I was very ambitious in my planning during 2017 and really hope to learn from this.
When I said that I was tired in my last post, I wasn't kidding. Thank goodness that I'm able to take 5 weeks off work, from the end of December to the end of January. The beginning of January will be spent on a vacation while the rest of January is for relaxing. I had booked an in-town retreat with my guild, but I even cancelled that! No plans, just rest :-)
Needless to say, that's going to affect my quilting and blogging plans.
So, having learned from 2017, these are just projects and learning that I would like to pursue in 2018. There is no pressure and no big over-arching plan.
Possible Quilt Alongs
I've committed to participating in Alida's Starry Bright Sky QAL. It looks like it will be challenging but since it's once a month, I hope that I'll be able to manage it. I love stars and I love learning new techniques, so this sounds like a good fit.
I've also been admiring the Block of the Month Series presented by Bernina. It started in March 2017 and seems to be going for a few more months. I fell in love with the quilt, or probably more precisely, with the fabrics and amazing colours.
|Bernina's Block of the Month Series|
|Beautiful fabrics from Studio 39 Fabric|
Thanks to the hosts of 2017 Finish-A-Long and Studio 39 Fabrics. I'm really thrilled to have found another Canadian online shop!
I'm already several months behind, so there is really no stress to make it on any schedule. The blocks are quite large and don't seem very complex, so I'm really looking forward to making it....eventually. Now I just have to pick up some background fabric and I'll be ready to go.
|The end of the Learning Quilt-A-Long|
I would love to host some kind of link-up but I haven't decided on a theme. I know that I don't have the time or energy to host a link-up every week, so I'm going to have to think about it.
If you have any ideas about an event or a link-up that could be fun, please let me know :-)
Update my blog
I've learned so much about blogging by reading and seeing other bloggers' work. I've got a few ideas for updating my blog this year. It doesn't need a complete make-over, just a few tweaks, a little at a time! I have already started by creating a 2017 Finishes page using Inlinkz. Eventually I'd like to have a page for every year that I've blogged.
You may also have noticed a new Featured Post widget at the top of my blog. I'm hoping, from time to time, to highlight an older interesting post that might be relevant.
|Gaïa, Mother Earth|
I have no doubt that if Alida hosts another Art with Fabric Blog Hop, that I will participate.
I also want to keep working on my art quilts. This year, it's the Common Threads Quilt Guild's turn to host the quilt show in May. The good thing is that many of my Art with Fabric quilts were made since our last quilt show two years ago, so I could just enter those. It's great to have a backup plan!
|Lone Tree 2|
I think that it would be wise to leave it at this. I know that I will continue learning this year, even without a quilt along. It might be nice to do it without any pressure (from myself).
|A picture from my first post.|
This whole post is essentially about what I learned, so I'm going to allow myself to leave it at this :-)
Wishes & Thanks!
I wish you all a great end of 2017, a wonderful Christmas or holiday season and a terrific new year!
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my posts. I also appreciate your comments, even if I'm not always good at replying.
- Starry Bright Sky QAL, main page
- Block of the Month Series by Bernina
- 2017 Finish-A-Long
- Studio 39 Fabrics
- Best of 2017, December 23, 2017
- 2017 Finishes page
- Art with Fabric: Gaïa, Mother Earth, October 10, 2017
- Lone Tree 2 - Tired or Overachiever?, January 24, 2017
- The First One!, March 27, 2012
Linking Parties: First of all, I will be linking this post to JETgirl's 2018 Planning Party. Check out what everyone is planning! I will also be linking this post to these other parties. Come and see what's happening... Finished or Not Friday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?, Linky Tuesday, Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers,