So many quilts, so little time!

Hello there,

As I was cleaning up my quilt room after all the Christmas wrapping and creating that went on on there, I happened to open a drawer of patterns ( do you do that too? You are supposed to be focussing on one thing, and then you get distracted by something that seems way more fun? Hahaha).  Anyway, I found a whole drawer full of patterns that I have collected over the years and I found some really cute ones that I MUST make…soon. So rooting through these patterns made me think about all the projects that I would like to work on this year….so I started gathering those together….and then I thought I’d make a list of said projects….  via https://www.etsy.com/hk-en/listing/61192343/wall-decal-creativity-is-messy-vinyl

Yes, my quilt room is still a mess, and I’m embarrassed to say that I still have wrapping paper sitting around, but I did compile a list of everything I would like to at least work on this year, even if I don’t finish it! So here goes: Feel free to bug me about these projects in future months…keep me honest 😉 .

EPP: I want to at least finish my 6 stars to appliqué on my blocks and maybe, just maybe get this one QAYG-ed and finished??? I’m currently working on my last star so this seems very doable ….famous last words…hahahaha.

Collage quilt: I have a pattern that I bought fabric for but have been too chicken to start it! I received a collage KIT for my birthday and am hoping that that will kickstart that creative process! I am super excited to give this a try and hope it will be as much fun as everyone says it will be.  Have any of you made collage quilts? Have any words of wisdom for me?

 Embroidery:  I have a couple of embroidery projects I would like to work on. First, I am so close on finishing my redwork embroidery on this one! Just one more panel to go and then I have to make all the blocks that are also part of the quilt.

I would also like to start this one: That should keep me out of trouble for a good long time! But isn’t it gorgeous?

I also received this kit for Christmas and would love to finish it and frame it! image via Fat Quarter Shop

And finally, I have big dreams of opening an Etsy store and selling some wares, as well as developing and publishing my very own pattern. This is a big one, but it would be nice to make some money doing what I love and this seems to be a good route to go. image via Shannon Prather, Star Tribune

As you can tell I am planning on having a busy year! But you might as well go big or go home, right?!

This past week I celebrated my birthday and I would like to celebrate by giving one of you a chance to win my give-away! Would you like a little peek at the prize??  ***giveaway is closed****

All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment on this blog post and tell me something that YOU are hoping to accomplish this year. Please don’t leave a comment on the Facebook page, because I will only count the ones left here! I will announce the winner next week, right here.

Until next time~happy creating!

Monique

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118 thoughts on “So many quilts, so little time!

  1. Monique,
    I swear we are kindred spirits! I have the Over the River and Through the Woods pattern and the embroidery material with the red lettering too! My daughter’s in-laws bought 20 acres behind their farmhouse and our grandkids will literally be able to to through the woods to their house after they build so I thought it would be a good housewarming gift for them. I enjoyed your blog. I have many projects I could work on too but my material needs to be organized and I feel overwhelmed with it so that’ll be my first step. Happy weekend! Candy

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    1. The embroidery redwork pattern Winterwonderland sat in my pattern for years until I got up the nerve to open it up! It took me a year of a few stitches every morning to get it done and then it was on to the surrounding star blocks. I loved the embroidery but finally gave up on the star blocks and made those that I had done into a long table runner for my cello teacher. Then I spent another winter hand quilting the embroidery centre. It now gets hung up every Christmas season for a month and is the centre of our Christmas decor! Go for it Monique, it’s a beautiful project.
      PS LOVE your blog

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    2. Good afternoon Monique

      What a sweet thing to do for your birthday. I have two t-shirt quilts to finish for my husband, a Gator one and a military one. (he was a helicopter pilot in the army 24 years). Also I have a few embroidery and cross stitch things to finish this year. My favorite things to do are embroidery and work on little things, so hopefully I can do many of these things this year. Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

      Trena

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  2. I hope to finish a king size quilt for my daughter and son-in-law that I started 2 years ago. I completed the top in November and finally finished the back yesterday, now to quilt it!

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  3. I have this idea in mind for a fantasy/ethereal quilt. I have collected quite a few fabrics with that swimming in my head – a lot of unicorns and little girls in swings and looking at flowers and rainbows type things, etc. I like your one above with the occasional block of hearts.. Maybe mine could be occasional blocks of fantasy.. Who know if I will ever get that done. I also have in mind a science one . I have collected fabric for that one and saw an idea for making test tube blocks. Too many ideas and not enough time and especially energy..

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  4. Monique, I love this post. Good thing you had a notion to clean up your sewing space.
    I have a few projects I would like to finish this year, and many of them need to go to my quilter that lives just down the road from me.
    I want to get things done this year.
    Of course daddy is 96 and needs lots of adventures, and hubbs needs me and the babies need gramma, but I think I can keep some sewing goals accomplished as well

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    1. My husband retired in October and promised me to redo a bedroom in home to a quilt room. I’ve been in the basement for years and it is over flowing in quilting hopefuls! It has now painted walls and trims, cabinet and shelves painted and this week new carpet. I am very pleased, but I’ve got to downsize and decide the yes and changed my mine projects! I plan to be very careful where I put things and just get rid of some of those “what was I thinking” ideas. I plan to move one shopping bag at a time so I will not create an over whelming mess! Wish me luck as I am sentimental about my stuff! Of course some quilting is planned and a block of the month jut came in for 2020!

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  5. I am hoping to complete at least 12 UFO’s plus my Lori Holt Farm Girl Vintage 2 and Vintage Christmas quilts. I also have 10 quilt tops that need to be quilted and bound. Sounds ambitious but I’m focusing on finishing and trying hard not to start new projects. In addition to that we are going to paint and remodel. I predict a crazy year ahead. Good luck to you as you venture out.

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  6. As I told you two weeks ago, you’ve inspired me to work on my Grandmother’s Flower Garden. All of the flowers are now done and last night I started putting them together with white hexies. I don’t know if I will get this queen size monster done this year but I know it won’t get shoved back into a closet.

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  7. I want to continue to try to finish all my UFO’s. I am currently working on the Grandmother’s Garden I mentioned before. It’s QAYG and I’m working on the borders. I also have a winter wall hanging I want to finish, an applique quilt I started 2 years ago and one from the Art of Home Club that I just need to put together to finish. I have a lot of small projects I want to make inbetween.
    I have faith in you. You will finish your star quilt and it will be so pretty. The fabric is beautiful. I couldn’t believe the picture of the collage quilt you want to do. I also have all the stuff to make a collage quilt. The pattern was in AQS magazine. I bought all the fabric and fusibles that I need to make it but have I’m chicken, too. Mine is a bird but not a chicken. I can hardly wait to see yours. Post pictures as you go, please!
    That is a wonderful giveaway. I hope I will and thank you for doing it.
    Good luck with everything. I know all you get done will be beautiful.

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  8. The Crabapple Hill embroideries are so beautiful. They always have such great designs. I bought a kit called Happy Trails, very southwestern, and hope I can it completed this year. I also have a couple of quilt tops ready to quilt that I’m hoping to get finished. Good luck to you on your projects.

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  9. I also have the pattern of Over the River! I am almost finished the embroidery in red and have a wonderful collection of fat quarters in shades of red. I live in Sooke BC, Vancouver Island Canada. We drive over a wee river to our home as well. Our grandson is 2 years old and I have started singing the words to him when we drive to ‘grandmother’s house’. I am so looking forward to working on the blocks for this quilt…but first, I must finish a king size Civil War quilt… I am down to the borders but still so many half square triangles! LOL. Happy birthday Monique… it’s mine today!

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  10. I am hoping to put the finishing touches on some of the many, many WIPs languishing, waiting for me. I made a list, and it was shocking–and I keep adding to it, as others occur to me at odd times during the day!

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  11. Yes, yes, I see myself here! I think I have more fabric than lifetime, but I am going to give it my best shot to finish up as many projects as I can. My rule is no new projects. Who can keep such a rule? I’ll be trying to. I’m currently working on some leftover Christmas projects and am still excited about them. I’m sure getting a real head start on next year’s holiday season. I also hope to finish up a light summer quilt for our bed and a quilt for my daughter. Best not to think about anymore want-to-dos and running the risk of overwhelming myself. Don’t want to wear myself out getting caught up in too many creative plans. I’m taking the mind set of slow and steady wins the race.

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  12. Oh my! That helps me feel better! I looked through patterns this week too looking for something in particular and couldn’t give up all the cute children quilts. This year I would like to finish an appliqué quilt that just needs the borders appliquéd and I have been working with some crabapple hill patterns too. Apothecary related and ten I had an idea of using part of a colouring book page that had a still, one crabapple hill block I have made is a mason jar with flowers and then I thought I might add some library blocks and Harry Potter paper piecing and mix it all up and see what concoction I get! I. bought a box of 64 crayons-crayons at my age! Good Luck with your busy year.

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  13. I started what I call a Blue Bird of Happiness quilt back in 2006 or 2007…all of the blocks are pieced but then I ran out of fabric and had to find blues that matched for a border. Finally found some that were a close match (French Blues) and even bought enough blue on white backing to finish it all and now they sit and wait in a drawer for me to put it all together. I wouldn’t take me more than a day or two….but somehow it never gets done. This is my one project that I really want to finish this year.

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  14. One of my goals is to complete a stained window quilt. I have some batik fabrics that I have been saving for years and I bought several yards of black fabric last year for the background. So this is the year.

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  15. Loved your post. Same thing happened here. Went into the thinking room to pack away Christmas and started pulling out patterns and projects. Must start the quilt for my name in the Folk Art Ladies group-batiks, flowers and butterflies, all applique button hole stitched by hand. It has to be done first. Have a Crabapple hill pattern for winter waiting, as well as little basket blocks to put together and a sampler quilt I took classes for 10 years ago. Plus I signed up for a BOM beginning in April. Must start sewing for time is wasting as my mother would say. Happy creating. Shirley

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  16. Morning! I have Crabapple Hill’s Grandma’s Christmas Kitchen all traced out and it would be nice to get the coloring done on that and get it stitched. I love the pattern. I have 2 quilts that just need the rows sashed together and hope to get that done. The last project is going to be a king size quilt using the Call of the Wild animals and blocks surrounding the animal section like a medallion quilt. Have a great weekend and thanks for the chance to win the wonderful goodies. 🙂

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  17. Pretty ambitious but you can do it. We will all be here rooting you on. Crap Apple studio patterns are sweet, I currently have 3 I’m working on, a bit at a time. I have a very ambitious list as well and a few sew alongs I’m doing with my twin, but I love to sew, I love to create. Keep creating along with all of us.
    Happy stitching!

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  18. My goals include finally adding borders to a couple of quilts and getting them to the quilter… before I decide I don’t like them anymore!! I’m also hoping to get caught up on my “Little Box” projects from Fig Tree Quilts, and stay caught up with Moda Blockheads 3 and a BOM!

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  19. Happy Birthday Week! Thanks for celebrating with us:) I’ve been admiring that same sampler kit you received for Christmas. I hope you will share about it when you get it finished and framed. My list is long, like others have said. I’d really like to make the Atomic Starburst pattern for next Christmas, I’ve got the fabric purchased and didn’t finish for this year. I have an astronaut quilt to make for my son, a simple patchwork quilt for my other son and a few dresses for my daughter. There are quite a few other little projects and bigger dream projects that I’d like to work on through out the year. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  20. I always love your blog posts! I wish we lived closer we have so much in common with our quilting goals! My goals this year…EPP I am doing the Lucy Boston blocks of the month so I am hoping to keep up on that. I also have 3! oops, 3! Laura Heine collage quilt kits I acquired last year so at least 1 collage quilt is on my must do list! I have several baby quilts I need to finish up and also a kid quilt. I am hoping for a productive year!

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  21. Hi Monique! Happy Happy Birthday. I hope you had a fabulous day, and that they year ahead is filled with many blessings. I have a list of 40 items I could make this year but others seem to always come first! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  22. Hi Monique: Seeing your Sampler Kit reminds me how much fun I have making them. But my first project is making rod panels (actually yardstick) for the back of my six 28″x36″ STORY Quilts that will be featured this summer at The Grassroots Art Center in Lucas, Kansas.Would love to win the Vintage Lifestyle Book and Goodies! Fingers Crossed!

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  23. I haven’t counted ( and won’t! ) how many unfinished projects I have…that would be way too overwhelming! But I will force myself to finish at least a couple before starting anything else. My list of quilts I would like to make goes on and on. So many wonderful quilts, not nearly enough time!

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  24. I am going to accomplish clearing out some unused patterns/books and kits. I have way more than I’ll ever do and would like to see them join someone else’s stash. Fabric will stay for the time being….

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  25. I hope to get each of the blocks for a block of the month club I joined done. I need to make each grandchild their own quilt to cozy up with. That is 8. My daughter wants a wall hanging to put above her bed plus gardening and yard. I won’t get board.

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  26. I don’t know if it is the beginning of a new year or nearing the one year anniversary of finishing my breast cancer treatment or what but I have been trying to finish projects started and make some of the patterns I have collected over the years, too. I have big plans to finish a lot of small projects before the end of the year. Most are Christmas gifts I want to give next Christmas. No waiting for the last minute this year! Time flies by too fast. You have some great projects to work on, I hope you finish all you have planned and feel great when you complete the last one!

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    1. Congratulations on nearing your one year anniversary Marsha! And yes, I think starting on Christmas present now is a great idea…and besides, now it’s still weather appropriate. I really can’t see myself working on Christmas stuff in July or August…

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  27. Everyone is in the same boat! I think it will sink, but I am willing to give it a good try in staying afloat.
    Each year I bring out my list and some stay on it and more get on it. than leave. I thought I was doing pretty good this year in cutting out Lori Holt’s patterns, getting material for Jacqueline Stevens project ready to sew, finishing 14 out of the 18 pages from Jenni Elefantz cloth cookbook, started a wool hooked rug and sewing two stuffed animals for gifts, but here I am with only the two stuffed animals finished, with a list that wants to grow.:)

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  28. I have a hand pieced Green Tea and Sweet Beans Jen Kingwell quilt to finish. That’s my long term project. I also have to quilt the giraffe quilt for my newest granddaughter …and at least 10 other Works in progress.
    Happy Birthday!

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  29. I am hoping to complete 3 quilts this year.

    Thank you for asking.

    On Sat, Jan 25, 2020 at 9:03 AM Farm House Quilts wrote:

    > farmhousequiltsblog posted: “Hello there, As I was cleaning up my quilt > room after all the Christmas wrapping and creating that went on on there, I > happened to open a drawer of patterns ( do you do that too? You are > supposed to be focussing on one thing, and then you get distracted ” >

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  30. I love all your projects! That is actually on my to do list-go thru my projects to make a to-do list for this year. So I guess I have a to-do, to-do list! 😉

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  31. i am putting a LOT of time on a Wool hexie a day piece I did for 2019 – I want it to be a small quilt – and have a bunch of hexies made that need to be added to the larger piece and then some top stitching over the seams – I plan to put flannel borders and back – A lot done, but a lot still to do, Since it was a 2019 calendar type quilt – I just need to finish it 🙂

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  32. I plan to work on Projects I have started. I keep telling myself that I can not buy any fabric until I use what I have. I love the Winter Wonderland. May have to get that one. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Gina

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  33. I love that Laura Heine chicken. Some of our ladies here have begun making her patterns. One of the classes I took last year was her class. She was at our Guild meeting last fall and taught us how to do some EPP. That is who recommended the applique needles I sent you the name of, don’t know if you remember that or not. I still have a couple pieces to do for that class. I had never heard of her before, but I do love her designs. I’m doing the Old Truck. I have been having problems with it, and need to get back with the woman who taught the other L .Heine class I took. So that will be just one of my incomplete quilts I need to finish. Every time I think about the UFOs I have I seem to have another one to add to the list. And even with all of those, I’m taking on your newest challenge. I keep hoping what needs to be done, will eventually get me back to getting them all done, because as you and others have been saying, time does march on and there is much to do. Oh, and by the way, sending belated birthday greetings to you as well. Who baked you a cake, or may have asked you out for dinner. However you spent it, hope you enjoyed your special day.

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  34. There are so many projects I would love to work on this year, but most importantly I want to finish what I start!! My goal this year is to get at least one hour of sewing in each day!! This will help me finish what I start and leave time to work on some WIPs! So far so good because I am making it a priority!! Wishing you good luck with the Etsy idea!! Can’t wait to see all that you accomplish this year as well!! And happy belated birthday!! I hope it was a good one!!

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  35. I hope to finish all my BOM’s that I started in 2019, and I have 2 baby girl quilts that need to be done soon, then I can work on some of my new projects.

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  36. Monique, Happy belated Birthday and Thank you for sponsoring this giveaway.
    The priority goal in my sewing world is to: 1- make my great-nephew’s quilt. I promised my niece the quilt when she was pregnant. He’s 1 1/2 now + now I’m getting noises from my brother….. 2. I have a great Embroidery pattern it’s made for the USCG. It was to be for my son’s retirement 2+ years ago. It’s just that I keep wanting to add additional items to the picture or around it. Thanks for asking
    Sorry I “spoke” too much 🙂

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  37. So many quilts, so little time & energy, is something I say A LOT! I pick things up that catch my eye, & somewhere along the line, I’ve amassed way too much. Ugh! What I am hoping to accomplish this year is to at least make a dent in completing some of those projects. At the very least, some of my kits. I have been contemplating opening up an Etsy store, or reopening my eBay store, as well. My pile of leftover projects is getting way too high. Like you said, I might as well make some money off my hobby.

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  38. Like most everyone else, I have a number of UFO’s to finish, but the most important one is a scrappy quilt that I have been working on and off for awhile. I especially like scrappy quilting so I really want to finish it and get it quilted. Then I can get my other things finished. You have a very generous giveaway going on here. Thanks for the chance to participate.

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      1. Hi Monique…good for you to get some planning done and goals set. I am doing that too. The room will get cleared away when you are ready….cheers to you for starting and inspiring. Please enter me into your contest 😎

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  39. I know all about getting distracted! I lost my cord to my Cutterpillar Glow Lightbox and have been cleaning my sewing room to find the darn cord! I did find a cord that will work, but it belongs to my son and he will kill me if I lose this one. I have a list of goals too. I support your Etsy goal. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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  40. Monique, I always enjoy your emails and look forward to reading them. It is like catching up with an old friend on their week. I can totally relate to starting on a project such as cleaning and getting distracted with something much more fun sewing related. Each year I keep making a to-do-list of projects I would like to finish and each year it seems to Grow instead of getting smaller. This year, I have two graduation quilts and two wedding quilts to finish as well as the UFO’s from the last several years which were carried over from the last lists. I look forward to seeing your progress this year.

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  41. This year I hope to finish off more unfinished (and unstarted) projects as well as make a dent in my scrap collection. Beautiful fabrics and palette on your EPP project. You should go for it on the Etsy shop and selling your own patterns!

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