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To-Do Tuesday 1-5-16 | Happy New Year!

Projects I want to finish in 2016
Projects I want to finish in 2016

2016 is here and I. Am. Ready! I have been having a blast making plans with my Quilter’s Planner and figuring out how and when to accomplish my sewing goals for this year. I filled out the Projects At-A-Glance page with all of my intended projects for the year. With the exception of June and July, I have one quilt to finish and two bags to make each month. I modifed May so that I only have one bag to finish in that month. During the summer I plan on piecing four quilts that I’ve had on my Want-To-Do list for a while, so I’ll have those tops done and ready to quilt after summer. I will be busy this year, but I’m confident that I have not set unrealistic goals.

Cover for my Quilter's Planner
Cover for my Quilter’s Planner

Since last week’s post I’ve accomplished two big things. The first was to make a cover for my Quilter’s Planner. It’s a free pattern designed by Amanda K of What The Bobbin, modified by Stephanie of Late Night Quilter (developer of the planner) and given to those who have ordered the planner.

Inside of Quilter's Planner Cover
Inside of Quilter’s Planner Cover

I chose to use Essex Linen as the “binding” of the cover, and Maker by Art Gallery Fabrics as the main exterior and lining print. The exterior zipper pocket lining and the interior sleeves are made from the Multi Plaid print in Carnelian from Denyse Schmidt’s Florence line. The pockets on the sleeves are Essex Linen. The pattern was very easy to make. I decided to go the extra mile and top stitch all the way around the edge of the cover, rather than just the top and bottom center like the pattern instructed. I figured my new industrial machine could handle it. Wrong. I am not sure if my stitch length was set too small or if my expectation of what this machine can power through was a little too high. Maybe both. But expecting it to stitch easily through zipper ends that have been doubled over in the seam edge of the cover may have been too much. I played with my machine the next day and put it through some paces and it sewed fine. So I’m thinking I pushed it a little too hard. Oops!

Improv Backing for Grungy Windows Quilt
Improv Backing for Grungy Windows Quilt

My second accomplishment for the week was to finish my Grungy Windows quilt backing! I am so thrilled to have that done! It is much bolder than I envisioned, but I think once the quilt is finished the boldness of the back and all of the white on the front will help balance the quilt out. That’s what I’m telling myself anyway. (Right now it looks like I did a patchwork of polyester clothes from 1976…)

I should admit that I had decided (notice the past tense there??!) against participating in any Block Of The Months or Quilt-Alongs this year. And then I found an email in my inbox from Amy of Stitchery Dickory Dock where she announced her FREE Sugar Block Club 3.0. So… yeah. I’ll be doing that this year. I love Amy’s BOM’s and I’ve done the previous two Sugar Block Clubs. I didn’t want to miss this one! To make it easy on myself, I’ve chosen to use my half yard Cotton + Steel Mochi collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale for this quilt. It’s going to be fantastic!

Have you thought about what you want to accomplish in 2016?
Are you joining any Block Of The Month, Quilt Along or Sew Alongs this year?

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Baste Grungy Windows
  • Quilt Grungy Windows and sew binding to front; start handstitching to back

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10 thoughts on “To-Do Tuesday 1-5-16 | Happy New Year!

  1. I love pieced backings! Yours is gorgeous; pretty enough to be the front of a quilt! I’m so glad you shared about the Free Block of the Month. I’ve been wanting to do a sampler quilt in 1930s fabrics and this one just fits the bill perfectly!


    1. Thanks, Karen! You’re right… Amy’s BOM’s are perfect for 1930s fabrics! I can’t wait to see what your quilt looks like by the end of the year. This is going to be a lot of fun!


  2. Dude. First. Your handwriting is NOT bad. Second. The back of the Grungy Windows is awesome!!! Third. Looks like you have a bunch of awesome projects coming up. Can’t wait to see more of them!


    1. I’ve realized that if I write in all caps my writing is much better. So I’m trying to remember to write like that all the time. Since my work requires neat printing and I tend to write in all caps there, it’s coming more naturally to me. And looking better. Thank goodness! Thanks for all the nice comments! I’m excited to tackle that list of sewing goodness!


  3. Very impressive list you’ve got there (and neat printing too!) Your first 2 projects of the year are wonderful. Love the journal cover – I need to look for the Maker fabric! I love Grunge, are you fitting quilting your tops into your plans? I’m watching 4 quilt alongs/BOM that interest me, not jumping in yet. Just trying to be realistic.


    1. Thanks, Sharon! I actually tried hard to make that page look nice…LOL! The quilt tops I did last year I will be quilting first! Definitely want to get those WIPs finished! I’ll have five done by May if everything goes as planned, and then one extra that I forgot about will be quilted after summer in August as long as I stay on track.


  4. I would love to do the sugar block club again, but I haven’t decided om a colour palette if i do. And btw i still haven’t assembled the top for 2014. I am making some of the farmers wife 1930s blocks too, and like you I am determined to get some of my half finished projects dove so that i can create a new design on a whim without feeling burdened.


    1. I definitely cheated when I picked the Mochi bundle to do the Sugar Block Club this year since it was already coordinated. Thank goodness! Have fun with the Farmer’s Wife blocks… those are a lot of fun to make. I’m cheering you on for finishing your WIPs; I feel exactly the same way about being able to get to other projects guilt-free!


  5. I love your cover for the quilters planner! I need to make one for mine 😀 finishing WIPs is one of my goals for this year!


    1. Thank you! I love that it’s an easy pattern and one you can make in just a couple of hours. I am thinking of making another one just so I can switch it up every now and then. I think this is the year of finishing WIPs. That’s a great thing! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!


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