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My April Goals

Today’s my birthday and I’m working at the quilt store surrounded by lovely fabric. If you live nearby, stop in and say hello! Tonight I’ll see my daughter and have a nice dinner.

It’s April and time to list my quilting goals for the month. I wrote this up ahead of time so I didn’t have to do this on my birthday. Maybe I’ll get some time to sew instead.

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. As you know, because of a challenge at the quilt shop where I work, I’m making a Star Trek quilt for my daughter in 12 parts, over the course of a year. The goal for April is to piece the remaining half of the large Enterprise block that’s featured in the center of the quilt..

  • Make a Accuquilt Go baby quilt for the April Island Batik challenge. As you know, the Island Batik Ambassadors got an awesome Accuquilt Go cutter in our first box of supplies. The challenge for April is to design and make a baby quilt using my Accuquilt Go dies. I have the 8” Block Cube, so the block is going to be 8” finished. The rest is up to me!

  • Make progress on the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge You can read about the challenge here, and why I haven’t gotten it done just yet. My goal is to get the appliques all fused and edge-stitched. I got a lot of them done last month, but need to finish that. I’d like to commit to getting more done, but this month is pretty busy so I’m trying to also be realistic.

  • Make two Bee Inspired blocks. I’ve shamelessly had this one on my to-do list for months, but I have to get these blocks done and mailed to my bee mates. Wish me luck! Based on past history, I’m going to need it.

  • Write three new patterns for Island Batik. I’ve got three quilts in the Island Batik Spring Market booth, so I need to finalize the three patterns and get them ready to sell to quilt stores who will be so impressed with my quilts when they see them at Market that they will order tons of patterns! <grin>

  • Timeless Treasures recently selected another one of my designs for a free download pattern for Quilt Market. My goal is to get the pattern written and submitted for publishing by mid-April.

    They’ve also asked me to make a sample, which I need to get done and quilted before Quilt Market which is in mid-May. So my goal is to get the quilt cut out and pieced before the end of the month.

    Cant show you anything yet since the fabric collection I’m using won’t be released until Spring Market.

  • Host two blocks for the Sew Let’s QAL. We’ll be releasing Blocks 3 and 4 in May, and I’m playing host by creating step by step photo tutorials to help you make each of the blocks. Block 3 is released tomorrow, so be sure to come back!

Those are my goals for April! Wish me luck!

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March Goals Recap

Although the weather hasn’t warmed up that much, March is out of here and it’s time for me to recap how I did at meeting my March goals.

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. The Star Trek quilt I’m making for my daughter is being done in 12 parts, over the course of a year. The goal for March was to piece half of the large Enterprise block that’s featured in the center of the quilt, and I got that done, and I made progress on the April goal which is to piece the second half.

  • Make a Vintage Reimagined quilt for the March Island Batik challenge. The challenge for March was to take a vintage quilt and use it as inspiration to make make something new. I got this one done too, making a modern version of a double-wedding ring quilt. You can read more about it here.

  • Make progress on the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge—Despite my modest goal (to finish the top by fusing the appliques in place), I didn’t make it. I got most of the appliques fused and stitched in place, but not all of them.

  • Create a new pattern for Timeless Treasures. Timeless Treasures recently selected one of my designs for a free download pattern, so my goal was to get it written and submitted for publishing. Got this one done but I can’t show you the pattern yet since the fabric collection has not yet been released.

  • Host two blocks for the Sew Let’s QAL. Got this one done too! I made Block 1, but not Block 2. However, I created the tutorials I wanted to, and now they are available on my Tutorials page.

    Block 1 was a Sewing Machine. Click here to learn more about it. For Block 1, I created a tutorial for the stem and outline embroidery stitches.

Block 2 was a Quilter’s Mug. Click here to learn more about the block. I didn’t make Block 2, but I did create a tutorial on printing on fabric for it.

So those were my goals for March. Let’s see how I did:

I had 5 goals and got 4.5 of them done. That’s 90%

I’ll be publishing my April goals on Monday. Come back then to see what I’ll be working on in March!

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My March Goals

It’s March and time to list my quilting goals for the month!

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. The Star Trek quilt I’m making for my daughter is being done in 12 parts, over the course of a year. The goal for March is to piece half of the large Enterprise block that’s featured in the center of the quilt. The April goal is to piece the other half.

  • Make a Vintage Reimagined quilt for the March Island Batik challenge. The challenge this month is to be inspired by a vintage quilt to make something new. I have several ideas floating in my head but nothing concrete just yet.

  • Finish the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge—You can read about the challenge here, and why I haven’t gotten it done just yet. My goal here is modest: to finish the top by fusing the appliques in place. If I can get them edge-stitched too that’ll be a plus. If I can also get the quilt quilted I’ll be ecstatic!

  • Create a new pattern for Timeless Treasures. Timeless Treasures recently selected one of my designs for a free download pattern, so my goal is to get it written and submitted for publishing. The pattern uses fabrics from a Quarter 2 2019 collection, so I hope to be able to show it to you in April.

  • Host two blocks for the Sew Let’s QAL. This year, we’re breaking the quilt along into sections and I’m officially hosting Section 2, which means I’ll be making each of the blocks in Section 2. However, I’ve decided to unofficially host all the blocks, offering tips and tutorials, even if I don’t make every single block. So my goal for March is to host Blocks 1 and 2, and to create tutorials for the required techniques.

Those are my goals for March! Wish me luck!

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February Goals Recap

For February, I set the following goals. So how did I do?

  • Finalize the design for a quilt for my daughter. Always in Stitches (the quilt shop where I work) has a challenge every year where you make a list of 12 projects and then complete one of those projects every month for a year. A lot of us chose a single project rather than 12, broken down into 12 parts. I chose to make a Star Trek quilt for my daughter who is graduating this year.

    For January’s challenge, I created a couple of designs. For February, I finalized the design with my daughter and made the final fabric selections. Here are the two original designs, and the final design which is a combination of the two.

  • Make a Magnificent Mini quilt for the February Island Batik challenge. Got this one done! You can read all about Hugs and Kisses here.

  • Finish the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge—my quilt features the Fortune Teller collection. I got a little further on this one, but it’s not done yet. This was the quilt I was working on when my sister died and so sometimes I find it hard to work on. Other times, I find it healing. I’m come to the conclusion that it’ll get finished when it gets finished. So I’m not putting pressure on myself except that I’m determined that it will get finished.

    You can read about my latest update here.

  • Create some new designs for Island Batik’s Fall Market booth.I submitted several designs and one of them was selected! The fabrics will be shipping soon, and then it’ll be heads down until I get the quilt done and shipped to Island Batik for photographing.

    I can’t show you the fabrics since they won’t be released until Fall Market in October, but I can show you the design, since it’s based on my Starcrossed Too quilt which I made using the Island Batik collection, Lavendula.

    Since my design was selected, I’ll also be publishing the pattern for release by Fall Market..

  • Finish my pattern for the Partners in Design’s upcoming blog hop, and sew up a test block. My test block is made and my pattern is done! Can’t show you the block though because this is a mystery quilt along. <wink>

    The first block will be released this Tuesday at 12:00 AM EST. My block is Block #6 and it’ll be released May 21st.

    If you’re participating in the quilt along, come back on Tuesday to see my tips for making Block #1 and to learn where you can download the pattern.

  • Change the cover of a new pattern being featured by my local guild to show the actual Guild Raffle Quilt, then print it so the Guild can sell it at the show (and before). Got this one done too! The pattern is Belfast Market, and it’s available through my store. If you use code QGI2019 at checkout, I’ll give half the profits to my guild - the Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis.

    You can read all about Belfast Market here.

  • Announce my new patterns and add them to my online store.I released a new free pattern in early February. The pattern was designed for Timeless Treasures and it features the Beach is My Happy Place fabric collection. You can read all about it here.

So those were my goals for February. Let’s see how I did:

I had 7 goals and got 6 of them done. That’s 86%! Woot!

I’ll be publishing my March goals on Monday. Come back then to see what I’ll be working on in March!

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