Thursday, January 1, 2015

January Goal Setting A.L.Y.O.F.

Good morning!  I'm going to try this again this year and see if I can manage to do any better at it...

My goal quilt for January is a UFO that has been sitting around for years.  It will be a utility quilt made for my family to use.  It is a Jacob's ladder quilt that I started years ago then decided that I didn't like it so I moved on and threw it up on the shelf and there it has sat until now.

The orangey/yellow fabric is a cotton blend, the prints are (I think) civil war repros or if not then they sure look like them to me, and the white fabric is a natural muslin.  The back is pieced out of bits and bobs that I had laying around.  I have to finish piecing one of the large white backgrounded blocks then sew it to the two that go on either side of it, attach that all to the quilt, add batting, do the straight line quilting on the whole quilt, bind and done!

Working full time is robbing me of my sewing time and even though I don't do the whole "resolution" thing one of the goals I have for this year is finishing things I have already started.  This quilt will be the first one.

We also spent the whole month of December remodeling our main bathroom.  It is not done, done but it is useable now while we do the finishing work on it.  Today I have to reclaim my dining room which was used as our staging area and is full of tools, junk, things we didn't use and general mess since we had to move a wall to accommodate a larger shower fixture.  Pictures when it is completely done.  I love it and am very proud of all of the hard work the hubster and I did on it, mostly him, but I make a good apprentice!

Other January goals:  Get daily exercise.  I have been very bad at this but since hubby got a new job where he works we will now be on the same early to bed, early to rise schedule (4:00 AM is early yes?) so that will help. 

Get Bek's wedding quilt cut out.  I am making a queen sized Tennessee Waltz quilt out of Kaffe Fassett and a white on white.  I have the prints bought since I loved them and bought them even though I didn't know what I would do with them, and then I just ordered some complimentary prints to go with what I had already.

Work on the quilting on my Churn Dash quilt.  I have two blocks quilted and another one marked and ready.  Here's a reminder of what that one looks like.  It will also live at our house probably.  I think I like it to well to give it away, plus our quilt stack is not that high anymore and I have a couple that are falling to pieces that need to be retired.  I am quilting it quite extensively so I don't think it will get done this month or even for a few months but I can work on a block when I get bored with other things.

My daughter started her first quilt!  She designed it, got the fabric a couple of years ago and has finally started piecing it.  She has about 1/2 of the center section done so far.  I have been helping her by pressing and handing her the pieces to sew.  We will work on this project together at some point this month also but I promised her I would not put any pictures up until she gets it done.  It will be at least queen sized by the time she's finished.

I guess that is all for now. 


Dorian said...

Oh, I really like Jacob's latter quilts. Such a neat design. Good luck getting yours finished.

Sherry said...

I love the churn dash quilt! Jacob's Ladder blocks can be so fun to work with....good luck with it.

I am participating this year for the first time and hope to get a lot of things done.

Good luck with your goals!

Sandy said...

It will be so nice to have an old project off your mind. And how great that your daughter is quilting. That's very cool.

Anonymous said...

Good luck on your finish. It will be wonderful to have a quilt to use whenever for whatever! I really like the look of the churn dash blocks, but it IS my second favorite block. =)