Thursday, January 01, 2015

A New Year of Possibilities


One of the things I really like about having a blog is that I can list out a slew of things that I want to accomplish for the upcoming year and get excited about all of the possibilities. Don't confuse this with a New Year's resolution. In my book a New Year's resolution is merely a to-do list for the first week of January - filled with great intention but quickly forgotten once the holiday haze has lifted.

I've always been a list person and still love the act of writing things down on paper and the sense of satisfaction when I can cross something off my list. Of course, for long term goals like this, typing it up makes more sense. So, without further adieu, here is my list of projects that I hope to do this year (in no particular order):

  1. Compass Quilter's Bee - we have 3 more months of queen bees so I'll be making some blocks for them. I also have to figure out what to do with the blocks that my hive-mates made for me.
  2. Make some springtime themed potholders for my parents, per their request.
  3. Make my first Dresden plate. I picked up an acrylic template last month and need to try it out. If I can make them small enough, I'd like to appliqué them onto the above mentioned potholders.
  4. If the "Disappearing Hourglass" tutorial from Jenny Doan at the Missouri Star Quilt Company was a quarter, it'd be burning a hole in my pocket! I just love the look of this quilt and it's one of the reasons why I've been purchasing various layer cakes. I definitely want to make this, possibly with my Flirt layer cake using black as the contrasting background color.
  5. I'm a member of Stash Bee 2015 and have been assigned to hive #4. I'm excited to get to know my other hive mates and see what blocks the come up with.
  6. This past year I bought bins for all of my scraps and sorted them all by color. This year I think I want to expand upon that and start cutting up all of the scraps into specific sizes for easier usage.
  7. Advent calendar - this was on my list for last year and I just never got around to it. I still want to do it for next year and hopefully make 2 - one for a Christmas gift for a family member.
  8. Finish up my pinwheels quilt. The top is 90% done. I just need to add a border to it and then baste it for quilting. 
  9. I saved the best for last - it's the quilt I want to make for our bedroom. It will be the biggest quilt I've ever made. I have all the fabrics and even the pattern drafted out on EQ7. It's just a matter of going back and tweaking it since I'm not sure if that's truly the pattern I want anymore. I love the fabrics I've chosen and I have enough even if I do decide to make a different pattern. We'll see.

I'm definitely not a fast quilter and this is more than enough to keep me working throughout the year. Now it's time to get started!

5 comments:

  1. Happy New Year, Diana! I am so excited to see you work through this list. The Disappearing Hourglass block is beautiful, and I can't wait to see the design you make for your bed quilt. :)

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  2. like you I want to have a go at the disappearing hour glass, your list looks interesting and look forward to seeing your bed quilt you have designed yourself. Dresden plate I enjoy but have never tried it so small, maybe will have a go at that too. I have not got involved with bees maybe I will ponder on one soon

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  3. Happy New Year! That looks like a realistic list, so I am sure you will feel a sense of accomplishment this time next year.
    I am in Stash Bee too – hive 7.

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  4. Happy New Year, Diana! Your goals look very doable :) Love what you said about resolutions being a to do list for the first week of January! Cannot wait to see your Broken Hourglass top come together and I hope you will post about your process on your bed quilt! Bring on 2015 :)

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  5. Oh I also love MSQC tutorials! This one is awesome I may want to try this one out too!

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