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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Looking ahead to 2013

This year was the year of the UFO for my quilt guild. I think that I'd like to expand upon that for next year. I still want to continue to work on UFOs and finish some more, but I want it to be a year of action. Action on some of the projects that I have had planned and even kitted for a while, but just haven't gotten around to starting yet.

For example, I purchased the kit for the Bali Wedding Star back in April 2010. I was SO excited about that quilt, but it got pushed aside for other things, and because it was going to require some real work before I actually got around to sewing it. Well, this weekend, while I was laid up with a cold, I got those papers out and cut every one of them and placed them into the bags they are going to be organized into while actually sewing them. I actually started sewing the first set of A-arcs Christmas morning. I still have the B-arcs for this set to do, but it's a start!


Also, this year I decided to make the Hop To It quilt - acquired loads of wool felts, 12 yummy colors of Valdani pearl cotton threads, and the book - and they have been sitting in a project box just waiting for some attention. Now that I have a little wool felt applique under my belt, I decided to go ahead and jump in and cut out the pieces for my first block. I fused them to the foundation fabric on Christmas Eve and actually began stitching them down!


I prepared Anniversary Stars (with Cinnamon Stars fabrics from Moda) for stitching by cutting all of the pieces just before our retreat last Spring, just in case I finished another project sooner than anticipated. Alas, I didn't get around to starting it, so it sat in another project box. I decided to go ahead and start it. I made the first star block.


I also started cutting fabrics for the Cotton Theory quilt that I bought the kits for (one for the back and one for the front) in ... 2007???? But that quilt, too, has sat untouched. I definitely want to work on this one - the colors are so lovely, and it will be a warm and cozy quilt for me when finished.

I plan to start, if not finish, Clifford's Bear Chase quilt this year - I have pulled the fabrics and they are sitting in another project box with the pattern (glad I saved that one after finishing Christopher's).

And of course, the recent starts - High Cotton and Rockin' Rail Fence should see some good progress also, if not be completed in 2013. I sewed another couple of Rockin' Rail Fence strip sets together, including 2 sets of the dark strips.


I recently added a few more hexagons to my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, another couple of rows and it will be halfway pieced. New picture to come when I finish this row (or the next).

I have lots of well-laid plans. And quite a few audiobooks queued up to listen as I sew. I also have some vacation days lined up in the first half of 2013. But I'm not going to wait until then. As you can see, I am committed (or maybe I should be) to making these plans become reality.

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