Monday, December 31, 2018

Planning 2019 and finishing Charlotte's quilt

In a few hours, 2019 will be upon us....and I sure hope it's a good one :-) Thank you so much Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl for hosting this annual party!

#2019 Planning Party

I've been thinking a lot about what I want for 2019 and it's a lot like my planning for 2018. My goal is to keep learning and creating, and to minimize the stress. Easier said than done, but last year was better than 2017 and with any luck, other than January, I will be able to keep this in mind.


After posting my Best of 2018, I'm finding some common themes:
  • Slow stitching with EPP, embroidery and beading;
  • Practice my Free Motion Quilting;
  • Create art quilts!

As well, I want to:




  • Participate in a very few Quilt-Alongs and Blog Hops;
  • Keep updating my blog; and
  • Finish 2 WIPs from this year and FMQ a couple of UFOs.


  • Neutral Quilt WIP
    Kingfisher W











    Postcard from Sweden, ready to FMQ













    OMG for December
    Charlotte's Quilt

    I am so happy to report that my OMG for December (and November) was to finish Charlotte's t-shirt and dress quilt....and it's done!

    You may remember some of these FMQ posts! They were very popular, especially the dolphins and bubbles.

    Dolphins and bubbles




    Foxes in the forest






    The quilt is now finished. There are 6 t-shirts and 2 dresses (the pink fabric and the purple polka dots). The purple dress had pretty tulle that I incorporated onto the block. If it ever gets used up, it can easily be removed.


    Charlotte's Quilt made with her t-shirts and dresses
    I didn't incorporate one of the t-shirts in the quilt, but cut out one of the hearts and added it to the label.
    Bunnies on Charlotte's label, because she loves them!
    What I learned
    • The backing of the quilt was a sheet from Charlotte's crib. There must be a lot of polyester in it because I found it impossible to get the tension right for the FMQ. I tried everything and finally just ended up using lighter thread in the top so that the top thread wouldn't be so obvious in the back.
    • As I was quilting it, I thought that the back was simply horrible. After I finished the quilt, I realised that I could barely see the top thread in the back. The Quilting Police would see it, but it's really not that obvious. I was very happy and relieved.
    • When you FMQ it's easy to get carried away about your mistakes, but in the grand scheme of thing, it usually isn't that obvious. 
    • Thank goodness for the OMG because this quilt might not have gotten done. So thank you so much Patty of Elm Street Quilts!

    Related links

    Linking parties
    I will be linking this post to Jet Girl's #2019 Planning Party as well as to the December OMG Finish link-up. Monday Making, Moving Forward, What I Made Monday, Linky Tuesday, Midweek Makers, Needle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not Friday, Main Crush Monday, Oh Scrap!, Free Motion Mavericks,

    Project Details


    Charlotte's Quilt
    34" x 44"
    Material: t-shirts, dresses, baby crib sheet and blanket, and Kona solids
    Technique: piecing and free motion quilting

    18 comments:

    1. I wish you a lot of creative joy as you work on your 2019 goals. Thank you so much for joining the Planning Party!

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      1. Thank so much Yvonne. It was great to think through my goals for next year. Thanks again for hosting the planning party!

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    2. What a fun quilt! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

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      1. Thanks Patty, it was fun to make and always a bonus when it's a finish!

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    3. I have some T-shirts of my daughters that I'm planning on putting into a quilt for her (one day when all my UFOs are done). I love how you've set these, great inspiration and a lovely quilt finish.

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      1. Thanks Mrs. Parker. Are you ever going to have all of your UFOs completed one day? My UFOs seem to have babies when I'm not looking! I hope you make your daughters their t-shirt quilts one day. There are so many clever ways to assemble them.

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    4. I so like your goals for 2019 - especially the one about minimizing stress! Your quilt is so pretty and...well...girly! Your fabric selection is awesome! Thank you for sharing! Happy New Year!

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      1. Happy New Year Miaismine. The irony of it all was that I was so tired when I made my goals for 2019 that I missed a few...which I'm sure is all for the best. Yes, minimizing the stress is a priority because I tend to say yes to making quilts or joining QALs before I think. There is just so much amazing things to make!

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    5. What wonderful goals and accomplishments. Your have a wide range of quilting skills! Happy 2019!

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      1. Thank you so much Sharon for your great comments. I really appreciated them :-)

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    6. I do remember Charlotte's quilt blocks! The quilt came out lovely! Yes, our mistakes are magnified in our eyes, yet they are actually minimal. I believe the love were pour into our creations conquers those errors! Take good care!

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      1. Thanks so much Miaismine for your thoughtful comment. Loving what we do and pouring it into our work makes a huge difference. Thanks for taking the time to comment :-)

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    7. Looking forward to seeing what you create in 2019!

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      1. Thanks Susan, it's a never ending journey, isn't it? Thanks for sharing it with me, and all of us :-)

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    8. What a fun quilt. Thanks for linking up with Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday.

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      1. Thanks for hosting TGIFF. I'm very happy that it's off my to-do list!

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    9. Hello Andrée,

      Charlotte's quilt is wonderful, so totally pink and girly and with lots of interesting details. I'm sure Charlotte will love it!

      Thank you for linking up!

      Love, Muv

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      1. Thanks Muv. Yes, apparently she really loved it and it has lead to her making her bed in the morning, with the quilt on top! Isn't that great!

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