Well, we’re almost two months into 2014, so I’m checking in on my quilting to-do list. (In case you missed my resolutions blog, read it here.) I’m still wishing I had more time to quilt, but I’m happy with my progress. It’s a little overwhelming at first to work on five projects at once, but it’s motivation for me to get my butt moving and finish one of these up soon!
On my to-do list this year:
- Tula Pink‘s City Sampler (I’ve made a few blocks in 2013. See them here.)
- American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along (Read more about it here.)
- Pat Sloan‘s Globetrotting Block of the Month with Free Quilt Patterns (Get details here.)
- Finish my Passion 48 (See our staff’s Project 48 rules here.)
- Quilts and More Welcome Home wall hanging series (in Quilts and More Spring)
I’m 20/100 blocks into my City Sampler quilt. And I have all fabric picked out, which was a big weight lifted off my shoulders. Sometimes it’s the little things that keep you from working on a project, and fabric choice was one of those things for me. Now that I have that off my mind, I can get started on cutting and sewing! (See my blog about it here.)
My progress on the American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along is a little slower. I have about half of the fabric cut for the whole project (and if you’ve seen the materials list…there’s a lot of pieces). I’m trying to pull fabric from my stash so it has a very scrappy look, but I may have to bit the bullet and buy a fat quarter bundle to get this moving!
I have the first two blocks for the Globetrotting Block of the Month done and have all fabric picked out. This is my first BOM and the anticipation of waiting for the next block is killing me! I usually have the block finished on the first day of the month because I’m so excited!
I bought all the border and backing fabric for my Project 48 quilt. And I’ve started on the binding. I’m doing it very scrappy so it’s taking mea bit. I can’t wait to get this crossed off my to-do list. I’ve been working on it for more than a year and am ready to hang it up!
The spring wall hanging from the current issue of Quilts and More is coming along! I just need to finish appliqueing, add a border and some embellishments, and get it quilted! There’s another one coming in the summer issue, so I’ll start on that as soon as it comes out!
I have some tips for making process on your own quilting to-do list. (See my tips for making your list here.)
1. Resist the urge to add. There are always more projects that come up that I would love to add to my to-do list, but I know if I do, I won’t get the ones on my list done. And my goal for the year was to complete projects, not start more UFOs. I save the projects, so I can add them if I get really ahead on my list, but right now, I think of them as part of my to-do list next year!
2. Overcome obstacles. If you’re not making as much progress as you like on a quilt, think about what’s holding you back. Is it choosing fabric? Is it sewing blocks together? Is it calling your quilter? Once you identify the problem, set aside time in your schedule to work through it. When you overcome the obstacle, it should be easy quilting and a much more enjoyable process!
3. Set mini goals. At the beginning of the month I write down the least amount of process I want to make on each of my goals this month. Sometimes it just involves cutting all the fabrics and sometimes it’s making 40 blocks! No matter how small or big the goal is, I work toward the mini goals each day. It keeps the to-do list feeling attainable!
Happy quilting in 2014! Share your own quilting to-do list in the comments and make sure to check back to see my progress.
Every month, we highlight a trend in quilting and show you how you can add this hip style to your projects!
Solid fabrics and solid lookalikes like tone-on-tones are becoming a popular way to add texture and interest to a quilt! Use them as backgrounds and borders to make prints stand out or use them in blocks as a way to show off quilting and beautiful piecing. See how to add this hot trend to your quilting.
Solids for your shopping list:
- ColorWorks from Northcott (top left)
- Spring Couture from Michael Miller Fabrics (top right)
- Bella Solids from Moda Fabrics (bottom left)
- Kona Cotton from Robert Kaufman (bottom right)
And now that you have the inspiration, browse our collection of free quilt patterns that feature solids! See them here.
After months and months of deliberation, I finally got in the groove with my blocks from Tula Pink‘s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. Although I started this project back in (cringe) October, the holiday season kept me from devoting too much time to it. And if you read my first two blogs, you’ll know that I tried out two different ideas with the blocks before abandoning them. (Read my first blog here. Read my second blog here.)
The plan for my quilt now is to have a total of 10 rows of 10 blocks. There will be two brown rows on the outside, will move through greens, teals, light blues, and end with a dark blue row in the middle.
Thanks to my Quilting To-Do List (my alternative to a New Year’s resolution), I found the motivation to start fresh and get sewing! Because I was so weighed down by the amount of both fabric I owned and the amount of blocks I needed to sew, I spent some time sorting my stash by color. I then went through and picked 10 brown fabrics that coordinated with each other. I used only these 10 fabrics in the 20 brown blocks I made. This kept me from getting overwhelmed with fabric choices and helped keep all my blocks looking cohesive, but with a little variety .
I look forward to working on the next set of colored blocks–maybe liven it up with some green! Follow our blog to watch my progress! And follow us on Instagram at @allpeoplequilt to see weekly pics of the blocks I’m making.
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Once a month, we highlight our favorite free quilt and sewing patterns around the web!
Hexies are so trendy! Try sewing them all by machine applique. All you need is two templates and the cutest fabric! It makes a fresh and modern table topper and a perfect chance to practice your quilting skills!
Love You Dish Towels by Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
Perfect for a Valentine’s Day gift (but so cute for every day!), these dish towels use graphic prints paired with machine-embroidered messages.
Striped Starburst from Robert Kaufman Fabrics
We’re addicted to Kona solids! And they look amazing in a striking star quilt that measures only 12″ square. Since it’s small enough, it makes a great first paper-piecing project!
Just what we need in winter–a bright and happy quilt! Karin uncovered an amazing (we even had an a-ha moment) way to form the blocks that’s easier than foundation piecing.
Each month, we highlight the books we’re reading in the office. This month, we’re showcasing authors from our most recent issues of American Patchwork & Quilting June 2014 (see featured quilts here) and Quilts and More Spring 2014 (see featured projects here). We love that all our designers are so talented (and busy!).
From American Patchwork & Quilting June 2014
S is for Stitch: 52 Embroidered Alphabet Designs + Charming Projects for Little Ones
Embroider lots of adorable projects from A to Z for all the little ones in your life…to decorate their rooms, help them learn the alphabet, or just to make them smile. Kristyne’s designs are detailed and easy and include both a boy-theme and a girl-theme set of embroidery patterns. Projects include quilts, pillows, soft blocks, and wall art!
A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Kitchen Quilts from American Jane
If you’ve got quilts in every room of the house, it’s time to start on the kitchen! Sandy Klop of American Jane presents 13 designs — a Baker’s Dozen — to use throughout your kitchen: on the walls, and as tablerunners too. Many feature Sandy’s signature appliqué designs — several are pieced patterns. All are cheery, bright and just right for this favorite gathering place of every home.
Fresh Family Traditions: 18 Heirloom Quilts for a New Generation
This collection of 18 charming quilts and home accessories from Sherri McConnell brings together the best of the old and the new in quilting. Sherri’s new designs update traditional blocks (many handed down from her grandmothers) with fresh colors and fabrics from some of today’s top designers. You’ll also visit Sherri’s quilting room and learn her methods for finding inspiration as a quilter.
From Quilts and More Spring 2014
Quilty Fun: Lessons in Scrappy Patchwork
This book includes complete instructions for her incredibly popular Bee in My Bonnet Row Along quilt, along with 10 brand-new coordinating projects! This book is packed with over 100 pages of projects, tips, and inspiration to use all around your home!
Modern Bee: 13 Quilts to Make with Friends
Create. Grow. Connect. This how-to book features 13 projects for a virtual one-year quilting bee. Crafted with a modern aesthetic, the patterns are inspired by traditional quilt blocks. As you quilt along with this book from month to month, you’ll master sewing techniques of increasing difficulty—from easy to advanced. Each project includes instructions for assembling the block and for finishing a full-size quilt. You’ll also find a section on organizing your own virtual bee.
The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips
By Ebony Love for Love Bug Studios
This book contains almost everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how to die cut fabric successfully! Written especially for the quilter and sewist who love to die cut or want to try, you’ll refer to this book again and again as you learn the secrets of die-cutting fabric.
Get Addicted to Free-Motion Quilting: Go From Simple to Sensational
Give your quilts the fancy finish they deserve with more than 60 lively continuous-line quilting designs from quilting pro Sheila Sinclair Snyder. Learn to stitch free-form spirals, feathers, flowers, bubbles, leaves, cables, and much more. Sheila shows you how to combine individual motifs into fluid designs for quilting blocks, borders, sashing, and all over the quilt. All designs work equally well on home sewing machines, mid-arm, and long-arm quilting machines, or for hand quilting.