What do I want to do in 2010?

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I'm getting caught up on email and blogs (I've got a ways to go). And I'm reading what many of you are planning for the new year and I'm inspired. Along with some personal goals I've been thinking of what I want to do in the quilting area of my life.

Number 1 on my list is finish old projects. But of course I want to start new ones, too. So I'm going to try to finish one old project for every new project I take on. Some of my old projects I want to finish include:
Alpine Girls Quilt Group 2009 Turning Twenty Years quilt is one of the first on my list. Oh, I love the fabrics and colors in this quilt and using blocks from my friends will make a good keepsake.This Sunbonnet Sue Applique with Lori Holt's applique method tugs at my sleeve to finish. How cute is that little dog above! I love the fabrics in this one, too. Of course.
I have oodles of orphan blocks I want to incorporate into one quilt or several different little projects.
I started this vintage sheet quilt last year. I don't think I even showed it on the blog . I am ashamed that I started and stopped it within such a short period of time last summer.This quilt is nearly done and here it sits! Jacquie gave me the centers for the blocks in this strawberry quilt. I can't believe I let other projects distract me from it. I have to finish this and have it quilted and bound before early summer strawberry season comes again.
And using my overflowing stash is certainly #2 on my list of quilting goals. I have a really lovely stash and my fabrics are begging to be picked and sewn. I want to make a tiny dent in the stash this year. But I love what Brenda says about her stash. And I plan on echoing what she wrote to me: "I refuse to feel guilty about buying fabric so am hoping that having a target for the end of the year will make me look to see what I have before automatically buying more." Isn't that great advice?

Now I gotta get moving!

-nanette

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41 comments

Darlene said...

I love all your plans and such! You do have a wonderful stash and I'll be anxiously watching your progress and inspiration. You provide so much inspiration to so many.

Brandie said...

Good luck on all your projects. I like the idea of finishing one and starting one. That makes is easier to keep the creative juices flowing.

Sherri said...

You have such great projects and fabrics to work with! Love the advice at the end too!

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

Your pictures are so inspiring. My goal is to finish up some projects too.

Teresa

Thimbleanna said...

I think my goals are pretty much what yours are Nanette! I'd like to do 2 old for every one new though. And using the stash is always so hard for me -- I love most of my fabric so much -- and then I can't bear to cut into it, so it sits in the stash so long that I don't like it anymore. It's a Catch-22! Good Luck with your goals!

Needled Mom said...

Oh dear....I have so many big plans for the start of the new year. I just hope to get a few finished up within the next 12 months.

Jan said...

Beautiful UFO's Nanette and gorgeous stash :) Oh and I can't believe your DMIL has a set of the snow people! They must have been the craft rage way back when.

Nedra said...

I'm especially excited to see all the blocks from The Alpine Group. I know Judi worked hard on hers, and I wondered what everyone else did for their block.
You've got some great things going on.

Diva Kreszl said...

the fabrics and colors all all so lovely...looks like spring has sprung at your place!

Des said...

Okay, I just have to say that your phrasing of things just made me chuckle....."i'm ashamed....I can't believe I let other projects distract me......tugging at me"

You sound like me and it just makes me laugh. I'm glad to know I'm in good company and I, too, will add the attitude of NO GUILT over a growing, gorgeous stash of fabric!!

Happy New Year!!!

Stephanie said...

I think most of us would like to shop your stash! My friend and I are shopping each other's stashes before buying anything we may need to finish a project! You're going to have some beauties when you finish up these UFOs.

Inspired Tokens said...

I love what you are doing by finishing one started project for every new project! I think I'll adopt that! I also like what Brenda said about 'stash quilt' ...I'm adopting that too.

I love all of your to do projects ...they are all so beautiful and inspiring.

Lynn said...

What a good idea, finish one and reward yourself by doing a new project. You've shown some wonderful bits and pieces and I'm looking forward to seeing more of them. I'm trying to decide if I should finish ufo's in reverse order - Christmas ones, then fall, etc. Maybe a reward system like yours is the answer.

em's scrapbag said...

Lovely goals. I look forward to watching your progress and I'm cheering you on cause I want to see what new things are going to start.

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

I too have loads of fabric, love to collect it and love to sew it, but could never finish all the projects in this lifetime that are in my head and patterns! But we can always try! Big smile! I have accomplished more because of blogging, there is the incentive of taking that photo of the item finished. We will see what 2010 brings! Have a wonderful day!
Blessings,
Debbie
In all your haste, don't sew through your finger like I did!

pratima said...

Your works in progress are so adorable, Nanette. I'll look forward to reading about them here :)
And your stash is anyone's dream! Have fun :o)

amy smart said...

I love all your works in progress. Can't wait to see that strawberries quilt!

I heard Heather Bailey say that a stash serves it's purpose simply by inspiring your creativity. Guilt-free stashing. :)

I saw your kettles in person at Material Girls today. I loved it!

Pat said...

Very good goals! I'll have to research what Lori Holt's applique method is as I'm unsure of that one.

Muddling Through said...

Oh, Nanette, what a lovely lot of projects you have in line there! And I'm not going to feel guilty about owning fabric either! I will use it eventually, and it is wonderful to have it right here when I want to use it without having to go out looking for it! So there! That's my story and I'm sticking to it. :)

Kaaren said...

I'd love to come shopping in your stash, Nanette.

Your projects are gorgeous now. I can't imagine how wonderful they'll look when finished.

Suzanne said...

I love your blog! You inspire me! Actually one of my New Year's Resolutions is to finish all of my UFOs this year. I am trying not to start any new projects till I get some big ones done.

*karendianne. said...

Great post! Great post visually and thoughtfully. You doled out some magic with the words today!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I can find something I love in all your photos, I adore the fabrics in the block with the beehive in the center, I even have the picture saved on my computer in case I ever see the fabric. Also there is something very special about the 4-patch with the polka dots, it just calls to me! and who could not love the strawberry blocks. I love to see your fabric and your idea finish one start one sounds great!! Looking forward to seeing your progess.

Vicki said...

Can't wait to see your projects finished. :) Right now I'm feeling like finishing a few more of my UFOs but I'm going to start new things too.

Rae Ann said...

All of your projects look so fun! That is some of the best eye candy I have seen in a while! I just want to reach in through the computer and snatch a few up! No, I really just can't wait to see them when they are done.

Christine said...

Al the prjects look like so much fun, happy stitching and a wonderful new year to you too.

cheers
Christine

Diane said...

All your project look great! I love your theory on stash. I bought way too much fabric over the holiday's and was feeling guilty, but I will embrace this motto and go forth!

belinda said...

OK...OK.....let's get started.....
What's first????....hhhhmmmm...I
vote for the applique with the ladies/dogs....well, maybe the vintage sheet project.....or how about we just dig in your stash and
start something new!!!

I shopped the fabric sales and don't feel one i-o-ta of guilt!!! I'm just doing what Santa should have done instead of giving an ice cream maker...HA!!

Candace said...

I love the photo of your stash, Nanette - it's so bright and cheery! Sounds like you have great plans for the year - can't wait to see the resulting projects!
Cheers1

happy zombie said...

I love looking at your stash, and love seeing what you've done - what you're going to do. Most of all... I love that you shared beautiful bits of your stash with me! Like seeing a rainbow, and you reached up and pulled one of the colors down for me!

Christine said...

I hope you are able to complete some of your beautiful projects. They all look lovely. You are so good at putting happy fabrics together.

jacquie said...

you can do it, nanette! i'm going to commit to finishing projects too. the strawberries look soooo cute! i knew you could make those sing! happy 2010!

Kim D. said...

Love all of your beautiful projects. I must confess I have several in different stages as well. It's difficult to go into a quilt store and leave empty handed, especially when those fabrics are begging to go home with you.

Julia said...

All your UFO's are beautiful...LOVE the sunbonnets...What a stash Nanette,gorgeous fabrics!
Julia ♥

circle r motel said...

I'd like to have the pattern for the ladies with the umbrellas and the scottie dog. Can I buy it anywhere? I haven't been working on my dresses, sigh. I need to get that quilt done, but I have two years. I told my daughter it's hers when she graduates from college. I wanted to make it a wall hanging but she wants a quilt. So, I'm wondering when you go to the quilt store and you find a fabric that you like how much do you purchase? A fat quarter, a yard? Or does it depend on the fabric. Yeah, I'm gonna miss Bryce this year. I love that quilt retreat but I wish that we could find another one closer. Bryce is a ten hour drive. I go to the retreat in Jackson, Wy as well and its about the same distance. Well, chow for now!!

Lori Holt said...

Hi Nanette...all of your projects are worth #1 on your list...which one will win?
I never feel guilty about my fabric stash...something must be wrong with me:)LOL
Xx
Lori

Jill said...

You DO have a fabulous stash!! I really love the aqua's & red's...You really sew alot,thanks for the inspiration!!

Valerie said...

Oh I love this post. It makes me feel better about all of my unfinished projects. We can do it though. I better get busy! I love your blog. I could read YOUR blog all day but I would not get much done, would I????

sewtakeahike said...

ooohhh, you have some really fab projects to finish up there Nanette!! I love all the bright colors, so pretty.
I'm with you on the stash thing. No more feeling guilty about the piles of fabric. I just need to start using it!

prashant said...

I like the idea of finishing one and starting one. That makes is easier to keep the creative juices flowing.

Work from home India

Simone de Klerk said...

I am still trying to get organized to see what I want to finish over the year 2010. I was a bit shocked to see all the lovely fabrics I got over the past year. So, great advice at the end of this post!