Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Making Plans

Happy 2013 to everyone.  It started out pretty cold here - only -5 degrees F this morning.  I hope we don't do this all winter!

One thing about all the cold and snow - it makes it easy to stay inside and quilt.  My sewing room is nice and warm (thanks to the 13 lightbulbs in there). 

I'm going to participate in Carrie's UFO Challenge and Judy's Getting It Done Challenge.  Although I don't always get everything done, it does help me stay on task a little better.  With that in mind, here are my UFO/Getting It Done items in January:

1.  Finish quilting and binding Boxy Stars.  This is going to be a charity quilt, and also used up a bunch of older fabric.  A lot of these fabrics I recognize from when I owned a quilt store, which was from 1995-2000, so these fabrics are at least 13 years old, and maybe 18 years old! They still play together nicely, though.  I made a lot of progress on this today.

2.  Turn this cute Valentine redwork Annie into something - pillow, wall hanging, framed picture, Valentine postcard?  Anybody have any great ideas about this?  It's not too big, about 5" or so.  I won this pattern last year in a giveaway from Barbie at Cleo and Me.  I love to do stitchery, but frequently don't get around to finishing the stitchery into a usuable item.  That's going to change in 2013!

3.  Add borders, quilt and bind this Column Quilt.  This is another charity quilt to use up scraps.  My goal is also to practice my free-motion quilting skills on these quilts. 

4.  The fourth item, although not a UFO (yet!) is to make this pile of fabrics and trims into some dresses for Nicaragua using the Little Dresses for Africa pattern (free on the Nancy's Notions website).  A group from our town makes a medical mission trip to Rosita, Nicaragua each year, and our guild is going to make dresses and shorts for them to take with them.  We have a sewing retreat on January 19 to make these, so hopefully this is one item that will get done this month.  There is enough fabric here for at least 8 dresses, depending on the size I  make. 

That's it - that should keep me out of trouble for January!  Thanks for stopping by my blog.


  1. Aren't you the smart cookie! Love your projects, especially Boxy Stars. It is gorgeous...and I think I have some of the same fabrics! Your Annie is adorable and your column quilt is so bright and colorful! Yay you for making so many wonderful projects! Happy New Year!

  2. I have some of the same old fabric and still love them all. You've got some good goals for Jan. I love redwork and would make a little valentines pillow.

  3. Lots of wonderful plans to keep you 'out of trouble'. LOL Enjoy!

    BRRRRR - stay warm!

  4. I think some of those goals can be met.
    The little embroidery would make a cute pillow maybe with some red rick rack trim. Just a thought.
    And what a great charity project to work on. I look forward to seeing those little dresses.
    Good luck and thanks for linking up.

  5. Great goals for 2013. That first quilt is a winner and I love the idea for the little dresses for Africa! Can't wait to see them all done up.

  6. I adore the Annie embroidery! I too am looking forward to seeing the dresses. That sounds like something I'd like to do - and goodness knows I've got a ton of stash that would make some very pretty dresses.

  7. Looks like you have plenty to keep you busy. I'll be interested to see what you do with the Stitchers. I have a few of those that I need to do something with, too.

  8. Oh, great projects! Love that Valentine stitchery pattern. Is it available somewhere, do you know?

  9. Your columns quilt is gorgeous!