Wednesday, January 7, 2015

W.i.P. Wednesday: Making Plans for 2015

It's hard to believe but today is the first day I've set foot in my studio since December 18th when we left to spend the holidays in Florida with my family.  It was a wonderful vacation and I deliberately left all my sewing behind which left me plenty of time and energy to dream of all the things I'm going to do in the New Year.  Today's first order of business was to come up with a plan for 2015...

Finish It:  So many of my quilts fail to make the transition from flimsy to finished quilt.  It's so easy to get stalled on piecing together a back, basting, and the challenge of figuring out how to quilt this...  I've got 2 tops that still need backs, 6 tops with backs ready to go, and 5 already basted with no excuse for not getting them quilted.  I doubt I'll finish them all and there are sure to be some new additions to the UFO pile but it should be easy enough to knock off most of these.

Cover It:  10 years ago I made slip covers for these fabulous white couches a friend gave us after Goodwill refused to take them.  They've held up well through the kids younger years but they're starting to show their age.  One of my top priorities for this year is to make a new set of slip covers to spruce up our family room.

Start My Next "Epic" Project:  I have to admit I've been a bit bereft since I finished hand quilting the Friendship Star quilt for my friend.  It was my go to project, always packed and ready to grab when I had nothing else to do...  I'm in love with all these Milliefiori quilts I've seen on Pinterest but I'm having trouble finding the book so I may just make another Hexy MF quilt, this time for me.

Destash:  Finally getting all my fabrics folded made more room and everything is neat and tidy.  I still have 4 full bins (solids, Halloween, Christmas and Novelty) that haven't made it on my shelves.  I also haven't figured out what to do with all my fat quarters.  My goal is to have everything shelved by the end of the year so look for some sales to make room.

Use It or Lose It:  I came up with this idea for using precuts last year but it quickly fell by the wayside.   I did manage to make a slight dent using 6 precut collections but there are still plenty left.  This year I'm going to aim for making a precut quilt quarterly.  I'm also making a new rule: no more buying precuts:-)

Get Published:  There's a certain amount of prestige to having a pattern published in a magazine.  I haven't decided how to accomplish this yet but since I do design a fair number of my own projects it seems like a logical next step.

I can't wait to get started!!!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Kicking off the new year with this week's W.i.P. Wednesday:-)


  1. Lots of great goals. If you want advice on getting published, let me know. I can recommend some of the ones I've worked with in the past based on what you're looking to do. I know you can do it! Here's to a great 2015!!!

  2. Go, you! Those are some great goals! I can't wait to see what all you do!

  3. Good luck with your goals! It is always so good to have them written down. I need to do the same as you with the pre-cut goal I think!

  4. Oh no, something more to add to my list. I had not seen the Milliefiori quilts before. Love! Do you think it is possible to get a similar look with Dresden plate blocks?

  5. The couch cover looks exhausting, the milliefiore, inspiring, and the getting published a reachable and satisfying goal - Here's to a successful 2015!

  6. Awesome goals for the year - and wow, that stash is epic!! If you do a destash, I'll probably be drooling in the front row ;)