Yvonne (Quilting JetGirl)’s 2020 Planning Party linkup is underway! I participated last year and found it very helpful to really think about my quilting goals, which then became part of my overall yearly goals.
I did pretty well on last year’s goals, I’m happy to say! Here’s the update:
2019 Goal #1. Finish 5 quilts I’d started in (or before) 2018. I completed four of them: Sun and Shadow, Earth and Sky; Calamitous Portents; The Color of Time; and Bright Sisters. The fifth, Hello Seattle! (my Tula Pink City Sampler from the #100days100blocks2018 sew along), is still waiting to be sandwiched and quilted. I’m also hoping to sneak in one last finish: Interwoven, which I made during the sew-along early in 2019. Not bad!
2019 Goal #2. Finish and deliver my commissioned piece, Wheel of the World. Done!
2019 Goal #3. Make Boomerang for my brother. This one is not done. I’ve pulled the fabric, though, and I’ll be moving it to my 2020 goals.
2019 Goal #4. Make an improv quilt from some of my scraps. I made a few starts, but I didn’t get into this as much as I hoped. My interest has faded a little so I’m putting it on the back burner for now.
2019 Goal #5. Make progress on two of my long-term projects, both appliqué quilts. I didn’t move this goal forward in 2019, but I’m adding part of it to my 2020 list.
2019 Goal #6. Enter at least one quilt show or competition. I entered two! Wheel of the World was included in the Everett Quilt Show in April. I also entered Wheel of the World and Jude’s Foxes in Quiltcon 2020, but they were not selected. I’m proud of myself for submitting them, though!
2019 Goal #7. Practice free-motion quilting on my domestic sit-down machine until it feels comfortable. I am so pleased with my progress on this goal! The last quilt I finished this year, Bright Sisters, is a gloriously densely quilted beast using lots of different free-motion quilting designs. I’ve even started experimenting with rulers!
2019 Goal #8. Figure out how to take good photos of full sized quilts and tops. Done! For my birthday, I asked for and received a collapsible photography backdrop stand. It’s perfect for hanging big quilts so they are straight and flat and easy to photograph!
I’m feeling pretty good about the quilting progress I made in 2019. In 2020, I want to keep up the momentum while allowing for the likelihood that I will be back in the workforce to a greater extent than I was this year. I also want to stretch myself in new ways. Here are my 2020 quilting goals:
- Finishes. Finish Hello, Seattle! and another top I started in the fall of 2019 using a pattern by Kathryn Jones from Down Under Quilts (issue #178, 2017) called Saturday Morning. Hello, Seattle! is a huge, king-size quilt, so I’m a little worried about wrestling it through my machine… but I’d like to give it a go. Saturday Morning is a little more manageable in size.
- New quilts. I want to complete Boomerang this year. I also have some patterns I’ve been waiting to try, including Postcard from Sweden by Kelly of JeliQuilts, Precession / Fuschia Fade by Yvonne of Quilting JetGirl, and at least one of the two quilt kits I purchased in 2017 but haven’t touched yet.
- Appliqué progress. I’d like to complete four blocks for my large appliqué project, Simply Delicious by Piece o’Cake Designs. I’m going to try to complete one in each quarter of 2020. I subscribed to the block of the month program the year my son was born (he’s, um, 20 now) and I’ve only completed two of the blocks. But I love it and want to finish it!
- Enter at least one quilt show or competition. It’s scary, but I’m going to keep at it!
- Take a quilting workshop, class, or learning sew-along. In 2019 I joined the free-motion quilting challenge Help! How Do I Quilt It? hosted by Angela Walters and I learned a ton. I’d like to keep learning in 2020.
- Write a pattern for an original quilt design. I have created a couple of original quilt designs, and I’d really like to try my hand at pattern writing to see if I like it.
I’m looking forward to 2020 and to making progress on all these quilting goals! Thank you to Yvonne for sponsoring this planning party, and I hope that everyone who is reading this post has a wonderful new year!