New Orleans House Project

Monday, January 1, 2018

Good-bye 2017, Hello 2018!

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!






13 comments:

  1. Love your list! I keep on on the blog and refer back to it... but maybe I need a note pinned to the wall above the sewing machine!

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  2. I’ve got Wedding Ring or Pickle Dish on my Bucket List, too, but this isn’t the year. Instead some of my BL checks marks will involve an Irish Chain, a medallion quilt and a spiderweb quilt. I’ll be following along to see your flamingo hexies and the Burgoyne RSC project develop. Happy New Year!

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  3. I've got some of the same quilts - either in progress or in my queue - calling to me, too. Burgoyne is at the top of the list, and I'm also looking forward to seeing yours!

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  4. How did I miss that scrappy star sew along?!?! Gorgeous!!!

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  5. New project always come calling with the new year. Hopefully some of the projects from your list will make some great progress this year.

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  6. I did my 17 UFO list and saw that I finished quite a few. So I thought 'no new projects' just keep to that list.
    Then I decided to start some new ones, lol...for RSC

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  7. You always share beautiful work and accomplish so much. I didn't complete my 17 UFOs either but that just gives me more to work on in 2018, right? Sending you wishes for a happy and healthy 2018!

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  8. oh the UFO list...the bane of quilters everywhere. Or the spark of inspiration? However you choose to use it, all the best to you. Happy New Sewing Year.

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  9. Looking forward to you moving forward in 2018! I think we have similar tastes in quilts!

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  10. All of you "17 in 2017" people just amazed me all year long. I don't even dare think of how many I have started and abandoned, but I know I did not "finish" 17 quilts this year. All of your finishes this year are superb. I look forward to seeing what you come up with for 2018!

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  11. I hate to be a downer, but one of your burgoynes has a turned block (the lemon & rust? I'm looking on my phone). You have achieved a great deal in 2017.I finished 5 things which is very lame. I love that scrappy star quilt too.

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  12. Lots of beautiful projects there Angela... I'll be sewing along with you doing the RSC , my first time participating!

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  13. Can you ever imagine starting a year with nothing on a list? I've had things move from one list to another for years. I still haven't given up on them. You have some great plans

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