Goals

My October Goals

Time to set my quilting goals for October. This is a busy month for me, so it’s quite a list! Wish me luck in finishing it on time.

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. This month, I need to add borders to the Star Trek quilt I’m making for my daughter. I also need to piece the back, piecing her Vulcan name into it.

  • Make a table topper for the October Island Batik’s Top It Off challenge. The challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors in October is to make a holiday table runner or table topper that includes applique. I’ve got an idea for this one and I’m working it out in Electric Quilt.

  • Begin quilting the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge I’m keeping this on the list although I’m not really sure I can make any progress on it since I’ve got so many other deadlines this month.

  • Write a new pattern for Island Batik. This is almost done so it shouldn’t be hard to check this one off at the end of the month.

  • Write a pattern for My Little Star. I’ve made progress on this one and need to finish it for sure. If you want to see My Little Star in more detail, click here.

  • Make two quilts for the Spring Market Island Batik booth. Two of my designs were selected for sampling,so I need to get them done by November for photographing for the Spring catalog.

    Both quilts are designs you’ve seen, but the fabrics are secret so I can’t share them. I’ll be making my Wedding Bands and Summer Social quilts in new colorways. At retreat I got the Summer Social top done and started on Wedding Bands. Click the images to see my blog posts about each quilt.

Wedding Bands, shown here in the Island Batik FW2018 collection, Twilight Chic

Wedding Bands, shown here in the Island Batik FW2018 collection, Twilight Chic

Summer Social, shown here in the Dear Stella FW2017 collection, Mint Julep

Summer Social, shown here in the Dear Stella FW2017 collection, Mint Julep

  • Create and sew my project for the Holiday Gifts to You Blog Hop The Partners in Design are hosting a special Blog Hop in November and I need to get my project designed and sewn. Read more about the hop by clicking here.

  • Create and sew my project for the Stitch It and Give It Blog Hop. My day on the hop is November 15th, so I need to get my project done for that as well.

So I’ve got 11 jobs to do! Wish me the same luck that had me finish the majority of my September goals!

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September Goals Recap

Time to set my quilting goals for September. Although it doesn’t always reflect it in my results, having goals like these keep me focused on the things I need to get done!

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. The Star Trek quilt I’m making for my daughter is almost done and this month I needed to create a section for the back that has my daughter’s name in Vulcan script. I found several alphabets online and in the end, mixed two to create a name in the look my daughter preferred.

  • Make a juvenile quilt for the September Island Batik’s Child’s Play challenge. The challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors in September was to make a juvenile quilt using the special Block on Board die (BOB die) we were sent from AccuQuilt GO in our second Ambassador box.

    I was sent the Spider Web die and this is what I made—a cute spider quilt. Click here to read all about it.

  • Begin quilting the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge Didn’t get to this, what with everything else I had going on. Oh well.

  • Write a new pattern for Island Batik. This is almost done I’m happy to report.

  • Write a pattern for My Little Star. Made progress on this one too! If you want to see My Little Star in more detail, click here.

  • Make two quilts for the Spring Market Island Batik booth. Two of my designs were selected for sampling,so I need to get them done by November for photographing for the Spring catalog.

    Both quilts are designs you’ve seen, but the fabrics are secret so I can’t share them. I’ll be making my Wedding Bands and Summer Social quilts in new colorways. At retreat I got the Summer Social top done and started on Wedding Bands. Click the images to see my blog posts about each quilt.

Wedding Bands, shown here in the Island Batik FW2018 collection, Twilight Chic

Wedding Bands, shown here in the Island Batik FW2018 collection, Twilight Chic

Summer Social, shown here in the Dear Stella FW2017 collection, Mint Julep

Summer Social, shown here in the Dear Stella FW2017 collection, Mint Julep

  • Make a Funky Friend. I’m making Ellie Elephant using a new Fall 2019 Island Batik collection so I can’t show you, but it’s a cutie! I’m happy to report that Ellie is done and made the trip to California without a hitch.

So how did I do? I had 10 goals, and I got 8 done. That’s 80%! Not bad, indeed.

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My September Goals

Time to set my quilting goals for September. Although it doesn’t always reflect it in my results, having goals like these keep me focused on the things I need to get done!

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. The Star Trek quilt I’m making for my daughter is almost done and this month I need to create a section for the back that has my daughter’s name in Vulcan script. I’ve found a paper-pieced alphabet online but I may look at some other versions and fashion an appliqued version instead.

    On the left is a sample of something I found at one website—it has several different styles of letters. The second alphabet (on the right) is completely different. My plan is to show these to Katerina and ask her to select the style and/or letters she prefers. Then I’ll design a pattern for her name, maybe mixing styles and alphabets.

  • Make a juvenile quilt for the September Island Batik’s Child’s Play challenge. The challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors this month is make a juvenile quilt or other project that uses the special Block on Board die (BOB die) we were sent from AccuQuilt GO in our second Ambassador box.

    I was sent the Spider Web die so this will be a toughie for me. Wish me luck!

  • Begin quilting the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge Although this is no longer the same priority as some of my other quilt projects, I really want to get to quilting this soon.

  • Write a new pattern for Island Batik. Orders should be coming in soon for this one, so I need to push through and get this one done!

  • Write a pattern for My Little Star. This pattern is needed this month so I need to get it finished. If you want to see My Little Star in more detail, click here.

  • Make two quilts for the Spring Market Island Batik booth. Two of my designs were selected for sampling, and the fabrics should be arriving soon. The quilts need to be in California in November so in September I’d like to get the piecing done on at least one quilt, if not both of these quilts this month.

    Both quilts are designs you’ve seen, but the fabrics are secret so I can’t share them. I’ll be making my Wedding Bands and Summer Social quilts in new colorways. This also means that I’ll be patterning Wedding Bands soon! Click the images to see my blog posts about each quilt.

Wedding Bands, shown here in the Island Batik FW2018 collection, Twilight Chic

Wedding Bands, shown here in the Island Batik FW2018 collection, Twilight Chic

Summer Social, shown here in the Dear Stella FW2017 collection, Mint Julep

Summer Social, shown here in the Dear Stella FW2017 collection, Mint Julep

  • Make a Funky Friend. I’m making Ellie Elephant using a new Fall 2019 Island Batik collection so I can’t show you, but it’s a cutie! The elephant will be used to decorate the Island Batik Fall Market booth. It’s not due until the end of September and with everything else that was going on I didn’t get to it.

So here are my goals! When I’m making samples for Market I always get so busy. Wish me luck in finishing all these projects!

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August Goals Recap

August has ended. Let’s see how I did with meeting my goals this month.

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. I’m making a Star Trek quilt for my daughter, and this month I needed to sew all my blocks together to create a quilt top. Got this one done, and thanks to my two helpers (that’s my dh on the left, not exactly hiding behind the quilt <grin>) I got a photo too!

    Not sure if I want to add borders or not. I want to keep that modern 60’s feel that so reflects Classic Trek. What do you guys think?

  • Make a star quilt for the August Island Batik Star Light Star Bright challenge. The challenge is to create a quilt with star blocks. Only half of the Ambassadors were making star quilts this month as the other half were participating in a blog hop featuring the Spring collection (announced in Spring, arriving in stores in the Fall).

    In November, our roles will be reversed as I’ll be participating in a blog hop to feature the Summer collection (announced in Summer, arriving in Winter) with the other Ambassdors making challenge quilts.

    August exploded with several new opportunities so I ended the month with little sleep but with my deadlines met. Got this one done by the skin of my teeth! Click here to read more about my latest creation, Starburst.

  • Begin quilting the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge I was making this quilt when my sister passed away and I just can’t seem to get to the next stage which is quilting this.

  • Make the last Bee Inspired block. I belong to an online bee and I needed to make blocks for my beemate Kate @ Smiles From Kate. I got this one done!

  • Write a new pattern for Island Batik. I didn’t get this one done—the last pattern for the quilts that hung in the Spring Market booth but I will.

  • Write a pattern for My Little Star. This pattern is underway but not yet completed. If you want to read more about the quilt, click here.

  • Host two blocks for the Sew Let’s QAL and present projects that use them. I hope you participated in our QAL because it was sew special! <grin> Hosted the last two blocks and created an awesome project to use some of the blocks in. I’m pretty proud of my project—a zippered sewing caddy.

    Click below to learn more about each block and where to download it, and to see my photo tutorial for making a zippered sewing caddy for yourself!

Block 12 - Rotary Cutter

Block 13 - Who’s Got the Thimble?

Block 13 - Who’s Got the Thimble?

My project, a Zippered Sewing Pouch

My project, a Zippered Sewing Pouch

  • Make a block for a Modern Quilt Guild challenge. My Bee Inspired online bee is participating in the challenge, and each of us is making a block. Each block needs to include the phrase, “You can do it” in English or any other language we choose—I chose Italian because that’s where my sister went on her last vacation.

    Got this one done! Read more about the challenge and my online bee by clicking here.

  • Write three patterns for Riley Blake. I recently got asked to ghost write three free download patterns for new fabric collections for Riley Blake and I’m really excited about it! I got these done and I’ll post links to them once they are online.

  • Make a Funky Friend. I’m making an elephant using a new Fall 2019 Island Batik collection so I can’t show you, but it’s a cutie! The elephant will be used to decorate the Island Batik Fall Market booth. It’s not due until the end of September and with everything else that was going on I didn’t get to it.

    Here are two Funky Friends I made in the recent past—Memory Bear (featuring French Blue) and Punju Peacock (featuring Paisley Park, both from the Fall/Winter 2018 Island Batik collection).

So how did I do? I had 13 projects to make and got 9 of them done. That’s 70%. Not bad but I can do better. On Friday I’ll post my September goals.

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