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Thread: 2013 Quilting Goals

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    First of all sincere sympathy twoxover on the loss of your Dad.
    My objectives for 2013 are

    (1) to layer, quilt and bind a "group" Sampler quilt of 20 x 12" blocks.
    (2) to layer, quilt and bind a "garden maze" quilt.
    (3) to finish hand quilting an Angel quilt
    (4) BUT the most important project for me is to FINISH my Dear Jane Christmas
    Quilt, which I started in May 2007. Here is a link to my design wall if you would care
    to have a look :-


    http://www.dotsbjwall.talktalk.net/


    Happy New Year ! DottyD in Engkand, UK.

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    I'd like to finish "some" of my UFO's. When I don't put a number to finish does it count? Work on improving my Needle Turn Applique skills.

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    My goals for 2013 include: Finish a quilt that I've started which has 6,547 one inch squares (1/2" finished), finish a Cotton Club quilt, make 10 Christmas gifts, (before Christmas week 2013), go to several quilt retreats, make at least 3 charity quilts for our guild, and plant and tend my garden and numerous flower beds. I might end this statement of my goals with a hahahahahaha!
    Husker Barb

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    What a fantastic thread!! Thanks Donna for getting us to thinking about and setting goals!! My prayers to all who have lost someone dear this year... for us it was my sister... it is so hard, but it helps to know others understand...

    My quilting goals include: 1) finish hand quilting DH's quilt, 2) have DS's quilt quilted (saving for a custom quilting job), 3) purchase fabric for and piece DDIL's quilt, 4) spend more time with quilty friends quilting!!!, 5) learn to paper piece. I'm so very global, paper piecing seems so precise, I'm completely intimidated by it...
    Finally... make my cardinal quilt from the pattern my new QB friend sent!! You are all such sweet friends...
    Happy New Year everyone!!!
    "... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

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    One more thing... I just visited DottyD's Christmas Dear Jane quilt... WOW!!! so pretty!! Maybe someday, after I've mastered paper piecing...LOVE the Christmas colors, but that quilt is simply amazing... every one I've ever seen, but I especially love the Christmas colors...

    Thanks for sharing!!
    "... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

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    Quote Originally Posted by running1 View Post
    One more thing... I just visited DottyD's Christmas Dear Jane quilt... WOW!!! so pretty!! Maybe someday, after I've mastered paper piecing...LOVE the Christmas colors, but that quilt is simply amazing... every one I've ever seen, but I especially love the Christmas colors...

    Thanks for sharing!!
    Thanks so much for your kind reply running1 - I have loved this journey and when she is done - I would like to make Sylvia's Bridal Sampler by Jennifer Chiaverini - of Elm Creek Books. The blocks are a little bit bigger at 6" - that is my aim !!!
    Kind regards, DottyD

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    Quote Originally Posted by carla m View Post
    i want to stop buying so much fabric im drowning in it. so im going to vow to shop my stash first and only buy backings and if i absolutely dont have anything to match. i want to do more scrappy quilts this year. i also want to learn a couple new techniques. get more organized so i can find and finish at least 10 of those ufos hiding in there. i also want to make a resolution when im getting organized to dump that fabric i wont use. theres no use in hanging on to something i cant look at. pls wish me luck im desperately going to need it lol.
    carla
    This sounds like me -- except I did find my UFOs. I also organized my fabric and cut blocks and strips so well I can't find what I am looking for (sigh). I need to make notes of where I put everything. I can't find a couple of rulers I bought for a quilt pattern (more notes, I guess). I have been going through fabric and taking the stuff I know I won't use to church to make charity quilts -- at least the bigger pieces.

    I am drowning in back issues of magazines and just when I get rid of some there is a pattern that I wanted to try. Need to get a better management system down for the patterns I want to try.
    QuiltnLady1

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    My list will be small but for 2013 I hope to:

    participate in at least one swap from this message board
    make at least one quilt for charity
    make a quilt for my bil and sil

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    Thank you for starting this thread. First off, my prayers to all who have lost a loved one. BIL died in August - has been a bad holiday for sister - his birthday was Christmas Day and the family kept her busy, but the grief is still strong. NanaUpNorth, I broke my shoulder/arm in October. I too couldn't believe how much mobility and strength I lost the first two weeks of no movement at all. When I started therapy, I swore they were trying to rebrake it, but it has finally healed, I can type, I can use my rotary (one of my goals from breaking the arm) and I can put my bra on (the second goal I set from the break). It still hurts, but I'm pretty much back to what was normal for me. Keep it up with the therapy and it will get better.
    Now for my goals - as a joke my hubby typed me a chore list for my quilting in 2013.
    1) Halloween piece work (a embroidered quilt with halloween theme - quite involved surface embroidery)
    2) Quilts of Valor (2 - have one cut)
    3) Japanese circle quilt
    4) Row Robin (a swap here on QB)
    5) Pillowcase dresses (I make these for the children in the Phillippines)
    6) Buttrefly quilt (I embroidered 9 butterfly squares -- need to make them into a quilt. Fabric has been on back order for 3 weeks. Maybe I won't get this done!!)
    7) Friendship quilt (blocks done, need to finish, then quilt)
    8) Cross stitch birds (I have 2 cross stitch bird patterns started, need to put time into the stitching to finish) and
    9) quilt swap (another swap here on the board)
    I don't have any lofty goals to learn to LA or learn a new technique - I'll do good to finish these on my list here.
    Thanks for starting this thread - and hello to all you quilters out there - some of your names are new to me. I'll enjoy talking with you through the months of 2013. Cheers and prosperity to each of you.
    Kathleen

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    I have 2 big goals for 2013:

    1) Average one UFO finish a week (I have 78 on my list). The good news is that most are kid sized tops for Project Linus and I send out lap size and bigger to my LAQ. I've finished 16 since the end of September this year when I started quilting again so it CAN be done .

    2) Learn how to FMQ. I've got lots of tops to practice on...

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    I have been quilting for about a year now. I work with a wonderful group of women and we make quilts for Project Linus as well as for our friends and family members. With each little quilt I make I use a new pattern and have a goal of something I want to learn. My next goal is to learn how to make multiple mitered borders. Really admire all of you and your fabulous quilting skills. After that, my next goal is to use a pattern that puts blocks on point. (Did I spell this correctly?).

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    Wow Dotty that is a wonderful quilt..I may have to try to do that...I bought all the fabric I need to do sylvia's bridal sampler at least two years ago...I should probably do that first!
    Blessed Be
    Darlene

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    I have no exact goals for 2013. I am working on my 17th quilt for 2012 and I want to make at least that many in 2013. I am trying to use up some of my huge stash.

    Good luck to everyone and I hope all of you achieve your goals.
    Another Phyllis
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    This a totally awesome idea

    My goals for 2013 are:
    1. Finish a ufo each month
    2. Get a computerized sewing machine and give my old one to my grandaughter
    3. Teach myself to FMQ
    4. Make a quilt for me!

    I've been quilting for 10 years and have never made anything for myself. I think I am overdue.
    Good luck to all.
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    I will buy no NEW fabric. Crap! I just blew that one. I will finish all UFO's. Crap, I'm 62 have to live to 100 to do that. I will learn how to run my long arm machine. Double crap! It's been up for 2 years and haven't figured it out yet. I promised husband I will get going on it by 2013 or he says, move it OUT. I seriously do want to cut back on buying so much fabric. I do want to finish at least one UFO, which are quilt tops, per month. I want to really learn how to run my mid arm and enjoy my FMQ even more. I do have to clean up one of my sewing fabric room as it got pretty nasty over the holidays. I need to make sure I do housekeeping at least a couple hours a day instead of sewing from dawn to late at night. It's a great thought and will TRY to do it. Wish me luck.

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    My 2013 quilting goals:

    Finish my 3 ufos
    Complete each quilt I start
    Make 3 small memory quilts for my friend
    Really organize and clean out my sewing room
    Check out a guild
    Quilting in the Desert

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    I would like to get caught up on three BOM projects I have started. Complete one UFO each month and organize my sewing room. Also, I would like to complete a baby quilt before August for my first grandchild!

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    I need to clean the closet in my quilting room. I can't stuff another thing in, especially on the floor. It's full of tidbits of batting, stuffing, scraps too small to use. Also boxes of family photos. Good to hear aobut others' plans.

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    I like your goal list. May I borrow it? HaHa!

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    Nice thread!

    My goals... and loft they are! LOL

    1. Finish twin sized quilt for my 4 yo son (in progress)

    2. Do the 2013 Mystery Quilt on Jan. 1st with my dd (looking forward to that!)

    3. finish the throw for the back of our couch (top is finished)

    4. Finish the throw for the back of the rocking chair (almost done piecing it... used leftovers from #3)

    5. Make baby quilt for my new nephew (born mid-December)

    6. Make a cuddle quilt from a panel I got before the holidays

    7. Make a throw quilt for each of dh's and mine siblings for family gifts for Christmas next year (6 total)

    8. Finish piecing the fancy quilt for our bed and decide how to quilt it ... machine or by hand????

    9. Finish a Christmas quilt I made a couple of years ago, and never sandwiched and quilted. Hopefully that will be done in time to display by next Christmas.

    Is that a crazy enough list for you? did I mention I have 7 children, homeschool, and my dh is the pastor of our church and I'm the pianist? Talk about unrealistic lists! LOL
    “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~Scott Adams

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    My #1 goal for 2013 will be to finish the gigantic King sized wedding quilt for Daughter and SIL (June is 2nd anniversary!) And get a pretty wall/baby crib size quilt DONE before the first Grand Child is born! Benefit of second quilt goal, it's not going to be giant sized! I also want to make some simple car-seat, stroller seat and shopping cart covers made. My daughter is a neat freak (I don't KNOW where she could have gotten that impulse!) and I think these items will help her tremendously!

    And there is a possibility that my hubby and I will be completing the retirement process from my current job and moving to be closer to the Daughters family. so could be a VERY interesting year!

    Best wishes to all, and this is my belief: "That the memories we have of the ones we have lost are the best medicine for that loss!"

    Take care of yourselves and have a Happy New Year!

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    I thought of a few more goals. I have done many machine embroidery designs to use in quilts. One is of Alaskan themed items since my son was born there. I also have done many Oriental themed embroidery designs since my oldest daughter was born there. We were a military family so were blessed to travel. I really NEED to use them and get them into quilts before they are long forgotten. I just remembed I have twelve months of embroidery of Sun Bonnet Sue too and those are really pretty!!

    I really do NOT need to spend a dime on anymore fabrics...except for maybe baking fabric and some batting for these.
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

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    This could be a long list for me, will keep the simple, realistic goals at the top: #1 Let all 6 of my quilt magazine subscriptions expire. Will save money and time. Have years of back issues that have barely looked at. #2 Take the two Craftsy classes that I have paid for. #3 Continue my fabric organization, have about 1/3 of my stash folded on boards now. #4 Improve my longarm skills The actual quilts and quilted projects list is quite long, I usually have 3 to work on to keep myself interested.
    Blessings to all of you for health and joy in 2013.

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    I would like to make each of my grand kids a quilt (9) this year .... When they were born i made them each one..Now do I start oldest to youngest or youngest to oldest?

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    My quilting goals for 2013

    Complete 2 late Christmas present quilts asap

    Finish 1 UFO every month

    Finish the vintage Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt I purchased years ago (need to make more blocks and attach exist loose blocks)

    Join a small quilt group with our Quilt Guild

    Discover ways to incorporate my completed needlepoint projects with quilting projects when possible
    CMC

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