Episode 453: Conquer Your UFOs This Year
Work through your works in progress with these actionable tips. Plus, hear a Q&A with Katja Marek.
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Conquer Your UFOs This Year
We love the beginning of a new year! It’s a fresh start – a time to look back at our accomplishments and struggles of the past year and resolve to be better moving forward. We buy new planners, make lists of resolutions, join groups to help us stay accountable, and even buy products to help us reach our goals. It’s an exciting (and sometimes) stressful time of year. We have the added excitement this year of it being a brand new decade!
Research shows that about 60% of us make New Year’s Resolutions. If you’re a quilter, you may have some resolutions that are a little more specific to your hobby. The most common one we’ve heard from our readers is to finish works-in-progress.
My Most Cherished Quilt
Lindsay Mayland, multimedia editor, shares the story of her most cherished quilt, which was made by her great-great grandmother. You'll love listening in to this heartwarming story.
We will be featuring more My Most Cherished quilts as a regular column on the last page of each issue of American Patchwork & Quilting and would love for you to share your most cherished quilt on Instagram and tag it with #mycherishedquilt.
UFO Challenge with Doris
Doris Brunnette, the editor of Quilt Sampler, shares her own ideas for staying accountable on her UFOs. She shares some game ideas that will keep you excited to work on your longterm projects, as well as what the editors are doing on the office to keep on track.
What We're Loving
Doris shares about her love of handwork (especially English paper piecing), as well as information about a brand new bookazine we have coming out on January 31 called Handwork Happiness.
On today's show, Jody Sanders, the editor of American Patchwork & Quilting, had a chat with Katja Marek. Katja is a very talented quilter, English paper piecer, teacher, author, and quilt shop owner. In fact, Katja’s Quilt Shoppe was featured as a top shop in our Quilt Sampler magazine in Fall of 2008. Katja is well-known for her hexagon and Dresden Plate projects. Her book The New Hexagon was the #1 selling title for Martingale in 2015, which has since introduced her innovative and stunning designs to a huge community of English paper piecers. Her latest book The New Hexagon 2 just came out in November and the quilt along for the book begins this month! In their Q&A, Katja talks about her start on her hexagon journey and the inspiration for her popular books and quilt alongs.