Category Archives: 2021 Crafty Goals

2021 Quilty plans

In a previous post, I listed all the quilts that I plan to quilt this year. There are 7 of them. In this post, I will list the quilts I’m working on and my plans to get them to the to be quilted stage…. 

Jan Krentz Quick Star 01/01/2021

Jan Krentz – Diamond Star quilt. I’m not sure what this one is called but I started this in December (yup, just this past December 2020) in a workshop and I’ve got the inner top finished. I still need to do the border and I’m planning on putting some appliqued pieces in the center to make it pop. 

Grassy Creek Clue 3 – finished 12/26/2020

Bonnie Hunter’s 2020 Mystery Quilt, Grassy Creek – I’m currently working on Clue 4.

Scrappy Stars Around the Corner 3/6/2020

I need to figure out where I left on this project. I’m pretty sure I have a bunch of rows pieced together but I’m not sure if this top is done or not. I don’t think so but who knows… It’s been several months since I’ve pulled this project to look at.

Dancing with the Stars Linda Ballard 8/2020

Dancing with the Stars by Linda Ballard – I’m also not sure where I’m at here. I know I ran out of fabrics and I can’t make it a queen size quilt so I need to make a decision on what to do to move forward on this quilt.

Radiant Jewel Quilt by Kimberly Einmo – all the blocks are done and my plan was to get this up oh a design wall at a quilt retreat to figure out where the blocks will go and move forward on it. It looks like that quilt retreat will probably not be happening anytime soon so… we’ll see where we are at when this comes up in queue.

Gardenvale by Moda 7/12/2020

Gardenvale – started in 2020. I need to make a decision as to how I want to move forward on this. It’s been percolating and one of the ideas I’ve been playing with is doing traditional blocks around the new round in these fabrics. I need to do the math to figure out how big I want them to be and how many I will need to fill the round. I love these fabrics. 🙂

Allietare –  Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt from 2015 – I pulled this out in 2020 to start working on this but I had such difficulty figuring out where I was in clue 1 that I set it aside. I need to put my big girl panties on and just move forward on this one. I did not do too many of these so if I have to start all over, I’m okay with that.

Area Three Mystery Quilt from 2012 SoCal Quilters Run – I actually pulled this out in 2020 to start working on as well but something about it wasn’t sitting well with me. I had a kit of beautiful batiks and about 10-12 instructions and every time I tried to get started, I just couldn’t. So I scrapped it. I pulled the fabric out and it’s now in my basket to pre-wash my fabrics. When that basket gets full it will all go in the wash.

Civil War Diary Quilt – started in 2017 – I’m putting this on the list.

~Happy Quilting!

~Melanie

2021 – Tops to be quilted

Here are all the quilt tops I have ready to be quilted.

Staycation 9/22/18

I still need to prepare backing and the batting.

Good Fortune 1/6/2020

Part of the hold up (other than being scared of the Q20, and moving, and 2020) was that I didn’t know what design I wanted to use with the Q20. So I dillied and dallied.

Glam Clam Finished Top 1/13/2020

Back in the summer, I was given the opportunity to purchase some used quilting rulers. And they’ve been sitting here unused. After some thought and consternation, I decided to eff it all and stop thinking too hard on this. These are not show quilts nor are they the perfect quilts. I enjoyed working on them and love how they turned out. But I don’t need to have the perfect quilting motif.

SoCal Quilt Run 2012 Area 4 Mystery Quilt Kind of June 22, 2020

So the plan for 2021 is to take each ruler and use it on these quilts. I’ll put some effort in that I’ll match what I feel is a good design with the quilt. But that’s it. I don’t want another year to go by before I get theses quilted.

Goal #1- Use the Q20 and get comfortable quilting with it.

Goal #2- Learn how to quilt with a ruler especially the rulers I have. I’d like to take a ruler class when we can do those again and learn tricks and techniques. Until then, I’ll check out YouTube for the tutorials.

SoCal Quilt Run 2012 Area 4 Mystery Quilt Kind of Sept, 2020

So now that that’s been decided, I’m ready to move on to the next step. Prepare the backing.

Provence ~ BOM at my LS – top finished in 2019 (I think)

And then prepare the batting. I have a roll of batt so I will do these all at once. Somewhere I have measurements on all these quilts. But rather than look for those measurements I’m just going to re-measure. And then add the necessary inches to all the sides and cut the batting. I like big quilts so this is not an easy thing to do. But necessary.

There is one extra quilt top not pictured here. I didn’t even piece this quilt. At one of the August treasure hunts my Quilt guild hosts, I purchased a finished top for something like $5. My intention at the time was to use the quilt to practice Free Motion Quilting. Life just got in the way and it sat. That quilt will be finished this year. 🙂

Goal #3- Basting – Settle in a technique that works for me. I haven’t had to baste in years. We’ll really baste. I basted Celtic Solstice some how. I don’t remember. But I’m sure I was on the floor pinning and so don’t want to do that anymore. I had been renting time in a long arm which meant I didn’t have to baste and other than Celtic Solstice all the other quilts ready to be quilted have been waiting. I tried spray basting a long time. And I saw some great YouTube tutorials. I’ll try it out and if I love how it turns out I’ll share the tutorial with you. Until then,

~Happy Quilting!

Melanie

2021 Crafty Plans

I love my lists and my plans and planning in general. I used to have very specific plans for my quilts every week and I did the Monthly OMG, and the weekly short lists, etc. etc. But at some point, my to do’s weren’t getting done and my lists were simply a repeat of things I didn’t do each week. So I stopped. It was partly because I started doing multiple crafts and there’s only so much time one has dedicated to crafts. Last year (2020), I started allocating time for each craft and each thing.

In 2020, my time for Quilting was on the weekends. For knitting, I did my morning sock knitting every morning. Ricky’s Weasley Sweater every evening and on Thursdays, I knit on everything else during knit night. I cross stitched every day about 100 stitches depending on the project and the amount of time I had available to stitch. That’s about all the crafting I could do. It really put things into perspective, when I know I want to do all the things but I don’t have time to do it. It sounds so simple and easy now. I’m sure I realized it before but never to the degree I KNOW now. And, it makes it easier to not buy yarn or fabric just because. Don’t get me wrong I still buy the stuff and I try to make rules to prevent me from buying extravagantly. But I still fall down the rabbit hole of buying for the sake of buying. I’m trying to not do this as much this year.

So what does this mean for 2021? Right now I am seeing and hearing a lot about planning and goal setting, etc. etc. And I want to jump right in with every one else. But I know that I can make all the goals and it won’t make a difference because I only have so much time to do the things I want to do. So, it’s a matter of reviewing my current schedule, evaluating how effective it is, and updating it for the coming year. Don’t get me wrong I still make lofty goals and lots of lists. it’s just formatted a little different and my focus is more on allocating the time to the craft as it works.

Having a schedule in 2020 worked. And I think I’m going to keep the schedule as is. I do want to add quilting more during the week and so I need to figure out how that will happen. Here’s my schedule as I’m planning right now:

Morning sock knitting. I used to do 5 rounds every day but depending on the complexity of the pattern, that may or may not happen. My minimum is 15 minutes. I have to knit 15 minutes and to finish up whatever round I’m at when my timer goes off.

In the evenings, I do my 100 stitches on whatever cross stitch I’m working on. And generally, that’s all I can do on a day to day basis. I also have my Weasley Sweater to work on each evening as well. And the plan is to do two rows each evening and 10 rows on Thursday’s knit night.

On the first Mondays, third Tuesdays, and Sundays, I meet via zoom with members of my mini groups and quilt guildies. I usually do any quilty handwork during that time. Right now, that’s my Hawaiian block that I started many years ago. I’m almost done with it and as with everything else, I’ve got a list of things to take it’s place when I get there.

Knit night is on Thursdays and I basically work on the following: Weasley Sweater (10 rows), Jimmy Bean advent shawl (2 rows), Water Lily (2 rows), Tranquil Mist (2 rows). Depending on when I’m able to join, I may or may not even get to Tranquil Mist but as one project is finished then the other projects move up the line and I get to add more to this list.

So each time block/craft has a list of things for me to work on and I try to start with whatever is at the top of the list as that is usually the priory project. But depending on how I feel and whatever the circumstances are I allow myself to switch around. I’ll be going through the lists as they currently stand over the next few weeks.

With my craft schedule laid out it’s clear that my days are pretty full and I just don’t know how to add anything else unless I remove something. And I’m not ready to remove anything. I’d be happy to remove work but I need that so I can buy all the fabric and yarn!

Happy goal planning…

Melanie