My quilty plans 2018

It’s April which means we’re already a quarter of the way through 2018! So, it’s time I set out my quilt plans for this year: I thought it might be fun to share a list of everything I want to make and then look back to see if, what and how things changed as the year goes by.

For me, January started with two quilts in progress and three on the side-lines with fabric and patterns picked out. So far I’ve:

  • Finished my PowWow quilt and gifted it to its new-born owner. I blogged all about it here and plan to do the same with each of this year’s finished quilts.
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  • Finished piecing my Swoon quilt top. This one was a slog, I must be honest. I think I made one (albeit huge) block per month which is slow progress but I finished and – what a surprise – loved it in the end! Not enough to hand-quilt it though – my fingers ached at the prospect of working through so many seams. The wonderful Emma from The Swift Quilting Co has just taken it off her long-arm machine and I’ll share more once it’s back and the binding is on.
  • Made a Side Walk Chalk quilt top. This was a surprise finish - this pattern is so quick to make. Maybe it was just the contrast with Swoon but it was such fun: my first experience of half-rectangle triangles and my first quilt made only in solids.
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  • I’ve started cutting out for my guided quilt-a-long which starts on Sunday with a lovely group of new quilters who’ve all learned with me and are coming back for more! Together we’re each going to make a throw-sized No Points Star quilt – a brilliant and free pattern for a first “big” quilt, without the pressure of matching points!

Lined up for cutting, I’ve got fabric pulled out to make:

  • Seeing Double Quilt. I’m really looking forward to this one after making Then Came June’s Side Walk Chalk pattern. I’m going with a dark blue, pink and light grey colour scheme but I still haven’t decided what size to make it. Hmmm….
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  • Skipper. This will be another solids only quilt for my niece.
  • Maypole. Another great modern design that I can’t wait to make. I’ve got a vibrant, 70s style fabric pull ready for this one.
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Still to come:

  • I'll host another guided quilt-a-long in the autumn so I’ll make a second no-points star quilt. I’m already dreaming of a teal and blue colour scheme.
  • I’d love 2018 to be the year for making memory quilts. I’m hoping to try out some ideas for commissions with the clothes I’ve saved from when our girls were babies.
  • I have my eye on one or two Village Bound Quilts patterns too and I think I might make another side walk chalk.

So many quilts, so little time!

I’ll keep you posted with each finish and will check in early next year to talk about what did (and didn’t) make it and why. Which one(s) would you like to see first?