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Thread: Relaxing and prepping for 2013 quilting

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    Super Member clsurz's Avatar
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    Relaxing and prepping for 2013 quilting

    Now I can relax some!

    I have all my commitments done for this year regarding quilting.

    Next year I want to get more into the art of quilting using paintstiks, inks, threads and more.

    My goal also is to make at least 52 charity lap rag quilts for next year. I attempted to do it this year and failed miserably and only got to make 30 of them. Somehow life had a way of getting in my way of my accomplishing this in 2012.

    Since I own every Accuquilt GO and Studio rag die I will use them faithfully in experimenting creating different types of quilts and using various stitching and quilting designs on them in 2012. I have designed on paper about 6 designs that are done traditionally as quilts and hope to convert them into rag quilts. I experimented with various fancy threads and stitches on 4-5 of them this year and folks seemed to like it.

    Three that I want to make into rag quilts are Take Five, Cathedral, and Bargello. Of course I also want to make one that is Round in shape. I think that one will be a bit more tricky to accomplish. Actually the Take Five Rag quilts I made a couple this time last year in 2011 as charity quilts and was told the receivers loved it.

    I also experimented with dying fabrics this year and want to expand on that next year and especially using UGLY fabric and over dyeing and stamping new designs on such. I guess what I did dye was suitable since some ladies grabbed them when I donated fabrics to a guild this year.

    So now until the new year starts I will be prepping some of my projects and put them in my favorite 2 1/2 gallon bags ready to get going with it come the new year.

    I attended the Paduach Quilt Festival in April and came back home with LOTS of fabric I purchased at Jo Anns of Paduach and other venues while there so much so I'm not even going to state how much in dollar value I did get. Many of you would so totally freak out if you knew. Lets just say I have more than enough to fulfill my goals for charity quilts this year and than some.

    Well off I go to continue sorting through my stash to pick fabrics for those lap rag quilts I want to make. It won't get done if I sit here for a few hours.
    clsurz

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    This is a great way to close the year, setting goals for 2013. I admire all you accomplished and wish I had been nearly as productive. I have been thinking about what I want to do next year, and want to grow as a quilter too. I have a few more quilts started this year I want to finish and then my one goal is to take up appliqué as a new skill, technique to add to my ventures in quilting. Thanks for sharing yours.
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    I love how you roll clsruz! LOL. I buy hundreds of dollars of fabric at a time myself. I use it, share it, and donate it all, so no big deal to me. I need to take stock and plan my next year's quilting projects.
    Got fabric?

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    I did get some of my goals done. Got some of those UFO's out of the way and used up some of my scrap stash. Not as much as I wanted to because of health issues. But better now and plan to set some new goals for 2013. Here is the plan. For every 2 UFO's I finish I can start a new project but it has to be completed and not set aside for another time. Use some more of that scrap stash for those new projects. Only buy fabric if I need sashing, backing or can't make anything else work for the project.

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    In my book 30 charity quilts is not a miserable fail! I know you didn't reach your goal, but I think what you did was admirable! Best of luck on your 2013 goals.

    My main goal this year was not to buy fabric & use up some of what I had. I did quite well on that & only bought fabric to complete projects & for a few special things I made.

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    Congrats on finishing up your commitments, as well as makin 30 charity quilts! You're on a roll! Love all your creative ideas for projects in the new year. Best to you~
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    Thanks for sharing your goals for next year. It got me to thinking. My goal for this year was to finish all my UFOs. I failed miserably. I don't have that many. About 6 I think. I finished several new projects this year but that was not my goal. There must be a reason why I set those quilts aside and did something else. What I hope to do this year is challenge myself with more difficult or intricate projects. I want to learn one new method this year: FMQ or paper piecing or hand applique, hand dying...something. Something to think about.

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    I'm anxious to see the raggy bargello. That sounds very interesting to me. Please don't forget to share pictures along the way.

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    I just finished my gifts for Christmas that I was making..It feels good to have that pressure off me! I will be moving over the next 2 weeks after Christmas..Since I won't have my new sewing room set up right away, I am going to prep hand quilting and sewing to do till it's ready..Being on oxygen, I have to rely on others to fhelp me set it up...so I will be sure to have plenty to do..
    For 2013, I want to finish making a quilt for each of my grandchildren..This year I got 9 done, and have 5 left ( now they need to slow doen having kids!) I am hoping to begin my Christmas gifts earlier this year too...Probably place mats and hexagon table center for each married couple this year..I would also like to make some lap quilts Shriner's Hospital for Children.. they did a lot for my daughter as she was growing up!
    will stop my list there, as last year I had planned so much and ended up stressing as I ended up in the hospital 5 times...I eventually had the kids bring me hand work to do...I may keep my little machine ready too...wonder if you can set that up in a hospital??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat625 View Post
    I just finished my gifts for Christmas that I was making..It feels good to have that pressure off me! I will be moving over the next 2 weeks after Christmas..Since I won't have my new sewing room set up right away, I am going to prep hand quilting and sewing to do till it's ready..Being on oxygen, I have to rely on others to fhelp me set it up...so I will be sure to have plenty to do..
    For 2013, I want to finish making a quilt for each of my grandchildren..This year I got 9 done, and have 5 left ( now they need to slow doen having kids!) I am hoping to begin my Christmas gifts earlier this year too...Probably place mats and hexagon table center for each married couple this year..I would also like to make some lap quilts Shriner's Hospital for Children.. they did a lot for my daughter as she was growing up!
    will stop my list there, as last year I had planned so much and ended up stressing as I ended up in the hospital 5 times...I eventually had the kids bring me hand work to do...I may keep my little machine ready too...wonder if you can set that up in a hospital??
    I hope you stay out of the hospital next year. Good luck for a smooth move. We've been here over 20 years and I can't imagine moving although, I am starting to get rid of unnecessary small stuff. My s-i-l had a garage sale where I got rid of a lot of stuff: all my canning stuff etc. Things like that. I know I'll never use that stuff again. We will be moving in the next couple of years, back to town as this place is getting too big for us to take care of. Good luck next year. Hope you are well and happy in 2013.

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