Daily Archives: January 17, 2012

Resolved to Sew 2012

Ali and Sandy at Very Berry Homemade are hosting a fantastic giveaway and all they want to know is: What are YOUR sewing resolutions for 2012?

I thought this would give me an excellent opportunity to write down my goals for quilting for 2012…so here goes!

1.  I joined my very first block of the month club at my local quilt store. My goal is to finish the quilt – not just the top, but the back as well. And I am resolved to quilt this HUGE quilt myself too. I figure by the end of 2012, I should have enough quilts behind me to be able to tackle this larger quilt. Here is a photo of the quilt on the site of the designer, Laurie Shifrin (and a link to her site):

2.  Finish the quilts I started in 2011 – yup, I still have a number of quilts in various stages of construction. These include my companion star friendship quilt (you can see the one I made for Laura here), my Round-Robin quilt (the top is done, but I still need to finish the back and quilt this one), and my Summer Sampler Quilt (top and back are finished – I just need to quilt this one). I also recently completed a quilt top from a kit using some gorgeous Kaffe Fassett fabrics and I need to construct the back and finish it. And although I have been working on my Sisters Collaborative quilt, I still need to finish quilting it and get it bound. My goal is to finish at least one quilt a month from this backlog – starting with the sisters quilt!

3.  Learn something new. I am getting more confident in my sewing and I want to challenge my skills in 2012…so I will be keeping my eyes open for quilt-alongs and classes that will teach me a new skill.

4.  Get together with some quilting friends and have a day of sewing. I have met some new people who also love fabric…and we have been talking about getting together and sewing. Our first “sew date” is coming up soon and I hope to do more of these in 2012.

5.  Each year since I started quilting, I have increased my completed projects. In 2009 it was five projects; in 2010 it was seven projects; and in 2011 it was eight projects. My goal for 2012 is to complete at least 10 projects.

6.  Do another collaborative quilt project. My experience constructing a quilt with my sister, Paula, was wonderful…and I want to do it again. We have already been talking about making an all solids quilt together on her next trip to California (hopefully in the autumn of 2012).

So that’s it – sound do-able? I hope so! Wish me luck!!

And if I am lucky enough to win the giveaway, I would choose the fat quarter bundle (5 FQ) from Amy Butler’s Lark collection from Fabric with Love.