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Thread: 2013 Quilting Goals

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    Smile 2013 Quilting Goals

    Hi everyone:

    I am making a list of my quilting goals for 2013. I plan to visit it in 6 months and see how I am doing and again at the end of the year.

    My goals:

    Finish 6 UFO's (I am trying to be realistic and not say finish ALL UFO's)

    Improve my FMQ skills on my longarm (I am taking classes in January)

    Learn a new quilting technique

    Have more fun with my piecing and quilting

    Make more time to be with my quilting friends.


    I felt these goals were possible to achieve in 2013. What are your goals for this coming year.
    DonnaR
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    I will join you. I would like to 1)complete 6 UFO's, 2) improve my SID quilting skills, 3) begin FMQ, and 4) learn a new piecing technique(appliqué). I didn't do so well on my list last year so I vow to do better this year. This is a manageable list. Thanks for getting me started. I'm going to type up this list and put it up in my sewing room.

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    Sounds good....I want to finish one ufo per month....starting with the baby quilt for my first grandson who just turned one year old....yep-----been putting off finishing it and now grandson number 2 is coming in February 2013! Also, I want to practice fmq a little each day....I think that's the ONLY way to get really, really good at it. I've been a hand-quilter for 36 years but starting fmq'ing a little over a year ago----Gung ho at first then not so much. I follow Leah Day's blog and also found another great fmq teacher Patsy Thompson, patsern on youtube..... My last goal is to not buy any more fabric but use what I have....I turn 60 next Sunday and I think I might actually have enough to do me---at least for a decade! lol
    Kathy

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    Sounds good. Here are my goals for 2013
    1. Make at least one quilt a month out of my stash for the Project Linus
    2. Make a quilt for a niece and nephew.
    3. Take more classes at my LQS.

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    I am planning to get 10 quilts done for Project Linus this year, last year I did 6 and I still have tons of cut stash to make a lot more. Also I want to spend more time practicing my quilting, I usually only use the even feed foot on my Janome 6600 but I want and need to learn to use the free motion feet.
    Juliebelle

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    The only goal I have is to finish all my cousins a quilt, I started last year but bad knee surgery put me way behind....I will get it done hopefully by the end of this year...other than that just whatever I feel like doing...

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    great idea! for 2013--
    I'd like to commit to quilting/piecing at least two hours a week. I know for many of you, you'll laugh...but this past year has been hell. I work full time, have a family, have pets, ride my horse competitively, so that means riding 5-6days/7 and my dad had not been well. I lost him on 12/5. So rather than make clearly defined "i will make this, or learn this", i'd like to committ to doing some thing related to quilting two hours/week.

    Betsey

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    I have a paper pieced mariners star I started back in 2009. I have enough of them pieced to make a large lap/throw quilt. I plan on getting them sewn together and quilted. I also have to make my hubby a quilt. I've already bought the fabric and he's picked the pattern. That has to be first on my list, because I promised it to him for our anniversary which is Feb. 1st.

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    I'd like to finish the quilts from the kits I have; work only from stash as much as possible, make a Christmas tree skirt, and buy a new machine by the end of the year

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    This is a great idea, and so neat to see others' goals!
    I'd like to complete a hand-pieced and hand-quilted quilt this year, and to practice applique with some new patterns. I'd also like to make a few quilts to sell this year, but that's pretty low on the list.

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    I would like to finish quilts for both kids, a fundraising quilt for Boy Scouts, a Bargello and a wall hanging for my guild's quilt show, and use my Bailey for all my quilts. I would also like to make all my Christmas gifts for the next year....there, that should keep me bussy and out of trouble.

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    I hope all of you reach your goals. Note to twooxover--deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. No one is laughing at you for your goals, hopefully you will meet them, but if not do not beat yourself up. I set some goals for the summer, and met only one of them. I knew when I set the goals that I would not meet them. It seems that once I set a goal, I freeze and cannot even get started. Good luck to all of you. As for me, I will just keep on keeping on. As long as I am having fun everything is good.
    Sdue

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    I made my daughter a hand pieced quilt wth over 3000 pieces in it for her wedding. I had the top done for her shower. I am quilting it by hand. My goal would be to finish quilting it in 2013, they just had their 20th wedding anniversary. Shame on me!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie Spencer View Post
    I made my daughter a hand pieced quilt wth over 3000 pieces in it for her wedding. I had the top done for her shower. I am quilting it by hand. My goal would be to finish quilting it in 2013, they just had their 20th wedding anniversary. Shame on me!!
    LOL, Jackie! Best of luck in reaching your goal!
    QuiltingVagabond aka Kathy

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    I want to try making quilts with more than straight lines. I've made four baby quilts, a quilt for DD and am almost finished with a quill for DH. They all are made with just straight lines. I want to venture out to make something like pinwheels, flying geese, something like that. I also want to improve on my FMQ.

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    1. I'll be thrilled if I stop buying fabric and do the quilts that I have all ready planned for and have the fabric all ready chosen for them in my stash.

    2. I also have four quilt tops that need to be made into finished quilts.
    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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    I just want to quilt something! No lofty goals. I am not that good at it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susie-susie-susie View Post
    I hope all of you reach your goals. Note to twooxover--deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. No one is laughing at you for your goals, hopefully you will meet them, but if not do not beat yourself up. I set some goals for the summer, and met only one of them. I knew when I set the goals that I would not meet them. It seems that once I set a goal, I freeze and cannot even get started. Good luck to all of you. As for me, I will just keep on keeping on. As long as I am having fun everything is good.
    Sdue
    Thank you Sdue---I miss him more than I can say. It has been a rough 18 months and even rougher last few. I just kinda feel that if i make this resolution, even if i only meet it partially, i'll be making progress.

    does anyone keep track of their sewing? i used to keep a diary of sorts for my riding..and need to get back to that. i wonder does anyone do the same with their sewing?

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    I have made a decision to not participate in so many swaps on the board. As much as I love them, I need to concentrate on UFO's and making things for my family. I am sad to say I will not participate in the next boom swap. I have done 4 of them so far. Also, I will make a more consience effort to pull from my stash instead of thinking I need to buy more fabric. I would also like to practice paper piecing so I can officially say I know how to do that.

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    Those sounds like really fun and reasonable goals. I might just copy that list.

    And I will steal this one from sustraley-
    Also, I will make a more consience effort to pull from my stash instead of thinking I need to buy more fabric.
    Anna Quilts

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    My goals:
    Longarm more, quilts for DD and DS, Publish my book,(not quilt related), write a book for quilting, and teach quilting for beginners.

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    My goal is to use fabric from my stash and patterns on hand to make at least 2 new to me blocks (technique....wharever is in the pattern/book) each month. I would also like to start and maybe finish a queen Storm at Sea quilt for my bed.

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    1) I'd like to finish a queen size victorious star(Deb Tucker ruler) which I started this past spring.
    2) Make a quilt for my mom and mother-in-law.
    3) Go the AQS show in Lancaster.
    4) Make a quilt using redwork squares.
    5) Better my FMQ skills.
    6) Make a quilt to raffle off for a scholarship fund.

    Good luck all and no matter what happens enjoy your time quilting
    Eileen

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    twoxover, if you are trying to make a 2 hour block of time, with your obligations it probably won't work, at least right off the bat. Use your timer and give yourself 15 minutes. If when you leave your quilting space ready to get to sewing you'll be amazed at what you can get done. Best wishes from all of us I'm sure.

    Each year I choose something new to learn and for 2013 I'm already working a plan to get a good working treadle and by the end of the year to have pieced a top with at the very least 3000 pieces in it. This past year it was Mesoamericans. Fascinating but I don't know what I'll ever do with the knowledge

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    I am really enjoying this thread.

    My goals for 2013: 1) make a bargello quilt for my bed (or bedroom wall, if it turns out well); 2) turn the hand-embroidered floral squares my (87 year old) mother started making five years ago into a quilt for her; 3) stay on top of preparations for the two craft shows I'll be doing, and not end up in a panic as they approach!; and 4) continue to improve my quilting/rest-of-life balance.

    And maybe I should add 5) spend less time on the QB and more time quilting!!

    Alison

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