Goals

My June Goals

It’s halfway through the month but that doesn’t mean I don’t have goals! <grin>

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. I’m making a Star Trek quilt for my daughter’s graduation, breaking it down into monthly steps as a challenge hosted by the quilt store where I work. The step this month was to make two of the applique blocks.

  • Make a quilt or other project that uses a new to me technique for the June Island Batik challenge. I’ve been quilting for over 20 years so this one’s a toughie. However, I’ve never done a hexie quilt so that might just be the ticket.

  • Make progress on the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge I made the modest goal last month of trying to finish appliqueing all the birds and leaves but didn’t get to it so I’ll try again this month.

  • Make two Bee Inspired blocks. I only have two more blocks to make for my bee buddies and I hope to get them done this month. The first is a house block for Janice @ Color Creating and Quilting and the other are two brick blocks for Kate @ Smiles From Kate. I didn’t get to these last month but I will.

  • Write two new patterns for Island Batik. I had three quilts in the Island Batik Spring Market booth, so I needed to finalize the three patterns and get them ready to sell. I’ve got one done, one underway, and one more to write.

  • Create a pattern for Hancock’s of Paducah. Hancock’s of Paducah has selected one of my patterns to kit, so I need to write that one asap.

  • Host two blocks for the Sew Let’s QAL. Block 7 was released Tuesday, June 4th and you can read about it here. Block 8 will be released this Tuesday. Be sure to come back and see my version of the block and to learn where you can download the pattern!


It’s not too long a list but long enough!

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May Goals Recap

May is almost done and it’s time for me to recap how I did at meeting my May goals.

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. The Star Trek quilt I’m making for my daughter is moving right along. This month’s goal was to make some of the larger blocks. I sewed them up while helping her pack for the move home after college so every time I look at them I get a bit nostalgic. <grin>

  • Make a Modern quilt for the May Island Batik challenge. I struggled with coming up with a modern design, but I think it was worth all the difficulty. I call the quilt “After the Rain.” Click here to read more about it.

  • Make progress on the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge I made the modest goal of trying to finish appliqueing all the birds and leaves but didn’t get to it. Ugh.

  • Make two Bee Inspired blocks. I only have two more blocks to make for my bee buddies and I hope to get them done this month. The first is a house block for Janice @ Color Creating and Quilting and the other are two brick blocks for Kate @ Smiles From Kate. I didn’t get to these either but I will.

  • Write two new patterns for Island Batik. I’ve got three quilts in the Island Batik Spring Market booth, so I needed to finalize the three patterns and get them ready to sell. I’ve got one done, one underway, and one more to write.

    I made progress on one of the two quilt patterns but not enough to send it to testing. Market has taken up more time than I thought it would! Oh well.

  • Finish a quilt for Spring Market. Timeless Treasures selected one of my designs for a free download pattern for Quilt Market. My goal was to finish the pattern and to also make a sample for their Market booth. Although I had to finish the binding in the car, I got it done!

    Here it is, hanging off the front porch of the Air BnB we rented. If you’d like to see how it looked in the Timeless Treasures booth, come back tomorrow for my Quilt Market report Day Two.

    The pattern is called Facets by the way. Look for it soon on the Timeless Treasures website. If you’d like a kit, Keepsake Quilting will be offering one. Also, I believe Quilts by the Bay will be making up kits as well. Right now my quilt is at Keepsake for photography, then it’ll go on to Quilts by the Bay and several other quilt stores before eventually coming home to rest.

    The fabric collection is called Timeless Treasures Tonga Batik Passport. Look for it in your lqs in the fall.

  • Finish a quilt for Fall Market Island Batik selected one of my designs for the Fall Market Collections and I need to piece that quilt and get it quilted by early June. With Market though I’ve just gotten the piecing done, so I’ll be quilting this down to the wire!

  • Host two blocks for the Sew Let’s QAL. The first of these two blocks was called “Sew Let’s Quilt Shop,” and it was adorable! Click here to learn where to download the free pattern.

    The second block was designed by moi, and it’s called Binding Clips. Click here to learn where to download my free pattern.

    It’s not too late to join in on the fun! You only need to make the blocks in Segment 2 to enter for a prize. My block was the first one in Segment 2. If you want to enter for the Grand Prize at the end of the quilt along though you’ll need to make the blocks in Segment 1 as well. You don’t need to make a quilt though—all you need to do for the Grand Prize is to use each of the 12 blocks in some kind of project—-you make as many projects as you want. Or you make a quilt. The choice is yours! Click here to learn more about the quilt along. Click here to see my project idea for Segment 1.

  • Complete the sign up process for Checkers. I’m all set up and I’ve received my first order from them so my patterns will soon be shipping to quilt stores around the country!

  • Finish a pattern for RJR. Sometimes I write patterns for other pattern designers, and this is the case with this one. Got the pattern done and it’s in testing, so I can basically check this one off.


It was a busy month and I didn’t get as much done as I would have. Getting sick right after Market sure didn’t help. But let’s see—there were 13 things to do, and I did 7 of them. That’s 54%. Not terribly great but it is what it is!

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My May Goals

May is underway and I need to set my goals for the month.

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. The Star Trek quilt I’m making for my daughter is coming along! This month the goal is to make some of the larger blocks.

  • Make a Modern quilt for the May Island Batik challenge. The challenge for May is to make a modern quilt using batiks. I struggle with modern so this should be a challenge. Wish me luck!

  • Make progress on the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge I didn’t get as far along as I would have liked in April so we’ll give this another try. This month I’d like to finish appliqueing all the birds and leaves down.

  • Write two new patterns for Island Batik. I’ve got three quilts in the Island Batik Spring Market booth, so I needed to finalize the three patterns and get them ready to sell. I’ve got one done, one underway, and one more to write. Better get moving!

  • Finish a quilt for Spring Market. Timeless Treasures selected one of my designs for a free download pattern for Quilt Market. My goal was to get the pattern written and submitted for publishing by mid-April. That’s been done and the pattern is ready to go.

    Timeless Treasures also asked me to make a sample, and it’s been pieced and is ready for quilting.

  • Finish a quilt for Fall Market Island Batik selected one of my designs for the Fall Market Collections and I need to piece that quilt and get it quilted by early June. This month I’d like to be well under way with that project.

  • Host two blocks for the Sew Let’s QAL. The first of these two blocks debuts next Tuesday so be sure to come back for the free pattern. The hosts will also be showing you some cute projects you can make with your blocks if you’re not making a quilt.

    The second block in May is released May 21st and it’s mine! So please come back for that one too!!!!!

  • Complete the sign up process for Checkers. Checkers is one of two major distributors here in the US, and they have just agreed to carry my patterns! This is a big deal because now my patterns will be more widely available to quilt stores. The process involves a lot of forms and printing of samples and so on and it’s underway but I need to complete the process this month. At Market I hope to sign with the other distributor as well, so wish me luck!

  • Finish a pattern for RJR. Sometimes I write patterns for other pattern designers, and this is the case with this one. The pattern features a new spring collection so I need to get it done as soon as possible.


As you can see, it’s an impossibly long list. Add to that me spending time with my daughter for graduation and moving and my trip to Quilt Market and it’s a busy month!

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April Goals Recap

Earlier in the month, I set some quilting goals. Let’s see how I did at meeting them.

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. Because of a challenge at the quilt shop where I work I’m making a Star Trek quilt for my daughter. I’m allowed to spread the task over the 12 months and in April my goal was to piece the remaining half of the large Enterprise block that’s featured in the center of the quilt..

    Got this one done! Yeah me!

  • Make a Accuquilt Go baby quilt for the April Island Batik challenge. I got this one done as well! My blog post includes a photo tutorial for how to use the Accuquilt Go! so if you’re thinking about investing in a fabric cutter, check it out.

  • Make progress on the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge My goal was to get the appliques all fused and edge-stitched but I only got just a little more than half of them done. You can read about the challenge here, and why I haven’t gotten it done just yet.

  • Make two Bee Inspired blocks. I’m happy to say I met this goal! Now to finish the remaining bee blacks from last year.

  • Write three new patterns for Island Batik. I’ve got three quilts in the Island Batik Spring Market booth, so I needed to finalize the three patterns and get them ready to sell. I’ve got one done, one underway, and one more to write. Better get moving!

  • Timeless Treasures selected one of my designs for a free download pattern for Quilt Market. My goal was to get the pattern written and submitted for publishing by mid-April. That’s been done and the pattern is ready to go.

    Timeless Treasures also asked me to make a sample, and it’s been pieced and is ready for quilting.

  • Host two blocks for the Sew Let’s QAL. Got this done! In April, I hosted Block 3 (Ruler) and Block 4 (Thread Tales) and provided tips and tutorials for success.

So how did I do? Let’s see…I had 12 goals and I got 9 done. That’s 75%! Not too bad if I must say!

Come back on Monday when I’ll be publishing my goals for May. It’ll be a busy month so it’s a long list.

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