horse quilt for grand daughter number 2 very soon.

Charlotte Scott said...

That's a great list, Wendy. I'll keep my eyes peeled at Symposium!