2016 Goals

It’s getting close to March and probably a bit late to be talking about resolutions, but I put together a list of goals and projects I want to work on this year.

Here we go…

1.  Start this blog (check!).  I now need to figure out how to link up to things and add buttons.

2.  Improve my Free Motion Quilting (FMQ). I’ve been doing FMQ for some time, but have kind of fallen into a rut of stippling and swirls. I have two or three smaller quilts I can use to practice, plus practice sandwiches, and maybe I’ll try a few mini quilts.

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One of the quilts for machine quilting practice
The second quilt I'll be using for machine quilting practice
The second quilt I’ll be using for machine quilting practice

 

3.  I joined a few quilt alongs – the Stitchery Dickory Dock’s Sugar Block Club 3.0 BOM that my Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild is doing, Christa Watson’s Facets QAL, and The Splendid Sampler. These should be fun, educational, and push me outside my normal boundaries.

4.  I have an awesome hand-dyed houses quilt that I need to finish…I’m holding on to it for a little while until I improve my FMQ!  I want to do something with big swirls.

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Maggie was inspecting the quilt with her pink alligator.

 

5.  Use my stash! I bought a few new things for these quilt alongs, but I really want to focus on using up what I have. I’m trying to do the whole Splendid Sampler from my stash.

6.   Work on a few other pet projects – I need to make some little zippered bags for some friends, and I’m really digging the Plus quilts that She Can Quilt makes – so I think I’ll tackle those too.

That should keep me busy for a bit. I might be a bit ambitious, but its good to get it written down so I can check in on myself, and give myself a little high five as I get some stuff done.

 

Here’s to some cool creating in 2016!

New Beginnings

Well…I have to start somewhere.

This is my first post! I’m just going to celebrate the simple victory of taking the first step and getting this first post written and online.

I’ve been thinking about starting this blog for a long time, but every time I start to get it going I talk myself out of it. I don’t have time. I don’t have anything interesting to post. I’m not doing anything new. Look at all the fabulous things that other people are doing – I don’t do cool stuff like that! But the idea keeps sticking with me, so I figure its time to give it a go.

I plan on using this blog to share what I’m working on and to connect with other quilters online. I kept seeing all these cool projects and link-ups, so I’m jumping in and joining up.

I have a few reasons for starting this blog:

  1. I want to learn how to do it!
  2. To have a gallery for my quilts to share with others
  3. To use the blog as a method for connecting with other quilters
  4. I created a page for my corgi, Maggie, last year and I have really enjoyed it. Meeting people, connecting, and chatting over our corgis has been so much fun. I can only image how much fun the quilters are going to be!
  5. To hold myself accountable to spend more of my time being creative – building and creating things.

I’ll post more soon about what I’m working on, but for now I’ve posted some photos of some of my earlier quilts on my Gallery page.

So here I go! I look forward to meeting you all and sharing what we are working on!

This is Maggie, and you can find her on Facebook and Instagram.  She has lots of fun adventures, and is a very helpful quilter!

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