It's a windy and chilly New Year's Day here in the Crescent City. The temperature is hovering in the upper 20s (-2º C), but at least the sun is shining! Dear Hubby and I are recuperating from a rather whirlwind trip to the mountains of North Carolina to see family and friends. All in all, the perfect day to take stock of what's happening in my quilting studio and make plans for the coming year.
For the past several years, I've made a list of quilting priorities - based on WIPs and UFOs - for the coming year. I keep the list pinned to a bulletin board in my studio and refer to it when I need to stay focused.
Last year, I joined in with Meredithe's 17UFOsin2017 project, which was a challenge to at least move 17 UFOs a little farther toward the "complete" category.
I tweaked my notecard list and compiled 17 projects to work on during 2017. (Many thanks to Kyle for the fancy stationery!) The new list helped intensify my focus on UFOs and I managed to finish many of my projects and move some others along. Unfortunately, there were still several projects that went untouched for the entire year!
Of course, one never knows when inspiration will strike, so several projects were begun in 2017 that weren't on any list!
Diane Knott's Scrappy Star Sew-Along called my name during the summer of 2017.
Inspired by Cathy and Gayle, I was also bitten by the Burgoyne Surrounded bug - as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. If you find yourself being tugged toward Burgoyne - here is a link to the great free pattern by Becky of Quilted Twins.
Flamingo hexies also crept into my 2017 quilting world.
Then there are all of the quilts still hanging out on my Quilting Bucket List.
I've had this pattern by Edyta Sitar for years. Will 2018 be the year I tackle it?
Or how about a Double Wedding Ring style quilt, like this one by Diane Knott?
I still haven't decided on my final list of quilting priorities for 2018, but I'm sure whatever piques my imagination will be colorful, challenging and great fabric therapy!