Monday, November 17, 2014

Looking Ahead

UFOs going to
Smores Christmas Retreat
The end of 2014 is looming and 
I am far from reaching my goals. 

It's not been a complete bust.  I will have finished about 6 of my 12 listed UFOs (apparently I never made that list public) after the Smores Christmas retreat, but made absolutely NO headway on the dinosaurs.

Rather than dwell on failure, I am looking ahead to 2015.  Maybe if my goals are more in line with my abilities ......  How about this?

My goal for 2015 is to finish what I start.  

And my UFO list will be be only 6 -- not necessarily the same six I have leftover from this year.  I have a theory that one of the reasons a project remains a UFO is I simply don't like it.  Therefore,

I'm going to work on what I like -- and finish it!

The thing is, I will be starting three new projects at Mountain QuiltFest in March.  I have already started pulling fabrics.

Mountain QuiltFest Projects
Still not sure about how I want to approach Log Cabin/Patchwork with Flavin Glover (empty box).  I think I want to have a patchwork block in mind before I start pulling fabric from my stash.  Or I may just pick a colorway from something I already have on hand.

Split Geese with Donna Lynn Thomas involves using her On-Point Ruler.  I am really looking forward to giving that a try and the pattern is simple enough that I could finish it with a more traditional technique if I want.  But I WILL finish it!

 I am especially excited about Castle Wall with Mickey Depre.  I've been looking for a good handwork project.  BUT, I have also put Patchwork of the Crosses -- book and templates -- on my Amazon wish list and started thinking about fabrics that I already have on hand that will work.

POTC Potential

Initially I thought about combining the two hand-pieced blocks into one quilt.  Aside from having to work around the size difference (9" and 7-1/2"),  I have come up with two completely different color palettes so it looks like I'll be finishing two hand-pieced tops next year.  Oh, My!

I have a question (really, two) for any of you working on Patchwork of the Crosses.  What method are you using, and why?  I will not be using English paper piecing,that much I'm sure of.  Anybody using Cindy Blackberg's stamp?  How about printing with Inklingo?  Tracing a template?  I'm trying to decide which method would work best for fussy cutting.

Since it's Monday, though these projects are in boxes and piles, I am linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.


  1. Your clear boxes are great for seeing what you have gathered already. Did you purchase those at a national store? I need to make some goals for 2015. This year I have accomplished a lot, but feel like I am leaving a lot behind, too. The life of a quilter, right?

    1. They are Protect-n-Stor boxes from Jo-Ann in the scrapbooking section. I like them because they are almost 12" square and I can get a lot in them. Notice I put notes on them about rulers and templates. That way I won't forget to pack them when I go to retreats. Or I know where to look for missing rulers LOL!


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