Tuesday, January 7, 2014

January and a New Year of Goals

Goals for January~
First up is the New Year's Day Mystery that I started on that day. My friend Janie joined me and she is making one too. Her fabrics are much different, both are scrappy. My goal is to finish this quilt top by the end of the month for a Lovely Year of Finishes. Half of the Anvil blocks are ready...
The remaining are cut, marked, ready to be sewn into HSTs and into blocks for a total of 40...
Alternating blocks are also cut, ready to mark and sew into 40 large HSTs. This is the layout:
This is my January goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes

Second is to work on the next blocks for Amaretto Cottage, a BOM that Janie and I are working on together. Janie is using the fabrics sent with the kit. I am pulling from my CW stash. We are on Block 5 and working at our own pace (Originally a 2012 BOM) My first four blocks...
and this week I made my log cabin blocks for month 5... 
Eight plus four corner blocks for a total of 12. Love that gold and cheddar Jo Morton fabric!
These are Janie's first blocks in her fabrics...

She is coming by today to finish her log cabin blocks and share our progress on the NYD Mystery. 

Third is to work on the design of my Tree of Life quilt and finish this top too!...
Center field is finished. Adding more HSTs for a pieced inner border. Outer border to be added in the red fabric. Almost a flimsy, then it will be set aside until I have my second longarm set up and ready to go! I am so excited!!! 

Which brings me another goal for 2014... to get to know my new machine (once it arrives :0) again, so exciting! Looking forward to working on and improving my machine quilting skills. There is so much beautiful machine quilting being done by some amazing quilters, I want to learn as much as I possibly can. Practice, practice and then practice some more! 

One new 2014 BOM I am doing for sure is Barbara Brackman's 2014 BOM Threads of Memory. Each block will be posted the last Saturday of the month on her Civil War blog

The Mystery quilt is my goal for a finish in January for A Lovely Year of Finishes with Bitter Sweet Designs. I really enjoyed the motivation to finish UFOs last year with Carrie at A Passion for Applique.  I would be sew very happy to finish 12 projects in 2014!!!

What are your goals? 
Enjoy a New Year!


  1. When I saw this quilt made with anvil blocks on your last post I fell in love with it. So I've been busily cutting and sewing it also! Except I've shrunk my version down to 3" blocks! I have 15 made so far and the rest are ready for stitching - Unfortunately I have a really busy schedule this week so I can't spend as much time on it as I'd like, but I can't wait to get it done! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. OOOOOO, I just love those trees! You are full of inspiration!
    I'm so glad to hear your new machine is coming. I'm sure you are jumping for joy!

  3. Hi Jo. Thanks for becoming a follower.
    I love your crazy quilt. What a bargain and I'm following lots of your boards on Pinterest too.
    Lovely work.

  4. i am in love with your header quilt. it is so me.
    good luck with your january goals.
    i found your blog on the linky a lovely years of finishes 2014.




  5. neat to see each of your fabric choices. so glad you played along in working on your UFOs last year.


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