Tuesday, January 1, 2013
When I thought about my quilting goals for 2013, I realized that while I have enjoyed all of the applique projects I worked on in 2012, most of those projects were block of the month quilts that still aren't done. It seems that somewhere around August or September, I got derailed on many of those projects. I came close though. With only a couple exceptions, most of those projects are only a block or two away from completion.
So for 2013, my goal is quite literally "more of the same"--continuing on with what I was working on with a view toward getting those quilts completed before starting any new block of the month projects . . . because I DO have a couple more that I'd like to begin at some point.
I also have a few pieced quilt tops that need to be quilted. Well, to be honest, I have many more than "a few," but most of those have been languishing in the "quilt tops" basket for a few years now and I'd be unrealistic about my goals if I thought I'd somehow manage to get caught up with quilting all those tops. But I have more on the rack in the Sweat Shop that were pieced more recently, and a couple of those are even pinned already. So I'd like to get some of those finished up this year too.
Finally, I want to play a little more with wool applique this year. I showed you the first of the wool sheep blankets that I'll be working on each month. The small wool applique hanging quilt in the photo above is a little project I worked on today--another Buttermilk Basin monthly project; this one is for January, and the center square is separate from the background--it just hooks onto the background and can be changed out each month. I also made the background so it's reversible--plain black wool on one side and black with white polka dotted cotton on the other. I'm not committed to making the center squares for each month this year, but who knows? Maybe I will.
I also want to make a conscious effort to cut back on quilt-related spending this year; mostly because I just don't have room for more "stuff." Right now, I'm not very tempted to purchase anything new so that's easy to say, but I know myself well enough to know that sometime in the next couple months, I'll fall in love with five new lines of fabric, and I'll feel the need to buy them all. Well, I'm not making any promises I can't keep, but I am promising myself to be a little more conscious of my buying decisions. And that means that even though I may fall in love with five lines of fabric, perhaps I'll limit myself to one or two.
So far, I think 2013 will be a great year, don't you? This cold still lingers a bit but I'm feeling much better again, and I've been back in the Sweat Shop for the past two days, being productive and having fun. Do you have any quilting goals for 2013? Happy New Year!
Posted by Kim at 2:02 AM