Friday, January 2, 2009

Inspiration

It's the beginning of a new year, when we're all thinking about what we'd like to accomplish in 2009. In the last couple of months, I've come across many great ideas I want to try, but with so much "must do" sewing for Christmas gifts, I just started a pile of things I want to do "someday."

I've always loved flying geese and this quilt from the December issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine really caught my eye. I think I'm going to do a scrappy version and make this a long term project.
This isn't a wonderful picture, but I fell in love with this quilt in a Plow and Hearth catalog. It was for sale, of course, but I plan on copying the design since it looks simple enough. It would look great in my bedroom!!

I learned to paper piece last year, and I'd like to do more of it. I've already collected a number of paper pieced block patterns to try.

Somewhere in this house, are some blocks and the rest of the fabric for two quilts my mother started. I want to finish those. One, I will keep, and the other I'll give to my brother. The other three of my siblings have a quilt that mom made, but my older brother and I don't, so I want to finish these two so we have one of her quilts to treasure too.

I want to learn to knit socks. I tried a couple of times, with not good results .. but I'm going to give it another try. I took up knitting a little more than a year ago, and I'd like to continue to improve my skills and learn to follow a pattern better.

I want to learn to applique. My plan for the January Swap Til You Drop quilt calls for applique, so I'll get a chance to get my feet wet. I just hope I end up with something good enough to give away!!

I have a few UFOs to finish up ... a couple of quilt blocks I want to put binding on and hang as mini quilts, and a table topper I started years ago that I'd like to finish. Other than that, my plate is clean though and I'm looking foward to many new projects!!


I received this sweet little quilt from my partner in the Swap Til You Drop December swap. The theme was Sweet Sour or Savory. It's beautifully done and I just love it!! I'm accumulating a number of mini-quilts so I'm going to start a quilt wall in my sewing room.

I've received so many wonderful comments on my Whirl Into Winter Giveaway post. So much to look forward to in the new year ... anniversaries, birthdays, travel, retirement, new grandbabies, new homes, better health, and lots and lots of quilty plans!! I'm trying to respond to each comment, but it may take me a while!! I'm a little overwhelmed.

Terri

10 comments:

Needled Mom said...

May you be blessed with the time this year to accomplish some of the wonderful projects that you have planned.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Hope you get all the things you want accomplished..... done!

Simone de Klerk said...

It is good to have so many things to look forward to at the beginning of a new year. I hope it brings you a lot of happiness. I'm looking forward to the projects you get finished this year!

Stephanie said...

Sounds like you have lots of projects to start off the new year. I want to make a t-shirt quilt and learn to do scallops. Happy New Year!

Needled Mom said...

Sounds like you have a very ambitious year ahead of you. I, too, loved that flying geese in that same magazine. It would be lovely in scraps.

Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

I love the geese quilt, can't wait to see your version of it. Wish there were enough time for ALL of the quilts I'd love to make. I always tell my Husband, there better be quilting in heaven!!! Because I surely don't have enough time here on Earth to do all that I've planned on...

Also the cupcake mini you received is so cute! Could the theme have been captured in fabric more perfect? :) CUTE!

the poet said...

grandbabies??

Terri S said...

Yes, grandbabies ... other people's, not mine!! I'm being patient.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I love that little quilt from the swap. It is one of the cutest swap quilts I've seen. Good for you.

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