Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Starting to plan for 2012

There are just two hours of November left and I am throughly enjoying the challene of all the things I want to get made for Christmas, but I've started to look ahead to next year, prompted by some of the quilt-a-longs I've signed up for.
Firstly there's the Chasing Chevrons Quilt from That Girl... that Quilt. I've signed up but not moved much further forward, due to the manic Christmas stitching. I thought I had picked my fabrics, using some fat quarters from my stash and a light brown fabric that was on sale at my LQS. But then I thought about it some more. Because so little of the contrast fabric is used against a lot of background fabric, this is the perfect design for some very special fat eights/fat sixteenths/fat quarters that I bought on my last summer holiday to Sidmouth. The fabrics are all Pat Bravo fabrics and I hadn't seen them before, but of course, you can get them in a fair few places (just not my LQS). They are special because I bought them in Sidmouth - I've been going to Sidmouth since I was six-months old for an annual music festival. I had no idea what I was going to do with the fabrics when I bought them, but I knew I wanted a Sidmouth quilt. But of course, the fabrics don't all come from the same line - the new shop that had opened this year is smaller than our bathroom, so she only had space for small amounts of fabric. This means a background fabric could be a challenge. But in the new year, I will find the illusive background fabric and I will complete a Sidmouth lap quilt.
Secondly, the Oh My Star Quit-a-long. No guilt here, because the quilt-a-long hasn't started yet. But I'm thinking about it already, and I've decided I'd like to use Dogwood Trail fabrics from Moda. My mother-in-law, Linda, as offered to buy them for me as my Christmas present. This is fantastic, because I've been looking for an excuse to buy them all (I already succumbed and bought a charm pack!).
And then there's another project that I signed up for just today: when I got my new sewing machine two weeks ago, one thing I was certain about, was that I wanted to learn to free-motion quilt. Over as SewCalQuilt, a freemotion quilting "block of the month" has been launched for 2012 and this is just the thing I need to improve my non-existent skills.
There are other skills and other projects I also want to work on next year. Come new years eve, I hope to have a nice list of all of these! I like lists.
Check out these projects and be inspired.
PS. My best friend from uni has just announced she is expecting her first child next summer, so I'm also on the lookout for a really nice baby quilt! I already have some fabrics in mind....

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