Monday 14 January 2019

My quilting priorities for 2019

This is the fourth year I've made a list of my quilting priorities for the year ahead.

I find that a list helps me to stay focused and resist some of the new temptations that arise during the year.  I still give myself permission to start the occasional new thing that crops up, but a list helps me to remember what my goals for the year were too.

Usually I list my WIPs first, but this year I'm going to throw caution to the wind and list my new starts first! That's far more exciting.

1.  Chic Country by Sew Kind of Wonderful
I've admired this quilt for some time.  I even went as far as experimenting with my Quick Curve Ruler last year, but 2019 is the year I want to make this quilt.

photo from Sew Kind of Wonderful

2.  Stars Upon Stars
A couple of years ago I bought Laundry Basket Quilts' pattern for Stars Upon Stars.  Mum and I made a sample block, but it really was very tricky to sew on the machine.  However, a few months ago I discovered a Jeanneke from The Netherlands who has made fabric stamps for the pattern, so I'm going to give this quilt another try with fabric stamps.

We experimented with the fabrics below - they were just scraps from the cupboard.

using mirrors to imagine the whole block

Both of these new starts are quite labour intensive, so I'm not going to list any more new starts. Instead I'm going to focus on finishing some of the quilts I started in 2018.

3.  Good Fortune
This is the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt that I started in November 2018. The top is almost finished, and then I will hand quilt it.

4. Cartwheels
This is a Kaffe Fassett pattern from his Quilt Grandeur book. The blocks are all made, and I'm slowly adding ric rac and joining the rows.

5. Glitter
A Jen Kingwell pattern.  I've made all of the 152 blocks, and now I just need to hand sew them together, and hand quilt it. Here's a sample of some of the blocks.

6. Cobwebs
This is a pattern by Chris Kenna from New Zealand.  I've started hand quilting this quilt and hope to get it finished before June 2019. Details on how to get the pattern are here.

7. Ballet with Kaffe
My poor Ballet with Kaffe quilt.  It was neglected for most of 2018, but I do want to finish it in 2019. The pattern for this quilt is in Millefiori Quilts 2 by Willyne Hammerstein.  I've got a whole page dedicated to it on my blog.

8. Green Diamonds
I started this 12 months ago in the Kaffe Fassett class in Wellington. I want to finish sewing the pieces together and start using the finished quilt. The pattern is Green Diamonds from Quilts in Ireland by Kaffe Fassett.

9. School Prize Giving Quilt
This is an original design that I'm working on.  I don't find it easy to design my own quilts, but I know I won't get any better if I don't try! So I'm giving it a go.

10.  Wendy Williams Tea Party BOM
This quilt has been stalled for a few years.  I really want my central tea pot to shine, and I need to chose the fabric for it before I start making my flowers.  I didn't want a Tula Pink because I want my quilt to be unique.  But I've suddenly thought of using some new Anna Maria Horner Conservatory fabric and I'm excited about this quilt again. 

It may just need to move up the list. 

So that's it.  My comprehensive list for 2019.  Ten quilts that I want to work on in 2019.  I don't promise to finish any of them, but I do want to make progress on each of them. 

I hope you've all got exciting things lined up too. 


Frédérique - Quilting Patchwork Appliqué said...

Those projects are so pretty, I'm sure you will finish most of them ;)

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I love the winding ways pattern - the first one that you show - I have different times to make it but yet never get to it - maybe one day - good luck on your list!!

Susie said...

such lovely quilts and pattens. I only have one of those on my to do list- Glitter. You may just have made me think I should start it sooner rather than later as it is gorgeous. I've admired Bonnie Hunter's quilt's lately too but I have to many to do already kitted up.
I look forward to seeing more of yours.

Heather said...

So many pretty projects. I made a list of my quilting priorities for the year last week, particularly focusing on things to finish in time to submit for Symposium this year. But what do you know, 3 days later I found myself starting a new project which hadn't been on my radar at all until that morning. Maybe your approach of listing starts first is the way to go!

Elaine said...

Wow so many gorgeous projects! I bought the stars upon stars pattern few years ago too, it was also in last months Quiltmania magazine; I confess to looking at the pattern and then quickly putting it away again! I had planned to machine piece it but I think you are right it will be too difficult, I am really interested in the stamps, what a great idea :)

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Oh my you have some beautiful starts! It must be hard to decide which one to work on. I have a winding ways on my list too such a great pattern.

Gretchen Weaver said...

The Stars Upon Stars pattern is so beautiful! I can see that will be very intensive. Happy stitching!

Tami Von Zalez said...

I really love the Glitter flimsy. Wish I could do that one but my year is all planned out now ~

cityquilter grace said...

i can see you've not listed any time for sleeping for good reason...LOL...such wonderful, tantalizing and beautiful projects!