Quilting Goals 2011: Just Checking In


As some of you might remember, back in late December, Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy hosted a linky for 2011 quilty goals. I’m a list gal, so I was happy to join in. Well, one quarter of 2011 is now gone–how am I doing on that list? Much like Elizabeth and Becky, I was pleasantly surprised at my progress. At the time, I thought I had set a rather high bar for myself, but if I keep it up, I should hit my goals and then some. I guess that can happen when you’re doing something you really enjoy.

1. More quilts. Check. Kind of. Jennifer’s Intersection(s) pattern is still sitting, but I did make a girly companion for my Modern Meadow baby quilt—that was my Urban Lattice quilt. No progress on bed quilts for Miss E. and my niece, and I completed exactly one block for the Bloggers’ Block-A-Palooza quilt-along, but one down out of 5 isn’t too bad, I guess.

2. Bees. Check. I’ve made some gorgeous blocks for bloggy friends near and far.

3. Swaps. Check. I sent my DQS quilt off to Australia, and received a lovely one in return! Now that’s swap success. : ) And I’m currently wrapping up my Make Mine Modern swap items.

1. Supernova -playing around, 2. Supernova red WIP2, 3. Supernova blocks, 4. Block on design wall,Not fully sewn together yet!, 5. Supernova block #1, 6. 1st Supernova piecing, 7. Supernova blocks, ready for next week, 8. Supernova Quilt Along – Piecing Sub Blocks 1-6, 9. Supernova QAL, my first blocks
4. A quilt-along. Check. Have you seen what showed up in the Supernova Quilt Along Flickr group over the weekend? Wow, you guys are rocking it!

5. Quilting for charity. Check. I’ve already made six blocks for Do. Good Stitches quilts, and next month I’m taking on the role of quilter in that bee, which means I get to design the quilt, collect the blocks, and put them all together into a finished piece. In addition, I made this quilt for Margaret’s Hope Chest and raised $80 for Haiti by selling pillows in the Quilt Hope In etsy store.

6. Holiday stuff for 2011. Nope. I want to make a tree skirt, stockings for the whole family, and a Christmas quilt. No progress here.

7. Learn to free-motion quilt. Nope. No progress here. But I did sign up for the Free-Motion Quilting class at the Sewing Summit. : ) So no worries about that until October, right? (Yes, I’m going to the Sewing Summit! Can’t wait!)

8. Rent the long-arm quilting machine at my LQS again. Nope. Haven’t done that yet. But still want to.

9. More finishes. Check. Kind of. My goal was to finish 12 quilts in 2011, so I’m currently right on track with 3 finishes in 2011. I also wanted to do more of my quilting myself, and of my 3 finishes, 2 were quilted on my home machine, while one was sent out to the long-arm quilter. So totally on track there as well! : )

17 replies
  1. Lee Heinrich
    Lee Heinrich says:

    First of all, I was totally holding out the hope that your quilt was coming to me…. I'm still waiting for mine though so I hope it's amazing (it surely is, they all are). Second, I need to go back to my list. Third, great job!! 🙂

  2. Elizabeth D.
    Elizabeth D. says:

    Awesome job, wow! You really are rocking it!! As for the holiday stuff, I'm seriously considering hosting a big Christmas in July thing over at my blog, so maybe you might want to participate and that would get you moving on the holiday stuff? Just a thought 🙂 I think you're doing amazing with your list!!

  3. Becky
    Becky says:

    you ARE doing great! I loved seeing all the supernova blocks pop up over the weekend. You should totally rent time at your LQS on the longarm. I wish that we had something like that around here. Love all your swap projects,so pretty!

  4. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    Lee your awesome! Every time you post a picture of your Urban Lattice Quilt I just want it. It's one of my favorite inspirations out there! Having fun with the supernova quilt-a-long.

  5. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    You're really rocking through your list! I only have one quilting goal on my list: finish my supernova! I haven't even started piecing yet, because I don't have them all cut yet, because I'm still stressing about the color combinations. How do you pro quilters do this all the time? 😉 I'm hoping it becomes easier as I go along… I spent about five hours total trying to pick some blue fabrics for this one.

  6. Inspiredbyfelix
    Inspiredbyfelix says:

    Fab progress, and gorgeous makes (of course!). I adore the dark grey and pink block in your bee picture – do you know if that quilt been finished? Ceri PS Thanks for including my pic in your Supernova mosaic, made my day 🙂

  7. Kimberly White
    Kimberly White says:

    You are making some awesome progress! I think the WIP wednesdays are helping me to keep on track – what about you? Have a great day! Thanks for inspiring me with your beautiful quilts!

  8. Sel's Quilting Blog
    Sel's Quilting Blog says:

    And I thought I was being ambitious by finishing 12 tops in 12 months! 🙂

    You're going great guns on your list! (I think it helps to have a list, so long as you're not the kind of person who gets depressed by all the things that should have been done, but haven't!)

    And I don't ever think I commented that I love your wonky stars blocks/quilt!

  9. Kellie
    Kellie says:

    I absolutely love your urban lattice quilt and now have to copy it using my coveted stash of FFA fat quarters! Your centre squares seem larger than the ones in the original quilt and I wondered if you would share what size you cut your triangles to because I love the total look you achieved. I hope you subscribe to the 'imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' school of thought! I have been waiting to make the perfect quilt for our master bedroom and as soon as I came upon your blog post I just knew I had found 'the one' ;o)

  10. Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com
    Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com says:

    Lee, the lists work! I'm a list person too, just not so public about it, but have an accountability partner that I send it to every week. This is week 60 for me on that journey and in looking at my 1st quarter this year, I've already done more than 50% of my sales from all of 2010. If I don't say so myself, I'm rocking! 🙂 HAA!! YEAH!!! It feels good.

    Love the weekend progress on Supernova…need to get back to mine 😉

    Have a great week.


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