The eve of New Year’s Day 2018:
- The Christmas tree is packed in a Rubbermaid bin next to the furnace.
- My Willow Tree Nativity set is carefully wrapped, boxed, and tucked under my husband’s workbench.
- Darling Daughter is flying back to her home in Texas.
And I’m back upstairs in my sewing loft, enjoying the view of fresh snow and a rising Wolf Moon. Our neighborhood is peacefully quiet, too. Of course not much stirs outside when the temperature is -3°F.
I click on my iron and sewing machine, press two pieces of fabric and piece them together for the back of a lap quilt. That’s enough stitching for today since tomorrow’s sunshine will bathe the room with light and possibilities.
My Quilt Project Status
I have five works-in-progress (WIPs) spread all over my quilting loft.
- Jelly Roll Twist lap-size quilt: Top is pieced, back is pieced, binding is cut. The next steps are basting, quilting, and binding.
- Lucky Stars twin-size quilt: Top is pieced, back is pieced, binding is cut. The next steps are to deliver the top and backing to a longarm quilter and then bind it.
- Project Linus Mystery Challenge: Blocks are pieced. The next steps are to cut background strips, piece the top, baste, quilt, and bind.
- Barn Style lap-size quilt: Three blocks are pieced. The next steps are to cut the remaining fabrics, piece __ blocks, piece the top, baste, quilt, and bind.
- Simple Diamond flannel lap-size quilt: Cutting is done. Next steps are to piece, baste, quilt, and bind.
2018 Quilting Goals
This year my overarching goal is to have fun while finishing projects and emptying a few shelves filled with fabric. To measure my progress, I plan to do the following activities each month.
- Track how much fabric I use (finished quilts and sewing projects).
- Track how much fabric I buy.
- Calculate net yardage.
One Monthly Goal – January
During January I plan to complete the Jelly Roll Twist lap quilt for my nephew’s birthday.
During September 2017 — when Moda Fabrics sponsored Project Jelly Roll — I pieced the quilt top. While working on the layout, my five-year-old nephew asked me who it was for. When I told him that I didn’t know, he said he would like it. So I’ll be happy to give it to him soon!
What fun projects and activities do you have planned for 2018?