Saturday, December 21, 2019

2020 Planning Party

Although I had an amazing 2019 production wise, I did what I promised myself I wouldn't do - I over extended myself with my art quilting. It was great to know that I could do all of this art, but I haven't done an art quilt since. So with these famous last words in mind, here are my goals for 2020.

Planning for 2020

Free Motion Quilting

In the last few months I've been playing with free motion quilting and making some lovely, easy projects from the practice pieces I've finished. I will be doing more FMQ and hopefully honing my skills. It would also be nice if I practiced on a couple of UFOs 😊
Make more journal covers
with my FMQ practice pieces

This Postcard from Sweden quilt top needs some FMQ













My Kingfisher hexies quilt also
needs some loving FMQ







Blog Hops and Challenges

It's difficult to say no to fun blog hops and challenges. I've decided that January will be mostly dedicated to Project Quilting 2020 which starts January 11.

I discovered this great challenge during its last week this year. I had so much fun making this mini chocolate hexie piece. Project Quilting is on for 5 weeks and each week we have to make a quilt within the week.

I've also signed up for the Winter Blues blog hop which runs near the end of January. The project just needs to have blue in it and I have an idea for a small but fun project. As soon as I've finished my Christmas gifts, I hope to start on this one.
Made during this year's Project Quilting






















Art Quilts and my Exit Strategy

In September I announced my Exit Strategy...and that's as far as I got. Ideas have been percolating and I want this to be my major project of 2020. I think that I'm still nervous after too much art quilting last year. I'm hoping that the Project Quilting 2020 will get those creative juices going and bring back the fun in making art quilts. I fear that I've been taking this art thing to seriously....so enough of that! It's time to enjoy myself again.😊
Maybe it's time to get it off of the design wall?


















Working on some long promised quilts

A long time ago I promised my son that I would redo his quilt, the one that his grandmother made him when he was a young boy. He has loved it to death  😊. With his input, I have bought the Kona solids that are closest to the original fabrics. He had drafted the design for me, so now all that's left is to iron the fabric and start cutting and piecing.

My son's original quilt that he loved to death!
I also owe my daughter a Paddington Bear quilt. I made her the mini but she still wants the real thing!
Paddington Bear mini





Fabrics bought for the
Paddington Bear quilt















Embroidery and Hexies

I did a lot of hand embroidery and hexies this year. These are great when I'm not sure what to do and just feel like playing with thread and fabric. I really liked following Sharon of Pintangle's Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST). I've haven't been a model student (but then I almost never am!) and have been doing the embroidery in fits and starts. I know that I will be adding lots of embroidery in my Exit Strategy project and practicing new stitches when I feel like it.

Of course I will also be participating in the 100 hexies in 100 days on Instagram if it's on again. And I suspect that I will be adding hexies to everything that I can (except probably my son's quilt!).
Practicing embroidery stitches
I'll be making more hexies, although probably not
in Venice or Florence!




















Related links
Linking parties
I'm linking up to #2020 Planning Party with Quilting JetGirl. Thanks so much for hosting this fun party! I'm also linking up to other fun link-ups. Here they are: Off the Wall Friday, Finished or Not Finished FridayPeacock PartyCan I Get A Whoop Whoop?. Put Your Foot Down, Colour and Inspiration Tuesday, Slow Sunday StitchingMonday MakingWhat I Made Monday, Midweek Makers, Friday Fhoto Fun


17 comments:

  1. What an awesome quilt that your son was gifted by his grandmother; I hope you have a wonderful 2020 as you work on quilts for your children and more!

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    1. Thanks so much Yvonne. 2020 will be the year that my son gets his version 2.0 quilt since I've only promised to do it for the last few years. After Christmas the ironing board will come out and those fabrics will be ready for cutting! Have a great Christmas and thanks for hosting the Planning Party :-)

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  2. I love that you're remaking the loved-to-death quilt! That must be such a lovely project

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    1. Thanks Olivia. It's going to be a bit of a challenge piecing it, but my son drew me a good draft of the quilt. It will be like a giant puzzle.

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  3. So many wonderful projects. Your free-motion work does look good. Re-doing your son's cherished quilt is so sweet, so is the Paddington Bear quilt. All precious projects.

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    1. Thanks Danice. Free motion quilting is my favourite part of the whole process and I love to learn new things. Yes, my kids' quilts will have to be a priority :-)

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  4. I love the quilts you are making for your children. What a sweet thing to do, to remake the loved-to-death one! Have a wonderful new year.

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    1. Thank you so much Rachel. I try not to plan too much but version 2.0 of that loved-to-death quilt needs to happen in 2020! Have a great year :-)

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  5. I love all the hexies. Looking forward to seeing what you present next year, sounds like you are planning on a full year. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.

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    1. Thanks Denise, I was trying to keep it simple but I sure do have lots of plans...and more coming. I just want to keep the deadlines and expectations at a minimum, for my sanity's sake :-)

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  6. Wow, your son's quilt was modern before modern was probably a thing! Love it, I hope it is really satisfying to recreate it for him.

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    1. Thanks Dione. Isn't it great...I'm a little intimidated but I'm sure that I'll figure it out :-)

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  7. You are so busy with your sewing and your plans. I love the hexies, easy to carry to sew on in quiet moments.

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    1. Hi Alcea, yes, hexies can be very satisfying to make. I tend to make tons of them and not touch them for ages but it all evens out, except of course for the 100 hexies in 100 days. That's loads of fun and generally requires more discipline than I have.

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  8. I love organized people!!! You inspire me!! good luck in making it all happen - I know you can!!!

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    1. Thanks Alycia, the planning part is the easy one - it's the sticking to it that's tricky :-)

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  9. I think your list is full of very do-able goals. Just don't be too hard on yourself it they don't get completely fulfilled.

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