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2014 Quilting To-Do List: Update 8

I can’t believe it’s already October! With only three months left to finish the quilts on my to-do list, I find myself in awe of how much sewing time I was able to fit into my busy schedule and also equally in awe of how much I still need to do. I’m nearing the end of a few projects and have also really expanded my creativity, which was part of my goal this year. (Find out more about my goals in my resolutions blog – read it here.) With the holidays coming, I know I’ll be juggling these projects with handmade gifts and Christmas decor. See my tips at the end of this blog for prioritizing projects!

 

On my to-do list this year:

 

 

Nine of the blocks for the Globetrotting Block of the Month are done. The quilt is almost done! I’m eagerly awaiting for Pat Sloan to release the setting block and finishing instructions so I can spend more time on this one!

 

 

So close to finishing my Passion 48 quilt! I just have to sew the binding to the back of the quilt. But with a 12-hour car ride this weekend, I’ll definitely be able to finish it. Then a final press before this quilt finds a spot on my wall!

 

 

My Welcome Home door hanging from Quilts and More was hung up on the first day of fall with cute burlap ribbon. I’m a huge fan of fall colors and motifs, so Im obviously in love with this project! I have other plans for the pumpkin and leaf motifs (including fulfilling a request from my mom for one, too!).

 

I have some tips for prioritizing projects. (See my tips for making your list here.)

1. Make a list. Although this seems like an obvious tip, writing down what you need to sew and any supplies you’ll have to buy can really help speed up the process. You’ll cut down on your number of shopping trips. Then organize your projects by how long they’ll take and when you need them done by. Then you can prioritize by deadline or squeeze in a project that will only take a few hours when you have a free afternoon.

2. Work before play. Although this isn’t something we love to hear, the quilts that you’re doing for yourself might need to take a backseat to any gifts or decor you need to make. And even though you may think you can always do your “work” projects tomorrow, my experience says that pushing back those type of projects can make you panic last-minute. Better to get them done as early as possible and if you have extra time, you can always do your “play” projects.

3. Recruit a friend. Did you decide to make holiday gifts for all the grandkids this year? Or did you get asked to make a few quilts for a charity auction? If you have fast deadlines or are overwhelmed with your to-do list, ask a sewing buddy to help out! Make an evening out of it with some snacks and a movie. Even if they don’t help you finish everything, they’ll at least make a dent and you’ll get some stress-relilef from the hangout.

 

Happy quilting in 2014! Share your own quilting to-do list in the comments and make sure to check back to  see my progress.

Lindsay

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Trend Talk: Kitchen Prints

Every month, we highlight a trend in quilting and show you how you can add this hip style to your projects!

With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up (we’ll call them the eating holidays), we’re highlighting cute kitchen- and food-theme fabrics! Make a oven mitt, pot holder, or apron from one of these collections for a fun gift or decoration for your table during the holidays!

 

 

Kitchen fabric for your shopping list (in order going clockwise):

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Blogs We <3 This Month

Once a month, we highlight blogs our staff is reading right now!

 

 

Modern Handcraft

If you believe quilting is in the details, than you’ll love this blog! Blogger Nicole plays with scary materials for some sewers, such as snaps, pleather, hexagons, fusible and more (and you won’t be afraid, either, after reading her easy tutorials). Her style is bold, but totally livable! And her projects are great for those looking to try new techniques on smaller projects.

Read her blog here.

 

 

 

Nancy Zieman

Nancy has been  the go-to gal for learning new techniques and simplified quilting processes for a long time. And her blog is no exception! Full of clear tutorials, easy projects, and reviews of must-try tools, her blog is perfect for beginners and advanced quilters alike. Plus, her round-ups (like the Top 5 Sewing Projects blog above) make it super easy to find her top tutorials.

Read her blog here.

 

 

Inspired by Antique Quilts

Designer Kathie Holland’s blog is one where you’ll become a better quilter just by looking at pictures of her quilts. She has a beautifully scrappy style, which makes for perfect lessons on color, contrast, and light. The best part is she’s always sewing something new and blogs daily about her projects!

Read her blog here.

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2014 Quilting To-Do List: Update 7

I had a surprisingly productive month! And although I put two projects aside, I did cross some things off my to-do list that I was dragging my feed on (buying supplies, finishing binding). I’m at the point where I’m nearing the end of a few of my projects. I’m happy to permanently get them off my list and on the wall or bed they belong on! (Find out more about my goals this year in my resolutions blog – read it here.) Four more months this year to finish the five projects I chose. Since the holidays get busy in the magazine world, I’m hoping for one more very productive month so I’m not panicking by the time Christmas hits!

 

On my to-do list this year:

 

I finished the last 20 of my Tula blocks! Now time to choose a sashing color that will match brown, blue, teal, and green! See all my blocks here.

 

 

Nine of the blocks for the Globetrotting Block of the Month are done. The quilt is almost done! I love all blocks equally in this and love the fabric line. I hope I have enough time before the end of the year to quilt and bind it.

 

Finally got the binding done and all the layers ready to quilt. This is the first quilt I started (and obviously one that I put on hold for awhile). I’m ready to get it off my design wall and hanging in my house.

 

In a burst of energy over Labor Day weekend I almost got the Quilts and More Fall Welcome Home wall hanging done. A little bit of binding left to sew on and some embellishments to make, but I’ll be ready for cooler temps when they come!

 

I have some tips for jumpstarting your creativity. (See my tips for making your list here.)

1. Take time off. While it’s important to be creative every day to keep the juices flowing, it’s also alright to take some time off from your to-do list. I took time this month to be creative while reading, gardening, and baking. And while I did do some quilting, it was a gift that was not on my to-do list. Taking a break gives you the energy and motivation to move ahead on your projects.

2. Do what you feel. With nicer weather this month, I didn’t want to be cooped inside at my sewing machine. I, instead, opted for a lot of cutting. I liked being on my feet with some music playing. And touching the pretty fabric was a nice stress reliever after a long day. I still made progress on a quilt, but it wasn’t something that was time-consuming or felt like work

3. Let your mind wander. We always say in the office that sitting at your desk and thinking counts as work. While it may seem silly to let your mind wander while you’re working on a quilt, sometimes the best ideas or creative spark come from just sitting. If you’re not feeling the creative process, look at some quilting magazines, browse some websites for inspiration, or go to a store to look at fabric. You’ll be surprised how this can jumpstart your motivation!

 

Happy quilting in 2014! Share your own quilting to-do list in the comments and make sure to check back to  see my progress.

Lindsay

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Trend Talk: Type Prints

Every month, we highlight a trend in quilting and show you how you can add this hip style to your projects!

This month, we’re all about fabric with words! We’re writers, so we’ve obviously always loved the look of printed text on fabric. But we’re starting to see a lot of word fabric on the market now, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! From standout prints to tone-on-tones, word fabric can take on a lot of different looks!

 

 

Type fabric for your shopping list (in order going clockwise):

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