Monday, December 20, 2010

A Quilty 2011

As my Christmas sewing finally winds down, I'm turning my attention to the new year. And Elizabeth at Don't Call Me Betsy is hosting a listy linky for 2011 quilting goals. Fun! So without further ado, here's what's on the agenda for me:

1. Surprise: More quilts! My mom has "commissioned" me to make a king-size version of Jennifer's Intersection(s) pattern, using the fabric above. I'm also doing the girly companion for my boyish Modern Meadow baby quilt, I want to make bed quilts for Miss E. and my little niece, I still have my Urban Lattice quilt to do, and I'm thinking about joining the Bloggers' Block-A-Palooza quilt-along. And those are just my immediate plans—I guarantee a few more will get added to the list as we go along.

2. Bees. I'm starting with four bees beginning in January:
Do. Good Stitches, a charity bee that I'm thrilled to be taking part in.
{Sew} Beautiful, a modern bee with some of my bestest blogging friends. My month is November.
String Me Along, a 16-month scrap-focused bee. My month is July.
• The 3 x 6 Mini Bee.

3. Swaps. I've only done one swap so far, but I would definitely like to do a few more. I would love a mini-quilt or two to decorate the blank wall behind my sewing machine—I spend a lot of time staring at that wall. It'd be nice to have something inspirational up there! So I'm hoping to join the next Doll Quilt Swap. I'm also interested in the Pillow Talk Swap and Modern Swappers. Both look like a lot of fun.

4. A quilt-along. I would like to try running my own quilt-along sometime in 2011, based on my Hope Valley quilt above. I'm thinking of starting it in February or March (although of course you will be able to join it at any time). I may modify the design a little (possibly to make it charm-square friendly) or I may do it just as it is, above. I'm undecided—if you think you might participate, feel free to weigh in!

5. Quilting for charity. In addition to my involvement in Do. Good Stitches, I'm making a quilt for the Wrapped In Hope project by Margaret's Hope Chest. I'm also planning to make at least one quilt next year for Quilt Hope In, which benefits women and children in Haiti.

6. Holiday stuff for 2011. A tree skirt, stockings for the whole family, and a Christmas quilt. These are all things I wanted to get to this year, but didn't. 2011 will be the year for them. No, seriously.

7. Learn to free-motion quilt. I need to get over my fear of FMQ and give it another shot. I'm not sure I'll ever love it—quilting on my machine always feels like a wrestling match to me, trying to get that bulky quilt through such a small amount of space. That just doesn't strike me as much fun. But it's a skill I should have, even if I don't use it frequently.

8. Rent the long-arm quilting machine at my LQS again. I rented a long-arm twice in 2010. My first time on the long-arm was a wonderful experience (I quilted the quilt shown above, for my 1-year-old). The second time was more stressful, because I had to load the quilt onto the frame by myself, and the machine got a little cranky with me (not my fault, I swear!). But it's pretty awesome to take an unbasted, unsandwiched top and back into the store, and come out 3 hours later with a gorgeous quilt! So I would like to rent the long-arm again, and naturally, when I do, I plan to document the whole thing right here. : )

9. More finishes. For all the sewing I did in 2010, I only have five completed quilts to show for it. Two of those were sent out to a professional long-arm quilter. Outsourcing the quilting is convenient and quick, but it's certainly not cheap. And there's just something about doing a quilt entirely yourself, from start to finish, that makes the completed project that much more special. So this year, I want to finish more quilts: My goal is 12 quilts in 2011. That's one per month, on top of my bee blocks, swap commitments, and other projects! And I want to finish more of those quilts myself. I won't say all of them, but definitely more of them.

Um, is 2011 expected to be like 14 months long instead of the usual 12? Because if it's not, I don't know how I'm going to accomplish all of this. Oh well, nothing wrong with a little ambition, right? If I check off even three-quarters of the projects listed above, I'll be a happy girl.

And with that, I'm signing off until after Christmas. With Miss E. on break from school, cookies to make, presents to wrap, and a few gift projects yet to finish, I need to take the week off from blogging and concentrate on reigning in the holiday chaos. So there will be no WIP Wednesday this week. But we will return to our regularly-scheduled programming on Wednesday, Dec. 29.

Now hop over to Elizabeth's blog to see what everybody else is planning in the new year. Happy holidays to you all, and happy sewing in 2011!

17 comments:

Emma said...

1. Yeah - I know what you mean on that one. I work a full time job, but my goal is to do more sewing and getting more finishes done.

2. I've never done a bee, but that's mostly because I am afraid that I won't be able to make the blocks that other people want. And it feels strange to make a quilt out of someone else's sewing. And because I work full time. Ugg...

3. See #2, haha...never done those.

4. I've thought about it, but I've always designed my own quilts, and, again, time...

5. Good on you! I'm considering doing a Wrapped in Hope quilt too, but I don't want to commit unless I know for sure I'll be able to actually finish it. In time.

6. Are you going to quilt them? If not, buy holiday fleece as it goes on clearance after Christmas and do that. I did that the first year my husband and I were married (last year) for Christmas. I just used a Simplicity pattern I picked up at Hancock Fabrics, and it only took me about a day to do it.

7. I probably should do that this year too...I've kind of done some (not meandering/stippling) on my last two quilts I finished - I kind of FMQed veins onto leaves, which kind of counts, right?

8. I wish I had a LQS to use a long-arm machine! Lucky!

9. We all feel that way, don't we?

I hope 2012 will be 14 months! I could use those extra few months! I hope you have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Elizabeth D. said...

I think we should all start a petition to extend the year by two months. I think that would be a wonderful way to start 2011. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one feeling overextended before the year even begins, and good for you for taking a bloggy getaway. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a festive New Year :)

My Sweet Prairie said...

Ha! Yeah gosh I HOPE 2011 is 14 or 15 months long! That's funny Lee. : ) My art / quilting calendar is full already.

I love that you will do your own quilt along! That is exciting!!

And you are so darn lucky to be able to rent a long arm!!! sheesh. Happy 2011! Are you also planning to go to the big shin-dig in October?

~Monika
in Saskatoon

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

You are way too busy for one girl..lol. I only FMQ once on awhile, and it is on something small..I love it; but I get a bit tight in the shoulders...was brought up hand quilting...it relaxes me.. and like you; the thoughts of all that fabric on a small machine...nah....the longar; never had the opportunity...but would love to sometime...

BaileyGirl5 said...

I think we should have a "Christmas in July" session next year and get some of Christmas projects we intended to make but didn't have time for done. I need a jump start on Christmas next year!

QuiltyGirl said...

I really do hope that you have a sew along. I love your hope valley quilt so much! I made a hope valley quilt for our bed, but I'm so envious of yours! :)

Katie B. said...

I can't wait for your quilt-along! I'll be in for sure. :)

Merry Christmas!

Heidi said...

Thanks for getting me in "organization/goal" mode! I would love to do a quilt a long...love that Hope Valley Quilt!

Brooke said...

I'm definitely in on your Hope Valley Quilt along. I LOVE that quilt! Stunning.

Megan said...

Great goals! I can't wait to see the progress in 2011. Have a wonderful Holiday Season Lee!

Kati said...

A quilt-along would be fun! It makes me laugh that you are scared of FMQ, but totally willing to rent a long-arm. I have no problem doing FMQ, but am terrified of renting a long-arm.

I love your single girl quilt. How hard was it to do? I'm really interested in making one, but was a little intimidated. Yours turned out fabulous.

Melanie said...

I have already made way too long of a list for next year, but if you decide to do a quilt along for your Hope Valley quilt I am in! Enjoy your Christmas and New Year with your family!

felicity said...

GREAT list - I may investigate long-arms available for rent. I do like the idea of a biiiig quilt that i don't have to baste, and that can get quilted quickly.

If the timing's right (I've got this list of projects, you see....) I'll be right there for your QAL.

Wandering Minstrel said...

Wow, do you ever have an ambitious list!

I have a list for 2011, too, but the post for it will have to wait until after the 23rd--that's when grades are due, for me, and then I'm officially On Break! So. I better quit playing hooky and get back to it! :)

emaleebaldwin said...

Loved seeing the fabrics for my quilt--and in a place of honor on your "goal list." I know it will be beautiful. Mom

Diane said...

Great list! I'm thinking that taking a long arm class and renting time may be on my list for the coming year... and I love your hope valley quilt and would be interested... but need to get a couple of my WIP QAL done from this year... my to do list for 2011 looks alot like my WIP list right now so your skipping this week will reduce duplication :)

Becky said...

Great list! I really should put one of these together to motivate myself. I would love to join some swaps too. I always seem to miss the timing.
Your single girl quilt is beautiful!

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