2014 – Looking forward

After reading Daisy’s post @ Ants to Sugar, instead of going a fabric diet, I am going to plan out my year (see: Amy’s post @ Badskirt on Curate) to control my fabric purchases and other aspects of my crafty doings.

So,  this post is to see what my year will look like. Take stock on what I am participating in. Also, take a look at my goals.

Goals (keeping it simple)

  • First off, I need to be realistic….I will be doing very well, if I can finish a quilt a month.  Luckily all of them, have more or less been started, so I think this is doable. I will be participating in “A Lovely Year of Finishes” to stay on track.
  • Host Book Review Tuesday every two weeks
  • New Project – Borders and lines (see below)
  • Attempt to be published in a quilting magazine
  • Teach a quilting class
  • Maintain posting a recipe per week

Balance + New Project

I was fascinated a while back, as one of the blogs I followed, posted about the Sketchbook Project, run by the Brooklyn Art Library. You receive a sketchbook and your job is to fill the pages on a given theme.  I was inspired by one of the themes, they had in the list “Borders and lines”.

To get balance back with the other art areas that I enjoy, I have decided to start a year long project to explore “Borders + Lines” in multitude of media. I plan to check in at a minimum once every two months to share what I have done.

The Plan

January February March
AFineDayQuilting X+Blocks FourSeasonsInOneDay_1
  • Riley Blake Challenge Quilt
    (Fabric Purchased, Kona
    White needed)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  •  X & + Quilt
    (Fabric Purchased,
    including backing)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Publish Tapa Cloth Stars Paper Piecing Pattern
  • Border & Lines Project Check-in
  • Four Seasons in One Day
    Baby Quilt (one without buttons)
    (Fabric TBD)
  • SECRET PROJECT 1
    (Fabric Purchased – Grey Kona Solids)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Tutorial
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
April May June
Sample_Quilt PushmePullme_Block1TheGrove_Collage_blocks NaturalCorridors_QuiltDesignmosaica3f4b5af3774f43ec70149d860ed36644a3c61d5
  • Attend Nashville Sew Down
  • Blocks and Patterns complete for
    Sample Block Mini Quilt
    (Fabric TBD)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Border & Lines Project Check-in
  • Pullme, Pushme Mini Quilt
    (Fabric Purchased) 
  • Carolyn Friedlander Tree Mini
    Quilt
    (Fabric Purchased) 
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Natural Corridor Charity Quilt (Fabric Supplied)
  • NZ Birds Quilt
    (Use Stash)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Border & Lines Project Check-in
July August September
PinkyBar_QuiltDesign 3e0b95ce0b9d7224212173a8f1f09534 Photo and design from Lee @ Freshly Pieced IMG_8579
  • Pinky Bar Quilt
    (Fabric Purchased)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Tutorial
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Chair Bags/ Chair Pockets (Fabric Purchased)
  • Sean’s Quilt (based on this quilt)
    (Fabric Purchased – Constellations)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Border & Lines Project Check-in


  • Scrappy Trip Around the World
    (Fabric Purchased, True Colors…JD, HB, AMH)
  • SECRET PROJECT 2
    (Fabric Purchased if Botanics/ Fabric not
    purchased if Color me Happy, V and Co. )
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
October November DecembeR
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HexagonEPPQuilt
  •  Through the Shattered Looking Glass
    (Use Stash + Stash Bee Blocks, may need to
    purchase Kona Silver for background)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Border & Lines Project Check-in
  • Orange/Grey King Size Quilt
    (Fabric Purchased, may need white sashing)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  •  Tula Pink City Sampler
    (Fabric Purchased)
  • Hexagon Lap Quilt
    (Use Stash)
  • Christmas Gifts
    (Fabric TBD)
  • iPad/iPhone Stands
    (Use Stash)
  • Border & Lines Project Check-in

What do you guys have planned for 2014? Have you made plans?

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31 thoughts on “2014 – Looking forward

  1. Judy Hudgins

    You definitely have your year planned out very well. I have my WIP and UFO’s listed and will be working on getting them all completed in the next year. Will be watching what you do.

    Reply
    1. mlwilkie Post author

      It is always so great when you can put those WiP’s and UFO’s behind you. That is one of my biggest drivers for this year too 🙂 Thanks for following!! Happy New Year.

      Reply
  2. Leigh Anne

    I love this plan! It’s a great strategy that seems like it will really work for you. I know myself well enough that I would fall off the schedule by mid January 🙂

    Reply
    1. mlwilkie Post author

      I am the same way, but I am trying to aim big and see how it will go, it would be amazing to finish at least 12 items on my list that’s for sure. To do that I need to put more structure around what I do. So here’s hoping. Happy New Year.

      Reply
  3. barbe price

    great to have a plan, and yours looks doable, i guess the reason i don’t have a blog yet is i don’t want to be accountable lolol

    Reply
  4. katechiconi

    Good grief woman, you’re insanely organised! I’ve got as far as: finish baby quilts for triplets due in April. Finish Tree of Life quilt for brother’s 60th birthday, make storage baskets to organise stash, make more bags, finish Car Quilt (epp hexies), make travel sewing kit for use on 28 hour plane trip in early April, start hexie quilt for same trip, make lap quilt for sister in law. Whether I’ll get that lot done in the coming year remains to be seen!

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  5. cdahlgren2013

    Wow, do you have OCD? jk I need to write down some things. I have decided that I am going to finish my UFO’s first before starting any more quilts, but first I need to write things down! You have me impressed, amazed and are making me feel accountable. I WILL get organized!!! Thanks for your post.

    Reply
    1. mlwilkie Post author

      I would say more likely ADD. I did not realize how many WiPs I have started in the last 12 months. Most of these are current WiPs/UFO’s, and I am finishing these so I can buy more fabric….new projects new fabric :-).

      Thanks for stopping in and have a great New Year!!

      Reply
  6. Joanna

    Great plan! I just have a list I’ve written in a notebook about what I want to do, and what I need to finish! I’m sad the public holidays are mostly over now as it’s been great having the extra days to work on some projects! I’m really trying to force myself to finish a few old WIPs before starting anything new… or at least get the ones that are almost done DONE.

    Reply
    1. mlwilkie Post author

      Great that you have a list!! Luckily for me I have one more week to do some serious work/ dent on the first couple of months I have plan 🙂

      Have a great New Year.

      Reply
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